Recently I visited the Los Angeles City Library and I just happened to be browsing through the Science, Technology and Patents section without any goal in mind. I stumbled upon a section of books that were all related to Toxins, Poisons, Toxic chemicals etcetera. There was one book that stuck out to me called “Toxic Free” by Debra Lynn Dadd. Of course there were a few others that caught my eye and I picked up those as well, so I walked out of that library with 3 books and new library card (I probably would have walked out with more books if I had my backpack to carry them haha).
I only glanced at this Toxic Free book, but I thought it may prove to be useful to know something about chemicals in my home and make a few decisions about what products I use or buy.
It’s a pretty easy read so I have been powering through it, and it is just shocking all the information presented in the book. Some household products, foods and simple things I do at my home as well as others I would have never given a second thought, but now reading this I have become a little more “aware”. I wouldn’t say paranoid, because the author explains it’s nearly impossible to be toxic free outside of your own home, and it takes many steps and lifestyle changes to be toxic free inside. Basically I have accepted toxins exist everywhere, and just minimizing contact with them is a good step forward.
From recommendation of the author of this book, one seeking to be “toxic free” should do this minimizing process by eliminating/replacing one thing a month that is toxic in the household.
My whole point of this post (and future posts) was to basically describe my steps to decreasing my exposure to toxins. For the month of November I chose hygienic products, specifically deodorant.
I just switched to a natural deodorant called “Tom’s of Maine” after a lot of searching on the web, reading forums, digging through amazon, and standing around reading labels in the hygiene aisles at Target. I think I couldn’t have picked a harder product to replace, because after all that searching and even considering making my own deodorant I just purchased this mainstream “mostly chemical free”, “natural” kind. At the very least it doesn’t have aluminum or other antiperspirant toxins which was basically my previous deodorant in a propellant filled can. (My roommate would say I was trying to fumigate the apartment when I put it on the morning.)
I have been considering some alternatives to keeping dry and smelling clean, one of which my mother recommended: Talcum powder. I have some in storage which I pulled out this past weekend and put on my counter of the bathroom with intentions to use. I am now in the habit of checking the label and of course I couldn’t pronounce half the ingredients on there. The next step was web search and become a little more educated about it. I did a web search “natural talcum powder” just to check other types that may be safer. First website that pops up: "Talcum Powder and Cancer - American Cancer Society". Great! Of course below that are some natural recipes, so not all hope was lost, just thought it was rather surprising that something as simple as this product can and has been linked to cancer.
For now I am going to stick with the simple deodorant and shower approach. I have come to terms with being a sweaty human being at times because honestly it’s natural for the body to sweat as it releases toxins from the body. Preventing that from happening is definitely unnatural in my opinion.