The Health Dialoguer
As most of you know, recently I blogged about the fact that fake tan could cause cancer. It seems that dihydroxyacetone, also known as DHA could be more harmful than first thought – particularly when used in spray tan form as it can be inhaled and ingested (which is not good)!
This got me thinking about all of the chemicals I apply to my body, hair and nails every day. I guess the fact that I am pregnant has made me even more sensitive to wondering about the impact of these chemicals on the human body.
So, after being blonde for nearly ten years I have stopped lightening my hair. Unfortunately I haven’t stopped colouring completely just yet. But taking my hair back to a more natural shade of brown means that I need to colour less and hopefully in a year or two I won’t have to colour at all. I know that when you ask doctors and hairdressers they say that hair colour is fine and not harmful but for me, the less chemicals the better. Plus, with new chemicals being created and added to products every day I find it hard to believe that doctors, hair dressers and regulatory authorities (like the TGA) are keeping up with what is safe and what is not. The hair colour we use today contains different ingredients to the hair colour our mothers used. So ascertaining whether it has long term health effects seems like a tricky business to me.
One of the best things I did on the quest to cut the chemicals was follow Jessica Alba and her Honest Company on Facebook. I have learnt so much already. And watching an interview with her on U.S. television program The Doctors I became familiar with a great not-for-profit organisation called Healthy Child, Healthy World. The organisations mission is to basically make individual homes more natural and chemical free for the sake of the children living within them.
So today I watched their wake up call video and have started following them on Facebook in the hope that I will become more educated about the chemicals that are creeping into our every day lives.
I will keep you updated on what I learn so watch this space!