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Everyday Toxic Exposure_Final

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>> Hi there. It's great to see you. In this lecture, we'll be taking about some of the ways we're all exposed to toxins in our everyday lives. You and your clients may not even be aware of the sheer number of toxic chemicals you are touching, eating, or breathing in each day, but you're about to find out. Now this may sound all doom and gloom, but don't worry, we have solutions to share too. Did you know that there are healthier alternatives for nearly every one of those chemicals? Yes, that's right. The natural and organic products industry has exploded over the last decade. In fact, it's worth was estimated at about $180 billion in 2015, and it's been steadily growing since. This shows that people are becoming more aware of the ingredients in their household and personal care products as well as the pesticides used on their food and the chemicals in their drinking water. This is great news. As you can imagine, chemicals hide in the most unlikely places. Triclosan is in dish soap, parabens are in shampoo and moisturizer, glycol ethers are in nearly every skincare product, and BPA is in so many food and skincare packages. So it's hard to avoid them. Most people don't really even look at the labels. Many people have gotten used to reading the nutrition facts on the food they buy but rarely do they read the list of ingredients contained in their personal care products. Until recently, dish soap and laundry detergent didn't even have to list the ingredients on the label, so you would have no idea what was actually in them even if you did read the label. Next time you're chatting with one of your clients, ask them if they read the labels on their personal care or household products. Many of the chemicals in personal care products and household cleaners are generally regarded as safe by the Food and Drug Administration. But when you consider that round up has been deemed as safe, you'll understand that safe doesn't equal non-toxic. Let's take a look at the five most common places that toxins can hide. These are household cleaners, personal care products, feminine products, food and drinking water. Now let's explore each of these in more detail starting with household cleaners. There are an array of potential toxins in most household cleaners. The fragrance, foaming agents, preservatives, artificial colors, and bleaching agents are all harmful to humans in some way. For instance, simple components that have been used for a longtime such as ammonia and chlorine bleach can cause respiratory problems and eye damage. Many of the ingredients in these products are endocrine disruptors which can affect men, women, children, and even fetuses adversely. Even the packaging for these products contains plastics which are harmful to our health and environment. The major chemicals to look out for in household cleaners are chlorine, which is a very reactive chemical that can cause bladder and rectal cancer. Ammonia, which is very irritating to the lungs and eyes, and if combined with chlorine produces a deadly gas. Glycol ethers such as butoxyethanol in window cleaners which are known endocrine disruptors, triclosan and other antibacterial additives which are potent xenoestrogens, and fragrances such as phthalates and styrene which are petroleum-based products that act as xenoestrogens, and may also cause cancer. What's most alarming is that you might not recognize these ingredients or even spot them on a list because companies are not required to list them. Often they get away with listing them on the label under names that sound generic and harmless like cleansing agents or fragrance. So when you see these words, beware. While it's definitely better to use the so-called green products that are becoming increasingly common on shelves. Many of these, on further inspection, still contain ingredients that your clients are better off not exposing themselves to like butoxyethanol, fragrance, and sodium lauryl sulphate. Many brands that sell green cleaning products over-advertise their benefits to make them look better knowing that health-conscious consumers are more likely to buy something that looks environmentally friendly. While they aren't necessarily as toxic as non-green products, they can still exacerbate asthma, eczema, and sinus issues. Fortunately, the best solution is also the most affordable. You can show your clients how to make their own homemade cleaning products using water, vinegar, and essential oils. For example, to replace scouring powder, have them try baking soda, blend it with a few drops of citrus essential oil. And for dusting, they can skip the fancy polishes and simply use microfiber cloth instead. Next, we have personal care products such as moisturizer, shampoo, soap, and body lotions, which are also loaded with harmful chemicals. Your clients may think, "What's the harm? It's only going on the outside." But it's actually worse to put harmful products on our skin than it is to eat them. Our skin is our