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The US National Library of Medicine says:

Phthalates are a group of chemicals used to soften and increase the flexibility of plastic and vinyl. … Phthalates are used in hundreds of consumer products.

Phthalates are used in cosmetics and personal care products, including perfume, hair spray, soap, shampoo, nail polish, and skin moisturizers. They are used in consumer products such as flexible plastic and vinyl toys, shower curtains, wallpaper, vinyl miniblinds, food packaging, and plastic wrap.

Phthalates are also used in wood finishes, detergents, adhesives, plastic plumbing pipes, lubricants, medical tubing and fluid bags, solvents, insecticides, medical devices, building materials, and vinyl flooring.”

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They’re everywhere. So?

  • Why Be Concerned?

Chemicals are all around us. We can’t escape them. We can, however, limit our exposure to them. That should be of concern to us because harmful chemicals can disrupt the way our bodies work and cause us to have health problems. For instance, phthalates, according to the NIH, “are suspected to be endocrine disruptors.”

What that means in a nutshell, is that they “… may interfere with the production or activity of hormones in the human endocrine system.” The human endocrine system controls many body functions, which include hormone production, pancreas, pituitary, thyroid, adrenal, and male and female reproductive glands.

  • What can you do?

You can try to reduce the amount of phthalates you are exposed to. The way I see it, putting something directly on my skin or in my hair, (cosmetics and personal care products, including perfume, hair spray, soap, shampoo, nail polish, and skin moisturizers) that contain phthalates just doesn’t makes sense.

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Washing my clothes and dishes in detergents that contain phthalates doesn’t make sense. Cleaning my house with products that contain phthalates doesn’t make sense.

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I ask myself why I would do that when I know I can purchase high quality, economical products, WITHOUT phthalates. We can’t completely eliminate phthalates from our environment, but we can greatly reduce the amount of phthalates we are in direct contact with. Therefore I use products that are free from chemicals, including phthalates.  If you would like to learn about the products I use, contact me (Martha) at 505-750-7857 or is a health and wellness website that promotes healthy lifestyles and products.



Martha is from Las Vegas, Nevada. She and her husband, Kris, along with Rovey, the house dog, live in Phoenix, Arizona. They share their time between Phoenix and Sandia Park, New Mexico, where they have another home in the beautiful Sandia Mountains. Between their five grown children, two live in Las Vegas, one lives in Iowa, and two live in Arizona. Since Martha's late teens, she has pursued an interest in health and wellness, leading her eventually to share what she learned with friends and family. Always writing and scribbling notes on napkins, little pieces of paper and receipts, even her hand, she began to compile her ideas into one area where she could organize them. She shares everything from ideas about products; therapies; exercise; green home living; gardening; physical, financial, emotional and mental, and natural and spiritual health; strange symptoms; the benefits and power of direct marketing, and so much more. Having worked in the legal and real estate fields for many years, Martha also shares what she has learned from those professions. Martha's goal is pass along information to you, help you find a product – for you, and to help you "find Your direction©". Last year, as Martha's at-home online business continued to grow, she celebrated her tenth year anniversary for her website, Martha is also enjoying seeing her website, website, gain popularity as a home business mentoring website. Updated 1/3/18

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