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Toxins Found In Nail Polish By Cortney Campbell

Nail Polish/ Acrylic and Gel Nails

Would you be super surprised here if I told you that nail polish, nail polish remover, along with gel nails and acrylic nails were extremely toxic? Probably not. Even if you just simply skim through the U.S Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA’s) warnings for nail salon workers, you would see a list of the serious health issues these products can cause:

  • Acetone (nail polish remover): headaches; dizziness; and irritated eyes, skin, and throat.
  • Acetonitrile (fingernail glue remover): irritated nose and throat; breathing problems; nausea; vomiting; weakness; and exhaustion.
  • Butyl acetate (nail polish, nail polish remover): headaches and irritated eyes, skin, nose, mouth, and throat
  • Dibutyl phthalate (DBP), (nail polish): nausea and irritated eyes, skin, nose, mouth, and throat. Long-term exposures to high concentrations may cause other serious effects.
  • Ethyl acetate (nail polish, nail polish remover, fingernail glue): irritated eyes, stomach, skin, nose, mouth, and throat; high levels can cause fainting.
  • Ethyl methacrylate (EMA), (artificial nail liquid): asthma; irritated eyes, skin, nose, and mouth; difficulty concentrating. Exposures while pregnant may affect your child.
  • Formaldehyde (nail polish, nail hardener): difficulty breathing, including coughing, asthma-like attacks, and wheezing; allergic reactions; irritated eyes, skin, and throat. Formaldehyde can cause cancer.
  • Isopropyl acetate (nail polish, nail polish remover): sleepiness, and irritated eyes, nose, and throat.
  • Methacrylic acid (nail primer): skin burns and irritated eyes, skin, nose, mouth, and throat. At higher concentrations, this chemical can cause difficulty breathing.
  • Methyl methacrylate (MMA), (artificial nail products, though banned for use in many states): asthma; irritated eyes, skin, nose, and mouth; difficulty concentrating; loss of smell.
  • Quaternary ammonium compounds (disinfectants): irritated skin and nose and may cause asthma.
  • Toluene (nail polish, fingernail glue): dry or cracked skin; headaches, dizziness, and numbness; irritated eyes, nose, throat, and lungs; damage to liver and kidneys; and harm to unborn children during pregnancy.

If you have cancer, skip the nail salon and try to skip nail polish altogether. Especially skip acrylic and gel nails. There is a reason that once you choose to remove them, your nail beds are stripped of their vitality and are paper thin and flaking off (see ingredients above not to mention you deprive your nails of oxygen.)

Nowadays if I paint my nails (usually my toes only,) I use a mineral based polish which is free of formaldehyde, toluene and camphor (see above.) A water based polish I like that has a low toxicity is Suncoat and there are many other lower toxicity brands at Vitacost that you can check out. I find that with water based and mineral polishes, you need to paint 3-4 coats for a lasting manicure. When you’re ready to remove the polish, Suncoat also has an excellent acetone free nail polish remover.

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Safer Hair Dye Options by Cortney Campbell

Here are some great, SAFER options for hair color:

Organic Hair Salons: With the popularizing of natural beauty products, there are now more accessible organic hair color salons. Typically organic hair color is going to be more expensive than a standard coloring, but your health of course is so worth 30 more bucks. These salons are typically using hair color that bleaches the hair with a hydrogen-peroxide base instead of an ammonia or bleach base which is much MUCH better for the hair and your internal environment. I found an organic hair salon in my area by a quick google search: “organic hair color + (my city) Atlanta”. Aviary Salon is very popular in the A-T-L and provides organic hair color services and a rockin’ haircut too.

Aveda Products: I think Aveda products are a nice middle ground for people wanting to do better for their bodies and who don’t have an organic salon in their area. Aveda salons are also located EVERYWHERE so they are easy to access and are moderately affordable. I also like that their products are free of parabens, phthalates, and sodium lauryl sulfate. What would be a best bet would be using an Aveda hair color (which still uses ammonia but is a better quality product), but use Balayage techniques (see below) to reduce exposure to the skin and how often you need to get your hair colored.

Balayage Highlights: My favorite and most time and cost efficient way to get my hair colored is by getting Balayage highlights. You can see this French technique in the picture above. It uses the same chemicals as standard salon hair color, but it is applied away from the scalp with a paintbrush. Your hair grows out more naturally without leaving a “line” where new hair grows out. It is more expensive than other highlighting techniques such as foiling because they last longer and and take longer to apply in some cases. Here’s my favorite Atlanta salon, Siggers Hairdressers that specializes in Balayage (and even teaches it there) where I go to get my hair colored every 4-6 months (reducing my exposure to these chemicals.) A google search in your area for “balayage + your city” should give you some options.

