Harmful Shampoo & Conditioner?

June 17, 2017

I'm six months into eating, shopping and thinking differently about what I put into my body.  I am feeling the effects of these changes in my health, and liking the improvement in how I feel and look.  It's week 2 of my ketogenic lifestyle and I see my waist shrinking as I enjoy delicious and easy to prepare meals.  For breakfast: a 1/8 cup of Blue cheese crumbles mixed together with 2 boiled eggs & 6 olives into an egg salad.  Presented on top of a bowl of spinach, garnished with a dollop of salsa and a dash of red wine vinegar.   Delicious!  AND.... most importantly .. My hunger is satiated!  My progress to date:  Dropped 10 lbs, and 1" around my waist just sitting around happily eating my way to better health.

But, I woke up this morning with a question on my mind - what about all the other chemicals that I put on my body?  Do the products I put into my hair also negatively effect my health?  

Short answer - I threw out my shampoo and conditioner!

Problematic ingredients in conventional—and many of the “natural”—shampoos on the market may actual harm our bodies.  Ingredients like:

  • Surfactants.  Commonly used Shampoo & Conditioner surfactants, such as sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), sodium laureth sulfate (SLES), cocamidopropyl betaine, and cocamide DEA, pose environmental and human health concerns. 
  • Preservatives. To extend shelf life, shampoos typically contain controversial preservatives, such as parabens, benzyl alcohol, methylisothiazolinone, and methylchloroisothiazonlinone. 
  • Fragrance.  Nice smelling shampoos & conditioners may contain phthalates, which usually hide in “fragrance” or “parfum” in a shampoo ingredients list.
  • Retinyl Palmitate:  A shampoo might contain the probable carcinogen retinyl palmitate, which is a synthetic form of palm oil.


Cancer-Causing Chemicals Found in Baby Shampoo

A study from the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics found that 32 out of 48 baby bath products they tested -- including some from brand names like Johnson & Johnson -- contained formaldehyde or 1,4-dioxane, both of which are probable carcinogens. And 17 of the baby bath products contained BOTH of the chemicals -- including the top-selling Johnson’s Baby Shampoo and Sesame Street Bubble Bath. Japan and Sweden have banned formaldehyde from personal care products, and the European Union has banned 1,4-dioxane. They’ve even recalled products that were found to contain it.

In the United States, meanwhile, there are no regulatory standards limiting formaldehyde, 1,4-dioxane or, for that matter, virtually any other toxic chemical in personal care products -- not even those for your children.

Just How Many Chemicals Are Children Exposed To?
In an average day, children are exposed to 61 chemicals in personal care products, 27 of which have not been found safe for kids, according to a national survey by theEnvironmental Working Group (EWG). In fact, EWG points out that 77 percent of the ingredients in 1,700 children’s products have never been assessed for safety.

After looking at the labels on my shampoo and conditioner I realized that I have to pay just as much attention to skin products as I do my food.

Since I am not sure what ingredient is harmful, or whether that skin product contains harmful ingredients, I typed it into the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Cosmetic Safety Database, and got all the information I needed about whether or not it’s safe.       

After throwing away my shampoo and conditioner I studied the EWG list and found that the MADE SAFE SEAL products were among the lowest risk for harmful ingredients.  

OUT with the Old, IN with the New!

There are no shampoos on the market that are low enough for the made safe seal.  However there are moderate risk products that are identified by risk in the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Cosmetic Safety Database.

Aging & Nutritional Deficiencies

June 16, 2017

Many people today struggle with weight issues, diseases, and other health problems that impair their ability to enjoy life. Many resort to pharmaceutical drugs and other conventional methods to relieve their symptoms, but these are actually just Band-Aid solutions that typically result in more harm than good.

What they don’t realize is that they can significantly improve their health by just changing their diet and eating habits.


   High-Quality Fat Is One of the Most Important Nutrients     for You


Conventional physicians, nutritionists, and public health experts have long claimed that dietary fat promotes heart disease and obesity. This deception caused people to follow conventional low-fat, high-carb diets, which ruined the health of millions. Today, the general guideline for dietary fat intake is that it should only be 10 percent of your overall diet.

Dr. Mercola believes that this is one of the most destructive health recommendations that have pervaded the U.S. food system, because you need at least 50 to 75 percent of your daily calorie intake in the form of healthy fats. This is one of the basic principles that he has incorporated in his Nutritional Plan.

The original food pyramid created by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) promotes a diet that has grains, pasta, and bread at its base (meaning they make up the majority of your diet) and fats at the top, or the smallest portion. But this can spell trouble, as grains break down into sugar in your body, driving insulin and leptin resistance.

He strongly believes that for optimal health, we should follow the opposite:

Increase our intake of healthy saturated fats and limit your grain and sugar intake.

For the most part, data from cohort studies, such as the Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging, are consistent with data from cross-sectional studies, such as the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), leaving no doubt that there is a substantial decline in food intake with advancing age (19)(20). As shown by NHANES III data, energy intakes between ages 25 and 70 years can decline by as much as 1000 to 1200 kcal/day for men and 600 to 800 kcal/day for women. By age 80, 1 in 10 men consumed less than 890 kcal/day whereas 1 in 10 women consumed less than 750 kcal/day.
19  Wakimoto P, Block G, 2001 . Dietary intake, dietary patterns and changes with age: epidemiological perspective.  J Gerontol Biol Sci Med Sci. 56A: (Special Issue II) 65-80.
20  Drewnowski A, 2000. Sensory control of energy density at different life stages.Proc Nutr Soc. 59:1-6.

Reduced energy intakes can lead to inadequate intakes of protein, vitamins, and minerals. NHANES III data show potentially important decreases with age in median protein and zinc intakes (down by about one third in men) as well as intakes of calcium, vitamin E, and other nutrients (19). Risk for inadequate nutrient intakes was especially acute for older men. As many as 10% of older men obtained only one fifth to one third of the recommendations for protein, zinc, calcium, vitamin E, thiamin, riboflavin, vitamin B6, and vitamin B12. In contrast to the general decline in micronutrient intakes, estimated intakes of carotene, vitamin A, and vitamin C tended to increase with age, especially for women.

Changes in the immune system are conditioned by nutrition

Undernutrition due to insufficient intake of energy and macronutrients and/or due to deficiencies in specific micronutrients impairs the immune system, suppressing immune functions that are fundamental to host protection.

"Attention has been focused on the importance of both increased exercise levels and improved diet in older adults for enhanced health and quality of life [7]. Studies have increasingly targeted these two behaviors as critical for older adults [8-12]"

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Interest has recently expanded from the simple acquisition of healthful behaviors to their maintenance, especially in the face of some of the potential losses and physiological changes associated with aging that may cause setbacks leading older adults to get “off track” with their health-related behaviors.

I was one of the many who are not eating in a healthy and nutritious manner.  I stopped that 2 weeks ago.  Now I'm questioning everything that goes into or onto my body.  

The Goal - Minimize all the unhealthy additives and poisons that cumulatively contribute to disease, and reverse the affects of past neglectful eating/personal care!

This subject will be revisited frequently.  The correlation between gut health, sugar, other harmful chemicals, other additives and inadequate intake of nutrients for a thriving body is just beginning to be studied.  Initial results indicate, dietary modifications can overcome genetic and environmental health problems that are mis-classified as diseases, thought to be incurable, and/or terminal.