SMOKINCHOICES (and other musings)

September 4, 2014

TLC for baby’s delicate skin

Baby’s perfect, beautiful, but Vulnerable Skin

For those of you who do not have children,  I ask your indulgence, understanding or forgiveness, for I do get it that I go on and on about our offspring. . .not only the one I gave birth to, but the granddaughters I raised part-way  thru their teens; and your sons and daughters and well, all our children.   Maybe “earth-mother” gave me an overdose or something as my concern for our kids has never waned.   This is why so many posts on all the toxins in our water; genetic modification of our foodstuff; fluoride and mercury in our dental products and most of all — the dreadful toxic vaccinations  which are injuring our children by the millions.   I bristle at the deliberate destruction of our public educational systems in favor of privately run (less regulated) schools and selectively provided to those who can avail themselves of it.  It can be inundating for it is so overwhelming.

Yes, these are non-productive worries, but they are real even tho they do not belong in the Twenty First century, but there it is along with the other issues of the day which also shouldn’t be in the 21 rst century, like a widening breech between the haves and have-nots and the horrific racism trend which should  have no place in modern thought.  Or that many of us are choking over the biased leanings of SCOTUS with it’s faulty judgments — an evident outgrowth of the power of money in politics, disgracefully so!

But we cannot sit around and carp and bemoan, that’s little better than baying at the moon.  We must try to be aware of what is and make an effort to see things as they aught to be in our minds and hearts.  If we can hold that better vision where equality and fair-play and justice have reign, we will automatically come upon right action and be more content as we go.  A better outcome. All of this stems from the reality that the future will belong to our children.  They have to run things and take care of Earth or perish.  They deserve the best chance  available and we must do everything possible to insure that.


Perhaps most of you know that I am as concerned with what goes onto our bodies by way of “personal care” products for health, beauty and/or comfort reasons as I am about what goes into our mouths by way of nourishment — what we eat and drink and also the palliatives for our occasional boo-boos.

This past year or so, I’ve been sharing the new-found pleasures of DIY face care, shampoo, dental care, body butters and so on. The main reason behind this effort is to  be sure that our health is not impugned with toxic chemicals.  Personally, I’ve enjoyed almost every minute of it.  I’ve saved a bundle and I know I’m healthier because of it.   The two things I’m most pleased with is my face skin after I started cleansing with oil instead of soap and water. . . and finishing it off with tallow creme made from grass-fed cows.    The second thing is my hair.  In truth, I inherited marvelous genetics with the hair thing. (aside from being a bit thinner now).  My hair has never, ever felt so good or looked so happy.  It feels like pure silk.  Of course, it has grown so long now I hardly know what to do with it, but enjoy it.  . . it’s down my back to the bottom of my rib cage.  Haven’t cut it in more than two years and still no split ends.  Gotta tell you, I love it, I’ve never had my hair this long even as a teenager. Sometimes I notice people  look at me kinda funny, but others have said they love my hair.

The point of this post

Now to the reason I did this post – – – the babies.  A TV commercial has this darling baby smiling up at mommy with a voice-over saying something like  how glad she is that mom understand that her skin is far more sensitive than her mom’s and that her mom is wise enough to give her this wonderful, gentle creme which is so good for her body  – – or something like that. Johnson’s baby oil.    Each time I see it, I think to myself, how we have all been deceived.  Everyone buys into it.   All believe its gentle and healthy because its used on babies.   Its a very old company, so we’re talking generations. And it smells so good. How bad can it be?

Baby oil is MINERAL OIL.  Mineral oil is petroleum based derived from hydrocarbons.  It can block pores and interfere with normal skin function.  Some claim it destroys skin and breaks it down. See following from 2 sources.    Jan

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Why Used?: Petrolatum is mineral oil jelly (i.e. petroleum jelly). It is used as a barrier to lock moisture in the skin in a variety of moisturizers and also in hair care products to make your hair shine.

Health and Environmental Hazards: Petrolatum can be contaminated with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). Studies suggest that exposure to PAHs — including skin contact over extended periods of time — is associated with cancer. On this basis, the European Union classifies petrolatum a carcinogen and restricts its use in cosmetics. PAHs in petrolatum can also cause skin irritation and allergies.

Regulatory Status: In the European Union, petrolatum can only be used in cosmetics “if the full refining history is known and it can be shown that the substance from which it is produced is not a carcinogen.” There is no parallel restriction in Canada. Petrolatum has been flagged for future assessment under the government’s Chemicals Management Plan.

Related Ingredients: Mineral oil and petroleum distillates are related petroleum by-products used in cosmetics. Like petrolatum, these ingredients may be contaminated with PAHs.

10. Mineral Oil (Most harmful when poorly refined)

In many other care products such as baby oil, body lotions, soap and makeup. Mineral oil is a petroleum by-product which cloggs the pores and interferes with the skin’s ability to eliminate toxins, promoting acne and other disorders. Slows down skin function and cell development, resulting in premature aging. May be contaminated with PAHs (carcinogens).

Why Used?: Mineral oil is a petroleum by-product used for thousands of years as a sealing and building material, and more recently as a component of engine oils, pesticides, facial creams, hair products and even baby oil. It serves as a preserving agent and assists in retaining moisture. Aside from moisturizing skin creams and lotions, it is also used on skin supplements, foundations, and makeups that are intended for use on dry skin. It is very cheap and therefore very popular among personal care companies. Its solvent properties are honed when it is used on cleansers and other liquid formula that are intended to use in removing oil-based makeup and in removing the accumulated dust and dirt on oily skin types. On beauty treatments, it is an agent that enables the skin to absorb UV rays without drying the skin.