More Natural Home Coloring: If you are dying your hair a darker color, you have much more non-toxic options in natural hair dyes. The Detoxinista did a great post on Henna hair dyes HERE. There are also tons of boxed varieties at Whole Foods or online. Just make sure to check the ingredients first. The EWG’s Skin Deep website has a listing of hair dyes from most natural to horrible…and most of them were REALLY horrible. Check those out HERE and search for your at-home hair dye.

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Avoid These Foods

The Following Foods have a high level of toxic chemicals:

Farm Raised Salmon

All GMO foods

Ractopamine-tainted meat

Flame Retardant Drinks like Mountain Dew

The synthetic chemical Brominated Vegetable Oil (BVO)

Soy Products

Canola Oil

Chicken containing arsenic

Pink Slime

Food Dyes

Food preservatives


Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH)and rBst  found in milk and dairy products

Corn fed beef

Canned Tomatoes

All Microwaved Foods

Refined White Sugar and Refined White flour

Hydrogenated Oils

Fried Food

Barbecued Food

Processed Meats with Sodium Nitrate like: bacon, hot dogs, lunch meat, sausage


Diet Foods & Drinks that have artificial sweeteners like: sucralose, spenda, saccharin, nutra-sweet, aspartame

High Fructose Corn Syrup

Non-Organic Meats

Doritos: You can use as fire starter


Vegetable Oil

Microwave Popcorn

Table Salt

Conventional Cereals are GMO, Wheaties has metals in it and you can pick up with a magnet.




The Daily Detox

Cancer is on the rise due to an increasing amounts of toxins in our environment.    Our body is working over time to eliminate the  chemicals and toxins we are exposed to everyday.  It is very important to detox daily to maintain vibrant health and to support your liver, kidneys, and spleen.

Simple ways you can detox:

Drink Green Tea

Steam Rooms

Far Infrared Sauna

Drink plenty of purified water

Eat organic,  non-GMO foods

Sweat out toxins through exercise

Reduce your sugar intake

Skin Brushing

Eat lots of fiber & Leafy Greens

Install  a water purifying system in your shower and kitchen faucet

Get an air purifier

Plants act as natural air filters

Use only organic, non-toxic cleaning products

Purchase clean health and beauty products

Avoid drinking out of plastic bottles.   Use glass and stainless steel instead.

Avoid aerosol sprays in your home such as air fresheners, hair spray, Lysol.

Don’t paint your toenails or finger nails, it is very toxic.

Toxic build up in the body increases weight gain.  Toxins weaken all the body systems, can disrupt hormones, weakens the immune system, causes the  body to become overly acidic and creates disease.  By making these simple changes you can stay healthy.

Detox From Heavy Metals


Several beneficial techniques can lighten the heavy metal  load. Consuming plenty of purified water, getting adequate rest and brushing dry  skin is crucial for removing toxic metals  from the body, so too are bentonite clay baths and infrared saunas. The  following have also proven helpful:
Chlorella and spirulina – Binding to mercury, arsenic, cadmium and lead, spirulina and chlorella  are an excellent choice for removing heavy metals. Moreover, chlorella not only  attracts harmful metals but also encapsulates the toxins, thereby preventing  reabsorption in the digestive tract.
Zeolite – With exceptional  magnetic attributes, zeolite is one of the best methods for eliminating  troublesome metals. At the University of California in Los Angeles, eleven  healthy participants were given zeolite for 30 days. At the conclusion of the  study, researchers noted a significant reduction in heavy metal concentrations,  without any negative effect on vital electrolytes.
Cilantro – Dr.  Yoshiaki Omura, director of medical research at the Heart Disease Foundation,  discovered that lightly cooked cilantro causes mercury to be flushed from the  system via the urine. The herb also chelates aluminum and lead.
Dietrich  Kinghardt, MD, PhD, has found through his clinical research that 5 grams (1  teaspoon) of cilantro per day is the minimum dose. For a detoxifying tea, pour 1  liter of boiling water over at least 8 teaspoons of chopped cilantro. Cover and  let steep for 20 minutes in a non-reactive container like Pyrex or CorningWare.  For effective detoxification, consume the tea for at least two to three  months.
Activated Charcoal: Take in capsule form.
Diatomaceous Earth:  This can be good for detoxing but is has a harshness to it.
Bentonite Clay:  Can ingest or use it in bath water