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What’s Small, Possibly Dangerous, and Probably in your Purse?

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I always tease my friend about being ultra healthy. She eats clean, works out regularly, and is very conscious of the products that she uses. While I admire her commitment to a healthy lifestyle, I wasn’t converting to it. However, she recently showed me a video that made question all of my habits.

There has been a great focus on what we put in our bodies and the demand for better products. Shampoos and skincare can be found without parabens and sulfates. Grocery stores now have organic everything. While these changes are great, there is one area that still gets little attention in regard to its safety and efficacy.

Feminine hygiene products are still somewhat taboo to discuss. The “Pink Tax” earned headlines confirming that women pay more than men for personal care products. Yet no one really discusses what exactly is in those products. A chance encounter with a woman led my friend to uncover just that.

I was always concerned about tampons due to their link to TSS (Toxic Shock Syndrome). I never thought to question what was in a pad. Through her research, she uncovered a possible link between pads and Dioxins. According to the World Health Organization, Dioxins are a group of chemically-related compounds that are persistent environmental pollutants. They are mainly found in the fatty tissue of animals, also dairy products, fish and shellfish. The worst part about Dioxins: Dioxins are highly toxic and can cause reproductive and developmental problems, damage the immune system, interfere with hormones and also cause cancer. These harmful substances may be lurking in your pads and tampons!

I was horrified and angry. I started looking into it further and it went from bad to worse. The information goes back over a decade, yet it is still not common knowledge. Independent testing by an organization Women’s Voices for the Earth indicated that Always pads (manufactured by Proctor & Gamble) emit toxic chemicals. The surface of the pads are bleached with chlorine to give them that ultra white look. A 2013 Huffington Post article by Dr. Joseph Mercola breaks down why the chemical being present in pads are so dangerous. Skin is highly permeable, and once this comes in contact with your skin it is into your bloodstream. Though also found in food, the digestive system has enzymes that help break down potentially harmful substances.

According to a 2015 CNN article, Democratic Rep. Carolyn Maloney of New York has introduced legislation nine times since 1997 that would require manufacturers to be more transparent and disclose the complete makeup of tampons, pads, and other feminine hygiene products. Her bill has failed to move past the floor each time.

I wanted to share this information because African American women are already predisposed to certain reproductive issues. We are more likely to get fibroids and the most aggressive forms of breast cancer. We need to be aware of anything that could harm us, especially if it’s as common as a pad or tampon. The good news is, there are healthier alternatives than traditional pads and tampons. Check the video below for a few of these options and more information on Dioxins.

 

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  1. Brittany Thorne

    June 9, 2017 at 3:14 pm

    Oh wow, I never knew how dangerous feminine products could be. I’ve always stayed away from tampons due to the TSS risk. Hopefully new companies can produce products with less toxins.

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      Leslye

      June 9, 2017 at 3:37 pm

      Hi Brittany! Thank you for your comment! I didn’t either, which is why I hoped this would be helpful. Stay wonderful!

  2. Cierra

    June 10, 2017 at 12:39 am

    Great read. I just started looking into natural deodorants so these will definitely be added to the list. It’s sad that these pad companies are okay with putting their customers in danger (fatal danger in the long run) when we WOMEN are the ones making them money since we’re the only ones who buy them. Thanks for the info.

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      Leslye

      June 10, 2017 at 1:17 am

      Thank you Cierra, I love your comment! You’re absolutely right. I’ve tried House of Velda’s natural deodorant and it worked for me. Let me know if you’d like more info on that. Stay wonderful!

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Match Black Women brings Hi-tech Love to Matchmaking Services

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Match Black Woman brings Hi-tech Love to Matchmaking Services
New dating site offers innovative solutions for Black women 

Atlanta, GA: MatchBlackWoman.com offers dating and networking solutions for women of African ancestry to find compatible suitors. An innovating dating service, the site offers membership levels and business opportunities to not only connect with others, but monetize their time and investment.

Built on the belief that voluntarily connecting people who share common interests can lead to greater compatibility, the platform seeks to propose a solution by bridging the gap of a tough online dating market while providing a service for individuals who have an interest in dating Black Women.

The site has a number of features designed to help seekers find a potential mate. Women can meet single men, network with other women, receive matchmaking services, video chat, and participate in forums. There are also unique search options based on music preferences, eating habits, lifestyle, and more.

MatchBlackWomen.com is a social networking dating site designed from a womanist perspective. It includes the interests of women and includes forums to discuss issues relating to Black women and the broader community. It’s time we had our own space. This is a way to make things fun, interesting, and connect with like-minded people.

There are three membership options: Free, Gold, and Black Diamond. Free members can create a profile, post three photos and conduct member searches. The Gold level allows members to add up to six photos, send and receive unlimited messages, video chat, post on an activity wall, have access to forums and news, and set privacy limits. The premium Black Diamond level has all the features of the Gold level, with unlimited photos.

Business people have an added incentive: become an affiliate! Earn 55% commission per signup, making finding true love while getting paid even better! For more information on the site, or to express interest in the business opportunity, contact [email protected].

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Mom Gets Criticized for Showing Toddlers Kissing on The Mouth

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Mother of 3, Ashlee Muhammed receives backlash for her parenting skills, due to a viral video of her twin boys kissing on the lips.

Although most people seemed to think that the video showed an innocent sign of affection, others were not feeling the brotherly love.

All You NEED Is LOVE 🌹@supernovaandjetman

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One follower called Muhammed’s parenting skills reckless, despite her intended message.

Majority of the negative comments were received by black men.

They accused Muhammed of highlighting perversion and sexuality amongst toddlers. However, Muhammed defends her video.

She states that “The World needs more love like this”.

What are your thoughts, did she take brotherly love too far?

In the African-American community, it seems like we’re so afraid to teach boys to show affection because we’re in fear of them being gay. However, that’s a disturbing label to put on toddlers.

Do you think this warranted the drag session she received in the comments? She decided not to take the video down despite its controversy.

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Money Moves: New Year’s Financial Checklist Part 2

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Thanks for checking out Part 1, and we’re back with Part 2!  Let’s get to it!

Do you have savings?  This may sound like a silly question, but it may surprise you.  Did you know that 57% of Americans have less than $1000 in savings?  Are you included in that group?  If so, don’t feel bad.  You can turn this around.  The old saying is “plan for a rainy day”.  Well my new saying is “plan for a tsunami”.  An emergency fund of $1000 is a great place to start for savings. This will come in handy to pay for unexpected car repairs or medical bills, or an array of actual “emergencies”. $1000 may seem like a lot, but if you could put away $20 a week for one year you can attain this goal.

After you have allocated your emergency fund, you can focus on your general savings. A great way to save is to set savings goals.  Do you want to buy a new house? Are you in the market for a new car?  Perhaps you’ve been eyeing a new designer bag or shoes.  Whatever it may be, set savings goals and be diligent about achieving them.

Also, did the holidays hit you hard?  Have you been dying to take that trip to Dubai?  Creating a holiday fund account can ease the unnecessary stress of Christmas shopping, and reduce the risk of going into debt.  Summer will be here before you know it.  If you start saving now in a vacation account, you can take that dream vacation and do it in style.

 

Stay tuned for Part 3!  Have questions? We love to help!  Leave a comment or for more specific questions, email me at [email protected]

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