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Safe Online Buying with Proposition 65

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A Special thanks to the state of California for proposition 65– Safe Drinking Water Act and Toxic Enforcement Act 1986–
https://oehha.ca.gov/proposition-65/proposition-65-list. The list contains a wide range of naturally occurring and synthetic chemicals that are known to cause cancer or birth defects or other reproductive harm. These chemicals include additives or ingredients in pesticides, common household products, food, drugs, dyes, or solvents. Listed chemicals may also be used in manufacturing and construction, or they may be byproducts of chemical processes, such as motor vehicle exhaust.

Many online distribution stores like Jet.com now show you this notice if the item being purchased contains any of the chemicals on Proposition 65. Items that say ” chemical free, organic, and natural ” ( that are not) may still contain items listed on Proposition 65 and therefore show the warning ” Proposition 65 Notice” BEFORE you purchase the item. Great job Jet.com!Support Companies selling chemical free products this holiday season!
Author, T.Bohler of Mikios Natural Body Scrub, Www.mikionaturalbodyscrub.com, a company that sells 100% natural ( chemical free) salt bath and body scrubs.

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Cosmetics: Do You Really Get What You Pay For?

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No, the saying “you get what you pay for” is not currently true in the cosmetic industry. Words like “natural,” “chemical free,” “organic” or products labeled by industry as “best products,” “best sellers,” or “best brands,” are not always true. U.S. Federal law allows companies to leave many chemicals off labels, including nanomaterials, ingredients considered trade secrets, and components of fragrance that contain harmful chemicals. As consumers, we are often led to believe that we are buying a very expensive product that will do wonders for us. However, we are often not knowledgeable about reading labels and linking ingredients to cancer causing agents. Although we may be purchasing a very high end product, we may also be contributing to the decline of our health by the ongoing exposure of chemicals on our skin that invade our bodies.

Be cautious when purchasing products and view the label (i.e. ingredients) in order to avoid the following toxic ingredients:

Perfumes and Fragrances 
Just because it smells good doesn’t mean that it is good for your skin. Most fragrances are synthetic origin, many toxic or carcinogenic (causing or contributing to cancer). Fragrances affect the central nervous system and cause depression, hyperactivity, irritability, and other behavioral changes. The label of “Fragrances” can mean a multitude of synthetic and toxic chemicals. When looking for something that smells good, make sure it’s scented by essential oils.

Alkylphenol Ethoxylates 
This chemical is found to reduce sperm cell count in animals and is currently under review by the EPA.

Petrolatum 
This is well known as petroleum jelly and is a mineral oil used in various cosmetics. It has no nutrient value for the skin and can interfere with the body’s own natural moisturizing mechanism, leading to dryness and chapping. Companies produce petrolatum because it is super cheap.

Synthetic Coloring –FD&C Food Coloring
Color makes things look good but they may not be good for the skin. The colors are often synthetic colors made from coal tar, containing heavy metal salts that deposit toxins onto the skin, causing skin sensitivity and irritation. They will be labeled as FD&C or D&C, followed by a color and a number. Example: FD&C Red No. 6 / D&C Green No. 6. Many synthetic colors can be carcinogenic.

Coal Tar 
This is a carcinogen that is prohibited for us in cosmetics in the European Union. It is found in dandruff shampoos, hair dyes, and anti-itch creams.

Phthalates
This chemical makes shaving cream smooth, but research links it to neuro-toxicity and neuro-developmental disorders, as well as to asthma and allergies. It is also found in nail polish, perfume, and hair spray.

Hair straighteners with formaldehyde or formaldehyde-like chemicals
Hair straighteners can contain as much as 10 percent pure formaldehyde despite the cosmetic industry’s own scientific advisory board opposition to this  cancer causing agent and warning about formaldehyde-based hair straighteners. Companies that include this in their products are listed here (click).

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) & Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) 
This is found in things that foam. They are known to cause inflammation of the skin.

DEA (diethanolamine), MEA (monoethanolamine), & TEA (triethanolamine) 
These hormone-disrupting chemicals are already restricted in Europe due to known carcinogenic effects. They were sited for causing cancer.

