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Given all the concern about the many harmful chemicals present in our environment, you would think that the personal care products we use every day — items such as deodorant, shampoo and toothpaste — would be regulated to confirm they’re safe. Manufacturers, however, aren’t required to test these common toiletries for safety. In fact, manufacturers don’t even have to list each product’s ingredients on the label. For example, the cocktail of compounds found within a fragrance is considered a trade secret, which means no ingredient has to be listed individually. Testing has revealed an average of 14 hidden, unlisted compounds per fragrance formulation.

The nonprofit Environmental Working Group (EWG) has been covering this issue for more than a decade, and the organization explains that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized the personal care products industry to police itself through the industry’s own Cosmetics Ingredient Review panel. But such voluntary self-regulation rarely works well, and the EWG reports that in the panel’s more-than-30-year history, it has declared only 11 ingredients or chemical groups to be unsafe. Plus, the panel’s recommendations about banning certain ingredients are not binding.

Here’s how the EWG explains the potential dangers of some toiletries:

“People are exposed to cosmetics ingredients in many ways: breathing in sprays and powders, swallowing chemicals on the lips or hands, or absorbing them through the skin. Biomonitoring studies have found that cosmetics ingredients, such as phthalate plasticizers, paraben preservatives, the pesticide triclosan, synthetic musks and sunscreen ingredients, are common pollutants in the bodies of men, women and children.

“Many of these chemicals are potential hormone disruptors,” the report continues. “Cosmetics frequently contain enhancers that allow ingredients to penetrate deeper into the skin. Studies have found that people exposed to common fragrance and sunscreen ingredients have health problems, including increased risk of sperm damage, feminization of the male reproductive system, and low birth weight in girls.”

Most marketing claims on personal care products are unregulated, and companies are rarely, if ever, required to back them up. The FDA says descriptions such as “hypoallergenic” and “natural” can mean anything or nothing at all. Head on over to the FDA’s website for additional information.

Avoid harmful ingredients and take a stand against labeling confusion in personal care products — and save money in the process — by making your own toiletries with the recipes shown here.

Skin Deep

If you want to research your favorite commercial products, the EWG’s website features the Skin Deep Database which includes information and safety ratings for more than 69,000 body care products, including shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, makeup and more. Take this wealth of knowledge on the go by downloading the EWG’s free Skin Deep app, which lets you scan the barcodes of cosmetics and bath products for an instant safety rating based on ingredients and environmental impact.

By: Hannah Kincaid
Source: www.motherearthnews.com

2016-01-15T12:16:04+00:00

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    Q: I am a fair-skinned African American and I was wondering what are your recommendations for skin care? I don’t wear makeup or anything; I am just interested in finding a cleansing, moisturizing regimen for daily use. All the products I have seen are SO expensive and or full of toxins. I don’t have any skin problems such as acne. I noticed you have several soaps but I was unsure as to which are best for my face. Finally, is there really a need to wear sunscreen? Is there such a thing as "safe" sunscreen?

    A:

    SOUNDS LIKE YOU MAY BE INTERESTED IN OUR ALTERNATIVE DIET AND LIFESTYLES MANUAL MANUAL E-BOOK WHICH HAS A LISTING OF HEALTHY/ALTERNATIVE PRODUCTS INCLUDING SKIN CARE PRODUCTS. IT'S AVAILABLE FROM THE ON-LINE STORE ($10). THE NUBAIN HERITAGE SOAPS WE SELL ARE GOOD BUT I ACTUALLY RECOMMEND KISS MY FACE BRANDS FOR SKIN CARE PURPOSES. THERE IS REALLY NO NEED TO WEAR SUNSCREEN. SUNSCREEN IS PROMOTED BECAUSE IT WAS INVENTED AND SO IT MUST SELL, SO A THEORY THAT THE SUN WAS DAMAGING TO THE SKIN WAS CREATED AND SUNSCREEN BEGAN TO SELL.

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    Q: Melelacula is all tea tree oil based. How does this compare to your products? Will I have an adverse reaction to all these natural ingredients? I am interested in your skin oil product.