Health Hazards: Mineral oil may be contaminated with PAHs, which are associated with cancer. If mineral oil is absorbed into the skin because of habitual use, it may affect the functioning of the liver. The liver has to work very hard to break down mineral oil and may not be able to break down toxins efficiently. This can lead to poorer health and weakened immune system.

When mineral oil is applied to the skin it often prevents skin from breathing. Sweat, oil and toxins are therefore not released from the skin and oxygen is prevented from entering the skin. Mineral oil can clog the pores of the skin leading to acne and other skin problems. It can prevent skin cells from developing normally and when used regularly mineral oil may cause skin to age prematurely.

The American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists reported that several studies have confirmed that poorly refined mineral oil can induce skin and scrotal cancers after prolonged, repeated and heavy direct contact with the skin. The U.S. Registry of Toxic Effects of Chemical Substances classifies mineral oil as both carcinogenic and tumorigenic.

Because mineral oil is frequently used for constipation, many of its best-known side effects are related to the gastrointestinal tract. According to the “The Pharmacological Basis of Therapeutics,” chronic use of mineral can cause leakage of oil past the anal sphincter and lead to pruritus ani, or irritation of the skin outside the rectum that can cause severe itching. Mineral oil use may also interfere with healing of postoperative wounds in the anorectal region and disturb normal defecatory reflexes. In one case in which a patient used mineral oil to excess as a laxative, the results included chronic diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain, thirst and weakness.

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The following is imported from:

What are our bodies mostly exposed to in our everyday lives?


  1. Food
  2. Water/Liquids
  3. Air
  4. Personal care products
  5. Pharmaceutical drugs

It only makes sense that what we allow into our bodies will define whether or not it will operate at its peak capacity. So what is it about what we eat, drink, breathe, apply on our skin and take as medicine that has damaged our health?

The most commonly known forms of pollution are the air we breathe, water and soil pollution, all of which greatly affect human health and the eco-system. Pollution could be eliminated and the destruction of our planet could be reversed by committing to changing our ways and implementing free/clean energy technologies that are already available but have been suppressed for the threat they represent to the 200 trillion dollar oil industry.

Environmental pollution, however, is only a small part of the toxicity story. Did you know that harmful chemicals are deliberately added to water supplies, popular foods, personal care products, pharmaceutical drugs and even vaccines?

  • More than 77,000 chemicals are in active production in North America.
  • More than 3,000 chemicals are added to our food supply.
  • More than 10,000 chemicals in the form of solvents, emulsifiers, and preservatives are used in food processing, packaging, wrapping, and storage.
  • 315 chemical contaminants were found in U.S. tap water.
  • One in eight of the 82,000 ingredients used in personal care products are industrial chemicals.
  • Neurotoxins and other chemicals are added to vaccines, and a german study shows that vaccinated children have at least 2 to 5 times more diseases and disorders than unvaccinated children.
  • More than 1000 new chemicals are developed each year.
  • Most of us have between 400 and 800 chemical residues stored in the fat cells of our bodies.

And guess what: Studies show that everyday chemical exposure is among the leading causes of the rapidly increasing cases of chronic disease in America.

Many commonly used chemicals have been linked to cancer, gastrointestinal illnesses, neurological damage, heart diseases, hormonal imbalances, enzyme dysfunction, altered metabolism, reproductive impairment, diabetes, obesity, immune system deficiency, allergies/asthma, arthritis, endocrine disorders…


Just as our society could readily implement clean energy technologies, many harmless ingredients could easily replace the most popular chemicals that are used today. But why do most companies keep using them?

Well… not only are some of these chemicals cheap enough maximizes profit, they are also very good friends to the health care system. But why would health damaging chemicals benefit the “Health Care” system? Here’s a hint: We judge our success in healthcare according to the number of diseased people we treat, not by how many people are healthy.

To put it simply, the health care industry would be better described as a sickness industry. It benefits from illness rather than health. After all, maintaining symptoms and diseases are what generates a steady cash flow. We are being sold on the belief that pharmaceutical drugs and surgery are the key solution to all of our health problems.

However, making conscious choices such as the ingredients we allow into our bodies are of no emphasis in health care. Not to mention that the chemical industry and certain government agencies have fought back, labeling activists and health organizations as “chemophobic alarmists”. But what about all the doctors and research scientists now expressing their concerns?

You can see it on TV; chemical-filled products and fast-foods are glamorized, and when it comes to health, all we hear about is which drug can fix one symptom—only to put us at risk of having 30 new symptoms (side-effects).

But instead of changing our toxic system and educating the masses about disease prevention, healthy nutrition and the toxicity of certain ingredients, authority has more interest in censoring truthful information, persecuting herb and natural supplement companies, and keeping us both unhealthy and unaware.

TO PUT IT SIMPLY: The people in charge of the system do not care about our Health because it thrives on the profit generated by illness. That is why it is of no concern to most companies and corporations to promote misleading information and add cheap and detrimental ingredients to everything we consume. To them, it is a 3 in 1 benefit: chemicals are inexpensive, keeping us unaware minimizes the chances of us seeing the bigger picture, and there is nothing more profitable to the pharmaceutical and health care system than those who are sick.

Here are links designed to help you become aware of what’s in your food, water, and personal care products, and adjust your day-to-day choices accordingly.





Now that we know how food, water, air, personal care products and drugs have depleted human health, what can we individually and collectively do to reverse the process?

  • Don’t Rely on the Maintream Media For Accurate Information.
  • Eat Healthy Foods (Organic if possible).
  • Avoid Tap Water and Bottled Water with Added Fluoride. (CLICK HERE FOR A WATER FILTER SUGGESTION)
  • Don’t Get Vaccinated.
  • Avoid Cosmetic and Personal Care Products Containing Toxic Chemicals.
  • Raise Awareness With Those Around You.
  • Learn and Spread the Word About Clean/Free Energy Technologies. (CLICK HERE

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