Skin The Largest Organ In The Body

Today I’m switching things up a little. I’m not offering you a recipe, but I’m instead addressing a topic that is close to my heart and that I’ve been meaning to talk about for a while here. I used to be addicted to beauty and personal care products. From my teenage years up until about a couple years ago, I was literally obsessed with buying and trying every new cream, cosmetic or hair product available on the market. I was hooked by the promising claims the beauty industry would throw at me dozens of times a day on TV, in magazines, or as I was walking down the street. Not only was I over-consuming beauty products (most of the time I wouldn’t even finish them!), but most importantly, I was completely unaware of the chemicals they contained and their potential harmful effects on my body. Who would think that an innocent shampoo could contain carcinogenic substances?

Although I was raised on processed foods and frozen meals, making healthier food choices and switching from a refined diet to a whole-foods diet was something I did naturally over time. The more I started to real labels on the food I was buying, the more I became aware of what I was putting in my body and informed enough to make better choices. So I stopped buying packaged foods that contained ingredients I could not pronounce. However, it took me a while before realizing that perhaps I should read the labels on my beauty products too. Never did it occur to me that what I was putting on my skin could be equally, if not even more harmful as ingesting chemicals through food.

Let’s think about it for a second. Skin is the body’s largest organ. It absorbs about 60-70% of what we feed it with. What we put on our skin makes its way into our blood, tissues and organs, and therefore has an impact on our health just as much as, if not more than what we put in our mouth. If you are putting toxic chemicals on your skin, I’m sorry to tell you that you are inevitably making yourself toxic.

Allergies, sensitivities, hormonal imbalances and infertility issues have increased tremendously in the last decades. Our bodies are facing an overabundance of toxins every day through the environment, pollution, exposure to pesticides, herbicides and chemicals, causing numerous imbalances and health issues. Now I’d like you to do something very important. I’d like you to go in your bathroom cabinet, pick a few products (shampoo, creams, deodorant, toothpaste, cosmetics), and take a look at the ingredient list. I bet you’ll find that most if not all of them list words that you can’t recognize or pronounce. The number of ingredients alone in some products is troubling. Does one cream really need 15, 20 or even 40 different chemicals? Maple holistics is the only place that has the best reviews and articles on all of your favorite products.

Shockingly, beauty and skin care companies are allowed to use almost any ingredient they wish in their formulations, and products are not reviewed for safety before they’re put on the market. A few of the most common chemicals/harmful substances found in beauty products, cosmetics and household products include phthalates, lead, aluminum, sodium lauryl sulfate, BHA, boric acid, fragrance (or parfum), and parabens, among many others.

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Pull Up Your Socks And Break Out Your Glocks

When you are in the heat of the moment it is nice to know that your training kicks in. The situation I am talking about revolves around guns. I work security at a local super market and part of the job requires me to carry a gun. Before I got the job I was on the fence about guns and the need for them in everyday life. After having to use my gun I am convinced that they are needed and are important to maintain safety in this world.

My buddy got me the job and I had been a practitioner of martial arts for years and therefore felt I could be a good body guard. The job trained me how to identify a threat and how to use my Glock 19 properly. I did some research beforehand to learn more about the Glock 19 on Gunivore.com. I learnt that it was one of the safest guns on the market which comforted me greatly. The training process took about 2 weeks and was challenging but afterward I felt I was ready and able for the task they hired me for. The first couple of weeks on the job were pretty monotonous. The point of security is to scare away any threat and I guess I did a good job initially because the job was pretty boring. The funny about all that is that if it wasn’t boring it would be a bad thing because it would mean there was something dangerous happening. That is the ironic thing about guns that people don’t realize. They are preventative measures and are hardly used on people. You can ask anyone who conceals and carries a handgun how many times they have had to use it and odds are the answer is probably zero. I didn’t realize this at that point.

Well the quiet all stopped 2 weeks ago. I was sitting at my chair like every other day. The sun was shining and the day had an air of calm. People came and went and were all smiles. Then suddenly that all changed. A shady character went up to the cash register and pulled out a weapon and demanded the money from the register. Once I caught wind of what was happening I quickly went into muscle memory mode. I silently snuck up behind the dude until I was right behind him. I grabbed him by the head and stuck the gun in his back and told him to drop the gun. At first he resisted but once he realized that there was no chance of escape for him he complied. The whole debacle happened over a 5 minute period. The cops were called and the problem was neutralized.