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    Our products are mostly herbal whereas tea tree is an oil, but they are 100% COMPATIBLE! Nothing to worry about! Adverse reaction? Truly, how would I or anybody else know? It's your body, Beloved! I say give things a try and get firsthand knowledge. I can't see anything adverse happening. Move forward, Beloved! Think positive too! See your results! See what you desire to see (products working in harmony).

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    Q: I would like to know, if you have any skin care programs, for women age 50 and over. I am going to try the detox progarm as soon as possible. I truly believe that I am going to be very happy with the results. I am 51 years old, and I want to look and feel my best. I have a lot of belly fat, and that makes me feel uncomfortable, because some people will ask me, if I am pregnant. This seems very strange to me, because my stomach seems to be the main place, where all the fat is building up. I desire to have beauty inside and out. I want to be completely whole. If you have tips for skin care and body care, please let me know. Some people say that I look like I am in my forties, however, if I did not have all of this extra body fat, I could really believe what they are saying.

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    The blood needs to be cleansed in order to enhance your skin and eliminate excess fat.

    We would recommend you perform the Full Body Cleanse which can help improve skin complexion, release weight, and detoxify, purify, rejuvenate, and strengthen the body and all of its eliminative channels.

    We also have a Facial Skin Kit that works to naturally restore the health of skin by helping to remove blemishes, hydrate skin, and even out complexion for resilient skin.

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    Q: When reading the ingredients on herbal products, when there are () shown and another name in a different form, what does this mean? Does this mean there no pure herbs Or is it just another name for the herbs?

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    It denotes the botanical or technical name of the herb.

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    Q: I have used a product similar to your Bowel Mover which has both senna leaf and cascara sagrada as ingredients. Recently I had a colonoscopy and the gastroenterologist found staining from these ingredients. He also told me that if I continued to use them that they would have a reverse effect, making my minimal peristaltic action stop completely. What is your thoughts on my continued use of these products? Are there any herbs that would strengthen my peristaltic action, making it work on its own?

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    It is not true about the herbs. Plants are not like drugs! These herbs will not stain anything in your body. They are organic plants. Doctors are one half of all problems for giving people wrong information, usually in which people will believe or start thinking about. Stick with herbs for your healing. Try our COLON FORMULA and/or BOWEL MOVERand change your diet and you will be fine. Try nature!

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    Q: Do you have any facial products for sensitive acne prone skin, fragrance free oil?

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    Facial products are coming to Dherbs.com very soon. Try bentonite clay for now. Great for acne!

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    Q: I was most impressed by your website. The information to support your products and your obvious interest in informing the public caught and kept my attention. As I searched further into Black Seed Tea, the reason for my visit, I noticed your product ALCOHOL BUSTER. The comment of "on the metaphysical level, alcohol consumption also impairs the human aura" although very non clinical, is very much my way of thinking, it got my attention. I read as far as the disclaimer, "the formula does not have the power to prevent consumption of alcohol as only will power and a made up mind can do this." Here's where I step out of character and find myself writing this e-mail. It has been my experience while working with people from all walks of life, who are members of any 12 step program, that a reference to will power as a prevention of anything is a two edged sword. While I agree will power is important in abstention, I believe the person is benefited by using their personal will power to seek help, to commit to recovery, to take care of the physical, mental and emotional bodies. I don't believe "human" will power is the power that prevents consumption. The suggestion that "will power and a made up mind can prevent consumption of alcohol" to a person with an addiction could become a deadly idea. This of course is my opinion, do with it what you feel is appropriate.

