Are you awake? Are your eyes wide open or wide shut? Are you hypnotized by the flashy colors, the mesmerizing scents, the attraction to familiar labels… the pull to join the herd as they walk the common street of Ignorance is Bliss? Wake up sleepy head. Pull your gaze from the familiar… the safe… the convenient and fix your eyes on TRUTH.
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This is personal. This lifestyle is personal. This business is personal.
Each year in the United States there are estimate 15,780 children under the age of 20 that will be diagnosed with cancer. On November 2, 2016 my Benjamin, at only 17 months old, was considered to be one of them. Although for most, he is only a number, a statistic, a rare occurrence….Ben is only one child out of the 15,780 children. But he is MY child. My number one. This is very personal to me.
(Benjamin at 12 months old a month before the seizures began)
Childhood cancer has INCREASED 24% since 1975. Let that sink in. AND it continues to increase 0.6% each year.
Ben had brain surgery to remove a 2-inch tumor from his left temporal lobe only 30 days after the diagnosing MRI.
But it wasn’t until the dust had settled that I started digging deep into the “WHY” behind it all. My family ate primarily an organic diet. Ben was breastfed his first year of life. We lived healthy and I thought and considered naturally…. Looking back on it all, I neglected some extremely important things. Although I was strict on what our infant son consumed… wasn’t so on what I placed on his skin, what I washed him in…. it NEVER occurred to me. Not once. He was bathed in Aveeno products (which I now know is owned by Johnson & Johnson – a Company that awarded $417 Million dollars in suit tying their baby powder to cancer in 2017). I thought Aveeno Baby was safe. It’s labeled as having “natural oats” and so I assumed it to be considerably more natural than regular baby wash. Right?
Do cosmetics cause health problems?
Have you ever used a product that caused your skin to flare up? A product that made you itchy or extremely dry? Yes, of course! Some cosmetics can cause health problems in some people. But, these types of problems are usually short-term and usually go away when you stop using the product. No big deal, right?
What is concerning to me is this…. many products and ingredients have not been tested thoroughly and it is UNCLEAR as to whether certain ingredients can cause long-term health problems. U-N-C-L-E-A-R. Come to find out with just some simple researching, even when ingredients in cosmetics have been tested, the results are not always simple. Some ingredients have been found to be toxic in large amounts or at high concentrations. But the amounts of these ingredients used in cosmetics is typically much lower than what caused ill effects in studies. Plus, the way the ingredient is used on your skin may be different from how it was used in the tests. There is often little information about what ingredients are absorbed into the body (and how much they are absorbed) when applied to the skin during actual product use.
So, because human studies of the long-term effects of most cosmetics don’t exist, there is little evidence to suggest that using cosmetics, or being exposed to the ingredients in cosmetics increases cancer risk. But the most concerning find (for me at least) is that because there are no long-term studies, little is known about the health effects of long term exposure to many ingredients in cosmetics. This means that they cannot claim that these products will not cause health problems in some people. Feel like a guinea pig yet?
Are our skincare products tested for safety?
Yes, it’s true that the ingredients in cosmetics are routinely tested for short-term health problems such as skin irritations. But, the actual cosmetics themselves as a whole (ie. specific lipsticks, eye shadow, etc.) are hardly tested for short-term health effects. Because of this, it may not be known if the ingredients when combined together cause problems that were not seen when they were studied individually.
Very LITTLE information is available on long-term health impacts of most cosmetic ingredients or cosmetic products. It is difficult to test the ingredients in cosmetics for harmful long-term health problems such as cancer. For most substances that cause cancer, it takes years after exposure to the substance for cancer to occur. That means the studies would need to go on for at least 10 or 20 years to see if a certain substance or cosmetic causes cancer. It is also not practical to test every combination and dose of these ingredients in the actual cosmetic products.
Therefore, scientists must resort to other types of tests – typically only 1 or 2 ingredients at a time and at much higher doses and through different routes of exposure than people would normally have through typical use of cosmetics– to try to determine the potential of a chemical to cause cancer.
Most testing look for short-term effects such as skin or eye irritation or allergic reactions. Short-term health effects are likely to become apparent once a product reaches the market and is used widely. It is much more difficult, however, to identify long-term toxic or carcinogenic (cancer-causing) effects.
Cosmetics intended for retail sale must have a list of ingredients on the label. The list does not have to include flavor, fragrance, or trade secret ingredients.
Childhood cancer. Until it affects you personally, most continue to live in a bubble… I lived in that bubble.
Childhood cancer. It’s real. It’s ugly. It kills. It’s new – it’s the generation we live in. A generation where mother and child may be fighting cancer at the same time.
2017 was a year of educational growth for me. I do not need to find the answer to every cause – a reason for every ailment. BUT, when my baby comes out healthy, and perfect, pure and untouched and then a short 17 months later develops seizures followed by a 2-inch tumor in his brain…. That is NOT RIGHT. It’s not a coincidence. It’s not something that just happens. And when the doctor shrugged off my concerns with an it just happens attitude, my mama bear gut could not accept that. Few will know what it feels like to hold your child as they endure a seizure. The helpless you feel. Few will know the guilt a mother feels as you give your scared kicking and screaming child to a nurse off for surgery. The fear can consume you.
This childhood cancer is a new demon… but luckily, most kids will not get cancer.
Unfortunately, it is not true when they are adults. My two sons, Samuel and Benjamin, will have a 1 in 2 shot of developing cancer in their lifetime. My sweet Sydney Donora, a 1 in 3. At the rate we are going, everyone in their lifetime WILL DEVELOP CANCER in the future. If that does not frighten you… pinch yourself and wake up.
