The U.S. Needs Chemical Policy Reform

We Need Federal Chemical Policy Reform

Out of nearly 100,000 chemicals being used in the body and skin care industry today, less than 10% of them have been tested for safety! Did you know… the FDA does not require pre-market testing or health studies before products are sold.  They have left it up to you, the consumer, to read the labels and do your own research; to check out what all those ingredients, you can’t spell or pronounce, are doing to your body.

Since 1976 the US has banned only 5 chemicals to the 1500 that have been banned in the European Union; and we’ve only banned a total of 11 in our history!  That’s right, just 11! AND we haven’t passed any new regulatory laws on cosmetic ingredients since 1938!

We did pass the Toxic Substances Control Act  in 1976, but it falls far short of what is truly needed. Our government is getting ready to update the #TSCA but it’s leaving it to the Chemical Companies, lobbyists, to write it!  Unbelievable!  We need real reform and States need the ability to enforce any regulations that are put into place.

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Toxic chemicals are know to create major health issues including, Infertility, Birth Defects, Reproductive Problems, Learning Disabilities, not just Skin Allergies and some studies even include Cancer in this list!  In her average daily skincare routine the average woman uses over 500 chemicals everyday.  With the skin absorbing between 60-80% of what you put on it and being the largest organ in the body, we should adopt the stance “if you can’t eat it and you can’t pronounce it, you probably shouldn’t be putting it on your body”.  Studies show that percentage increased in children by 40-50%, putting them at an even higher risk for disease when exposed to these toxin ingredients.

These toxins are lurking in our homes, kitchens, and our bathrooms.   Have you read the ingredients in your favorite products lately?  You might want to check them out.  Here are a couple of great apps that can help you evaluate the products your family uses.

EWG's Skin Deep | Cosmetics Database   Think Dirty App

 

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Two Old Goats Essential Lotion

Product Review: Two Old Goats Arthritis & Fibromyalgia Essential Lotion

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Today I’m reviewing Two Old Goats Arthritis & Fibromyalgia Essential Lotion. I have tried other topical pain remedies for my wrist and arm, over the years, and haven’t found much that worked well. Having worked behind a desk on a computer most of my career I have problems with mild carpel tunnel, tennis elbow and just general tendonitis soreness in my arm.  I took Alfalfa and Aloe Vera for years, which helped relieve some of the pain, but at times when I’m on the computer it still flairs up and gives me grief.

Believe it or not, I found this gem at Ace Hardware! I decided I would give it a try being it looked to be a natural lotion with active ingredients in a goat milk base:

  • Lavender
  • Chamomile
  • Rosemary
  • Eucalyptus
  • Peppermint
  • Birch Bark

This lotion was developed by Karen Pharr, after trying others with little success.  She does quilting and needle work and was looking for something for her tired hands that would not stain her fabrics.  The Two Old Goats website states:  “This lotion penetrated quickly, did not stain her fabrics and left her hands feeling smooth and refreshed .”

It has fresh smell, a little on the pungent side, though not at all offensive.  It worked pretty well too!  I applied to my wrist, forearm and upper arm and haven’t experienced any pain since using it.  Overall I will purchase it again, when needed, and would give it 5 of 5 apples

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Remove unwanted hair?

I ran across this on Pinterest the other day!  I’m gonna give it a try… I’ll report back in a couple weeks and let you know if it worked.

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Natural doesn’t always mean good

Are you what you eat?

The old adage “you are what you eat” isn’t always true. And these day’s it’s good to remember if you can’t eat it you probably shouldn’t be putting it on your body either.  May people believe they are getting products that are good for them and their families when they go shopping. Did you know that there is no requirements behind using the words healthynaturalorganic. Sad but true, companies can label their products however they want. When it comes to this type of hype, and many consumers are none the wiser, whether it be food or personal care products. With a little research it’s easy to learn how to differentiate what you’re buying for your family.  Here are few tips.

Look for these certifications:
rainforest-alliance-logoNSF Organic Ingredients  USDA Organic     Kosher   Peta CF    NFCA Certified Gluten-Free      Recycled Symbols    Forest Stewardship Council   certified dolphin safe  certified vegan

 

Would you live in a tree house like this?

I would totally live in this apartment building!

Tree covered apartment building in Turin, Italy
Photo accreditation: Fast Company

 

 

I found this article today when surfing the internet.  This is so cool, I hope we see something like this in the United States at some point.  What a great way to live with nature!  This building is in Turin, Italy; it is a 5 story mini-forest.  Trees grow right within the apartments!

Not only is it different, but also functional as the trees offer, what they do best, cleaning the air of CO2 pollutants.   Planted in pots, they have room to grow too!  How about you?  You game to live in a real live “tree house”?

Read the entire Article and see more photos at Fast Company

Gateway to Eden

Entrance to the Garden of Eden

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Many of you are probably wondering what my Avatar has to do with my blog, Eden’s Garden Club.  I’m not really a club in the sense that you must “join” or be “initiated” into it; but that of my vision to speak to a community of people that share similar beliefs in nature and returning to a more natural way of life.  Living purposefully within what we can each do individually, in our families, in our circle of influence, or collectively to return America, and the world, back to the basics.

The photo above is from within The Cave of Machpelah, commonly known as The Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron, Israel (called Shechem in the book of Acts).  Situated in the West Bank, it is the cave adjacent to the field which Abraham purchased to bury Sarah, as written about in Gen. 23:17.  Within the ancient buildings is one of the two known entrances to the cave beneath.

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The Zohar, a ancient Jewish text, states this is “the very entrance way to the Garden of Eden”.  Jewish Midrash is a body of interpretative text on Torah, based on stories from ancient Jewish sages; it also states that the Patriarch’s were buried in the cave because it was the threshold of the Garden of Eden.  Jewish tradition holds Adam and Eve were buried in the cave, thus the reason Abraham wished to purchase this specific plot of land.

Whether you believe in Bible texts, Jewish tradition, the accuracy of other ancient texts, or are even spiritually persuaded at all, I found it fascinating and loved learning more about Biblical history.  I spent nearly 2 weeks in Israel the summer of 2013; it was a trip that I was not expecting ever taking nor will I ever forget!

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For more information check out:
Wikipedia – Cave of the Patriarch’s
Torah.org – Legacy | The Gateway to Eden

How to care for a lawn if the neighborhood you’re in really forbids dandelions.

With Spring just around the corner you’ll want to have this information if you live in a HOA controlled neighborhood. So nice to know there are alternatives to Monsanto!

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It is in everyone’s interest to argue for the tolerance of lawn eco-diversity with Condo Boards, Home Owner Associations, Cities, and Villages, but if need be, here are some tips for preserving that green swath:

  • Mow at 3″.  This allows grass to remain strong and shade out some weeds.  And water infrequently, but deeply, to promote root growth; early in the morning is best.
  • Do a soil test.  If there are problems with pH or other imbalances, those can be corrected organically.
  • Clover is not a weed and should not be treated as such.  Have you heard of the phrase “in clover”?  Because it fixes nitrogen in the soil and supports grass growth, clover was originally considered the ideal lawn.  Only when it was found that the chemicals used (2,4-D) to kill dandelions killed clover did the marketers begin branding it as a weed. 
  • For dandelions, I recommend tolerance, hand-weeding…

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It’s all about the health benefits of the things we use.

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Do you know what’s in them?