    A:

    I feel you in where you're coming from, but I truly believe and know human willpower plays a role in prevention and healing of all disease. The strongest thing humans have is a will. Will meshes with desire in many cases. Both are strong in humans. Now, you're dealing with a person with addiction in regards to your last statement and I can totally understand where you are coming from but the sick person is not exempt from any laws of healing. There is no real or true healing absent willpower to do a thing, a beneficial thing. The addicted person must be first dealt with on the physical and psychological levels and then the spiritual and energetic (getting to the root of the addiction: perhaps a 2nd chakra problem or something hanging over from a past life). All addiction points to spiritual void and therefore the only ultimate healing here is mental or spiritual via mental. As you know, it's mind-body-spirit and all must be dealt with for healing. Will is important in abstention but we don't won't people to focus on abstaining which is usually converted into "can't have" by the addicted person. We want people to only focus on the good, the healthy, what they need and require, not what they don't want or can't have because their subconscious mind will create the situations and circumstances by which these people end up consuming the thing that is insalubrious for them. It never fails. I grew up with an alcoholic mother and plenty of other alcoholics. We want people to have and use willpower to GO FOR the best things for them, will in DOING the right and healthy things for themselves. All healing is ultimately within self. As a man thicket so is he! Peace be unto you fellow metaphysician!

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    Q: What Are Some Natural Sweet Treats (Junk Foods) I can Consume? Under free will you can consume what you like, but healthier products are best. You will find plenty of "healthier" snack, treat, and junk foods at good health food stores such as Whole Foods Market, PCC Natural Food Stores, Erewhon, Trader Joes, Natural Grocers, New Frontiers, etc. Just make sure to abstain from salt, sugar, and other harmful chemicals in the products you buy. We list many companies of alternative foods and products (and their website addresses) in our ALTERNATIVE DIET AND LIFESTYLES MANUAL.

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    Recommended: ALTERNATIVE DIET AND LIFESTYLES MANUAL

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    Q: I want to know if you have a product for scleroderma. It is a skin discoloration Disease. The symptoms are your skin darkening, hair loss, and arthritis in hands. If you have any products, do you have liquid or small pills? My friend has problems swallowing large pills.

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    WHEN THERE'S A PROBLEM WITH THE SKIN, IT'S TIME TO CLEANSE THE BLOOD. I WOULD SUGGEST YOU LOOK INTO OUR FULL BODY DETOX AND CONSIDER A PERMANENT DIETARY CHANGE AFTER DETOXING. OUR PILLS ARE PRETTY SMALL IN SIZE, BELOVED. THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST!

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    Q: Are the herbs/ingredients used in your products organically grown? Where are they derived from?

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    The majority of the herbs are organic. We use a lot of herbs. Most of the herbs we use are from all over the world; Mexico, Africa, China, Canada, etc.

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    Q: Please reply to this (I will not buy from you unless you reply to my email; I want to check some things with you before I buy): 1- Please tell me if the following products in your website can be taken by pregnant women: folic acid, iron phosphate, bioflavonoid formula, iodine phosphate, multi vitamins and minerals, vitamin c formula, b-vitamin complex, iron phosphate tea? 2- I want to buy all the nutrients (vitamins, minerals, etc.) that I need for my baby (I'm 3 months pregnant). If I buy the multi vitamins and minerals, do I need to supplement any additional products that I mentioned above (esp. folic acid, vitamin c, iron, b-vitamin complex)? 3- I also want to buy Eklampein formula, prenatal laxative, prenatal formula, healthy pregnancy, and prenatal tea. Since I can't buy all the products that I mentioned in this email; I need your help to buy less. Because the ones that I will buy; I will buy enough to last me about 5/6 months (so I will still be buying so many from you even if I buy 3 or 4 different products). I don't have enough money; please work with me and tell me which ones I need for complete prenatal care and since I will be buying too many; please give me discount (so I can afford it and take good care of myself and my baby in the same time).

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    Folic acid, iron phosphate, bioflavonoid formula, iodine phosphate, multi vitamins and minerals, vitamin c formula, b-vitamin complex, iron phosphate tea can all be taken by a pregnant woman. You could delete bioflavonoid and B-vitamin complex though and still get necessary nutrition for your pregnancy. And yes, Dherbs.Com will give you a nice discount on a large order. Now here's what I would personally suggest for a great pre-natal regimen: PRE-NATAL FORMULA ELECTRIC GREENS CELL FOOD VITAMIN C FORMULA IODINE PHOSPHATE FOLIC ACID IRON PHOSPHATE FORMULA PRE-NATAL TEA PRENATAL LAXATIVE (optional)

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    Q: I am afraid of herbal products. Are these products tested for safety and if so what method of testing was used?

