Reducing Your Chemical Exposure
Why is it that we feel sicker not healthier? Could it be the amount of chemicals we are now exposed to on a daily basis? Our environment is flooded with damaging compounds that wreak havoc on hormone balance & how the body functions. Pesticides pose the greatest threat to our health.
Studies by a Belgian toxicologist found that women diagnosed with breast cancer were six to nine times more likely to have dichloro-diphenyl-trichloroethane (DDT) or hexachlorobenzene in their blood stream. These organochlorine pesticides were banned in the late 1980's but persist in the environment, contaminating our food & water supply. Since this phase out the use of synthetic versions of the pesticide pyrethrin, normally found in chrysanthemums has become widespread. Pyrethroid pesticides are fast acting on the nervous system of insects. New studies now show that these synthetic pyrethroids also poison the human nervous system & are polluting our waterways.
The Cosmetic Cocktail
Take a quick look at a personal care product label, and you will most likely find a long list of chemical ingredients in tiny print. It is ironic that cosmetic companies invest heavily into developing new products that may disguise the signs of ageing yet they use ingredients that are possible carcinogens, neurological toxins, immune suppressants and hormone disruptors, so the overall effect can be drastically ageing.
The Environmental Working Group tested 23 000 personal care and cosmetic products and discovered they routinely contained compounds that lacked basic safety data.
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Wishing you the very best of health.
Louise O'Connor - Naturopath
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