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9 Amazing Uses of Castor Oil

April 26, 2017 by admin in Health News with 3 Comments

You may have seen it used cartoons as a gag or prank. Maybe you’ve seen it used as a prop the in movies– those large glass pharmaceutical bottles with the fancy writing. Perhaps you’re one of the unfortunate ones that have experienced its effects firsthand as a punishment from your parents.

The infamous viscous liquid known as castor oil has been used for millennia for both its pleasant and unpleasant effects. If you’re part of the crowd that hasn’t heard of castor oil yet, don’t worry, you’ll be sure to learn more about here.


What can you use it for?

If you set aside the ill effects of consuming too much castor oil for a minute, you will see just how many different ways it can benefit your life. Not only does castor oil have many positive effects on health, it can be used in a variety of ways outside of the body.

Read on to discover some of the practical uses of castor oil in everyday life.


Using castor oil to treat constipation is perhaps what it’s most popular for. This comes to no surprise, considering its quick and thorough effectiveness at clearing the bowels. A study shows ingesting castor oil triggers a response in the small intestines.

More specifically, the ricinoleic acid (a fatty acid) in castor oil stimulates muscles in this part of the digestive system, which in turn induces a bowel movement.

Expect the laxative effect to work in as little as two hours. Adults should take doses of one to two tablespoons. Children should take doses of one to two teaspoons. It is recommended to mix the castor oil with another liquid such as apple juice or orange juice to mask the unpleasant flavor and texture.

Dry, cracked, or scratched skin

The high levels of vitamin E in castor oil make it an excellent remedy for all sorts of skin ailments. For dry, cracked, or scratched skin, massage a small amount of castor oil into the affected area to benefit from its healing and hydrating effects.


Don’t be afraid to apply a generous amount to your skin if you’ve suffered sunburn. The anti-inflammatory effects of vitamin E, which are contained in the castor oil, will soothe sunburned skin. The oil’s hydrating effects will also keep skin from drying out and peeling.


Castor oil has anti-fungal properties which assists in treating conditions such as ringworm. Rub a small amount of castor oil (with a cotton ball or q-tip to avoid spreading) onto the affected area. Repeat this as many times as needed until the condition clears up.



Last but not least, the antibacterial effects of castor oil make it a valuable remedy against pimples, zits, and blackheads. Castor oil’s antibacterial effects help in combating acne, since it is partially caused by bacteria aggravating the pores.


Another great way to benefit from this oil topically is by applying it to your hair and scalp. Since castor oil has properties that lock in moisture, it will help prevent your hair from splitting, and keep your scalp from drying out. Work in a small amount of the oil into your hair and scalp. Apply as needed. Castor oil has been shown to promote hair growth too, so don’t be surprised if you notice that you’ve grown more healthy, moisturized hair!


Aches and pains


As with other popular oils, castor oil is used in massages. Apply as much as needed. If desired, mix with other essential oils such as peppermint or eucalyptus for additional cooling effects. The increased blood flow (as a result from the massage) helps to speed up recovery for sore and tired muscles.


In a 2011 clinical trial, castor oil was studied as part of a treatment program for 73 patients with rheumatoid arthritis. The patients were given 30 to 40 ml of castor oil with hot water. The patients experienced an improvement by more than 50% in their joints and joint stiffness decreased by over 48%.

To reduce arthritic pain or joint stiffness, simply massage the problematic areas with castor oil. You can leave the oil on your skin overnight for better effectiveness.


Like other oils, castor oil is also effective in lubricating miscellaneous objects with hinges, and/or other moving parts. Some examples include: door hinges, scissors, and hair clippers.

Two different types of castor oil

The two main different types of castor oil are: pure castor oil, and Jamaican black castor oil. The difference between the two lies in the type of processing that the castor bean undergoes.

Plain castor oil is made using a process called cold-pressing. This means the raw castor beans are pressed until the oils are extracted – without the use of heat. This results in a more transparent, and pure product.

