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The Dangerous Truth about E-cigarettes

November 14, 2017 by staff content in Health News with 0 Comments

The-Dangerous-Truth-about-E-cigarettesE-cigarettes have become a popular alternative to traditional smoking.

When they first came out on the market, they seemed like a great way to slowly ease out of smoking, save some money that would normally be spent on cigarettes or provide a “healthier” way to smoke.

The reality is this couldn’t be further from the truth.

E-cigarettes have their own dangers that smokers need to be aware of before switching.

 

What are e-cigarettes?

For those who have not come across these before, e-cigarettes (otherwise known as vapes, vaporizers, electronic cigarettes, vape pens or hookah pens) are electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) that typically contain nicotine, flavorings, propylene glycol, vegetable glycerin and some other ingredients that are heated to form an aerosol inhaled by the user.

Every aspect of the production of the components and parts of ENDS is regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

This includes any e-liquids, e-liquid containers, cartridges, batteries, cartomizers/clearomizers, atomizers, digital display or lights, tank systems, drip tips, flavorings and programmable software.

As of right now, there is no nicotine warning required for e-cigs, but beginning in August 2018, one is required for all “covered tobacco products” stating that nicotine is an addictive chemical.
Even though ENDS are like cigarettes in that they may only be sold to adults over 18 years old, a rising number of middle and high-school aged students are using them.

In 2016, over 2 million middle and high-school aged students reported using e-cigarettes.

This is especially dangerous since their brains are still developing and maturing and the ingredients in ENDS could play a damaging role.

 

Why are these ingredients dangerous?

There are a significant number of studies that discuss the addictive and dangerous nature of nicotine so covering that seems slightly repetitive, but it is still worth doing.

Nicotine toxicity can occur from both ingestion and skin contact and can lead to “overdose” symptoms like rapid heartbeat, nausea, increased blood pressure, vomiting, diarrhea, confusion, dizziness, possible seizures, coma and death.

Not only is it dangerous to the user, but liquid nicotine used for ENDS can be especially dangerous, or even deadly, to children if it is left in a place where little hands can reach.

Other ingredients pose hazardous threats as well.

Propylene glycol is a chemical that is found in many products including antifreeze, some cushions and paints.

It is considered “generally recognized as safe” by the FDA for oral consumption (it is a food additive as well), but studies on the effects of inhalation are lacking.

When heated at high temperatures, it has been found that propylene glycol converts to formaldehyde, a known carcinogen.

One study found that ENDS that use 3.3 volts or less do not produce formaldehyde, so be aware of that if you or someone you know is going to use e-cigarettes.

The U.S. Surgeon General also revealed that apart from nicotine and propylene glycol, e-cigs can contain “ultrafine particles” that can be inhaled deep into the lungs; flavoring such as diacetyl, a chemical linked to a serious lung disease; volatile organic compounds such as benzene, which is found in car exhaust; and heavy metals, such as nickel, tin, and lead.”

Because there have not been enough long-term studies to determine the health impact of these ingredients, it is not wise to assume that they are safe.

Not only do these added ingredients have potentially harmful side effects, but one study also found ingredients not listed that could be dangerous.

Using gas or liquid chromatography coupled with mass spectrometry, most ingredients that were not intended to be in the e-liquids were found in amounts lower than what is considered toxic, but one manufacturer’s liquids contained levels of ethylene glycol that were higher than the glycerol or propylene glycol.

This seems to be evident of improper manufacturing, but does not change the fact that ethylene glycol has not been approved in any amount for human consumption.

E-cigarette vapors have been found to create antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
Laura Crotty Alexander, a pulmonary and critical care physician and scientist exposed methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) to e-cig vapors She found that these bacteria, which are already antibiotic-resistant and can cause pneumonia, were even more difficult to kill with a natural antibiotic made in people’s bodies.

One of the reasons for this is that the bacteria that had been exposed to these vapors developed a thicker biofilm coating for protection.

Smoking e-cigarettes can lead to regular cigarette use.
As with any addictive chemical, nicotine use over time results in the need for a stronger hit.

In one study, a quarter of teens who vaped reported using a method called “dripping”.

This involves putting the e-liquid directly onto the heating element (atomizer) for three reasons: to produce a more intense and concentrated vapor, improve the flavor and to create a stronger throat hit.

With the need for a more concentrated nicotine “blast”, moving on to regular cigarettes is the next logical step.

Studies are finding that students who had used ENDS by the ninth grade were very likely to smoke cigarettes within the following year.

While it is illegal for minors to purchase an electronic nicotine delivery system in stores and online, studies have found that many minors have been successful at purchasing e-cigarettes online because 95% of the time, the packages are delivered with no age verification upon delivery.

It is clear that there are dangers to using e-cigarettes that need to be considered before purchasing them.

If you are switching from cigarette use to an electronic nicotine delivery system, research has shown that this can be a beneficial move, but they should be avoided entirely for non-tobacco users as they can be a gateway to regular cigarette use and compromise health.

 

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Are You Using Toxic Storage Containers?

