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Paraben Paradox

Category: Skin Deep
Posted: 2007-05-16 23:05

Parabens most certainly effect you from the OutsideIN and, yes, there are different "voices" commenting on this issue. As with the tobacco industry, the voices (experts, scientists, doctors, manufacturers) speak from their respective camps; meaning you need to do some digging to find out which side of the argument is delivering their financial encouragement. This should not come as a shock since we've all recently lived through Big Tobacco's legal battles. To many, this is just business. To me, it is my life.

So, where do we go from here? I think we can tell when something is dangerous by the way it suddenly gets defended in the media. Lets face it, we all know there is a lot in our food and living "tools" (furniture, clothing, body care products) that is harmful to our health. In this modern age I do not believe we can roll back the hands of time and live totally without contact to anything toxic - bleaches and fire-retardants in clothing, glues and lacquers on furniture and flooring, chemically treated food ... we must resolve ourselves to doing the best we can to clean up the immediate environment we live in but cannot escape it completely (not that I can imagine).

There are some dangers that are easier to get around by making choices; organic food comes to mind. There are, similarly, bigger dangers in our environment and others we can let slide when we have to. I believe parabens to be one such "bigger danger" and they are used in the majority of skin care and cosmetic products. Unfortunately, this hit list also includes many natural products as well. Yet, fortunately, I found a line of body care products which are paraben free, before I knew what a paraben was!

The Paraben Paradox is that:
"For many years, parabens were considered among those preservatives with low systemic toxicity, primarily causing allergic reactions. However, as we have become aware that some synthetic chemicals mimic the female hormone estrogen, our understanding of the toxic effects of both synthetic and natural substances has changed." *

Now, I don't want to sound alarmist nor do I wish to be guilty of taking information out of context, however, this quote is quite well stated and does seem to represent the current view on parabens. The jury is still out on toxicity levels, absorption in the blood, build up in the human body over time, and the direct possible connection to breast cancer.

I am not appointing myself as the decision maker, that's your place for your life's choices. Do, however, be mindful of the information and use your authority to make choices for better health from the OutsideIN !

*David Steinman, 1999

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Castor Oil goes Inside ?!

Category: Castor Oil Exposť
Posted: 2007-05-15 21:33

Although my focus is the OutsideIN, I would be remiss not to acknowledge castor oil's recognized internal use.

The oil is now grown in several countries and varies much in activity; the Indian (from India) is the more active.

Castor Oil is regarded as one of the most valuable laxatives in medicine. It is of special service in temporary constipation and wherever a mild action is essential, and is extremely useful for children and the aged (their current dosage is noted as 1/4-1/2 tsp per day). It is used in cases of colic and acute diarrhea due to slow digestion, but must not be employed in cases of chronic constipation, which it only aggravates whilst relieving the symptoms. It acts in about five hours, affecting the entire length of the bowel (your large and small intestines) but not increasing the flow of bile, except in very large doses. The mode of its action is unknown.

From the OutsideIN: the oil will purge toxins lodged in organs when massaged into the skin in the affected area (location of organ to be treated). It is also used for expelling worms, after other special remedies have been administered. Edgar Cayce is noted for exploring castor oil's virtues in our modern age. His detailed notes form the most complete resource on the therapeutic uses of castor oil.

The only serious objections to the use of Castor Oil are its flavour. The nauseous taste may be disguised by administering it covered by: Lemon oil, Sassafras oil or other essential oils; or floating on Peppermint or Cinnamon water, or coffee; or given in fresh or warmed milk. The dose varies from 1/2 to 2 teaspoonfuls.

I enjoyed this source of information on Castor Oi.

Health Canada approves of using Castor Oil internally in doses up to 5ml (1stp) for children and up to 15 ml (1tbsp) for adults. Please always consult a medical practitioner prior to using any laxative for severe conditions of constipation and/or increasing the recommended dose.
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