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The largest organ of the body is the skin. Whatever we put on our skin is absorbed into our cells. Products that contain chemicals and  carcinogens  place an unnecessary burden on our liver and every other system of  our body.


It would seem to be quite obvious, but it most not be. Why? Because the products are composed of ingredients we can not pronounce or spell. They are listed on the labels of all the best selling products. In fact, just the smell is enough of a warning. Two prime examples are hair relaxers and permanent solution. If you have been in a mainstream hair salon you know what I am talking about. Breathing it in is bad enough! Placing it on the skin and  scalp is mainlining it. Why do we do it? Real and imagined pressure from our peers, ingrained images from the media, agism, lack of self confidence at any age, distorted self perception of appearance.

Since women have, in some ways, come far in achieving rights and power, why do we put our health in jeopardy so easily and often?  More of us need to begin by doing research, and not being dictated to by another industry. I am not against women looking their best, I just want more women and men to question why, how and for whom they are doing it.

A professor of Anthropology and president of a top east coast women’s college once told me that the entire beauty industry is based on the selling of ritual. This is something that has been handed down throughout the ages. Of course the use of clay, henna and dyes made from flowers in the days of the Egyptian culture is a much healthier way to create beauty and ritual. I am very sure they used  toxic materials back then, but their choices were not fueled by huge corporate industry greed. Also, there was no scientific research. The odor at most every nail and hair salon says it all.

Many women and men are unconsciously angry that in order to feel good about themselves they need to be attractive to others. Doing things that ultimately put our health at risk in order to achieve that is sad, empty and insane. Applying hair color or make-up to ourselves that is filled with chemicals is self destructive. Aside form doing injury to ourselves, we are also hurting the environment. We are saying that it is okay to create cheap and toxic products, and we will buy them. We are also agreeing that how we look is more important than how we feel. Worst of all, we are agreeing to risk our health for appearance sake. That is true disempowerment.

Unplugging from the media is not so easy, but taking time to question what we see, read and hear is essential to living a healthier life. Especially in this world that has many free floating toxins in our entire ecosystem and environment. Why we purposefully administer toxins into our bodies for the sake of appearance, on a daily basis, is a question more people need to ask.

Make-up and hair product sell like crack to the vast majority of women in the USA. People who use crack don’t ask what is in it. They are too desperate to care. I would like to think women are way smarter than that.


John Masters Organic Hair Care. link here.

LL’s Magnetic Clay. link here.



Author: notyourrawmama

At the age of ten I distinctly remember questioning the premise that illness just happens to us. The idea that every action has a reaction became a clear reason to doubt that I could not personally impact my own health. In my very early twenties I was introduced to the Macrobiotic Philosophy of Life and assisted a Macrobiotic Counselor in NYC over a period of ten years or more. My life took many twists and turns and I evolved from a trained dancer and performer to a Shiatsu Therapist, Yoga Teacher, Colon Therapist and student of different Spiritually oriented Mind Body Therapies at the Esalen Institute and other healing centers. My associations are as follows: Member of the AOBTA for over 20 Years Member of the NCCAOM for approximately 12 years Member of the Yoga Teachers Alliance 500 hours for approximately 12 years Colon Therapist [ Wood's Institute ] Since 1998 Along with studying REIKI [ 2nd degree ] I was part of a School based on the work of Railey Macey, Dr. Robert Jaffe and Hands of Light. Railey Macey was my teacher. Thank you for your interest in my blog. notyourrawmoma "Wherever you are be the soul of that place". Rumi

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