Your Magic Mirror: What Your Skin is Telling You About Your Health

Source: TheSpaDr.
Dr. Trevor Cates
May 26, 2017

Skin is your magic mirror. It’s time to stop covering it up with topical creams and makeup and take a closer look at what it’s trying to tell you. In this podcast, I cover the 6 underlying causes behind skin issues and specific diet, lifestyle and skincare tips you can implement today to start addresses these root causes. And, I share exactly how to know which of these root causes are impacting you.

Source: TheSpaDr.
March 9, 2017

On today’s show we’re talking about a naturopathic approach to skin. My guest is Dr. Pamela Langenderfer. Dr. Pamela and I attended school together at the National University of Natural Medicine. She is a licensed Acupuncturist and Naturopathic Physician. Dr. Pamela is passionate about empowering patients to lead a healthy life and find the root cause of their health concerns. She recognizes the body is one integrated system, not a collection of independent organs divided up by medical specialties. So, she treats the whole system, not just the symptoms and strongly believes optimal health is best achieved in a partnership with her patients.

In today’s podcast, we discuss root causes of skin issues. Dr. Pamela shares her own experience with overcoming eczema with a naturopathic approach and how she helps her patients with eczema and other skin issues. We discuss specific laboratory testing and approaches to unveil and address the root cause. As you watch this interview you may wonder what your root causes for skin issues are and how to address them. So, I want to remind you that you can go to and take my free skin quiz to find out your skin type which corresponds with your unique combination of root causes. And, you’ll receive customized recommendations for you.

A Different Look at Your Skin: a root-cause approach for clear glowing skin

A Different Look at Your Skin: a root-cause approach for clear glowing skin

Dr. Trevor Cates
March 5, 2017

When most dermatologists look at your skin, their goal is to suppress skin problems, but I want to encourage you to take a different look at skin because it’s trying to give you clues about your overall health. Your skin is your magic mirror providing an outward sign of your inner health. When your hormones, digestion, blood sugar, immune system, or other body systems are out of balance, it can show up on your skin.

When you ignore its messages, you’re missing an opportunity. And, if you continue to avoid the true underlying causes, your health can be impacted in other ways. For example, I’ve seen patients with eczema later develop asthma and autoimmune diseases because they ignored their magic mirror.

Medications, such as antibiotics and steroids, suppress skin symptom but can create further imbalances. These treatments are overused and often used too quickly without first considering more natural options. Antibiotics can kill off harmful bacteria, but they also destroy the beneficial bacteria in and on our bodies at the same time, which can actually worsen the problem. In addition, antibiotic resistance due to over and misuse has become a real problem.

Your skin is your largest organ, and it’s right on the surface of your body. You don’t need special imaging like x-rays or MRIs to see this organ. All you need is a mirror, so let’s take a closer look…

One message your skin may be trying to give you is about your microbiome (the range of micro-organisms, including bacteria, fungi, viruses and parasites that live on your skin as well as their genes and metabolites).

Your skin has its own unique microbiota (community of microorganisms) that are crucial for its health. As the wealth of knowledge from research continues to grow, we’re learning more about the benefits of a healthy microbiota of the gut and also skin.[1] Many of the microbiome studies to date have focused on describing the gut microbiota, but the skin microbiota has been gaining more attention over the past 10 years.

The increase in this research is likely due to the growing number of people with chronic skin conditions. Acne is the most common skin condition in the United States—affecting close to 50 million Americans and is the eighth most prevalent disease worldwide.[2] In addition, 32 million people are estimated to have eczema, and rosacea affects over 16 million Americans. And those are just a few of the many dermatologic conditions that plague us. Aging skin is also a big concern in the U.S. because of the large number of baby boomers in their 50’s and beyond.

The growing research on the skin microbiota have revealed that the skin is colonized with a larger number of microorganisms than had been discovered previously. We’re also learning more about the connection between the gut and skin, and there’s even more attention on the gut-brain-skin axis.

The gut-brain-skin axis theory makes a connection between disturbances in emotional states (due to stress, anxiety and depression) and changes in the gut flora as well as hyper-permeability of the gut (“leaky gut”). These gut changes create an inflammatory response that can trigger skin issues such as acne, eczema and rosacea. For example, a study showed that patients with rosacea had a tenfold greater incidence of small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) than healthy controls.[3] Another study, showed H. pylori infection to be significantly higher in rosacea patients than controls.[4] Acne severity has also been linked to changes in gut microbes.[5]

The human digestive tract contains a delicate balance of microorganisms, and throughout our lives, when we encounter toxins, stress, infections, poor dietary choices, antibiotics, and other medications, our microbiome is compromised; so, in turn, is the health of our skin.

