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

IMG_1286

 

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.

 

 

Advertisements

Label Reading Blues

images-1

Are you one of the many who are just waking up to the realities of what’s going on with our chemical world?  When you go into the grocery store or to a Target, are you reading your labels before you put that item into your cart?  When you discover what’s on the label, after putting that item back on the shelf, do you get mad?  Do you feel like you’re falling in a never ending hole by the endless amount of words that are unpronounceable on our ingredient labels for personal care products and our food?  Well, you’re not alone!

The view is so clear once the blinders have been removed, and all of a sudden, we realize that the scenery is not very pleasurable.  How in the world did our food and our everyday household and personal items become so toxic?  Who let this happen?  These questions are a whole other article, and right now I want to focus on the feelings that we get when we go into a store or into a restaurant having a clear view and an understanding that soooooo many items around us are toxic.  I know how I feel, and I’m sure you feel it too… angry, disappointed and betrayed.

No matter how we feel about being bombarded by constant negativity, we can still make positive change.  Because you’re here and reading these words, please know that you are all ready making change, no matter how frustrating you may feel after you leave the store.  I am writing this article to let YOU know that you’re doing a FANTASTIC job.  Please keep in mind that purposeful change takes time.  When the blinders come off, seeing all that there is to see, can be quite alarming and yes, very overwhelming.  But don’t give up!  Keep at it and the more you do it, the more proficient you become.  How do I know?  Because in my pre label reading days, running an errand to the store took me 15 minutes.  Then I started reading labels, and doing that same errand, now took twice as long as I was now trying to decipher a whole other language!  It does get easier though, you’ll see.

I’ve discovered that the more I learn, the healthier I’ve become and my lifestyle has changed dramatically.  The world around you opens up to the possibilities that change, positive and purposeful, can happen.  It’s the empowerment of knowledge that feels so good, to not have any corporation or brand tell you what is good for you.  You tell YOU what is good for you.  Take it a little at a time, breathe deep, and know that you are doing everything possible to make purposeful change.  Reading a label takes time.  I know you can do it, I did and still am learning, and I will keep encouraging you to do so as well.  Hey look!  The view is already getting better. 🙂

 

To help you save some time at the store, I have found these apps to be helpful…

https://tracymadlener.wordpress.com/2014/02/27/can-you-pronounce-those-toxic-words-me-neither/

 

Can You Pronounce Those Toxic Words? Me Neither!

images

I get asked all the time what I purchase when I go shopping.  And when they ask, they ask for everything!  From food to personal care products and even household cleaners, I am constantly looking for healthy, and they know it.  Yup, I’m a toxic free junkie and I’m always reading my labels and researching words that I can’t pronounce!  I guess that’s why people who know me are always asking me about ingredients and labels.  With that being said, I have included in this post links and apps that I use on a regular basis to share with you.  We all need a little help when trying to decipher what those ingredients are and if you’re not a rocket scientist… well, you do like I do, use these resources to help you out.  Have a great day and keep reading those labels!

Websites

Food- Non GMO Project- http://www.nongmoproject.org/

Food- Non GMO Shopping Guide- http://nongmoshoppingguide.com/shopping-guide.html

Personal Care Products- EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Data Base- http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/

I use this site for the chemical definitions- Healthy Child Healthy World- http://healthychild.org/

Smart Phone Apps

BuyCott-  http://www.buycott.com/  This app lets you know who the parent company is that owns that brand.  For instance, Kellogg’s is the parent company for Kashi.  FREE

Fooducate- http://www.fooducate.com/  This app rates food products on how healthy it is.  If you want more advanced explanations, there is a fee, otherwise it’s FREE.

ipiit- http://www.ipiit.com/  I like this app because you can customize it to your food preferences, nut allergies, dairy, ect. BUT, it’s still a newer app and they are still growing their data base.  FREE

Skin Deep- http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/  Same as the data base from above, but the phone app version, though not as complete as the website.

2014 The Year of the MOM

Image

Welcome to 2014!  The year for big changes, the year for voices uniting, and the year that love wins because of Moms*.  Moms around the globe are coming together to stand up and to protect what they love… their children.  Thank goodness for the internet that makes the world community feel a bit more cozy.  News and information about Moms who struggle, and Moms who succeed, from all over this great big planet are now shared with a click of button.  Policies in politics and business are being watched daily and corruption is now easily viewed by more and more Moms who are taking note and learning.  News is now instant and Moms are paying attention.

2014 will bring a whole different climate for the economy as Moms (women) account for 85% of the consumer market in the United States alone.  This is a powerful number that can change or fix a broken system.  And it IS broken.  Our food is on the verge of being controlled by a few Biotech companies, the land and the sea is being poisoned by a handful of chemical companies, and the greedy manufacturers of personal and household products have us believing that their chemical products are safe to bring into our home environment and shampoo it onto our children’s heads.  Politics is no better than the corporations as it seems that a large number of politicians have forgotten the true meaning of what being a politician is… Shall we remind them?  A “public” servant.  Money is the bottom line for all parties involved and how much is a vote worth to get that Bill passed?