Triclosan 
Causes cancer and is noted by the EPA as a pesticide.

Propylene Glycol (PG) & Butylene Glycol 
These are petroleum plastics that easily go through the skin and may weaken protein and cellular structure.

Mineral Oil (i.e. Baby Oil) 
This one ingredient is so common in everyday skin care products. It stops the body from being able to eliminate toxins, promoting acne and other disorders. It slows down skin function and cell development. Stop putting this on our babies and use more natural items such as  organic virgin coconut oil or organic virgin olive oil.

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Despite the health impact of these chemicals, the United States has more than 500 products sold that contain ingredients banned in cosmetics in Japan, Canada or the European Union. In addition, nearly 100 products contain ingredients considered unsafe by the International Fragrance Association. Also, 22% of all personal care products may be contaminated with the cancer-causing impurity 1,4-dioxane, including many children’s products. Over 60% of sunscreens contain the potential hormone disruptor oxybenzone that penetrates skin and contaminates the bodies of 97% of Americans. Lastly, 61% of tested lipstick brands contain residues of lead.

Unlike the United States, the European Union (EU), now comprised of 25 countries, has more protective and stringent laws for cosmetics. In fact, EU Cosmetics Directive (76/768/EEC) bans 1,328 chemicals from cosmetics; the U.S. FDA has banned or restricted only 11 of those 1,328 chemicals.

One state that has taken a lead in banning chemicals from products is California. In 2005, California became the first U.S. state to pass state legislation governing the safety and reporting of cosmetic ingredients.  Read about the dangerous specific ingredients here (click). As a result, the California Safe Cosmetics Act requires manufacturers to disclose to the state any chemicals that cause cancer or birth defects. This database is open to the public. The state took action on a company called Brazillian Blowout during November 2010 when it filed suit for high formaldehyde content in its hair-straightening products.

As consumers, we should assist the US Federal Drug Administration (FDA), the agency charged with oversight of cosmetics, by encouraging Congress to pass more stringent requirements. As of today, FDA has no authority to require pre-market safety assessments (that are often done with drugs, medical devices, and biological items). Therefore, cosmetics are among the least-regulated products on the market. The fact is that 89 percent of all ingredients in cosmetics have NOT been evaluated for safety by any publicly accountable institution.

Take a stand and get involved in creating a safer cosmetic line of products for the good of our people and the planet. Support companies that promote a healthy America. Support  upcoming bills like the previous Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act of 2013 (H.R. 1385), introduced on March 21, 2013 by the late Reps. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill. and Ed Markey, D-Mass. It was designed to give the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authority to ensure that personal care products are free of harmful ingredients and that ingredients are fully disclosed. Although it failed to pass Congress, provisions of the Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act of 2013 included:

1) Phase-out of ingredients linked to cancer, birth defects and developmental harm;

2) Creation of a health-based safety standard that includes protections for children, the elderly, workers and other vulnerable populations;

4) Elimination of labeling loopholes by requiring full ingredient disclosure on product labels and company websites, including salon products and the constituent ingredients of fragrance;

5) Worker access to information about unsafe chemicals in personal care products;

6) Required data-sharing to avoid duplicative testing and encourage the development of alternatives to animal testing; and

7) Adequate funding to the FDA Office of Cosmetics and Colors so it has the resources it needs to provide effective oversight of the cosmetics industry.

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Although the Safe Cosmetics Act  did not pass Congress and become a law, companies such as Safe Cosmetics are diligently working to get like legislation before Congress. View their website for the latest updates on the Personal Care Products Safety Act, and continue to support companies promoting natural and chemical free products. Be sure to check the product ingredients for verifications and ask questions. Also, check for recalls of products that are found to be dangerous after distribution. With enough consumer complaints, they often land on the recall list. Lastly,  realize that not all companies are buying into getting certified as Natural  due to the pricing that goes along with the process and the information that must be shared about the natural product ingredients. Not all companies want to disclose “all” of their natural ingredients and not all companies trust those doing the certifications of brand secrets. Therefore, always always always look at the “ingredients” before purchasing a product.

