Known Toxins I was exposed to this week Jan 30-Feb 5]

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Toxins I was Exposed to this week

Cancer and cell damage is all about the cumulative effect. When the human body is exposed repeatedly to any level of carcinogens (things that are known or suspected to cause cancer), or toxins & poisons, the immune system is depleted to the point that the body does not have the ability to detoxify efficiently, which causes diseases, fatigue, and a host of malady’s.

What do I consider a ‘toxin’? If you are curious about why some seemingly ‘natural’ products may be listed below… know that I consider something as a ‘toxin’ if it isn’t safe to ‘eat’. I believe we shouldn’t be breathing, eating, or applying ingredients internally or to our skin/lungs, etc. that wouldn’t be considered ‘safe for human consumption’ as it will still affect our cells and either cause our body’s cells to work overtime trying to ‘combat’ the toxins (and our cells are already working overtime due to our toxic air, water, stressful lifestyles, and foods), or actually do damage on a DNA level by suffocating our cells of oxygen & of nutrients that they need to function optimally.

I intend to get the toxins that I’m exposed to down to “zero intentional”. (can’t do much about many of the toxins that I’m exposed to from outside my control, but I only have myself to blame for any toxins that I do have direct control over).

Things listed below are toxins that I “can” do something about… for example, I was happily & effectively using bicarb soda and apple cider vinegar instead of shampoo & conditioner and despite being extremely happy with my hair, I saw this conditioner at the health shop and ending up buying it hoping it was toxin-free & that I would get even more benefits, only to find out when I researched all the ingredients after getting home, that it has 5 toxins, so once this bottle is finished, I’ll be back to all natural again, etc. similarly with the dry shampoo – I should’ve known better, I was happy just using arrowroot powder)

I’ve been working on going toxin-free for years on and off, so my list below is nothing compared to what a normal person’s would be (people who wear makeup or use skin products or commercial cleaning products, can probably add up to 1000 more chemicals to the list). Loads of everyday items in our modern world are toxic… perfume/cologne (of which you never get the ‘ingredients’/secret formula), shampoo, conditioner, moisturizer, creams, lotions, detergents, cleaning products, certain medications, air fragrances, canned & processed foods, etc.

I wouldn’t recommend any time-poor people to start writing down their weekly exposures as ‘chemicals’ like I am, until you are down to about 20 or less products, because it would take month’s to investigate each individual ingredient to see what you are exposing your cells to. Rather, know what is obviously toxic by looking at the labels and start removing/replacing unnecessary items. I am doing the below experiment to just make myself accountable and to keep myself consciously aware and blatantly obvious in the ‘forefront’ of my mind, the things I have yet to remove, and I’m only able to do this because I have already removed thousands of toxins.

Andalou Naturals Fruit Stem Cell Science Conditioner
Exposed to skin/hair: Stearylkonium Chloride, Cetyl Alcohol, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Ethylhexylglycerin

Dr Bronner All-One Hemp Eucalyptus Pure-Castile Soap Bar
Exposed to skin: Saponified Organic Coconut

Rimmel Lycra Lash Extender Length & Curl Mascara Black
Exposed to eyes: Stearic Acid, PVP, Cera Carnauba (Copernicia Cerifera Wax) (Carnauba), C18 36 Acid Triglyceride, Triethanolamine, Acrylates Crosspolymer, Panthenol, Propylene Glycol, Polyvinyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Tocopheryl, Propylparaben, Talc, HDI/Trimethylol Hexyllactone, Crosspolymer, Benzyl Alcohol, Silica
And May Contain (+/-): Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Mica (CI 77019), Hydroxide Green (CI 77289) (CI 77289), Ultramarines (CI 77288), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Chromium Oxide Green (CI 77288), Carmine (CI 75470) (CI 75470), Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide (CI 77510) (CI 77510)
(see why I want to make my own mascara? I’m applying 34 chemicals to my eyes every time I wear it)

