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The Great Organic Deceivers | The Alliance for Natural Health USA


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Ten Secrets of 100% Healthy People


Some people rarely get sick and are always fizzing with energy. They don’t gain weight or lose their memory. So what’s their secret? When leading nutritionist Patrick Holford carried out Britain’s largest-ever health and diet survey, completed by more than 55,000 respondents, the results showed that to be super-healthy, all you need to do is follow 10 simple rules. Make them your resolutions – and look forward to a happier, healthier new year.
PERFECT YOUR DIGESTION
How efficiently you digest food affects your state of mind. It also determines your longevity and whether you feel energized or tired. In my survey, those who ate fresh fruit, seeds, nuts, fish and vegetables reported the healthiest digestion. Many foods, such as fruit and vegetables, contain enzymes that help digestion, but this occurs only if the food is eaten raw or lightly cooked.
One myth is that you can’t digest meals of both protein and carbohydrate. This isn’t true.  Protein is digested in the stomach, a process that takes an hour or two, whereas carbs are digested lower down in the small intestine. However, if you eat a high-protein meal and follow it with a fruit salad, the fruit may get trapped in the stomach and start to ferment.
Many people become allergic to common foods for the simple reason that their digestive tract becomes too permeable, allowing whole food proteins to pass through, causing the immune system to react. The main culprits that cause gastrointestinal permeability are painkillers (the average person takes more than 300 a year), antibiotics and alcohol. If you suffer from excessive bloating, that is also an indicator of food allergies.
So, do some homework in identifying what you might have become intolerant to (wheat, milk and yeast are the most common culprits). As well, taking digestive enzymes in addition to probiotics and glutamine will restore intestinal health.
Digestive enzymes help to completely break down food (look for formulas that contain glucoamylase and alpha-galactosidase which are the enzymes that break down beans and greens). Probiotics work to reinoculate the gut with friendly bacteria – you need both Acidophilus and Bifidus strains.
And the amino acid glutamine literally feeds mucousal cells, helping them to regenerate and protect the lining of the gastrointestinal tract. (In fact, some experts speculate that glutamine deficiency may play a role in the development of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), namely ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease). Take a heaping teaspoon of glutamine in water, last thing at night.
BALANCE YOUR BLOOD SUGAR
When your blood sugar is low, you feel tired and hungry. If you refuel with fast-energy-releasing high-GL (glycemic load) carbohydrates (sweet or refined foods), you cause your blood sugar to rise rapidly and your body dumps the excess into storage as fat. Then your blood sugar level drops again, and you enter the vicious cycle of yo-yoing blood sugar that leads to weight gain.
To balance your blood sugar, eat more slow-release foods (such as fresh fruit and vegetables and whole grain carbohydrates). You also need to graze rather than gorge. Eat breakfast, lunch and dinner, and also mid-morning and mid-afternoon snacks. This provides your body with an even supply of fuel.
Another tool is a daily spoonful of cinnamon. A Scandinavian study found that about two teaspoons of cinnamon may slow down digestion in the stomach. This would effectively ‘slow-release’ the carbohydrates in a meal.
SHARPEN YOUR MIND
Do you wonder how your brain and body chemistry manages to stay in balance? How it makes insulin when your blood sugar is high, or adrenalin when you’re stressed?
Behind the scenes, there’s a process called methylation that is the key to feeling connected, happy, alert and motivated. How good you are at methylation is indicated by the level of a substance in your blood called homocysteine. Keeping your homocysteine low, indicating that you are able to rapidly adapt and respond to life’s stresses, is the third secret of 100% health. A low H score means a low risk of strokes, heart attacks, pregnancy problems, memory decline, depression, mental illness, osteoporosis and many other health issues.
There are four factors that raise homocysteine: stress, smoking, drinking coffee, and lack of exercise, – as well as a diet low in B vitamins, especially folic acid.
If your homocysteine level is high, there is a combination of nutrients that really works – folic acid, B6, B12, TMG, zinc and sometimes glutathione or N-acetyl cysteine. B12 is poorly absorbed, so it’s worth getting a formula that contains methylcobalamine, the most absorbable form. You need high doses, in the range of 500mcg. Two in five people over age 60 are B12 deficient. In patients with dementia, we often find that also giving glutathione or n-acetyl cysteine makes a big difference.
EAT ESSENTIAL FATS
