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debrajo
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Can some of you recommend a really good, and good tasting olive oil? I've been using Bertolli Extra Virgin, but it doesn't even smell or taste like olive oil(which I love). Also, a face soap. I've used Dove for years, but my skin is so dry it is literly flaking into my eye(especially since my eyelashes never grew back). Having a hard time finding dish soap that does the dishes, but won't break my hands out in a rash. Thanks in advance, Debrajo

JoAnnDK
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I use DAWN Hand Renewal dish soap...it has "Olay" on the label and is creamy pink.

It seems that olive oil stores are popping up all over. I do not know where you live, but watch for one. The one near me has 40 varieties and you can sample them. Whole Foods also has a few vats of olive oils. Williams Sonoma always has olive oils out to taste. That is where I get my dipping and salad dressing olive oil. I forget the brand and am not at home, but it is mild without a peppery aftertaste. From Liguria, Italy. It is expensive - but I am worth it! LOL

Have you tried using facial wipes instead of soap on your face? And it sounds like you need a heavy-duty moisturizer. You might want to ask at a cosmetics counter - or if your hair salon has an esthetician, she might know.

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Thanks Joann and Jazzy1for the info! I live in a small southeast texas town and I'm about 30 miles from a mid-size town, but Houston, where I go to MD Anderson is only two hours away and I'm sure a little research on the olive oil would come pretty easily.

I am trying to get off my beloved caffiene diet cokes and have been drinking a lot of water...only to find out the plastic bottles contain cancer causing chemicals! Any one know of some place to get a glass sports-type bottle? A glass one is the only kind recomended for some one who already HAS cancer! Thanks for the insight and info! Best Debrajo

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BPA in plastic is a big deal....I threw out most all of my tupperware-type containers and replaced with Pyrex glass. No more drinking plastic bottles as glass only. I use a "stainless" container for my water when going to the gym. It's Safe!!

Sodas are loaded with tons of artificial ingredients, plus deplete our bones of calcium. When I read this, I stopped with sodas immediately as I was a 5-can soda/day drinker. Yikes!

At least you're noticing and trying to change....good for you!!!

Best,
Jan

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Thanks Jazzy1!! I see all the "mistakes" I made in the past and wonder how many I DON't know about! I was always a heavy soda drinker, always the diet kind and after all that has gone on in the last 2 1/2 years I think back to my teen years and remember being a 5-6 can of diet soda...with cyclomite( I'm sure I misspelled that!) They took it off the market sometime in the early 70's because it did cause cancer in mice!! It seemed like I was addicted to it...couldn;t get enough. Guess it did come back to haunt me. It says in the Bible that "we are all sown with the seeds of our own destruction", but I never thought it would happen to me! Thans again, Debrajo PS Did not THINK about plastic Containers! Is microwaving out also?

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It takes us all time to know where to unload some of the toxins and the easiest start is our food chain. Pesticides in chicken/beef, mercury in fish, BPA in plastics, etc, etc. Take it one day at a time and you'll find what you want. I've learned so much from the ladies on this site and if you need more of that good information, try to search for particular topics at the top of our site.

I'll attached a link to better explain BPA in plastics. As mentioned, I unloaded most all of my plastic storage containers and know to NEVER use plastic to heat foods in microwave. Yes microwave has rays that go into our food and we then ingest from the food, plus it depletes most foods good nutrients. My nutritionist told me if I must use it, use lower heat and stand away approx 3 ft when it's working.

http://healthychild.org/5steps/5_steps_5/

I replaced soda with green tea and lemon....loaded with lots of good anti-cancer nutrients. Don't look back on what you did that could possibly have pushed you to cancer side....you and I will never know why.

Enjoy life, it has an expiration!
Jan

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I as well have very dry skin and have changed my whole toiletry and facial line to more "natural". For dish soap I'm using a company brand called SEVENTH GENERATION....non drying on hands.

My skin is very, very dry and found just olive oil or coconut oil on face works, plus Shea butter. Took me a while to understand how olive oil could possibly work, as it's rather runny, but absorbs well into the skin.

