Which brands of cigarettes sold in the US contain the least amount of harmful chemicals and ingredients?
Natural American Spirits were long considered to be a more natural, additive free cigarette. I always had my doubts about this, as it turned out they were a subsidiary of R.J. Reynolds. Now it turns out they are being sued for false advertising because of their attempt to portray this brand as a more healthy, natural alternative. Whether this says anything about the ingredients or not, I’m not sure.I always thought that the “luxury” brands like Nat Sherman and Dunhill tasted more natural, and as they have a long history behind them, perhaps their legacy gives them more of an incentive to maintain the historical content of their smokes. But in any case, cigarette manufacturers are pretty private and protective about their ingredients and manufacturing procedures, so it’s not going to be easy for a consumer to get a definitive answer about what goes in. And the FDA can look at the list of chemicals (naturally occurring or not) that emerge when tobacco is burned and point to the toxins and health risks.This is coming from the perspective of a pipe and cigar smoker who only occasionally smokes cigarettes, and who puffs on them in much the same way…without inhaling. So take my advice with a grain of salt.One thing to look out for, though: if you put the cigarette down in your ashtray for a couple of minutes, does it go out on its own? Most major American brands will continue smoldering until the cigarette is completely burned, whether you’re smoking it or not. This indicates the presence of an accelerant. In addition to the health risk of extra chemicals, I always felt this was a cheap way to get consumers to burn through more product. Sure, they might be cheaper. But if you’re going through twice as many, what’s the point?The best bet is to do a bit of research and find a loose cigarette tobacco that you enjoy, and roll your own. The cheap rollers with a couple of wheels take a bit of practice but make pretty consistent filterless cigarettes, and the truly gifted can actually manage to roll completely by hand. If you want a filtered cigarette you can buy filter-tubes by the carton and use a slide-machine to fill them.The benefits of making your own are two-fold. One, you have more control over what goes into your smokes. And two, bulk tobacco is taxed much differently than packs of cigarettes, so you’ll save a ton of money.As in all things, moderation is key to enjoyment!
Which brands of cigarettes have the least chemicals in them?
It doesn’t really matter about the brand of cigarette to get the least chemicals. The chemicals don’t come from how they’re making the tobacco, it comes from burning the materials. If you take anything solid, and burn it, it’s going to break apart into thousands of different compounds. Arsenic, formaldehyde, tar, ammonia, these are all from the reaction in the tobacco when it’s on fire.If you want to get less chemicals in you, then you should stop smoking cigarettes. Even if it wasn’t tobacco, even if it was just paper or lettuce, when you burn it, it’s still going to release smoke and loads of dangerous particulates.Don’t look for cleaner cigarettes, just stop smoking.
Why do most shampoos/body washes contain so many chemicals? Are they really necessary/beneficial?
I’m not sure what else it would contain other than chemicals.That being said, there are a number of ingredients in shampoo that I think are of dubious value. For a few examples, from the list you have there I see biotin and niacinamide. These are both vitamins and are essential for health, but they add nothing to the ability of the solution to actually clean. You should be getting vitamins from your diet, not your cleansing products.Otherwise, of what I see there I see surfactants (such as sodium laureth sulfate) which lower the surface tension of water and allow for the water to more easily remove dirt, grime, and oils. I see polymers like PEG-90 that are added to control the viscosity of the shampoo (they keep it from being too watery). I see chelating agents (such as sodium gluconate) that are present to control water hardness as it’s more difficult to clean if you’re using hard water. There’s preservatives including sorbic acid to prevent microbial growth (you do NOT want to use moldy shampoo). Oh, and of course dyes and fragrances (because people want shampoo to have pretty colors and smell like flowers instead of like the cleaning product it is).In the various categories I’ve mentioned it’s often more effective to use a few different chemicals that are similar. Using surfactants as an example, there are some that are better at cleaning oils, some that are better at cleaning grime, and some that are just awesome at producing suds. Using a combination actually means that less overall are needed to do the same job.
What kind of chemicals are present in sanitary napkins and are they harmful?