A well-balanced skin microbioata protects your skin from harmful pathogens and promotes the natural lipid barrier and skin immune system. Ultimately, this function helps prevent acne, eczema, other skin eruptions, as well as premature wrinkles.

The good news is taking probiotics and eating prebiotic and probiotic rich foods appears to help address gut imbalances and restore healthy skin. Topically, probiotics also have the potential for direct effect at the site where applied by supporting the skin’s natural defense barriers as well as enhancing the activity and growth of healthy skin microbiota. We still need more research on the exact strains that help treat skin conditions topically.

We do know that one of the big factors that impacts the skin microbiota is the external pH of the skin. The surface of human skin has a natural pH level of about 4.5.[6] (A reminder from chemistry class: A pH below 7 is considered acidic; a pH above 7 is considered alkaline.) Skin’s mild acidity helps keep the skin’s microbiota in balance; a more alkaline pH (around 8 to 9) kills or disrupts that balance.

Even water is too alkaline for skin. After water touches your skin, it’s important to rebalance the pH to a mildly acidic level using high-quality skin care products. Many common skin care products, such as cleansers, serums, and moisturizers often have a pH of 5.5 and higher, which can dry out your skin and make it more prone to infections, outbreaks, and premature aging[7].

A skin care product’s formula helps determine its pH, and there are many natural ingredients, such as citric acid, that reduce the pH to the mildly acidic range. The Spa Dr. skincare products have this mild acidity, but not all skin care products are made with mild acidity in mind. So, look closely at the label, and if the pH is not listed then contact the manufacturer to find out. You also don’t want your skincare products too acidic (below 4.5).

In addition, there are oils that help support the mild acidity and have other balancing effects for skin. For example, argan kernel oil can restore resilience to the acid mantle and impart luminosity and protect against dryness. Argan oil is rich in vitamin E, fatty acids (vitamin F), carotenoids such as beta-carotene, and phytosterols. Argan oil is a non-comedogenic (non-clogging) and anti-inflammatory, so it’s good for all skin types including acne-prone skin.

In my practice, I find that a combination approach to addressing the microbiome is most effective at supporting healthy radiant skin. For my patients, I recommend addressing gut imbalances with a diet that includes high fiber vegetables and probiotic-rich foods such as fermented vegetables and coconut yogurt. And, I often recommend a high quality probiotic supplement. Topically, I recommend using a mildly acidic skincare regime, and I refer them to DIY skincare recipes in my book Clean Skin From Within that help support the skin with ingredients such as plain organic yogurt.

When the microbiome is properly balanced, we see the difference in clear, youthful-looking skin. If you’ve struggled with skin issues for years, especially if you’ve taken or used topical or oral antibiotics or stripped your skin with cosmetic products and procedures, the microbiome is a primary root cause you’ll want to address. You can learn more about your skin type and other primary root causes in my new book Clean Skin From Within.


[1] Rodrigues, H. The cutaneous ecosystem: the roles of the skin microbiome in health and its association with inflammatory skin conditions in humans and animals. Vet Dermatol: 28(1):60-e15, 2017.

[2] Tan, JK and Bhate, K: A global perspective on the epidemiology of acne. Br J Dermatol: 172 Suppl 1:3-12, 2015.

[3] Parodi, A, Paolini, S et al: Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth in rosacea: clinical effectiveness of its eradication. Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol: 6(7):759-64, 2008.

[4] Gravina, A, Federico, A et al: Helicobacter pylori infection but not small intestinal bacterial overgrowth may play a pathogenic role in rosacea. United European Gastroenterol J: 3(1):17-24, 2015.

[5] Bowe, W, Pate, NB and Logan, AC: Acne vulgaris, probiotics and the gut-brain-skin axis: from anecdote to translational medicine. Benef Microbes: 5(2):185-99, 2014 .

[6] Lambers, H, Piessens, S et al: Natural skin surface pH is on average below 5, which is beneficial for its resident flora. Int J Cosmet Sci: 28(5):359-70, 2006.

[7] Jung, YC, Kim, EJ et al: Effect of skin pH for wrinkle formation on Asian: Korean, Vietnamese and Singaporean. J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol: 27(3):e328-32, 2013.

