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    Keep some of this info below in mind when reading labels for the products you buy in your business, especially those that you apply on your hand or breathe in.

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    There are many upsides to living in a modern, high-tech society (like having access to the Internet and digital cameras and MP3 audio players to name a few of my favorites.) But as with most things in life and in nature, whether you call it yin and yang, balance or the principle that opposites attract, with the upside comes a significant downside.

    For all of the conveniences and advances that we have grown so accustomed to comes a slew of environmental toxins -- chemicals and other materials largely from industry and carelessness -- that have very much saturated our water, our food and the very air we breathe.

    Many of these toxins are things that you can't see, smell or feel, at least not right away. One of the major problems with them is just that. We don't realize that we're being affected until we come down with a chronic disease after years of subtle and often consistent exposure to a combination of these toxins.

    This makes it almost impossible to pinpoint a specific environmental toxin as the source of illness, yet when you look at the facts -- the increasing numbers of cancers, immune system disorders, neurological problems, chronic fatigue syndrome, multiple chemical sensitivities, allergies and hormonal disturbances that are facing the nation -- it is hard NOT to take notice. Consider these statistics:

    Some 77,000 chemicals are produced in North America
    Over 3,000 chemicals are added to our food supply
    More than 10,000 chemical solvents, emulsifiers and preservatives are used in food processing
    1,000 new chemicals are introduced each year
    Where do all of these chemicals end up? They are absorbed into our groundwater, rivers, lakes and oceans, spewed into our air, and added, quite intentionally, to our food supply.

    The Effects of Toxins on Your Body


    A study in last year's British Medical Journal estimated that perhaps 75 percent of most cancers are caused by environmental and lifestyle factors, including exposure to chemicals. Another report, this one by the Columbia University School of Public Health, estimated that 95 percent of cancer is caused by diet and environmental toxicity.

    This is really not surprising when you consider that estimates show most Americans have somewhere between 400 and 800 chemicals stored in their bodies, typically in fat cells. Some of the short- and long-term effects of these toxins include:

    Neurological disorders (Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, depression, attention deficit disorder, schizophrenia, etc.)
    Cancer
    Nutritional deficiencies
    Hormonal imbalances
    Enzyme dysfunction
    Altered metabolism
    Reproductive disorders
    Fatigue
    Headaches
    Obesity
    Muscle and vision problems
    Immune system depression
    Allergies/Asthma
    Endocrine disorders
    Chronic viral infections
    Less ability to tolerate/handle stress


    The 10 Most Common Toxins


    The following toxins are among the most prevalent in our air, water and/or food supply. This list is by no means all-inclusive, as thousands of other toxins are also circulating in our environment. Keep reading to find out tips to avoid these toxins and others as much as possible.

    PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls): This industrial chemical has been banned in the United States for decades, yet is a persistent organic pollutant that's still present in our environment.

    Risks: Cancer, impaired fetal brain development
    Major Source: Farm-raised salmon. Most farm-raised salmon, which accounts for most of the supply in the United States are fed meals of ground-up fish that have absorbed PCBs in the environment and for this reason should be avoided.

    Pesticides: According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), 60 percent of herbicides, 90 percent of fungicides and 30 percent of insecticides are known to be carcinogenic. Alarmingly, pesticide residues have been detected in 50 percent to 95 percent of U.S. foods.
    Risks: Cancer, Parkinson's disease, miscarriage, nerve damage, birth defects, blocking the absorption of food nutrients
    Major Sources: Food (fruits, vegetables and commercially raised meats), bug sprays

    Mold and other Fungal Toxins: One in three people have had an allergic reaction to mold. Mycotoxins (fungal toxins) can cause a range of health problems with exposure to only a small amount.
    Risks: Cancer, heart disease, asthma, multiple sclerosis, diabetes
    Major Sources: Contaminated buildings, food like peanuts, wheat, corn and alcoholic beverages

    Phthalates: These chemicals are used to lengthen the life of fragrances and soften plastics.
    Risks: Endocrine system damage (phthalates chemically mimic hormones and are particularly dangerous to children)
    Major Sources: Plastic wrap, plastic bottles, plastic food storage containers. All of these can leach phthalates into our food.

    VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds): VOCs are a major contributing factor to ozone, an air pollutant. According to the EPA, VOCs tend to be even higher (two to five times) in indoor air than outdoor air, likely because they are present in so many household products.
    Risks: Cancer, eye and respiratory tract irritation, headaches, dizziness, visual disorders, and memory impairment
    Major Sources: Drinking water, carpet, paints, deodorants, cleaning fluids, varnishes, cosmetics, dry cleaned clothing, moth repellants, air fresheners.

