Look and Feel Your Best Without Compromising Your Baby’s Health

Hope you’ve been enjoying all the insight and wisdom that’s being shared on these Tele-Summit calls. This evening is our 4th call in the series: “Look and Feel Your Best Without Compromising Your Baby’s Health.” I’ll be the resident expert for today’s session and I’ll be talking about something very important –-the hidden health threats to your baby from the personal care and beauty products you use! Some of the things I’ll cover on tonight’s session:

  • Startling new research about ingredients in mass-produced personal care products that may pre-dispose your baby to obesity (among other serious health problems!)
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  • The top 10 ingredients you MUST avoid to keep you and your baby safe and how you can find out if the products you’re using right now may contain them
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  • Using Mother Nature’s Rx: Essential Oils to safely address some of the most common pregnancy-related complaints

Much of what I’ll be sharing on tonight’s call applies to you whether you are pregnant or not, but becomes even more important when you are or planning to be. There’s no better time than now to take inventory of the products you currently use and toss the ones that are bad for you. Come join me and learn how to become a more conscious consumer so you can stop exposing your baby to hidden threats from toxic exposure while learning how to identify and choose safer, more effective natural alternatives.

We’re going LIVE at 5PM Pacific/8PM Eastern. Don’t miss this very important call!

If you’re pregnant now, are planning to become pregnant, work with pregnant women and want to better support them through this journey, or know anyone who fits any of these criteria, please share this with them and encourage them to register at: http://www.dropwise.info. It’s FREE!

Spring Clean Your Air: 5 Tips to Reduce Allergens & Hidden Health Hazards in Your Home Part 1

Springtime with its fresh blooms and high pollen counts, is typically the time when the allergy-prone suffer most. Most of us dismiss our sneezing, wheezing, drippy noses and goopy eyes as the inevitable result of this sequence of events and pop a few antihistamines or cold tablets to manage the symptoms without a second thought. But what if the cause of your allergy misery was the result of something else?

The simple truth is, there are numerous hidden health threats in your home that can cause allergies and other health problems year-round. If you suffer from chronic allergies, there are ways to reduce or eliminate your exposure to these hazards if you know where to look for them.

Here are two of the five hidden (and not-so-hidden) hazards in your home that may be contributing to your misery and what you can do to eliminate them:

    1. Common Household Cleaning and Laundry Products to Die For

      Many of the everyday house hold cleaning products we use are loaded with ammonia, bleach, and a host of dangerous chemicals that can burn your lungs, eyes, nose, and skin –if not used with great caution. Most laundry detergents, fabric softeners, and even dishwashing liquid are made with synthetic fragrances containing phthalates — chemicals used by industry to soften plastics that have been shown to be endocrine disruptors.All those noxious smells can be extremely irritating and harmful especially when you come in frequent or constant contact with them. The good news is there are a growing selection of plant-based, chlorine-, ammonia- and phosphate-free detergents and multi-purpose cleaners to choose from. Or you can make your own safe, highly effective and “green” cleaning products from ingredients like baking soda, washing soda, borax, white vinegar, castile soap, and essential oils.

 

  1. Synthetic Air Fresheners & Scented Candles with Leaded Wicks

    According to one Consumer Product Safety Commission study, as many as 40% of candles on the market still contained lead wires inside their wicks. A candle with a lead-core wick has been shown to release five times the amount of lead considered hazardous for childrenand exceeds EPA pollution standards for outdoor air.It’s now believed that frequent candle burning –especially synthetically scented candles– is a major source of soot and toxic exposure because the chemicals (i.e. phthalates) used in “fragrance” oils tend to soften the wax, increasing the need to add metals to the wicks to stiffen them. Though candle soot is primarily composed of elemental carbon, it can include phthalates, lead, and other toxic ingredients such as benzene and tuolene.

    Scented aerosol sprays, gels, and plug-in air fresheners contain harmful chemicals linked to breathing difficulties, developmental problems in babies, and cancer in laboratory animals.

    Using essential oils in a diffuser or in a water-based aromatherapy spray is a perfectly safe and healthy way to scent your home. And certain essential oils like eucalyptus, peppermint, rosemary and lavender, can assist with sinus congestion associated with allergies, reduce stress, and enhance wellbeing. Always use candles made from 100% vegetable (soy) wax or beeswax with coreless cotton wicks, and scented with essential oils only.

The Curse of Obesogens: How Early Exposures Can Lead to a Lifetime of Weight Problems

It’s no secret that when babies are exposed to harmful substances while in the womb it can have detrimental effects on their health later in life. This was the case with women in the 1950s who were given a drug called DES during pregnancy to prevent miscarriage that was later found to increase their daughters’ risk of developing cervical or vaginal cancer. Scientists are now taking a closer look at what substances may be present in pregnant women that could be impacting the later development of their children and causing them to be fat.

One explanation for the obesity puzzle that’s gaining credence is early-life exposure to traces of certain chemicals and pollutants in the environment –now commonly referred to as endocrine disruptors. These chemicals are so similar to human (and animal) hormones that they can block or disrupt the actions of regular hormones in both.

There is mounting evidence of a strong link between early exposure to some of these endocrine disruptors and the later development of obesity. Apparently these compounds act on genes in the developing fetus and newborn to turn more precursor cells into fat cells, which may pre-dispose babies and young children to becoming and staying fat. They can also alter metabolic rates, so that the body tends to hoard calories rather than burning them.

In one study conducted by Dr. Bruce Blumberg of the University of California, Irvine, pregnant mice were fed a substance called tributyltin –a disinfectant and fungicide used in marine paints and plastics production that enters the food chain through seafood and contaminates our water supply. Their offspring were born with more fat cells and fat already stored, and became 5 to 20 percent fatter by adulthood. The genetic tests revealed that the tributyltin activated a receptor, which acts like a switch, determining whether a cell remains a fibroblast (cells that make up the body’s connective tissue) or becomes an adipocyte (a fat cell).

The ability of these endocrine disruptors to re-program the fate of a cell and convert it to a fat cell is what led to the coining of a new phrase to describe them: Obesogens.

Not all endocrine disrupting substances are obesogens, but the biggest culprits so far are phthalates, bisphenol-A (also referred to as BPA), and some compounds used in stain repellants and non-stick cookware. Additional studies in Spain and Belgium have linked fetal exposure to pesticides and PCBs with childhood obesity.