Greener Future Fridays: THE DIRTY DOZEN +

A few weeks ago I went to my first “Holistic Moms Network” meeting.  According to their website  , “The Holistic Moms Network (HMN) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit support and resource organization connecting parents who are interested in holistic health and green living.  HMN was founded in 2003 by a handful of moms yearning for the support and friendship of others parenting outside the mainstream.  Today – thanks to the ever-increasing popularity of alternative medicine and a growing environmental consciousness.  HMN has over 120 chapters across the U.S. and Canada….” 


The topic for this meeting was “Ingredients in personal care products:  What you need to know”.   I found it to be very interesting and helpful information.  I especially liked the discussion on the Dirty Dozen


Location:  These are 12 ingredients to avoid that are commonly found in personal care products such as soaps, lotions, make-up, hair products, nail polish, deodorants and more.


Health Concerns:  These products cause health problems ranging from dry skin to damaged DNA, permanent birth defects, and cancer, just to name a few!


THE DIRTY DOZEN +:  (in alphabetical order)


1.      Coal Tar

2.      Cocamide DEA/Lauramide DEA

3.      Diazolidinyl Urea

4.      Fromaldehyde

5.      Parabens (methyl, ethyl, propyl, and butyl)

6.      Petrolatum

7.      Phthalates

8.      Propylene Glycol

9.      Sodium Laureth/Sodium Laurel Sulfate

10.  Talc

11.  Toluene

12.  Triethanolamine


+ Butyl Acetate, Butylated Hydroxytoluene, Ethyl Acetate


You can read more about the specifics of what type of products contain each of these dangerous chemical and what risks each of them pose here  .  I also encourage other moms to go to the website and look up your local Holistic Moms Network chapter and check it out!  This was the first meeting I was able to make it to and I really learned a lot!  Here are some past topics just to give you an idea what the organization is about:  Healthy School Lunch Programs, Make Your Own Green Cleaner, Organic Gardening, Introduction to Homeopathy, and Holistic Dentistry.   

I hope this was helpful (sorry It’s a day late),

Dr. Heather


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