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February 11, 2011

Are all skin care products safe?

Is it safe?

Here is some valuable information about ingredients in skin care products.

Every white cream is in fact an emulsion of water with fatty materials.  Such an emulsion necessarily contains stabilizers and preserving ingredients.
Include Propylene Glycol.  Propylene Glycol is used in antifreeze, hydraulic fluids and as a solvent. The material safety data sheet on this ingredient warns to avoid skin contact. Propylene Glycol is implicated in contact dermatitis, kidney damage and liver abnormalities; it can inhibit skin cell growth in human tests and can damage cell membranes causing rashes, dry skin and surface damage. Is this in your moisturizer?

Antifreeze in skin creams

Skin scare

You can find it in cosmetics, toothpaste, shampoos and conditioner, lotions, deodorants, baby wipes, processed foods and many more personal care items. Studies have shown that it is retained in your system.  Find more about it and other risks of cosmetic ingredients in: www.ewg.org.

Preserving Ingredients
These appear in almost all cosmetic creams, and include triclosan, and methyl paraben (other forms are: propyl, ethyl, and butyl). Following is an excerpt from an article in the September 2002 issue of Happi (Household and Personal Products Industry) — a chemical industry trade journal “Cosmetic Product Preservation” by Jabbar Mufti:
“Typical preservatives used in the cosmetic industry include methyl paraben, ethyl paraben and propyl paraben and their derivatives. They disable activity in the bacterial wall to prevent fungal contamination. This action continues when the product is on the skin and may be absorbed into the skin tissue, taken up by the blood stream and ultimately reside in the major organs. The preservative action is so stable, it continues to work while inside the body, limiting the normal enzyme activity of the body. How do we know this? Autopsies performed on cancerous tumours have shown residues of methyl-, ethyl- and propyl parabens.”
Toxins in lipstick

Is it safe?

Scientists have found new evidence to show you why you should think carefully about using products that contain methyl paraben. “Their experiments show that xenoestrogens in a mixture can have a very significant effect in the presence of estrogen. The additive impact of a collection of xenoestrogens, each of them at concentrations beneath their individual “no effect” level, was to more than double the effect of natural estrogen by itself.”

Here`s the link to read the report on “weak” estrogens:

All organic skin care

Safe creams

The products offered on this site contain exclusively edible ingredients, of vegetal origin.  They contain no preserving ingredients, artificial fragrances or solvents.

October 14, 2010

Joint pain

Joint pain

Barkan ointmant

A mixture of herbal extracts & essential oils

Herbs of Kedem is proud to notify you of the most recent exciting news – our top product for muscle and joint pain – BARKAN – was authorized by Health Canada as a Natural Health Product, which means, it’s effectivness is now proven!
Below you will find an interesting article regarding the side effects of Codeine, a common pain killer, which apperantly is dangerous that we thought it is.
Chose the natural solution for your pain, with no side effects whatsoever.

Canadian medical journal warns codeine can kill

4 Ontario deaths
Fast metabolism can provoke morphine overdose

By SHARON KIRKEY, Postmedia News October 5, 2010

Codeine can be lethally toxic even in normal doses, and now Canada’s leading medical journal says it’s time to seriously consider phasing out the popular painkiller.
The Canadian Medical Association Journal says codeine -a drug that has been in use since the 1800s -has never been subjected to the safety testing now mandatory for modern-day drugs, and that a person’s genetic makeup can leave them vulnerable to life-threatening or fatal reactions.

“Health professionals and the public generally believe that codeine, used responsibly, is safe, a perception fostered by the availability of codeine-containing products for purchase over the counter in many countries,” the journal says in an editorial published this week.

“However, recent advances in our understanding of pharmacogenetics raise serious concerns about the safety of codeine, including emerging evidence that the narcotic can cause death even at conventional doses.”

The liver converts codeine to morphine. But some people are ultrarapid metabolizers, meaning their bodies break codeine down far faster than most, leading to a toxic accumulation of morphine that can be deadly.

Researchers from Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children were the first to report the case of a healthy, 12-day-old breastfed baby who died from a morphine overdose five years ago. The baby’s mother had been prescribed codeine for postpartum pain. Lab tests revealed she carried the genetic variations that made her an ultrarapid metabolizer of codeine, which led to high levels of morphine in her baby’s blood, although she was taking less than the recommended dose.