November 11, 2017 by staff content in Health News with 6 Comments

Best and worst Storage containersFood storage containers come in all shapes and sizes.

They also come in many levels of good-for-you.

From the cheapest dollar-store plastic to the most expensive glassware or stainless steel, they come at all costs.

However, food storage containers can also have a cost to your health.

Plastic containers, even those advertised as safe are often full of dangerous chemicals.

Here are some alternatives to plastic that will help you buy the healthiest containers.

 

Worst containers – avoid at all costs

Avoid anything with BPA. Bisphenol-A (BPA) was used for many years to harden plastics and as the lining in aluminum cans used for food storage.

In the past 10 years, it was found that BPA would leach into your food, a process that increases 55% when the container is heated.

Most disturbingly it has been found in microwaveable food dishes, baby bottles, and the lining of baby formula cans.

Bisphenol-A has a lot of known side effects.

It acts as a hormone in your body, altering the delicate balance of your endocrine system.

We know that it causes reproductive issues, such as problems conceiving, low sperm count, and embryonic death.

It has also been linked to breast cancer growth, and metabolic syndrome (diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol).

 

Plastic containers – avoid if possible

Every plastic container and bottle available now carries a bright, colorful “BPA FREE” label, which is great.

Or is it? Removing an extremely toxic compound is a terrific step, but what has BPA been replaced with? Quite frequently it is replaced with Bisphenol-S or BPS.

It is thought of as safer, but in recent studies it has been found in the urine of participants, indicating that it too leaches into your food.

Alternatively, if the plastic is entirely Bisphenol-free, it often contains the following chemicals.

Phthalates
These plastic additives are known to be endocrine disruptors like BPA.

They have also been linked to liver damage and cancer, fetal death, and testicular damage.

PVC
Polyvinyl Chloride can leach lead and mercury into your food when heated.

It also releases compounds called dioxins. Dioxins rank among the most carcinogenic chemicals in the world, which means they cause cancer in living tissue.

Styrene
Short-term exposure to Styrene can cause eye, throat, and nose irritation.

Long-term exposure, however, acts on your central nervous system. It can cause migraines, muscle weakness, mental illness, and nerve pain.

PBDEs
Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers are another set of endocrine disruptors, and they also decrease your thyroid and liver function.

Acetaldehyde
Acetaldehyde is a pretty scary chemical. It naturally occurs in your body when your liver processes ethanol (alcohol).

It causes all of the symptoms of a hangover, including a headache, dehydration, dry mouth, sore eyes, and upset stomach.

When you are exposed to a constant dose of Acetaldehyde through its use in plastics it can cause the same long-term issues as chronic alcohol abuse.

Liver damage, gout, and stomach problems are among the first to pop up.

But Acetaldehyde doesn’t stop there. A recent study showed that it actually damages your body on a cellular level.

It binds with proteins in your body and damages the cell walls as well as the mitochondria inside.

This triggers an autoimmune response, spreading inflammation throughout your body.

 

Best containers – Use freely

Glass and stainless steel are fantastic alternatives for plastic food storage containers.

You can even get baby bottles made from glass, covered in silicone to help prevent breakage.

Here are some benefits of choosing a plastic alternative to store your food.

Glass
The best thing about glass is that it is non-porous.

This means that it won’t absorb any orders or stains from your lunch, and it also won’t leach anything out into it.

It can also be made safe to heat in the microwave or oven by adding borosilicate, which protects it from shattering when rapidly changing temperature.

Using glass, or glass in combination with stainless steel or silicone lids is a terrific choice for storing your food.

It has the added bonus of being clear so you can see exactly what’s inside.

Here are a few different glass products you can use:


– Glass Mason Jars

– Glass and silicon storage
– Pyrex glass containers with Lid
– Glasslock oven-safe food storage
– Life Proof water bottles and baby bottles

Stainless Steel
Stainless steel is a terrific material for food storage.

It’s much lighter than glass so it’s great for carrying with you to work or school.

You can use stainless steel containers on the stovetop, but please don’t put metal in the microwave.

It is often used with silicone to create lidded containers that won’t leak; it also won’t absorb any smells or stains.

Stainless Steel can be expensive, but they will last forever, can go in the dishwasher, and won’t break if dropped.

When choosing stainless containers make sure the lid is stainless or silicone, not plastic.

A few brands of stainless steel containers are:
– Stainless good container
– Planet Box Bento box
– Klean Kanteen water bottle (you can even get a sippy lid for the kids!)
– Stainless drinking glasses
– Airtight stainless steel containers for dry goods storage

Silicone
Silicone is a terrific plastic alternative. It is non-porous and doesn’t easily stain.

Because it is naturally flexible (and we don’t want it if it’s been altered with some of the above chemicals to make it hard!) it is perfect for lids and seals.

It is not guaranteed to be 100% leach-proof so it’s best to stick to small doses and not have it in constant contact with your food.

Waxed materials
Waxed food wrap is just that, 100% cotton fabric that has been treated with beeswax to make it waterproof.

