Eat REAL food!
Nina Planck talks about real food vs. industrial food, & the myths we’ve been told (and mostly still believe, unfortunately).
Watch this short video of THE STORY OF COSMETICS from The Story of Stuff.
Less than 20% of chemicals used in our cosmetics are tested for safety. LESS THAN 20% of what we use on our hair, face, skin, etc. is tested before it is allowed to be sold on a shelf. And the chemicals that are tested and passed are usually considered “safe” based on ridiculous standards, and without knowing the long-term effects on human health. Doesn’t anyone else see what’s wrong here?? What you put on your skin is JUST as important as what food you put in your body. Your skin is your largest organ, and everything that goes on your skin can be absorbed through your skin, and into your body.
This is a very serious issue! Cosmetics/skin care products and their ingredients are not regulated by the FDA! Although, you’d think that if you’re buying products from a shelf in a store, in the 21st century, that what you’re buying must be safe. Right? Wrong. These companies will do whatever they can do make a product that seems to please consumers (mostly by fooling people), in order to make profit. And that’s what it’s all about. For them, at least. As for us, we’re left to figure these things out on our own — by reading labels, and deciphering what they mean.
Find out how safe, or unsafe, your daily products are, here:
Skin Deep: Cosmetic Safety Database
(This is the website that introduced me to all natural skin care, and made me more interested in finding out /what’s in the products that I use & have in my house.
Other informative websites, here:
Disease Branding in an Over-Medicated Society
Many “illnesses” today were once normal conditions that a lot of us showed signs of. These conditions were never thought of as problematic before — that is, not until the pharmaceutical companies began to “brand” diseases. Basically, they thought of the most effective way to get a product to sell itself: creating a need. Once you convince people that they have a problem and “need” a solution…selling the solution is easy. And that’s how pharmaceuticals have been selling for years.
It’s not a coincidence that there are tons of commercials for prescription drugs on our televisions every single day. These commercials are Direct-to-Customer advertisements! Isn’t there a problem with that? Why is it advertised to “ask your doctor” about a specific medication? A patient, asking their doctor, to prescribe them a medication. All because the pharmaceutical companies are selling their products to their customers. (Pharmaceutical representatives also had to sell that product to your doctor, by the way). The direct-to-customer advertisement of pharmaceuticals is banned in most other countries, and used to be banned in the U.S. as well (until 1997). And that is when our TVs became filled with these ridiculously annoying pharmaceutical commercials that we all became so used to.
Then you have the side effects, which can be worse than the condition or “illness” in itself. And there you have it — a never ending cycle of NEEDING more prescription drugs.
Someone once told me: One of the best industries to get into is the pharmaceutical industry… and as long as you’re convincing, you’ll make a lot of money. And that’s what it’s all about — convincing people (who fully trust that these companies are looking out for them, nonetheless) that they NEED a specific drug for a made up problem.
This article is an interesting one…It gives a quick overview of the pharmaceutical industry and uses specific examples:
or you can always just Google: “Disease Branding”.