Last year, the Sick Kids team warned using codeine after tonsil surgery could be fatal for toddlers after reviewing a coroner’s case involving an otherwise healthy 2-year-old who was sent home with a prescribed dose of codeine and acetaminophen syrup after a tonsillectomy. He died two days later. Genetic tests revealed he was a hyper converter of morphine. He died of a morphine overdose.

The researchers know of two more cases involving Ontario toddlers -one of whom died.
The chance of being an ultrarapid metabolizer varies among populations. Health Canada estimates it to be one per 100 people for those of Chinese, Japanese and Hispanic descent, and one to 10 per 100 for Caucasians. North African, Ethiopian and Arab populations have the highest prevalence, at 16 to 28 per 100 people.

October 13, 2010

There is a better way: Antioxidants such as OPC 3

Sun Screens

Sun screen or sun tan?

What’s Hiding in Your Sunscreen?

A lot of the chemicals in sunscreens actually pose serious health risks. In fact sunscreens are little more than nasty cocktails of dangerous chemical agents.

Here’s a sample of what you’re likely to find on the label of your favorite sunscreen:

Commonly Found
In Commercial Sunscreens
Dangerous Side Effects
1. Parabens Endocrine disruptors,” these gender-bending chemicals mimic estrogen, upset your hormonal balance, and can cause various reproductive cancers in men and women
2. PABA (may be listed as octyl-dimethyl or padimate-O) Attacks DNA and causes genetic mutation when exposed to sunlight
3. Mineral oil, paraffin, petrolatum Coats skin like plastic and clogs pores, trapping toxins in, slows skin cell growth, disrupts normal hormone function, suspected of causing cancer
4. Sodium laurel, lauryl sulfate, sodium laureth sulfate (sometimes listed as “from coconut” or “coconut derived” Combined with other chemicals, it becomes nitrosamine, a powerful cancer-causing agent; penetrates your skin’s moisture barrier, allowing other dangerous chemicals to enter your bloodstream
5. Phenol carbolic acid Circulatory collapse, paralysis, convulsions, coma, death from respiratory failure
6. Acrylamide Breast cancer
Octyl-methoxycinnamate (OMC) Kills skin cells
7. Toluene (may be listed as benzoic, benzyl, or butylated hydroxtoluene Anemia, low blood cell count, liver and kidney damage, birth defects
8. Propylene glycol Dermatitis, kidney and liver abnormalities, prevents skin growth, causes irritation
9. PEG, polysorbates, laureth, ethoxylated alcohol Potent carcinogens containing dioxane

July 24, 2010

Time Magazine issue July 19 2010

By Bryan Walsh


Organic Shampoos


It began, as few great scientific discoveries do, with a $400 hair treatment in West Hollywood. Siobhan O’Connor and Alexandra Spunt had decided to get Brazilian Blowouts — only to find out later that the secret straightening ingredient was formaldehyde, a known carcinogen.
Many shampoos and conditioners contain sulfates and preservatives like parabens, both of which are potential hormone disrupters
Seek out organic shampoos and conditioners — the authors recommend the John Masters line — or make your own with baking soda and mayo
Safe organic maskara

Stay beautiful and healthy


Mascara contents may include mercury, a neurotoxin, and coal tar, a carcinogen; eye shadow can be contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, linked to cancer
Activated charcoal can sub for conventional eye makeup

Healthy Skin


Skin moisturizers

Lots of big-name moisturizers have parabens and other preservatives, while many sunscreens contain oxybenzone, a hormone disrupter
Extra-virgin olive oil is a natural moisturizer, and Soléo Organics makes a good all-natural sunscreen
Beautiful Lips

Organic lipstick


Your favorite lipstick may be contaminated with lead, a neurotoxin, as well as BHA, a potential carcinogen
Use an organic alternative like RMS Beauty Lip2Cheek, which is also a blush
Read more: http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,2002338_2002332_2002330,00.html#ixzz0ucZDUk00

