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Could CBD Oil Be One Of The Best Things For Stress Relief, Mood Disorders, PMS & PSTD?

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It’s no secret that life today for most people is incredibly stressful, and where much of the population aren’t happy, aren’t sleeping very well and may even be suffering with extreme nervous system issues. Left untreated, all of this adds up to being a very concerning health problem that may have severe consequences to your quality of life.

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Severe stress can literally kill you, as it causes damage to your heart, gut, brain and so forth. There is really no bodily system that does not become negatively affected by stress.  The more stress you have, the worse it is for your health. Many of these issues are often treated with pharmaceutical drugs, but is this the safest option? What could these drugs be doing to people long term?

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Could taking CBD oil regularly be a credible solution? What does the science say about this?

We love writing about the wonders of CBD oil here at Collective Evolution, and we have published many articles on what CBD oil can do for us. I’m sharing this with you today from both a personal point of view, and I also want to back up what has happened to me with scientific evidence.

Childhood Trauma Affects How We Deal With Stress

Growing up, I personally had an enormous amount of stress. Like many, I didn’t have the ideal childhood, in that I had a very difficult relationship with my parents. While I am not going into details too much, I had sustained severe injuries to my nervous system from how I experienced my youth.

I also had a very unhealthy childhood from eating very bad foods, having many antibiotics, reactions to vaccines, and exposure to lead paint at an early age. It must be said that all of these toxins also affect our nervous systems and of course, general health too.

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This has meant that my adrenals took an absolute beating over the years, with adrenaline and cortisol being activated far too often and my body was not able to calm down quickly. I was in a constant flight or fight stage for years. This also affected my mental state, which was very up and down for a long time, where I suffered severe depression and anxiety.

I know I am not alone in feeling like this, as childhood trauma is a huge problem today. I would say in a group of ten people, you’d have the overwhelming response of people saying ‘I’ve suffered childhood trauma too.’ I’d even go so far as to say it’s an epidemic of mammoth proportions, and one that does not get discussed openly enough.

Could regular use of CBD oil help our bodies have a better nervous system?

Sarah Best, nutritionist and writer, has this to say about CBD oil:

I work with two categories of people that CBD oil can really help. The first is highly sensitive women – 15-20% of the population, male and female, are highly sensitive and one thing this means is that they have an extra sensitive nervous system, which makes them extra prone to stress, anxiety and insomnia. CBD oil can be great for calming all that down. The other category are those who are recovering from the effects of an emotionally neglectful and/or abusive childhood. This is many more people than you’d think, and trauma disorders, anxiety and depression are common in this group. Again, CBD oil can really help thanks to its calming, balancing and antidepressant properties.”

If you are suffering from childhood trauma and stress that you feel the effects of today, I really hope that this article resonates with you and you consider trying this oil.  At the bottom of this article is a Facebook group you can join for those suffering from childhood trauma.

Anger And Mood Issues Are A Huge Problem For Many Today

While I have come a long way with healing the damage, at the age of 40, I still suffer from anger issues that have also been quite erratic. Again, I know I am not alone here because I hear from others that they feel the same way, especially new mothers, where they are getting too angry too often and it doesn’t feel like it’s a normal thing; something is out of ‘whack.’

I also see these anger issues play out online, with how people behave on social media, often resorting to hurling abuse at others, putting them down and writing really terrible things.

Balanced, healthy minded people do not act like this, as I am sure you may agree.

Anger comes from not being able to process emotions well when the body shoots out amounts of adrenaline and cortisol, so a person can often then explode, yelling at others and in worse cases, may even become violent towards others. Many people who are in jail today, may in fact be there from anger issues (stemming from childhood trauma) that simply got out of control. Their nervous systems were not stable and the severe imbalance led to their criminal act.

Depression Crisis

With so many teens who say they are very stressed and depressed today, the future for them could possibly be quite alarming if the way they are feeling is not dealt with better. The teens who do commit suicide, are not surprisingly, said to have a history of depression, anxiety, drug abuse or a behaviour problem. Those teens who suffer depression also have a 30% chance of developing a drug problem later in life.