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Freshly prepared lemon water rejuvenates your complexion while improving overall health


Wes Maxwell
July 16, 2016

Looking for a cheap, easy, all natural way to give your body a quick health boost? Look no further. In recent years, lemon water has emerged as one of the most nutrient-packed, beneficial, easy-to-make health drinks available.

Although it may not seem like much, drinking a cup of freshly prepared lemon water each morning has proven to provide the human body with an enormity of outstanding health benefits. Much easier than going through the hassle of making an all-natural fruit smoothie or boosted protein shake each morning, making lemon juice is simple. All you have to do is squeeze half of a lemon into one cup of room temperature or hot water (use a whole lemon if you weigh more than 150 pounds) right after you wake up, drink the tasty mixture, and then repeat each morning.

According to Dr. Mike Russel, “Starting your day with hot water with lemon is said to improve digestion, boost mineral absorption, and detoxify your body.” The health benefits don’t stop there though. For an in-depth look into the stimulating health effects of lemon water, here are five reasons why you should add a glass of lemon water to your morning routine:

1. Boosts your immune system

One cup of lemon water contains over 180 percent of the recommended Daily Value intake of Vitamin C, providing your body with an immediate boost in fighting immune system deficiencies. Additionally, Vitamin C helps your body to produce increased amounts of white blood cells, which can help fight off common colds and the flu.

2. Aids digestive health

Lemon juice’s atomic structure is strikingly similar to that of the digestive juices our stomachs naturally produce to help break down food. Because of these similarities, lemon juice tricks the liver into creating bile to aid in the body’s overall digestive process, which provides enormous gastrointestinal health benefits. Furthermore, the acids in lemon juice help your body to process nutrients from food more slowly, optimizing the nutrient extraction process of your digestive system.

3. Rejuvenates skin

The high concentration of Vitamin C in lemons means that lemon juice is loaded with antioxidants to help keep your skin looking its best. The antioxidants present in lemon juice help “fight damage caused by free radicals,” which in turn, can help fight common skin rashes and mild cases of acne. Additionally, the vitamin C present in lemon water helps the body to produce collagen, a protein produced in tissue cells that helps smooth out and prevent wrinkles.

4. Helps you lose weight

While lemon water will not be the miracle potion you’ve been dreaming about to help you lose 50 pounds overnight, it can significantly help with shedding a bit of that excess tummy fat you’ve been worrying about the last few months. Lemons contain a fiber called pectin, which has the ability to curb your appetite, making you feel fuller for longer amounts of time. Feeling full for longer means that you won’t have the desire to snack throughout the day, which can significantly reduce your overall calorie intake, and lead to weight loss.

5. Strengthens brain function

Aside from being vitamin C rich, lemon juice also contains naturally occurring vitamins and nutrients essential to brain function. One cup of lemon juice contains 303 mg of potassium (9 percent DV), which aids in overall brain and nerve function, helping you feel more alert and energized. Additionally, lemon juice contains sizable amounts of folate and vitamin B6, which are crucially important to the brain’s production of serotonin and hemoglobin, as well as for overall cognitive functionality.

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New Chemical Bill – Thousands Of Years To Test 64,000 Chemicals For Safety

Toxic Substances
Dr. Mercola
June 21, 2016

The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), which took effect in 1976, allows high-production volume chemicals to be launched without their chemical identity or toxicity information being disclosed.

It also makes it very difficult for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to take regulatory action against dangerous chemicals. For starters, the act only gives the EPA 90 days to determine if a new chemical poses an unreasonable risk prior to it entering the market.

The EPA states they typically don’t get the toxicity data in time to make such determinations, and as such, the EPA has only regulated five chemicals and requested testing for 200 since 1976. There are about 64,000 chemicals in use right now that are not regulated or tested for environmental repercussions.1

An overhaul of the TSCA is desperately needed and has been for decades, making this month’s Senate approval of an update a monumental occasion. Last month, the House approved the update to the TSCA, and it will now be signed into law.

There are some problems with the update, however — especially it’s timeline. As Bloomberg reported:2

“By the time EPA finishes work on the chemicals it has prioritized, the children of today’s children will have been exposed to them — probably for years.”

TSCA Update: Safety Tests Can Take up to 7 Years Per Chemical

There’s no doubt that the EPA should be testing more chemicals for safety, but the TSCA update doesn’t go far enough to protect Americans.

On the bright side, the new agreement would give the EPA authority to require companies to provide safety data for untested chemicals and also prevent chemicals from coming to market if they haven’t been tested for safety.