In Jamaican black castor oil, the castor beans are first roasted (like coffee) before the oil is extracted. Like the name suggests, Jamaican black castor oil is ashy in color, and typically has a higher pH level (lower acidity).

Side effects & precautions


It is well known that taking too much castor oil may cause problems. The main side effect to be mindful of when using castor oil is diarrhea, after ingesting for constipation relief. Consuming too much castor oil may cause this, and will possibly result in dehydration.

Skin irritation

If you plan on using castor oil on your body and hair, first test a small area to confirm that it will not cause any irritation. If irritation occurs, be sure to stop using on the skin and hair to avoid further problems.


If you are in the late stages of pregnancy, it is NOT advisable to consume castor oil. It has been shown that castor oil may induce labor and/or contractions in pregnant women, in addition to diarrhea (and dehydration). It is considered unsafe for both the mother and the unborn baby to be under these conditions. Be sure to talk to a doctor if you have any questions about using castor oil while pregnant.

Not all oils are created equal

At first glance, oils seem to basically serve the same purposes in cooking, skincare, and miscellaneous uses. Similarities aside, castor oil is by far the most effective oil when it comes to treating constipation and maintaining regular bowel movements. For this reason alone, you may want to consider it as a valuable remedy to have around the house. As a reminder, you can also use it for a variety of reasons to benefit your skin and general wellbeing.

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The Truth About Chemotherapy

April 21, 2017 by admin in Health News with 8 Comments

Chemotherapy is usually the first treatment option that enters the minds of those who are diagnosed with cancer as it has become the normal response to a cancer diagnoses. It is one of the traditional responses to cancer in today’s modern medicine, but is it actually the best option to treat cancer?

What actually happens to the body when it undergoes such a strenuous chemical attack?

Are there more natural alternatives that could be just as effective?

History of Chemotherapy

Let’s begin by understanding the history behind chemotherapy. In World War I, many soldiers were killed or injured by a chemical gas known as mustard gas. Mustard gas is absorbed through the skin so gas masks were useless against this deadly weapon.

After WWI ended, thousands had died from or been crippled by mustard gas. As World War II began to approach, the Allies were fearful of more chemical attacks so they began to look into the creation of antidotes.

While researching the medical records of those who had been affected in WWI, the researchers saw that those men had decreased immune cell counts. They theorized that if mustard gas could kill healthy cells, it could also kill cancerous cells.

After successfully using nitrogen mustard (the compound used to make mustard gas) in animal trials, they received approval for their first human test.

A man known as J.D., who had severe lymphoma that prevented him from being able to swallow, sleep or even cross his arms because of the sizes of the tumors, became the first successful human test subject. Unfortunately, he died only six months later, but his story became the starting point for today’s modern chemotherapy treatments.
After WWII ended, UK chemist Professor Alexander Haddow began working with nitrogen mustard in an attempt to make it less toxic and more focused on its ability to kill cancer cells.

He was able to successfully tinker with the compound in such a way that revealed the characteristics necessary for preventing the growth of tumors in rats.

Years of development and study have molded Haddow’s work into the chemotherapy treatments used today.

Survival Statistics

Now that we understand its beginnings, it is important to take a look at the survival statistics as provided by the Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA).

The website provides statistics from the CTCA’s database and the National Cancer Institute’s Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) Program database, and they cover various types of cancers diagnosed between the years 2000 and 2013.

The following survival rates range from six months to five years after diagnosis based on the type of cancer from the SEER database (this database includes national results from a large number of institutions).

Some of these numbers are encouraging and others are challenging to acknowledge, but there are ways to fight cancer to give yourself or your loved one the best chance to survive this horrible disease.

As seen in the chart above, some of the cancers have higher survival rates than others, but did you know that the risk of getting a second cancer is still high after surviving the first round of cancer?

According to one holistic cancer strategist and breast cancer survivor, the connection between chemotherapy and the risk of developing a second cancer is not new information to the medical community.