1. Not drinking enough water
2. Picking your pimples
3. Shaving the wrong way
7. Waxing your upper lip / facial hair
8. Going on a ‘proteins only’ diet
Fad diets deprive your skin (and body) of essential nutrients. You need vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and various micronutrients that a single food diet cannot give you.
9. Late night partying
Your body sleeps at night, but your skin doesn’t — most of its repair and renewal work is done while you’re in bed. Depriving it of the nightly eight hours of rejuvenation will leave it looking dull and tired.
10. Stressing out
Stress shows up after years on your heart and blood pressure, but almost immediately on your skin. So listen to your skin when it is trying to tell you something — patchy complexion, blemishes, dullness, itchy redness, rashes appearing at periods of high stress. Try yoga, meditation, exercise, or whatever your best stress buster is.
Step 1. Clean Skin Is Happy Skin
One simple way to take care of your skin is to keep it clean. Keeping your hands clean is especially important because your hands can spread germs to the skin on other parts of your body.
When washing your hands, use water that’s comfortably warm. Wet your hands, then lather up with a mild soap. You should lather and rub everywhere, including the palms, the wrists, between the fingers, and under the nails. Rinse well, dry thoroughly with a clean towel.
With pimples, you might think that scrubbing your face is the way to get rid of them. But actually, your skin will be less likely to break out if you clean it gently, using your fingertips, not a rough washcloth.
Step 2. Exfoliate

Organic Facial Care products

all organic facial set

Excoriation is the step most people skip in their weekly skincare routine. But trust me, if you start properly exfoliating your skin, you will notice an almost immediate difference. There are several ways to exfoliate skin: Microdermabrasion, chemical peels and retinoids.
Step 3: Moisturize
A basic law of beauty is that everyone, no matter her skin type, should moisturize. Even if your skin is oily, it will benefit from moisturizers. (The only exception is those with acne). Why? Moisturizers seal moisture into skin. So how much should you moisturize? Your skin will tell you. When your skin is tight, it’s crying out for moisture. Be careful not to overmoisturize — this can clog pores.

Coral Reefs in Jeopardy – Vanishing Faster than Rain Forests

By Carol and Rob Trow

UV blocking chemicals, found in many popular sunscreens ( parabens, cinnamare, benzophenone, camphor derivatives), can rapidly cause viral infections that promote coral bleaching which kills off coral even if present in small amounts. Twenty five percent of sunscreen applied to the skin is released in the water during the course of only twenty minutes. The presence of these chemicals produces high levels of viral infections that kill off algae necessary for coral reefs to survive.

Those swimming, snorkeling and diving near coral reefs should not wear sunscreens with the above named ingredients as they are causing the coral to die.

Reefs that are exposed to humans wearing sunscreens are in jeopardy. Some chemical components contained in most commercial sunscreens cause the rapid and complete bleaching of hard corals, even at very low concentrations. Accordingly, they observed that the corals’ bleaching was more rapid and evident at higher temperatures, suggesting that the predicted warming of oceans’ temperature could potentially augment the sunscreens’ harmful effects on the corals’ bleaching. Since they estimated that roughly 4000–6000 metric tons of sunscreen annually wash off swimmers into reef waters, sunscreens are promoting viral infections of algae that play an important role in coral bleaching (killing of coral) in those areas more prone to high levels of recreational use by humans. This does not mean the complete banning of sunscreens – which are essential for protecting our skin from cancer – rather they have suggest the use of more eco-compatible filters such as kaolin, zinc oxide, titanium dioxide and the like. Use of sunscreens that have physical, reflective filters and eco-friendly chemical ingredients will help our

critically important coral environment survive.

There is a better way. Do not use sunscreen! We will tell you how next time.

May 28, 2010

Summer is here!
Let’s go to the beach. Get some suntan. Most of us like to be tan.
It looks good.
But than the controversy.
Too much sun is bad. Is it? How much is too much?
Is it sun tan or sunburn that is bad?
Or maybe the sun screen lotion?
In my opinion in many cases the remedy is creating more problems that it is solving.
Especially for small kids.

BOSTON — A new study shows many sunscreens may not protect your skin, and some are even dangerous to your health.
NewsCenter 5’s Shiba Russell reported that researchers inspecting nearly 800 different brands of sunscreens found that barely one-quarter of them offered adequate sun protection.
According to the Environmental Working Group, more than half of the products they looked at broke down after minutes in the sun, according to a Boston Herald report.
Some products contained questionable substances, such as oxybenzone, which mimics the hormone estrogen which doctors have linked to cancer. Only 13 percent were found to block UVB rays and not UVA rays.
The study only gave three of the top 10 selling brands good ratings and all were for babies. They included the Blue Lizard Australian Suncream SPF 30/Baby, California Baby Water-Resistant Hypo-Allergenic Sunscreen SPF 30-plus and Aveeno Baby Sunblock Lotion Continuous Protection SPF 55.