Today we know that omega-3 fats are essential for good health, acting as natural painkillers and more potent antidepressants than conventional drugs. On top of this, they are your skin’s best friend, keeping it soft and moisturized. Omega-3 fats are found in colder-climate nut or seed oils, such as flaxseeds and walnuts, and in oily fish. The decline in our oily fish consumption, largely because of fat phobia, has fuelled an epidemic of omega-3 deficiency. In my survey, I found that the likelihood of optimal health increases by nearly two-thirds in those consuming three or more servings of oily fish (herring, sardines, mackerel, salmon, tuna and trout) a week, compared to only two a week.
INCREASE ANTI-AGING ANTIOXIDANTS
The entire process of aging, from your first wrinkle to worsening eyesight, depends on oxidation. Put simply, we make energy by combusting carbohydrate with oxygen. The net result is our own exhaust fumes called oxidants. This is the stuff that rusts metal and ultimately, rusts us. An optimal intake of antioxidant nutrients is the key to living a long and healthy life. Generally, with fruit and vegetables where you find the most color and flavor, you will also find the highest antioxidant levels. Aim for five to 10 servings daily of a range of fruit and vegetables to keep your intake high.
And yes, it’s true! Dark organic chocolate is good for you. It’s rich in two anti-aging antioxidant flavonoids called gallic acid and epicatechin.
In my book The 10 Secrets of 100% Healthy People we identify the top 20 antioxidant foods, which include herbs and spices such as cinnamon (half a teaspoon has more antioxidant power than two carrots), plus turmeric and oregano. Mustard is pretty good, too. You want to eat the strong colours in nature – greens, yellows, reds, oranges and blues such as blueberries.
In terms of supplements, antioxidants are team players and you need both vitamins E and C, glutathione, anthocyandins from berries (resveratrol being the best), plus beta carotene, alpha lipoic acid and coenzyme Q10. CoQ10 reloads vitamin E once it has disarmed a fat-based oxidant, but cholesterol-lowering statin drugs wipe it out. Anyone on these drugs must take 90mg of CoQ10 a day to prevent drug-induced deficiency, which is the major cause of side-effects.
WATER IS YOUR MOST VITAL NUTRIENT
If you only drink when you’re thirsty, your body is already in a state of dehydration. Not drinking enough makes you tired and dries out your skin and your joints. It gives you headaches and reduces mental ability. It’s also a major cause of constipation. Your body absorbs more water if you drink little and often. It absorbs less if drunk with sweet drinks, or tea or coffee. For maximum hydration, drink small amounts of pure water more often.
THE CHI FACTOR
A survey of our 101 top health scorers shows that 50% practised some form of chi-generating exercise. Energy isn’t just about eating the right food and exercising. Chi or prana – which broadly corresponds to ‘energy flow’ – has been recognized for years in the East, but it is rarely included in the health agenda in the West, largely because it can’t be measured by conventional medical science.
These ancient systems of exercise such as tai chi, qigong and yoga have been designed to balance the emotions, still the mind and rejuvenate the body by removing the blockages caused by accumulated tension. Although you can, technically, learn chi exercises from books and DVDs, it is far better to have direct instruction because success depends on being in the right position, with the correct breathing pattern.
KEEP FIT, STRONG AND SUPPLE
My survey showed that 54% of people with optimum cardiovascular health exercise for three or more hours a week, compared to 1% of those with a poor rating. Simply increasing your energy expenditure from physical activity by 1,000 kilocalories a week – the equivalent of just 15 minutes of jogging, cycling or swimming, or 30 minutes of walking a day – is associated with cutting your risk of premature death by about 20%.
Get a pedometer and monitor your daily steps for a week. Aim for 4,000 steps in the first week and 6,000 in the second week, the equivalent of about three miles walking a day. When you have achieved this, aim for 10,000 steps a day.
GET YOUR PAST OUT OF YOUR PRESENT
My survey of 101 top health scorers shows that 85% consider state of mind to be extremely important for health, and 83% have a close circle of family and friends. Extreme emotions affect heart function, depress the immune system and inhibit digestion.
Everyone accumulates emotional tension. However, how you consciously experience your emotions makes all the difference. When you need to express an emotion, take a breath and say clearly: “I am feeling x,y,z (for example, angry, frustrated, sad) and that’s OK.” Take another breath and say this until you sense a different feeling. Allow the feeling, and yourself, to ‘be’ – without judgment.
FIND YOUR PURPOSE
Having a sense of purpose is one of the defining qualities in those who scored highly in my questionnaire. Your sense of purpose changes throughout life. For example, taking care of your family may give you your feeling of purpose. Many people find purpose through work that feels important and meaningful. For most of us, being of service to others works either by supporting causes that we feel passionate about or simply helping people we meet.

