• Olivia Bowman

The Gift I can Give in 2020

Dearest friends, family, artists, humans,

Things that I am passionate about are plentiful, however I have been most affected by the chemicals in our daily life many of which are banned in the European Union but in The Great Consumerist USA we are being targeted in all directions by endocrine disrupting ingredients. Before you think, “Olivia, you paranoid freak…” please read this because I think most of us are just trying to survive in this high speed world which we landed and I agree that “everything can kill us in large doses,” but I have horrendous allergies, sensitive skin, and a desire to avoid the bad parts of this life that many people just accept free willy.

These nasty little endocrine disrupting chemicals hide everywhere, in everything. The endocrine system is a chemical messenger system comprising feedback loops of the hormones released by internal glands of an organism directly into the circulatory system, regulating distant target organs. In humans, the major endocrine glands are the thyroid gland and the adrenal glands. Endocrine disruptors can mimic hormones, send false messages in the body, or disrupt the messaging system all together. I will not get into the role these nasty ingredients can play in hormonal related breast cancers, thyroid, prostate or other (you can google that)…however I will list for you the most common endocrine disrupting ingredients so you can look for them when you need to buy that next thing.

What are some common endocrine disruptors?

. These disruptions can cause cancerous tumors, birth defects, and other developmental disorders.

  • Bisphenol A (BPA) — used to make polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins, which are found in many plastic products including food storage containers

  • Dioxins — produced as a byproduct in herbicide production and paper bleaching, they are also released into the environment during waste burning and wildfires

  • Perchlorate — a by-product of aerospace, weapon, and pharmaceutical industries found in drinking water and fireworks

  • Perfluoroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) — used widely in industrial applications, such as firefighting foams and non-stick pan, paper, and textile coatings

  • Phthalates — used to make plastics more flexible, they are also found in some food packaging, cosmetics, children’s toys, and medical devices

  • Phytoestrogens — naturally occurring substances in plants that have hormone-like activity, such as genistein and daidzein that are in soy products, like tofu or soy milk

  • Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE) — used to make flame retardants for household products such as furniture foam and carpets

  • Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) — used to make electrical equipment like transformers, and in hydraulic fluids, heat transfer fluids, lubricants, and plasticizers

  • Triclosan — may be found in some anti-microbial and personal care products, like liquid body wash

  • Parabens are a class of widely used preservatives in cosmetic and pharmaceutical products. Chemically, they are a series of parahydroxybenzoates or esters of parahydroxybenzoic acid (also known as 4-hydroxybenzoic acid). Parabens are effective preservatives in many types of formulas. These compounds, and their salts, are used primarily for their bactericidal and fungicidal properties. They are found in shampoos, commercial moisturizers, shaving gels, personal lubricants, topical/parenteral pharmaceuticals, suntan products, makeup,[1] and toothpaste. They are also used as food preservatives.

How do people encounter endocrine-disrupting chemicals?

"People may be exposed to endocrine disruptors through food and beverages consumed, pesticides applied, and cosmetics used. In essence, your contact with these chemicals may occur through diet, air, skin, and water. Even low doses of endocrine-disrupting chemicals may be unsafe. The body’s normal endocrine functioning involves very small changes in hormone levels, yet we know even these small changes can cause significant developmental and biological effects. This observation leads scientists to think that endocrine-disrupting chemical exposures, even at low amounts, can alter the body’s sensitive systems and lead to health problems."

Women Put an Average of 168 Chemicals on Their Bodies Each Day

61 percent of lipsticks contained lead, with levels ranging up to 0.65 parts per million.


What have I done, and what do I suggest others do:

· I do not buy, wear, or sew any textiles made with plastics (if you check your garment tags I guarantee the majority of your clothes are polyester, elastin, or some other harmful (never gets recycled) ingredient. I buy sustainable fabric and I make my own clothing. I suggest you start thrifting all of your clothing. Textiles, and garments are the SECOND BIGGEST POLLUTOR second only to OIL! Not to mention the 170 MILLION CHILDREN WORKING IN SWEAT SHOPS to cloth our greedy American bodies.

· I threw away everything I ever bought at a pharmacy, drug store, makeup store etc. I decided to only pursue brands of cosmetics, skin care, soaps, household products that were sustainable and could prove that their ingredients were free from endocrine disruptors. When you search Amazon search keywords like, Paraben Free, Sustainable, Eco-Friendly, Organic etc. It may sound gimmicky but buying organic means you are buying a product free of Pesticides. HELLO! YAY! If would like suggestions on where to shop for makeup, or skin care of any kind, I recommend Beauty Counter, they stand behind every single product and refuse to accept any harmful ingredients.

· Stop eating processed food because it is full of endocrine disrupting ingredients.

· I stopped wearing Nail Polish, investigated every lotion, soap, serum, oil, and narrowed my makeup down to only certified organic, without any endocrine disrupting ingredients

· I threw away every bottle of perfume. Numerous studies have found that most of the most commonly used ingredients in commercial fragrance products can induce mild allergic reactions like headache, sinus inflammation, itchiness, runny nose and can contribute to worse issues such as hormonal imbalances, organ damage, and even cancer.) The Environmental Working Group (EWG) reports that, while many popular perfumes, colognes and body sprays contain trace amounts of natural essences, they also typically contain a dozen or more potentially hazardous synthetic chemicals, some of which are derived from petroleum

· Filter your tap water, invest in a shower head filter, we bought an AQUA BLISS shower filter on Amazon for $35

· I decided to embark on a minimalist lifestyle. I threw away, donated, or sold most of my possessions and decided to live with less because less stuff is less stress, and less risk for chemicals

---I highly recommend the Minimalist Podcast, it is free and better than any Netflix series, the creators are both natives of Dayton, Ohio and they highlight what you gain when you have less @theminimalists

I REALLY hope this letter doesn’t sound pompous, I love you all, I want us to be healthy and live long lives with less chemicals together because not only are they bad for our bodies, they are bad for our precious planet.

“Under Trump, the Environmental Protection Agency has been a disaster, actively rolling back or blocking laws meant to protect us, including reversing course on banning extremely toxic chemicals.

The new Acting EPA Administrator, Andrew Wheeler, says he wants to do better than his predecessor, and banning known toxic chemicals would be a great place to start. We’re calling on Wheeler to take action on one of the most toxic chemicals that Pruitt failed to regulate. TCE, or trichloroethylene, is a carcinogen found in the tap water supplies of 14 million Americans. It should have been banned years ago, and now is the time to get rid of it.

Take action and tell Wheeler to protect Americans by banning this harmful chemical.”

Here is the link to sign this petition:

Love, Olivia Sue Bowman

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