    Dioxins: Chemical compounds formed as a result of combustion processes such as commercial or municipal waste incineration and from burning fuels (like wood, coal or oil).
    Risks: Cancer, reproductive and developmental disorders, chloracne (a severe skin disease with acne-like lesions), skin rashes, skin discoloration, excessive body hair, mild liver damage
    Major Sources: Animal fats: Over 95 percent of exposure comes from eating commercial animal fats.

    Asbestos: This insulating material was widely used from the 1950s to 1970s. Problems arise when the material becomes old and crumbly, releasing fibers into the air.
    Risks: Cancer, scarring of the lung tissue, mesothelioma (a rare form of cancer)
    Major Sources: Insulation on floors, ceilings, water pipes and healing ducts from the 1950s to 1970s.

    Heavy Metals: Metals like arsenic, mercury, lead, aluminum and cadmium, which are prevalent in many areas of our environment, can accumulate in soft tissues of the body.
    Risks: Cancer, neurological disorders, Alzheimer's disease, foggy head, fatigue, nausea and vomiting, decreased production of red and white blood cells, abnormal heart rhythm, damage to blood vessels
    Major Sources: Drinking water, fish, vaccines, pesticides, preserved wood, antiperspirant, building materials, dental amalgams, chlorine plants

    Chloroform: This colorless liquid has a pleasant, nonirritating odor and a slightly sweet taste, and is used to make other chemicals. It's also formed when chlorine is added to water.
    Risks: Cancer, potential reproductive damage, birth defects, dizziness, fatigue, headache, liver and kidney damage.
    Major Sources: Air, drinking water and food can contain chloroform.

    Chlorine: This highly toxic, yellow-green gas is one of the most heavily used chemical agents.
    Risks: Sore throat, coughing, eye and skin irritation, rapid breathing, narrowing of the bronchi, wheezing, blue coloring of the skin, accumulation of fluid in the lungs, pain in the lung region, severe eye and skin burns, lung collapse, reactive airways dysfunction syndrome (RADS) (a type of asthma)
    Major Sources: Household cleaners, drinking water (in small amounts), air when living near an industry (such as a paper plant) that uses chlorine in industrial processes.

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    It's impossible in this day and age to avoid all environmental toxins. What you can do, however, is limit your exposure as much as possible with the following tips:

    Buy and eat, as much as possible, organic produce and free-range, organic foods. If you can only purchase one organic product it probably should be free range organic eggs. Fortunately most grocery stores now have these available. If they don't contact the store manager and encourage them to carry them. Additionally I believe raw milk products are a key to staying healthy. They are best obtained locally but many people have a great challenge finding them. I have made special arrangements with a dairy in the only state that raw milk products are legal, California, so you can easily obtain them.

    Rather than eating fish, which is largely contaminated with PCBs and mercury, consume a high-quality purified fish or cod liver oil like Carlson's. Contact your favorite health food store for it or another high quality brand or use our store for your immediate convenience. Another option is to have your wild-caught fish lab tested to find out if it is a pure source (we've found a delicious Alaskan wild red salmon that is mercury- and PCB-free and safe).

    Avoid processed foods -- remember that they're processed with chemicals!

    Only use natural cleaning products in your home. Most health food stores will have these available or you can search online for them. You can also choose the PerfectClean ultra-microfiber cleaning cloths. Due to their ultra-microfiber construction, you can use them with only water (so you eliminate the need for cleaning your home with chemicals).

    Switch over to natural brands of toiletries, including shampoo, toothpaste, antiperspirants and cosmetics. Same sources here, either your local health food store or you can search on line.

    Avoid spraying insect repellants that contain DEET on your body. There are safe, effective and natural alternatives out there, like Neem-Based Botanical Outdoor Gel.

    Remove any metal fillings as they're a major source of mercury. Be sure to have this done by a qualified biological dentist. Although nearly any dentist is technically qualified to replace your amalgam fillings, far less than 95 percent have any clue on how to do it properly so your risk of mercury exposure is minimized. Please avoid the mistake I have seen THOUSANDS of patients make and have your fillings replaced by a non-qualified dentist. I made this mistake myself nearly 20 years ago. Do it right the first time and save yourself the expense and grief. If you don't personally know a qualified biological dentist, many people find one by contacting several of the health food stores in their area and asking the employees who they know. This is typically an excellent resource as they are usually networked quite well in the local health community.