The American Cancer Society has recognized that chemotherapy is a carcinogen that could lead to a second cancer after its use with the risk being even higher if chemotherapy and radiation are used together.

The most common “second cancers” associated with the use of chemotherapy and radiation are acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) and myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS).

Chemotherapy Ingredients

What specifically is in chemo that can cause a second type of cancer in the body? There are several types of chemotherapy agents that are used. They are commonly grouped according to their chemical structure.

Alkylating agents are drugs that prevent DNA replication in cells. They do this by binding to the DNA. The goal is to limit the cell’s ability to reproduce, and therefore, limit the growth of the cancer. Some of the most common examples of this type of drug includes mechlorethamine, cyclophosphamide, and ifosfamide.

Platinum-based drugs utilize platinum to interfere with the cellular process leading to cell death. Cisplatin, carboplatin and oxaliplatin are the traditional platinum-based chemotherapy drugs. According to one study, one of the major issues with this type of chemotherapy is tumor resistance. In addition to the high potential of resistance to platinum-based agents, the risk of developing leukemia greatly increases with increased use and when combined with radiation.

Topoisomerase inhibitors are drugs that prevent topoisomerases (enzymes that help separate DNA strands for replication) from performing separation. Topoisomerase II inhibitors including Etoposide and Teniposide can greatly increase the risk of leukemia as early as 2 to 3 years after it is given.

Mitotic inhibitors are plant-based derivatives that keep cells from dividing by stopping the production of the proteins necessary for cell reproduction. Examples include Docetaxel, Estramustine, Ixabepilone and others. Unfortunately, these agents can cause nerve damamge so they must be limited when used.

Corticosteroids (steroids) are commonly used for a variety of treatments apart from chemotherapy, but may also be used in cancer treatment. They are hormone-based drugs and may have familiar names—prednisone, methylprednisolone and dexamethasone. Oftentimes, steroids are specifically used to prevent nausea, vomiting and allergic reactions.

The greatest problem with using these drugs for the treatment of cancer is the fact that they are unable to differentiate between cancer cells and healthy cells.

If the chemotherapy drug is successfully altering or killing cancer cells, it is also successfully altering or killing healthy cells that are vital to recovery and healing.

One study indicated that the risk of developing leukemia after the use of chemotherapy and radiation to treat early-stage breast cancer in a large group of women was actually twice as high as had been previously reported.

Alternatives to Chemotherapy

The risk in using chemotherapy for treatment of cancer is evident, but what other alternatives are out there?
First, it is important to seek out the opinions of more than one doctor. Cancer treatment plans should really be individualized and include less-intense therapies combined with nutritional plans.

Targeted therapies focus on determining what pathways made the cancer like it is. The process specifically identifies which pathways to block and uses treatments to target and inhibit only those pathways.

This reduces the side-effects to little or none (i.e. a skin rash versus pneumonia) and shortens the length of time that a side-effect may occur (i.e. the length of the treatment versus the development of a second cancer ten years later). Some targeted therapies that have been approved for use by the FDA include:

Hormone therapies — prevents or interferes with the production of specific hormones. These have been approved for breast and prostate cancers.

Gene expression modulators — modify gene expression

Immunotherapy — specifically utilizes the immune system to target cancer cells

Apoptosis inducers — cause cancer cells to go through the apoptosis process

Angiogenesis inhibitors — used to block the growth of blood vessels to tumors

Monoclonal antibodies that deliver toxic molecules — uses antibodies that target specific cells (cancer cells). Once attached, it releases a chemical that kills the cell without attacking normal cells.

Nutrition also plays a huge role in the successful treatment of and recovery from cancer. Utilizing a nutritionist or holistic doctor who has experience treating cancer can speed the treatment and recovery processes by boosting the immune system and “starving” the cancer cells (through eliminating sugar intake).

Taking nutrients like Beta Glucan can help to boost your immune system tremendously.

