Can we get sick from the products we use daily?

Are you one of those who are keen on the ingredients of the product you use? Are you confident that the products you use daily are free of toxins, if not, these can potentially cause serious illnesses including cancer?

Did you know that you can acquire illnesses through the products you use long-term?

As much as we want to save money, we used to believe that buying cheap products can save us a penny, but actually, we don't. We tend to pay less, but what we get is something that can compromise our health.  

By merely buying simple and basic commercial products, we compromise our health. How?

Most women consume beauty drinks and need things like personal grooming items such as soap bars, beauty creams, and other personal grooming products daily. And we aren't sure how safe these are. Or probably, we haven't thought of it.

Our body's largest organ is our skin. Our skin can release and can absorb toxins. The skin has pores that comprise the almost 80% of our body. 

What do we use?

According to a study conducted by the Environmental Working Group, on average, women use 12 products containing 168 unique ingredients every day. 

Men, on the other hand, use 6 products daily with 85 unique ingredients according to the same study. This study shows that some of the chemicals in personal care and cosmetic products have been linked to health problems, including cancer and infertility. 

Little did we know that the danger is that companies can put just about anything in their products but as little that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) can do nothing to stop them.

Each country has its standards to follow when it comes to cosmetics and other products, however, the FDA just like in the Philippines is not as keen as in European countries and the United States.

Cancer, for one, has also now become a common illness that everyone may acquire. Though it has many factors like genetics; the usage of such products with highly toxic chemicals may cause harm to the human body in long-term use. 

Cancer is a group of diseases involving abnormal cell growth with the potential to invade or spread to other parts of the body. Not all tumors are cancerous; benign tumors do not spread to other parts of the body.

The things we use, we eat and the environment we live in can be a huge factor in developing cancer and other autoimmune diseases. 

Cancer is viable because of the unhealthy food we eat and even the stress we encounter daily. If the lifestyle itself is toxic, we must be more careful. 

People nowadays are so used to believing a lot about the commercial products advertised on television and radio streams. 

People think that if a product is well-known it is trustworthy, effective, and always safe, which is most of the time, the opposite.

And I think this is something we should check for ourselves: Are we keen enough to check and examine? Are we always for the price and not for the quality and safety?

Companies spend millions of money on advertisements. They would produce effective telemarketing stunts to get the attention of vulnerable people and buy their product.

The moment commercial products are placed on supermarket kiosks, the sale is sure. Endorsers get what they deserve for advertising cheap and harm-delivering products. 

Advertisers can make ordinary products popular and sought-after by consumers because of their influence. That is why 'responsible advertising' is always advised. Business owners get richer while they can potentially make people sicker.

Cancerous Products You Use Everyday

Products that may contain cancer-causing chemicals you use daily include lotions, bath soap, face powders, lipstick, perfumes, cosmetics, detergent soaps, and a lot more.

What makes them cancerous?

These personal products contain harmful chemicals such as follows:

1. Parabens
2. Synthetic colors
3. Fragrance
4. Phthalates
5. Triclosan
6. SLS/Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
7. Formaldehyde
8. Toluene
9. Lead
10. Mercury
11. Talc
12. Diethanolamine (DEA)
and more...

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The lists above are just a few of the harmful chemicals that we must avoid. PFDA regulates the use of these harmful chemicals but still, but still many big companies can manufacture in volume, and there are still many low-grade products with compromising ingredients coming out. 

What can we do?

So what are the ideal products for us? You can do many things to prevent these from happening.

  • Do your research. Give time to read and compare studies published in books and online, and ask doctors if necessary. Knowledge is power, and so it is equal to money. The more you know, the safer you become.
  • Read the labels. Always take time to read and examine the ingredients of the products you use. It may be food, personal care, toys, clothes, or other things. Most people are too busy to check the product labels and more after its price.
  • Choose a Brand to trust. After your massive research and hunt, decide on a brand that suits your needs, and budget but at the same time, can provide you safe products for you and your family. Apart from these companies focusing on quantity-based commercial products, there are also many enterprises peddling organic products.

Organic is a class of chemical compounds that formerly comprised only those existing in or derived from plants or animals, but that now includes all other compounds of carbon.

These are safe and proven effective. However, these products are not as popular as the commercial ones. 

Diamond Georgina

Diamond Georgina is a lifestyle entrepreneur and blogger based in Iloilo City. Apart from blogging and being a professional salesperson, she loves filming (video content), traveling, and emerging in communities. She considers herself a life-long learner. Feel free to collaborate.

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