Here are some concerning statistics I’d like to share with you:

  • 18.8 million Americans suffer from a depressive disorder
  • 4% of preschoolers are clinically depressed
  • There is a 23% rate of increase in children with depression
  • 30% of American women are depressed
  • Antidepressants only work for 30% of the depressed population
  • 10% of women experience postpartum depression after giving birth
  • 15% of depressed people will commit suicide
  • Depression costs the U.S. 51 billion when they have days off work

If you know of any teens who are depressed, you might like to tell their parents to look into giving them CBD oil, but they might be more comforted in knowing that taking CBD oil is not the same as smoking it. The oil is non-addictive and does not make people behave as if they are on drugs.

This subject of depression and mood disorders, is such an urgent global matter, we really need people to feel calmer – which would then affect our earth so positively – but we need to get to this state without resorting to using drugs that really do not fix the problem.

CBD Oil For Depression

If you suffer from low mood and feel depressed, you might like to see how you respond to CBD oil. A study showed that CBD has a fast acting antidepressant ability.

CBD Oil Calms The Nervous System Down

Do you feel like your nervous system is very poor and runs on high alert all the time? Until recently, I still found it very hard to calm my own nervous system down at times, after having stimulating things like coffee, too much raw chocolate and anything that was ‘exciting,’ for example, even hearing some really good news.

The first time I really saw the power of CBD oil was after I had not slept a wink the night after I had a very strong raw chocolate cake. By 2pm the next day, I felt awful, like I had too much jittery energy in my body and around my heart. A friend reminded me to take some CBD oil that I had in my cupboard and the result was quite mind blowing. Within just ten minutes, my entire mind and body had calmed down, and all of the jittery feeling went totally away. It felt truly incredible to see it happen that fast.

If you have also had years of stress, or suffered from a very serious traumatic event, this may literally have reprogrammed your body to be in a constant fight or flight stage. If you don’t do anything about it, then it may mean you could be more predisposed to an early heart attack, or even stroke. Our bodies need to work in a healthy balance.

Now that CBD oil is legal in some countries (and states) across the world, I’ve personally been trying CBD oil for the last few months and have found that the effects are quite profound, as have others I know, and I am excited to share them with you.

How Does It Work?

Cannabinoids (the chemical component of cannabis) are proven to activate certain receptors found throughout our bodies, which produce pharmalogic effects, especially that of the central nervous system and the immune system. You might be fascinated to know that there are natural cannabinoids found in human breast milk.

The endocannabinoid system found in humans is said to affect many varieties of physiologic processes. These include pain sense, memory, appetite, food intake, energy balance and motor control.

Click here to learn more about the endocannabinoid system or watch the video below

Dr. Josh Axe shared in an article regarding a study that showed taking cannabis oil may regulate the emotional response to trauma and therefore prevent further stress. This is because it minimised the stress receptors in the hippocampus and amygdala (areas in the brain) that combined, are both responsible for processing our senses and emotions.

CBD Oil For Insomnia and PSTD

CBD oil also helps us sleep better – with restful sleep being vital to help deal with stress – and can be very helpful with dealing with insomnia. I’ve also noticed better sleep from using CBD oil just before bed, but you must be careful with the dose, sometimes less is more.

study on military veterans showed that CBD oil helped the participants to deal better with their coping mechanisms, and they slept better and had reduced anxiety.

What CBD oil can do is block that particular memory from coming back and reminding you. Not only that, it’s been shown to have an effect on cortisol, in terms of tempering the cortisol in those situations and reducing it where the cortisol is high.  Other situations we have with cortisol that is low, it has been able to bring up that cortisol to a normal level. – Dr. Philip Blair COL (retired) – Researcher on CBD for PTSD

You might like to view a very interesting talk Dr. Blair did. He also says CBD oil helps with inflammation, which is one of the key factors causing depression.