If you have a desire to learn more, go to this website www.ewg.org to research products and ratings. Great start if wanting to avoid many of the harsh products on our local supermarket shelves. As well, learn to read labels and understand what ingredients we must avoid. This is a whole new world if we want to avoid toxins and remember our skin absorbs most of what we put on it.

Good luck....
Jan

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When my daughter was pregnant with my first grandchild, we did a lot of plastics research. We found that some products now say "BPA-free" instead of the triangle with a number in it. Makes sense to me...when shopping, you may not have those codes with you (the numbers inside the triangles).

I do not even want to tell you how much the natural, plastic-free crib mattress cost! Many people do not think about crib mattresses......but when you realize how many hours that children spend with their faces on one, it was worth every penny.

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Thanks again jazzy1 and JoAnnDK it is a lot to absorb when you think of every day,day to day. But it does make you THINK. My generation started live with glass or metal, but coming of age we JUMPED on embarrassing plastic. Cheap, good for the environmental,cost efficient, renewable resource,ect. We've been given a (tough)second chance to try and do better. I will probably have more questions after I study all the posts and sites you all have given me so.....thanks in advance! debrajo

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Thanks again jazzy1 and JoAnnDK it is a lot to absorb when you think of every day,day to day. But it does make you THINK. My generation started live with glass or metal, but coming of age we JUMPED on embarrassing plastic. Cheap, good for the environmental,cost efficient, renewable resource,ect. We've been given a (tough)second chance to try and do better. I will probably have more questions after I study all the posts and sites you all have given me so.....thanks in advance! debrajo

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I forgot to ask where you get your stainless water bottles? I have found several bottles, but come with a hard plastic lining you cant take out. I've been to Academy and Gander Mountain and our not so friendly wal mart. Have millions on line, but have not plowed through all of them yet. Thanks, debrajo

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I inherited my stainless container from my daughter, but really in need of a new one. I've seen them in Whole Foods for $20, Amazon and "our not so friendly Walmart". Only thing I do is not use the plastic sealed lid which screws on. It's here in case of a time when can't have the stainless open.

Happy shopping!
Jan

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I think there are "grades" of stainless - not sure offhand but remember seeing something like "food" grade when I was shopping for stainless waterbottle. It still makes me nervous since most everything is made in China where the quality control is suspect (to me anyway) and there's lots of pollution. And stainless can pit and get rusty. I'm sure they are coated with stainless and who knows what's under that layer. Maybe I'm just suspicious but metal is creepy to me.

Jan, is polycarbonate bad? That's what I've been using. I do have 2 stainless but I use the polycarbonate.

Now I'm wondering about it all. Glass is probably the best.

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@ Daisy366 and others, just talked to my daughter who is an RN. They take update classes all the time and she is just finishing one on this very subject. Scared her so bad she threw out all the plastic AND metal cookware she had. The Professors are telling them,from all the new findings and studies, GLASS is the Only safe product to store, drink, or cook with! She said from today on, the microwave is out the door! She has four children,13to2, and the Pro. are teaching them now that what they do effects THEIR children on down to four generations! Scary stuff...to think that what I have done will, in some way, effect my gggrandkids! WOW! Scare tactics or truth? Debrajo

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Glad to see we're finally touching the medical community.

My 20 yr old college daughter just couldn't understand when I stopped purchasing plastic water bottles, until she had a biology class where she learned how bad BPA truly is for all living creatures. She asked for a water purifier for the dorm, which is BPA free and they fill up BPA free water containers...bingo! Something sunk in, but it wasn't directly from me as apparently parents don't know anything :-(

Hugs,
Jan

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http://amomsblog.wordpress.com/2007/11/06/harmful-plastics-polycarbonate-with-bisphenol-a/

You made me wonder about the "polycarbonate" chemical, and found the link above. Linked to plastic so doesn't sound good. What you're using is a stainless container with a polycarbonate lining? Mine is sold stainless steel and wondering if even that's okay. Gee....never ends does it?

