Oh, and...just so you know...the packing peanuts we use to ship Mood Sprays are made of cornstarch. They will dissolve in water in your kitchen sink, leave no toxic waste, and are FDA compliant. Seriously!
I came across this article on Huffington Post and thought I'd share. Beth Greer, the author of Super Natural Home, explains how chemicals hidden in everyday products can impact our health. I shared a piece with you about BPA and phthalates a few months ago, and Greer's article highlights many of the same issues. I frequently share articles like this one because I believe there are very real risks inherent in scented products - some of which may have contributed to my own health challenges over the years. It is certainly one reason that I make a series of natural products to freshen the air:
Beth Greer: Boys with Boobs: Hidden Chemicals Fed to Kids Can Impact Their Health.
Chemicals in the everyday products we use in our homes may be negatively affecting our hormones, says a newly-released study by WHO, the World Health Organization. The study, titled "State of the Science of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals," says pesticides, plasticizers and product additives contain endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs). They act like synthetic hormones, throwing off the body's natural hormonal system. A hormone is a chemical messenger produced in the glands in our endocrine system and released in our blood and affects everything from mood to metabolism.
One of the chemicals investigated in the study is BPA, or bisphenol A, which mimics estrogen if it's introduced into your body. It can get there by leaching out of hard plastic bottles, especially if they are heated (in microwave ovens or dishwashers) or exposed to acidic solutions (tomato sauce). BPA is also found in plastic reusable food containers, canned soup, soda cans, and cash register and ATM receipts.
Frederick vom Saal, a biology professor at the University of Missouri-Columbia and one of the leading BPA researchers in the country, says that in studies of laboratory animals BPA changes play behavior, weakens gender differences, decreases sperm count, stimulates prostate cancer and causes ADHD symptoms.
BPA Is Also Making Us Fat
A study of nearly 3,000 children and teens in the September 2012 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association found a significant association between levels of BPA in kids' urine and obesity. The report said that kids with the highest levels of BPA in their urine were over 2.5 times more likely to be obese compared to those with low levels of the chemical.
BPA might also be responsible for another disturbing effect. "I saw lots of 10- and 11-year-old boys with breasts," said Michelle Perro, M.D., during an interview, referring to what she observed while on a recent beach vacation. "I also am seeing a number of them in my office, and I'm convinced it's partially due to BPA in plastic that's acting as an endocrine disruptor," said Dr. Perro, a Marin County, Calif. pediatrician who's been practicing medicine for 30 years.
Kids Are at Risk
Children are exposed especially from eating canned foods. In a new report by the Breast Cancer Fund, dangerous levels were found in a wide variety of canned foods specifically marketed towards kids. Some of the highest levels were found in Campbell's Disney Princess and Toy Story soups as well as from "healthy" companies like Annie's Homegrown and Earth's Best Organic.
BPA Is Everywhere and Inside Almost Everyone
We are repeatedly being exposed to BPA on a daily basis and it's showing up in our bodies. Nearly 93 percent of people aged 6 or older had detectable levels of BPA in their urine, according to a 2003-2004 National Health and Nutrition Examination survey. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) also found BPA in umbilical cord blood, indicating that this chemical starts polluting babies in the womb. Infants then are exposed to BPA from their formula cans, baby bottles, sippy cups and mother's milk (if the nursing mom eats canned foods).
Toxic Shell Game
Last year the FDA finally banned BPA from baby bottles and sippy cups, but in some instances BPA is being replaced with BPS, which lacks scientific research. "When they replace BPA with chemicals that are less well known and less well studied it's simply a toxic shell game," said Michael Green, executive director of the Center for Environmental Health (CEH) in Oakland, Calif., during a recent interview. "They don't know the health impacts of these new chemicals and in my opinion, they don't want to know the health impacts, because if they know, they may have some liability or responsibility," he added. According to Green, the solution is to create and enforce new regulations on toxic chemicals. "We need to change the rules that govern what chemical companies can and cannot use in products, especially those designed for small children to put in their mouths."
Things You Can Do to Drastically Cut Down on BPA Exposure
- Limit canned foods.* If you do eat from cans, seek out companies that claim not to use BPA. These include Trader Joe's, Eden Foods, Westbrook Farms and Bionaturae.
- Choose foods in glass jars whenever possible.
- Opt for fresh or frozen food. Every can you pass up means less BPA in your body.
- If you use infant formula, choose the powdered variety in non-steel cans.
- Give your baby breast milk (Check out Honeysuckle breast milk storage bags, which are BPA-free.
- Replace plastic baby bottles with glass bottles.
- Stop using plastic food containers in the microwave -- heat it in glass instead.
- Deny receipts whenever possible.
*Note: BPA levels in different canned foods varies wildly, but a study recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association detected shocking levels. The levels of BPA in participants skyrocketed 1,000 percent after eating a can of Progresso soup. Dangerously high levels have also been detected in popular brands of kids' canned foods.
For More Information on BPA Safety
Beth Greer, Super Natural Mom®, is author of the bestseller "Super Natural Home," endorsed by Deepak Chopra and Ralph Nader. She's former President of The Learning Annex, and an environmental health advocate who eliminated a sizable tumor in her chest without drugs or surgery. Beth is also an inspiring speaker and popular media guest having appeared on CNN, ABC and NBC. She designs Working Healthy corporate wellness programs and personalized in-home detox audits nationwide. www.BethGreer.com
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HR Products LLC does not test products on animals or
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The ingredients in each anti-bad-mood spray are natural and safe to use. Essential oils are organically sourced, wherever possible. Unlike most commercial room sprays, our products are free of formaldehyde, acetaldehyde, and phthalates. They are hand-blended in Winchester, Virginia.
Each mood lifting spray is minimally packaged. Our lightweight aluminum bottle has a label printed on a biodegradable, synthetic “paper.” The bottle tops are 100 percent recyclable. Our website provides instructions for cleaning the bottles and suggestions for reuse.
It costs more to do things this way. Especially if you’re a small company. But at the end of the day, I go to bed knowing I’ve put something out in the world that makes people happier – not just because of the essential oils inside each spray. I make products that won’t compromise the health of customers, their families, pets, or the environment. I make products that people fall in love with and can’t live without.
That feels so much better than a big paycheck.
– Heidi Rettig, CEO
People smell, and that’s not so out-of-the ordinary. And neither is chronic, day-to-day misery. What’s unusual is when people – either smelly people or miserable people – actually make an effort to do something about it.
In an email to HR Products’ headquarters, Heather A. explains
how much she hates her life:
“Things at my work are going to hell in a hand basket. The only
thing keeping me sane is the sprays. My co-worker says that that I look like a
‘huffer’ when she catches me in my office sniffing all the room sprays.”
“She doesn’t smell,” says Heidi Rettig, CEO of antibadmoodsprays.com. “At least I don’t think so, because we’ve never actually met, but her life is obviously completely miserable because she bought all four of my mood-lifting sprays.
Heather A. bought a bottle of Apathy™ and then ordered the other three scents just hours after receiving her first delivery.
“Okay. I’m hooked. I hate you. I just got my box delivered, and now I’m ordering again. I’m spraying this sh*t on me and everyone that comes in my office. And my home. Ahhh … now I can function. Thank you for making my life bearable.”
How does HR Products feel about that? Heidi Rettig replies, “We love Heather.”
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This movie-making technology from Xtranormal.com inspires me! I made a video of passive/aggressive behavior at work. If you have a boss like this one, you might benefit from one of our sprays - Passive or Aggressive - or both. Enjoy the video!
Sent in by Kim, in Florida.
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