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***UPDATE*** 

  This post was written BEFORE I knew the truth about Melaleuca! Please read what I found out and ignore this post! Some of this stuff is true, but the facts about Melaleuca are not and they`re not safe like they claim to be!

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Before I begin to start explaining how you can live a healthier and safer lifestyle without paying high end prices I want to make sure you know some true, but shocking facts. As a mom of now 2 children who stays at home with only my husbands income coming in, I totally understand the true meaning of a TIGHT BUDGET. I also know I want my children to grow up in a SAFE environment. I`m by far not a clean freak. I would love a clean and spotless home, but it`s just not realistic in our house. So when I have the free time I do the basics - laundry, dishes, sweeping, and quick mop with my Swiffer. Up until recently I believed I was doing a rather good job keeping my home clean, but what I didn`t know was how dangerous the chemicals I were using really were. I knew they were obviously dangerous to ingest, but I mean to use them as directed I thought was okay? Wrong. You can go ahead and read some facts below (they`re quite interesting) or you can skip to how you can scroll down and learn how to start living better. unhealthy cleaning unsafe cleaning unsafe cleaning

Fact:

Did you know 16 states in the U.S. have banned phosphate-laden dishwasher soap such as Cascade, which contains high levels of the phosphate? This happened back in 2010 and here it is 4 years later and I didn`t know that until recently. That`s the dish soap I have used for YEARS!  For those of you who don`t know, phosphates are a source of pollution in lakes and streams. The states that banned these detergents will not allow  the sales of detergent with more than 0.5 percent phosphorous. According to the Associate Press, the states that banned these phosphates include Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin. Some areas such as Spokane County, Wash., have had such bans in place for years. "Phosphorous is like a fertilizer. It increases algae and aquatic weed growth in water bodies," Bernie Duffy, natural resource specialist with the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, told the AP.

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Fact:

Did you know Johnson & Johnson puts Formaldehyde in their products - including the BABY products? One of the reasons that it is actually BANNED in Europe! I did not know this either up until recently and am VERY shocked as they have always been a trusted brand in our house. Not anymore. I mean why is formaldehyde, which most of us know causes respiratory diseases and cancer, in our baby bath products? Formaldehyde is only one of the many ingredients in conventional baby and adult personal care products that should concern you. While some of the risky ingredients are on the label - you should be more concerned with the ingredients that do not have be disclosed. The Mulund factory in India was closed as of June 24, 2013 after the government of India found that a banned sterilization process was used for Johnson & Johnson baby powder. The process is banned in India because it leaves traces of ethyl oxide, a known potent carcinogen, in the baby powder. In fact, in April 2013 Johnson & Johnson had their license SUSPENDED because yet another baby product was being sold by themwith a KNOWN, BANNED carcinogen. The process that leaves this toxic residue is banned in India because of the toxic residue in the baby powder. Johnson & Johnson is well-aware of the laws in India, and chose to ignore the laws and risk the health of the babies of India.

 Johnson and Johnson claims that all carcinogenic, and other contaminants, as well as recently reclassified ingredients, in their products are within safety standards set by the FDA during the 1970`s, literally ignoring 40 years of research. The statement to the media that JNJ operates within standards of each country where their products are sold is `technically` true. However, numerous countries have banned carcinogenic ingredients and contaminants still in products sold in the U.S.

  Formaldehyde is banned in China, as well as many other countries. If it`s even banned in China, of all toxic places, it`s *got* to be bad! Formaldehyde is not required to be listed on a baby care product label, which is pretty shocking to me. It`s also an extremely nasty substance that can cause irritation in the eyes and breathing problems in human beings at elevated levels (elevated being more than 0.1 parts per million). Yet formaldehyde levels in Johnson`s baby shampoo was found at 210 parts per million as reported by RSC, Advancing the Chemical Industry.  