It is perfect as an alternative to plastic wrap. You can get it in different sizes and use it to wrap sandwiches, fruit and vegetables, and other snacks.

It’s easily hand washed and dried, and reusable for many years.

Make sure to look for organic cotton, and try and check out the source of the beeswax to ensure it’s collected in a humane way.

It’s pretty clear that plastics are on their way out.

People are educating themselves on alternatives after facing too many health scares from plastics.

Choosing glass and stainless steel as your main sources of food storage will not only lower your environmental impact, but it will keep you healthy.

Pick these plastic alternatives for the safety of yourself and your family. It’s a worthwhile investment.

 

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Never Eat These Chocolates (Brands, Toxins and Ingredients To Watch Out)

November 7, 2017 by staff content in Health News with 23 Comments

Worst Chocolates To EatChocolate. Even just thinking about decadent, rich treat makes those with a major sweet tooth begin to salivate.

It is one of those rare indulgences that can truly be beneficial to your body, but only if you are eating the right kind.

Not so surprisingly, most chocolate companies, especially the popular, cheap ones, use cheap ingredients that can wreak havoc on your body instead of benefiting it.

Harmful ingredients are found in brands like Hershey’s, Mars, Nestle, Godiva, Ghiradelli and Russell Stover.

Sadly, paying premium prices does not always mean premium ingredients.

 

Ingredients worth avoiding

High Fructose Corn Syrup—it is no secret that this ingredient has been linked to some serious health issues and should be avoided at all costs.

Princeton University published a study linking HCFS to higher weight gain than other sugars.

Partially Hydrogenated Oils (Trans fat)—These fats are made by adding hydrogen to an oil which changes its chemical make-up to one that is more olid and saturated.

Trans fat has been found to be a dangerous ingredient linked to significantly increased risks of heart disease.

As small as a daily 40 calorie increase in trans fat showed a 23% increased risk.

When checking out your food label, look for ingredients like “partially hydrogenated cottonseed oil/ palm oil/ soybean oil/ vegetable oil/ canola oil”, “trans fats” or “trans fatty acids”.

The National Academies of Science has stated about trans fats,

“…since they are not essential and provide no known health benefit, there is no safe level of trans fats, and people should eat as little of them as possible…”

This ingredient is found in far too many sweet, processed foods, including many of the above chocolate brands.

Genetically Modified Organisms—GMOs have been the topic of conversation for quite a few years now.

Unfortunately, unless you choose an organic brand of chocolate, it is difficult to know which ingredients, if any, are non-GMO since candy products are not required to be labeled.

Some GMO foods have been linked to serious health issues including allergic reactions, cancer, toxicity and reproductive issues.

One ingredient commonly found in candy bars called soy lecithin is made from one of the most commonly genetically engineered ingredients on the planet—soy.

Growth Hormone—it is very likely that your favorite candy bar has been made with milk containing Recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH).

This hormone is strictly used to increase milk production in cows, but the problem with that is that it has been shown to cause major health problems for those cows.

Mastitis is one of those health problems and occurs when one or many milk ducts become clogged and then infected.

The pus from that infection can leak into the milk as well as any antibiotics used to treat the infection.

This is absolutely something that needs to be avoided as rBGH milk contains excess levels of the natural growth factor (IGF-1).

IGF-1 is easily absorbed through the gut, and excess levels have been shown to cause breast, colon and prostate cancers as well as contribute to the decreased ability of the body to naturally defend against early submicroscopic cancers.

To ensure you are not eating a chocolate bar with rBGH milk, buy an organic brand.

Artificial colors—sometimes it seems like artificial colors are mentioned every time a poor food choice is discussed.

While these colors are pretty obvious in candies like M&Ms or other multi-colored candies, you may be surprised to know that they can also be found in brown chocolate candies as well.

One example is Godiva’s 8 piece gold box and Russell Stover’s pecan clusters.

These candies are made with so many unnatural ingredients that the end result color is not brown so they have to add coloring to make it look natural.

Artificial food coloring has been linked to cancers and hyperactivity in children.

Artificial flavors—again, another topic that seems to pop up frequently, artificial flavors are developed in labs and have never been reviewed by the FDA for their safety.

One purpose of these flavors is to make you believe you are eating something that is sweet when it wouldn’t originally taste sweet.

 

Lead and Cadmium

A non-profit organization called As You Sow is one that has a mission to hold companies accountable when it comes to the safety and quality of their ingredients.

They had an independent laboratory test 50 different chocolate products and found that 35 of those 50 contained lead and cadmium amounts that are above the levels considered safe according to the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act.

This is EXTREMELY problematic as both lead and cadmium have well-documented negative health impacts.

Some of the brands that contained high amounts of these heavy metals include Hershey’s, Earth Circle Foods, Ghirardelli, Cadbury, Lindt, Trader Joe’s, Godiva, Mars and Whole Foods.

Have a look at the chart below provided by As You Sow that shows each of the products they tested.

