Chemicals and your Health – Part II

  1. BPA and Hand sanitizer: A toxic mix

BPA/BPS is found in receipts. It mimics estrogen activity and can cause the following:

  • PCOS, infertility, premature delivery, miscarriage, and other reproductive effects in women
  • Reduced libido and sperm quality, and altered sex hormone concentrations in men
  • Altered thyroid function
  • Obesity and diabetes
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Impaired liver and kidney function
  • Impaired immune function
  • Inflammation
  • Neurobehavioral deficits such as aggressiveness, hyperactivity, and impaired learning (3)

“Hand sanitizers and other skin products (e.g. soaps, sunscreens, lotions) contain “dermal penetration enhancers” that are designed to enhance the delivery of the active ingredients they contain. Previous studies have found that dermal penetration enhancers can increase the absorption of estradiol, a chemical very similar to BPA, by as much as 100-fold.”



  • Avoid using hand sanitizer and other skin products like sunscreen or lotion prior to handling receipts.
  • Avoid handling receipts even with dry hands for long periods of time. If you are a cashier, make sure to wear gloves.
  • Use glass and stainless steel containers at home for food storage. Be aware that the lids of Mason and Kerr brand canning jars contain BPA. There are BPA-free lids, but they still may contain chemicals with estrogenic activity, and I’ve been told they’re made with formaldehyde. Weck makes 100% glass jars that are a good alternative. Crate and Barrel sells them here. My favorite stainless steel containers are from Lunch Bots.
  • Use glass, stainless steel, or silicone instead of plastic for freezer storage. Seethis article for recommendations.
  • Use a stainless steel water bottle (like the Klean Kanteen) instead of plastic bottles.
  • Don’t drink bottled water from plastic bottles, especially when they’ve been exposed to sunlight.
  • Parents: use glass baby bottles instead of plastic. Evenflo is a commonly available brand you can buy at Target, Wal-Mart, Walgreens, Rite-Aid, etc. and online at Amazon and other retailers.

2. Chemicals in Makeup and Cosmetics 

3. Chemicals in shampoo, soap and lotion 

4. Aluminium in anti-oxidant and anti-perspirant 

  • Readily absorbed by skin (especially freshly shaved pits), can lead to cancer and possibly even Alzheimer’s disease

5. Chemicals in your sunscreen

  • Aluminium is present. But be careful of zinc oxide/titanium dioxide too. If in nanoparticle-form, they can penetrate the skin and cause other problems.

*First published here on January 1st 2016*

Beauty Masterpost: Ingredients to avoid in beauty products

  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate/SLS, Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES)
    1. Damage eyes, severely irritate skin
    2. Endocrine disruptor, carcinogen 
  • Petroleum, Petrolatum, Mineral oil, Petrochemical, *Paraffins, Terms ending in “anol”, like isopropyl alcohol or isopropanol, methyl alcohol or methanol, butyl alcohol or butanol, ethyl alcohol or ethanol
    1. Absorbed through the skin; toxic to brain, kidney, respiratory system
  • Parabens (ethyl, butyl, methyl, propyl, isobutyl)
    1. Imitates estrogen -> causes breast cancer
    2. Found in many products
  • Alcohol (benzyl, ethyl, isopropyl [SD-40], methyl, SD alcohols)
    1. Very drying for the skin; makes you more susceptible to bacteria
  • Water
    1. Not toxic, but very drying

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Get Rich With: The Secret Food ‘Stash

Get Rich With: The Secret Food ‘Stash:


Stock the fridge with a loaf of whole wheat bread, natural peanut butter, a jar of good jam, some bananas, apples, carrots, cucumbers and any other snacking vegetables, almonds, hot sauce, cheddar cheese, nice yogurt, and even some Beer for when you work late with the coworkers. Also bring your own plate, cup, and cutlery.

Each Monday when you begin the workweek, bring in groceries to re-stock it as needed. If you ever forget this step, there are enough long-lasting items in there to allow you to improvise a lunch to get you through until restocking.

And Pow! You are suddenly on the career fast-track! You are always in a good mood at work because your mind and body are constantly kept in perfect running order with the utmost in nutrition.

You have freed an hour of each day to work smarter, and the $12 of savings per day will compound to about $45,000 over your ten year career. It would be more over an even longer career, but YOU will get to retire and move on to eating from your real fridge at home as I do.
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How To Balance Your Mind, Body, and Soul At Work

How To Balance Your Mind, Body, and Soul At Work:

Some excerpts:

My advice is to think about how your mind, body, and soul are being utilized (or not utilized) at work and experiment to see what you can do to find more balance in those areas.


Perhaps you could spend the morning using your mind for learning and more creative tasks, use the afternoon to do something for your body like talking a walk or stretching, and spend the afternoon tapping into something that brings you joy such as listening to music.



Meditate during a short break

Do mentally challenging tasks before easy ones

Read a book on your lunch break instead of scrolling on your phone


Gett up to stretch every hour

Take the stairs instead of the elevator

Keep healthy snacks at your desk (and share them with co-workers)


Diffuse essential oils at your desk

Keep a gratitude or success journal specifically for work

Learn something new in your field of work

For even more ideas that might help you find balance, I shared examples of activities for your mind, body and soul in this post about goal-setting, as well as this post about starting a self-care routine.

Basically, if we create more awareness around our energy levels during the workday, we can get a better understanding of what we need to find more balance.

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3 Reasons You’re Staying Up Too Late (And How To Quit Doin’ Them)

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