WHO KNEW? SILICONE BRACELETS TRACK CHEMICAL EXPOSURE!

A REASON TO BRING THEM BACK INTO FASHION

By Alexandra Ossola

Those Livestrong bracelets might have gone out of fashion after Lance Armstrong’s doping scandal, but scientists have come up with a new reason to bring them back. The bracelets are made of silicone, which can trap toxic pollutants that the wearer encounters. Researchers from Oregon State University recently tested the bracelets on 92 preschool children and were surprised by the number of harmful toxins the kids encountered in a week. The researchers published a study in the May issue of the journal Environmental Research, as Chemical and Engineering News reports this week.

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The silicone wristbands are ideal sampling tools because they are comfortable and easy to wear for extended periods of time without harming the person, the researchers write (they had tested necklaces in previous studies but those weren’t as appealing). In the study, the researchers were looking for 41 types of flame retardants, as childhood exposure to these chemicals has been linked to health problems including decreased cognitive ability, hyperactivity, and obesity. After the children wore the wristbands for a week, the researchers performed an analysis of the chemicals absorbed by the silicone. They found that 60 percent of the samples contained 11 of those compounds. They detected half the chemicals they were looking for, including several that are no longer produced in the United States. Just which flame retardants the kids were exposed to depended on the age of their house and how often their parents vacuumed.

With any luck, those findings can help parents and regulators make substantive changes to reduce kids’ exposure to harmful flame retardants. It’s happened before—when scientists figured out that roofers were exposed to more dangerous chemicals at a training site than during their regular jobs, the union of workers insisted on better ventilation in the training facility, according to Vocativ.

The researchers are using the same silicone bracelets to pursue a number of different questions about the interaction between environmental chemicals and health, according to C&EN. They are currently working on a study evaluating prenatal exposure to some chemicals (putting the wristbands on mothers in their last trimester) and the incidence of childhood asthma. Other projects are looking at farmers’ exposure to pesticide chemicals on four continents.

So go ahead and dig yours out of the closet and start wearing it again, it may just save your life… To reduce and replace products that expose you to harmful chemicals click on the banner below.

*Adapted from a piece posted on http://www.popsci.com/

Perla Middleton

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Show us your SPRING Clean!

Springtime is synonymous with beauty, flowers, and renewal. I associate those things with cleaning because I find beauty in clean things and typically decorate my home with fresh flowers after I organize a have everything sparkling. While it might be tempting to spray your whole place with bleach or disinfectant spray (that make things “clean,” right?), a lot of common household cleaning products are actually pretty toxic to our health. Luckily, there are ways to keep things fresh and sanitary. Read on for the low-down when selecting better and safer products for you, your family and your home.

The Environmental Protection Agency ranks indoor air pollution among the top environmental dangers, and much of this pollution comes from common cleaning products (or what we’ll call “indoor pollutants”). Immediate effects of exposure to indoor pollutants can include headaches, foggy thinking, dizziness, fatigue, and irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat, as well as exacerbated symptoms of asthma and other respiratory illnesses. Long-term effects (following long or repeated exposure to indoor pollutants) include respiratory diseases, autism spectrum disorder, heart disease, learning disabilities, ADHD, cancer, infertility, hormonal imbalances, chronic fatigue, obesity, early puberty, immune system diseases and even cancer. Small particles of dust and toxins can infest your home. Be sure to stay informed about your house and learn about any contaminants that could affect your health. For example, asbestos is a mineral that was used in housing materials. Left alone, it is harmless, but damaged it could pose a serious health concern such as mesothelioma cancer. The indoor pollutants that can cause these reactions are so common that the EPA strongly recommends everyone improve the air quality of their home, regardless of whether symptoms are currently present. (See tips throughout infographic).

Be sure to change your air filter on the recommended schedule to reduce pet dander, dust, and other pollutants from circulating through your home. While cleaning may be more economical than replacing the shower liner in your home, if it is old, you may just need to replace it. Look carefully at the materials the new liner is made of so that you do not bring more hazardous chemicals to your home.  Beware of PVC-containing shower curtains which can emit 108 chemicals in the air according to studies by the Center for Health, Environment and Justice, CHEJ. Avoid their cousins made from PEVA or EVA, though less harmful, recent studies have proven them to be harmful nonetheless. Other PVC based products such as flooring can create further issues, so it considering a remodel be sure to consult an expert. Especially if your home was built prior to 1970, as it can contain asbestos. If you are still inclined to be a DIYer, be sure to wear protective masks, gloves and ventilate your home.

For those of us who do not want to spend money on an air purifier, NASA has provided us with great insight to plants, such as:

  • Garden Mum
  • Spider Plant
  • Dracaena
  • Ficus/Weeping Fig
  • Peace Lily
  • Boston Fern
  • Snake Plant
  • Bamboo Palm
  • Aloe Vera

All of whom will purify the air of the following pollutants, ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene and xylene. (Thanks to the greatist.com for this fantastic list!)