Another Doctor by the name of Sue Sisley who is a researcher for cannabis oil use for PSTD. She shares information about CBD oil in the video here.

CBD Oil For Anxiety 

CBD oil also showed positive results in a simulated speaking test where very anxious people had to speak in front of an audience, and those that took CBD oil were much less anxious.

For those that suffer with social anxiety, you might find comfort in knowing that CBD oil has been shown to help people cope with being in that sort of environment. Here is another study also showing that is has positive effects.

CBD Oil For PMS

Hands up if you are one of the 75% who experience PMS and can find that time of the month incredibly stressful for yourself and for those that surround us? I used to have very bad moods the week before my cycle. I would always know when I was due, even without looking at the calendar because my mood would just suddenly be so bad. This is all down to hormone levels that are rising and falling throughout the month.

I used to suffer from a very severe form of PMS called Premenstrual Dysmorphic Disorder which is said to affect between 3-8% of the population. This meant that my PMS was really really bad, and looking back to the times in my life where I was suicidal, it was often during that time in the month. I was prescribed antidepressants for this, as many women are for PMS, but they didn’t help me at all. In fact, I would say it made things much worse for me.

I am glad I no longer take these drugs, because I have since found that they really are very bad for your health when you take them for years. An alarming study showed that long term use of antidepressants can actually increase early death by 33%. McMaster University in Canada carried out a study where they used results from 17 studies, which involved nearly 380,000 people. At first when they looked at the data, it seemed to suggest just a 9 percent increase of death who took these medications, but they then removed the people in the study who suffered cardiovascular disease and saw that the more accurate results were discovered. The remaining patients were the ones who had a risk of death of 33%.

‘We are very concerned by these results,’ he said.

‘They suggest that we shouldn’t be taking antidepressant drugs without understanding precisely how they interact with the body.

‘I do think these drugs for most people are doing more harm than good and that physicians ought not to generally prescribe them.’ – Canadian Study leader Paul Andrews

It is with this information that I feel it’s very important people are aware that being on long term antidepressants is not a good idea for their health.

CBD Oil For Schizophrenia

Those that suffer with Schizophrenia often end up taking very powerful drugs, which are likely to also cause serious health issues long term. While smoking marijuana has been found to increase psychotic episodes with some people having to go into mental institutions, the high levels of THC are likely to be why this can be a trigger for some.

However, taking CBD oil, which often only has a tiny amount of THC, can actually decrease the amount of psychotic episodes they have.

Dose Is Key: Don’t Go Overboard With CBD Oil As Effects Can Be Counter Productive

Regarding the effects CBD oil has on PMS, after taking CBD oil several times a day and before bed, over the last few months, I can happily share that I had zero PMS recently and have had a calmer mood overall.

This has not happened in a very long time where I haven’t experienced quite bad mood swings before that time of the month.

Just a word of warning, when something sounds good, it’s easy to think that perhaps more is better, but in the case of CBD oil, taking too much can be counter productive. I have had friends who have anxiety say they took too much and felt anxious, but when they have a small amount (five drops as opposed to a whole dropper full for example) that it works a lot better, and their anxiety goes away.

It’s the same for sleep – I have taken too much some nights and found that it caused me to take longer to go to sleep. I think it’s best to take the drops under the tongue as it bypasses the digestive system and goes straight into the blood due to the many capillaries the tongue has. This means the effects will be achieved faster.

One other very interesting finding is that a survey  carried out recently showed most of the participants (nearly half) stopped taking their pharmaceutical drugs. 80% said that they found CBD oil to be ‘very or extremely’ effective.

While I can’t guarantee that you’d get the same beneficial effects as I have, maybe it is worth a try to see how your body responds to CBD oil.

Because all CBD oil is not equal, and quality and how it’s made is very important, if you’d like to try the oil that I personally use  you might like to check out Spirit of Hemp, which posts worldwide with free international shipping.

There are many other great brands out there, which one do you use?