    Avoid using artificial air fresheners, dryer sheets, fabric softeners or other synthetic fragrances as they can pollute the air you are breathing.

    Avoid artificial food additives of all kind, including artificial sweeteners and MSG

    Get plenty of safe sun exposure to boost your vitamin D levels and your immune system (you'll be better able to fight disease).

    Have your tap water tested and, if contaminants are found, install an appropriate water filter on all your faucets (even those in your shower or bath).

    Seek to build your health up through the nutrition insights detailed in my Total Health Program, and then limit your use of drugs (prescription and over-the-counter) as much as possible. Drugs are chemicals too, and they will leave residues and accumulate in your body over time.
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    EXCELLENT POST OZ, EXCELLENT!!! this is another reason why I've chosen to get into the Holistic side of grooming!! Thanks for the info!

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    • #3
      Jeesh, we're all gonna die of something. Why not just face the inevitable.

      Stephen: Long before you die you still want quality of life, even until the last moment. The affects of chemicals deny that quality. I think we also are supposed to show gratitude for the body and chance we have been given, it's honorable to take care of it, and not abuse it for convenience.

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      • #4
        Seek to build your health up through the nutrition insights detailed in my Total Health Program, and then limit your use of drugs (prescription and over-the-counter) as much as possible. Drugs are chemicals too, and they will leave residues and accumulate in your body over time.


        Oz, where is the link to this Total Health Program?? I think alot of groomers need to pay more attention to their health, from what I've seen! me included!! too much stress!!

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        • #5
          yes I do Faux. I stopped the newsletter because I was getting so many in my box though! lol I read his site all the time! it's great info..

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          • #6
            WOW, that is overwhelming.

            I cannot eliminate everything I can tell you that, but here are some things "I" do that help the environment and myself:

            I clean with vinegar/water or soap/water. I do not like "scrubbing bubbles" and things like that---the smell gives me a headache. I cannot stand room "deodorizers" because I honestly don't believe anything can take the odors out of a room, it just smells like somebody doused the room in perfume, yuck. I don't like perfumey smells.

            I don't take a lot of medications. In fact I pretty much just stick with Advil, maybe NyQuil if I have a cold, or if the doctor prescribes something for me, but that is rare.

            I am slightly allergic to deodorants so I just shower and go, I don't sweat like a pig. If I am going to sweat then I use it briefly and shower soon after.

            If you are Asian you are fortunate. They do not have the glands that Europeans do and you either don't sweat or you don't have B.O.! I used to get so angry at the deodorant commercials that advertized to Koreans (they were foreign products being marketed there), because I learned from a Doctor on TV that Asians don't have this "problem." I never smelled B.O. on an Asian, nor did I see them sweat much, if at all, so that confirmed what the doctor said. Oh, it was Dr. Mehmot Oz, on Oprah, now that I think of it.

            We use energy saving appliances in our new house but I have to mention this:

            When you use energy saving products, or Hybrid cars, the factories used to PRODUCE these items are often WORSE than the regular manufacturers, this is something I read recently. So it seems like a lose-lose situation sometimes.

            I try not to go overboard, I just don't like using chemicals for cleaning, mainly.

            You have to start somewhere.

            Tammy in Utah
            Groomers Helper Affiliate

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            • #7
              Originally posted by SpikeyTheYorkie View Post

              If you are Asian you are fortunate. They do not have the glands that Europeans do and you either don't sweat or you don't have B.O.! I used to get so angry at the deodorant commercials that advertized to Koreans (they were foreign products being marketed there), because I learned from a Doctor on TV that Asians don't have this "problem." I never smelled B.O. on an Asian, nor did I see them sweat much, if at all, so that confirmed what the doctor said. Oh, it was Dr. Mehmot Oz, on Oprah, now that I think of it.


              Tammy in Utah
              Well, not exactly. We all have to sweat or we'd die from hyperthermia. Sweating is how a human body exhausts heat. As sweat evaporates, the body is cooled. Sweat also eliminates a lot of toxins.

              What Asians don't have are an abundance of apocrine sweat glands. Apocrine glands are concentrated in the arm pits and groin, excrete an oily substance, and function as scent glands. The B.O. we're so familiar with is the action of bacteria growing in the oily substance they secrete.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Helly View Post
                Well, not exactly. We all have to sweat or we'd die from hyperthermia. Sweating is how a human body exhausts heat. As sweat evaporates, the body is cooled. Sweat also eliminates a lot of toxins.

