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They are all things we might not want, if given a choice~
Reading my email this morning suddenly became very disturbing.
Several different sources reported things being in our everyday products, that truly do not belong there.
First example: Lithium in 7 UP.
Yes that 7 Up, the one I used to drink as a kid because it was always around when my mom worked there.
What was most frightening, was the follow-up in the story.
It seems that when Lithium is present in drinking water, the rates of suicides decline.
Lithium apparently makes people happier, in safe levels that is, let’s not go nuts here.
I had heard the rumors for years about Coke and Cocaine, but had never heard about this until this morning.
Yikes, is there nothing that has not been altered?
Lithium was commonly used in the Rehab Center where I was a Nurse in California in the treatment of several conditions.
But, how safe was it to put in a drink consumed by millions, including children and pregnant women, without their knowledge?
Not really sure, but am glad they have stopped?
Next shall we talk about your toothpaste?
On the News this week was a story about tiny micro balls or beads now in some in toothpastes, being found in the gums of patients by Dental Hygientists and they are not happy about it.
They are causing numerous problems, like gum disease and infections.
These things are not biodegradable and stick around practically forever, it seems.
Not just in our bodies, but in our Environment as well.
Water supplies and aquatic life are the primary concern.
The beads have already been banned in Illinois.
Bans are already in place, or are pending, to keep our water safe from them.
New York will be next.
This is all not good!
If like me, you are a label reader for self-protection, in the case of toothpaste, this won’t work.
These sneaky Companies put the ingredients on the BOX, which of course we all throw away and not on the actual tube.
Not very nice!
Now the whole world knows about all of this and the Companies are bragging that it will be fixed by March of 2016.
These little balls or beads are causing trouble and they need to go now Proctor & Gamble, Colgate, et., al…
For many years I used AIM because I liked the gel better than a yucky white paste.
But about 10 years ago I switched to Colgate for some reason, think because I had trouble finding AIM.
Then, about a year ago I saw a story on the News about an ingredient Sorbitol, that I preferred not to have in my toothpaste and went looking once again for AIM.
I found it and switched back.
Remember, the true ingredients are on the BOX.
Today I will be taking a very close look at it to see if the little plastic balls are in it?
Oh and by the way, these same little balls are probably also in your favorite face wash and who knows what else.
We should all start looking at all of our products a lot closer.
As a consumer, I have a question?
Do we have any say in anything anymore?
These Mega Corporations are doing these things without our knowledge or consent.
Their decisions affect our lives and our Environment.
And the only way that we, the paying consumers, ever find out about these deceitful practices and often harmful additives, are when a whistleblower, or savvy investigative writer does a story which is then passed on to the unknowing, innocent dupes.
That would be you and me.
So, now you know what 7 UP, Micro Beads and Lithium all have in common!
Places to learn more:
Lemon, Lime—and Lithium? Turns Out, 7-Up Used to Contain the Potent Drug
Lithium – Wikipedia
Cocaine – Wikipedia
INTERNATIONAL CAMPAIGN AGAINST MICROBEADS IN COSMETICS
This Toothpaste Brand Might Be Doing Horrifying Things to Your Mouth
Microbeads in personal care products are polluting our oceans and lakes
Dental discovery may have you changing your toothpaste
‘Plastic micro beads’ to be removed from soap
Facial Scrub Microbead Ban May Be Issued in New York
The Scary Reason Illinois Just Banned Your Face Wash