Building at Healthy Home Workshop!

You’re invited to the Building a Healthy Home Workshop at Dr. Ellen Simone ND & Associates!

Hosted by Kelly Sabara, Reiki Master and Kayla Robinson, Registered Holistic Nutritionist!

  • Inform yourself about the common chemicals found in your everyday cleaning products and how they can affect your health.
  • Learn how to incorporate natural alternative products into your home and reduce your toxic load. 
  • Find out how you can use essential oils to make your own safe home care products and… Make your own All-Purpose Cleaning Spray!
  • Get amazing bonuses including giveaways, special rates on services, and take-home handouts and recipes. 

Workshop date: Thursday, July 6th at 7:30 – 8:30 pm

Location: 1390 Prince of Wales Drive Suite 205, Ottawa, K2C 3N6

Cost: $20/person (includes materials for All-Purpose Cleaning Spray)

Limited seats available. Please contact ellen@drellensimone.com to save your spot!

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FREE health seminar! Natural solutions to detoxify your body and home

Hi everyone! You are invited to a FREE health seminar next week called “Natural solutions to detoxify your body and home”.

I’ll be speaking about natural ways to support your organs of elimination (digestive tract, liver, kidneys, skin and lungs) with naturopathic therapies like nutrition, botanical medicine and lifestyle medicine.

Also, Bill Mann a colleague of mine from my weekly business breakfast meeting will be speaking about natural and safe alternatives to your household cleaners.  He is a Melaleuca Marketing Executive and has a wealth of knowledge about how to avoid harmful chemicals in your home.

We are also giving away one FREE naturopathic consultation as well as FREE products in a raffle!  Feel free to share this with your friends, family and colleagues and invite them to attend as well.

Here’s all the information:

Date: Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Time: 7-8:30pm

Location: Ottawa Public Library, Alta Vista Branch

2516 Alta Vista Drive, Ottawa, K1V 7T1

Looking forward to seeing you next week!

Dr. Ellen

Rubber ducks, shampoo and bubble tea oh my! What harmful chemical do these 3 have in common?

What do rubber ducks, shampoo and bubble tea all have in common?

PTHALATES!

Pthalates are chemicals which are added to plastic-based products to make the material softer and more flexible.

What types of products contain pthalates?

Rubber ducks and other children’s toys, body care products such as shampoo, conditioner, body lotion and fragrances, electronics, PVC shower curtains, wallpaper, furniture, plastic containers and plastic wrap, household cleaners, and now most recently discovered in the ingredients from bubble tea products.  List of recalled bubble tea products by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency 

How do pthalates get into your body?

Ingestion: Children who chew on toys (like those really cute rubber duckies!), eating food which was wrapped in plastic packaging material or stored in containers which contain pthalates. Recently, the Canadian government decided to reduce the pthalate content from children’s toys: http://www.cbc.ca/news/story/2011/01/18/health-phthalates-restrictions-children-toys.html

Absorption: Applying personal hygiene products to the skin allows for daily absorption of pthalates.  Some products specifically add pthalates because pthalates aid in the skin’s absorption of the product.

Have I been smearing chemicals on my body for the last 25 years? Luckily, once you start using these products the pthalates are eliminated from your body in about 24-48 hours.

***One of the key things I recently learned is that companies are NOT required to list pthalate content in their products.  However, products that list the ingredient `fragrance`or `parfum`most likely contain pthalates.

Inhalation: Pthalate fumes from household products, electronics and furniture pass through the air and we inhale them on a daily basis. Air fresheners are a key culprit in the inhalation of pthalates.

Why should you reduce your pthalate exposure?

Preliminary studies are showing pthalates have potentially negative effects on the body by disrupting hormone balance and affecting male and female reproductive organs. There is also a potential relationship between pthalates and cancer, obesity and diabetes.

5 Resources for pthalate content in products:

Pthalates: what you need to know

Chemical Body Burden: Pthalates

Environmental Defence

Environmental Working Group

Slow Death by Rubber Duck

Please share your tips to reduce pthalate exposure and help others reduce their chemical body burden.