Do Chemical Sunscreens Increase Cancer?
Worldwide, the greatest rise in melanoma has been experienced in countries where chemical sunscreens have been heavily promoted  The rise in melanoma has been exceptionally high in Queensland, Australia  where the medical establishment has vigorously promoted the use of sunscreens. Queensland now has more incidences of melanoma per capita than any other place on Earth. (Garland, Cedric F., et al. Could sunscreens increase melanoma risk? American Journal of Public Health, Vol. 82, No. 4, April 1992, pp. 614-15).

Dr. Gordon Ainsleigh in California believes that the use of sunscreens causes more cancer deaths than it prevents. He estimates that the 17% increase in breast cancer observed between 1981 and 1992 may be the result of the pervasive use of sunscreens over the past decade (Ainsleigh, H. Gordon. Beneficial effects of sun exposure on cancer mortality. Preventive Medicine, Vol. 22, February 1993, pp. 132-40). Recent studies have also shown a higher rate of melanoma among men who regularly use sunscreens and a higher rate of basal cell carcinoma among women using sunscreens (Garland, Cedric F. et al. Effect of sunscreens on UV radiation-induced enhancement of melanoma growth in mice. Journal of the National Cancer Institute, Vol. 86, No. 10, May 18, 1994, pp. 798-801 :Larsen, H.R. “Sunscreens: do they cause skin cancer.” International Journal of Alternative & Complementary Medicine, 1994; 12(12): 17-19; Farmer K.C. & Naylor, M.F. “Sun exposure, sunscreens, and skin cancer prevention: a year-round concern.” Ann Pharmacother, 1996; 30(6):662-73)
So the short answer-nobody knows for sure. Unfortunately.

Author: kedem
May 14, 2010


By Mayo Clinic staff


Photograph of nail fungal infection Nail fungal infection

An infection of nail fungus occurs when fungi infect one or more of your nails. A nail fungal infection may begin as a white or yellow spot under the tip of your fingernail or toenail. As the nail fungus spreads deeper into your nail, it may cause your nail to discolor, thicken and develop crumbling edges — an unsightly and potentially painful problem.

You may have a nail fungal infection — also called onychomycosis (on-i-ko-mi-KO-sis) — if one or more of your naThe most effective Fungus treatmentils are:

  • Thickened
  • Brittle, crumbly or ragged
  • Distorted in shape
  • Dull, with no luster or shine
  • A dark color, caused by debris building up under your nail

Infected nails also may separate from the nail bed, a condition called onycholysis. You may feel pain in your toes or fingertips and detect a slightly foul odor.

There is 100% organic treatment that is highly effective. No side effects.


Author: Nathan
January 5, 2010

Even during tough times, especially during those times we need to relax. Meditation is great. But not everybody can do it. This product helps to relax and actually makes it easier to meditate. A fantastic bath lotion that causes relaxation without inducing sleep.

Properties: Balances the neurovegetative systems: sympathetic- parasympathetic. Enhances memory and learning ability Anti-stress Has a particularly pleasant odor.

When you really want to take a relaxing and calming bath, let go of all your worldly cares, slide in and let yourself be immersed by peace and warmth.
Sounds good to me!

November 2, 2009

 Great natural products for babies! Check it out!         Diaper rashThere are many misconceptions about a baby’s bottom:

  • It is supposed to be perfectly smooth and rash-free
  • Diaper rash is abnormal
  • Diaper rash is a sign of food or formula allergies
  • Diaper rash means the baby has bad diarrhea or a yeast infection

Having a diaper rash is a normal part of being a baby. There are many ways you can limit the amount of rash, but from time to time it will flare up again.

Start with ultra sensitive skin, add the chemicals and moisture of urine and stools, coveregalim-hadeshi.JPGr the area with a diaper that rubs back and forth, and you have diaper rash. This damaged skin is susceptible to the invasion of bacteria and yeast, which can make the rash worse.

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