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Genetically modified ingredients may trigger asthma

Health concerns about the use of genetically modified ingredients in the foods we eat are on the rise.

For many people, the lack of hard data to say GM is ‘safe’ is enough to be cautious ‚Äì history has already provided many case studies of ingredients considered safe, that in the longer term were deemed harmful and removed from the market. Read More…

Is dental floss healthy?

Dental floss is probably one of those products you don’t give much thought to. We buy it and use it regularly, but how it is made is one of those manufacturing questions you’ve never thought about.

Dental floss is typically made from nylon which is a byproduct of petroleum. The wax coating on most flosses is made from polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) which is a known carcinogenic that is also used to make the coating for non-stick cookware. Read More…

How to remove additives one step at a time

Remove the allergy-inducing MSG from your diet and you may just find yourself removing a whole raft of other potentially toxic ingredients at the same time. The cheaper the product or the more bulk you are getting for your dollar then, generally speaking, the more likely that product will contain a range of additives you might prefer to avoid. Read More…

Preserving water is a toxic challenge for cosmetic manufacturers

If one of the ingredients in your makeup item is water (and the chances of this are very high), then that product will need to also contain some sort of preservative.

Water, in any form, will harbour a range of potentially dangerous bacterias without a preservative, or range of preservatives, to combat microbial growth and contamination. In fact, many manufacturers actually aim for a shelf life of three years for make up products and load in enough preservatives to meet that goal. Read More…

Toxicity of lipstick something to consider

A woman might eat as much as 3 kilograms of lipstick in a lifetime ‚Äì that’s the equivalent of 12 sticks of butter and about the average size of a newborn baby.

Toxic effects in our bodies can build over time so it is worth considering the toxic load of everything we put in our mouth, including what we put on our lips. Read More…

BHA preservative linked to asthma

Asthma sufferers should look for BHA on ingredients labels. Butylate Hydroxyanisole (BHA) is a preservative that is used to keep food from changing colour, changing flavour, or becoming rancid.

Butylated Hydroxyanisole (E320) is contained in meats, butter, chewing gums, nuts and dry mixes, snack foods, baked goods and sweets – many products that typically live in a household pantry. It is derived from petroleum and has been banned in many countries. Read More…

Are Mineral face powders a natural cosmetic product?

The most significant advancement for the natural cosmetic products industry over the past few years has undoubtedly been mineral face powders. But like any cosmetic product, natural or not, the use of potentially toxic ingredients by manufactures requires us to read labels diligently and look for the real truth behind health claims. Read More…

Ammonia free – the best hair colouring option

A hair colour at the salon should be a pampering treat but did you know the ammonia used as an active ingredient in most commercial hair color preparations is also used in explosives manufacturing, toilet cleaners and cigarettes?

Ammonia hydroxide has been linked to asthma, bronchitis and skin irritations. It also causes havoc in the environment especially in ocean ecosystems. Read More…

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