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In this issue:
  • Chemical Free Kids - whats the issue?
  • More info/products on the Website -
  • World News/Health snippets
  • Special September offer

I mentioned in last months newsletter that this month we would reveal the NEW baby products from Miessence. I have chosen to put quite a lot of information in this edition, I hope you can cope with it - it is important to understand the enormity of this issue. Some of the information is from a presentation by Dr Sandra Lantz at the recent ONEgroup conference.


So lets get on with it, hope you find the following interesting.

CHEMICAL FREE KIDS - so what's the issue?
For many of us have the thought(and illusion) that when a child is born they are "pure and untouched" by all that is man-made.  A new born baby is a special gift and obviously as caring parents we all would like to think we do the best for our precious wee things and protect them from all the "nasty" aspects of the world we live in.
Up until quite recently, it was thought that the placenta was an effective barrier for the feotus and protected the unborn from toxins that may circulate in the mothers blood.
Sorry, this is not the case. When a newborn baby takes his/her first
breath he/she is already contaminated with a range of chemicals…

What’s inside babies body’s?

*Non-stick chemicals
*Artificial musks used in cosmetics and cleaning products
*Non stick and water-proof coatings
*Cleaning fluids
*Tin can linings
*Chemicals from baby bottles
*Banned, yet persistent, pesticides such as DDT

[World Wildlife Fund (WWF) UK, A Present for Life: hazardous chemicals in cord blood; The Environmental Working Group’s report, Body Burden — The Pollution in Newborns; WHO, 2002]

How do they get in there?

*Umbilical cord
*Placenta (a semi-permeable membrane, which passes many chemicals. Many soluble chemicals will cross the placenta very quickly. There no such thing as a ‘placental barrier’ that so many people assume)
*Breast milk (in addition to its nutritional and immunological properties, research continues to reveal a full range of toxins and contaminants in breast milk, including the presence of suspected carcinogens especially fat-seeking, chlorinated organics (a large class of chemicals including vinyl chloride, PCBs, and chlorinated solvents, insecticides, pesticides and herbicides)

Here is information from some of the studies, first is research from WWF........
Blood tests taken from the umbilical cords of 30 newborn babies and from more than 40 new mothers were analysed for the presence of eight groups of chemicals.
Every single sample of mother or baby blood tested positive for an array of chemicals, many of which are suspected of links to health problems ranging from birth defects and genital abnormalities to certain types of cancer. All umbilical cords contained a minimum of five of the 35 chemicals tested for, some contained as many as 14. Two of the mothers tested had 17 of the 35 chemicals in their blood.
[World Wildlife Fund (WWF) UK, A Present for Life:
hazardous chemicals in cord blood]

And then EWG research found an average of 200 industrial chemicals and pollutants in umbilical cord blood from 10 babies born in August and September of 2004 in U.S. hospitals. The umbilical cord blood of these children harboured pesticides, consumer product ingredients, and wastes from burning coal, gasoline, and garbage.
Of the 287 chemical detected in the umbilical cord blood, 180 cause cancer in humans or animals, 217 are toxic to the brain and nervous system, and 208 cause birth defects or abnormal development in animal tests.
[The Environmental Working Group’s report, Body
Burden — The Pollution in Newborns]

WHO studies show.......
Chemical residues in human breast milk is determined by either the extent of the exposure to these chemicals and/or the properties of the chemicals. In the UK, a study of dioxins (PVC plastic for example) in breast milk, two month old babies receive around 40 times the World Health Organization (WHO) recommended amount,
while 10-month old infants receive around 10 times in excess

