WHAT DO TOXIC BANK ASSETS, AN UNHEALTHY ECONOMY AND CARCINOGENS IN PERSONAL CARE PRODUCTS HAVE IN COMMON?
What we have been living for the past few months has been a time of extreme enlightenment. The near-collapse of AIG and the meltdown in the subprime loan/housing sector has most certainly gotten everyone's attention. Everyone is affected on some level either through job loss, the rapid decline of our 401K balances or the disappearance of the equity in our homes. Not to mention the widespread fear that we are all feeling.
We most certainly are living in a time of change. What we thought we believed, we now have to question. Our plans have been turned upside down and we are regrouping and retrenching. Some of us are wondering what will happen next? Which belief system that we felt comfortable with and lived our lives according to will be the next media event we will be forced to confront?
Most of us feel helpless and unable to change things for the better. How can we as individuals take charge and lead the way to a healthier economy and a banking system with appropriate assets that enable them to function normally? I most certainly don't have the answers to these big questions. What I do know is that we all need to take responsibility for making sound decisions. We need to be informed so we can live our lives in a healthy environment that is for the greater good and not just for the good of a few.
Which brings me to the carcinogens in personal care products. Could it possibly be true that what we believed is no longer valid? Recently, USA Today reported on a study by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics which shows that 23 out of 28 products tested contain formaldehyde. It was also found that 32 of 48 products tested contain 1,4-dioxane. The EPA considers these to be possible carcinogens. Does this sound unhealthy and toxic? Does this instill a feeling of fear in you? Is there something that you personally can do about this?
Yes, finally a problem that you as a consumer can actually do something about. You can begin to read the labels of the personal care products, including those labeled as natural and organic. Natural and organic don't necessarily mean anything at all. You can refuse to purchase them. Instead, you can make a committment to use only products that are "certified organic" by a third party. What this means is that there is a third body auditing and enforcing strict guidelines a company must follow in order to display the logo.
The bottom line is that we are living in times of change that perhaps we never anticipated. But now that we are here, we can step up to the plate and evolve into citizens who lead by example in all that we do. We can conduct research and only do business with ethical companies. We all have free will to make choices. Go forth and choose consciously.
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