                What Asians don't have are an abundance of apocrine sweat glands. Apocrine glands are concentrated in the arm pits and groin, excrete an oily substance, and function as scent glands. The B.O. we're so familiar with is the action of bacteria growing in the oily substance they secrete.
                Well, I was close! I did say they don't have the glands but couldn't remember EVER seeing a Korean sweat, in 4 years!!! ROFL...and they may not smell like B.O. but they sure do smell like Kimchee! Still better than B.O. if you ask me!

                Tammy in Utah
                Groomers Helper Affiliate

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                • #9
                  hey stinky tammy! i mean, spikey...hehehe one time I was late for work..rushed out of the shower..threw my clothes on and took off to work! I was freakn out! I got half way to work and remember that I didn't put on any deodorant!! yikes!! I get to work and I'm lookn around tryn to figure out what I can do. aww haa! I used EAR POWDER!! It worked too!! ROFL kept me dry all day! I still couldnt wait to get home to shower though! ick!

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by hairdevil View Post
                    hey stinky tammy! i mean, spikey...hehehe one time I was late for work..rushed out of the shower..threw my clothes on and took off to work! I was freakn out! I got half way to work and remember that I didn't put on any deodorant!! yikes!! I get to work and I'm lookn around tryn to figure out what I can do. aww haa! I used EAR POWDER!! It worked too!! ROFL kept me dry all day! I still couldnt wait to get home to shower though! ick!
                    ROFL, Ear powder, that's a riot! The R7 brand smells minty, so I bet your pits did too, roflmbo!

                    Tammy in Utah
                    Groomers Helper Affiliate

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                    • #11
                      I suppose they did tammy! all I know is it worked! great for emergencies! LOL!! the things we groomers do!

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                      • #12
                        So that's what I smelled!

                        Dear Hair,

                        I knew I smelt somthing familiar when you sat on my lap I just couldn't place it. Ear powder huh? What do you use for toothpaste, quick stop? Just kidding. When the fleas get bad I have shampooed with Wonderfluff "Kills". Pyrethrins are all natural, right?

                        Chuck

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                        • #13
                          To make your own deodorant mix 65% sodium bicarbonate, 35% cream of tarter and some water to make a paste. Put in an empty deodorant tube with a twist up top and let dry. If you add under 4% anhydrous titanium dioxide you will have antiperspirant. Add up to 1% spearmint, eucalyptus or lavender essential oil if you like for scent and to kill bacteria.
                          "We are all ignorant--we merely have different areas of specialization."~Anonymous
                          People, PLEASE..It's ONLY a website!~Me

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                          • #14
                            Hey Spikey (and others)

                            I come from a long, long line of sweaters. Can't help it - its just the way we are. (And I am not eager to get botox-ed to have that fixed!) I also can't wear deodorants and for most of my life I could use the crystal rock kind either.

                            I've found the secret to using the rock is to put in on the shower, as soon as you turn the water off. Before you grab the towel even. It works all day.

                            I'd be curious to know if you have the same results as me. Its truly been life-altering! Instead of having to wash and re-apply deodorant up to 4 times a day (and dealing with the rash from the darned stuff) now I can actually skip a day if I sleep in and can't shower.

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                            • #15
                              Being my family is/was very 'old country' we did not use a lot of chemicals or take a lot of medications. I still regret not writing down all my grandmothers 'cures'.. man they worked! better than anything off a shelf at a store anyhow for us.
                              Ill admit not everything I use may be the best for everyone but I do know they work for me. I use the solid stick/crystal and it works. I dont use perfumed 'shower gels' I use good old fashioned soap. I may take an asperin every once in a while, but I prefer to take a moment to see if I can 'relax' if I have a rare headache... then I have a cup of herbal tea that has hybiscus &/or rose hips.. (is about the same thing to be honest). I dont take anything like tylenol or advil.. Ive been given these in various hosp situations.. and although they thought me crazy.. they didnt work.

                              Heck as kids growing up, grandma made just about everything (food wise) from scratch! ever read the ingredients in pre-packaged food! and a bottle of soda pop... well that was a desert. I still to this day do not drink soda, I may have a rare can of ginger ale here and there if I feel like my stomach is not settled.. yes, it a calming thing. I will have to look at work to re-post this wonderful company we found. The owner of it began it because of horrible reactions to so many chemicals.. it is for cleaning and all natural.. and IT WORKS.

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