Healthy Foundations Newsletter

Low-level, long term exposure to chemicals is the concern
Many of us do not think twice about what we are putting on our skin – we make our choices based on the price, the smell or the marketing of a product.  Many of us do not even look at the ingredient list when we purchase our cream or make-up.  Many of us also believe that such a small amount of personal care products could not be doing us any harm.  Many of us do not know that the average consumer uses 15-25 cosmetic personal care products daily, thereby exposing themselves to approximately 200 chemicals per day.  Many of us do not know that it is not the one time use that causes the problem, it is the low-level, long-term exposure of these chemicals that is the main concern.

But the products I buy are ‘natural’!
More and more products are coming onto the market that are labelled as ‘natural’, ‘organic’, ‘green’, ‘pure’, or ‘botanical’.  As consumers, we trust that products with these labels are good for us, or at the very least, will not do us any harm.  The unfortunate reality is that there are no standards for using any of these terms in this industry.  In Canada, the personal care products industry is regulated by the Food and Drug Act and the Cosmetics Regulations.  They have posted a ‘Cosmetic Ingredients Hotlist’ (, which is essentially a list of chemicals where caution or prohibition is advised.  Although this is a step in the right direction, no one is really enforcing this and things like parabens and phthalates (more about these later) are still adundant in our products.  In Europe there has been over 1300 substances banned from personal care products compared to only around 500 in Canada.

Ingredients to avoid

There are many ingredients and chemicals that we would be best to avoid, but here are some that stand out as being the biggest offenders.
  • PEGs (polyethylene glycol compounds, propylene glycol and ingredients with “-eth” in its name).  One concern is that PEGs are often contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, a suspected carcinogen.  PEG is also linked to such things as kidney disease, liver abnormalities, neurotoxicity and endocrine disruption.
  • BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole) and BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene).  These ingredients are used as preservatives and are suspected endocrine disruptors and carcinogens.
  • Paraben, methylparaben, butylparaben and propylparaben.  These are estrogen-mimicking and have been found in breast cancer tissues.  It is estimated that 75 to 90% of skin products contain parabens. 
  • Sodium laureth sulphate/sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS).  This is the foaming agent added to products and is linked to toxic nitrosamines and carcinogens. 
  • Diethyl phthalate (DEP) and dibutyl phthalate (DBP).   DBP is absorbed through the skin and has been shown to cause developmental defects, interfere with hormone function and be toxic to reproduction.  These are generally not listed as ingredients on labels because they are allowed to be included under the heading of ‘fragrance’.
  • Triclosan. This is mainly used as an anti-bacterial agent and is suspected of interfering with hormone function, as well as contributing to antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The Canadian Medical Association has called for a ban on antibacterial consumer products, such as those containing triclosan.
Making changes
Although Health Canada has started a list of ingredients to look out for, there are still no concrete regulations on what goes into our products.  The David Suzuki Foundation is doing wonderful work in bringing awareness to both the public and the government about the health risks and environmental impacts of these chemicals.  On their website (, there is a link to what they refer to as the ‘dirty dozen’ in these products and a convenient wallet-size document can be printed out to carry around for reference.  The Environmental Working Group ( is another group that focuses on identifying concerns in cosmetics.  They have a section on their website called ‘Skin Deep’ that assists consumers in finding clean products.  Most importantly, it is up to each one of us to become informed and make a change.  We need to learn to understand labels, ask questions and really think about the products we are using on our bodies.  We all grew up hearing the old adage ‘it is what’s on the inside that counts’, but in the case of personal care products, what we put on the outside is just as important!


We are proud to introduce our new skin care line: Skin Essence Organics.  After learning about the toxic ingredients in many skin care products, you can now feel much more confident in what you are putting on your skin.  This entire line is 100% organic and derived solely from nature’s extracts, essential oils and minerals.  Skin Essence provides toxin-free facial and eye serums, cleansers, exfoliants and specialized moisturizers, including the amazing E-Cream for eczema, psoriasis and even rosacea.  Please visit the Skin Essence website for more details about all of the wonderful products we now carry at Healthy Foundations!

  to learn more at the Skin Essence Organics website

For the month of May, you will receive a FREE Facial In A Jar exfoliant when you purchase a cleanser, facial serum and eye serum. 

Start avoiding toxic chemicals today by choosing this cleaner and safer skin care line! We promise you won't be disappointed with these amazing products!!


Have you ever wondered what your exposure is to chemicals in your skin care products?

Healthy Foundations is happy to announce there is the Environmental Pollutants Profile test – a new test available to measure your exposure to Parabens, Phthalates, and Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC's) through a simple urine test!!

