Curiously Crunchy

Asking crunchy questions for my family and yours.

Baby Powder Can Cause Cancer?

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It’s true, according to this study by the National Institute of Health. They concluded “that there is a significant association between the use of talc in genital hygiene and risk of epithelial ovarian cancer”.

Alarmed? So was I, so I did some more digging.

Apparently the issue is that talc mines and asbestos deposits are frequently located close together and the talc can be contaminated by asbestos, causing all kinds of problems. According to the FDA, it is “unacceptable for cosmetic talc to be contaminated with asbestos” but they also say “cosmetic products and ingredients…do not have to undergo FDA review or approval before they go on the market”. While the FDA did conduct a study from 2009-2010 and tested 4 cosmetic labs’ talc for asbestos (these labs came up asbestos-free), they don’t regularly check any cosmetics for anything, including possibly asbestos-infected talc. The American Cancer Society says there needs to be more research done on pure, asbestos-free talc to see if there is a risk for ovarian cancer from pure talc.

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I use baby powder every single morning to keep my sensitive parts dry and happy during the day, and on my daughter, too. No one is regulating this product to make sure these talc mines are in fact located a safe distance away from asbestos deposits and no one is doing regular check ups on products already on the market to see if they are safe. It is up to the companies to govern themselves and to abide by FDA regulations, but the FDA will only step in after being provided with proof that something is contaminated or harmful. I don’t know about you, but I don’t exactly trust a business to govern itself.

What’s a girl, and momma, to do? The answer is either cornstarch or arrowroot powder. You can either use them pure or grind herbs into the powder for scent and the healing components of the different herbs. Katie the Wellness Mama has a good suggestions of herbs she uses. I plan on just using plain since I don’t have a diaper-bound kiddo anymore.

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So I ordered my arrowroot powder yesterday and it should be here soon.

Do you use powder? Are you concerned about the non-existance of checkups on the mining and production of talc and talcum powder?

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We’re a Fitbit Family!

Last year I had a Fitbit Ultra given to me by a friend that I loved… until it fell apart. It functioned, but only in the extra clip and it made it too bulky to wear in my bra (and I didn’t always have pockets). I hadn’t had the money to dive in and purchase a new one until I just decided that I needed to be more active and wanted something to help me.

A few weeks ago Hubbyman and I went to Best Buy and each got a Fitbit. I chose the One because I really can’t stand stuff on my wrist for an extended period of time. I almost never wear bracelets and hate watches, so a clip on monitor was what I needed.  I purchased the Fitbit One for me, the Charge HR for Hubbyman since he doesn’t mind things on his wrist.

They have been really fun so far. We can see how much sleep we’re getting, how restless we are (or aren’t), and we have competitions to see who walked the most steps or climbed the most amount of stairs.

Babykins was so jealous of these nifty little trackers; she was dying to know how much she was moving, too. So I gave her my Ultra. She has been obsessed with making that little activity flower grow. She counts the petals and always wants to know if she has more than me (she usually does).

Do you have a fitness tracker?

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Your Body on Soda

I have never been a heavy soda drinker. The carbonation tickles my nose and I always end up with stomach pain.

My daughter is 6 years old and more and more has been asking for pop. We’ve come to the agreement (although it’s hard to enforce when I’m not there) that she gets one small bottle or one small glass a day (roughly 8-10oz). She’s beginning to understand how it isn’t good for you and it’s not actually what your body wants when you’re thirsty, but she’s 6 and it tastes good so it’s a struggle.

I think it’s hard sometimes to remember what exactly pops and sodas do to our bodies, so I borrowed the following information from Experience Life’s article “This Is Your Body on Soda” that breaks down exactly what happens over the course of the hour after we drink a can of pop.

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10 MINUTES

A 12-ounce can of soda delivers about 10 teaspoons of sugar — more than the American Heart Association’s daily recommendation of 6 tsp. per day for women, 9 tsp. for men. Normally you’d gag on such intense sweetness, but phosphoric acid mellows the sugary flavor.

20 MINUTES

Here comes the blood-sugar spike. Your liver reacts quickly to the glucose in your bloodstream, storing as much as it can, but it’s soon at capacity and most of the sugar is converted into fat. (And there’s practically no limit to how much fat your body can store.)

30 MINUTES

Caffeine’s effects are under way: Your pupils dilate. Heart and respiratory rates increase. Your blood pressure rises, causing your liver to release even more sugar into the bloodstream. If you’re tired, you won’t feel it: Caffeine blocks the brain’s adenosine receptors.

40 MINUTES

Dopamine levels rise abnormally, turning on the pleasure centers in your brain and creating a revved-up “high” similar to the one produced by amphetamines, cocaine, and heroin.

50 MINUTES

The diuretic properties of caffeine makes you pee. And because the phosphoric acid in soda binds to calcium, magnesium, and zinc in your body, you’ll soon be flushing those vital nutrients down the toilet.

60 MINUTES

A sugar crash hits you — hard. You’re left feeling cranky, sluggish, thirsty, and ready for another soda, especially if it’s diet. The artificial sweeteners used in diet soft drinks also affect the addiction centers in the brain, keeping you coming back for more.

It’s an awful cycle, right? I find it’s easiest to not want pop if it’s just not around. If you don’t have it, you can’t drink it!

Do you have any soda regulations in your house?

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