Such is Life | Pause & Reflect
Living in a fallen world means that corruption has crept into all aspects of our lives. It has polluted our thoughts, our physical bodies, our authorities, the air we breathe, and even the food we eat. It's removal is one of our primary missions as seekers of our Creator.
There are many avenues of corrupt living I could dive into, but for today, "Corruption in the Health & Wellness Industry" is as far as I'll go.
Unfortunately, we have been conditioned to think with an "if the doctor tells me so" mentality in most areas of our health & wellness. Rarely do we question what the doctor says, what is in the drugs/ products we ingest & apply, or what the labels claim. "All-natural" does not mean a thing anymore. In fact, many products that claim to be "all-natural" or "organic" actually contain extremely toxic chemicals/ additives- many that have been outlawed in other countries based on clinical evidence of negative side effects and cell manipulation.
BEWARE of the following commonly used toxins:
OXYBENZONE: used in sunscreen. Penetrates the skin and actually causes photosensitivity. When exposed to light, it increases production of harmful free radicals and their ability to attack DNA cells. It is believed to be a contributing factor in the rise of melanoma cases.
PARABENS: Known as methyl, butyl, propyl, isobutyl, and ethylparaben, parabens are used in makeup, moisturizers, and shampoos as preservatives or fragrance enhancers. These chemicals are known endocrine disruptors.
DEA (Diethanolamine), MEA (Monoethanolamine), TEA (Triethanolamine): used in mascara, foundation, and body wash as an emulsifier and/or foaming agent. Use is restricted in Europe due to known carcinogenic effects.
PHTHALATES: Fragrance. Hormone disrupting chemicals used in personal care products and plastics. Exposure can lead to lung and kidney damage and use is associated with increased risk of breast cancer and reproductive problems.
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL (PEG): Petroleum derivative used in moisturizers, conditioners, deodorants, and cosmetics to retain moisture. Used in heating systems as antifreeze. Often contaminated with ethylene oxide and 1,4-dioxane - both human carcinogens.
TALC (Magnesium Silicate): A toxin similar to asbestos that is found in synthetic eye shadow, face powder, mineral cosmetics, and baby powder. Studies show that application of talcum powder is associated with increased development of ovarian cancer.
PETROLATUM: Petroleum Jelly/ Mineral Oil. Found in hair products, lip balm/ lipstick, and skincare products as a barrier to lock in moisture. Coats skin and hair like plastic and clogs pores. Slows down skin function and cell development resulting in premature aging. Use is restricted in Europe and classified as a carcinogen.
SODIUM LAURYL / SODIUM LAURETH SULFATE: Used as a foaming agent and detergent in shampoos, facial cleansers, shower gels, bubble bath, and household cleaning products. May damage liver, known to irritate skin, eyes & respiratory tract, and linked to depression, labored breathing, and diarrhea.
TRICLOSAN: Used in toothpaste, soaps, antiperspirants/ deodorants, cleansers, and hand sanitizers as a preservative and anti-bacterial agent. May interfere with hormone production. Non-biodegradable and harmful to marine wildlife.
SILOXANES / SILICONES (and any ingredient ending in "ane" or "one" such as Dimethicone): Used in makeup, skincare, and haircare products to soften, smooth, and moisten. Can interfere with hormone function and may impair human fertility as well as damage the liver. Non-biodegradable and harmful to marine wildlife.
We were created so that we would have life and life abundantly. If we know something is hindering abundant life, we have a choice to stay away from it. Big Pharma, along with many health & wellness product manufacturers, are prone to corruption- just as you and I are. There is no doubt in my mind that the original pharmaceutical companies started out for good- to help people... to cure disease. But, like many things in this world, they have been distorted by a profit-driven system.
"For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows."
This love of money equates to the following question in organizations such as Big Pharma:
"How can we make things cheaper, faster, and weaker to boost production and increase sales?"
The original medicines/ remedies of our ancestors were purely compounded plants and herbs. Then, pesticides were introduced. Then, harmful chemical additives were introduced. Now, genetically modified organisms (GMOs) have been introduced and are taking over the food and health & beauty markets.
Why? Cheaper, faster, weaker. Pesticides remove the risk of taking a financial loss on crops eaten by pests and animals. They also kill animals and insects that are a key part of the food chain that keeps us alive.
Chemical additives allow for the use of less pure ingredients per product, conserving them to create more- also contributing to a financial gain. Except, most have been clinically proven as toxic to our bodies and cause us to resort to curing our symptoms by purchasing more medicines/ products- another financial gain for Big Pharma.
GMOs are pumped with hormones and chemicals to create, for example, a piece of fruit that is larger and more appealing to the eye. Except, they're fake, and those hormones and chemicals are negatively impacting our bodies, as well as taking us further and further away from God's perfect creation.
The U.S. cancer rate is continually rising in addition to high blood pressure/ sugar, obesity, and disease.
The "USDA Certified Organic" label only guarantees that harmful pesticides have not been used on product farmland in 3 years. This is not adequate time for 100% soil turnover. It is best to find a good, local, 100% organic farm you can trust that has never used harmful pesticides.
If a product label does not contain the "Non-GMO Project Verified" Seal, it most likely contains GMOs.
"FDA Approved" does not make it safe. In 2009, President Obama appointed former Monsanto VP and head lobbyist Michael Taylor as Deputy Commissioner for the FDA - the board tasked with regulating Taylor's own industry.
We must do our best as seekers to educate ourselves on the things we allow into our temples, including what we put ON our skin- the body's largest organ. These things not only have the potential to harm us physically, but may also decrease our mental sharpness & awareness and decrease our energy levels.
Lack of mental clarity & energy = Lack of abundant life and missed opportunities
Our Creator has given us everything we need on this earth to sustain life. We do not need to add to it, take away from it, or genetically modify it. He is the great provider, and He is enough.
"Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?
So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble."
Summer Safety ...the organic way
You cannot go wrong with DIY (Do It Yourself). I find that I save money making my own products AND am at ease knowing exactly what is in them. Below are a few recipes to make your own safe summer necessities that work!
THROW AWAY YOUR COPPERTONE!
Organic Lavender Vanilla Sunscreen
YL V6 Oil- SPF around 5
Coconut Oil- SPF 4-6
Zinc Oxide SPF - 2-20 depending on how much used
Red Raspberry Seed Oil - SPF 25-50
YL Carrot Seed Essential Oil - SPF 35-40
Shea Butter - SPF 4-6
Vanilla Extract - for scent
YL Lavender Essential Oil - for aromatherapy & skin moisturizing/ healing properties
+Be sure to use all certified organic ingredients ( therapeutic grade when possible).
THROW AWAY YOUR DEEP WOODS!
Organic Bug Spray
100% Organic Witch Hazel
YL Citronella Essential Oil
YL Purification Essential Oil
YL Lavender Essential Oil
YL Lemongrass Essential Oil
YL Tea Tree (Melaleuca Alternifolia) Essential Oil
YL Eucalyptus Radiata Essential Oil
Pursuing Wellness in an Un-Well World
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