largest organ, and these products get absorbed quickly, at least initially, they also bypass the liver detoxification system. To add insult to injury, many products contain ingredients that improve or speed up absorption which further exacerbates the problem. So these fast-acting creams and quick-absorbing powders are actually even worse. For this reason, when helping your clients transition away from toxic products, your first recommendation should be to switch their body lotion and face creams. Some of the worst toxins in personal care products include parabens which are preservatives that mimic estrogen, phthalates which are plastic byproducts that can affect the thyroid and mimic estrogen. Toluene which is found in many nail polishes. These are especially bad and should be replaced with five-free, seven-free, or nine-free nail polishes. Fragrances, artificial colors, and antibacterial agents, sodium lauryl sulfates which are found in many shampoos and liquid soaps. These highly processed chemicals are derived from all natural coconut. By the time they make it into the bottle, they no longer have any resemblance to it in anyway and can cause inflammation and possibly even cancer. And lastly, polyethylene glycol, also seen on labels as PEG, is toxic to the kidneys and the nervous system. This is only a partial list, but they are the main culprits to watch out for. If a product has a long list of ingredients that you don't recognize, it's safe to say there are potentially harmful toxins in it. Recommend to your clients that they find alternatives that have fewer chemicals and more natural ingredients. An organization called the Environmental Working Group, or EWG for short, has taken on the task of identifying the many toxins that were exposed to every day and documenting the possible effects as well as ways to avoid them. Their website has lists of skincare products, household cleaners, and foods to help you and your clients make healthier choices. Third, we have feminine care products. Have you ever stopped to think about the ingredients in menstrual pads, tampons, lubricants, douches, and feminine care wipes and creams? We highly recommend you take a look because these products are being used on some of the most naturally absorbent tissue in the body. The vagina and vulva have very thin tissue and a rich blood supply allowing products to be absorbed quickly into the system. Tampons in particular are in direct contact with the walls of the vagina for long periods of time. Tampons and sanitary pads contain fragrance, pesticide-soaked cotton, harsh adhesives, plastics, artificial colors and bleaches, and even petroleum-based foams. The bleaching agent used to make those products white, chlorine dioxide, leaves a toxic byproducts behind called dioxin. This is an endocrine disruptor that's linked to increased cancer risk. Douches, feminine care wipes and creams are often full of chemicals too. As you can imagine, this is a huge toxic load to be exposed to every month. Unfortunately, these products are barely regulated by the FDA as they're considered "medical devices." The FDA only makes recommendations regarding the bleaching products that can be used and sets a limit for levels of dioxin and pesticide that are allowed. The limit is not zero however, and even small amounts of exposure to these products inside the vagina can be harmful. Therefore, it makes sense that your clients would want to use the safest and least toxic products possible. Luckily, there are now many to choose from. We recommend checking out brands like LOLA organic cotton pads and tampons, Cora organic tampons, Maxim hygiene organic cotton pads and tampons, Natracare, and Seventh Generation. They may also be interested in GladRags, Lunapads, and THINX for reusable menstrual products that include period underwear and cotton pads. You can even recommend other natural period care alternatives such as the menstrual cup and the C-sponge. There are a variety of brands that offer menstrual cups made from medical grade silicon like Lunette, DivaCup, FemmyCycle, LENA Cup, and Ruby Cup. Women who use non-toxic feminine care items have reported reduced yeast and bacterial vaginosis infections, less skin irritation, and even lighter and less painful periods after making the switch to more natural menstrual products. Lubricants are another source of significant chemical exposure. Many of them contain parabens, chlorhexidine, artificial flavors and colors, and even irritants such as cinnamon oil or menthol. These are all potentially harmful chemicals that should be avoided. There are organic lubricants that are much less toxic such as Sliquid Organics, Good Clean Love, and Emerita. Some women are sensitive to glycerin, which may even be in the more natural lubricants. So it's a good idea to recommend that they try a couple of different brands. Also glycerin can feed yeast, as it's structurally similar to sugar, so it's best avoided. Many people rave about coconut oil as a personal lubricant and some women swear by coconut oil to treat bacterial vaginosis and yeast infections because of