Are You Living in a Chemical Testing Lab?

I just watched this amazing video from the ABC TV Catalyst program. It’s an oldie but a goodie!
We know there are lots of chemicals in our environment but seriously, do you Really Know just how many and how they are affecting you and your health?
Thousands of chemicals are used in everyday products – in our water, our food and in the air we breathe. It’s the chemical soup of modern life and it’s virtually impossible to escape them.
A large proportion of these chemicals are known as endocrine disruptors. They mimic our hormones and disrupt virtually every aspect of human health – beginning at our most vulnerable time, in the womb.
Experts believe the rise in the use of industrial chemicals is linked to issues like lower IQ, cancer and reproductive problems.
In this special edition of Catalyst, Dr Maryanne Demasi investigates the safety of these chemicals, and compares the level of chemicals in her own body with clean living convert and media personality Sarah Wilson.
Is there adequate regulation and testing, or are we in the midst of an uncontrolled, human experiment?
What’s even scarier is that in the US, the term GRAS is often used to classify the safety level of some ingredients – GRAS is an acronym for Generally Regarded As Safe (
unless proven otherwise)! I don’t know about you but ‘generally’? Seems a bit scary to me.
So What Can You Do?
Consumer Demand drives the market. So if we as consumers only buy ‘safe’ products, companies would find a way to make safe products overnight.
The 3 areas you can target most easily are Food, Home and Personal Care products.
  • Food
    • Go organic and grass fed in possible and definitely free range when it comes to meat and fish. Organic or minimally sprayed for fruit, veg, nuts, seeds & definitely opt for filtered water. Remember, the solution to pollution is dilution.
  • Home
    • Open windows or use essential oils to freshen up a room
    • Forget fly and insect spray, use lavender oil instead
    • Forget harsh cleaning products too – vinegar kills mould rather than just cover it up like a lot of the bleach products do
    • Fragrance in Washing powder is hormone disruptive and can also trigger asthma and eczema. Find a good quality washing powder that is fragrance free or uses naturally occurring fragrances
    • Same goes for dishwashing liquid. Residue on plates and dishes is absorbed through hands when washing
  • Personal Care
    • Watch for Phthalates in fragrances and cosmetics
    • Use essential oils rather than perfumes
    • Try bicarb soda instead of deodorant and add some essential oils if you want to smell nice
    • Shampoo and Conditioners are often made from the same chemicals as engine degreasers so you have to wash your hair more often
    • Body Wash and Lotions contain Humectants which pull moisture from the dermal layer of skin so you need to use more of the product
    • And then there’s Cosmetics
      • Mascara is often made from boot polish, Lipstick (stay fast kind) from  lead,  Foundations are often made from  clay, talc, bentonite (cat litter & used to put out fires in mines) or Kalin (used to put out bushfires).
So, check your labels and Checkout the Catalyst Program – Our Chemical Lives
It’s around 28 mins long but well worth watching.

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