Personal Trainer, Instructor, Presenter
NATURAL WINTER SKIN CARE
workshop and spa event
What you put on your skin can go into your body and affect your health. Everyday we use products that we think are safe, but the truth is that since 1938 when the FDA granted self-regulation to the cosmetic industry, products can be marketed without governmental approval, regardless of what tests have shown. Most of the 25,000 chemicals used have not been tested for long-term toxic effects.
The dry winter air, both inside and outdoors, robs moisture from the skin. In this class we will make skin care products specifically to address the effects of winter on the skin:
Cleanser Clay Masque
Toner Foot Powder
Lip Balm Moisturizing Cream
Women's Spa Night (wine & cheese)
I. Wednesday Jan 30th, 2013
II. Wednesday Feb 20th, 2013
7:00 pm $47.00
HORMONE DISRUPTORS IN OUR HOMES
Do you know that 1,300 potential hormone disrupting chemicals have already been produced? Glyphosate? Dimethylbenzene? Benzoic acid? What's that got to do with you, and what exactly is a hormone disruptor, anyway?
Endocrine disruptors are substances that interfere with the synthesis, secretion, transport, binding, action, or elimination of natural hormones in the body that are responsible for development, behavior, fertility, and maintenance of homeostasis (normal cell metabolism).
The endocrine system consists of glands that secrete hormones, and receptors that detect and react to them. The major glands of the endocrine system are the hypothalamus, pituitary, thyroid, parathyroids, adrenals, pineal body, and the reproductive organs (ovaries and testes). The pancreas is also a part of this system; it has a role in hormone production as well as in digestion.
Hormones travel throughout the body and act as chemical messengers, interfacing with cells that contain matching receptors in or on their surfaces. The adjustments brought on by the endocrine system are biochemical, changing the cell's internal and external chemistry to bring about a long term change in the body. These systems work together to maintain the proper functioning of the body through its entire life cycle.
Hormones work at very small doses (part per billion ranges). Endocrine disruption can thereby also occur from low-dose exposure. The timing of exposure is also critical. Most crucial stages of development occur in utero, where the fertilized egg divides, rapidly developing every structure of a fully formed baby, including much of the wiring in the brain. Interfering with the hormonal communication in utero can have profound effects both structurally and toward brain development. Disruption of thyroid function early in development may be the cause of abnormal sexual development in both males and females and early motor development impairment.
Researchers now believe that certain hormone disruptors can set us up not only for developmental problems early in life, but also for hormone-related problems like obesity, infertility, certain cancers, and diabetes that may not surface until decades after exposure. Hormone-disrupting chemicals throw off our bodies' intricate systems for developing and regulating all body systems.
But the truth is, many of these industrial chemicals (which were never adequately tested for long-term health effects before being introduced to the general public) have found their way into products we come into contact with each and every day—pesticides in food, on our lawns, and inside our homes. These chemicals also lurk in food preservatives, in household dust, and in household products ranging from cosmetics to air fresheners and candles.
Here are 5 ways to phase out hormone-disrupting chemicals from everyday life.
• Demand organic.
• Demand a moratorium on natural gas drilling. Unconventional natural gas drilling, which uses the toxic fracking process to release subterranean gas, uses hundreds of toxic chemicals that wastewater-treatment plants cannot adequately deal with before the water is then released back into waterways, including those that serve as drinking water supplies. And wastewater from the drilling could be shipped far from the original site, ending up in municipal systems after being inadequately filtered.
• Banish toxic household hormone disruptors. Avoid synthetic fragrance-emitting candles and air fresheners. Choose beeswax candles which actually help clean up indoor air. In general, avoid any personal-care products listing parfum or fragrance as an ingredient. Learn to make your own body and hair care and cleaning products.
• Don't use pesticides in or around your home. Just as you shouldn't eat pesticides with your food, you shouldn't inhale them, taint your drinking water with them, or absorb them through your skin. Use natural pest-control methods and nontoxic lawn and garden tactics.
• Avoid the use of plastics. Some of these chemicals in plastics can migrate from the plastic into your food, water, skin and hair care products, and clothing.