Many studies have been performed that show the significant impact that specific nutrition choices while enduring cancer can have during the treatment and healing processes.

Chemotherapy is a harsh process that can take a significant toll on the body not only immediately, but also for years after. Not only can it cause serious health issues, but it can also be the source of a second cancer years after the first cancer. Alternative options should be considered just as or even more seriously as the initial route to healing a cancer as they can be just as effective with fewer and less intense short- and long-term side-effects.


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Which Plastic Packaging Is Toxic? Plastic Numbers

April 16, 2017 by admin in Health News with 5 Comments

The use of glass may be making a comeback when it comes to common kitchen items like cups and storage containers, but there is no denying the ubiquity of plastics in everyday consumer goods. Pre-packaged foods, soda bottles, milk cartons, and shower curtains.

These are a few of the many objects where one will find the use of plastic. Its popularity is no surprise, considering its inexpensiveness and resiliency. While some plastics are generally safe, there are negative health effects associated with this durable material.

Now let’s take a look at what the numbers on your plastic containers mean…


What Do Those Numbers Mean?


If you’ve ever used a plastic container– or any other product containing plastic, then I’m sure you’re familiar with the small “recycle” symbol located on it. The symbol almost always has a number in it. This is the number we’re looking for. Why?, you might ask.

Well, this number is known as the resin identification code (RIC). The RIC is a number ranging from one to seven, that tells us the type of plastic we’re dealing with. Once we know the RIC for a given plastic, we can further investigate the properties and other important information about it.


The Seven Different Plastics


Where is it Found?

Some common products that use PET plastic:

  • Bottled water & soda
  • Peanut butter containers
  • Ketchup bottles
  • Most clear plastic containers for foods, condiments, and cleaning detergents

Is it Safe?

In the past, PET was considered safe; however, research conducted on products using PET containers shows evidence of the element antimony present in the products tested. This implies that it seeped into the product over time.

Though the element antimony is considered safe in small amounts according to the US Environmental Protection Agency, there may still be a cause for concern.

Under some conditions (such as leaving the plastic out in very hot weather), the leaching occurs more rapidly, which results in slightly higher levels of antimony in the product.


While the effects of antimony in small amounts are considered virtually harmless, larger amounts may cause stomach irritation, vomiting, and diarrhea. The levels of antimony that leach into plastic under recommended usage are not high enough to cause any ill effects. Overall, this plastic is safe to use, granted it is not exposed to very hot temperatures or stored for prolonged periods of time.



PET is an easily recyclable plastic that is reformed or repurposed into products such as carpets, jackets, and filling for sleeping bags.



Where is it Found?

You will likely find HDPE plastic in:

  • Milk & water jugs
  • Laundry detergent containers
  • Motor oil containers
  • Shampoo bottles

Is it Safe?

HDPE is relatively safe. Like PET, this plastic can potentially release harmful materials into the product being consumed. These problems appear to arise more when the plastic undergoes everyday stress– for example, exposure to UV rays (sunlight). In one study, exposure to UV light showed an increase in chemicals that have estrogenic activity (EA) in HDPE containers. Plastics #4 and #5 also show evidence of this.


HDPE plastic is typically recycled into new containers of a similar type as listed above (e.g. milk jugs, motor oil containers).


Plastic #3: PLASTIC #3 – (PVC OR V)

Where is it Found?

PVC or Vinyl are found in products such as:

  • Vinyl siding
  • PVC pipes
  • Shower curtains
  • Shrink wrap

Is it Safe?

PVC is considered a harmful plastic, which explains why it is not used very much, if at all for consumer goods. Exposure to this plastic could occur at home if you have vinyl flooring, vinyl shower curtains, PVC piping, or anything else containing PVC or vinyl. The health problems come into play moreso if you’re exposed to this plastic during its creation, disposal, or destruction.

