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The Scariest Toxin: Part 1

It's Halloween time! In the spirit of the spookiest month of the year, I thought we should talk about something scary. I frequently get asked this question: "What's the scariest toxin?" I guess this is people's way of acknowledging that toxins are bad but they can't eliminate every toxin from their lives at this very second. So which one should be top priority? While it varies from individual to individual, the scariest toxin can be summed up in two words: synthetic fragrance. Synthetic fragrances are mainly made up of petrochemicals. That means they are derived from petroleum. Yep, like the same stuff that we use to make gasoline. Can you imagine breathing in fumes of gasoline all day long and then rubbing that gunk all over your body?! It sounds absurd, but so many consumers are doing just this each and every day. So the real question, what can petrochemicals actually do to you? Here are some of the health issues that you could be experiencing from exposure to them: Irregular, absent, or painful menstrual cycle

  • Reproductive issues, such as infertility
  • Cancer
  • Sneezing
  • Runny nose/postnasal drip
  • Insomnia
  • Weight gain
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Dryness, redness of eyes
  • Skin rash

Throughout my years of practicing as a homeopath, I saw the direct link between exposure to synthetic fragrances and these symptoms in my clients. Oftentimes, they would associate these symptoms with other causative factors like pollen, the flu, stress, genetics, etc. Yet the removal of synthetic fragrances from their environments would alleviate their symptoms.

The prominence of these chemicals is what makes them extra scary. They are hiding in such a wide variety of our consumer products. For starters, you can find them in most name brand household cleaners, air fresheners, room sprays, candles, scent diffusers, incense, perfumes and colognes, makeup, laundry detergent, dryer sheets, sunscreen, body lotion, body wash, shampoo, conditioner, shaving cream, dish washing liquid, hand soap, essential oils, potpourri... you name it! Just see how many times you can spot the word "fragrance" on the ingredient list of your household products. Now, all is not lost. While many MANY consumer products contain these health damaging chemicals, there are some high quality, health-conscious, eco-friendly manufacturers out there that are making products without a single synthetic ingredient. We have been on a mission to track down the crème de la crème that fall into this camp.

All of the products featured in our boxes here at Back to Basics are synthetic fragrance free. No petrochemicals over here! We know it can be difficult to find consumer products that are free of these toxic chemicals -- especially with the lack of regulations in labeling or mislabeling in the marketplace today! We're working away to bring you the best products made from the best ingredients. Every product we offer has been tested, checked, and double-checked so that we can safely say it is toxin-free. Phew!

Stay tuned for the next post, The Scariest Toxin: Part 2! We will dive into what to look for in safe, alternative products.

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Getting Back to Basics

I'm ready to get back to basics and I'm ready to do it in a BIG way. Why, you ask? Well, quite simply because our health depends on it! All of us are compromising our health by by living in toxic environments. It is time for us to get back to basics by exposing and stripping away all of the toxic stuff -- from our homes, our schools, our gyms, our day cares, our workplaces -- so that we can enjoy full, happy, healthy lives.

Throughout my time as a homeopath, I saw countless cases of people unknowingly making themselves ill through exposure to environmental toxins. After years of using homeopathy to help client after client detox these harmful substances from their bodies, I knew I needed to find a more efficient and scalable solution. But what? Then, it hit me: stop people from being exposed to these toxins so that they never get sick from them in the first place.

Like my clients, you might not actually know the dangers posed by extremely commonplace toxins. You aren't purposefully or intentionally making yourself sick, you just don't know which toxins should be avoided. To confuse matters further, misleading product ingredient labels make it nearly impossible to tell which products contain them!

Back to Basics is here to change all of that. We want to simplify the whole concept of green, toxin-free, health-friendly living. So in a nutshell, we're here to do just this by:

  1. Breaking it down nice and easy for you so that you know which toxins to avoid in order to make the biggest positive impact on your health;
  2. Supplying you with better, cleaner, greener alternatives of the products you need so that you don't fall back into using the same old toxic stuff.

Easy as that.

So how about you? Are you ready to get back to basics? If you let out an audible, "heck yeah!" in response to that question, you've got to check out the box. And if you didn't, well... Still check it out.

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