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Beauty / Health and wellbeing | 08.07.2016

Toxic chemicals: the group that's totally out to save your skin

toxic-chemicals 

Toxic chemicals are everywhere. We breathe them in, we ingest them, we rub them on our skin, we wash our clothes and hair in them, we brush our teeth with them, we spray them on our wrists and necks and most worryingly – we feed them to our vulnerable unborn babies through our placentas when we're pregnant.

Until now, there has been little regulation on companies producing these chemicals. The onus has been on scientists and health researchers to prove they’re not safe, as opposed to the onus being on the chemical companies to prove they are safe.

Should be the other way around, don't ya think?

Health experts around the world believe toxic chemicals are responsible for many of today’s health problems, including endocrine and autoimmune disorders, cancer, and an alarming rise in neurodevelopment disorders in children, who may be particularly vulnerable either in the womb or as infants.

But exciting news is emerging from the US. The New York Times recently reported a coalition of scientists, doctors, health experts and environmental organisations is running a world-first campaign to reduce our chemical load.

It’s called Project Tendr, which stands for Targeting Environmental NeuroDevelopmental Risks.

The group published a statement in the scientific journal Environmental Health Perspectives saying we, as a society, should be able to take protective action when scientific evidence indicates a chemical is potentially toxic – without having to wait for unequivocal proof.

It’s a great sign that change is afoot and an issue that is close to our hearts at Mukti Organics is finally being taken seriously.

We’ve blogged about it here, here, here and here.  

You know when the US President starts making moves that things are hotting up. President Obama recently signed into law an overhaul of America’s 40-year-old toxic chemical rules. The update to the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act subjects 64,000 existing chemicals to eventual safety testing.  

But – and it's a big BUT – only 20 chemicals will be tested at a time, with a deadline of seven years per chemical. Which is a snail’s pace, especially when we’re talking about our health and the health of our children. 

Also, the new law doesn’t cover pesticides ised in food production – a big disappointment, as food is one of the main ways our children are exposed to toxic chemicals.

Top toxic chemicals to avoid

The chemicals singled out by the coalition are widely used, and manufacturers and some experts say more research is needed to demonstrate they have harmful effects. They include:

Here's the scary part: Studies show almost all American women have these toxic chemicals circulating in their bodies during pregnancy. The majority of Australian women were found to have BPA in their urine in a 2011 study by Dr Anna Callan and published in the International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health. It's thought prenatal exposure to BPA can cause behavioural issues and hyperactivity.

With the increasing body of scientific knowledge about the effects of the many thousands of toxic chemicals we're coming into daily contact with, it's heartening to see the Project Tendr getting the ball rolling on holding the chemical manufacturing companies accountable. 

Let's hope the repercussions are felt very soon in Australia. In the meantime, there are steps you can take to limit your exposure to some of the worst toxic chemicals.

How to Limit Your Exposure to Toxic Chemicals – From The New York Times, "A Call To Action on Toxic Chemicals"

Tell us what you think. Should the chemical industry have to prove the chemicals they expose us and our children to are safe before they're allowed onto the market? Leave a comment below and go into our bi-monthly draw to with a selection of Mukti Organics products. 

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