 

Manufacturer Product Warning Required
albertsonsAlbertson’s, LLC (SuperValu, Inc.) Wild Harvest Organic Rich Chocolate Hot Cocoa Mix No warning required
ritter-sportAlfred Ritter Gmbh & Co Kg Ritter Sport 73% Cocoa Fine Extra Dark Chocolate with fine cocoa from Ecuador Lead and Cadmium*
Bissingers-Handcrafted-ChocolatierBissinger’s Handcrafted Chocolatier Bissinger’s All natural 60% dark chocolate, whole almonds Lead*
Cadbury-Uk-LtdCadbury Uk Ltd Cadbury Mini Eggs Royal Dark Dark Chocolate With A Crisp Sugar Shell Lead*
Cadbury-Uk-LtdCadbury Uk Ltd Cadbury Royal Dark Dark Chocolate Indulgent Semi-Sweet Lead*
Creative-Natural-Products-IncCreative Natural Products, Inc. Chocolove Extra Strong Dark Chocolate- 77% Cocoa Content Lead*
Creative-Natural-Products-IncCreative Natural Products, Inc. Chocolove Strong Dark Chocolate Bar 70% Cocoa Content Lead*
DeMets-Candy-CompanyDeMet’s Candy Company Flipz 50% cacao Dark Chocolate Covered Pretzels No warning required
Earth-Circle-Foods-Dba-River-Canyon-Retreat-IncEarth Circle Foods Dba River Canyon Retreat Inc. Earth Circle Organics Organic Balinese Cacao Nibs Cold Pressed Cadmium
Endangered-Species-Chocolate-LLCEndangered Species Chocolate, LLC Endangered Species Chocolate Natural Dark Chocolate with 88% Cocoa Lead and Cadmium*
Endangered-Species-Chocolate-LLCEndangered Species Chocolate, LLC Endangered Species Chocolate Natural Dark Chocolate (72% Cocoa) Lead*
Equal-Exchange-IncEqual Exchange, Inc. Equal Exchange Organic & Fairly Traded Dark Chocolate Very Dark (71% Cacao) Lead and Cadmium
Ferrero-USA-IncFerrero USA Inc. Ferrero Collection Fine assorted Confections No warning required
Ghirardelli-Chocolate-CompanyGhirardelli Chocolate Company Ghirardelli Chocolate Intense Dark Twilight Delight (72% Cacao) Cadmium*
Ghirardelli-Chocolate-CompanyGhirardelli Chocolate Company Ghirardelli Chocolate Premium Baking Bar 100% Cacao Unsweetened Chocolate Lead and Cadmium*
Ghirardelli-Chocolate-CompanyGhirardelli Chocolate Company Ghiradelli Intense Dark Midnight Reverie (86% Cacao) No warning required
Ghirardelli-Chocolate-CompanyGhirardelli Chocolate Company Ghirardelli Chocolate Milk Chocolate Eggs No warning required*
Ghirardelli-Chocolate-CompanyGhirardelli Chocolate Company Ghirardelli Chocolate Premium Baking Bar 60% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate No warning required*
Godiva-Chocolatier-IncGodiva Chocolatier, Inc. Godiva Chocolatier 50% Cacao Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Lead
Godiva-Chocolatier-IncGodiva Chocolatier, Inc. Godiva Chocolatier 85% Cacao Extra Dark Chocolate Lead and Cadmium
Godiva-Chocolatier-IncGodiva Chocolatier, Inc. Godiva Chocolatier 72% Cacao Dark Chocolate Lead*
Hershey-CompanyHershey Company Scharffen Berger Semisweet Fine Artisan Dark Chocolate (62% cacao) Cadmium*
Hershey-CompanyHershey Company Scharffen Berger Extra Dark Fine Artisan Dark Chocolate (82% cacao) Cadmium*
Hershey-CompanyHershey Company Dagoba Organic Chocolate Eclipse Extra Strong Dark Chocolate (87% Cacao) Lead and Cadmium*
Hershey-CompanyHershey Company Dagoba Organic Chocolate New Moon Rich Dark Chocolate (74% Cacao) Lead and Cadmium*
Hershey-CompanyHershey Company Hershey’s Special Dark Mildly Sweet Chocolate Lead*
Hershey-CompanyHershey Company Hershey’s Kisses Milk Chocolate No warning required*
Hershey-CompanyHershey Company Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Eggs No warning required*
Hershey-CompanyHershey Company Hershey’s Solid Milk Chocolate Snapsy Snap-Apart Bunny Easy To Snap And Share No warning required*
Jo's-CandiesJo’s Candies Jo’s Candies Dark Chocolate Covered Graham Crackers All Natural No warning required
Kraft-Foods-Global-IncKraft Foods Global, Inc. Cote D’Or 86% Noir Brut Belgian Dark Chocolate Confection Lead and Cadmium*
Kraft-Foods-Global-IncKraft Foods Group, Inc. Toblerone Swiss Milk Chocolate Bar with Honey and Almond Nougat No warning required
Lake-Champlain-ChocolatesLake Champlain Chocolates Lake Champlain Chocolates Dark Chocolate Organic (57% Cocoa) Lead and Cadmium*
Lindt-&-Sprungli-(Usa)-IncLindt & Sprungli (Usa) Inc. Lindt Excellence 70% Cocoa Smooth Dark Chocolate Bar Lead and Cadmium*
Lindt-&-Sprungli-(Usa)-IncLindt & Sprungli (Usa) Inc. Lindt Excellence 85% Cocoa Extra Dark Chocolate Bar Lead and Cadmium*
Lindt-&-Sprungli-(Usa)-IncLindt & Sprungli (USA) Inc. Lindt Excellence A Touch of Sea Salt Dark (with Fleur de Sel sea salt crystals) No warning required
Lindt-&-Sprungli-(Usa)-IncLindt & Sprungli Gmbh (Germany) Lindt Gold Bunny Milk Chocolate No warning required*
Mars-IncorporatedMars, Incorporated Snickers No warning required
Mars-IncorporatedMars, Incorporated CocoaVia Daily Cocoa Extract Supplement No warning required