Since PVC has high levels of chlorine, it releases a set of byproducts known as dioxins that cause harm. These dioxins are released into the air and / or water when PVC is created, burned, or broken down. Exposure to Dioxins can potentially cause problems with reproductive health, and development in children.


More health concerns arise when cutting or breaking PVC products. The cutting or breaking of PVC can create dust. Exposure to the dust of this PVC may cause asthma-like symptoms, and other respiratory issues.

It is important to wear a mask when exposing yourself to prevent inhalation. In short, it is best to avoid being around PVC when it is manufactured, burned, or broken apart.



Since harmful chemicals are released during disposal, recycling of PVC is not common.



Where is it Found?

You’ll find this very thin and flexible plastic in items like:

  • Bread bags
  • Frozen food bags
  • Grocery bags
  • Plastic wraps

Is it Safe?

A relatively safe plastic, but not totally health proof. Under a study where LDPE plastic was put under UV light, the increase of a chemical that increases estrogenic activity (EA) was detected. The implications of such a chemical are not completely clear, as there is more research to be done.

It is still important to take precautions when dealing with any kind of plastic, as more and more research is revealing the harmful effects of plastic.



LDPE is usually not recycled.



Where is it Found?

Polypropylene is found in objects like:

  • Yogurt containers
  • Syrup containers
  • Disposable diapers
  • Disposable straws

Is it Safe?

Polypropylene is considered a relatively safe plastic, but like LDPE and HDPE, there is some evidence of chemicals that increase estrogenic activity (EA) leaching into the containers. One study suggests that overexposure to EA can be the source of harmful health effects in mammals such as: early onset of puberty in females, reduced sperm count, and increased rates of cancer for reproductive organs.

Those most at risk for these effects are unborn babies, newborns, and young children. Be sure to look for plastic containers (especially for your young!) that are both BPA-free and EA-free.


Since items containing polypropylene are diverse, it makes recycling difficult. For this reason, it is not commonly recycled.


Plastic #6: POLYSTYRENE (PS)

Where is it Found?

Another common name for polystyrene is Styrofoam. Common objects made from this are:

  • Egg cartons
  • Styrofoam food containers
  • Building insulation
  • Packaging peanuts

Is it Safe?

Like the other relatively harmful plastics listed above, problems arise when the plastic starts to break down. The issue with polystyrene is that the chemical styrene can leach from it. Short term exposure to styrene can cause eye, nose, lung, and stomach irritation. Chronic exposure to styrene can cause more serious problems with the central nervous system in addition to: headache, depression, fatigue, weakness. It is best to avoid consumer products that use polystyrene– especially in cases where it will break down (e.g. microwaving food on a styrofoam plate). It would be wise to avoid this type of plastic when it comes to eating or drinking.


Polystyrene is not commonly recycled.


Plastic #7: MIXED (OTHER)

Where is it Found?

Since plastic #7 is not a specific type of plastic. It includes a wide variety of common objects.

  • Electronics
  • Lids
  • Clear plastic cutlery
  • Baby bottles

Is it Safe?

Because plastic #7 often contains a mix of plastics, it is difficult to know the health concerns associated with its use. One concern with using the mixed variety of plastic is knowing whether or not it contains bisphenol A (BPA). BPA is still undergoing much research, but it is established that fetuses, infants, and children are most at risk for the effects of BPA.


The most concerning health risk with exposure to BPA is developmental issues in the brain. This can cause a variety of other health and behavioral issues down the line. With this in mind, it is advised to avoid exposing unborn babies, infants, and children to BPA.


Again, opt for BPA-free and EA-free containers, which are relatively easy to find online and in supermarkets. The safest routes to take are to either avoid plastic #7 altogether (that aren’t BPA-free), or contact the manufacturer for the plastic item in question. While the second option isn’t very practical, it is a surefire way to know which type of plastic (or plastics) you’re using.



Since #7 plastics are usually a mix of different types of plastics, it makes practical recycling nearly impossible.


Now What?