Ten Secrets of 100% Healthy People ~ RiseEarth.

Rethinking Oral Health Care: A Homemade Toothpaste Recipe for Tooth Remineralization


Rethinking Oral Health Care: A Homemade Toothpaste Recipe for Tooth Remineralization

by Courtney on April 10, 12

in Living healthy, Natural Products for Home and Body, Nutrition, Recipes, Spring Clean the Toxins

Written by Courtney, Contributing Writer

Several years ago, I started to question some of the ingredients in commercial toothpastes as well as the approach of modern dentistry in general. I view some modern dentistry practices as appropriate and beneficial. Yet, the foundation of today’s dental philosophy is similar to the mainstream medical model in that it focuses on treatment and not prevention.

I believe the focus of dentistry (like medicine) should be prevention of decay and disease through sound nutrition and a healthy lifestyle.

This begins in utero (even pre-conception), when the teeth and jaw structure are formed, is well established through breastfeeding, and must be adhered to for one’s lifetime.  Avoiding dental decay and disease through diet is challenging, as it means one must stray far from the standard American diet.

Remineralization

When most dentists detect a cavity, they suggest filling it, usually without thinking twice. However, what if teeth could be remineralized through a proper diet and oral hygiene routine? I believe they can.

Once drilled and filled, teeth are weakened and susceptible to further decay, but I believe that if we focus on prevention, we can avoid most cavities and subsequent oral health decline as a result of filling cavities.

Most of my teeth were drilled and filled in childhood and young adulthood, but I don’t want my children to go down the same path and struggle with susceptibility to decay for a lifetime because of it. I’m trying to learn more about prevention and re-mineralization so that my children can reap the benefits of a healthy mouth, which contributes to overall health.

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There are several factors involved in tooth remineralization, mainly diet, Ph of saliva, and oral hygiene practices. Diet and saliva are inter-related and quite complex, I encourage you to dig deeply into the link between nutrition and oral health and possibly re-examine your own assumptions there. I hope you will take a closer look at your own oral hygiene routine as well, as what I’m sharing with you today is based solely on my research and conclusions as a mom. I am not a dentist!

Toothpaste cleans teeth and remove plaque, which is beneficial, but if your goal is to maintain healthy teeth through a proper diet, mainstream toothpastes will work against your efforts. Furthermore, they contain questionable ingredients that may do more harm than good.

Glycerin – Certainly not bad in and of itself if properly sourced, but its use in toothpaste may not be ideal. Some suggest it may leave a layer of film on the teeth that prevents remineralization. It can also be dangerous to our health if processed with dangerous chemicals, and I assume most toothpastes contain the cheapest possible source.

Sodium Laurel SulfateSLS is a known carcinogen. Some natural companies still stand behind it’s use and claim it is safe, but I prefer to stay on the safe side here.

Saccharin – This was the first ingredient I questioned when I started to re-think my approach to dental health and toothpaste several years ago. I avoid artificial sweeteners like the plague, as most of them are proven carcinogens, several contribute to obesity and other health problems, and some are excitotoxins, meaning they cause rapid firing and death of brain cells. And yet, we see the artificial sweetener, saccharin, in our toothpaste.

Fluoride – You knew I’d get to this one. I don’t claim to be an expert on fluoride, but from my basic understanding, fluoride is highly toxic in the form found in toothpaste and never found in nature in this state. If you’re trying to rebuild tooth enamel, just like with glycerin, a “protective” layer of fluoride is not ideal. It is also suggested that the layer it forms on teeth is much thinner than originally thought and is useless against protecting teeth from decay anyway.

A Safer Alternative

If you’re looking for a safe alternative to the common toothpastes, there are many options, from the more expensive natural toothpastes (be careful– some contain some of these questionable ingredients) to simple recipes you can make at home.

I’ve been experimenting with my own homemade toothpaste recipe for a while now, after I realized how easy it is to make on my own and that I don’t need to spend a fortune on store-bought brands.