If you’d like to know more about further studies on CBD oil you can check out this link that is a very good resource.

For information on what CBD can do for cancer, epilepsy, Alzheimers, and other disorders please read this.

Go here to join Sarah’s Facebook group for highly sensitive women (and/or to ask to be added to her secret group for those men and women recovering from childhood trauma): https://www.facebook.com/groups/highlysensitivewoman

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These days, it’s not just knowing information and facts that will create change, it’s changing ourselves, how we go about communicating, and re-assessing the underlying stories, ideas and beliefs that form our world. We have to practice these things if we truly want to change. At Collective Evolution and CETV, this is a big part of our mission.

Amongst 100's of hours of exclusive content, we have recently completed two short courses to help you become an effective changemaker, one called Profound Realization and the other called How To Do An Effective Media Detox.

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Norway Investigates 29 Deaths in Elderly Patients After Pfizer Covid-19 Vaccination

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  • The Facts:

    Norway has registered a total of 29 deaths among people over the age of 75 who’ve had their first Covid-19 vaccination shot, raising questions over which groups to target in national inoculation programs.

  • Reflect On:

    Should freedom of choice always remain here? Should governments and private institutions not be allowed to mandate this vaccine in order to have access to certain rights and freedoms?

What Happened: 29 patients who were quite old and frail have died following their first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination. As a result, Norwegian officials have since adjusted their advice on who should get the COVID-19 vaccine.

This doesn’t come as a surprise to many given the fact that the clinical trials were conducted with people who are healthy. Older and sick people with co-morbidities were not used in the trials, and people with severe allergies and other diseases that can make one more susceptible to vaccine injury were not used either. It can be confusing given the fact that vaccination is being encouraged for the elderly in nursing homes and those who are more vulnerable to COVID-19.

Steinar Madsen, medical director of the Norwegian Medicines Agency (NOMA), told the British Medical Journal (BMJ) that “There is no certain connection between these deaths and the vaccine.”

On the 15th of January it was 23 deaths, Bloomberg is now reporting that a total of 29 deaths among people over the age of 75 who’ve had their first COVID-19 shot. They point out that “Until Friday, Pfizer/BioNTech was the only vaccine available in Norway”, stating that the Norwegian Medicines Agency told them that as a result “all deaths are thus linked to this vaccine.”

“There are 13 deaths that have been assessed, and we are aware of another 16 deaths that are currently being assessed,” the agency said. All the reported deaths related to “elderly people with serious basic disorders,” it said. “Most people have experienced the expected side effects of the vaccine, such as nausea and vomiting, fever, local reactions at the injection site, and worsening of their underlying condition.”

Madsen also told the BMJ that,

There is a possibility that these common adverse reactions, that are not dangerous in fitter, younger patients and are not unusual with vaccines, may aggravate underlying disease in the elderly. We are not alarmed or worried about this, because these are very rare occurrences and they occurred in very frail patients with very serious disease. We are not asking for doctors to continue with vaccination, but to carry out extra evaluation of very sick people whose underlying condition might be aggravated by it. This evaluation includes discussing the risks and benefits of vaccination with the patient and their families to decide whether or not vaccination is the best course.

The BMJ article goes on to point out that the Paul Ehrlich Institute in Germany is also investigating 10 deaths shortly after COVID-19 vaccination, and closes with the following information:

In a statement, Pfizer said, “Pfizer and BioNTech are aware of reported deaths following administration of BNT162b2. We are working with NOMA to gather all the relevant information.

“Norwegian authorities have prioritised the immunisation of residents in nursing homes, most of whom are very elderly with underlying medical conditions and some of whom are terminally ill. NOMA confirm the number of incidents so far is not alarming, and in line with expectations. All reported deaths will be thoroughly evaluated by NOMA to determine if these incidents are related to the vaccine. The Norwegian government will also consider adjusting their vaccination instructions to take the patients’ health into more consideration.

“Our immediate thoughts are with the bereaved families.”

