Thursday, July 7, 2011

Whats Really in Your Hair?

The Truth Is…The ingredients in your current hair shampoo and conditioners may not only be not so great for your hair, they may be actual toxic poison. Here’s a short list of the bad guys, found in countless popular hair shampoos & conditioners:

Causes kidney and liver cancer…what more need I say?
You may remember it from science lab in school. Formaldehyde is a preservative that quickly penetrates the skin and is incredibly carcinogenic (cancer causing). It also causes syndromes of the immune system such as Chronic Fatique Syndrome.
Isopropyl alcohol
A petroleum byproduct (as in car oil!) used in antifreeze and furniture polish.
Polyethylene glycol
Yet another petroleum byproduct. Used in oven cleaner (I’m not kidding!). Causes premature aging of the skin.
Propylene glycol
A synthetic petrochemical (car oil, again!). When factory workers deal with this stuff, they have to wear masks, gloves and goggles, but your hair conditioner company wants you to rub it right into your scalp. It’s known to the FDA to cause damage to your brain, kidneys and liver but the FDA continues to look the other way so that cosmetic corporations can keep using this great stuff in your hair conditioner.
Sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS)
Also known as Sodium laureth sulphate or SLES - actually makes your cells mutate. It damages and causes mutation of the brain, heart, liver and kidneys and, according to the American College of Toxicology, can cause mutations of children’s eyes. This product is so hard to avoid, but make every effort to do so.
Tea Tree Oil and Lavender
In themselves, natural substances derived from a plants. However, recent studies have found that Tea Tree Oil and Lavender Oil mimics the female hormone estrogen and overexposure to this for women and girls can have serious reproductive health side effects. Men and boys should also avoid Tea Tree Oil because of the estrogen which unbalances correct male hormones and can lead to disturbing, unwanted side effects.

There are numerous other toxic and carcinogenic ingredients in popular hair conditioners. The above is just a sample.
But if these substances are toxic, why do companies use them?
The answer is that these substances are cheap for manufacturers to buy. Many of them are the byproducts left over from the manufacture of a completely different product. For example, Fluoride is a byproduct that is scrubbed off the smokestacks of Phosphate factories in Florida. No one had any use for it until some genius decided it could be sold to toothpaste manufacturers as a marketable ingredient. As the story goes, Fluoride, once considered a useless toxic waste, was then billed to the public as a wonderful tooth-saving miracle. Don’t take my word for this. Research it for yourself. This is how a huge number of the ingredients wind up in cosmetics.
But that’s so wrong, isn’t it?
Yes. But remember…corporations, for the most part, care about making money…not about you.
But I want to look nice. Won’t my hair be hideous if I don’t buy hair shampoo & conditioner?
The short answer here is no. Cats have beautiful silky, shiny hair and none of them use conditioner. The human body was designed to grow hair on it and no special treatment is required to maintain the hair in a physically healthy state. The fact of the matter is, bad water and dirty air does take its toll on our hair and skin. Whether we live in the country or the city, our external selves are accosted by many irritants. If, in addition to this, you are pouring petro-chemicals and toxins onto your head, it’s little wonder you think of your hair as being some sick, unhappy entity that needs urgent, daily care.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Three Phases of Chiropractic Care

Relief -- The goal of the relief phase is to reduce or eliminate pain. The number of visits necessary to accomplish this will depend on your age, underlying spinal condition, length of time you’ve had your condition and lifestyle choices.

Correction -- Restoring the body to normal or maximum function is the goal of the “correction” phase. In most conditions, pain is the last thing to show up and the first thing to leave when treating the vertebral subluxation complex.  Adaptations that have taken place in muscles and other soft tissues (such as the disc and ligaments) require care beyond the relief phase to correct.

Wellness -- The purpose of the Wellness phase of care is to prevent relapses of previous conditions before symptoms appear. When maximum improvement has been achieved, your doctor will suggest an appropriate level of care to “maintain” the corrections made during the first two phases.