Thank you for reading this article!

The author, Tamikio Bohler, graduate of Goucher College (BA-1990)  and Georgia State University, (MPA-1993)  has worked over 26 years at federal regulatory agencies such as the the US Centers for Disease Control and Cancer Prevention (CDC) and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Such agencies provided her with knowledge about research, chemicals, health impact of chemicals, and the value of natural ingredients. Her use of her own products have also helped her to maintain great skin at almost 50 years of age. She is the creator and owner of Mikios Natural Body Scrub   where she makes and sells her own line of epsom salt body scrubs that include Epsom Salt, Organic Olive Oil, organic essential oils, natural honey, and organically grown plant extracts. Ms. Bohler, a native of New Jersey believes that as American consumers our natural products should not cost so much. Therefore, her line of body scrubs (available to retailers starting January 2018)  all come with free shipping, are large jars (1.2 pounds) at under $22.00 total, and only contain the best ingredients.

Additional Resources:

  • FDA Prohibited and restricted chemicals (click)
  • Study: Women of Color Exposed to More Toxic Chemicals in Personal Care Products (click)
  • Consumers and Product Ingredients that Cause Cancer (click)
  • Chemicals that should disappear from cosmetics (click)
  • Facebook Page about Mikios Natural Body Scrub (Click) and brochure of health benefits (click)
  • Website to order Top Rated Body Scrub (click)
  • About Mikios Natural Body Scrub (click)
  • Send a natural holiday gift with free shipping (click)
  • Lawsuit over claiming natural at Whole foods (click)
  • Products that are not natural but say natural (click)
  • Attorney’s perspective of natural and the cosmetic industry (click)

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America in more pain than any other country–Pain Killers / Opioid overdose contributes to the death of 91 U.S. Americans each day

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What is going on in the United States with the prescription of Opioid drugs? Why are doctors continuing to prescribe them to patients knowing that they are dying at alarming rates? Why are doctors so easy to prescribe a narcotic that contributes to the death of 91 Americans per day?

During 2015, there were  two million people who had a prescription opioid use disorder and there were 591,000 people who suffered from a heroin ( a form of opioid) use disorder. Although Opioids have been around for a while the current attention to the drug and its related deaths have now been considered a state of emergency, calling for a more direct and legislative policy on the prescription and use of the drug including Natural Opioids (morphine and codeine), Synthetic Opioids (tramadol, fentanyl, methadone), semi synthetic opioids (tramadol, fentanyl), and Heroin (an opioid synthesized from morphine). Note: Fentanyl is 50 times stronger than pure heroin.

Deaths from prescription opioids like oxycodone( such as OxyContin®), hydrododone(such as Vicodin®), and methodone, have quadrupled since 1999. Many people from all walks of life, all ages, and all races are using Opioid drugs. Opioids appear to be in the news often and noted as contributing to the death of public and nonpublic figures. See public figures in the news by clicking here: https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/people/2016/06/02/celebrities-who-have-died-addiction/85314450

Many of the natural opioids (although not natural in nature) are prescribed by doctors and given to patience for pain. The problem is that they are highly addictive. Methadone, first synthesized in Germany at the laboratories of IG Farben, a large pharmaceutical company, contributes to the deaths of many Americans. When you look at history during the 1960s researchers at the Rockefeller Foundation developed a system of dosing heroin addicts with methadone to prevent their use of heroin. It was proposed to the administrators of New York City, where approximately half the country’s addicts lived, that methadone programs be established to treat these addicts and get them off the illicit drug. Today, you have many methodone clinics. However, according to a CDC report, methadone overdose deaths increased by 5.5 times between 1999 and 2009. In 2001 alone, the number of people who died from methadone were equal to the number who died in the entire decade from 1990 to 1999. But at the same time, deaths from other opioid painkillers was increasing at a similar rate.

In 2014 alone, 14,000 people died from prescription Heroin-related deaths. Overdose deaths linked to heroin jumped 39 percent in 2013 from year 2012. The CDC said 8,257 people died of heroin-related deaths in 2013, compared with 5,925 deaths in 2012.

