Archive for December, 2011

11 percent of Traditional Shampoos Contain Possible Carcinogens

December 19th, 2011

You may have tried a natural shampoo only to find that it had no suds, and that in the end your hair was left feeling greasy and limp. Until recently, the chemicals left out of natural shampoos was the main source of the suds. This explains the reason why most all-natural shampoos really are not natural.  Generally most companies that make “natural shampoos” add some botanical ingredients, but leave in the lathering chemicals and call the shampoo “natural.”

A Washington, D.C.-based non-profit research organization, The Environmental Working Group focuses on environmental and health issues. It  said in a review of 413 shampoos last year, 11 percent of products contained a known possible carcinogen found in some dandruff shampoos which includes selenium sulfide and coal tar; 17 percent had ingredients that could be linked to breast cancer, while 82 percent had ingredients believed to help carcinogens penetrate the scalp. One of these key ingredients is EDTA, propylene glycol, urea, and PEG-7 glyceryl cocoate.

Have you ever wondered if any of these chemicals actually penetrate your scalp to cause health problems? In a report three years ago, the industry-supported Cosmetic Ingredient Review found that the lathering laureths, and other ingredients, are nothing to really worry about.  However, these ingredients are still transdermally absorbed plus the vapors can also be breathed in while you are washing your hair.

More than ever before, many of today’s demanding consumers want a shampoo that is not only safe but also sudsy.  Some companies are taking out the harsh chemicals, such as sodium laureth sulfate and sodium lauryl sulfate and, replacing these with vegetable- and coconut-based latherers, which are safer, and it makes a milder natural shampoo with some lather.

Even so,  you might wish to look for cleansing products that are listed as “organic shampoo” – at least 95% organic like the Herbalix Pure Botanical shampoo. Also keep in mind that a natural shampoo should have a stimulating aroma rich with its ingredients, such as grapefruit or sage.  These shampoos are highly concentrated and rich in conditioning oils, so they don’t strip your hair follicles, but rather clean hair gently while restoring the proper pH.  It rinses clean and and leaves hair soft and shiny.

Check the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics site, to see what chemicals your cosmetic brands are really using, then choose Herbalix 95 percent pure, botanical organic shampoo. And to learn more about the classification of organic products watch this video on organic skin care.

New Info: Medicinal Benefits of Plants

December 16th, 2011

The December 15, 2011 issue of Science Daily published a news story about the fact that soon all the data scientists now have will be made available on the genetic blueprint about how medicinal plant genes encode their beneficial properties.  Scientists have captured the genetic blueprints of medicinal plants for the advancement of drug development following a $6 million initiative for studying how plant genes contribute to making those chemical compounds used in medicine, with a  focus towards  compounds that have anticancer activity. Up until now,  understanding the molecules and genes involved in the formation of beneficial compounds has not been complete.

The  two-year project enabled researchers  to develop a collection of data that might aid in understanding about how plants make chemicals, a process called biosynthesis, so that in the future we can engineer plants to produce larger quantities of medicinally useful medicine compounds.

The John Innes Centre and its research group is working towards the first full genetic sequence of a medicinal plant. The group plans to  experiment with combining beneficial properties from different plants to create the first new-to-nature compounds derived from plants.

The reason for the study is because of late, fewer and fewer new drugs have been making it to the marketplace over the last 10 years, in large part because of a reliance on chemical synthesis for making new chemicals. Yet two-thirds of all currently prescribed drugs can be traced back to natural sources and the development of resources such as those in the MPC to facilitate new drug discoveries.

There are many well-known medicines which come from plants, such as foxglove, which gives us the cardiac muscle stimulant digoxin. Periwinkle plants offer a source for the chemotherapy drugs vinblastine and vincristine. These and many other medicinal plants with a wealth of compounds that are ideal  for medicinal applications.

Researchers studied the genes and chemical profiles of 14 plants that are commonly used for medicinal properties including: periwinkle,  foxglove, and ginseng.  Now researchers will be able to determine how nature’s chemical diversity is created. In the end this should enable them to uncover new drug candidates or increase the efficacy of existing ones.

Source: The MPC project with participants from the University of Kentucky, Michigan State University, Iowa State University, the University of Mississippi, Purdue University, Texas A&M University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the John Innes Centre in Norwich. These researchers represented a broad spectrum of expertise from plant biology and systematics to analytical chemistry, genetics and molecular biology, and drug development from natural products.

To learn more about the plants and herbal resources that Herbalix uses to preserve its skin care formulas, and how these plants and herbs have medicinal properties, go to The proprietary Herbalix™ Sea Blend Preservative System is a complex and potent herbal/botanical tincture with origins in Chinese, East Indian and Native American traditions. This organic preservative consists of a proprietary blend of herbs and plants harvested from the land and also the sea.

Source:  (Science Daily; December 15, 2011 —

Links Between Mercury in Vaccines and Autism

December 6th, 2011

Once again the link between mercury in vaccines and autism is in the news with new findings by the nonprofit group known as Coalition for Mercury-Free Drugs (CoMeD) is proving that the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) deliberately manipulated, by covering up scientific data showing links between vaccines containing mercury and autism.

CoMeD obtained critical documents via a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, and has now officially exposed the CDC  and its role in manipulating a key Danish study that showed a clear link between vaccines containing mercury and autism. Now the CoMeD is pressing the CDC to conduct a criminal investigation then make a formal declaration about whether or not there was scientific fraud.

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Herbalix continues to do research regarding the dangers of aluminum in personal care products.  The Herbalix Cleansing Detox Deodorant enables the body to detox from unhealthy toxins like aluminum or mercury.  Recommended by doctors Herbalix non aluminum deodorant — the  Nighttime Cleansing Detox Deodorant — cleanses and deodorizes while you sleep while the  Herbalix Daytime Deodorant provides effective protection all day long.