Aug 012017
 

 

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 marthapmintl@gmail.com. 



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Nov 292016
 

Although this article is a few years old, I felt it was worth sharing.  mlr

 

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Personal care products, especially those used by baby, should be chosen with caution. You would think we could trust the safety of products labeled for baby-use, but alas, that is not the case. The New York Times recently covered the announcement by Johnson & Johnson to remove potentially harmful chemicals, such as formaldehyde, from their baby products by the end of next year.

 

Another group of scary chemicals that have been found in baby products are phthalates. Scientists are making connections between exposure to phthalates and hormone related diseases, such as diabetes and thyroid disease. Medical News Today published an article about a study by US researchers that found phthalates in the urine of babies that used baby shampoo, baby powder, and baby lotion.

 

Phthalates are hormone disrupters and seem to especially affect male development. Products that contain phthalates are not easy to identify. They are often added as a component of fragrance, or added to plastics to make them more flexible. Therefore, they are not required to be listed on ingredient labels.

 

A PubMed study found emerging evidence that phthalates and Bisphenol A (BPA), another man-made chemical, may also have thyroid disrupting properties.

 

Even though phthalates may not be listed on labels, products with phthalates are commonly found in a variety of personal care products.Prevention Magazine describes how easy it is to be exposed to phthalates.

This article was published with permission.

If you would like help in finding non-toxic products for your baby, contact me, Martha L. Robards, at marthapmintl@gmail.com, or call me at 505-750-7847, or private message me on my Facebook business page, RobardsHealthyLifestyles.com.

Jun 052015
 

Cleaning our homes with non-toxic products becomes a priority when we have little ones in the home who could come into contact with dangerous chemicals or when we, for some reason, become more sensitive to the dangerous chemicals in most in-store products.  The skull bones on the back of most cleaning products under CAUTION should be a warning that the product is dangerous.  The products I use are non-toxic and completely safe for children and animals.  They will not choke you when cleaning with them and they clean better than store-bought brands.  I am very thankful to have been using natural based products for many years.  It has saved me a lot of possible headaches (pun).  To learn more about the products I use, go to makegreengogreen.com/MarthaRobards.