Tips and tricks

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Here’s a few ways to start cut­ting some toxic chem­i­cals out of your life.

Look for nail polishes with­out toluene and formalde­hyde, both known car­cino­gens linked ill­nesses like asthma to cancer. Or­ganic mar­kets in Cal­gary such as Mrs. Green’s and Com­mu­nity Nat­u­ral Foods sell polishes and re­movers with­out these prod­ucts. Bring them to your next mani-pedi ap­point­ment.

DEHP (di­ethyl­hexyl ph­tha­lates — pro­nounced tha­lates — are used to make a prod­uct more flex­i­ble, while parabens (found in breast cancer tis­sue) are a preser­va­tive found in prod­ucts such as cos­met­ics, body lotions and an­tiper­spi­rants. Look for nat­u­ral al­ter­na­tives. Wal­mart and other big box stores have started sell­ing paraben-free body lotions.

House­hold clean­ing prod­ucts are rife with harm­ful chem­i­cals, in­clud­ing sodium lau­reth sul­phate (SLS, or some­times called SLES). This is linked to many ill­nesses. AspenClean ( prod­ucts are free of this in­gre­di­ent as well as ph­tha­lates. The com­pany’s prod­ucts are cer­ti­fied by Eco­Cert, an or­ga­ni­za­tion based in Europe. (eco­cert­ All in­gre­di­ents are listed on its prod­ucts and are plant- and min­eral-based. Found at stores such as Com­mu­nity Nat­u­ral Foods and Planet Or­ganic.

Sweat more with ex­er­cise, saunas or hot yoga. Stud­ies have shown that we purge our bod­ies of some chem­i­cals when we per­spire.

Try to eat or­ganic fruits and veg­eta­bles when­ever pos­si­ble. Many gro­cery stores carry or­ganic pro­duces and the prices are com­ing down as more people buy them.

More in­for­ma­tion

en­vi­ron­men­talde­ — In­for­ma­tion for con­sumers on cur­rent is­sues. — En­vi­ron­men­tal Work­ing Group has its Skin Deep Data­base, which gives safety scores for per­sonal care prod­ucts.


Top five of­fend­ers

Five tox­ics found in ev­ery­day prod­ucts Cana­di­ans use: formalde­hyde, ph­tha­lates, parabens, flame re­tar­dants and tri­closan.

Sci­en­tific ev­i­dence has shown these chem­i­cals are linked to health prob­lems such as cancer, en­docrinedis­rup­tion, asthma, obe­sity and re­pro­duc­tive prob­lems.

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