It also removes the 90-day limit for the EPA to determine chemical risks and, at least on the surface, eliminates a requirement that chemical regulations had to take into account the cost of compliance. Other notable improvements include:3

  • The EPA will be required to determine whether a chemical meets a set safety standard before it enters the market.
  • The EPA must consider a chemical’s effects on particularly vulnerable populations, such as pregnant women and children.
  • The EPA must quickly review chemicals known to persist in the environment and build up in humans.
  • Companies will no longer be allowed to keep data secret due to “trade secret” and other confidentiality claims.

The EPA has already identified 90 chemicals as high priority, and such chemicals are supposed to take precedence.

However, the bill’s language was created after close work with the American Chemistry Council in order to ensure it would “win the support of industry.”4 As such, while the bill requires the EPA to begin conducting safety tests on roughly 64,000 chemicals, they only have to test 20 chemicals at a time.

Further, each chemical has a seven-year deadline, such that it will be a very long time before potentially toxic chemicals stop being used. As Bloomberg reported:5

“An analysis by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), which has criticized the TSCA rewrite as too weak, estimates that EPA needs 28 years to complete risk evaluations on the 90 chemicals in its work plan, 30 years to finalize related regulations on those chemicals, and 35 years to implement the resulting rules.”

States May Lose Ability to Restrict Toxic Chemicals

Congress caved in to industry and allowed a single regulatory system to oversee the industry, and also allowed companies the right to seek a federal waiver from the rules for certain chemicals.

Under the new agreement, states may lose their power to regulate chemicals they deem toxic. In return, language was inserted to allow states to restrict a chemical’s use only if the federal risk review takes more than 3 ½ years. As The Washington Post reported:6

“The EWG’s Scott Faber, the organization’s vice president for government affairs, said the EWG walked away from the bill because it represents ‘only a slight improvement’ on ‘the worst environmental law in the books.'”

Other Glaring Problems With the Chemical Bill Update

The EWG pointed out several other notable failures in the new legislation:

  • State action against chemicals can be suspended for more than three years while the EPA completes its safety review. The EWG reported:7

“States have been the only cops on the chemical safety beat, regulating scores of chemicals and driving marketplace innovation. Any legislation that claims to be better than current law would permit state action until an EPA rule is final.”

  • No adequate funding is required from the chemical industry, which means there’s a good chance the EPA will lack the funding needed to review toxic chemicals already on the market. According to the EWG:8

“To make TSCA better than the status quo, Congress should provide enough funding to review the most dangerous chemicals in a generation — not a century … The compromise only provides about half of what’s needed.”

  • Cost is not fully eliminated from the EPA’s decision-making process, even though it’s purported to have been removed from considerations.

The EWG noted that the bill contains “poison pill provisions that could keep the EPA tied in legal knots” and “negotiators should have at least removed vague requirements that rules be ‘cost-effective.'”

  • The EPA will be able to classify chemicals as “low hazard,” but there is no set definition of what low hazard means. The EWG explained:

“Since the compromise allows the industry to dictate up to half of the chemicals EPA will assess for safety, you can bet a lot of their favorite chemicals will soon be bearing this stamp of approval.”

Many Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals Are Unsafe at Any Level

The European Commission is in the process of creating regulations for endocrine-disrupting chemicals. Endocrine disruptors are chemicals known to interfere with development and reproduction, and they may cause serious neurological and immune system effects.

The disruptions occur because such chemicals mimic hormones in your body, including the female sex hormone estrogen, the male sex hormone androgen, and thyroid hormones.

Endocrine-disrupting chemicals may block hormonal signals in your body, or interfere with the way the hormones or receptors are made or controlled.9 Your normal hormone levels may be altered, or the chemicals may change the way such hormones travel through your body.

They’ve been implicated in a host of diseases from cancer and infertility to obesity and diabetes — and they’re found in countless consumer items such as cosmetics, plastics and pesticides.

In 2009, the European Parliament declared that endocrine-disrupting chemicals would not be allowed on the market, and they enlisted the European Commission to determine criteria to identify these chemicals.

The chemical industries then called for an “impact assessment” to be released before the criteria could be released. Environmental Health News explained the repercussions:10

“National health authorities, industry and NGOs are thus in suspended animation awaiting a decision on these criteria for identification — a regulatory tool that will then enable restrictions or, more radically, prohibitions on the use of certain endocrine disruptors.

Today, seven years later, these criteria still do not exist. This impact assessment, with its highly confidential conclusions (as secret as the location of the fountain of youth), is largely responsible for this delay. It was not originally part of the plan, but industry called for it as a way to weaken the regulation.