Mars-IncorporatedMars, Incorporated Dove Silky Smooth Dark Chocolate Bar Cadmium*
Mars-IncorporatedMars, Incorporated Dove Eggs Dark Chocolate Silky Smooth Lead and Cadmium*
Mars-IncorporatedMars, Incorporated Snickers Bar No warning required*
Mars-IncorporatedMars, Incorporated Dove Solid Milk Chocolate Bunny Silky Smooth No warning required*
Mars-IncorporatedMars, Incorporated M&M’s Chocolate Candies Milk Chocolate, Made with Real Milk Chocolate No warning required*
Mondelez-International-IncMondelez International, Inc. Green & Black’s Organic Dark 85% Cacao Bar Lead and Cadmium*
Mondelez-International-IncMondelez International, Inc. Green & Black’s Organic Milk Chocolate (34% Cacao) No warning required
Mondelez-International-IncMondelez International, Inc. Toblerone of Switzerland Milk Chocolate with Honey and Almond Nougat No warning required*
Mondelez-International-IncMondelez International, Inc. Green & Black’s Organic Milk Chocolate (34% Cacao) No warning required*
Moonstruck-Chocolate-CoMoonstruck Chocolate Co Moonstruck Solid Dark Chocolate Hand-Painted Calico Bunny Lead*
Moonstruck-Chocolate-CoMoonstruck Chocolate Co. Moonstruck Dark Chocolate Chile Variado (68% cacao) Lead
Nestle-Holdings-IncNestle Holdings, Inc. Nestle Crunch No warning required
Nestle-Holdings-IncNestle Holdings, Inc. Ovaltine Classic Malt Mix No warning required
Nestle-Holdings-IncNestle Holdings, Inc. Nestle Crunch Milk Chocolate with Crisped Rice No warning required*
Newman's-Own-OrganicsNewman’s Own Organics- The Second Generation, Inc. Newman’s Own Organics The Second Generation Super Dark Chocolate Premium Organic Chocolate 70% Cocoa Lead and Cadmium*
Russell-Stover-Candies-LLCRussell Stover Candies, LLC Russell Stover Milk Chocolate Break-Apart Bunny No warning required*
See's-Candies-IncSee’s Candies, Inc. See’s Candies Premium Extra Dark Chocolate Bar 62% Cacao Lead and Cadmium*
See's-Candies-IncSee’s Candies, Inc. See’s Candies 4.5 oz Sitting Rabbit Dark Chocolate Lead*
Starbucks-CorporationStarbucks Corporation Starbucks Dark Chocolate covered grahams No warning required*
Taza-ChocolateTaza Chocolate Taza Wicked Dark 95% Stone Ground Organic Chocolate Cadmium*
Taza-ChocolateTaza Chocolate Taza Mexicano Super Dark Direct Trade 85% Dark Lead and Cadmium
Hershey-CompanyThe Hershey Company Hershey’s Kisses Milk Chocolate No warning required
Hershey-CompanyThe Hershey Company Reese’s Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups No warning required
The-Kroger-CoThe Kroger Co. Private Selection 72% cacao Dark Chocolate Swiss Bar Lead and Cadmium
Theo-ChocolateTheo Chocolate Theo Organic Fair Trade Pure 85% Dark Chocolate Cadmium*
Trader-Joe's-CompanyTrader Joe’s Company Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Bar Toffee With Walnuts and Pecans (70% cacao) Lead
Trader-Joe's-CompanyTrader Joe’s Company Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate 73% Cacao Super Dark Lead and Cadmium*
Trader-Joe's-CompanyTrader Joe’s Company Trader Joe’s The Dark Chocolate Lover’s Chocolate Bar 85% Cacao Lead and Cadmium*
Trader-Joe's-CompanyTrader Joe’s Company Trader Joe’s Swiss 72% Cacao Dark Chocolate Lead*
Trader-Joe's-CompanyTrader Joe’s Company Trader Joe’s Pound Plus 72% Cacao Dark Chocolate Lead*
Trader-Joe's-CompanyTrader Joe’s Company Trader Joe’s Pound Plus- Dark Chocolate Lead*
Trader-Joe's-CompanyTrader Joe’s Company Trader Joe’s Single Origin Chocolate Passport Tanzania 73% Cacao Lead and Cadmium*
Trader-Joe's-CompanyTrader Joe’s Company Trader Joe’s Single Origin Chocolate Passport Sao Tome 70% Cacao Lead*
Trader-Joe's-CompanyTrader Joe’s Company Trader Joe’s Single Origin Chocolate Passport Papua New Guinea 70% Cacao Lead and Cadmium*
Trader-Joe's-CompanyTrader Joe’s Company Trader Joe’s Single Origin Chocolate Passport Dominican Republic 70% Cacao Lead and Cadmium*
Trader-Joe's-CompanyTrader Joe’s Company Trader Joe’s Single Origin Chocolate Passport Ghana 70% Cacao Lead*
Trader-Joe's-CompanyTrader Joe’s Company Trader Joe’s Single Origin Chocolate Passport Venezuela 70% Cacao Lead and Cadmium*
Trader-Joe's-CompanyTrader Joe’s Company Trader Joe’s Single Origin Chocolate Passport Ecuador 66% Cacao Lead and Cadmium*
Trader-Joe's-CompanyTrader Joe’s Company Trader Joe’s Single Origin Chocolate Passport Peru 60% Cacao Lead and Cadmium*
Vosges-LtdVosges, Ltd. Wild Ophelia All Natural New Orleans Chili Dark Chocolate Bar (70% cacao) Lead
Whitman's-Candies-IncWhitman’s Candies, Inc. Whitman’s Solid Milk Chocolate Rabbit No warning required*
Whole-Foods-Market-IncWhole Foods Market, Inc. Whole Foods 72% cacao Organic Dark Chocolate & Almond Tanzania Schoolhouse Project Lead and Cadmium
Whole-Foods-Market-IncWhole Foods Market, Inc. 365 Everyday Value Organic Dark Chocolate Coconut 56% Cacao Lead and Cadmium*