Exposed to lungs: Tobacco and 147 different chemicals

Garnier Mineral Deodorant
Exposed to skin: Aluminum Chlorohydrate, Ppg-15 Stearyl Ether, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth-33, Parfum / Fragrance, Perlite, Phenoxyethanol, Dimethicone, Benzyl Alcohol, Methylisothiazolinone, Hexyl Cinnama

Batiste Dry Shampoo Light And Blonde
Exposed to hair / lungs: Butane, Isobutane, Propane, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Starch, Alcohol Denat., Parfum (Fragrance), Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Distearydimonium Chloride, Cetrimonium Chloride, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 (Iron Oxides)

WEN® Sweet Almond Mint Texture Balm
Exposed to hair & hands: Sorbitan Oleate, t-Butyl Hydroquinone, Propylparaben, Propylene Glycol, Glycerol Oleate, Fragrance, BHT, BHA

Earth Choice Dishwash Concentrate
Exposed to skin: Coco-Glucoside, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Coco-Sulfate, Ethanol, Fragrance, Benzisothiazolinone, CI 19140, CI 42090, CI 15985, CI 17200

Blonde Hair Toner
Exposed to skin:  cetearyl alcohol, ceteareth-20, peg-20, benzyl alcohol, decyl oleate, sodium laureth sulfate, acetic acid, fragrance, methylparaben, external d&c violet no.2.

Clear Women 3 Minute Scalp & Hair Treatment Creambath
Exposed to skin: cetearyl alcohol, behentrimonium chloride, dimethiconol, Dipropylene glycol, perfume, pyrithione zinc, dimethicone, DMDM hydantoin, hydroxyethyl cellulose, panthenol,Tocopheryl Acetate, sodium ascorbyl phosphate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, methylisothiazolinone, TEA-dodecylbenzenesulfonate, trideceth-5, sodium polynaphthalenesulfonate, BHT, Carbomer, Cellulose gum, aminomethyl propanol, methylchloroisothiazolinone.BPOM RI NA 49111002173

Laundry Powder
Exposed to skin: Unknown ingredients


Note: This post goes hand-in-hand with this week’s “Food Diary”.
Food Diary Jan 30

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  1. Carolyn says:

    Great post. A question: the saponification of coconut is a toxin? Please give me some further information. I did search and all I could find was what it meant and the process, and that in lye soaps, the lye is eliminated through the process.

    do you wash with something else?

    thank you!!!!

    1. Penny Butler says:

      Hiya Carolyn, that one is definitely one on the list that I considered not counting as “toxin”, but when I was trying to learn more about it, I couldn’t figure out if it was “safe to eat” (I want to get to a place where I’m only putting on my body the things that I can safely consume).

      So it’s there just until I can find some solid information about what it actually does to my “cells”.. is it a “benefit” to my cells – do my cells actually get something they need from it, or is just there because soap makers couldn’t find a better ingredient yet.

      I went to quite a few different resources last night when trying to research it but the sources were not that helpful for me to work out whether I could actually put it “in” my body, and whether its actually “good” for my cells.

      To further explain my thought process.. it’s just like when I’m adding things to my plate – everything is on the plate for a reason.. as in.. I have researched and have a specific (usually a specific cellular) reason that I decided to add an item to my plate).. and I know it’s going overboard lol to be able to do the same for my skin (it’s already kinda “nuts” that I do it for my food), and I’m not sure if I’ll achieve it, but I’d love to be able to get to a point where the same is true for the products that go on my skin.

      And unfortunately I couldn’t find a source that led me to believe that it was a safe-to-consume product or not. Hope that explains my weird and wacky way of thinking :)

      If you find out anymore about lye and if you remember me, please find me :).. either on facebook or here.. I’d love to find a resource that is definitive about the health benefits of it :)

      PS .. how did you find this post so quick? I’m still working on it, I haven’t shared it anywhere yet lol

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