Sodium Laureth Sulfate with carcinogenic by-product contamination, 1,4-dioxane (banned or limited in most other countries)

Sodium laureth sulfate is a foaming agent used to make products all bubbley. Numerous studies show that it is a dermal irritant, and increases the risk of developing contact dermatitis and eczema. However, that isn`t the worst part of this particular chemical. During manufacture, 1,4-dioxane is created as a by-product, a contaminant. Products that are contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, are banned for import in many countries, including China. Johnson and Johnson chose to disregard the safety of the Chinese people by allowing 1,4-dioxane contaminated baby `care` products to be shipped to China. As a result, according to the Royal Society of Chemistry, in 2009, Johnson & Johnson involved in chemical ingredient litigation. In the Integrated Risk Information System: 1,4-dioxane the Environemntal Protection Agency (EPA) listed 1,4-dioxane as a `probable human carcinogen` in 1988. After reviewing 1,4-dioxane with updated testing methods, the EPA updated that to `likely human carcinogen` in 2005. It`s not a wonder that cleaning and body care products, especially products intended for children, contaminated with 1,4-dioxane are banned in many countries throughout the world. What is strange, is that cleaning and body care products sold in the US are allowed this toxic contaminant, and do not have to include the contamination on the labels of their products. If that isn`t bad enough, that dermal absorbtion and inhalation of the vapors increase the risk of developing cancers, according to Centers for Disease Control: Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry: 1,4-dioxane, page 139 (the last page of the PDF file in the link), 1,4-dioxane is persisent in the enviornment. Polluting ground water, found in our drinking water and may be in our food supply as fruits, vegetables and livestock consume contaminated water.

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Methylisothiazolinone

Methylisothiazolinone is a potentially toxic ingredient in some Johnson and Johnson baby care products. It seems that there is a good chance that methylisothiazolinone is a dermal irritant, associated with eczema and a possible neurotoxin. Numerous studies show a connection between exposure to methylisothiazolinone and contact dematitis and then there`s this one, "Methylisothiazolinone, a neurotoxic biocide, disrupts the association of SRC family tyrosine kinases with focal adhesion kinase in developing cortical neurons.", which summarizes, "Prolonged exposure to low levels of MIT and related compounds may have damaging consequences to the developing nervous system."  

Methylchloroisothiazolinone

Methylchloroisothiazolinone has over 70 references in the National Library of medicine database regarding its ability to be an allergen that causes contact dermatitis, causing issues such as eczema - which is horribly uncomfortable and disfiguring.  

Phthalates

Johnson and Johnson includes a class of chemcials called phthalates in their products. There has been a lot of controversy surrounding the use of phthalate esters in any products. These chemicals are used to preserve fragrances and to improve product consistency to give them that smooth, creamy texture. However, phthalate esters are used to cause asthma in human lung tissue and lab animals to study asthma treatments for humans. If, as Johnson and Johnson and the chemical manufacturers claim, phthalates are `safe`, how then, can phthalate esters be used to cause asthma in human lung tissue in studies such as this one located at the National Library of Medicine web site, "Ginger suppresses phthalate ester-induced airway remodeling.", which summarizes, "This study suggests that ginger is capable of preventing phthalate ester-associated asthma." You cannot find the word `phthalate` on a label of any product. It is hidden in the broad spectrum of `Fragrance` and `Parfum`. A variety of phthalate esters are used to create synthetic fragrance blends and considered `proprietary` information that does not have to be disclosed to consumers.  

Parabens

Should a chemical that is banned in other countries because of the potential risks be included in products intended for children? Parabens Outlawed in Childrens` Products in Denmark, "Denmark`s environmental ministry announced on Dec. 20 that it will ban parabens in lotions and other cosmetic products for children under 3. It is the first European country to ban the chemical preservative, which is suspected to be an endocrine disruptor, and is used in a variety of soaps, deodorants and other beauty products."  

Mineral oil

Or liquid petroleum is a by-product in the distillation of petroleum to produce gasoline and other petroleum based products from crude oil. A waste product, garbage, foul with carbon-based chemicals known to increase the risk of cancer. Johnson & Johnson has three factions to their company. They manufacture body care products, sell medical diagnostic equipment and sell cancer and other drugs. Their baby care products include `mineral oil`, shown in numerous scientific studies to increase the number, size and growth rate of cancerous skin tumors.  