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    Funny how some people are afraid of herbs but not afraid of pharmaceutical drugs which will kill 1 million people per year: "Causalities and fatalities researched from literature, government reports and expert databases indicate that approximately zero (0,000%) cases are due to the use of complementary health products, whereas 5,176% are due to properly prescribed and used drugs. It seems that herbs may, even be safer than food, because 0,24% deaths are the result of food eaten." Our herbs are not tested by government (who test drugs that still kill people). I say don't be afraid to herbs, Beloved, and trust God (Psalms 104:14; Revelation 22:2, and Ezekiel 47:12). Herbs are food and will help you! Have faith!

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    Q: I would like to know if what I'm doing is okay. This is way before we found dherbs site and the products on the internet. We read on the internet that drinking a teaspoon of natural black sea salt or any sea salt in 32oz warm water every morning is good for bowel movement. We have been doing it for awhile now. Is it too much to take it with your products? I lost some weight after my FULL BODY DETOX but not too much on my stomach. What do you recommend l should use to get rid of the tummy area? I bought FIBROID BUSTER TEA I am I drinking it because l feel there is Fibroids down there. Should l also continue taking my BUNNY RABBIT formula with Fibroid tea? In my last email l mentioned my husband had mild stroke. Now he's having spasms all over his body especially when he's sleeping at night. Why is he having it and what else can he use for that? We are using all these wonderful products on the inside and still have un-even skin. Is it okay to use AMBI products for more youthful skin then detox every four months? If not, when are we going to see your skin products on the market?

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    We don't recommend the drinking of sea salt. For tummy reduction: exercise (perform abs, sit ups) and take BOWEL MOVER and WEIGHT RELEASE FORMULA. You can take your herbs and tea together. No big deal! Spasms? Clearly the â€HEALING CRISIS†(read the article by this same title). The skin will improve in time. Don't focus on it!

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    Q: I'm interested in buying your products but I'm not sure which will be the appropriate one for me. I have a skin condition, which has gotten worse over the years; I have small pimples with white dots all over my arms, elbows, and now it has spread to my stomach, thighs, and buttocks. I suffer from constant constipation and I had a toxic mega colon and my appendix was removed as well. I think the reason why I am having so many problems with my skin is due to the chronic constipation I have had since I was very little. Please let me know which products I should use.

    A:

    I RECOMMEND THE FULL BODY DETOX FOLLOWED BY THE DHERBS 10-DAY SUPREME COLON CLEANSE.

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    Q: I was just getting ready to confirm my order when I say the prop 65 information regarding these products. What does this mean? Are you selling products that can cause cancer? I was thinking these were herbs that are safe taking. Am I correct and can you explain to me why the prop 65? Thank you. Sincerely, Rene Moore

    A: California’s Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, more commonly known as CalProp 65, is a 27-year-old law that solely applies to the State of California. According to California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, Cal Prop 65 “was intended to protect California citizens and the State’s drinking water sources from chemicals known to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm, and to inform citizens about exposures to such chemicals.” Through this law, in California, if it exceeds the perceived safety levels the State has set for various elements. California’s OEHHA website also states that a “Proposition 65 warning does not necessarily mean a product is in violation of any product-safety standards or requirements.” All companies have to follow Prop 65, which basically is a disclaimer we have to inform California customers of whether there's chemicals present or not. This does not indicate that we use chemicals or things that are cancerous.  Prop 65 just directs you to a list of ingredients that may have caused cancer in the past.  For example, coconut oil is on the list.  Coconut oil is 100% natural and beneficial to the body, but it is on the Prop 65 list of "may be hazardous".  It's up to you as a consumer to look at the list, compare ingredients in any products and decide if it's for you.  Please click on the link below for more information. http://oehha.ca.gov/prop65/prop65_list/files/P65single012315.pdf

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    Q: I have bad acne....which means I break out almost daily and with the cystic acne deep in the skin. I have tried almost everything and nothing will clear up my skin and keep it clear. Would any products on this site help me without drying my skin to the point of being flaky and without making it oilier than it is alone?

