This is a guest post by my friend Jennifer Robins of Predominantly Paleo.
I was diagnosed with my first official autoimmune disorder in 2008 after having my first two babies back to back (in under a year). I was overwhelmed and horrified that I was supposed to take a prescription for the rest of my life.
Since then, of course, I’ve learned that caring for autoimmune disease goes far beyond pill popping. Even though in theory thyroid hormone replacement should get the job done for me, it takes much much more to manage chronic disease.
After the birth of my third baby I got much sicker. I had already been gluten free (as implemented in 2008 upon my initial diagnosis), but still had a lot of work to do. I cleaned up my diet even more and also began implementing other lifestyle changes to help my body and gut heal. Want to know where I dropped the ball?!
I was so focused on what went IN to my body that I completely neglected what went ON to my body.
With so many cosmetics, body washes, lotions, and anti-aging moisturizers on the market, I made the mistake of assuming they were safe. I mean why wouldn’t they be? Shouldn’t these products be tested to assure we’re protected?
The short answer is: NO. And knowing now what I’ve learned about food safety and quality, it makes sense that some of our body care products may also carry risk.
To be honest, “risk” is an understatement to say the least. We have thousands of chemicals that we ingest through our skin (our biggest organ) every day, and most of them lack any scientific data that they are even safe for us!
Frightening, yes? Even more frightening to a person whose immune system has waged a war on itself.
Though slow to catch on, I’ve been taking LOTS of time to learn about
•what exactly I was putting on my face and skin,
• which commonly used chemicals posed risks for me, and
• which products were much better choices.
Now back to me… I chose to include the above excerpt from Jennifer, because I’ve found it quite difficult to begin explaining the topic of “transdermal toxicity” by approaching it from any other direction- especially as it pertains specifically to those suffering from autoimmune diseases.
This section in my “Client Resource” list will be a continuous “work-in-progress”…as I seek to constantly expand it by providing every available resource I possibly can. This topic is dear to my heart! Please stay tuned!!!