• Kim Moynihan

It's Summer!

We spend all year looking forward to summer -- so let's make it as safe and healthy as it can be!!  Summer has lots of fun to offer, and lots of hidden dangers, as well.  Read on to learn a little something that may be helpful in keeping you and your family safe and healthy this summer!

Maddie, Ocean City, circa 2003

Summertime means lots of fun outdoors, right?  The kids are home from school and we want them to play outside as much as they can!  Bikes, swing sets, scooters, skateboards -- the joys of childhood!  Unfortunately, this increase in activity often leads to an increase in boo boos -- both big and small.  So let's take a look at some common first aid products we keep on hand to make our kiddos feel better.

Cuts and Scrapes -- Antibiotic Ointment Did you know that 25% of people who use the #1 brand of OTC antibiotic ointment  on a cut or scrape develop skin irritation?  How can that be?  Isn't that why we use it -- to prevent infection?  Let's take a look at how these ointments works. Typically, they contain several different antibiotics that are suspended in a petroleum based substance called petrolatum.  There are lots of issues with petrolatum, but let's start with this one.  It creates a barrier that is supposed to seal in moisture keeping out bacteria.  In fact, it does the opposite!!  It keeps out moisture (which is needed for natural healing) and locks in any bacteria that has already gotten in there, allowing it to spread and cause an infection.   

Petrolatum is also highly toxic.  In the words of Dr. Oz, "“steer clear of any products that list petroleum jelly or mineral oil on the ingredient list. The European Union has banned many petroleum jelly products, and experts are concerned they could be linked to cancer. Women with breast cancer have twice the levels of hydrocarbons (substances found in petroleum jelly) in their breasts than women who haven’t had breast cancer.”

Bug Bites/Poison Ivy  Most itch relief products contain propylparaben and diazolidinyl urea (a formaldehyde releaser!!!).  These ingredients are rated 7 and 6 respectively, by EWG.  Propylparaben is an endocrin disrupter, and also is linked to both developmental and reproductive toxicity.  Diazolidinyl urea is known to cause cancer, in addition to causing allergies and immunotoxicity.  Don't these two ingredients seem a bit risky just to stop an itch???

Sunscreen There's a lot to say about sunscreen, but here are just a few key things to remember.  If you are using a mineral-based sunscreen because they are safer, be sure you are using a NON NANOPARTICLE form of zinc oxide or titanium oxide.  Why?  Both of these active ingredients are heavy metals.  We don't want heavy metals in our bloodstream.  Nanoparticle forms of these metals have been pulverized into a powder so that they leave less of a white residue behind.  But when they grind them down that tiny they are able to enter the bloodstream -- in 26 seconds!  Non nanoparticles will sit on the skin and stay away from the bloodstream.  Also, the smaller the size of the particle, the more it is altered by being exposed to the sun's rays.  This causes an entirely different kind of toxicity.  

By the way, nanoparticles have also been shows to be harmful to the lungs when being inhaled.  This is especially dangerous with sunscreen because you put it on early in the day and continue to reapply for many, many hours.  

Do you or did you have a child that was super sensitive to sunscreens?  Seemed like they broke out in a rash from every kind you tried?  That's usually due to an ingredient called methylisothiazolinone. Methylisothiazolinone is used alone or in mixtures with a related chemical preservative called methylchloroisothiazolinone. The American Contact Dermatitis Society named methylisothiazolinone its “allergen of the year” in 2013.  This ingredient is even found in products labeled as "hypoallergenic".  In 2018 it was still listed as an ingredient in three sunscreens marketed for babies!  In March 2015, the European Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety concluded that no concentration of the chemical could be considered safe in leave-on cosmetic products (EU SCCS 2014).

So, how do you keep your family safe?  Use pure haven's products!  pure haven goes above and beyond natural or organic products.  They don't just use the "least harmful" ingredient.  They manufacture NON-TOXIC products.  What does this mean to you?  It means that if an ingredient is not considered safe, they don't use it.  Period.  If a product cannot be manufactured without it, they don't manufacture it.  End of story.  When you use pure haven's products you don't have to look up a zillion hard to spell, impossible to pronounce ingredients.  They are ingredients from nature!  No other company is doing what pure haven is doing.  So stop worrying, enjoy your summer, and be safe with pure haven!

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