Vaccine Hesitancy is Growing Among Healthcare Workers: Vaccine hesitancy is growing all over the globe, one of the latest examples comes from Riverside County, California. It has a population of approximately 2.4 million, and about 50 percent of healthcare workers in the county are refusing to take the COVID-19 vaccine despite the fact that they have top priority and access to it.  At Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills, one in five frontline nurses and doctors have declined the shot. Roughly 20% to 40% of L.A. County’s frontline workers who were offered the vaccine did the same, according to county public health officials. You can read more about that story here.

Vaccine hesitancy among physicians and academics is nothing new. To illustrate this I often point to a conference held at the end of 2019 put on by the World Health Organization (WHO). At the conference, Dr. Heidi Larson a Professor of Anthropology and the Risk and Decision Scientist Director at the Vaccine Confidence Project Emphasized this point, having  stated,

The other thing that’s a trend, and an issue, is not just confidence in providers but confidence of health care providers. We have a very wobbly health professional frontline that is starting to question vaccines and the safety of vaccines. That’s a huge problem, because to this day any study I’ve seen…still, the most trusted person on any study I’ve seen globally is the health care provider.

A study published in the journal EbioMedicine  as far back as 2013 outlines this point, among many others.

Pfizer’s Questionable History:  Losing faith in “big pharma” does not come without good reason. For example, in 2010 Robert G. Evans, PhD, Centre for Health Services and Policy Research Emeritus Professor, Vancouver School of Economics, UBC, published a paper that’s accessible in PubMed titled “Tough on Crime? Pfizer and the CIHR.”

In it, he outlines the fact that,

Pfizer has been a “habitual offender,” persistently engaging in illegal and corrupt marketing practices, bribing physicians and suppressing adverse trial results. Since 2002 the company and its subsidiaries have been assessed $3 billion in criminal convictions, civil penalties and jury awards. The 2.3-billion settlement…set a new record for both criminal fines and total penalties. A link with Pfizer might well advance the commercialization of Canadian research.

Suppressing clinical trial results is something I’ve come across multiple times with several different medicines. Five years ago I wrote about how big pharma did not share adverse reactions people had and harmful results from their clinical trials for commonly used antidepressant drugs.

Even scientists from within federal these health regulatory agencies have been sounding the alarm. For example, a few years ago more than a dozen scientists from within the CDC put out an anonymous public statement detailing the influence corporations have on government policies. They were referred to as the  Spider Papers.

The Takeaway: Given the fact that everything is not black and white, especially when it comes to vaccine safety, do we really want to give government health agencies and/or private institutions the right to enforce mandatory vaccination requirements when their efficacy have been called into question? Should people have the freedom of choice? It’s a subject that has many people polarized in their beliefs, but at the end of the day the sharing of information, opinion and evidence should not be shut down, discouraged, ridiculed or censored.

In a day and age where more people are starting to see our planet in a completely different light, one which has more and more questioning the human experience and why we live the way we do it seems the ‘crack down’ on free thought gets tighter and tighter. Do we really want to live in a world where we lose the right to choose what we do with our own body, or one where certain rights and freedoms are taken away if we don’t comply? The next question is, what do we do about it? Those who are in a position to enforce these measures must, it seems, have a shift in consciousness and refuse to implement them. There doesn’t seem to be a clear cut answer, but there is no doubt that we are currently going through that possible process, we are living in it.

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Psycho-Acoustic Medicine: Science Behind Sound Healing For Serotonin Production

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  • The Facts:

    A number of studies and experiments have shown that sound can be used as medicine for various ailments and diseases.

  • Reflect On:

    Is our modern day medical industry truly interested in the health and well-being of people, or do profit and control take more priority?

Mental illness has reached an all time high in the world, and yet the modern day medicines to relieve symptoms have gained controversy. This is, in part, why people have dug up the past to better understand alternative ways of healing.