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    I recommend that you read our "ACNE" article for remedy and recourse. Everything you need to know is here in this article.

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    Q: I have been using your products for more than one year, so when I found out that my 4-year old son has reflux decided to check if you have any products against reflux suitable for children. Please advise if you have any of this kind.

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    Your son may benefit from trying the Children's Cleanse to help treat any adverse symptoms he is experiencing in his body.

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    Q: My husband has scar tissue on his head. He was hit on the head with a bat by some attackers (years ago). The top of his head is extremely hard like a rock --the entire thing is scar tissue. In the back towards his neck but still on his head is a larger patch of raised scar tissue. It is so severe that he has lost and appears to be losing more hair off the top of his head (I think it's because his skin isn't breathing or getting oxygen. He's tried everything from drinking Aloe Vera and applying this to all sorts of products. Currently he is using the skintight products (razor/hair bump, as well as the coco butter) however after reading your article about alcohol, I know they contain this so I don't want him to keep using it even though we are seeing some larger results than we ever have before with that product. We are both vegetarians. He has been a vegetarian for 15 years. He used to eat soy burgers etc., but has completely cut that out for about 3 months. He is now in his third week of raw food (as prescribed by your website) just drinking the green juice from Bolthouse (algae, wheatgrass, spinach etc.) and eating large spinach and vegetable raw salads. We are using the recipe that you included in your e-books. We will continue on a diet like this for the next year while we cleanse our bodies and keep this lifestyle. However, with all of that, my question for you is-- Do you have any recommendations for him to remove his scar tissue? I thought the OZ OIL would help. In addition, I'd like to buy him the FIBRIOD BUSTER and/or any other fibroid kits- but the website says they are for women (only?). Any recommendations you could make would be most appreciated.

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    I would tell you to keep using natural products (shea butter, OZ OIL, FIBRIOD BUSTER, MSM SULFUR, etc.) and let the healing take place at its own course. The more you focus on what you don't like (his head injury) the more it will magnify (not heal). His body is programmed to heal and it will but you must remain open to let the body heal at its own pace. Just continue to eat, think, and live right. He'll heal! Just give it time! Let nature do her thing!

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    Q: Over the last 2 yrs I've been interested in taking a more holistic approach to my health. I heard a radio ad for the dherbs website in NC where I live. At any rate, after perusing the site, I know there are several products I want to use but I don't want to take a large quantity of supplements at once. I am interested in doing a detox and colon cleanse. I want to improve the health of my eyes. I am very mucus laden and don't want to have an invasive procedure done that ENT/Sinus doctors are suggesting so I would like to do something more natural to clear that head congestion. I also have oily skin and have struggled with acne most of my life and my hair is not manageable so I would like to do something about skin/hair. With the multiple areas that I'm trying to improve, what's the best regime for me without having to take a lot of products together at once?

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    Start your healing journey by: 1. Change your diet (Go raw foods/vegan: no meats, no dairy products, etc.) 2. Perform the FULL BODY DETOX 3. After the FBD, take daily EYES FORMULA, MUCUS BUSTER FORMULA and ELECTRIC GREENS CELL FOOD.

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    Q: When I use the OZ OIL my outer skin is very soft and subtle. However deep down in the skin I feel very itchy. I have been assuming this is the effect of the oil doing its job. After a few weeks I got the feeling that I should try to loofa off the top layers of skin so the under skin could rejuvenate its self. I suppose I am writing because I want to check to make sure that the deep itching truly is a positive healing process before I purchase another bottle. Also to prompt you for any other ideas you might have to help my condition. It is purely beauty based btw I don't have any skin illness.

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    The itching is a natural side effect that a healing crisis is taking place. Keep using the Oxy Oil at your discretion.