“There is a growing population of people who are using narcotics, whether the prescription variety or heroin,” said study co-author Dr. Len Paulozzi, a medical epidemiologist at CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. The overprescribing of narcotic painkillers (such as Oxycontin and Vicodin), which has been going on for 20 years, is responsible for the increase in heroin use and overdoses, he said.

Some interesting statistics on deaths related to prescription Opioids (between 1999 and 2014 are listed below:

  • Overdose rates were highest among people aged 25 to 54 years.
  • Overdose rates were higher among non-Hispanic whites and American Indian or Alaskan Natives, compared to non-Hispanic blacks and Hispanics.
  • Men were more likely to die from overdose, but the mortality gap between men and women is closing.

Opioid deaths are disproportionately affecting communities across our country. In fact, during 2015 five states had the highest rates of death due to drug overdose and they were West Virginia (41.5 per 100,000), New Hampshire (34.3 per 100,000), Kentucky (29.9 per 100,000), Ohio (29.9 per 100,000), and Rhode Island (28.2 per 100,000). Ohio has been one of the states hit hardest by the crisis. Last year, 86% of overdose deaths in the state involved an opioid. Local officials say that more than 800 people will probably die from an opiate overdose there this year, more than double last year’s record of 349 opioid deaths. According to a 2009 survey conducted by the US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services, 6.2 percent of American Indian or Alaska Natives misused prescription drugs in the last month, compared to just 3 percent of whites. In total, 18.3 American Indians or Alaska Natives used illicit drugs in the last month. Only 8.8 percent of whites could say the same. With the rise in overall opiate use, those numbers continue to climb.

A New York University Study found that 3 out of 4 high school heroin users started with prescription opioids. The study also revealed that 75% of high school seniors admitted to using prescription drugs prior to the use of heroin. Research by the University of Michigan that looked in the association of opioids with high school sports found that 11% of high school athletes have used a narcotic pain killer or an opioid such as oxycotin or vicodin for nonmedical purposes. Those who play sports use opioids to relieve pain. The problem is that the onset of addiction can happen rather quickly within a few days or a few weeks. When prescribed medications run out the alternative and easy drug to acquire is heroin, which is being distributed (illegally) everywhere (i.e. schools, communities, clubs, bars, etc). For this reason, look at the types of drugs that are being administered and realize the associated risks and addictive factors.

The geographic location of people shows a direct correlation to recent overdoses. Significant increases in drug overdose death rates from 2014 to 2015 were primarily seen in the Northeast and South Census Regions. States with statistically significant increases in drug overdose death rates from 2014 to 2015 included Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Washington, and West Virginia.

With so many deaths associated with Opioids why are they still on the market and sold to people? Well you have to view the associated costs to Big Pharma. In 2006, pharmaceutical companies sold more than $5.8 billion worth of prescription opioids. In 2011, that number jumped to $8.4 billion. In 2012, there were 793 million doses of opioids prescribed in Ohio, which is 60-times larger than the entire population of the state. In 2010, 254 million prescriptions for opioids were filled in the United States, which amount was capable of treating every adult in the country 24-hours a day for one month. There was about 300 million pain prescriptions written in 2015 accounting for a 24 billion market. Lastly, America (the land of the free) accounts for only 5 percent of the world’s population, yet America consumes approximately 80 percent of the world’s prescription opioids.

Current responses to the Opioid Crises Vary:

  • Communities across the country are fighting back with litigation. Municipalities, including Indian Nations, have started suing the distributors and manufacturers of opioids. The communities are looking to be repaid for the rising government costs of treating opioid addictions and overdoses.
  • Companies that sell the opioids are being sued such as McKesson Corporation, Cardinal Health, AmerisourceBergen, Purdue Pharma, Janssen Pharmaceuticals (a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson), Endo International, Teva Pharmaceutical, Allergan (formerly Actavis), Watson Pharmaceuticals, and Covidien.
  • High schools are beginning to share information with parents about the use of prescription drugs (for athletes who are injured) and the possible onset of addiction.
  • Statements about the addictive nature of big pharma drugs are being questioned and evaluated.
  • Marketing money paid to doctors who prescribe and write unnecessary prescriptions is being reviewed. The Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee seeks marketing, sales, addiction study material from the manufacturers of America’s top five opioid products by 2015 sales. Video about it is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9WAfOC3JOc&feature=youtu.be
  • Major pharmacies, like Walgreens, CVS Health, and Walmart are also being sued, as they are continuing to profit, while little is done to stop the flow of opioids into communities.
  • Companies that allegedly violated the federal Controlled Substances Actby failing to alert the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) of suspicious opioids purchases, such as orders of unusual size, frequency or pattern are being reviewed
  • State Governments and Federal Entities are considering policy changes regarding Opioids.