Sound, for instance, has been a tool for promoting the physical and emotional health of the body for as long as history can account for, deeply rooted in ancient cultures and civilizations. The ancient Egyptians used vowel sound chants in healing because they believed vowels were sacred. Tibetan monks take advantage of singing bowls, which they believe to be “a symbol of the unknowable” whose “vibrations have been described as the sound of the universe manifesting.”

“Our various states of consciousness are directly connected to the ever-changing electrical, chemical, and architectural environment of the brain. Daily habits of behavior and thought processes have the ability to alter the architecture of brain structure and connectivity, as well as, the neurochemical and electrical neural oscillations of your mind.”

Psychoacoustics is the scientific study of the perception of sound, and it has fueled researchers paths to better understand how it can be used as medicine. For instance, in 1973, Dr. Gerald Oster, a medical doctor and biophysicist, proved, in his research paper, “Auditory Beats in the Brain,” how sound affects the how the brain absorbs new information, controls mood, sleep patterns, healing responses, and more, and how quickly. Thus, specific frequencies of sound and music can be used to generate neurotransmitters such as serotonin.

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To understand the fundamentals of sound in healing, we must first understand our brain waves. The nucleus of our thoughts, emotions, and behaviors, is the communication between neurons. Brain waves are generated by way of electrical pulses working in unison from masses of neurons interacting with one another. Brain waves are divided into five different bandwidths that are thought to form a spectrum of human consciousness.

The slowest of the waves are delta waves (.5 to 3 Hz), which are the slowest brain waves and occur mostly during our deepest state of sleep. The fastest of the waves are gamma waves (25 to 100 Hz), which are associated with higher states of conscious perception. Alpha waves (8 to 12 Hz) occur when the brain is daydreaming or consciously practicing mindfulness or meditation.

According to Dr. Suzanne Evans Morris, Ph.D., a speech-language pathologist:

Research shows that different frequencies presented to each ear through stereo headphones… create a difference tone (or binaural beat) as the brain puts together the two tones it actually hears. Through EEG monitoring the difference tone is identified by a change in the electrical pattern produced by the brain. For example, frequencies of 200 Hz and 210 Hz produce a binaural beat frequency of 10 Hz (The difference in 210 Hz and 200 Hz is 10 Hz). Monitoring of the brain’s electricity (EEG) shows that the brain produces increased 10 Hz activity with equal frequency and amplitude of the wave form in both hemispheres of the brain (left and right hemisphere).

It is thought that different brain wave patterns are connected to the production in the brain of certain neurochemicals linked with relaxation and stress release, as well as better learning and creativity, memory, and more. Such neurochemicals include beta-endorphins, growth factors, gut peptides, acetylcholine, vasopressin, and serotonin.

A series of experiments conducted by neuro-electric therapy engineer Dr. Margaret Patterson and Dr. Ifor Capel, revealed how alpha brainwaves boosted the production of serotonin. Dr. Capel explained:

As far as we can tell, each brain center generates impulses at a specific frequency based on the predominant neurotransmitter it secretes. In other words, the brain’s internal communication system—its language, is based on frequency… Presumably, when we send in waves of electrical energy at, say, 10 Hz, certain cells in the lower brain stem will respond because they normally fire within that frequency range.

Additional research upholds the beliefs of mind-body medicine in this sense, stating that brainwaves being in the Alpha state, 8 to 14 Hz, permits a vibration allowing for more serotonin to be created.

It’s important for us to come to terms with the fact that there is science behind age-old medicinal practices that do not require putting unknown substances in our bodies to alleviate issues like stress, depression, anxiety, and more.

But even more intriguing is to think something as simple as sound, as music, which we have come to treat as utterly pleasurable entertainment, has not only been used to promote healing and well-being, but has proven to work through research as well.

If your mental health is of concern, try listening to a binaural beat to generate alpha waves between 8 and 14 Hz to produce more serotonin. Another option is to take advantage of music that promotes a relaxed alpha state in the brain such as classical music.