What can you do?

Clearly, there is a need for high quality chocolate that will actually benefit your body instead of damaging it.

Thankfully, several companies have stepped up and developed chocolate treats that are made from organic, real ingredients.

These companies offer clean alternatives to most favorites.

They are: Alter EcoSjaaks Organic ChocolatesUnReal CandyJustin’sSun CupsTheo ChocolateEqual Exchange ChocolateChocolove’s Organic BarsSalazon Chocolate Co.

Green & Black’s Organic The next time you’re ready to indulge in a sweet, chocolatey treat, choose one that will both satisfy your craving and provide wonderful nutrients!

 

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Truth About Birth Control Pills

November 2, 2017 by staff content in Health News with 3 Comments

Truth About Birth Control PillsThe Birth Control Pill (the Pill) is the most common form of birth control for women under 35.

It is often described as a “safe” and convenient method of preventing pregnancy and even suppress their periods.

But what is exactly in the Pill?

What are common dangers and side effects?

Taking the birth control pill has a large string of side effects, and that list gets longer the longer you take the pill.

The packaging of your pills is scarce with this information, but medical studies are always finding more and more links between women’s health and artificial hormones.

The traditional combination pill contains both estrogen and progesterone, the two hormones that your body naturally produces to regulate your reproductive system and menstrual cycle.

The ratio of these hormones in the Pill is exactly correct for preventing pregnancy, but it also causes estrogen dominance.

Almost all of the symptoms or side effects of the Pill can be linked to estrogen dominance.

This condition occurs when your body can not process and eliminate the estrogen in your body, and it interferes with the hormonal balance of your body in many ways.

Some of the symptoms of estrogen dominance caused by the Pill are:
– Depression/anxiety
– Candida overgrowth
– Nutrient deficiency
– Risk of blood clots
– Risk of breast cancer
– Decreased libido
– Weight gain and bloating
– ncrease PMS symptoms
– Mood Swings

Having your body chemistry constantly altered by the Pill affects your brain.

These hormones can cause your moods to swing wildly from happy to sad, even within the same hour.

Estrogen also has a dampening effect on your sex drive.

When your hormones are unaltered estrogen peaks at the beginning of your cycle.

Your body is not ready to make a baby, so it doesn’t need you to want sex.

Having high levels of estrogen in your body through your entire cycle will keep a lid on your sex life all month long.

The Pill can also increase your risk of depression and anxiety, or worsen the symptoms if your mental health is already suffering.

A study in Denmark showed that approximately ten percent of women taking the birth control pill were also diagnosed with depression or anxiety during the course of the study.

This number was higher for teenagers 15-19, which is a grave cause for concern.

Another interesting finding from that study was that at least 10% of the women who started the Pill during the study took it for less than a year, indicating that the side effects were too much to continue.

If we move to a wider view of your body on too much estrogen we see that it has whole-system impacts as well.

Firstly, your liver has to process and try to eliminate all that estrogen.