Don’t rely on the government to protect you when it comes to hazardous chemicals in cleaning products, DO YOUR RESEARCH! They don’t regulate or assess the safety (or even labeling) of the vast majority of cleaning products on the market. The EPA, meanwhile, only regulates cleaners that contain registered pesticides. This means that consumers are basically on their own when it comes to choosing safe cleaning products — a task that’s way easier said than done. (For reviews of the toxicity of household cleaners and even personal care products, check out the Environmental Working Group’s database at www.EWG.com).

Here are some facts about cleaning and cleaners that you may not be aware of:

  • There are over 80,000 chemicals in use in the US alone, over 11,000 of which are banned overseas.
  • Manufacturers of cleaning products and laundry detergents we use every day (unlike food, beverage and other personal care products) are not regulated by federal law to list their ingredients.
  • It takes approximately 26 seconds for any substance to be absorbed through your skin and enter your bloodstream or inhaled and entered into your lungs.
  • We are the first generation ever exposed to an unprecedented amount of toxic chemicals on a daily basis, a number which is on the rise.
  • Luckily, chemical-laden cleaning products aren’t the only means to keep a home sparkly. Before you purchase anything, arm yourself with information and research on the products you currently use.

Beware of the words Non-Toxic vs Toxic-Free, they mean two different things. While we may use them interchangeably, there is no regulation regarding the Non-Toxic term, even after passing the cut off where something could be considered Non-Toxic does not make it safe. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, who created The Federal Hazardous Substance Act, deems a product toxic if it can produce personal injury or illness to humans when it is inhaled, swallowed, or absorbed through the skin. In other words, if a substance kills ONLY 49% of the test subjects, could be legally labeled non-toxic. Makes you feel really safe, right? However, Toxic-Free cannot produce any reaction or harm their subjects in any way shape or form. The solution is to minimize what you can control and prevent exposure in the first place. The first place to start is in your home.

If you are looking for the best of the best, be on the lookout for products that have the Certified Toxic Free seal, like the ones found at www.MyToxicFreeClub.com, next look for EcoCert, Certified Organic, and USDA Certified Biobased. These certifications will insure that the products were produced by conscientious companies and guarantee that all ingredients have been researched, tested and do not cause negative health effects. A lot of us have made homemade cleaning products at some point thinking they are better for us or that they can help save us money and protect the environment; this may not necessarily be true. Research the ingredients first and make sure you will not end up with a worse product in comparison to a store-bought one.

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If you are still unsure of how to get started down the path to a healthier toxic-free lifestyle this spring season, feel free to drop me an email at dnp1515@gmail.com and I will answer your more specific questions. Thank you to the Mesothelioma Asbestos Awareness Center for this amazing infographic.

Happy Spring Cleaning!

Perla Middleton
*I was not compensated by maacenter.org for writing this article, however they gave me the rights to utilize this amazing infographic.

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Hit the farmers market for better health!

Spring is here and the heat will soon set in and before the Summer begins, I want to make sure that I take full advantage of the light, fluffy and seasonal fruits and veggies into my recipes and have them as part of my restorative and nutritive repertoire. What should you do to make sure that you get the best bang for your buck and get the juiciest and tastiest, but most importantly healthiest fruits and veggies this season?
Start by visiting your local farmers market; our local market is open every Saturday.
If you can’t make it to the farmers market and must get it from a grocery store, get your fruits and veggies early, doing so ensures that you get the best pick. It also means you will get the most nutrition out of your food because it did not have to sit in a truck or warehouse for long periods of time. Download FoodScores from EWG.org to ensure you get the best-rated food.

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Look for seasonal foods. They vary from region to region, but your local farmers can let you in on the secret. Here are some of my favorites:

Strawberries– I LOVE strawberries, they are such a versatile fruit! You can make smoothies, you can decorate cakes, you can make jelly, or you can eat them as is… Believe it or not, they are also a great source of Vitamin C and act as a fast-working antioxidant. You have heard that carrots help with your vision, but I bet you have not heard that strawberries also promote eye health. It is that same vitamin C that helps protect our eyes from cataracts and damage to our eyes. One thing to keep in mind is that strawberries tend to be treated heavily with pesticides because of its propensity to go bad so fast or for it to be attacked by bugs, so get some good toxicfree fruit and veggie cleaner and soak/wash your strawberries well before eating.

Oranges– though thought as of a winter fruit by some, I think of it as an all year round fruit. The benefits of Oranges and their Vitamin C are fantastic. One medium size orange can contain up to 70% of your daily requirement of Vitamin C helps strengthen your immune system and during spring time, while allergy season is in full swing, this is especially important. It accomplishes this task by eliminating free-radicals that damage things like your skin. It also helps with brain development, the folic acid or Vitamin B9 in oranges helps keep your brain in working order. One added benefit that most of us do not normally practice is eating the orange peel. Orange peels have over 60 types of flavonoids and over 170 different types of phytonutrients and lots of fiber and these compounds are vital to roles carried out by various systems in your body.

