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Triclosan
Anti-bacterial hand soaps and some toothpastes can contain Triclosan which studies have linked to skin abnormalities and hormone disruption.
http://www.beyondpesticides.org/programs/antibacterials/triclosan

Phthalates
Phthalates are used as plasticizers added to plastic products to increase flexibility, transparency and durability. They have been used in adhesives, personal care products, medical devices, detergents, waxes, paints, vinyl upholstery, food wraps and containers. They have been linked in a number of studies to hormone disruption and increased breast cancer. (See http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2015/feb/10/phthalates-plastics-chemicals-research-analysis)

A recent study has shown people eating fast foods regularly have a measurably higher level of phthalates this in their bodies. (see http://www.cnn.com/2016/04/15/health/fast-food-phthalates-endocrine-disruptors/)

BPA (Bisphenol A) is a plastic compound found in many food and drink packaging, water bottles, microwave food packaging. (see http://www.niehs.nih.gov/health/topics/agents/sya-bpa/). It’s been linked in studies hormone disruption, even in babies. Hormone disruption can impact a person’s reproductive health and has been linked to increased breast cancer.
A recent study has found BPA in the cans of many of our most popular foods. (see http://www.cbsnews.com/news/study-finds-toxic-chemical-bpa-in-food-cans-del-monte-campbell-general-mills/)

Parabens
Parabens are used to prevent the growth of yeasts, molds and bacteria in cosmetics products. Parabens appear in some deodorants and antiperspirants, in addition to personal care products that contain significant amounts of water, such as shampoos, conditioners, lotions, and facial and shower cleansers and scrubs. They’re also widely used as preservatives in food and pharmaceutical products. They mimic estrogen and are found in nearly all urine samples from U.S. adults of a variety of ethnic, socioeconomic and geographic backgrounds. (see http://www.breastcancerfund.org/clear-science/radiation-chemicals-and-breast-cancer/parabens.html)

For safe alternatives and cosmetics go to www.EWG.org.

Drugs

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Drugs are chemicals. Modern antibiotics, anti-virals, the prudent use of safe vaccines and public hygiene have combined to almost double the human life span over the past two-hundred years. Getting a root canal without Novocain would be a trying experience. However, the proliferation of drugs, seemingly often more for profit, has to give one pause. Watching the endless stream of drug commercials on television today, one has to wonder if the side effects of many of these drugs are worse than what they purport to treat? Certain drugs can store in the human body for years. A study showed THC (tetrahydrocannabinol – the psycho-active component in marijuana) stores in human fat months, even years, after a person last smoked or consumed the drug. LSD, Valium, cocaine and other drugs that have been shown to store in whole, or in part, in human fat.

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If drugs and other chemicals simply remained stored in fat, there might be less concern. However, we move fat from the fat tissue to the blood stream everyday. That’s what triglycerides and cholesterol are – small globules of fat floating in the bloodstream. We move fat naturally every day into the blood stream when we exercise, diet, miss a meal or sleep at night. When these chemicals and drugs mobilize from the fat into our blood stream, they are now exposed to our internal organs and white blood cells (our immune system). This internal exposure, getting higher and higher each year as these manmade poisons slowly accumulate in the body, only increases risk. There is significant evidence that chemicals and drugs circulating in the body may also affect us mentally, emotionally and even spiritually.

Marijuana
A new study has linked marijuana use to nerve damage in the brain. This is increasingly worrisome with the increased potency of marijuana found on the street or in dispensaries.
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Milk
Recent studies have found a link between the consumption of dairy products and a higher risk of developing Parkinson disease.
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There is speculation that the increase risk might be from the fat-soluble chemicals in the milk, as opposed to the milk itself. Another good reason to buy organic dairy products.