Most of the female hygiene products contain toxic ingredients.Tampons and pads with odor neutralizers and artificial fragrances are virtually a chemical soup, laced with artificial colors, polyester, adhesives, polyethylene (PET), polypropylene and propylene glycol(PEG), contaminants linked to hormone disruption, cancer, birth defects, dryness and infertility.The cotton used in the production of sanitary pads(napkin) contain herbicides and pestcides. Herbicides and pesticides are linked to thyroid malfunction, infertility and other health problems. Cotton is not naturally ultra – white. Because most girls prefer something that is purely white to make them feel they’re putting on something fresh and clean, sanitary pad companies use a chemical called dioxin to bleach the cotton.Unconsciously, we are paying a very high price for being neat freaks. Such companies may argue that the pads contain very low levels of dioxin.Based on research, a short-term exposure to dioxin can cause skin darkening and altered liver function.That’s why more women now choose to use organic menstrual pads without any plastic materials, menstruation panties or menstrual cup.Prolonged use of sanitary pads in a day means an overgrowth of staphylococcus aureus bacteria in your vagina.It’s commonly called as toxic shock syndrome. Some symptoms of toxic shock syndrome are dizziness, fever and diarrhea.The toxins released by the bacteria can actually cause a sudden drop in your blood pressure which is dangerous because the brain fails to get enough supply of blood.Your pads are made of synthetic materials which can cause blockage of wetness, which encourage bacterial growth.This is one of the reasons why some women experience severe allergies and yeast infections.Some women may think it’s normal to have allergies and itchiness, which is a misconception.Being a woman is not just about having your monthly period, being beautiful with your makeup on or having a vagina.Being a woman means being mature enough to take control of your body and taking care of your reproductive health.Chemicals on your skin may be worse than eating them. At least enzymes in your saliva and stomach help break down and flush chemicals from your body. But when they touch your skin, they’re absorbed straight into your bloodstream, going directly to your delicate organs. Once in your body, they can accumulate because you typically lack the necessary enzymes to break them down.Hope this helps!
Cleaning products, natural vs regular products. Pros/Cons?
This is a great question! Natural products absolutely can get rid of all the germs just like the toxic chemicals can. You can even make your own very cheaply. I did that for a while, but it was kind of a pain, so I went back to buying products, but I buy them from Whole Foods - and make sure the bottle discloses all ingredients. It's not worth using products that are a little cheaper that could harm you with all those toxins. There is a great book I found last year about this exact thing and lists lots of products you can make at home and gives you all the info about the bad stuff in most products. From your interest in the topic, I think you would really like it. I bought a bunch of them and passed them out to my friends, who were shocked at the information that we don't know about how bad these products are for you. I am still trying to find a good solution to dry cleaning. There is not a natural dry cleaner near me so I try to take my stuff less often and immediately remove the plastic so it can air out. You can try washing them- my sister does that and says it works fine, but I don't want to do that w/ my dress pants- I guess it depends on what you are washing. Dry cleaning chemicals are extremely toxic and can cause major health problems. Here is the book: Green this, by Deirdre Imus
What are the harmful ingredients I should avoid in shampoos?
Recently, I've been skeptical in choosing shampoos because I'm growing my hair. And I want it to be as soft and smooth as possible. I've noticed that the effects of the shampoo I'm using only last a few hours and starts to get oily and frizzy again. I've done research and found out that some shampoos have harsh ingredients that damages hair when used everyday.
Where can I find the ingredients in Walmart Great Value Brand White Vinegar?
I don't know about the Wal-Mart brand specifically, but vinegar is mostly water with a small amount of acetic acid (usually 5%, although it can be as low as 3% and as high as 15%). For nondistilled vinegars other acids are also present in small amounts such as tantaric acid and citric acid. Doesn't it have an ingredient label? It IS possible for it to have a petroleum derivitive though. Increasing quantities of alcohol (ethyl alcohol) have been made synthetically from natural gas and petroleum derivatives. Would Wal-Mart lie? They can't. They legally have to disclose the ingredients. It's all on record. At the very least, I would write to the company and ask them to disclose the ingredients if it's not already on the label. If there is any ethyl alcohol in the Wal-Mart brand, read the following quote and check out the link to read the rest of the article that continues this thought. "the FDA POLICY: Synthetic ethyl alcohol may be used as a food ingredient or in the manufacturing of vinegar or other chemicals for food use, within limitations imposed by the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, the Alcohol Administration Act, and regulations promulgated under these acts. " and "Questions about the suitability of synthetic alcohol for use in manufacturing vinegar arose as early as l948. By Administration Information Letter No. 90, dated January 28, l949, the districts were advised that we seriously doubted that a product made from synthetic alcohol could be appropriately regarded as a type of vinegar."