Johnson and Johnson, and other manufacturers, are selling baby care products laced with known carcinogens, dermal irritants and chemicals used to cause asthma in lab animals and human tissue to study asthma treatments for humans.   unhealthy living unhealthy living

***UPDATE*** 

  This post was written BEFORE I knew the truth about Melaleuca! Please read what I found out and ignore this post! Some of this stuff is true, but the facts about Melaleuca are not and they`re not safe like they claim to be!

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How you can live safer & healthier:

 
 
 

My business is a wellness company that started in 1985, is named after the tree Tea Tree Oil comes from (which is used in many of their products), it is completely devoted to environmentally and socially sound products, cleaning and otherwise, and it is based in Idaho. It started small, but now they are BIG. They have a very, very large line of cleaning products as well as beauty, health, body, and pharmaceutical products - over 420 products to be exact!  

These products include:

  • Green Household Cleaners
  • Laundry Soap
  • Makeup
  • Toothpaste
  • Shampoo
  • Soaps & Lotions
  • Pain Reliever Tablets
  • Vitamins
  • Candles
  • …and so much more!!

  Good prices and natural ingredients are their hallmark, and everything is designed not to be hippy-dippy, but to look like standard everyday products. Basically it`s like shopping at WholeFoods on Walmart prices if you want to do a comparison. The neat thing about these products is that they are concentrated so you actually save money every month because you don’t use as much product as you would with regular store brands. Their Cleaning Products are made up of naturally derived ingredients with no chlorine bleach, ammonia, or formaldehyde.  Their products are more effective, safer, better for the environment AND they save you money!  And who doesn’t want there home to be safer and toxic free? In fact, if you were to ingest any of the products did you know you could just drink a glass of water to flush it out your system and be fine? So no need to call poison control or worry about your child getting ill if they get into these products!   wellness company healthy living  

My company can offer these great prices because they don`t pay advertising fees. Instead they rely on word of mouth to spread the word about them. They also use re-usable containers to cut back on waste. They have no harmful chemicals AND it`s cheaper. How can you go wrong? Discovering this company was like finding a new store with better products at a better value. You’re not adding to your monthly shopping budget, just taking a portion of what you already spend at the grocery store and spending it more wisely.  

You can suspend or cancel your membership at any time.

  When you`re a member you can suspend your account for up to 6 months at a time. There`s no fee, this is simply a precaution so you don`t HAVE to buy products when you don`t need them or may not have the extra money for them. The products are a great value and a little goes a long way with this company so you may not always need to order on a monthly basis. However, if you forget to suspend the membership they will send your default package and automatically charge you for it.  

You also can cancel your membership at any time.  You can even return you order  for up to 60 days for a full refund. If you join and the membership isn`t something you like, you can cancel it and also get your membership fee back!  

Different levels of membership.

  As a direct customer you pay full retail price and have no monthly commitment. Being a direct customer is best for people who like a few of the products and want to place an occasional order.  

As a preferred customer you do have a monthly commitment of about $50 per month. In exchange for your commitment you get a 30-40% discount, earn loyalty dollars, and get access to other perks in the marketplace. Being a preferred customer is best for people who like many of the products and want to place a monthly order.  

As an Independent Marketing Executive, you are a preferred customer, PLUS you earn commission for everyone you refe. Being an independent marketing executive is best for people who love the products and want to tell others about what our company has to offer.  

All levels are the same price, $29 for the first year then only $12 after that. Other wholefood stores or club stores are at least $35 per year EVERY year. With us the cost goes down.

How you can make some money while living better:

  We are also a profit sharing company.  You can sign up to sell the products and get some great benefits.  The company does $850,000,000 a year with a 95% customer retention.  

There isn’t a kit.

  You simply sign up as a customer and go online to order the products you want. If you forget to place your monthly order, we will send you a default package automatically.  

When you join us, you’re joining a team.

  The team does all of the presentations, so you don’t have to have parties. As an Independent Marketing Executive, your job is to refer people to sign up and then direct your recruits to shop online at the website.  

You can either email me directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. that you`re interested or you can fill out some basic info in the contact form below and I will input it so you can complete the rest of your signup process securely where I can`t see the rest of your personal information. Remember, if you`re not happy you can cancel ANY time and you can get a full refund within 60 days!  

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