What makes children particularly vulnerable to chemicals?
  • lower body weight and therefore higher toxin ratio
  • lower metabolic rates
  • Few detoxing enzymes
  • a blood brain barrier that is not yet fully matured
  • they eat 3-4 times more food in proportion to their body size than adults, and therefore ingest more chemicals per unit of body mass
  • they drink as much as seven times more water than an average adult
  • breathe more than adults per kilo of body weight
  • the skin of children is also more permeable than adult skin.
And just so you know - here are some simple facts.
  • Chemical production is growing exponentially every year.
  • 100,000 synthetic chemicals are available in the market.
  • In 1930 one million tonnes of chemicals were produced annually, in 2008 400 million tonnes is being produced.
  • 1500 new chemicals will be produced this year. This means that every 6 hours a new chemical is being produced.
  • Over half of the chemicals produced for human consumption have never been tested for toxicity of the human body (EWG, 2001)
We all act like sponges with anything in our environment, and our babies as they get older will also......
  • We eat/drink chemicals (eg. food additives, pesticides etc.)
  • We absorb chemicals through our skin (eg. personal care products, medication etc)
  • We inhale chemicals (eg. fumes, cigarette's, smog etc.)
  • We medicate with chemicals (eg. Vaccinations; psycho-pharmaceutical drugs )
Here is one example, I will leave it up to you chemical detectives to check on the rest of the ingredients, but here is a start, I feel this type of product is a real nasty beast...and is used so innocently by many caring parents.

Ingredients: Water, Potassium Laureth Phosphate, Aloe
Barbadensis, Glycerin, Polysorbate 20, Tetrasodium EDTA, DMDM
Hydantoin, Methylparaben, Malic Acid, Tocopheryl Acetate
  • DMDM Hydantoin(Derived from methanol) Preservative:Skin and eye irritation; allergic reactions; dermatitis; may release formaldehyde. Formaldehyde is a known carcinogen (causes cancer). Causes allergic, irritant and contact dermatitis, headaches and chronic fatigue. The vapour is extremely irritating to the eyes, nose and throat (mucous membranes). Is also a Nitrosating agent. Used in Cosmetics, shampoos, mascara, cream conditioners.
  • Methylparaben Preservative: May cause allergic reactions - skin redness, itching, swelling, contact dermatitis. Also used in cosmetic and personal care products an inhibitor of microbial growth and to extend shelf life of products. Widely used even though known to be toxic. Have caused many allergic reactions and skin rashes.
    From Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS):
    EMERGENCY overview:



So other than the skin irritations that can result the more important aspect is the toxicity itself.  Whilst our bodies are very clever and can eliminate some of chemicals we ingest, digest and absorb, many of them cannot be effectively eliminated or broken down.

These chemicals can:
  • be stored in the bone, fat, tissues and organs and can stay there for years;
  • damage a specific organ (or multiple) - liver, kidneys, reproductive system, immune system, cardiovascular system, brain, lungs, spleen, stomach, intestines, bladder, skin, eyes, nose, and elements of the blood and blood vessels;
  • Accumulate or they can have an additive (or cumulative) effect, meaning that toxicity of one adds to the toxicity of another.

How do we measure if a chemical is toxic?

The study of poisons in the body is known as toxicology.
Toxicity testing of the body is rarely done and when it is, testing is performed on singular chemicals and does not take into account the potential for interactions.

The problem is we are usually(always I would suggest) exposed to multiple chemicals simultaneously.

A common argument is that in small doses these chemicals will
do no harm to the body.

The following from Dr Varipatis sums things up.......…
‘We are taught that if it takes 200 units of a poison to kill us,and 50 to make us sick, then 10 units are relatively harmless. And one unit each of 200 different chemical toxins are absolutely harmless! However, what we are seeing is that the small doses of many chemicals ultimately are much more poisonous than the large doses of a single chemical. Once someone’s system is overloaded and
damaged, then the chemical doses required to cause severe illness become infinitesimal’. (Varipatis,1997)

Once again, those of us who have choices with where we spend our hard earned cash can be far more influential on manufacturers simply by not buying products that use ingredients that cause harm - the next step is in your hands.