[This year] Sweden curtly reminded the Commission that the Court ‘prohibits the use of economic considerations to define criteria.’ So what is the nature of the ‘economic considerations’ contained in the pages of the impact study under lock and key?

In addition to the impact on the industry, will they take into account the cost of diseases related to exposure to endocrine disruptors in Europe, which was estimated by independent studies to be at between 157 billion and 288 billion euros per year?”

For Endocrine Disruptors, Low Doses May Be More Toxic

It’s unknown whether the European Commission or the EPA will take into account the fact that sometimes, low doses of chemicals have the potential for great harm.

Many studies assume a linear dose-response relationship for the chemical and any given effect. That is, they assume that if a chemical causes organ damage at 200 parts per million (ppm), it will cause greater damage at higher exposures and less damage at lower levels.

This is a dangerous assumption, because for many toxins, including some endocrine-disrupting chemicals, harm is exerted even at very small doses. Patricia Hunt, Ph.D., a geneticist at Washington State University, explained that endocrine disruptors like bisphenol A (BPA), which act like hormones, “don’t play by the rules.”

Even low-level exposure — levels to which people are currently being exposed — may be enough to damage developing eggs and sperm, for instance. In one of Hunt’s studies, researchers found disruptions to egg development after rhesus monkeys, which have human-like reproductive systems, were exposed to either single, daily doses of BPA or low-level continuous doses.11

Your Body Is Not a Toxin Dumping Ground

It’s virtually impossible to avoid all of the toxic chemicals in your environment, but that doesn’t mean you have to sit silently by while corporations use your home, your water, your air and your body as a convenient toxin dumping ground. Until change occurs on a global scale, you can significantly limit your exposure by keeping a number of key principles in mind.

  • Eat a diet focused on locally grown, fresh, and ideally organic whole foods. Processed and packaged foods are a common source of chemicals, both in the food itself and the packaging. Wash fresh produce well, especially if it’s not organically grown.
  • Choose pastured, sustainably raised meats and dairy to reduce your exposure to hormones, pesticides and fertilizers. Avoid milk and other dairy products that contain the genetically engineered recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH or rBST).
  • Rather than eating conventional or farm-raised fish, which are often heavily contaminated with PCBs and mercury, supplement with high-quality krill oil, or eat fish that is wild-caught and at little risk of contamination, such as wild-caught Alaskan salmon, anchovies and sardines.
  • Buy products that come in glass bottles rather than plastic or cans, as chemicals can leach out of plastics (and plastic can linings), into the contents; be aware that even “BPA-free” plastics typically leach endocrine-disrupting chemicals that are just as bad for you as BPA.
  • Store your food and beverages in glass, rather than plastic, and avoid using plastic wrap.
  • Use glass baby bottles.
  • Replace your non-stick pots and pans with ceramic or glass cookware.
  • Filter your tap water for both drinking and bathing. If you can only afford to do one, filtering your bathing water may be more important, as your skin readily absorbs contaminants. Most tap water toxins, including fluoride, can be filtered out using a reverse osmosis filter.
  • Look for products made by companies that are Earth-friendly, animal-friendly, sustainable, certified organic, and GMO-free. This applies to everything from food and personal care products to building materials, carpeting, paint, baby items, furniture, mattresses, and others.
  • Use a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter to remove contaminated house dust. This is one of the major routes of exposure to flame-retardant chemicals.
  • When buying new products such as furniture, mattresses or carpet padding, consider buying chemical-free varieties containing naturally less flammable materials, such as leather, wool, cotton, silk and Kevlar.
  • Avoid stain- and water-resistant clothing, furniture, and carpets to avoid perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs).
  • Make sure your baby’s toys are BPA-free, such as pacifiers, teething rings and anything your child may be prone to suck or chew on — even books, which are often plasticized. It’s advisable to avoid all plastic, especially flexible varieties.
  • Use natural cleaning products or make your own. Avoid those containing 2-butoxyethanol (EGBE) and methoxydiglycol (DEGME) — two toxic glycol ethers that can compromise your fertility and cause fetal harm.
  • Switch over to organic toiletries, including shampoo, toothpaste, antiperspirants, and cosmetics. The EWG’s Skin Deep database can help you find personal care products that are free of phthalates and other potentially dangerous chemicals.12
  • Replace your vinyl shower curtain with a fabric one or use glass doors.
  • Replace feminine hygiene products (tampons and sanitary pads) with safer alternatives.
  • Look for fragrance-free products. One artificial fragrance can contain hundreds — even thousands — of potentially toxic chemicals. Avoid fabric softeners and dryer sheets, which contain a mishmash of synthetic chemicals and fragrances.

