Musk in Your Milk? – Detox Diva
Eco-Fail: The more personal care products you use, the more synthetic musk you will have in your blood and yes, your breast milk, according to a recent study. Synthetic musk is added to shampoo, lotions, even laundry products, ostensibly to improve “the smell.” Yikes. Called polycyclic musks, they are long-lasting in the environment, and concentrate in body fat of humans and animals. They also cause cause endocrine disruption and reproductive problems in mice. Student-age people have the highest concentrations, since they tend to use the most personal care products. Six synthetic musks were found in the blood samples.
Green Chi Eco-Win: Choose products that only use natural essential oils for scent. Read labels carefully, because when a label says it contains a fragrance, that will be synthetic unless explicitly noted otherwise.
–Annie B. Bond, aka Detox Diva
By Annie B. Bond, the best-selling and award-winning author of five healthy/green living books, including Better Basics for the Home (Three Rivers Press, 1999), Home Enlightenment, Clean & Green (1990), and most recently True Food (National Geographic, 2010 and winner of Gourmand Awards Best Health and Nutrition Cookbook in the World). She has authored literally thousands of articles and was named “the foremost expert on green living” by Body & Soul magazine (2009).