Overall Wellness vs. Cancer- Part Two: Trust & the Big Brands

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In Part One, I spoke about reading labels and how reading labels helps to identify ingredients that are toxic, or a carcinogen.  That’s a start.  That was the beginning of my toxic free journey and by reading labels, I’ve learned even more than just ingredients.

Okay, so for today’s post, I’m gonna write about products we think helps us to be healthy.  Who helps us to think about a product and if it’s healthy or not?  Unfortunately, creative marketing throughout the years by corporations that we’ve become familiar with since we were kids, have altered our views and made many content in believing in the product that is being sold to us.  The corporations ‘help’ us to decipher what is healthy and we’re okay with it.   We’ve been comfortable with the idea that, for example,  Johnson&Johnson’s baby products would never harm us!  I mean think about it… what’s their tag?  “No More Tears” right?  And yet as I read the label of their products, why would they use ingredients that are carcinogens?  Or endocrine disruptors?  And this is supposed to be safe for our babies?  This is where some of our problems with our health start and most people don’t even realize it.

We think that we can trust these big brands that we grew up with because, well, shucks, we grew up with them, sang their songs… “I’d like to teach the world to sing…”, and what’s the difference now?  Part of the problem is that too many don’t ask questions, don’t read labels, and continue doing what they always have and purchase the same products.  But the products have changed over time and ingredients that may have been okay before are now replaced with cheaper, man-made, untested ingredients that keeps the corporation profitable and the consumers are unaware and wondering why they have a new rash on their arm.  It’s not just rashes, it’s more than that… there are now ingredients that are known carcinogens in the products that we purchase and we think that because we’ve seen these companies all our lives, we trust them to be healthy and safe.

These harmful ingredients give the person who uses them a higher percentage of cancer and or other health problems.  Come on, let’s think about what I just wrote, I’ll say it again but worded differently…  If we are using products with carcinogenic ingredients, do you think that we have a higher risk of getting cancer?  Common sense would tell us, yes.

Cancer sucks.  Chronic illnesses suck.  Obesity sucks.  Being unhealthy sucks.  This has become the norm for waaaaay too many people.  We need to stop the chaos that is attacking our health everywhere we look.  The solution starts with us.  Read labels, ask questions, be informed because YOU looked into it, not because of a commercial.  A different way of thinking needs to happen, a mindful way that no amount of marketing can duplicate.  We can change it, the more we know… right?  TM ❤

 

**Please note… I am not a doctor and everything I write in this post is my opinion only.

 

 

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Overall Wellness vs. Cancer- Part One: Label Reading

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Cancer. It’s all around us. I hear about it through people I work with, people around me talking about one of their friends, on FB, strangers that I overhear at a public place… it’s maddening and it’s a heartbreak.

I have been researching and studying for years now about what makes us healthy and what makes us sick. Learning about wellness in general. I’ve been fascinated at the same time overwhelmed from what I have discovered by trying to put all the pieces together. Through researching and having some common sense, I’ve been able to keep my household in pretty good all around good ‘wellness’ shape. 🙂

The thing is, if we don’t want cancer, then we must pay attention to what causes it to begin with. It starts with our own environment. It starts with knowing our bodies and it starts with thinking outside of what it was that we’ve been taught throughout our lives. We have to start over as that information is no longer correct.
It does take time to transition into a new way of thinking. It’s not instant. I think that if we can learn one thing new every day, I mean REALLY learn it, even some small piece of information that changes the way we view that one thing, it helps the overall big picture.
The one thing that I have incorporated into my life that has had (and still have) a major impact for me? Reading labels. All labels. Food, shampoo, cough syrup, laundry soap… on and on and on. Label reading in the beginning is like learning to read Greek. Seriously! What label reading does, is it makes you ask questions. It makes you aware of that ingredient that you can’t pronounce. It makes you put that item back when there are waaay too many ingredients for something that should only have maybe 2-3 ingredients, like peanut butter.
What does label reading have to do with cancer? It teaches us about ingredients. It teaches us that maybe we don’t need to eat that chemical preservative that is a known carcinogen. It teaches us that maybe we don’t want to rub petrolatum (petroleum/crude oil found usually in lotion or lip balms) on our body as this too is a know carcinogen and endocrine disruptor. It teaches us that phosphates in our dish soap or dishwasher soap destroys marine life and contaminates our drinking water.

 

It is ALL connected to our health and well being. My advice for today? Get in the habit of reading labels. It will open your views on more than just ingredients. The more we know, right?  TM ❤

 

 

**Please note… I am not a doctor and everything I write in this post is my opinion only.