If you’ve got a chronic illness like multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, or Lyme disease, you’re probably following your doctor’s advice to eat healthy, reduce stress, maybe even drink green drinks or take supplements. You think you’re doing “everything right” or “eating healthy,” but you might be hurting your efforts to get well by not paying attention to the harmful effects of the products you use at home. The single most critical thing you need to know is that everything you eat, put on your skin and surround yourself with impacts your health and well-being… in ways that may surprise you.
“How often do you think about the clothes you’re wearing or its impact on the people who make it?” asked Matt Reynolds, President and Co-Founder of INDIGENOUS, an organic and fair trade fashion company, at a recent eco fashion talk in San Francisco. The gathering was sparked by the recent Bangladesh tragedy where a garment factory collapsed and over 1,100 workers died.
Poor working conditions, minimal environmental regulations, and child and slave labor are commonplace in the $1 trillion garment industry. One way INDIGENOUS is helping to rectify that situation is to create transparency between their consumers and textile workers. Scott Leonard and Matt Reynolds, INDIGENOUS Co-founders, embedded their hang tags with QR (quick response) bar codes, which can be scanned by a smartphone so that consumers can learn where a garment was made, and the social impact the purchase makes on the lives of the workers. “This is nutritional labeling for the fashion industry,” said Shamini Dhana, who moderated the event. Dhana is Founder of Dhana EcoKids, a children’s apparel company that uses 100% certified organic fabric and eco-friendly dyes. “We need to start thinking about people and planet and not just profit,” she added.
Chemicals in the everyday products we use in our homes may be negatively affecting our hormones, says a newly-released study by WHO, the World Health Organization. The study, titled “State of the Science of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals,” says pesticides, plasticizers and product additives contain endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs). They act like synthetic hormones, throwing off the body’s natural hormonal system. A hormone is a chemical messenger produced in the glands in our endocrine system and released in our blood and affects everything from mood to metabolism.
Beth is presenting a workshop at Esalen: How to Stay Healthy in a Toxic World: Change Your Home Environment, Change Your Life May 31-June 2nd in Big Sur, CA.
What if you could stay healthy by simply changing your home environment? Every day we’re exposed to hundreds of untested chemicals — from additives in food, to endocrine disruptors in cosmetics, to fumes in household cleaners. These comprise our “body burden” and can exacerbate allergies, asthma, fatigue, cough, headache, and more serious health conditions.
This practical workshop offers bite-sized wisdom to radically improve your health and vitality. Take an in-depth look at what goes in you, on you and what surrounds you, including simple, affordable ways to make your home a safe haven.
Living chemical-free seems like a luxury — after all, those organic products tend to be pricier. But is it worth the cost? Beth Greer, an environmental health consultant and the author of Super Natural Home, warns that the chemicals can “act as endocrine disruptors — substances that interfere with our natural hormones.” This may lead to the worsening of conditions like allergies and asthma and other symptoms like fatigue, nausea, and headaches. Prolonged exposure may even lead to more devastating health problems.
“Almost 40 percent of my 4- and 5-year-olds are obese,” said Stephen P. Bolduc, M.D., who’s been practicing pediatrics for 32 years, “and they’re not responding to traditional treatment. When I suggest they exercise more and eat less they don’t lose weight, as an overweight kid, say 10 years ago, would,” he added. He’s seeing a major shift in his practice.
Beth Greer, known as the Super Natural Mom, is author of the bestseller “Super Natural Home,” endorsed by Deepak Chopra and Ralph Nader. She’s former President of The Learning Annex, Huffington Post columnist, holistic health educator and healthy home makeover specialist who offers a one-of-a-kind service to protect people from invisible toxins in their homes that can cause fatigue, allergies, asthma, and other health problems. Naturally Savvy’s Andrea Donsky interviewed Beth about reducing our exposure to toxins. (more…)