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.

Baby talcum powder container.

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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I Cooked a Chicken!

I love chicken. I could eat it every day, and some weeks I swear we do. The chicken I was feeding my family from the grocery store though really wasn’t all that high on the quality scale.

Door to Door Organics to the rescue! This last order I purchased a whole chicken from Gunthorp Farms in Lagrange, Indiana. (Can I just take a minute and say how much I love that Door to Door lists the farms their meat is coming from so I can look them up? I read about the farm and how the animals are raised, cared for, and even how they are slaughtered. I liked what I read so I picked this farm for my chicken. )

When it arrived on Monday, my husband realized it was still frozen solid and my master plan of coming home to a roast chicken dinner was squashed. So, we wrapped it in 2 layers of cellophane and put it inside 2 grocery bags to thaw in the fridge. Last night at about 8:30pm I realized I still hadn’t cooked it yet (2 days later), so I ran out to the kitchen during the Stanley Cup Playoffs to take care of it before it spoiled.

I preheated my oven to 450F so my it would be warm when I was ready.

When I pulled the bird out of the bags, I could see some blood leaking into the plastic wrap, so I bleached my sink real quick so I could open it up in the sink itself (and not have to try to wash blood off my counter or cutting board). I had the trash can right next to me and gently peeled away the plastic wrap, so the blood wouldn’t splatter, and threw the plastic pieces in the trash.

As I was rinsing the unwrapped bird with cold water, I realized I have never actually cooked a whole bird of any kind. My mom or my cousins always cooked Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners so this was my first experience. At first I got a little skittish about the raw-ness of it, but I reminded myself that this was once a living thing, and if I’m going to eat it I at least need to respect it; there was nothing to be afraid of (and although I opened up the cavity to check for a bag of innards, I still couldn’t bring myself to actually stick my hand up there… yet).

So anyway, I rinsed the chicken and placed it on a large cutting board. I patted the skin dry with paper towels and rubbed olive oil all over the skin. I then placed the bird in my roasting pan with about a cup of water, and sprinkled a bunch of seasonings all over it. When I felt like I had flavored it enough, I put the lid on my roasting pan and put it in my oven at 450 for approximately 40 mins (I had forgotten to set the timer! I checked when it started to smell good.) You always want to check internal temperature, check for clear juices (red means it’s not done yet), and do the “poke” test (if the fork goes in easy, the meat is probably done). After the first check, I dropped down the temp to 375F and put it in for another 60 minutes (checking it every 20 since I still had no real idea how long it would take).

After the last check, it passed my tests and I turned off the oven and set it on a cutting board to cool (and covered it so the cats didn’t think I left them a treat!). When it was cool (ish) I ripped into it and tore off every price of meat I could find; I put the meat in a clean bowl with a lid to eat as leftovers for tomorrow, saving all the skin and bones, and the liquid left over from the roasting pan, for broth.

After I was sure I had picked the bird clean of meat, I put all my saved skin and bones and leftover juices and the entire carcass into the crock pot with lots of water to cover everything, more seasonings like garlic salt, onion salt, a few cloves of garlic, thyme, oregano…(and if I had saved veggies like celery and carrots instead of eating them, I would have put them in there too…) and set it on high overnight.

I woke up to a house smelling like chicken soup heaven. I checked it to make sure the pot was still full of water (it was) and left it to cook the rest of the day. I’ll drain it when I get home and freeze it into useable portions.

I’m so stoked with how this whole experiment went, I want to buy a chicken every week! (Although that’s a little impractical on the budget. Every other week then…?)

I wish I had thought to take pictures of this thing I’m so incredibly proud of, but you’ll just have to try it for yourself to see it!

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