Now that you know more about the different types of plastics all around, you can be more confident in knowing which ones are okay to use, and which ones to avoid. Plastics #1, #2, #4, and #5 are considered relatively safe. Plastics #3, #6, and #7 are more likely to cause harm to your health, and should be avoided whenever possible.


Last Minute Tips

Some easy tips to lower your risk of exposure to the harmful effects of plastic:


One of the easiest ways to lower risk is to only use the plastic one time. Plastic begins to degrade when it is exposed to stresses such as temperature and cleaning agents.


It is advised to store bottled water or other plastic-contained foodstuffs away from hot environments (e.g. car, garage). In PET containers (e.g. bottled water), leaching of the harmful element antimony has been shown to occur more rapidly under such hot conditions.


Avoid microwaving food in plastic containers. This has been shown to degrade the plastic material more quickly which may increase the transfer of harmful chemicals into foods or beverages.


Avoid exposing plastic to UV rays (sunlight). When the various plastics are put under stress such as UV light, the potential for degradation increases. More health risks come into play after plastic degrades..


Avoid washing plastics with harsh soaps. This is yet another way to increase the likelihood of degrading the plastic. If you must, use a soap that is less harsh.


Avoid boiling plastic. Although this may seem like a safe way to sterilize plastic, it increases the likelihood for the plastic to break down and release harmful chemicals.


Be sure to wear a proper mask if you must work with burning plastic fumes or plastic dust. Acute inhalation of plastic fumes, or plastic dust (especially PVC) may cause irritation to eyes, nose, lungs, and stomach.


Use safer alternatives to plastic whenever possible (glass, metal, wood, and bamboo). These alternatives might be more expensive, but consider it a healthy step on the way to lowering your risk to the potential harms of plastic.


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Why Scented Candles Are Toxic For Your Health

April 11, 2017 by admin in Health News with 7 Comments

Everyone loves a wonderfully smelling candle. Our favorite scent can bring back memories of a summer’s day, a cozy campfire or even our favorite fruit.

The warm glow from the flame can create a comfortable atmosphere that you never want to leave.

But what if you knew that all of those sensations came at a price—one that might be costing you your health?

While these scents evoke a feeling of nostalgia, those beautifully scented candles may be not be worth the health risks that come with burning them.

Ingredients in Scented Candles

Paraffin Wax

Let’s start by looking at the ingredients. Candles release what is known as volatile organic compounds (VOCs) before and after they are lit. Not all of these VOCs are classified as toxic or dangerous, but there are a few that are noteworthy. It all begins with the largest component of the candle—the base ingredient.

The most common base for candles is paraffin wax. Paraffin wax began as a cost-effective alternative to using beeswax because the supply was so great. Unfortunately, paraffin is the leftover residue from the process of refining gasoline and motor oils.

When it is burned, it releases particles into the air known as paraffin soot. These particles are similar to those released when diesel fuel is burned. This isn’t exactly something you want you or your loved ones inhaling.


One study found that a variety of carcinogens are released from paraffin-based candles both while lit and not lit. Two well-known toxicants that are released when paraffin wax is burned are benzene and toluene.

Benzene is one of the aromatic elements of a candle as it provides a sweet smell when it is released, but it is also classified as a known human carcinogen.

Breathing in high levels of this chemical has been known to cause drowsiness, dizziness, heartbeat irregularities and headaches. Long-term exposure of benzene has also been shown to cause menstrual irregularities amongst women as well as have carcinogenic effects.


Toluene has an interesting effect on the human body. At certain levels, it can not only cause headaches and dizziness, but it can also result in a feeling of intoxication. Studies have shown that this particular chemical is sometimes used to invoke intoxication amongst solvent abusers.

While that’s probably not the intent of most, if not all, women wanting to enjoy a scented candle, it can still result in the uncomfortable feelings of eye and lung irritation at low levels of inhalation.


Another hazardous chemical released is formaldehyde. While many people may think of formaldehyde as a preserving agent for cadavers and other scientific projects, this compound is found a variety of things.

