Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Can Sunscreen Cause Cancer?

It's that time of year!  Summer is the season of pool party's, beach party's, cook-outs and sunbathing!  Many people hope to achieve a nice golden glow to their skin, while others try very hard to avoid too much sun exposure, at all.  We are lectured on the importance of using sunscreen to avoid getting burned, premature aging, and more importantly, to protect our skin from the harmful cancer causing sun-rays!  Sunscreen has become a staple in most homes across the world in an effort to avoid the harmful affects of the sun.  But, can the sunscreen we are using cause cancer?

Studies suggest that there are toxic ingredients in sunscreens that can actually promote cancer rather than prevent it.  Additionally, by absorbing the chemicals found in most sunscreens, through the skin, they can block the body's absorption of ultra-violet radiation that produces Vitamin D, which studies have shown, prevent 77 percent of  all cancers.  Now, there is no saying for sure if sunscreens can, in fact, cause cancer, but a study in "April 2004 Journal of Chromatography found that there is significant penetration of all sunscreen agents they studied into the skin, and oxybenzone and metabolites across the skin. For that matter, anything you put on your skin will be absorbed into your body.  If you're going to use a sunscreen look for a natural alternative to commercial sunscreens that contain no petrochemicals, such as aloe vera gel; it works as a natural sunscreen, and helps heal a sunburn." healingdiva.com

Source: http://www.healingdiva.com

Monday, June 14, 2010

Toxins and Autism

As parents, we really need to be aware of what our children are exposed to.  There are may toxins out there, in the environment, as well as products, that are harming our children.

Take a moment to view the link below.  This study is eye-opening and imperative for everyone to be made aware of!!

Study: Toxins Linked to Autism - FoxNews.com

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Reduce! Reuse! Recycle!

Being pro-active when it comes to recycling is one of the easiest things we can do to help the environment and to help protect natural resources from being depleted.

There are three major components to reducing your environmental footprint:  Reduce; Reuse; Recycle.

By cutting back on what we consume daily, including solid waste, energy, and water, we can help "reduce" our environmental footprint.

By finding other ways to "reuse" products for another purpose is a great way to reduce your impact on the environment.

Once an item has been used to it's max, and there is nothing else useful to do with it, recycle it!  There are many ways you can "recycle" products, such as curbside recycling and mail back programs.

"Communities as well as individuals are always looking for new ways to address the concern of reduction. The most common, cost-effective way is reducing household waste and recycling. According to the EPA, about 75 percent of what is found in the average garbage can is recyclable, and our national recycling rate hovers at around 14 percent, so there is definitely room for improvement." Earth911.com

The information listed above was found at http://www.Earth911.com 

RECYCLE! What does it mean?

re·cy·cle [ree-sahy-kuhl] verb, -cled, -cling, noun

–verb (used with object)
1.  to treat or process (used or waste materials) so as to make suitable for reuse: recycling paper to save trees.
2.  to alter or adapt for new use without changing the essential form or nature of: The old factory is being recycled as a theater.
3.  to use again in the original form or with minimal alteration: The governor recycled some speeches from his early days.
4.  to cause to pass through a cycle again: to recycle laundry through a washing machine.
–verb (used without object)
5.  to pass through a cycle again; repeat a process from the beginning.
6.  to undergo reuse or renewal; be subject to or suitable for further use, activity, etc.: The industry will recycle and become profitable once more.
7.  the act or process of recycling.

1925–30; re-  + cycle

re·cy·cla·ble, adjective
re·cy·cla·bil·i·ty, noun
re·cy·cler, re·cy·clist, noun
non·re·cy·cla·ble, adjective
un·re·cy·cled, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2010.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010


I am introducing my new blog with tips and information on how to go green!  Please stay tuned for some great information!  Thank you for your patience and I look forward to your visits!