The most basic toothpaste alternative is a simple tooth powder. You can use baking soda alone or combine it with salt for a gentle yet abrasive clean, or you can use a mineral powder such as calcium and/or magnesium. I use Natural Calm brand. Some prefer to add hydrogen peroxide to their tooth powder right before use. I rinse with hydrogen peroxide, so I don’t add it to my powder or paste.

I began to add coconut oil to my recipe to form a paste (and for its beneficial antibacterial properties) and essential oils for flavor. For a while, my recipe included coconut oil, baking soda, a dash of salt, and essential oil.

I’ve since been searching for a solution to the salty taste of the baking soda and salt, which my children aren’t crazy about, and have recently decided to add xylitol to help combat the saltiness. I’m new to the use of xylitol, but it does appear to be safe and even looks promising for cavity prevention. I also recently added trace mineral drops to my paste. I use these to add minerals back into our reverse osmosis filtered water when making water kefir and I thought it would be a great addition to our toothpaste as well.

Homemade Toothpaste

2 Tbsp. coconut oil
2 Tbps. baking soda
2 Tbsp. calcium magnesium powder
2 Tbps. xylitol or green stevia powder
2 tsp. real sea salt
20 drops essential oil (I use peppermint.)
10 drops trace minerals
 

My style recipe would simply read: equal parts coconut oil, baking soda, calcium/magnesium powder, xylitol with a dash of salt, a few drops trace minerals, and essential oils to taste.

This toothpaste is a great follow up to oil pulling. Have you looked into oil pulling? Both oil pulling and a natural toothpaste like this one, in addition to flossing, can keep your teeth clean and healthy. With a proper diet that supports the necessary minerals for re-mineralization of teeth, I believe teeth can be healthier and whiter.

From what I understand, yellow teeth can be the result of reduced/demineralized enamel that allows the dentin beneath to show through. By strengthening that enamel through re-mineralization, teeth are not only healthier and free of cavities but also naturally whiter.

Stephanie’s note: For more on the importance of diet for both preventing and reversing tooth decay, and the process of remineralizing teeth, I would highly recommend the book Cure Tooth Decay by Ramiel Nagel. I’m currently reading it and even though I had learned some of these things previously (through Weston Price, etc.) I wish that I had looked more specifically into this topic long ago!

Rethinking Oral Health Care: A Homemade Toothpaste Recipe for Tooth Remineralization.

An article found at http://www.keeperofthehome.org

The benefits of coconut oil & a new warning about olive oil


The benefits of coconut oil and a new warning about olive oil

by Doctor Joseph Mercola

A common question that many people have is whether food should be eaten uncooked. I personally believe that consuming a majority of your food uncooked is a cornerstone of optimal health.

Typically, the less processed and heat-treated the food is, the more nutritious and healthier it is going to be.

Nevertheless, most people prefer to cook their food, at least occasionally. When you do, you’re going to cook with some form of oil.

The question is, what’s the best, healthiest type of oil to use when cooking?

Dr. Rudi Moerck has studied oils for a long time, and offers some intriguing insights in this interview.

Cooking with Tropical Oils – Your Healthiest Alternative
I have, for many years now, recommended coconut oil on the basis and the supposition that it doesn’t contain much unsaturated fat. As a result, it’s not going to be damaged by heat and create trans fats like some other oils. (Another tropical oil that is very similar is palm oil.)

Dr. Moerck agrees, saying:

“I would say that coconut oil is okay to cook with. It’s a saturated fat. Your body will burn it as fuel or it will get rid of it some other way. It won’t store it in your body.. So from that point of view, if you’re going to use oil then that’s a good one to use.”

Interestingly, unlike carbohydrates, which can also deliver quick energy to your body, coconut oil does this without producing an insulin spike. Yes, it acts like a carbohydrate, but without any of the debilitating insulin-related effects associated with long-term high carbohydrate consumption.

But that’s merely the beginning.

Earlier this week I published an entire special report on the health benefits of coconut oil, which include:

•Promoting heart health
•Promoting weight loss, when needed
•Supporting your immune system health
•Supporting a healthy metabolism
•Providing you with an immediate energy source
•Keeping your skin healthy and youthful looking
•Supporting the proper functioning of your thyroid gland
Part of what makes coconut oil such a healthful oil for cooking is that 50 percent of the fat content in coconut oil is a fat rarely found in nature called lauric acid. This is also one of the features that distinguishes coconut oil from other saturated fats.

Your body converts lauric acid into monolaurin, which has potent anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-protozoa properties.

