Did you know chamomile could do that?

Did you know that chamomile has anti-tumor properties as well as the ability to soothe the redness from irritated skin?

Further benefits include…in aromatherapy applications Chamomile Roman is helpful for issues of nerves, migraine, acne, inflammation, insomnia, menstrual problems, & dermatitis. Useful to counteract anger and to relax us spiritually and physically without causing drowsiness. Mild topical pain-killing benefits. Helpful for irregular periods and the menstruation pains associated. Anti-inflamatory properties help reduce skin redness and soothe irritated skin. It has anti-bacterial, anti-tumor and  antiseptic properties as well.

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Endocrine Disruptors: A Toxic Result of Plastic pollution

My Brain

The endocrine system is essentially the system through which our glands, lymph nodes, gonads, pancreas, and other hormonal organs operate. The instructions given by our endocrine system through different hormones cause many of the fundamental processes that keep us alive.

Endocrine disruptors are chemicals that can alter the endocrine processes by simulating the chemical structure of a hormone or acting in a similar manner when processed through the body. Endocrine disruptors exist in nature, but the most toxic ones have been synthesized by man.

Understand that a small change in our endocrine system can have devastating long term effects on our emotional and physical health. So, this understood, endocrine disruptors must exist in small quantities in very few highly dangerous industrial conditions, right?

Wrong. The sad truth is that many endocrine disruptors exist in our everyday lives in the form of pesticides, dental sealants, perfumes, soaps, and common disposable plastics…

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Unsafe Cosmetics Condoned?!?

THIS is why Daughter of the Moon answers to our customers. We protect them & disclose all of our ingredients & even why, specifically & scientifically we use them. Hopefully buyers will become more aware, ask more questions, & show theses companies & regulating agencies with your own buying power & voices that we need to b respected & protected as consumers & people.

Here is an excerpt taken from the United States FDA website (that which “governs” so to speak & regulates the cosmetic industry.

1. Hexachlorophene (21 CFR 250.250)

Because of its neurotoxic effect and ability to penetrate human skin, the use of hexachlorophene (HCP) as a cosmetic ingredient is restricted to use as a preservative where an alternative preservative has not been shown to be as effective. The HCP concentration of the cosmetic may not exceed 0.1%, and it may not be used in cosmetics which in normal use may be applied to mucous membranes.
2. Mercury Compounds (21 CFR 700.13)

The use of mercury compounds as cosmetic ingredients is limited to use as preservatives in eye area cosmetics at concentrations not exceeding 65 ppm (0.0065%) of mercury calculated as the metal (about 100 ppm or 0.01% of phenylmercuric acetate or nitrate) and provided no other effective and safe preservative is available for use.

Mercury compounds are readily absorbed through the skin on topical application and have the tendency to accumulate in the body. They may cause allergic reactions, skin irritation or neurotoxic manifestations.
…….So basically this means they know it’s harmful & readily absorbed through the skin, & yet it is still allowed to be sold so long as you tell them it was the only additive or preservative that worked for a recipe. I think that is unacceptable. If something is a neurotoxin, THAT is what makes THEIR recipe not work.

 

For me, breastfeeding was the perfect moment of love, comfort & accomplishment. No, it wasn’t always easy, but if we’re talking honestly it was easier than most other things I’ve done inmy life because I had my ‘mommy instincts’ to fall back on, biology, my infant who knew what to do & told me when I didn’t, & all the other moms who reached out & helped me & supported me (because that’s what we do).

The Science of Mom

Since becoming a mom, and especially since starting this blog, I have paid particular attention to new breastfeeding research. After all, my training is in nutrition, and breast milk is one of the most interesting foods around. Plus, I’m currently lactating and still breastfeeding my daughter a few times per day, so it’s on my mind.

When I look back at the papers that I have covered and those that I find on other blogs and media outlets, I notice that many focus on how breastfeeding improves outcomes in babies.

But I also notice that when I blog about breastfeeding research, I have to spend a big chunk of the piece talking about the limitations of the study. Breastfeeding research – at least when conducted in humans – will always have big limitations that require disclaiming and explaining. The problem is that it is impossible to randomize breastfeeding trials or…

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Great blog post. In my opinion, there’s always a scientist, always a person, who will have a different opinion. So while most are talking about the benefits of organic foods, one has totalk about the negatives, I suppose that’s just human nature to 1- be different 2- be righteous 3- make a profit i.e. who funded these scientists? Was it kraft foods? Was it a fast food corportation?

Anthony Gucciardi
Infowars.com

Do you eat real, organic food? If you do, you must be a jerk, according to a new ridiculous ‘scientific study’ that most likely has financial ties to factory farm corporations and junkfood makers across the planet. Instead of discussing the wide variety of health benefits of eating real food — the kind made without harmful pesticides that actually make you stupidthe researchers use participants to show how ‘eating organic can make you a jerk’. Now spanning the mainstream media headlines, the ‘scientists’ use the fact that those who eat organic are ‘stingier with their volunteering’ time as one of the reasons as to why it could ‘make you a jerk’.

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Know Your Recycling Codes

1 Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET, PETE)

Uses:

in soft drink bottles, water, beer,
mouthwash, catsup, salad dressing bottles, peanut butter, pickle, jelly, & jam jars, as well as oven-safe plastic trays.
Recycled PET flakes are used for carpet yarns and the fabric known as polyester, polyester fleece, and micro fleece.