Related CE Article: Research Shows We Can Heal With Vibration, Frequency & Sound

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Study: Short Break From Cosmetics Causes “Significant Drop of Hormone Disrupting Chemicals”

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  • The Facts:

    A study led by researchers at UC Berkeley and Clinica de Salud del Valle de Salinas demonstrates how even a short break from certain kinds of makeup, shampoos and lotions leads to a large drop in levels of hormone-disrupting chemicals in the body.

  • Reflect On:

    Why is this industry so poorly regulated?

A study led by researchers at UC Berkeley and Clinica de Salud del Valle Salinas has demonstrated how taking even a short break from various cosmetics, shampoos, and other personal care products can lead to a substantial drop in the levels of hormone-disrupting chemicals present within the body.

The results from the study were published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives. Researchers gave 100 Latina teenagers various personal care products that were labeled to be free of common chemicals including phthalates, parabens, triclosan, and oxybenzone. These chemicals are used regularly in almost all conventional personal care products such as cosmetics, soap, sunscreen, shampoo, conditioner, and other hair products, and animal studies have shown that they directly interfere with the body’s endocrine system.

“Because women are the primary consumers of many personal care products, they may be disproportionately exposed to these chemicals,” said study lead author Kim Harley, associate director of the UC Berkeley Center for Environmental Research and Children’s Health. “Teen girls may be at particular risk since it’s a time of rapid reproductive development, and research has suggested that they use more personal care products per day than the average adult woman.”

Results

After just a three-day trial with the girls using only the lower-chemical products, urine samples showed a significant drop in the level of chemicals in the body. Methyl and propyl parabens, commonly used as preservatives in cosmetics, dropped 44% and 45%, respectively, metabolites of diethyl phthalate, used often in perfumes, dropped by 27%, and both triclosan and benzophenone-3 fell 36%. The authors of the study were surprised to see an increase in two lesser common parabens, but, being minor, could easily have been caused by accidental contamination or a substitute not listed on the labels.

Co-director of the study Kimberly Parra explains why having local youths participate in the study was of particular importance:

The results of the study are particularly interesting on a scientific level, but the fact that high school students led the study set a new path to engaging youth to learn about science and how it can be used to improve the health of their communities. After learning of the results, the youth took it upon themselves to educate friends and community members, and presented their cause to legislatures in Sacramento.

Included in the CHAMACOS Youth Council were 12 local high school students who helped design and implement the study. One of the teen researchers, Maritza Cárdenas, is now a UC Berkeley undergraduate majoring in molecular and cell biology.

“One of the goals of our study was to create awareness among the participants of the chemicals found in everyday products, to help make people more conscious about what they’re using,” said Cárdenas. “Seeing the drop in chemical levels after just three days shows that simple actions can be taken, such as choosing products with fewer chemicals, and make a difference.”

The researchers noted that cosmetics and personal care products are not well-regulated in this country, and that getting data about health effects from exposure, particularly long-term ones, is difficult. But they say there is growing evidence linking endocrine-disrupting chemicals to neurobehavioral problems, obesity and cancer cell growth.

What Can You Do?

Well, you can be sure to check the labels on any products you purchase. Most personal care products contain a list of ingredients, but unfortunately many cosmetics do not. If you use a particular brand that you really love you can try contacting the manufacturer directly and asking them for an ingredient list.

You can also opt for more natural and organic products, but be sure to keep in mind that in the industry of personal care products, the words “natural” and “organic” are often meaningless. A safe bet would be to buy these products from a health food store and be sure to read the ingredients or ask the sales clerk. Generally, when products do not contain specific chemicals, the manufacturers are happy to label them as such.

The less demand for these chemically-laden products there is, the less these chemicals will be used. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: VOTE WITH YOUR DOLLAR! We have the power to create the type of world we want. Be the change.

Check out The Story Of Cosmetics below!

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Amongst 100's of hours of exclusive content, we have recently completed two short courses to help you become an effective changemaker, one called Profound Realization and the other called How To Do An Effective Media Detox.

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