Monday, March 6, 2017

A New App To Try Called "Think Dirty"

Every day I try to be healthy.  Most days I fail miserably, but I keep trying.  I figure every little thing I do is to my advantage.  I cook a lot of foods from scratch and usually don't buy prepared food.  I figure if I put the raw ingredients in a recipe, then I know what is in it.  The biggest problem with the food we eat is all the hidden additives which either give it shelf life or enhance flavor.  I received a gift pack of spices from a hospital give-a-way.  The spices were packaged locally but when I checked the ingredients many contained MSG.  Monosodium glutamate or MSG shouldn't be in anything.  It can cause headaches and heart palpatations.  I just don't feel good when I eat it. I won't even list all the additives I have found in other products.  I figure if I don't know what it is or if I can't pronounce it, then it's probably not good for me.  Although we are kind at the mercy of the manufacturers.  Besides foods, cosmetics and body care products are the same way.  You can't always tell what is in a product even if you read the label.

That is why I was so pleased to see a facebook post by my Young Living expert.  She is a remarkable woman who was diagnosed with a genetic type of breast cancer about two years ago.  She has worked tirelessly to educate women about Breast Cancer and the need to be tested for the BRACCA gene, plus how to use essential oils for healthy living.  I am a very inactive Young Living distributor, but if anyone has an essential oil question, I'm sure Michele will be able to answer any question you have.  I will be happy to put you in touch.  She posted an app called Think Dirty.  I downloaded the app and received an email from them.  The app included some statistics which are sad.

"Currently there are 80,000 synthetic chemicals that are not fully tested (Source: Natural Resource Defense Council)
In US, cosmetic industry's panel has reviewed just 11 percent of the 10,500 cosmetic ingredients cataloged by FDA (FDA 2000)
Only 11 Chemicals are banned in US.
Canada has a guideline for just over 650 and The European Union Health Commission has restricted over 1,300 chemicals.
There is outdated government regulations when it comes to cosmetics, that hasn't been updated since 1930.
Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act of 2013 finally introduced and awaiting for voting. But there's no pre-market approval requirement for cosmetics to be on sale in US and Canadian markets.
No legal definitions of “Natural” and Organic.
Laws are not required to regulate the use of words like “Natural” and “Organic” on cosmetics and personal care products.
Fragrances are considered trade-secret
Manufacturers are not required to disclose specific fragrance ingredients on the product label. Instead, the generic term parfum is listed, representing a mixture of potentially dozens of chemicals."

Then I started scanning some of the products I have.  When you scan the bar code, you are given a rating between 0 and 10.  0 is the best and 10 is the worst.  The first one I scanned was a natural deodorant.  Everything on the label told me it is a healthy natural product.  It got a 9 rating which is not good.

Next I scanned a natural spray deodorant.  It got a 0 rating which is the best you can get.  I also scanned Secret deodorant which got a poor rating.  It was a 9 just like the Jason Lavender product.

I would never have guess this.  Next I scanned some dish soap that I purchased from Costco.  It said
it was environmentally responsible and it got a 4 which was good.  I had a hair product which was a 10. 

Michele posted some of her findings which were very interesting.  From now on I am scanning products in the store before I purchase them.  I hope some of you will find this app useful as well.