To do that it utilizes nutrients like b-vitamins, folate, zinc, vitamin C, magnesium, and selenium.

Having too much estrogen in your body is literally sucking nutrients out of you, and it’s not easy to repair that deficiency once it’s occurred.

These vitamins and minerals impact everything from your immune system to your muscles, and your head to your feet.

This is especially important to address if you’re coming off of birth control to get pregnant.

It’s advisable to wait 6-12 months and start a good supplement regimen to replenish those nutrients before you make a baby and it starts taking what nutrients you have left.

There is also a yeast problem to look at.

Estrogen dominance creates the perfect conditions for Candida (a type of yeast) to grow in your body.

Aside from the common vaginal yeast infections, Candida causes a whole host of other issues in your entire body.

As the yeast grows in your intestinal tract it releases toxic byproducts, which then enter your bloodstream.

These toxins have been linked to everything from migraines to PMS, Irritable Bowel Syndrome to psoriasis.

It feeds on sugar in your system, so if your Pill causes you to have cravings as well, it’s a double whammy of damage to your whole body.

Speaking of cravings and sugar, yes the Pill can cause that too.

Because of the nutrient depletion and the energy required to metabolize the hormones you may also be subject to cravings.

This is also one way that the Pill can cause weight gain.

Another way is that it actually changes the fat cells in your body, making them larger.

This is why many women report gaining weight in their stomach, hips, and thighs, as this is where fat cells are in the highest concentrations for women.

The Pill also encourages water retention in your body, as it mimics your body when it is newly pregnant.

This can cause swelling in your breasts, stomach area, hips, and even your legs and feet.

This also loops back again to your sex drive, as you probably won’t feel very romantic if you’re experiencing bloating and swelling.

The Pill has also been linked to an increase in breast cancer.

Estrogen triggers breast cells to grow in puberty and pregnancy, so having them active all the time can result in an overgrowth of cells that can turn cancerous very easily.

A study done in the USA puts the risk of developing breast cancer at 1 in 5 for women who took birth control pills before having their first child, which is a HUGE difference from the average 1 in 8 risks of a healthy woman with no family history.

It also increases your risk of developing blood clots.

The link between estrogen and increase in blood clots has been known since the 1990s.

Current thinking is that estrogen increases your blood-clotting factor, which in turn encourages clots to form.

Deep vein thromboses occur when a clot forms in a deep vein of your body, usually your leg.

This can cause swelling, heat, and pain at the site of the clot. That clot can also break off and travel to your lungs, which is life-threatening.

Are you ready to pitch your pills yet? After reading all that who wouldn’t be?

The good news is that there are quite a few other ways to prevent pregnancy that do not harm your health.

Natural birth control alternatives:

– Calendar method
– Fertility Awareness Method
– Cervical Cap/Diaphragms
– Male/Female condoms

The calendar method is fairly obvious, you track your cycles and engage in intercourse only when you know you’re not ovulating.

It’s also very easy to make a mistake with this method because ovulation times can vary up to a week from average.

Moving to something like the Fertility Awareness Method (FAM) is useful in this case because it also takes into account your body temperature (which changes based on ovulation) and cervical mucus (same).

It is a good way to get FAM-iliar with your body’s unique rhythms and is great for both preventing pregnancies, as well as trying to get pregnant.

Cervical caps and diaphragms work in similar ways; they both cover the cervix so no semen can enter the uterus and fertilize an egg.

They are quite effective when used correctly, but there is a learning curve to get them situated correctly.

Male and female condoms are the only one of these methods that protect both parties from sexually-transmitted diseases, so please consider that when you’re choosing a birth control method.

Also, something to keep in mind is that these 4 products are typically made from latex (condoms) or silicone (caps and diaphragms) and you should take any allergies to those products into account.

Billions of dollars are spent every year in the pharmaceutical industry to lobby and promote drugs.

Birth Control Pills are no different. Why do you think your Doctor’s office has so many free samples to give you?

They are given those to market to you so you’ll come back and buy more.

The health and well-being of the patient come in a far second to the almighty dollar.

Instead of using a pill to alter your body chemistry treat the root of your problems and choose another method that won’t cause weight gain, blood clots, or cancer.

 

If you have taken the Pill before and suffered from digestive issues like boosting, gas, constipation indigestion, go to the next page and learn about the 3 tips to heal your digestive system…

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How Toxic Is Your Tampon?

October 30, 2017 by staff content in Health News with 0 Comments

Toxic TamponsTampons are a very convenient way to manage your period.

They are less mess and less stress, easy to transport and cheap to buy.

However, tampons are also one of the more dangerous ways to deal with menstrual blood.

Your vagina is one of the most absorbent parts of your body, and you should be very sure of the potential damage your tampon could cause you before using it.

What’s really in your tampons?

Tampons are made mostly of cotton and rayon.

Both are absorbent, and both have their downsides.

Cotton is an in-demand crop, and very susceptible to pest damage.

Quite often this means that cotton crops are heavily sprayed with pesticides, which also get absorbed into the cotton itself.