What puts children at risk?
Most cancers are thought to begin with a change to the DNA of a cell, causing it to divide out of control. Many different types of DNA changes can lead to cancer, and there is evidence that these changes may be caused by a variety of factors, including chemicals, radiation, and viruses. However, the exact causes of specific cases of cancer are usually difficult to determine. Only a SMALL percentage of childhood cancers appear to arise from damaged DNA that is directly inherited from the parents. Therefore, most cancers are thought to be due to complex interactions between genes and the environment sometime after conception. The National Toxicology Program in the U.S. and the International Agency for Research on Cancer in Europe have developed lists of carcinogens (chemicals that can cause cancer). Each agency has identified dozens of chemicals classified as known human carcinogens as well as more than 175 that are reasonably likely to be carcinogenic, based on the findings of scientific studies. While most of these chemicals have not specifically been shown to cause cancer in children, they have properties that suggest they could contribute to cancer at any age. These chemicals are used to make household products and are found in the home environment. Children are exposed to a combination of many of these chemicals. Some studies suggest that children’s exposure to household pesticides or occupational pesticide exposure for the pregnant mother may increase the risk of childhood leukemia.
In fact, since I’m on the topic of newborn babies…. Did you know that back in 2005 287 toxins were detected within the umbilical cord of newborn babies? Of these 287 chemicals, 217 were neurotoxins, and 208 are known to damage growth development or cause birth defects.
It is not my intention to be negative or a “debbie downer”. I do wish to convey our PASSON behind Muddy Waters Bath Company. It’s personal to us.
(Samuel, Benjamin, & Sydney)
Our children, are tiny pieces of our hearts walking around and at times driving us mad! But we live in them. What affects them, hurts them…. kills them – destroys us. We are their mothers. It should be every mothers PASSION to protect them.
(Luke, Rosalind, & baby Sophia)
Many are waking up and are transitioning to natural, organic, or homemade products. In order to make a profit, some companies use less expensive ingredients or pump in tons of preservatives which can be toxic to our bodies. Even many homemade products contain fragrances. Probably to appeal to the consumer. No big deal, right?
Here’s a nugget of truth. The term “fragrance” or “parfum” usually represents a toxic mixture of dozens of chemicals. Some 3,000 chemicals are used as fragrances. Of the thousands of chemicals used, most have not been tested for toxicity!!! Fragrance recipes are considered trade secrets, so manufacturers are not required to disclose fragrance chemicals in the list of ingredients. For example, diethyl phthalate or DEP is widely used to make a scent linger. It’s a widely popular ingredient because it’s cheap and versatile. Unfortunately for consumers, DEP has been linked to early puberty in girls, reduced sperm count in men and reproductive defects in developing male fetuses (when the mother is exposed during pregnancy).
We will NEVER do this to you. First, we will not ever use any perfume or fragrance. Our products are all lightly scented with premium grade essential oils (Doterra & Edens Garden). Second, we will always disclose our "trade secret" ingredients, including the scents we use.
What is your passion?
Now is the time to learn and to teach. Our children will live by example. Lets give them a better start at life by providing, educating, and showing them a natural way of living. Living a life toxic free is easy in this day in age. DIY is on the rise. The internet is a wealth of information – credible scientific information yearning to be opened right at our fingertips. Protecting our children… protecting ourselves should be our HIGHEST priority. We live in a generation where buying a dozen of organic eggs that may last a week is too expensive, but buying a six dollar coffee from Starbucks hits the spot. I’m not pointing fingers… I have just woken up. Are you? Are your eyes open to it all? And if you’ve supported this growing movement, you have woken up too!
Buy supporting us (or any small business like ours) you are supporting a movement. A fight for the future of our children and grandchildren. You are giving thought about where your money goes. You are consciously choosing to give up that six dollar coffee so that your kids are not bathing in toxins.
I applaud you!
Every 3 minutes, somewhere in the world a family hears the devastating words that their child has been diagnosed with cancer. I hope after reading this, it is not fear that rises - only motivation. The motivation to link hands with fellow mamas that want to change the world for their children one bath, one wash, and one sud at a time.
American Cancer Society, Cancer Facts & Figures 2017.”https://www.cancer.org/research/cancer-facts-statistics/all-cancer-facts-figures/cancer-facts-figures-2017.html
American Cancer Society, Cosmetics https://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancer-causes/cosmetics.html
Cancer in Children & Adolescents https://www.cancer.org/content/dam/cancer-org/research/cancer-facts-and-statistics/annual-cancer-facts-and-figures/2014/special-section-cancer-in-children-and-adolescents-cancer-facts-and-figures-2014.pdf
American Childhood Cancer Organization https://www.acco.org/
Washington State Department of Health “Impact of Environmental Chemicals on Childhood Cancer” https://www.doh.wa.gov/Portals/1/Documents/Pubs/334-310.pdf
American Cancer Society, Childhood and Adolescent Cancer Statistics, 2014
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, (JAMA. 2013:309 : 2371-2381)
Coalition Against Childhood Cancer (CAC2) https://cac2.org/childhood-cancer-fact-library/
Avoidable Causes of Childhood Cancer, by: Samuel S. Epstein
“Children are not little adult” Children’s Health and the Environment / World Health Organization http://www.who.int/ceh/capacity/Children_are_not_little_adults.pdf
“The Dirty Dozen” – David Suzuki Foundation
“Putting it on your skin does let it in: What’s in skincare and how it affects your health.” – The Huffington Post
The Infant Skin Barrier: Can We Preserve, Protect, and Enhance the Barrier? – Pubmed.com PMC 3439947