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- Be informed about Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) against menopause symptoms. Only if alternatives (exercise, food choices, stopping smoking and other direct strategies) do not solve the problems, use as low a dose and short a course as possible, because HRT increases risks of breast, womb and ovarian cancers, as well as blood clots/stroke.
- Smile 🙂 Let your natural beautyshine through, or use unfragranced, non-toxic beauty products. Avoiding toxicants in hair, nail and cleansing products is especially important if you work in a beauty salon or spa. Adequate ventilation in the workplace is also essential.
- Non-toxic hair tip: Massage a bit of mayonnaise into your scalp, and comb it through your hair. Wash it out after a half hour or so (you’ll need a couple of suds sessions). It beats dandruff, and leaves your hair gleaming. Email us with your favourite non-toxic, home-brew personal care.
- Olive and coconut oils have been shown to be excellent skin moisturizers, so avoid the myriad of unnatural, chemical-laden commercial products. Coconut oil is also great for your hair!
- Chemical fragrance stinks. Avoid purchasing goods containing artificial “fragrance”. Thousands of undisclosed chemicals go into cosmetics and consumer goods—and some are pretty nasty.
- Avoid deodorants and antiperspirants containing aluminum, fragrances, aerosol propellants and antibacterials such as triclosan (especially for women who shave their underarms, as this facilitates the penetration of harmful substances).PCN has busted the myth-busters! Baking soda is a safer option. Shaving is a good practice to reduce body odour. Bacteria stuck to the skin, and especially to the hair, cause the smell.
- Ditch the pricey designer defoliants and skin cleansers containing microbeads, fragrancesand other iffy ingredients. A high quality cotton washcloth lasts for years, is inexpensive, reusable and versatile.
- New clothes should always be washed before being worn. Contrary to popular belief, even the cleanest, freshest looking new garments aren’t really clean and often contain chemicals including dyes and formaldehyde resin.
- Avoid talc and talcum powder. Talc is a soft mineral that can also contain asbestos. This potent carcinogen has been found in lung cancers in talc users. As well, the risk of ovarian cancer is increased with the genital use of talc. Contact local pediatricians and hospitals to find out if they have a policy on the use of talc on infants. If they don’t, take action to educate them.