Broccoli– Broccoli aids in the reduction of cholesterol because of all the fiber it contains, which binds to the nasty cholesterol in your blood and helps it exit your body much faster. Broccoli contains high levels of calcium and vitamin K and both are needed to have strong bones and ward off osteoporosis. It also helps with other types of heart health, surprise, surprise… it also helps with eye health and digestion in general. Did you know that broccoli has as much protein as a cup or rice or corn but half the calories? I didn’t and probably none of the GMO (well when it comes to corn that is).

There are many other fruits and vegies I could talk about like asparagus, artichokes, greens, mangoes (though not native to this area), peaches, and so on…. But I am almost out of space!

So… how about I end with my favorite smoothie recipe….

Strawberry Banana Smoothie (2 servings)

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Fresh strawberries (hulled and diced)
  • 1 Banana
  • 1/2 cup Almond milk (not Silk, because it contains soy)
  • 1 cup Ice cubes
  • 1/2 tbsp Honey (get some from the local farmers market, if you suffer from allergies, wildflower honey from your particular region is supposed to help and this is a great way to incorporate it into your diet)

Instructions:
1. Combine all of the ingredients in a blender and purée until smooth.
2. Add more almond milk if necessary to reach desired consistency.
3. Adjust honey to taste.
4. Serve immediately.

Until next time, stay healthy, stay toxicfree! And enjoy the yummy recipe!

As published in Moments August 2015

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Never Buy Produce With a Sticker That Begins With # 8

An apple a day the serial starting with 8 does not keep the doctor away.

WARNING: Why You Should Never Buy Produce With a Sticker That Begins With 8 Have you ever stared at the sticker on your beautiful fuji apple and wondered what the numbers meant? Turns out….. More info @ https://t.co/NxAinxIDc8

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March 21, 2016 at 11:19AM

The most amazing toxin-free makeup line! CRUNCHI!

Attention fellow health conscious mamas and friends! Guess what???! My incredible friends Kelly and Melanie have just launched the most amazing toxin-free makeup line! CRUNCHI! This makeup collection will blow you away. CRUNCHI products not only boast the safest ingredients on the market, but they are also (and equally as importantly) beautifully effective. Each one will rival your beloved (toxic) department store brands all day long. People are freaking out about it! As many of you know, cosmetics are an absolute hotbed for toxic chemicals and it’s one of the things that women are using daily! CRUNCHI COLLECTION is made with a combination of safe, certified organic, Eco Cert, gluten free, vegan/vegetarian, cruelty-free and toxin-free ingredients. CRUNCHI is literally changing the face of safe cosmetics, showing us that you don’t have to sacrifice your health for long lasting beautiful, effective, quality cosmetics. I’m so proud to be representing this incredible company and excited to share CRUNCHI with all of you… so many of you have been waiting for this!

Check out this line at http://Crunchi.com/perlamiddleton 
View our latest videos at http://bit.ly/CrunchiYouTube
Contact me with questions at perlamiddleton@iamcrunchi.com

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Look who is in our ToxicFree® corner…

Tonight, we’re excited to share that we’ve joined forces with Rob Lowe to introduce his ToxicFree® PROFILE™ Men’s Skin Care Collection. PROFILE’s purpose is to offer high-performance grooming products for men that provide results you can feel and see. Rob believes every man should have access to what he needs to maximize his potential and put his best face forward!

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DID YOU KNOW:
•   Men’s skin is up to 30% thicker than women’s skin?
•   It contains testosterone, making it 20% oiler?
•   Men’s skin ages differently than women’s?

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PROFILE™ proprietary R3 and ToxicFree® formulas are designed with these specifics in mind using concentrated, natural ingredients, and no added water. Stay tuned to www.MyToxicFreeClub.com a GoBeyondNatural Affiliate to learn more!

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Shoot me any questions you may have.

Cheers!

Perla

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FINAL Week of ToxicFree in 21 Days!

Join us Tuesday, February 23rd at 9PM ET / 8PM CT / 7 PM MT / 6PM PT for the third installment of ToxicFree in 21 Days with Brittany Glynn.

Call-in Number: 605-562-3140
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Make sure you invite a friend to this week’s call because Brittany will be sharing details on how you and a friend can each enjoy a FREE bottle of 2oz Thera-P Lotion and 4oz D-Odor Spray, compliments of Brittany.

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This special offer will only be available to people who attend the call. (Brittany’s gifts from Week 1 and Week 2 were gone in 5 minutes and the complimentary Cleanz for new customers were gone in four days!)

Use this link to read more about this event! http://bit.ly/ToxicFreein21Days
Here is a super tip. It will ask you for register for a free membership on the site, (again it is free… so no harm no foul), what I suggest on the posts is to go ahead and follow the link http://www.MyToxicFreeClub.com
  1. Click on Join A Rewards Program and select one of the 2 options…
  2. JOIN AS TELL-A-FRIEND or JOIN AS AFFILIATE.
  3. You can read up on each and make your selection.
  4. This way you already have a free membership and it is easier and faster when you are on the calls to enter your information once they release the link for the free product.

If you missed one of the other calls, no need to worry, connect with me and I will be happy to share them with you.

Shoot me any questions you may have.

Cheers!

Perla

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