In addition, coconut oil is about 2/3 medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs), also called medium-chain triglycerides or MCTs. These types of fatty acids also produce a host of health benefits.

Best of all, coconut oil is stable enough to resist heat-induced damage, which you cannot say for other oils. In fact, it’s so stable you can even use if for frying (although I don’t recommend frying your food for a number of health reasons).

I recommend using coconut oil in lieu of every other oil, whether your recipe calls for butter, olive oil, vegetable oil or margarine.

Important, New Information about Olive Oil

Extra-virgin olive oil is a good monounsaturated fat that is also well-known for its health benefits. It’s a staple in healthful diets such as Mediterranean-style diets.

However, it’s important to realize it is NOT good for cooking. It should really only be used cold, typically drizzled on salads and other food.

Due to its chemical structure and a large amount of unsaturated fats, cooking makes extra-virgin olive oil very susceptible to oxidative damage. However, during this interview I learned that extra-virgin olive oil has a significant draw-back even when used cold – it’s still extremely perishable!

As it turns out, extra-virgin olive oil has chlorophyll that accelerates decomposition and makes the oil go rancid rather quickly.

In fact, Dr. Moerck actually prefers using almost tasteless, semi-refined olive oil rather than extra-virgin olive oil for this reason.

If you’re like most people, you’re probably leaving your bottle of olive oil right on the counter, opening and closing it multiple times a week. Remember, any time the oil is exposed to air and/or light, it oxidizes, and as it turns out, the chlorophyll in extra virgin olive oil accelerates the oxidation of the unsaturated fats.

Clearly, consuming spoiled oil (of any kind) will likely do more harm than good.

To protect the oil, Dr. Moerck recommends treating it with the same care as you would other sensitive omega-3 oils:

•Keep in a cool, dark place
•Purchase smaller bottles and not larger to ensure freshness
•Immediately replace the cap after each pour
To help protect extra virgin olive oil from oxidation, Dr. Moerck suggests putting one drop of astaxanthin into the bottle. You can buy astaxanthin, which is an extremely potent antioxidant, in soft gel capsules. Just prick it with a pin and squeeze the capsule into the oil.

The beautiful thing about using astaxanthin instead of another antioxidant such as vitamin E, is that it is naturally red, since vitamin E is colorless, so you can tell the oil still has astaxanthin in it by its color.

As the olive oil starts to pale in color, you know it’s time to throw it away.

You can also use one drop of lutein in your olive oil. Lutein imparts an orange color and will also protect against oxidation. Again, once the orange color fades, your oil is no longer protected against rancidity and should be tossed.

This method is yet another reason for buying SMALL bottles. If you have a large bottle, you may be tempted to keep it even though it has begun to oxidize.

The Worst Cooking Oils of All
Polyunsaturated fats are the absolute WORST oils to use when cooking because these omega-6-rich oils are highly susceptible to heat damage.

This category includes common vegetable oils such as:

•Corn
•Soy
•Safflower
•Sunflower
•Canola
Damaged omega-6 fats are disastrous to your health, and are responsible for far more health problems than saturated fats ever were.

Trans fat is the artery-clogging, highly damaged omega-6 polyunsaturated fat that is formed when vegetable oils are hardened into margarine or shortening.

I strongly recommend never using margarine or shortening when cooking. I guarantee you you’re already getting far too much of this damaging fat if you consume any kind of processed foods, whether it be potato chips, pre-made cookies, or microwave dinners…

Trans fat is the most consumed type of fat in the US, despite the fact that there is no safe level of trans fat consumption, according to a report from the Institute of Medicine.

Trans fat raises your LDL (bad cholesterol) levels while lowering your HDL (good cholesterol) levels, which of course is the complete opposite of what you want. In fact, trans fats — as opposed to saturated fats — have been repeatedly linked to heart disease. They can also cause major clogging of your arteries, type 2 diabetes and other serious health problems.

Personally I don’t cook very much but when I do I use our Pure Virgin Coconut Oil as it is the most resistant to heating damage, but also a great source of medium chained triglycerides and lauric acid.

So, cleaning these oils out of your kitchen cupboard is definitely recommended if you value your health.

Dr. Mercola is the founder of the world’s most visited natural health web site, Mercola.com.

Is tap water bad? What type of water is best to drink? | Organic Soul


Is tap water bad? What type of water is best to drink? | Organic Soul.

