Recently in the news, Johnson & Johnson (J&J) was officially ordered to pay $72 million in damages to the family of a woman whose death from ovarian cancer was linked to using their talc-based baby powder and Shower to Shower products for several decades!
According to the family’s attorneys, J&J knew that some of their products were carcinogenic ( carcinogen – a substance capable of causing cancer in living tissue) since the 1980s, yet continued to deceive the public. While it shouldn’t take a tragedy like someone dying to prove that certain products don’t deserve our money and attention, I understand what kind of implications a death or a lawsuit can hold. It makes the consequences of these companies decisions very real, so ask, what products are really safe for you and your family?
The only person who can decide that is you. Don’t let pretty packaging or fancy words sway you, and don’t let me or anyone else tell you. What someone decides is safe for his or her family will not necessarily be safe for yours. It takes a little bit of research to learn about the ins and outs of ingredients in not only food products, but household and skin products as well. When you put the work in, you not only empower yourself by making smarter decisions, but you also set a great example for your family to make well informed choices and to think for themselves.
Some simple rules that I try to follow are:
• Buy local natural made products and/or organic (hopefully devoid of glyphosates) if possible.
• Do I know what that ingredient is? (eg., shea butter vs sodium laureth sulfate?!) A note about ingredients: natural ingredients can be listed in their scientific names, which can make things a little confusing, but try your best to learn as much as you can. Also, the word “natural” is does not have a legal definition and can be used freely by manufacturers.
• Plant based ingredients (veggies/fruits/etc) are best!
• Less is more: The fewer ingredients, the better, and the less processed, the better.
• For body products: Can I eat that? or would I? Your skin is the body’s largest organ – if it’s not safe to eat, it is probably not the safest product for your body!.
I hope this helps you get off to a good start. If you have any questions about anything (and I mean anything) I would love to help out. Our time is very limited so let’s give ourselves and especially our babies the best chance by living a beautiful and healthy one free of carcinogenics and toxins!
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