Toxic chemicals are found in varying degrees in everything from skin care and cosmetic products, to cookware and children's toys.  Chronic exposure may cause them to accumulate in the body and contribute to imbalances and disease.  Find out what your body has been exposed to over the years to provide insight into what you can avoid in the future.  Also, your Naturopathic Doctor can work with you to help clear these toxins from your body.

to read more about the Environmental Pollutants Profile.

Refresh Salad Dressing

With the beautiful sunshine and warmer days, we are all starting to crave fresh fruits and veggies in our diet!  With this salad recipe you can incorporate these vitamin and antioxidant-rich foods, as well as increase your omega-3 fatty acids.

This recipe was obtained from a wonderful cookbook called REFRESH.  It is written by Ruth Tal and is filled with recipes from the award-winning Fresh restaurants.  We highly recommend it!

House Dressing
Makes 4 servings
¼ cup filtered water
¼ cup apple cider vinegar
¼ tsp raw sugar
1 tsp lemon juice
2 tsp sea salt
¾ tsp ground black pepper
¾ tsp tamari
¼ tsp mustard powder
1 clove garlic
¼ cup flax oil
¾ sunflowers oil
Toppings of your choice for the salad. 
We recommend the following to support healthy skin:
  • Strawberries (high in vitamin C which is essential for collagen production)
  • Blueberries (high in vitamin C which may help to ward off wrinkles and age-related dryness)
  • Tomatoes (contain lycopene and are very high in vitamin C)
  • Spinach (this green contains lutein, a carotenoid that protects your skin from UV damage)
  • Carrots  (contain the carotenoids beta carotene and lycopene—both of which may shield your skin against UV damage)
  • Avocadoes, nuts and seeds (great source of healthy fats)
In a blender, mix all ingredients except oil until totally pureed.  With the blender running, add oil in a thin stream until dressing is emulsified.

to Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture

What is Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture?
Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture is a non-surgical method of reducing signs of the aging process. It is a rejuvenation and revitalization process designed to help the whole body look and feel younger!  The treatment is based on the principles of Chinese Medicine and involves the insertion of hair thin needles into particular areas of the face, ears, neck, hands and feet along channels or meridians of energy called Qi (pronounced chee). Specific points are chosen to move energy according to your individual needs.   As well as focusing on particular areas of the face, the treatment will aid in improving the overall appearance and helps to bring out one’s true inner radiance.
 The Benefits of a Facial Rejuvenation Series
  • Improves muscle tone, skin contraction and increases collagen production
  • Helps to firm and reduce bags under the eyes and decrease the tendency towards sagging and jowls
  • Helps eliminate puffiness in the face by improving metabolism
  • Helps eliminate fine lines of the face and has a diminishing effect on larger wrinkles or scars
  • Improves hormonal balance; even hormonal acne can benefit
  • Moisturizes the skin by the increased local circulation of blood and lymph to the face while improving facial color
  • Tightens pores, reduces or eliminates double chins and lifts drooping eyelids
  • Reduces stress evident in the face
  • Promotes overall health and well being by bringing out a person’s innate beauty and radiance while slowing the aging process from within
 Why should I choose Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture?
If you are concerned with looking and feeling younger and slowing down the aging process, this treatment is for you.  Different methods are emphasized and specific points are chosen according to how the aging process is working within you. Unlike surgical or chemical treatments, acupuncture can treat you as a whole person; not only working on a physical level, but on a mental/emotional level as well.
How many treatments should I have?
Generally, a Facial Rejuvenation series consists of 10 treatments. While effects are evident after the first or second session, they become more noticeable and longer lasting by the seventh. Depending on your condition and lifestyle, you may respond faster or slower to the treatment. After the initial series, maintenance sessions may prolong your results for five to ten years. Adding appropriate diet, herbs and exercise will also help to supplement the treatment.

Does it really make a difference?
Acupuncture has proven itself over the course of several thousand years. It’s effectiveness is due to the direct manipulation of the body’s energy system by balancing flow, removing blockages and adding energy when necessary. A report in the International Journal of Clinical Acupuncture stated that among 300 cases treated with Facial Acupuncture, 90% had marked effects with one course of treatment.
Are there any contraindications?
There is a small chance that slight bruising may occur due to the delicate nature of the face, therefore treatments should be avoided in individuals with any bleeding or bruising concerns.  Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture should not be pursued if you may have any of the following conditions: pituitary and heart disorders, high blood pressure, diabetes mellitus, migraines, cancer, AIDS, coronary heart disease, pregnancy, acute cold or flu and acute oral herpes outbreak.
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