The Environmental Working Group is again sharing shocking news. After surveying 3,300 parents, comparing the baby products they use to lists of chemicals known to cause allergies, hormone disruption, damage to the nervous system, and cancer, the group found that children are exposed to 27 chemical ingredients on a daily basis that have never been assessed for safety. Not by the industry, nor by the government.
Dr. Rebecca Sutton, the environmental scientist who conducted the study, points out that:
Surprisingly, 89 percent of products labeled “Recommended by doctor” are actually some of your worst offenders, containing what Dr. Sutton considers dangerous chemicals.
Manufacturers have responded with the following statement from the Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association:
"Companies utilize a complex, multi-tiered scientific approach to extensively evaluate the safety of individual ingredients and finished products. These processes can take many months to several years to complete and utilize the expertise of leading chemists, toxicologists, biologists, dermatologists and experts from other scientific disciplines and medical specialty areas."
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) is a nonprofit public-interest research group known for making connections between chemical exposure and adverse health conditions.
Thankfully, this Washington-based organization has made it easy to calculate your risk of exposure to potentially harmful substances through the personal care products you use for yourself and your baby. Since 2004, their "Skin Deep" study has been assigning health-risk ratings to each of about 7,500 personal-care products.
Their rating system offers a means of quantifying the answer to a controversial question: Just what are you doing to yourself when you slather stuff on your body? And, what risks are you exposing your children to?
Please don't shrug this issue off.
It is important to recognize that whatever you spread on your skin has a very real chance of being absorbed into your blood stream, with the potential to cause serious damage in your body.
The EWG’s "Skin Deep" report will tell you how many ingredients the products collectively contain. The calculator will rate the aggregate health threat those ingredients might pose to you.
Each product is ranked according to its ingredients' potential to:
- Cause cancer
- Trigger allergic reactions
- Interfere with your endocrine (hormonal) system
- Impair reproduction or damage a developing fetus
Please. Do shield your children from as many of these dangerous chemicals as possible. It’s their future health – both physical and mental -- at stake.
To keep yourself and your family safe:
- Only use natural cleaning products in your home. Most health food stores will have these available or you can search for them online
- Switch over to natural brands of toiletries, including children’s personal care products, and your own shampoos, toothpastes, antiperspirants, and cosmetics. You can usually find a good variety at either your local health food store, or by searching online.
Unfortunately, it’s not as easy as simply reading a label anymore, because not all products marked “natural” or “organic” are in fact natural or organic, so make sure you check them out on the Skin Deep site.
There is reason to be concerned about the numerous toxic chemicals you are exposed to on a daily basis. I strongly urge you to read Our Toxic World: A Wake Up Call. The author, Dr. Doris Rapp, is an early mentor of mine. She is one great lady and does a thorough job of uncovering the many ways you are exposed to toxic chemicals, and how they take a toll on your health, contributing to the many chronic diseases you see today.