Dangers:

PET/PETE degrades with use & can host germs in its wrinkled surfaces, two reasons why re-using old bottles & containers is dangerous. It ontains trace amounts of Bisphenol A (BPA) Click to learn more about this.
The danger increases through use & heating but should be avoided initially as well.

2 High Density Polyethylene (HDPE)

Uses:

Bottles of milk, juice, water, yogurt & margerine tubs (click for info on margarine), & cereal box liners.
Costmetics, shampoo, dish & landry products
grocery, trash & retail bags.
Has a good chemical resistance.
Can be translucent or pigmented, pigmented bottles have better stress crack resistance.

Dangers:

No known problems for heath; however there is a caustic heating process used to process plastic from petroleum which can not be good for the environment or likely us.

3 Vinyl (Poly Chloride or PVC)

Uses:

Used in clear food & non-food packaging, & bottles.
in contruction pipes, insulation, write, coatings, medical tubing, etc.
Childrens toys & teethers, costemtics & shower curtains are all used with dangerous plastic softeners, such as phthalates.

Dangers:

Has strong chemical resitance, good weather ability, & stable electrical properties. However it contains chamicals, phthalates.
Chemicals can leach into food & get into peoples bodies by mouthing things, such as babies with their teethers.
Toxic chemicals called adipates & phthalates are used to soften PVC.
Vinyl chloride in PVC is a known human carcinogen.
The European Union (and NOT the U.S.) has banned the use of di-2-ethylhexyl phthalate (DEHP), most widely used plasticizer (softener) in childrens toys.

4 Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE)

Uses:

In film applications, flexible lids, & bottles.
Dry cleaning products, bread & brozen food bags, squeezable bottles (ex. Honey, mustard).

Dangers:

Unknown

5 Polypropylene (PP)

Uses:

Catsup bottles, yogurt containers, margarine tubs margerine tubs (click for info on margarine), & medicine bottles
Good for hot-fill liquids as it has good chemical resistance & a high melting point.

Dangers:

No known dangers

6 Polystyrene (PS)

Uses:

Has a low melting point.
Used in protecting packaging, containers, lids, cups, bottles, & trays.
Compact disc jackets, grocery store meat trays, egg cartons, asprin bottles, & plates.

Dangers:

No known dangers

7 Other

Uses:

3 & 5 Gallon reusable water bottles, some citrus juice & ketchup bottles.
Other uses… check your plastic products.

Dangers:

The most dangerous plastic variation, as it is a multi-layer combination which includes polycarbonate & anything else.
Polycarbonates leach the synthetic hormone BPA (click for more info on BPA).
Problems increase when container is filled with hot liquid or heated up.
However, the dangers are still high even when not heated or used with something hot.

Overview

Avoid:
codes 1 (PET/Polyethylene terephthalate)
3 (PVC/Vinyl/Polyvinyl chlorine)
6 (Polystyrene)
7 (Polycarbonate/BPA)

Use minimally:
codes 2 (HDPE/Polyethylene)
4 (LDPE)
5 (Polypropylene)

Why Plastics are Dangerous: Understanding BPA

What is it?

Bisphenol A is a hormone disruptor. Hormone disruptors interfere with the normal functioning of the hormone system of people & wildlife to produce a wide range of adverse effects. These effects include problems with reproductive systems, developmental, & disabilities related to healthy behaviors.

Why is it harmful exactly?

Even low doses of BPA have been linked in studies to have very negative effects on our systems…

In men: increasing prostate weight, making prostate cells more sensitive to hormones & cancer, lowering testosterone, causing hyperactivity & permanent changes in the genital tract.

In women: making breast cells predisposed to cancer, reducing fertility, &
In pregnant women: studies have shown increased risks of cancers and developmental disruptions to the fetus, BPA may also contribute to behavioral problems such as hyperactivity in the unborn child.

Infants, children near puberty are the most at risk to develop harmful effects from BPA. Fetuses are especially sensitive to BPA as they have the most immature detoxification system.

How do get BPA in our system?

BPA is in most polycarbonate plastic food & beverage containers, plastic food wrap, & epoxy resins used to line metal cans for food (including formula).

Recently, the U.S. court has ruled NOT to make BPA illegal, however many companies have responded by choosing to remove BPA from their packaging. Read labels & recycling codes & show consumer support by choosing products that do not contain BPA.Most plastics with the recycling code #7 contain BPA. The simpliest way many people get it in their bodies is from drinking water from a plastic disposable water bottle.

Additionally, most food is packaged in plastic, but it is the liquid that poses the most problems (and especially frozen liquids & even solids).

I was once told in a retail store, when inquiring about BPA free plastics, that BPA only leaches out of plastic when it is heated in the microwave. I also found articles online relating this. This is NOT true. Chemicals such as BPA leach more in the microwave, but they do still significantly leach into drinks or food when at room-temperature, refrigerated, or frozen, especially when we re-use plastic which breaks it down further.

Simple Avoidance in our Diets

We should all make steps to avoid BPA in our diets to protect ourselves, but because of the high risk groups, pregnant women, nursing mothers, infants, & children should be especially mindful to avoid it. If using plastic, do not put it in the microwave as it will break it down & leach the BPA or other chemicals into the food sooner. Avoid drinking soda or juice from cans. Avoid eating vegetables, fruits, & soups from cans. Instead, eat food that is packaged in glass jars, frozen, or fresh. Use a refillable stainless steel water bottle. All of these avoidance steps will not only protect your health but will help you save money.