Pet Toxins

By Alexandra Lily Swanston June 17, 2021 3 Comments
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Do you know exactly what’s in your pets beds? On average, dogs and cats sleep 12-18 hours per day, it’s important to properly research the materials used to make dog and cat beds. In pet beds, there are a number of harmful chemicals that can be present such as flame retardants, hormone disrupting substances, VOCs, pesticide residues and more. Not only are they cheaply made but most fiber, foam and synthetic pet beds are produced with toxic chemicals like arsenic, formaldehyde, lead and mercury. Due to the significant... Read More

Makeup Toxins

By Alexandra Lily Swanston June 3, 2021 2 Comments
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There is no law in the US that requires the Food and Drug Administration to approve cosmetics. This means that other than color additives, cosmetics can contain a number of dangerous chemicals with no regulation. When a person uses cosmetics, their skin absorbs chemicals, which can then enter the bloodstream. People might also inhale powders or ingest some cosmetics (using lip products etc.) Here is a list of the top chemicals you need to avoid in makeup. Talc can be found in blushes, eye shadows and bronzers. It poses a health risk ... Read More

Dryer Sheet and Fabric Softener Toxins

By Alexandra Lily Swanston May 27, 2021 4 Comments
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It’s hard to believe that out of all household cleaning products, the chemicals in dryer sheets and fabric softeners are considered to be among the most toxic. Fabric softeners and dryer sheets are made up of pernicious chemicals combined with a hefty dose of fragrance. Some of the most harmful ingredients include the following: Benzyl Acetate (linked to pancreatic cancer) Benzyl Alcohol (an upper respiratory tract irritant) Ethanol (linked to central nervous... Read More

Wind Down Evening Routine, For Your Health

By Alexandra Lily Swanston May 20, 2021 4 Comments
Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are. - Chinese Proverb

Tranquility, peacefulness, relaxation; the state of being free from tension and anxiety is something we all want. Choosing to make healthy decisions in your life can start with baby steps such as an evening routine. The goal with an evening routine is restful sleep, overall health and wellbeing. Bad evening habits will tarnish the quality of your sleep and impair the prosperity of your next day. Remember, each person’s routine is personal and customizable, don’t cre... Read More

What's In Your Shower?

By Alexandra Lily Swanston May 11, 2021 4 Comments
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Everyone these days is striving to keep up with cleanliness. We need to remember that what we put on our bodies is absorbed onto our skin and directly into our cells and can affect our health. Overtime, toxic chemicals can build up causing irreparable damage. All this could be happening in your very own shower. It’s time to take a look at shampoo and soap companies dirty little secrets hiding in their ingredients list on the back of their bottles. Many companies rely on our lack of knowledge to this large vocabulary of chemical names. First, let’s take a look at the harmful chemicals inside body wash, soap and shower gel. Sodium Laureth Sulfate is contaminated with 1,4-dioxane... Read More

Get Rid Of Ants Without Using Toxic Poisons

By Angela Robinson-Platz March 22, 2021 0 Comments
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Most of us despise ants in our homes. But how does one get rid of ants without using toxic poisons? You don’t need a medical study or a formal education to know that conventional ant spray is highly toxic and harmful to your health. Just read the label. Ant infestations naturally cause emotional reactions in most of us. It is not a pleasant sight when they first arrive. Long trails of creepy crawlers are the worst. However, consider this: we put birdseed in feeders to attract wild birds in our backyards and ... Read More

Toothpaste

By Angela Robinson-Platz July 20, 2016 0 Comments
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Many common brands of toothpaste contain known carcinogens like propylene glycol, sodium saccharin, titanium dioxide, and hydrated silica. The problem with toothpaste can be summed up in one, simple, iconic image: a bluish-white glob, dried stuck to your pearly white bathroom sink. If you let commercial toothpaste sit and dry too long, it gets so hard and stuck to the sink that a paper towel or cloth will not get it off easily and you may have to resort to your fingernail or a scrub brush to get it off. This experience, which I&rs... Read More

Wearing Man-Made Perfumes – So Passé!

By Angela Robinson-Platz April 18, 2013 0 Comments
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It seems as though fewer people these days are wearing man-made perfumes (or colognes).  And this may be a good thing, especially to those who have allergies or chemical sensitivities. For hundreds of years people have been wearing man-made perfumes without questioning the safety or consequences of doing so. Yet, the ingredients lists are not readily available and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration does not test cosmetics for safety before they go onto the market. To some, just breathing perfumed products causes them to... Read More

Avoid Ingesting Harmful Chemicals From To-Go Containers

By Angela Robinson-Platz January 24, 2013 0 Comments
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Do you know there is a way to avoid ingesting harmful chemicals from to-go containers? Have you ever wished that you didn’t have to use Styrofoam to-go containers when ordering take-out food? Most restaurants choose Styrofoam because it is the least expensive option—an understandable concern. However, excellent and inexpensive alternatives are available.  If you grew up using and loving Tupperware®, you may be pleased to know that you can now buy this same type of food container made of glass or... Read More