This leaves a residue in the cotton that you then insert into your body.

To get that nice pure white color of a traditional tampon the cotton is heavily processed, bleached, and dyed.

Sometimes artificial fragrances are added to enhance ‘freshness’ or ‘confidence’ – marketing terms that big companies have used for years to tell you that what happens to your body during menstruation is something that is bad or wrong.

One of the main pesticides used on cotton contains Glyphosate, a chemical that is known to have an impact on cytochrome P450.

Your body makes this enzyme to help it combat toxins in the environment.

Research indicates that when this enzyme is damaged it can cause irreparable damage to your digestive and reproductive systems.

Rayon is made from plant pulp that is processed, bleached or dyed, and turned into fabric.

Dioxins are a by-product of that process and are incredibly harmful.

World Health Organization has labeled them ‘extremely toxic’ to humans and ‘a known carcinogen’.

They have also been linked to reduced fertility, a damaged immune system, and endometriosis.

Dioxins do not break down over time, either in the environment or in your body.

They accumulate and build up. In our bodies, they specifically build up in our fat cells and then released into our brains and bloodstream when they are burned for energy.

Even a 100% cotton tampon that isn’t made with 100% organic fibers is going to be putting dioxin, pesticide and bleach residue into your vagina.

Often, tampon manufacturers will wrap the ‘absorbent core’ in a fabric batting.

This fabric is made from polyethylene and polystyrene, two extremely common plastics.

Polystyrene is what you’d find in clamshell packaging, and polyethylene is found in soda bottles.

Neither is particularly absorbent or useful, but the makers of tampons have decided that this is another ingredient you should be putting inside your body.

Using tampons to manage your period may be convenient, but it also may be causing damage to your body that can’t easily be healed.

 

Toxic Shock Syndrome

You have probably heard of Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) before.

There are warning labels about it on every package of tampons.

Every health class that teaches pre-teen girls will also warn you about it.

TSS was first discovered in the 1970s when a lot of women were getting very sick.

It was discovered that their tampons (usually the new super absorbent style) were causing an infection from two different kinds of bacteria.

Staphylococcus aureus and Streptococcus pyogenes invade the body and release toxins into the body.

The body responds with a rapid decrease in blood pressure, which deprives the organs of oxygen.

TSS is life-threatening and many women today still get it.

Using tampons, especially those that are super or ultra absorbent can make the perfectly balanced ecosystem of your vagina go haywire.

They can dry out the tissues, causing micro tears and abrasions that allow these bacteria to enter the body rapidly.

Toxic Shock Syndrome is becoming more prevalent again, and it is thought to be because of a decline in awareness and understanding of what causes it.

 

How you can minimize your health risk

Use something else! See below for alternatives
– Be extremely careful when inserting tampons to avoid scratching or damaging your delicate vaginal walls
– Alternate using tampons with other period management choices
– Never use super-absorbent tampons, use ones for lighter flow and change frequently
– Don’t ever use a tampon overnight, no matter how convenient
– Don’t use tampons between periods

 

Safer alternatives

If you truly feel that tampons are the only way you can manage your menstruation then you need to do some research into the best all-natural, chemical free organic tampons on the market.

Like with the food you buy, read the label for ingredients and safety warnings.

These brands will be better for you, but will still carry some risk, as TSS has been found in women who only use organic products as well.
Toxic Tampons– LOLA
– CORA
– Seventh Generation Chlorine Free Organic Cotton Tampons
– Sea Sponge Tampons
– Organyc 100% Organic Cotton Tampons
– TOM Organic

A better solution is to use absorbent pads, but again you need to do your research.

Mainstream maxi pads contain a lot of the same dangerous materials that tampons do, and usually some even more harmful extras like artificial colors and fragrances. Here are some great brands of organic and non-toxic disposable pads:
– Natracare
– Glad Rags Organic Pads

Reusable cloth pads are also gaining popularity.

Much like cloth diapers they use natural materials to absorb and are washed the same way.

It may take some getting used to but it is far safer for you and much better for the environment as well.

Menstrual Cups are another up and coming star in the feminine care arena.

These small cups are usually made of silicone or other non-plastic materials that are inserted much like a tampon is, and washed and reused during your cycle.

Toxic TamponsThey are as easy to transport as a tampon is and don’t damage your delicate anatomy like a tampon would. These brands are well-reviewed and tested:
– Diva Cup
– Luna Cup
– Lunette Cup
– Keeper Cup (this one is made with latex)
– Ruby Cup

If you take a look at the math, women menstruate for 7 out of every 28 days, for approximately 40 years of their lives.

That’s over 3000 days of having a period in your lifetime.

Think about having something in your body for 10 years that has been linked to infertility, autoimmune diseases, and cancer.

Is that a risk you want to take? Using tampons to manage your period is taking a chance with your life.

For the sake of your health, pick a different solution.

 

To protect yourself from these toxic chemicals (which lead to higher risk of cancer) in many of our everyday’s products, go to the next page and discover how to boost your immune system –

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