How big industries continue to harm the environment… and your health

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It makes my blood boil that unscrupulous companies are allowed to continue putting profits before safety when it comes to adding harmful toxins to their products.

While the medical authorities are quick to attack supplement companies at any given opportunity, the manufacturers of cosmetic products and toiletries that you use on your skin every day operate in a veritable Wild West of manufacturing practices.

Here, the cheapest and easiest-to-use ingredients rule – regardless of the cost to consumers or the environment. Inevitably, the vast majority of popular beauty and hygiene products are riddled with irritating toxins and chemical carcinogens, which can jeopardise your health.

The neglect of the government and industry to inform and protect the public on this issue is truly shocking. Now, finally, there has been a breakthrough in one area at least. After a public outcry and mounting pressure from campaigners, including environmental groups and MPs from all parties, the government has finally pledged to ban the use of toxic microbeads in skincare products by the end of next year… something that can’t happen soon enough.

Microbeads are added to shower gels, exfoliating scrubs, toothpastes and anti-ageing creams to bulk them out and improve their texture; they are also added to some over-the-counter medicines to make them easier to swallow.

A study carried out in Australia has shown that every time someone takes a shower about 100,000 plastic particles – most of which are made from polyethylene (the same material used to make plastic bags and even knee replacements) – are flushed into the sea, becoming a magnet for pesticides and other toxins. They are then swallowed by fish and other marine wildlife and end up finding their way into the food chain and our dinner plates.

Tamara Galloway, a professor at Exeter University, says: “We find pieces of plastic in every sample of seawater we study from round the world… An average plate of oysters could contain up to 50 plastic particles.

Most people would probably prefer not to be eating microbeads with their food.” What kind of damage they are then causing inside our bodies doesn’t even bear thinking about. The fact is that cosmetic companies have been dragging their feet on this issue for far too long… even those who acknowledge that these toxic plastic beads are harmful only offered a limited removal of the beads from their creams and scrubs by 2020.

That’s why the government’s recent announcement to ban them is such welcome news, especially as the rest of the EU appears to be dragging it heals when it comes to taking any action on this plastic poison. Let’s hope this is just the start of things to come and that further action is now taken to remove the hundreds of other chemicals routinely used by the cosmetic industry that are known to cause harm.

I won’t hold my breath on that one! In the meantime, we’ve rushed to bring you two reports on natural alternatives in this month’s issue… including a range of all-natural, organic skincare products and a quinoa and prebiotic deodorant that are safe to use and, just as importantly, safe for the environment, too.

Here's to your good health,

Rachael Linkie
Managing Editor
Journal Of Natural Health Solutions



Disclaimer: Bear in mind the material contained in this article is provided for information purposes only. We are not addressing anyone’s personal situation. Please consult with your own physician before acting on any recommendations contained herein.

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