The Miessence baby range consists of 6 products(plus one for Mum) all free of essential oils and have been specifically designed to sooth sensitive baby skin.
Here is one example from the range:
BottomCleanser.jpgBOTTOM CLEANSING GEL Certified organic Bottom cleansing gel to gently cleanse baby's stinky bottom (and grubby hand and messy faces too!)
Gentle enough for newborns.
Free from allergens and semi-naturals.
Hint of organic vanilla to help neutralise stinky odours.
Use with washable soft cloth to cut down on landfill waste
Significant savings over disposable wipes.

Packaging: 100% Recyclable, Non-Leaching PP

Ingredients: *organic aloe vera leaf juice, purified water,
*organic sunflower seed oil, yucca extract, bitter orange fruit
extract, sclerotium rolfsii gum, *organic marshmallow root extract, *organic chamomile flower extract, *organic calendula flower extract, *organic vanilla extract. *Certifed Organic Ingredient

To check out all the new Baby products and their ingredients etc, click on this link to our ONEgroup website.

And don't forget, if you are planning on having children, clean up your act now and have a healthier happier baby by using only the purest safest products on the planet.
Miessence Personal care


Its time to CELEBRATE!!

rej_facial_serum.JPGRejuvenessence Facial Serum was recently honoured at the Natural and Organic Awards 2008. It was a finalist in the “Best Organic Facial Skincare Product” category.
Narelle’s Skin Secrets.
If your skin is feeling dehydrated and dry from the cold winter weather, or damaged and burnt from hot summer days, why not superboost your daily moisturising step with Rejuvenessence Facial Serum?
Simply massage a few drops into your moisturiser on your palm and apply to your parched skin.
You will feel the relief immediately, and your skin will have a beautiful, healthy glow.

For many of our customers, this formula is at the top of their list for giving their skin that "little bit extra", now with this award, more people are finding out just how very good this product is!

Have you tried it yet? See the bottom of the newsletter for a special deal!

How do I get rid of my negative thoughts?'

Lets lighten up and get a little humour into things here.

The following is something that I thought may be worth sharing. Particularly important for any health practitioners out there to grasp this technique!

From the World News desk.........

Babies Absorb Chemicals
And just when you thought you had all the up to date info, here is a little more.

Baby lotion, powder and shampoo can lead to higher concentrations in an infant’s body of phthalates, chemicals linked to allergies and altered reproductive development, a US study shows.
The study conducted at the University of Washington and Seattle Children’s Hospital Research Institute found that babies treated
with common babycare products such as lotion, shampoo, and powder were more likely to have phthalates in their urine than other
babies. Phthalates are chemicals commonly found in personal care and other household products, including plastic children’s toys, lubricants and chemical stabilisers in cosmetics and personal care products.
Animal studies of phthalates have found that they can harm reproductive system development, and studies in humans have found that prenatal exposure or exposure through breast milk can alter hormone concentrations, the study says.
Lead author Dr Sheela Sathyanarayana, a professor of pediatrics at the University of Washington medical school, describes the findings as “troubling”: “Babies may be more at risk than children or adults because their reproductive, endocrine and immune systems are still developing,” she says. She adds that phthalate exposure in early childhood has been associated with altered hormone concentrations as well as increased allergies, runny nose and eczema.

Come on folks, its all up to us - we are the ones with the choices, so make them wisely, the ongoing use of sysnthetic chemicals affects us all!


AwardsFinalist.JPGTo celebrate the recent award for the very popular Rejuvenessence Facial serum we are offering a special deal for any of our NZ customers, in fact we will pay the GST and send it to you FREIGHT FREE for the entire month of September.

The cost for this months special is just $49.95 so that's a saving of more than $12.50!
If you would like to take advantage of this months offer please reply here without delay.

Once again thanks for being with us on our journey for a better understanding of wellness.

As always, let us know if there is something special you are in need of to help keep you(or shift you onto) the path to vibrant health.

Yours in good health, 
Susanne & Gary

PS: Don't forget to forward the newsletter onto anyone who may find this of interest, till next time enjoy the Spring.  :)

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