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The 6 Most Popular Toxins Americans Coat Their Bodies With & Then Wonder Why They’re Suffering From Inflammation, Rashes, Skin Allergies & Cancer

Personal care products
S.D. Wells
June 14, 2016

Millions of health enthusiasts around the world crosscheck everything they eat and drink, along with all of their medicines, for toxic ingredients that can cause a whole host of health problems. This is nothing new. However, if you were to go into their homes, into their bathrooms, and start opening drawers and cabinets, and flipping personal care products over to read the ingredients, you would find the majority of those products contain the very same toxins these folks are doing their very best to avoid consuming.

The irony is that the skin is the largest organ, and it does “consume” the toxins applied to it, and this may be more dangerous than the carcinogens they avoid eating and drinking. Here’s why: When you eat or drink foods and medicines that contain toxins, those toxins are often found in minuscule amounts, otherwise you’d get sick right away and know what’s happening. However, the products we put on our hair, nails, face, arms, legs, feet and even private parts are completely unregulated, because neither the FDA, the CDC, the EPA, the USDA, nor any other agency inspects or has limits for personal care products. Plus, when it comes to lotions, shampoos, conditioners, deodorants, antiperspirants, powders, cosmetics and so forth, people simply “cake” them on, coating large surface areas with unlimited toxins that find their way into the bloodstream, the digestive tract and even the lungs and cleansing organs.

Yes, it’s overwhelming. It’s overwhelming to the brain to think of all of this. It’s overwhelming to your cleansing organs too. It’s overwhelming to the natural detoxification process that the body wants to engage, but can’t, because it’s coated with these toxins. It’s like wondering why you can’t breathe properly while you’ve got a blanket over your head all day. Hey, quit sweeping all the “dust” under the rug and then wondering why you’re having allergy attacks. Your skin is your largest organ. It needs to sweat properly. It needs sunlight to create vitamin D. It needs to breathe! Remember, if most of the ingredients in a personal care product aren’t edible, then it shouldn’t be coating your body.

Here are the six most popular toxins Americans coat their bodies with, and then wonder why they’re suffering from inflammation, rashes, skin allergies and cancer:

1. Petroleum is an industrial chemical (a liquid mixture of hydrocarbons) commonly found in Vaseline, baby oils, baby lotions, suntan lotions and sunblock lotions, and is toxic to the human body – locking in toxins, preventing perspiration, and leading to inflammation, chronic itching and cancer.

2. Talc is toxic and is commonly found in baby powders, popular body powders and foot powders.

3. Lead, a neurotoxin, is commonly found in lipstick.

4. Parabens are chemicals that penetrate the skin and are common in cosmetics/makeup – they mimic hormones and are endocrine disruptors that cause allergic reactions.

5. Phthalates are found in moisturizers, perfumes, nail polishes, soaps and hairsprays, and can increase the risk of diabetes in women and lower sperm production in men.

6. Aluminum is commonly found in deodorants and antiperspirants, and is known to cause cancer tumors in the breasts in the quadrant closest to the armpit (not a coincidence).

Start protecting the ‘walls’ of your ‘temple’

There are over 70,000 chemicals approved by the FDA for consumption. Many of them have toxic effects on the body. When you unknowingly consume poisons by applying them to your body, you feed chronic inflammation, your immune system weakens, and you invite cancer to attack. You don’t need a PhD to figure it out, and you don’t need to be a dermatologist. Go home, look through every single personal care product you own, and crosscheck it for chemicals. Then, throw it all out, and buy new organic or truly natural products.

From toxic air fresheners to toxic candles, people fill their homes with poisons on a daily basis and wonder what’s wrong with their health. These toxins accumulate on the body too. People put toxic flea medicines and poisonous medicines on their pets, and wonder why the pet dies after five to seven years from leukemia. People spray Roundup, the most toxic herbicide on the planet, all over their yards and around their gardens, and then it gets on their pets’ paws, on their own hands, and on the food they’ll be eating, and then they wonder how they all get cancer. People coat themselves with toxic bug repellent and can’t seem to figure out how they keep getting skin cancer spots developing. Hmm, don’t you wonder? People lather themselves up all summer with toxic suntan lotions and carcinogenic sunblock lotions, and lock in poisons while blocking out the healing sunshine. Oops.

Stop wondering what’s going wrong and fix it! Your body is the temple of your soul. Protect it.

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