Daily Archives: May 8, 2014

Many hair-straighteners contain a Formaldehyde-based

http://www.ewg.org/hair-straighteners/our-report/executive-summary/

I like many other woman use hair-straightener products with my flat iron. It shocked me to discover, that these products can be formaldehyde based. The above link discuss this and gives in depth information on this.

I wanted to share with you, why I am so concerned about chemicals insecticides and pesticides are doing to us and our environment. I was diagnosed with stomach problems and given medication three years ago. I had an Anaphylactic shock shortly after taking the medication. I have always been sensitive to chemicals in products. I have always felt like the canary in the mine shaft.

I had already been debating to stop dying my hair for over a year before this latest reaction to my stomach medication. I have learned from experience that I become hyper-sensitive to many products after such a reaction. I had been dying my hair for 10 years. I have always pictured myself aging and having white hair. I always pictured myself growing old gracefully. I guess for me the only thing holding me back was the in between stage of letting my hair grow out. I stopped dying my hair three years ago and never looked back.

I had been concerned about all those chemicals in hair dye, developing toxicity level, and environmental waste. Have you ever wondered how many people around the world dye their hair? It is not just woman but many men as well. Just think how many chemicals are being dumped into our drinking water by hair dye products. When I asked myself that question, it boggled my mind. What do those chemicals do to our water system and environment? I watched a news report a while ago talking about hair dye that had been banned in Sweden because of the toxic chemical compounds that they contained. They stated the EU was allowing these products in Sweden now. I listened in horror at the side effects and health problems of some woman in Sweden after using these products. It only verified for me that I made the right decision to stop dying my hair when I did.

About 30 years ago I suffered chemical burn on my face, neck and hands after being exposed to pesticides drift while visiting the USA.I was asleep in a air conditioned home while a field was sprayed next door. The covers and my pajamas protected the rest of my body from chemical burn. My skin had burns. My face was swollen and disfigured. It was a very painful experience. It played havoc on my immune system after-wards. I have even been more sensitive to chemicals after that experience. My immune system is very weak and has never fully recovered. It made me hyper sensitive to chemical products (lotion, shampoo, creme rinse..) for a couple of years, which has made me more vigilant in what products that I use.

It boggles my mind what everyday choices impact our world and our bodies by using make up, nail polish,sunscreen… .I for one am going to be thinking about products that I use in my everyday life and re-evaluating if they are truly needed and beneficial for me. I like most of you had taken for granted that government agencies who suppose to be monitoring the safety of food and products were doing their job. I question their decisions are based on public safety. I truly thought that I was being vigilant in limiting chemicals in my daily life but I guess that I need to re-think about how many products I use every day. I am tired of feeling like a human guinea pig.

Here are is a consumer guide link to give you some food for thought.
http://www.ewg.org/consumer-guides

below gives information on,” 10 craziest things pesticides are doing to your body”.
http://www.rodalenews.com/agrochemicals

Why we need Biodiversity in our gardens

I have never thought about how our gardening choices affect our eco system as in dept as the article in the link below discusses. It makes so much sense once someone explains it and connects the dots for you.Then the big picture comes more clearly into focus.Especially because I live out in the country and not in the suburbs.

I have seen a news story recently asking people in Sweden to go to the Natures protections organisation (Naturskyddsföreningen) home pages to find templets for bird houses. They explained about information on cleaning the nest every couple of years to allow space for the next breeding pair. They reminded people to feed the birds during our harsh winter and late into the spring untill the baby chicks leave their nest. What I did not understand from this news report was how serious of a decline the numbers truly are today.

We have 3 bird feeders in our yard. We have bought a new one every year to keep up with birds, because every year we have more and more birds that come here to feed. This past winter we had the largest numbers ever but even the largest variety of birds that we have ever seen. I was truly unaware that our feathery friends numbers we in such decline.

Hubby has been discussing his interest in starting bee keeping the last 3 years. We like many other people have heard that bees are dying mysteriously but these news reports don’t seem to stress how serious of a decline their numbers really are today. Sweden is offering free courses in our area to help get people started in bee keeping. Hubby has been wanting to look into it. The price of honey has been on the rise in our area.We haven’t been able to find a local person to buy honey.

It is not like we are not informed on these subjects. Now that I have been reading about these sujects on the net. I find that these subject on the mainstream media are down playing the gravity of the true situation. I recommend that this article because I think it is well written and indebt on the biodiversity of our world and how even our backyard gardening can impact our world. The fact that birds are migratory animals we are all impacted by one anothers actions.

http://www.americanforests.org/magazine/article/backyard-biodiversity/

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