Overall, when you look at the current opioid situation in America it makes you wonder why the country has not adopted a more aggressive plight to address this escalating problem. Furthermore, it leaves you to believe that pain management is an ongoing need and therefore, opioids will continue to contribute to the addiction and associated overdoses. Pain drugs (which bring in billions of dollars) are the second-largest pharmaceutical class globally, after cancer medicines. Perhaps the United States can adopt an approach like most other countries that use opioid prescriptions on a limited basis such as for acute hospitalization and trauma such as burns, surgery, child-birth and end of life care including patience with cancer and terminal illness.

Author, Tamikio Bohler, and owner of  Mikios Natural Body Scrub LLC , (a company that makes and sells 100 percent natural salt body scrubs),  wrote this Article in Support of September–Drug Free Awareness Month.

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Excellent Review for Mikios Natural Body Scrub LLC at the Seabreeze Jazz Festival, where the Company Sold out of several of their body scrubs.

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Mikios Natural Body Scrub LLC is a small online business that has high quality epsom salt bath and body scrubs that are all natural. This company does not use perfumes, synthetic dyes, or parabens.  The company most recently was a vendor at the Seabreeze Jazz Festival where they sold out of several of their body scrubs. The body scrubs that they sold out of during the festival are listed below:

A few of the Reviews of Mikios Natural Body Scrub at the recent Seabreeze Jazz Festival (Panama City, Florida) are listed below.

The Festival APP shows the following reviews.

The online company has been in business for 5 years and is an approved Federal System for Award Management (SAMS) company.

T. Bohler, the Owner of the company, thanks all of the customers for their support and purchases and looks forward to doing continued business (via the company website) with those customers. Mikios Natural Body Scrub’s are listed in its online store and offers free USA shipping on everything.

Mikios Natural Body Scrub LLC: A Company that Offers Natural Body Scrub Products At Great Prices. (Free Shipping)

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Do You Need a great bath and body scrub? Check out Mikios Natural Body Scrubs, where you can get a true SPA Experience in a Jar of their skin delicious Body Scrubs. These body scrubs not only remove dead skin but they soften & moisturize skin like no other body scrub. 

If you like the bath or shower experience but want to avoid putting on lotion after jumping out of the shower or bath, this is the body scrub for you. You truly do not need lotion after using the body scrub. 

These body scrubs smell so good that you almost want to eat them. No, you can’t eat them but you sure can put them on your skin and immediately feel the difference in the texture and softness of your skin. 

Do you have sensitive skin? Well these body scrubs all contain 100% natural ingredients including olive oil, coconut oil, epsom salt, essential oils, honey, argan oil, and plant extracts. They do not include any perfumes, artificial fragrance, synthetic dyes, parabens, or sugar. 

To Use them, you simply wet your body during a bath or shower, rub on 2-3 scoops, rinse off, and pat your body dry with a towel. Whalah…you will feel so skin delicious. These body scrubs make you want to kiss yourself. And if you want to know the health benefits of each of the nine body scrubs that they offer, see the website and click on “health benefits.” Lastly, check out the one body scrub that they offer that is also a mosquito repellent called ELL. With the upcoming warm season, you may want to load up on this natural mosquito repellent body scrub that actually works. 

Want to know more about the company? Go to the website at www.shop.mikionaturalbodyscrub.com or check out their facebook page reviews at www.facebook.com/mikionaturalbodyscrub.