"Doesn't everything basically cause cancer these days anyway?"
"Cancer doesn't run in my family so I should be fine..."
"I'm sure it's not that big of a deal."
"I've spent too much money on the products I use and it's too expensive to switch."
"I like my ________________ (fill in the blank: makeup, shampoo, curl cream, lotion, etc.) too much to stop using it!"
These are thoughts I had just a few months ago. Now they're thoughts I hear from so many others who I hope to help give insight to before it's too late.
Here's the story of how I started caring:
In June 2015 I heard a presentation about toxins in our products and started wondering a little about it, but I didn't do much research. I switched to a certain brand without really reading ingredients, trusted it was safe enough, and didn't care to do much more research. In August 2015 my sister Cory was diagnosed with breast cancer. Everyone's first question was always, "Does breast cancer run in your family?" The answer is no.
Cory has had multiple surgeries since August and found out that the cancer was metastatic and spread to some bones and lymph nodes that were removed, so she is considered stage IV. This has motivated her to work even harder to find ways to kill this disease. She has an incredibly supportive husband and 3 amazing kids at home and a positive attitude that I know will help her conquer this battle.
Around October I went to a "Cancer Killers" workshop at my chiropractor's office to learn some more about things that cause and cure cancer. (If you had asked me to go to this a few months prior, I probably wouldn't have. But when a disease is personal and close to home, you start to care.) They talked a lot about toxins as well, and I started listening a little more. I also learned that only about 10% of cancers are genetic, so while we're quick to blame genes, most of what is to blame is in our environment. My sister started doing research at home while she was recovering from surgery and discovered the Think Dirty app as well as the Environmental Working Group (EWG)'s Skin Deep app and shared them both with me. We both started scanning products (I became slightly obsessed), and I went home and threw away almost 2 large trash bags full of products that scored a 10 (the worst) on these apps. Yikes. And then her genetic tests came back: all negative. She was tested for 25 gene mutations to see if any of those were the cause of this cancer, and none of them were.
If ever there were a time to care about this whole toxins and products thing, it was now. Cory and I both started doing research and learning a ton. I found out so much about our skin and how the things we put on it affect our bodies in more ways than one. They can cause cancer, skin problems, birth defects, allergies, and disrupt the endocrine system. The list goes on.
I get it. It seems like basically everything causes cancer nowadays. If I use my cell phone while pumping gas, will I get cancer? If I microwave my food in a plastic container will I get cancer? If I drink out of my plastic water bottle after it sat in the sun in my car for 3 days will I get cancer? I don't know. There are articles out there to answer those questions, but I'm not about to tackle those...yet.
But here's why we all should care about the products we use:
We've all been told that our skin is our largest organ. Our skin absorbs 60% of what goes onto it, and that percentage can be higher for babies and children. Yes, what we eat matters, but when you eat or drink things that are bad for you, you have a liver and kidneys and a digestive system that help to break down and filter out toxins. When your skin absorbs harsh chemicals and toxins, there is no such process; they go directly into your bloodstream. The other problem is that our skin is supposed to sweat out our body's waste, and when it is covered with products that clog pores and prevent that from happening, there is nowhere for toxins to go and they stay inside your body.
Maybe you still don't care and so you will walk around with toxins floating around in your body with nowhere to go. It's fine. Totally cool. No hard feelings.
I just want to help people begin to understand why this stuff matters and what we can do about it.