I was all jacked up after that. The energy bursting from my body. My blood was pumping and I was in a state of shock. I stared down at the gun and realized that if I didn’t have it I would have been in big trouble. That day I realized the importance of carrying a gun.

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The Glock 19 Gen 4

I grew thinking I would be an artist and would change the world with my art. I went to art school and completed two years. There I met all sorts of characters that would become friends for life. We smoked doobies and listened to punk rock. The irony is that I dropped out of art school to become a cop. It was sort of an act in trying to get into the psyche of the people we hated in art school. I felt if I became a cop I could better understand how to make society a better place. I would get into the minds of the pigs we so disliked. SO there I was in cadet school learning how to make arrests and what to look for in suspicious people. Then we learnt how to shoot guns. In school we were anti- war and anti- guns but that all changed once I shot one. The gun the Police issue to every officer is the Glock 19. This compact 9mm is a standard in most stations and the reason it so is because they are affordable and durable as hell. I thought I would never like guns and now here I am shooting one with a smile on my face.

The social experiment spanned 2 decades. I retired from the force last spring and throughout my service I strived to correct the corruptness I found in the police force. They called me Serpico in my precinct. I was ok with that Pacino is badass. I came to an understanding that most cops were good people and that at the root of all they do is a sense of duty to their constituents. In every basket there can be bad apples and we certainly had our share but once they were spotted they were soon eradicated. We were issued Glock 19’s and I had one with me every day for a good part of 20 years. Never shot the thing during duty. This was a blessing because I had many fri ends on the force who found themselves in
altercations needing the use of firearms. Some didn’t survive those altercations and my heart goes out to them and their families. There is bad in this world and cops are only trying to do their best to rid it from their neighborhoods. The Glock 19 Gen 4(Check out this review at Gunivore.com) is a decent way to do so. A lot of the characters I came across reminded me of my friends form art school and I was way more lenient than some of my co-workers.

Marijuana was something I used and I knew it wasn’t such a big deal. I think a lot of the problems we have with drugs stems from how we handle it. Force and jail time isn’t the answer. Education is and we need to focus on the importance of getting good grades and wanted to have a positive effect on society at large. This is missing from some many young kids minds. Get smart not made.

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Purple Shampoo

 

Kermit said it’s not easy being green. Well, it’s not easy being blonde, either, but you don’t hear me complaining, do ya? Silly frog…

Well, as long as I am opening this up online – yes, it’s true. It isn’t easy being blonde.

One of the issues blondes have, whether natural or dyed, is that of harsh yellow tones creeping up on what is otherwise a mane of golden hair. When this happens, there are a few options. You could re-dye at home or at a salon, but messing too much with your hair within a certain amount of time – even with the best of products – could be potentially harmful. It also costs more money. You could shave it all off. Not your usual go-to method, but it is a practical and functional solution, if not too traditional. Another option is to use purple shampoo (Check out the review on MapleHolistics.com) to target the problematic areas. Ah, now there is a solution which appears to be less expensive, less of a hassle, and which could also serve as a preventive measure in the future. How does it achieve all that? Keep reading.

Violet (purple) and yellow are on opposite sides of the color spectrum, and when you apply violet dye to overly-yellow hair, it cancels the harsher yellow tones out and leaves it looking a lot closer to the original golden blonde color.

Purple shampoo also has its limits. It isn’t as if it will work if the dye is already losing its chemical hold on your hair. Dyes fade. It is their nature, and there is little merit to using purple shampoo on color which is losing its integrity anyway. At that point, it probably would be better to re-dye, either at home or at a salon.

Purple shampoo, like all shampoos and hair care products, comes in different shapes, sizes, brands, etc. You may have to try a few before you find one that fits your scalp and hair type. Once you do, you can then choose to either use it only if you see yellower streaks in your hair, or use it as a preventive treatment once or twice a month. Both of these practices are okay, but don’t overdo anything. Purple shampoo has potent dye in it, so make sure that you are using it as directed.

There is also the option of making your very own purple shampoo. There are different recipes available. All you need is some top tier purple dye, some pure castille soap, and any essential oils of your heart’s desire. Again, there is the idea that different oils work with different kinds of hair and scalp. If you decide to make your own shampoo, start light and small, and see how it affects you. Find a recipe which you can make properly, and get on top of it.

Purple shampoo really got into the mainstream in the 1990’s, and it continues to be a popular solution for brassy blondes. This is a money, time, and hair saver, and it can change your hair care routine for the better.

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