Surprisingly, it was found to be one of the most released chemicals from all lit candles tested in a study performed in 2015.

Formaldehyde has been classified as a known human carcinogen, and short-term exposure has been known to cause skin, eye, nose and throat irritation. Those with asthma may be particularly susceptible to irritation from formaldehyde.

Other Ingredients

Several other ingredients include styrene, acetone, xylenes and isobutyl alcohol. These ingredients can have potentially harmful side-effects. Styrene has been classified as possibly carcinogenic while acetone, xylenes and isobutyl alcohol are all known skin, eye, nose, throat and lung irritants.

Acetone has been shown to produce greater toxicity in children (yikes for the little ones in the house!), and xylenes and isobutyl alcohol along with acetone have been found in a variety of toxic chemicals including gasolines, paints, paint thinners and varnishes!

Candle Wicks

As if the ingredients in the wax itself weren’t bad enough, the ingredients in metal-core wicks may also present a health risk.  In 2000, a study of a variety of candle brands revealed many of them released lead and zinc into the air from the wick.

Some of those candles only needed to burn for two hours before the amount of airborne lead became hazardous to human health!

Because of this and other studies, the United States placed a ban on using lead in metal-core wicks in 2003. Unfortunately, zinc has become the norm for metal-based wicks today, but not without its own adverse side-effects.

Zinc is an essential mineral for cell function in the human body, but exposure to an excessive amount of zinc can have significant health consequences, particularly involving the kidneys.

Non-toxic Alternatives

So what are the alternatives to these hazardous candles? How can we take one more step to be sure that the air quality in our homes is as clean and beneficial to our bodies as possible?

One of the go-to natural waxes for candles is beeswax. As mentioned earlier, it was used well before paraffin to make candles. It is important, however, when choosing a beeswax candle to find one that is high-quality as bees can inadvertently collect heavy-metal contaminants, especially if they live near urban areas, which can be released into the air when the candle is burned.

Make sure you read the labels to guarantee that your candle is 100% beeswax instead of a blend of beeswax and paraffin.

Soy candles have also gained popularity, but just like beeswax candles, some may contain paraffin so make sure your candles are of the highest quality by reading the labels and ingredients from the manufacturer. Also, be aware that any added scents, if not from essential oils or other natural ingredients, could release toxic chemicals into the air when lit.

It is also important to note that the majority of soy in the United States has been genetically modified which may change the properties when it is burned as a candle.

Other ways to create non-toxic aromas for the home include properly diffusing essential oils, creating an essential oil house spray or even simmering a blend of fruits and spices on the stove. All of these, when done appropriately, can create an inviting, sophisticated atmosphere in any home!


All the toxins in the candles are also often use in many products.

It is important to protect yourself from detrimental effects of these toxins – who knows what can lead to cancer or other diseases?

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Unsafe Preservative (TBHQ) in Your Food

April 6, 2017 by admin in Health News with 5 Comments

Have you noticed that as our food industry grows, so does chronic non communicable diseases? Food allergies are at an all time high especially in our children.

We would love to believe that the advancements in technology would lead to the healing of our nation rather than its deterioration, but this is not necessarily the case when it comes to food additives.


Tertiary-butyl  hydroquinone (TBHQ)….

Have you ever seen this on the list of ingredients?

TBHQ is a food additive that is used to protect against deterioration caused by oxidation, such as fat rancidity and colour change; basically it is added to food to improve its shelf life.

Due to this characteristic, TBHQ is considered an antioxidant. Antioxidant…

Sounds natural and healthy right? Well, not in this case as TBHQ is synthetic and made in labs.


What foods contain TBHQ?