What happened in our day to day Mommy lives that peeked our interest in politics and business?  Why are we all of a sudden concerned with topics such as GMOs, the TPP, the dying off of the bees, and the quarterly profits (or losses) of Kellogg’s?  Why do we care that a small community in Argentina stood tall for 112 days to block a major construction project that they opposed?  And why are we using whatever precious free time we have to work at information tables, spread awareness throughout our social networks and march with our children carrying signs for all eyes to see? The answer is quite clear.  The love for our children and their future.

The rise of so many health problems for our children is growing in leaps and bounds… Autism, stomach problems, skin rashes, allergies, itchy mouths, constant trips to the doctors, what’s going on around here?  And none of the “experts” seems to be able to come up with the reasons for so many nagging questions that have taken over the minds of many Mothers.  They look at us like we’re deer in the headlights or we’re over exaggerating and maybe we need a good night’s sleep.  In the end, the usual advice and solution is to give our kids more tests, more medication and carry an Epi Pen.

How do these health concerns that are affecting our kids connect with politics and business?  The ability for corporations to make business decisions, based on profits, wether or not the product is safe and the flair to persuade the politicians to vote accordingly, connects our children to every bad decision these companies make.  So, let’s take the food industry as an example… Genetically Modified Organisms have been tested by the Biotech companies who created the GMOs themselves and choose how long their test should be, 90 days.  The GMOs then become a product on the shelf of the grocery store and we Moms buy it.  Do you trust that 90 days is enough time to be sure that there are no long term health issues with foods that have been tampered with?

Okay, here’s another… Open air chemical testing and experiments are done almost everyday on the island of Kauai-Hawaii, right next to the schools and hospitals with the trade winds blowing.  The residents of Kauai asked their Council Members for a 500 ft. buffer zone away from the schools and hospitals.  Before the Bill came to a vote, the chemical companies involved threatened they would sue the County for bad legislation and sure enough, soon after the Bill passed, the Mayor of Kauai vetoed the buffer zone to not be implemented.  Does that sound like the politicians OR the businesses are for the children?  One more example and I’ll move on… Toxic chemicals in our personal care products that we believe to be a trusted brand.  Shampoos, lotions, soaps, toothpaste, cosmetics, the list is long and toxic.  Did you know that personal care products have no regulations in the USA?  Have you ever wondered what those words are on the ingredient labels and what they do to our health?  And we put these unknown chemicals that are not tested on our children.

Are you connecting the dots?  I am, and I’m mad as Hell and I’m not the only Mom who feels this way.  Corporations are not being watched and are “supposedly” looking out for the consumer when it comes to safety and health, but it seems like they’re only looking after their profits and which politician can help them become untouchable.  Laws and regulations get held up in the system for months on end and in the meantime, we Moms, as consumers, are still stuck in the everyday problems of toxins in the products we buy.

So what can we Moms do to change the system for the better for our children and their children?  Remember what I said in the second paragraph?  We ARE 85% of the consumer market.  Meaning, if we decided as a collective to not buy Kellogg’s products until they change their recipes for the better, we could potentially put them out of business.  If we Moms, 85% of the consumer market, stop buying toxic baby shampoo, I think we would speak volumes to Johnson & Johnson.  If 85% of the consumer market, yes, we Moms, took a stand against corporations and politicians who are callous and heartless when it comes to our children and their future, we Moms can and will change the system.  We must fix it.  For our children.  For their future.  Now is the time, because this is our year… The Year of the Mom… and love wins.

*I always use a capitol M when I refer to Moms as I feel it shows respect, and every Mom deserves it.

Here are several links to help you acquaint yourself with brands that care…

NON-GMO Project- http://www.nongmoproject.org/find-non-gmo/search-participating-products/

400 Companies That Aren’t Using GMOs- http://www.naturalcuresnotmedicine.com/2014/01/400-companies-arent-using-gmos-products.html

Environmental Working Group- http://www.ewg.org/

We Moms have become a loud voice in a time when it is needed the most.  Here are several links to get you started on what YOU can do to be a part of the Love Wins battle…

Moms Across America- http://www.momsacrossamerica.com/

The MOM Hui- http://www.theMOMhui.com/

GMO Free Moms- http://www.gmofreemoms.org/

Article References

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/14/kauai-anti-gmo-lawsuit_n_4593043.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/16/kauai-county-council-override_n_4289302.html

http://guardianlv.com/2013/09/why-johnson-johnson-baby-shampoo-is-not-for-babies/

http://www.dailyfinance.com/2014/01/18/general-mills-and-kellogg-company-face-gmo-challen/

http://www.responsibletechnology.org/gmo-dangers/higher-risks-for-children

http://thenextweb.com/socialmedia/2012/01/24/the-top-30-stats-you-need-to-know-when-marketing-to-women/#!tdMHn

http://www.nationofchange.org/monsanto-has-taken-over-usda-1368111215

http://hawaiiseed.org/about-gmos/independent-health-risk-studies/

http://safecosmetics.org/section.php?id=75

http://billmoyers.com/2014/01/09/fool-me-once-20-years-of-nafta-show-why-the-trans-pacific-partnership-must-be-stopped/

http://www.usnews.com/news/blogs/at-the-edge/2014/01/23/another-answer-to-why-the-bees-are-dying

http://revolution-news.com/court-rules-monsanto-construction-unconstitutional-malvinas-argentina/