Water is the essence of life.  All water that we drink is the same from chemical perspective; H2O.  Yet, there are so many different types of water and water purification/filtrations systems on the market.  So what is the best type of water to drink?

First of all, water is not just a substance that we take into our body for hydration.  Water is a universal solvent.  This means that it can carry elements within it.  Many of these elements are essential for healthy function.  For example, if you put salt (NaCl) in a glass of pure water, it dissolves.  The same is true when water in nature comes from springs or aquifers, percolating  through the rock and earthen soil.  This also occurs when precipitation falls and water flows down mountain streams and accumulates in lakes, or flow into rivers and finally to the ocean.  This water carries essential elements that it moves through and/or over that dissolve within it.

While our municipal water systems do their best to keep our drinking water clean, they can sometimes over treat the water with elements like chlorine and fluorine, both of which are considered toxic to our bodies in high doses.  So while tap water may not be bad for you, it certainly is not my first choice when I recommend water for my patients to consume.

I recommend drinking spring water or artesian/well water that is from a clean source and not stored in thin plastic containers that can leach the plastic into the water.  I make sure that people know that drinking water is not really the best choice either.  For the most part, this is dead water that has been treated by removing most or all of the essential elements that make water a good conductor for electricity.  We are electric beings by the nature of charged particles that we are made of.

If you are going to drink tap water, make sure it is filtered with a carbon filtration system.  If you are questioning the quality of your tap water, have it tested both at the intake into the house and at the faucet.  Sometimes old piping can deteriorate and leach into your water supply in the house.

If you were to ask someone 50 years ago to buy a bottle of water, they would have laughed at you.  The reality is, our world has changed and so has our water supply.  Be conscious and aware of what you are drinking when it comes to water.

The Sweet Scent of Phthalates


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The Sweet Scent of Phthalates

 

Our indoor air quality has been severely compromised by the onslaught of mass media advertising to “cleanse the air,” “reduce airborne bacteria,” “eliminate smoke and odors,” “trap particles such as dust, pollen and smoke” and to “reduce pet odors” with the latest greatest air freshener. According to the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC), recent independent testing of 14 different air fresheners showed 12 out of 14 contained phthalates (pronounced THAL-ates), a hazardous hormone-disrupting chemical. Phthalates are commonly used to dissolve and carry fragrances, to soften plastics and as sealants and adhesives. This very potent chemical, at high exposures, has been associated with cancer, developmental and sex-hormone abnormalities (decreased testosterone and sperm levels and malformed sex organs) in infants, infertility, allergic symptoms and asthma. Once phthalates are in the air, dispensed through air fresheners, they can be inhaled or absorbed through our skin. Once in the bloodstream, they can wreak havoc on our health.

According to the NRDC, phthalates pose the greatest risk over long-term repeated exposure. This doesn’t seem too difficult to accomplish with the advent of plug-in fragrance-infused gel cartridges, candles and even flameless candles that according to manufacturer Glade “continuously fragrances, all day, every day.”  You can’t even visit a public bathroom without an automatic air freshener “cleansing” the air every fifteen minutes.

An estimated 75% of households use air fresheners, making an even stronger case against the EPA for not regulating air fresheners. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration also has no regulations against the use of phthalates. Manufacturers are not required to indicate that their products contain phthalates. Again, the U.S. lags behind other countries in consumer safety issues. The European Union, plus 14 other countries, banned two types of phthalates in cosmetics and completely banned the chemical in children’s toys. Wait – we have California. Thank you governor Schwarzenegger for signing the first state bill to ban phthalates in toys made for children under three years of age. It’s a step in the right direction but clearly we need more transparency so consumers can make informed purchases. We also need more stringent guidelines in product formulation and manufacturing so we can prevent these chemicals from even entering the environment.

No amount of “Tropical Moments” or “Garden Bliss” is going to entice me into polluting my home with potentially cancer-causing substances. We actually gave up indoor air fresheners several years ago and opted for essential oil mists or the good old-fashioned technique of just opening a window. Cleaning more often works wonders too. Just like in the pharmaceutical world, it is never a good idea to hide the symptoms and not treat the underlying cause.

Try some of the following more natural ways to freshen your air:

  • essential oils diffused through a cold-air diffuser
  • essential oils mixed with spring water in an amber glass mister
  • beeswax candles from The Global Exchange
  • Just’a Drop toilet bowl odor neutralizer (thanks to the Green Promise reader who submitted this tip)

The Sweet Scent of Phthalates.

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