If it contains fats and oils, is processed and have a long shelf life, there might be TBHQ in it. Here is a list of foods and brands that contain TBHQ:

  • breakfast foods: Pop Tarts, Special K Pastry Crisps, Pillsbury Toaster Scrambles, Toaster Strudels
  • cake mixes/prepared dough: some varieties of Pillsbury Grands Biscuits and Cresent Rolls, Pillsbury/Cinnabon Cinnamon Roll
  • cereal based snacks such as chips, tortillas and popcorn: Special K popcorn chips, Smart Balance, Act II, Jiffy Pop, Jolly Time, Orville Redenbacher’s, Pop Secret, Old El Paso Hard Taco shells
  • chewing gum
  • dehydrated meats
  • dehydrated potatoes – flakes and mashed
  • shortening
  • other snack foods: Keebler crackers, Cheez-It, Town House crackers, Special K cracker chips, Keebler cookies, Grandma’s cookies
  • ready meals/frozen foods: Totino’s Pizza Rolls & Pizzas, Tyson Anytizers Boneless Chicken Wings, Hungry Man
  • Sauces: Hidden Valley Ranch (Fat-free)
  • processed nuts
  • frying oil and frying fat with the exception of olive pomace oil
  • sausages, poultry and meat products
  • Van de Kamps frozen battered fish
  • microwave popcorns

In 2013, KFC, Arby’s Dominos, Pizza Hut, Hardee’s, Jack In The Box, Carl’s Jr. and Taco Bell Doritos Locos Tocos all contained foods that had TBHQ as an ingredient. Both McDonald’s and Chik-Fil-A once had TBHQ as an ingredient, but the use has been completely stopped.


Health concerns for consuming TBHQ

Research has shown that when it comes to TBHQ, it has adverse effects on humans’ health. Here is a list of adverse reactions humans have to TBHQ:

  • ADHD
  • Asthma
  • Dermatitis
  • eye problems
  • headaches
  • Rhinitis
  • stomach problems

Studies have also shown that chronic exposure to TBHQ may induce carcinogenicity. In addition, a study by Cheryl Rockwell, an assistant professor of pharmacology and toxicology at Michigan State University, has shown that the consumption of TBHQ triggers an allergic reaction in persons that have consumed it.

What the research shows is that TBHQ triggers a negative response in our T-cells. T cells are generally used to fight infections.

Death has occurred from consuming as little as 5 grams of TBHQ; while nausea, vomiting, delirium, ringing in the ears and collapsing have been experienced from consuming 1 gram of TBHQ.

Due to the adverse effects TBHQ causes on humans, it is banned in Japan, United Kingdom and other European countries.

However, in the United States, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given the green light on its use.

There is however, a limitation to the amounts used – 0.02% of oils in the product.

Though the recommended usage in food production is relatively low, the fact that it is used in so many processed foods increase our risk, especially that of our children, in developing these condition; the fact we are so busy, and processed foods make our lives so much easier, it is easy to surpass the average daily intake of 0-0.7 mg/kg of body weight per day.

What can we do to avoid TBHQ in our diets?

Here are 3 tips on how to avoid TBHQ consumption:

  1. Read your food labels. Look out for the names tert-butylhydroquinone, tertiary butylhydoquinone, TBHQ and butylated hydroxyanisol.
  2. Avoid processed foods made with fats and oils, especially those that have long shelf lives, as there are times when TBHQ is not listed as one of the ingredients in the products. This happens when TBHQ was not directly used as an ingredient in the final product, but it was used in the oils and fats that were used in the preparation of products.In other words, TBHQ was not an ingredient in… let’s say a brand of cookies, but it was an ingredient in the oil that made the cookies; thus, it will not be listed as an ingredient used in the cookies.
  3. Avoid eating foods prepared using oils from fast food restaurants that are known to be using TBHQ as an ingredient in their meal preparation.


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About the Author:

Emma Deangela is the best selling author of The Alkaline Diet Program and 80/20 Fat Loss. She has helped over tens of thousands of men and women to lose weight and transform their health with sound nutrition advice. Learn how you can lose weight fast – How to lose weight by adding these alkaline foods.

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