The following was written by another Shaklee leader, Deb Villarese. With Earth Day just 2 days away, it gives great reasons for being careful about what we use in our homes and our bodies, both for ourselves and the earth.
“More than three decades after Chicago banned phosphate laden detergents to prevent foul smelling algae from choking lakes and rivers, dishwasher soap made with chemicals still dominates supermarket shelves.
Is Your Dishwashing Detergent SAFE? According to Hans Nieper, M.D., “Dishwashing detergents contain large polymeric compounds that are not completely removed from the dishes by rinsing with water. The liver CANNOT metabolize these large molecules sufficiently, and their accumulation leads to a build up of fat. This fat build up in the liver is STRONGLY ASSOCIATED WITH HEART DISEASE AND CANCER.” Dr. Nieper was president of the German Society of Oncology. He strongly recommends that people choose their dishwashing detergents very carefully, making sure they choose a toxin-free brand that will not cause unnecessary challenges to the liver and overall health.”
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Deb goes on to discuss how chemicals and toxins affect our health adversely. “Numerous studies have shown that our body is awash with chemicals that are toxic to our health as well as to the environment. These chemicals are found in personal care products such as shampoo, toothpaste, lotion, make-up, etc. Undesirable ingredients, such as talc, fillers, waxes, mineral oils occlusive oils, BHT (preservatives), fragrances, etc. are commonly found in personal care products. These chemicals according to Paula Ballie-Hamilton, M.D., Ph.D. have ‘switched our metabolism’, that is, chemicals prevent us from lossing the extra pounds and keeping it off permanently. Also, processed foods are loaded with chemicals that lengthen shelf life, but are hazardous to our health. Chemicals not only widen our girth, promote belly fat, but also cause inflammation. Inflammation is a major cause of many chronic degenerative diseases such as heart attack, stroke, Alzeheimer’s, and even cancer.”