The products I am recommending that you avoid have known neurotoxic, (kills the nervous system), carcinogenic (cancer causing), and teratogenic (affects unborn fetus), health hazards.
The following is a suggested list of the types of products to avoid and a recommended substitute:
1. Avoid all products with fragrances
2. Avoid food with additives and preservatives
3. Do not use fluoride
4. Do not use chlorinated water
5. Use natural, biodegradable, non-toxic products
6. Avoid products with colouring (dyes)
Request a Material Safety Data Sheet from the manufacturers of the products you commonly use.
|Products||Avoid||Use Non-Toxic Products|
-most commercial deodorants
|Health Food Store (HFS)
HFS-Lavalin, Tom’s Queen Helene, crystals
|2. Makeup||Formaldehyde, preservatives, ammonia, fragrances, and petrochemicals||Hypoallergenic, fragrance free products. HFS has all natural, nontoxic lines.|
|3. Soap||Fragrances, deodorants, antibacterial soaps,||Glycerin soaps, Ivory Nature Clean Castle soaps, Kiss my face, Dr. Bonners|
|4. Lotions||Petroleum jelly (Vaseline), fragrances||Almond oil, oxygenated olive oil, Vit. E|
|Products:||Avoid||Use Non-Toxic Products|
|5. Toothpaste||All commercial brands that contain fluoride.||Pepsodent, HFS-Tom’s, Nature’s gate. Microbrite|
|6. Hairspray||Aerosols containing alcohol propellants, petrochemicals and fragrances, PVP, PVM, BHA, DEA, Dyes.||Non-aerosol, non-fragrance, Many brands in HFS, Jason, Aubrey, Earth Science|
|7. Shampoo & Conditioner||Fragrances, petrochemicals, coal tar, formaldehyde.||HFS, Aubrey, Earth Science, Tom’s, Kiss My Face|
|8. Shaving Cream||Fragrances, petrochemicals||HFS- Aubrey, Logana, Jason|
|9. Hair Colouring||Petrochemicals, toxic dyes||Logana Henna products|
|10. Sunscreen||Petrochemicals, (zinc oxides contain lead)||HFS-non-toxic, Milk Creek Nature’s Care|
|1. Laundry Detergents||Chlorine, fragrances, Ethoxylated alcohol||Unscented Arm and Hammer Washing soda, Borax, HFS- many brands of non-toxic fragrance free brands|
|2. Dishwasher soap||Formaldehyde, fragrances petroleum based, dyes||Use latex gloves, ivory Borax, Baking Soda, Vinegar and water, Borax|
|3. All-Purpose Cleanser||Ammonia, Fragrance||Vinegar and water, Borax, HFS- Many brands|
|4. Glass Cleaner||Ammonia, fragrance||Vinegar and water|
|5. Furniture Polish||Petrochemicals, fragrances||Lemon oil|
|6. Disinfectants||Ammonia, chlorine||Hydrogen peroxide, Borax|
|7. Air Fresheners||Perfumes/fragrances||Essential oils, Borax, baking soda, white vinegar|
|8. Mold and Mildew||Disinfectants||Dehumidifier, Borax, Hydrogen peroxide|
|Lawn and Garden:|
|1. Weed sprays||Herbicides, pesticides, dioxin, Agent Orange, Insecticides, Chemical fertilizers||Mulching, natural fertilizers, manual weeding|
|1. Flea products||Carbamates||De-worm, Borax, If you are really sick, avoid pets altogether.|
|1. Pesticides||Organophosphate, Carbonate, Chlorinated Hydrocarbons, DDT, Chlorpyrifos (Dursban), Diazinon, Malathion, Carbarly (Sevin)||Keep a clean house, cover garbage, use Borax, Boric Acid, Perma Proof products|
|2. Bug repellants||Diethyltoluamide (DEET)||Skin So Soft (Avon), Citronella|
|3. Flea Collars||Carbamates||Natural Pet Company|
|Products||Avoid||Use Non-Toxic Products|
|4. Lice||Parathion, Lindane, Pyrethrins||Tea Tree Oil|
|1. Carpets||Latex backing, stain resistant antimicrobial||100% nylon backing|
|2. Paint||Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC), Mercury, Lead||Non VOC paints, Glidden 2000|
|3. Paneling||All pressed woods, Formaldehyde||Woods treated with non-toxic stains and oils|
|4. Insulation||Urea Formaldehyde, Asbestos||No formaldehyde or asbestos|
|1. Natural Gas||Carbon Monoxide||Proper ventilation, Ensure peak efficiency, Put cheesecloth over vents|
|2. Barbeque||Do not eat the black parts, PAH’s||Cook on low heats, Vertikal Grill|
|3. Microwave||Free Radicals||Baking, Broiling|
|Cat Litter||Urine vapours in the air||Litter Green|
|Electromagnetic Fields||Hydro lines, Transformers, Electric blankets, Microwave, Appliances; TV, Computer, copiers, cell phone||Do not live close to these, avoid. No microwave. 36 inches away, short calls only|
|Noise||Traffic, Loud Rap Music||Classical Jazz|
It is very difficult to make informed, healthy choices about the products we purchase based on the labeling, because the standards for labeling are inadequate.
There are many agencies in place that are supposed to “protect” us, unfortunately they do not adequately advise us of the potential health hazards present in the products we purchase. This is partially because the manufacturers are not providing these agencies with a full disclosure of the contents of their products. Especially, when it pertains to carcinogenic, neurotoxic, and teratogenic ingredients.
1. FDA. labels for cholesterol, but not for carcinogenic or neurotoxic ingredients.
2. The Department of Agriculture allows meat to be contaminated with bacteria, as well as growth hormones and carcinogenic drugs.
3. The Environmental Protection Agency still allows many pesticides to be sprayed or added to our crops, while trying to “manage the consumer risk”.
4. Consumer Product Safety Commission requires labeling for poisons, irritating and caustic materials, as well as flammable ingredients. However, they do not require labeling for carcinogenic, neurotoxic, or teratogenic ingredients.
5. The National Cancer Institute’s statistics are very revealing. Cancer rates are up substantially; 1 American in 3 will have cancer.
You must become educated about your health and the products you consume. You most definitely cannot rely on these agencies to inform you of the full dangers of the products they approve.
1. D. Steinman, and S. Epstein, The Safe Shopper’s Bible, New York: Macmillan, 1995. To order, www.amazon.com (this book is a must have)
I highly recommend you get this book. The list above is very short; there are many more choices in this book. There is a mail order section in the book to order the products.
2. C. Fincher, Healthy living in a Toxic World, Colorade: Pinon Press, 1996.
3. M. Breecher, S. Linde, Healthy Homes in a Toxic World, New York: John Wiley & sons, 1992.