Archive for January, 2012

Preventing Breast Cancer

January 28th, 2012

A new report is out based on a two-year-long study designed to determine if there is a defiite link between breast cancer and our environmental factors. Based on a panel of 15 cancer-research experts and nine members Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies of Science, the members to a look at hormone therapies, plastic, hair dye, heavy metals, flame retardants, chemicals, pesticides and industrial chemicals, radiation, drinking tendencies and smoking and evencanned food. Sadly, about 230,000 women have been diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in the year 2011.

As of yet the report produced inconclusive evidence that chemicals were party to causing breast cancer. It also excited a lack of reliable scientific literature — however, for the first time, the Institute of Medicine is now alerting doctors to pay more  attention to chemicals.  There are even some studies showing biological activity which could be a link to breast cancer.

Researchers did not yet come up with a definitive answer but that does bot mean the chemicals in question are safe. Plus the data on suspect chemicals like parabens or BPA was not as complete as it could have been, partly due relaxed chemical regulations that have allowed 40,000-plus chemicals to be released onto the marketplace without any testing whatsoever for long-term health.

There have been numerous conflicting reports over the years. Some scientists proposed that certain ingredients in underarm antiperspirants or deodorants may be related to breast cancer because they are applied to skin next located next to the breast, and lymph glands. Human exposure to aluminum results in its accumulation over time. This has caused many consumers to start to choose non-aluminum deodorants.

One  chemical widely used as a preservative in  pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and food products has recently been found in tissue samples from 40 women who have breast cancer. There were numerous studies since 1998 which have raised concerns about the potential role of these parabens, which had they have oestrogenic properties. in breast cancer –  The research team studied these samples from 40 women who were having mastectcctomies, finding 99 per cent of the tissue samples contained at least one paraben.

Parabens are a chemical compound found in many toiletry products and that includes underarm deodorants. The most common parabens used in cosmetic products are propylparaben, butylparaben and methylparaben, and also  sobutylparaben and benzylparaben.   millions of people globally still use traditional products that are made with alum salts or aluminum and parabens, although many people have migrated towards non-aluminum deodorant in recent years.

What is interesting is that the team found even women who didn’t use underarm deodorants still had parabens in their tissue, which suggests that they are entering the breast tissue via other sources, ultimately confirming there is, “no simple cause and effect relationship between parabens in underarm products and breast cancer.”

There are companies like Herbalix Restoratives that make detox cleansing deodorants that rid the body of excess aluminums, and it is recommended that women use non-aluminum deodorant and anti-perspirants.

Even though the treatment for breast cancer has come a long way, and the death rate has fallen by more than 30 percent since the year 1990, actual breast cancer prevention has not come very far as of yet. Even though there has been evidence that links chemicals and other environmental contaminants to the disease, there are some other science-based ways that could protect women.

It is essential to be active and cut any excess body fat to avoid risks for breast cancer risk dramatically. Obesity, along with genetics, contributes to about 30 percent of the breast cancer diagnoses, so watch what you eat — go organic to avoid chemicals, and avoid canned foods. Try a non-aluminum deodorant, avoid excess radiation, research your hormone therapies carefully, watch the amount of alcohol you drink, and quit smoking.

The study’s researchers have also placed a big emphasis on the possible role of benzene in causing breast cancer. You can get a whiff of benzene as it vapors off when you pump gas for your car, or inhale air pollution. Always avoid running your car inside a garage, and be careful around gas-powered equipment such as leaf blowers or mowers. Don’t store these items in your home’s basement. Benzene also often emits from scented candles, creating indoor air pollution. Get beeswax candles instead. And overall start using green products to reduce chemicals in your home.

Skin Care for Snow Survival

January 6th, 2012

If you enjoy snow sports, or live where the weather is cold and snow remains on the ground for what seems like months, here are some skin care survival tips.

First of all, do not even think about going outside without protecting your skin with a layer of organic moisturizer — because the snow is white and reflects the sun, increasing dry skin factors.  In fact in Europe and Asia there is something called sea buckthorn that are rich in antioxidants, and that thrive in the harsh cold harsh winter conditions, vitamin A, C, and E.  This helps calm inflamation.

People with sensitive skin can use natural skincare products without chemicals are very effective during seasonal changes. Herbalix Supreme Solution™ intensive body moisturizer is ideal for cold weather, and it is formulated using a rich blend of pure,  non-RBD oils, (Olive Safflower, Rice Bran, Almond, Avocado, Pumpkin Seed, Meadowfoam, Carrot Seed.) Supreme Solution formula contains NO water.  The  combination of oils penetrates deeply and hydrates very thoroughly. Just remember that it is concentrated and a little goes a very long way.

Herbalix uses packaging that is safe,cenvironmentally sound, and ingredient-protective.  All plastic packaging used in the Herbalix Restoratives product line is identified and accepted for recycling.  Plus, the recyclable packaging is EA-BPA free with no (EA) estrogenic activity and leach-free, so Herbalix products are  free of phthalates and other second-hand synthetic chemicals.

Is Sodium or Alum Salts Really Bad for Us?

January 3rd, 2012

With the New Year in swing, many of us are back to our usual resolutions – dieting, more exercise and other health regimens like reducing our meat or salt intake. We have all heard that salt increases the risk for heart disease, but new research shows that while a diet high in salt does increase the risk for heart disease, even more important is the ratio of harmful sodium to protective potassium. Potassium activates nitric oxide which reduces pressure in the arteries, and this lowers the risk of hypertension. This study was based on data from more than 12,000 adults in the United States. On the other hand, a higher level of sodium in the diet raises the blood pressure and with it the risk of chronic hypertension by blocking nitric oxide and stiffening arteries.

What’s more, there are many others who have researched the harmful effects of aluminum and alum salts commonly found in anti-perspirants, and more and more people are turning to non-aluminum deodorants.

Despite efforts to get Americans  to eat less sodium, typical intake of this nutrient has increased significantly since the early ’70s due to more consumption of processed foods, and restaurant foods, which we know  rely on salt  to enhance flavors and preserve the meals.  The average American consumes more than 3,400 milligrams of salt daily. Approximately ninety percent of the sodium in our diets in the U.S. comes from salt, and three quarters of that is consumed in processed and restaurant foods.  But our body’s requirement for sodium is at about  220 milligrams per day.   The current Dietary Guidelines for Americans regarding their salt intake recommends a maximum of 2,300 milligrams (a teaspoon of salt) for those over age two, but only 1,500 milligrams for the 70 percent of adults at high risk of sodium-induced illness.  Those are people  50 plus, all blacks, and anyone with diabetes,  chronic kidney disease, or high blood pressure.

Sadly, the study also revealed that when meals with little sodium relative to potassium were compared with meals that had a high sodium-to-potassium ratio, nearly 50 percent of the latter group were more than twice as likely to die from ischemic heart disease during a follow-up period averaging about 14.8 years.

When it comes to the other health risks associated with alum salts or aluminum, keep in mind that even most crystal rock deodorants contain alum salts, and therefore can clog the underarm lymph glands.  It has long been suspected that aluminum is harmful to our overall health, and that aluminum-free deodorants are a better choice. To find out more about non-aluminum deodorants, visit the Herbalix Knowledge Center.