When we speak of toxins in the field of environmental health, we’re referring to any substance, man-made or natural, that can have a negative affect on ecosystem, animals, and humans.

Laundry & Cleaning

Synthetic fragrances have become ubiquitous in our daily lives, often overlooked in considering their potential impact on our health. Many households rely on an array of highly fragranced products, including air fresheners, scented plug-ins, candles, household cleaners, laundry products, and personal care items.

It's important to note that the majority of these products are derived from petroleum-based chemicals, with fragrance mixtures comprising hundreds of unique and potentially harmful ingredients. Among these are known endocrine disruptors, allergens, and carcinogens.

If you can detect a scent from a product, it likely contains phthalates, chemicals commonly used to retain fragrances. These compounds can be found not only in fragrance formulations but also in plastic packaging to enhance flexibility and aid in the penetration of topical products into the skin. However, research indicates that phthalates pose significant risks as major endocrine disruptors, mimicking natural hormones and potentially interfering with the development of the reproductive system, brain, and other vital organs.

Personal Care & Cosmetics

It's fascinating to consider that our skin, our body's largest organ, plays a crucial role in maintaining our overall health and well-being. Each day, the average woman utilizes more than 12 personal care products, while men typically use around 6. Regrettably, the majority of conventional personal care products, which are not organic or plant-based, contain a multitude of toxic chemicals associated with numerous chronic health concerns.

From lotions and deodorants to makeup, perfume, skincare, toothpaste, and shampoo, these products often harbor pervasive chemicals that can readily penetrate the skin and enter our bloodstream. While not all absorbed chemicals are necessarily harmful, many of those found in conventional personal care items are cause for concern.

Among the most common toxic ingredients are parabens, phthalates, petroleum-derived compounds, synthetic fragrances, formaldehyde-releasing preservatives, and various others, all of which have been linked to hormonal disruptions, reproductive issues, allergic reactions, and even cancer.

Kitchen & Pantry

Drawing upon my expertise as a Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, I am equipped to assist you in identifying potentially harmful ingredients concealed within the food & beverage you consume daily.

Merely glancing at the front label of a product no longer suffices; it is imperative to scrutinize the ingredient list thoroughly. Why? Front labels often boast enticing terms like "natural," "safe," "plant-based," or "organic." However, these labels fail to provide a comprehensive understanding of the product's composition; they serve as marketing ploys designed to capture consumer attention as they peruse the aisles.

By delving into the ingredient label, we gain insight into precisely what we are ingesting or applying to our bodies. Numerous ingredients banned in other countries are permitted in American food products. For instance, carcinogenic additives like Titanium Dioxide, which has demonstrated genotoxic properties, and Potassium Bromate, linked to cancer in animals, raise significant concerns. Moreover, compounds such as BHA/BHT, identified as human carcinogens as early as 2011, persist in numerous processed foods today.

Navigating the intricacies of the food regulatory system can indeed be daunting for consumers, as it often necessitates careful examination of product labels. However, rest assured, I am here to alleviate this burden and provide guidance every step of the way.

Leaders in Integrative & Functional medicine agree that environmental

toxicity is a key factor in disease development.

Toxic Chemicals linked to:

• hormone imbalance • insulin resistance • weight gain • diabetes • obesity
• autoimmune diseases • infertility • endometriosis • uterine fibroids • PCOS
• Alzheimer’s • Parkinsons • heart disease • allergies • asthma • learning disabilities

• birth defects • anxiety • depression  • brain fog • chronic fatigue • cancers

  • The Centers For Disease Control tests for toxic chemicals found in the US population and to date as found more than 300 of them. Some of these toxic chemicals are found in 98% of the population.
  • There are currently over 84,000 chemicals registered for use in the US, the majority of which have never been tested for safety.
  • We are exposed to these chemicals by doing normal, every day activities like eating, washing our hair, putting on make up, cleaning, playing outside, doing our laundry, using our AC, etc.
  • While many exposures are unavoidable, there are many others that we can easily address, especially in the home by switching to non-toxic ingredients.