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Chemicals in Everyday Products Can Ruin Your Health

Monday, March 24th, 2014

You think you’re doing “everything right” or “eating healthy,” but you might be hurting your efforts to get and stay well by not paying attention to the harmful effects of the everyday items you use at home.

Chemicals in your household products may be negatively affecting your hormones, says a recent study by the WHO (World Health Organization). The study, “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. Hormones are chemical messengers produced by the glands in our endocrine system and released in our blood, affecting everything from mood to metabolism.

The exposure happens on a daily basis from being in contact with items like soap, shampoo, cleaners, drinking water, food and plastic containers. One of the chemicals investigated in the study is BPA, or Bisphenol A, which mimics estrogen if it’s introduced into the body. It can get there by leaching out of hard plastic bottles, especially if they are heated (in microwave ovens or dishwashers) or exposed to acidic solutions (tomato sauce). BPA has been linked to breast cancer, diabetes, obesity and heart disease.

BPA was banned in baby bottles and sippy cups in 2012, but can still be found in plastic reusable food containers, measuring cups, canned soup, soda cans and cash register and ATM receipts. If you think you’ll be safe if a product claims “No BPA” on the label, you’d be wrong. A new exposé by Mother Jones magazine revealed that chemicals used to replace BPA may be just as dangerous to your health, if not more. “Plastic products being advertised as BPA-free — and sold by companies such as Evenflo, Nalgene and Tupperware — are still releasing synthetic estrogen,” the article stated.

Another chemical to be aware of is the antibacterial chemical Triclosan, found in many personal-care products, including liquid soap, deodorant, acne cream and toothpaste. A really effective way to absorb chemicals is through the mouth. For example, when a drug like nitroglycerin is administered for a heart condition it is given under the tongue for fast absorption. So are natural homeopathic remedies. So what happens when you brush with toothpaste containing Triclosan? You get a dose of the chemical.

“Three out of four Americans have Triclosan in their blood,” said Sarah Janssen, M.D., Ph.D, senior scientist in the health and environment program at NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council) in San Francisco. “And when you brush your teeth with a toothpaste containing the chemical, your levels go way up.”

According to scientists, Triclosan is proven to be an endocrine disruptor in laboratory animals. It decreases thyroxine levels in the thyroid (Crofton, 2007); interferes with testosterone and decreases sperm counts (Kumar, 2009); and interferes with estrogen, bringing on early puberty (Stoker, 2010). The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) says that girls in the US are entering puberty at earlier ages than they have in the past. Plus, $3 to $5 billion is spent per year in the U.S. on infertility treatments. Could there be a connection to Triclosan exposure? While tests haven’t been done on humans, we may be even more sensitive than lab animals, so it’s probably best to avoid it.

What can you do?
• Get tested at a lab that measures hormones, specifically estrogen, testosterone and thyroid levels. A great diagnostic testing service that doesn’t require a doctor’s visit is WellnessFX.com.
• Replace plastic drinking bottles and storage containers with glass or metal.
• Read labels. Look for the word “antibacterial” as a clue that the product contains Triclosan, and don’t buy it.
• Use plain soap and water. Antibacterial soaps and washes are not any better at killing germs and could contribute to the growth of bacteria that is resistant to antibiotics.

Chronic Illness and Lyme: What You’re Not Being Told

Friday, September 20th, 2013

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.

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The Truth About the Clothes We Wear: How Fashion Impacts Health and the Environment

Monday, July 15th, 2013

“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.

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Interview with Women’s International Summit for Health

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

 

Listen to Beth’s interview with Women’s International Summit for Health.
 

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Boys With Boobs: Hidden Chemicals Fed to Kids Can Impact Their Health

Monday, March 25th, 2013

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.

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Beth’s Workshop at Esalen: How to Stay Healthy in a Toxic World

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

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.

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Beth on The Rob and Trav Show

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

“Rob, Travis and Patty chat with the author of “Super Natural Home” and contributor on the Huffington Post, Beth Greer.

Beth’s book has been described by Patty as a life changer for her and Rob.”

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10 FRUGAL WAYS TO LIVE CHEMICAL-FREE

Monday, January 7th, 2013

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.

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Is Antibacterial Soap Making Your Kids Fat? How Hormone Disruptors Wreak Havoc on Health

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012

“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.

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Beth Interview with NaturallySavvy.com

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

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, allergiesasthma, and other health problems. Naturally Savvy’s Andrea Donsky interviewed Beth about reducing our exposure to toxins. (more…)