Monday, November 28, 2011

Toxic Christmas Gifts

Don't know what to get someone for Christmas?  Here's a list of what you should not get anyone for Christmas because the gifts are toxic and not safe.  

  1. Candles - unless stated that the candle has a lead-free wick, you can assume the wick has lead.  Instead of buying candles, buy incandescent light bulbs as they will be become extinct sometime in 2012 and you will be forced to buy compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs with mercury in them or LED bulbs that are safer but very expensive.  If you drop a CFL bulb, the mercury will come out and you would need to take care in cleaning up the bulb.  If it drops on a carpet, you will have to cut the carpet out where it dropped.  Maybe using the CFL bulbs for the exterior of your house is fine but until the price of LEDs come down, I'm stocking up on incandescent bulbs.    
  3. Cell phones for children.  Cell phones emit radiation.  Brain cancer has increased in the last 20 years.  Some studies have shown that long-term use of cell phones increases your chances of brain cancer.  The greatest amount of radiation emitted from a cell phone is within a couple of inches from your head.  If your child already has a cell phone, then make sure they use headphones (same with you Mom and Dad).  Texting is safer than talking since the phone is not against their head.  However, do not text and drive as that would not be safer.  Males should not attach a cell phone to their belt when it is in the ON position.  At least face the cell phone away from the body so as not to get the full force of the radiation.
  4. Colognes and perfumes have several cancer causing chemicals.  If you do receive cologne or perfume you like, then spray it on your hair away from your scalp instead of on your skin.  Don't inhale the sprayed chemicals.  For gift giving, buy cologne or perfumes made with essential oils. 
  5. Bath products with sodium lauryl sulfate, dyes, propylene glycol, fragrances, and numerous other cancer causing additives.  Put together your own basket or gift bag with products without these additives.  Some good brands include Avalon Organics, Burt's Bees, and 365 (Whole Foods).  There are other toxic-free brands.  Just make sure you read the label.  Just like food, if you don't know what the ingredient is then don't buy the product.   
    USDA Organic or Nitrate-Free Only
  7. Processed meats and cheeses - these are loaded with nitrates, dyes, and added hormones, all of which have been shown to cause cancer.  Instead, put together a basket yourself with organic cheeses, organic lunch meats, whole grain crackers, and fresh fruit.  It will cost less and be healthier.

Happy Toxic-Free Holidays!


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