Have you ever made the assumption that “if it’s on the shelf, it must be safe”? Do you assume the FDA is protecting your family?
Girl, me too! I thought the government must be keeping us safe from chemicals and toxins and promoting a healthy life for us. Boy, was I wrong!!!
Nearly 2 years ago I started my journey to uncovering what was beyond the label of my cleaning products. After realizing how harmful the toxins in my house were (more than the outside world) I soon discovered a passion for all things clean. I'm not a gung-ho research queen by any means, but I discovered that I was the gatekeeper of my home and my farm.
That is when I realized that what goes on my skin is just as important as what goes in my body. And, I wanted to be more cautious about the legacy I was leaving behind to my family, my farm animals, and my friends. And that is when I began passionately living a simple clean life.
That is why I started using products from Young Living. They made it easy to make switches over time as I ran out of the toxic products in my home like household cleaners, toothpaste, deodorant, animal shampoo, and even make up. Their one-stop-shop made it simple. So, I also wanted to educate others on this lifestyle.
If you want to learn more... join me each week as I uncover products that will help you in a journey to live a simple clean life.
My goal through this blog is to inspire you to become a critical thinker about your family’s wellness, equip you with facts that you may not know or understand about your health and wellness, and empower you to make a change, if you desire. Let’s talk about what you don’t know.
History of Toxins and Chemicals in our Products
What is a cosmetic or personal care product as defined by the FDA?
“a cosmetic as a product (excluding pure soap) intended to be applied to the human body for cleansing, beautifying, promoting attractiveness, or altering the appearance.”
“Included in this definition are products such as skin moisturizers, perfumes, lipsticks, fingernail polishes, eye and facial makeup preparations, shampoos, permanent waves, hair colors, toothpastes, and deodorants, as well as any material intended for use as a component of a cosmetic product.”
What is the FDA?
The Federal Drug Administration
“The law does not require cosmetic products and ingredients, other than color additives, to have FDA approval before they go on the market”
“Neither the law nor FDA regulations require specific tests to demonstrate the safety of individual products or ingredients. The law also does not require cosmetic companies to share their safety information with FDA.”
What isn’t allowed?
Canada bans 500 toxic chemicals
Europe bans 1328
In comparison, the US FDA only bans or restricts the use of 11 chemicals including: Mercury, Chloroform, Methylene Chloride to name a few.
Misbranded or adulterated- you cannot lie about what is in the ingredients, however...
What is allowed?
You can omit any and all ingredients.
In comparison with other countries- This means we are the dumping grounds. We allow products
What about recalls?
“Recalls of cosmetics are voluntary actions taken by manufacturers or distributors to remove from the marketplace products that represent a hazard or gross deception, or that are somehow defective (21 CFR 7.40(a). FDA is not authorized to order recalls of cosmetics…”
So what does this mean?
There is ZERO oversight
There are no repercussions
Why does this matter?
Health Insurance is the No. 1 industry by revenue in the world
Pharmaceuticals were a 1.3 Trillion Dollar industry in 2019
My question for myself is, what benefit is me being healthy and well for them?
Are hospitals getting bigger and fuller or are people becoming healthier and less dependent? - Food for thought.
How do chemicals work? What I do know…
Unlike our digestive system- our skin does not filter out what it doesn’t need. So it absorbs everything. We can also inhale them which affects our lymphatic system- our breathing and lungs.
Within 22 seconds reach your brain
Within 2 minutes can be found in your bloodstream
Within 20 minutes in every cell of your body
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