I still use my steel pots and pans, mainly for sauteing or making my steel oats, but are you thinking that might not be good either? Did some quick research a year ago and found the better type of pans to us, which I had...just threw out the bad ones. What type should one be using? What I could do, outside of sauteing use all glass for baking foods in oven...that sound like an idea?

I got rid of most all my plastic containers. Whatever is left we use when forced to transport foods, but in the end, I still try to use glass. I stopped buying all the bottle waters, as have a filtered water spout on outside of my refrig.

Think about it, we're all going back to a basic diet of plants, plus getting rid of plastics. When we think about it, all these items to help us stay "in the fast lane in life", is simply killing us.

Great topic Mary Ann~
Jan

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I was shocked when I found out that polycarbonate is made from BPA - OMG! On wikipedia they showed a sample of BPA container and it was one of those water containers for water coolers!!

BPA is #7 - you can find these numbers on bottom of containers.

Lucky for me my Thermos brand plastic bottles are labeled BPA-free on bottom. So I think I am safe with these.

I am wondering about my Pur water filter container and others like Brita.

As for cooking, I use stainless and cast iron. Hopefully these are OK. I stopped using teflon and other non-stick pans. But I bake on aluminum. Would parchment paper provide an adequate barrier? My coffeemaker heats water in plastic as most all of them do. Even instant water heaters have a plastic lining. I had a glass tea kettle till I broke it and now I heat water in my stainless. Corningware is glass. Maybe I should dig out these for cooking.

uurggghhh! my head is spinning.

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http://healthychild.org/5steps/5_steps_5/

Checkout the attached link for the good and bad in plastics by numbers.

Good -- 1, 2, 4, 5

Bad are rest, plus 7 is generally Styrofoam....BAD!!

I do not use anything with teflon and other non-stick bottoms. Plastic is all around us, even in our ports, mattresses, plastic bags for produce in grocery stores (I use some purchased reusable ones as must bring to grocer each time), cosmetics containers, even our eye glasses, etc, etc, Each day I notice something else which I'm using that's plastic and try to stop.

Aluminum isn't good either, I even avoid aluminum foil if I can. Remember aluminum generally lines the soda and food cans with BPA. Copied some information below which might be of help. Hum...guess we need to start making our containers out of wood, as we carve from the trees we've cut down on our property.....not my deal!

The American Beverage Association speaks for the non-alcoholic beverage makers by saying the industry "is committed to using products and containers that meet or exceed all government health, safety and quality standards." It notes concerns about bisphenol A, but it reports that the beverage industry's containers are safe and present "no public health risk."
Bisphenol A

Bisphenol A, more commonly known as BPA, is a chemical used in some hard plastics and the lining of some aluminum beverage cans, and the government is trying to determine whether BPA poses any health risks. In 2008, the FDA reported that food-related materials on the market that contained BPA were safe, but the Department of Health and Human Services is conducting additional tests to better evaluate any potential health risks from exposure to BPA.
Alzheimer's Disease

There's a myth that exposure to aluminum might increase your risk of developing Alzheimer's disease. Some people have worried over the years about using aluminum cans, pots and pans, and antacids and antiperspirants with aluminum. The theory developed in the 1960s and 1970s, but the Alzheimer's Association reports that there have been no studies since then to suggest that aluminum can cause Alzheimer's.

Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/312454-are-diet-coke-aluminum-cans-safe/#ixzz1qWYJpNLN

RoseyR
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Don't want to scare you but Jan is right in all her advice about plastics.

But I'd also avoid aluminum if posisble--and especially cast iron because if there's an element that cancer cells thrive on beyond glucose,it's iron. (A lover of tea, I had to send back tea served to me recently in Pasadena in one of those super-chic cast-iron teapots of a type I've always wanted!).

I'd stick to glass and stainless steel or ceramics (lead-free) as much as possible.

xo,
Rosey

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Another report from my dau. Corningware is in-- EVERYTHING else is out or at least linked to something. Also, really the COLORED glass is frowned on because it takes special chemicals to make the colors. Pyrex is also a good all-around product that has been around for generations. Back to Wal-Mart!

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