its antibiotic and antifungal properties. But using coconut oil for these things actually isn't a great idea, as it can interfere with a natural flora of the vaginal and vulvar area over time. Like bio-individuality of nutrition, what works for one, may not work for all here as well. Coconut oil is generally safe to use in a pinch but with all the other alternatives available, it isn't recommended for regular use as a lubricant or as a cure for recurrent infections. We've talked a fair amount about toxic exposure in food during this course, but let's talk briefly about why non-organic foods and genetically modified organisms or GMOs make a difference in maintaining a low exposure to toxins. By their nature, certified organic foods can't contain GMOs. A common misunderstanding is that this doesn't mean that no pesticides were used on them, just that the pesticides are typically not manmade, instead the approved pesticides tend to have natural substances like soaps, lime sulfur, and hydrogen peroxide as ingredients. These more natural pesticides have a lower toxin burden and tend not to be endocrine disruptors. Also, not all natural substances are allowed in organic agriculture. Some chemicals like arsenic, strychnine, and tobacco dust are prohibited. The biggest issue with genetically modified food products is the fact that most genetic modifications are for the benefit of the plant surviving the pesticide load that is bombarded with, not the person who will consume it. The most common genetic modification in US crops is to make them roundup resistant. Roundup is a potent weed killer used by traditional farmers to protect the crops from bugs. Unfortunately, while definitive research is lacking, Roundup is a highly chemical, very potent weed killer. While it might be fairly safe at low levels, the amount of Roundup that is sprayed on genetically modified crops is very high. So high, in fact, that it leaves measurable residue in the water supply and the air. And it isn't just in your fruits and vegetables. Most of the meat grown in the US is fed a diet heavy and genetically modified soy, corn, and alfalfa. Farmed fish are also fed a study diet of GMO corn. The jury may still be out on the true safety of GMOs and Roundup, but to maintain a low toxic load, these products are best avoided. To decrease your clients' exposure to them, teach them to look for organic meats, vegetables, and fruits, and choose wild-caught sea food. In addition, any product that includes corn or corn byproducts like corn syrup and high fructose corn syrup should be limited or avoided if they want to avoid GMOs. Finally, tap water is monitored closely and declared safe in most communities. However, it's important to understand that chlorine and fluoride are routinely added. In fact, about two-thirds of the US population is exposed to fluoridated water. Also, it is nearly impossible to filter out antibiotics, hormones from birth control pills, and narcotics from water that's been treated at a waste water plant. While the dosage may be extremely small, the exposure is daily. A whole home filtration system using reverse osmosis can help protect your clients and their families from these potential toxins. If the cost is prohibitive, you can recommend a Berkey filtration system for drinking water and a shower head filter to remove chlorine and other chemicals. And you can recommend that water be stored in glass, not plastic. All right, that was a lot of information. So now, let's do a recap. The five most common ways that you and your clients are exposed to chemicals in day to day life are through household cleaners, personal care products, feminine products, food and drinking water. Be sure to check out the handout in this module called Top 10 Hidden Chemicals Harmful to Hormonal Health for a great reference guide to some of the most common offenders. A done-for-you printable version of this handout is also available for you to give to your clients. So be sure to check that out too. It's located in the Business Toolkit section of your Learning Center. We understand that making the shift to a low toxin lifestyle is a huge undertaking that can involve changing just about everything a person uses or consumes. This can feel totally overwhelming and the cost can be a legitimate concern for some of your clients too. This is why as a coach, you should only make one or two recommendations at a time, acknowledge and celebrate small changes and listen to and validate any concerns about the potential financial burden. You now have a solid understanding of the potential for daily toxic exposure, as well as some good alternatives to suggest to your clients so they can limit their toxin load. Now it's time to drop by the Facebook group to discuss ways that you've reduced your exposure to environmental toxins. What's one new thing you can try this week? Thanks for joining us today, and we look forward to seeing you soon.

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Posted by: ninaz on Apr 13, 2018

Everyday Toxic Exposure_Final

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