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  • Tips for buying great green personal care products by Dr Desai, www.DrDesaiSoap.com

    <br /><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span lang="EN" style="color: #333333; font-family: &quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.5pt; mso-ansi-language: EN; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">ASK DR. DESAI?<o:p></o:p></span></div><br /><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span lang="EN" style="color: #333333; font-family: &quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.5pt; mso-ansi-language: EN; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">Tips for buying great green personal care products by Dr Desai, www.DrDesaiSoap.com<o:p></o:p></span></div><br /><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span lang="EN" style="color: #333333; font-family: &quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.5pt; mso-ansi-language: EN; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">Are all products labeled “green” or “eco-friendly” or “natural” equal?<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>This is a rhetorical question, of course!<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>In trying to source your favorite natural personal care products, I would recommend that you examine your favorite personal care product using the following criteria:<o:p></o:p></span></div><br /><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span lang="EN" style="color: #333333; font-family: &quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.5pt; mso-ansi-language: EN; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">Sourcing:</span></b><span lang="EN" style="color: #333333; font-family: &quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.5pt; mso-ansi-language: EN; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Is the source of the raw materials and ingredients clear to you?<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Is it plant based, or synthetic?<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Even if the source is plant based, are the ingredients undergoing significant processing or substantial chemical modifications? Is the source domestic or foreign?<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>If foreign, are the cultivators of the plant based ingredients being adequately compensated, and is your manufacturer adhering or pledging to Fair Trade Practices.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span><o:p></o:p></span></div><br /><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span lang="EN" style="color: #333333; font-family: &quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.5pt; mso-ansi-language: EN; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">Environmental impact:</span></b><span lang="EN" style="color: #333333; font-family: &quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.5pt; mso-ansi-language: EN; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Just because the ingredients are plant based, or natural doesn’t mean that there is no environmental impact.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>For example, do you know if the trees or plants that provide the source ingredients for your personal care product, are being grown or cultivated with renewal agricultural practices?<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>And don’t forget the packaging materials that your favorite personal care product comes in as well?<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Is the packaging made from renewal resources and can it be reused or recycled? <o:p></o:p></span></div><br /><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span lang="EN" style="color: #333333; font-family: &quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.5pt; mso-ansi-language: EN; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">Safety:</span></b><span lang="EN" style="color: #333333; font-family: &quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.5pt; mso-ansi-language: EN; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Is the product that you are using safe to use?<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Safe enough to be used on young children or adults who may not be in good health?<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Just because something is natural or naturally sourced, doesn’t mean that it is safe.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>There are far too many natural products, which contain toxic ingredients including preservatives like parabens, or formaldehyde releasers like DMDM Hydantoin or antibacterial agents like triclosan.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Was any of the testing for safety being done on animals?<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Look for products that are not tested on animals or carry the Leaping Bunny approved logo.<o:p></o:p></span></div><br /><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span lang="EN" style="color: #333333; font-family: &quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.5pt; mso-ansi-language: EN; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">Efficacy:</span></b><span lang="EN" style="color: #333333; font-family: &quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.5pt; mso-ansi-language: EN; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Ultimately you expect the product that you bought to be efficacious for whatever purpose you had in mind and deliver results that you were expecting.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Unfortunately, there are several natural personal care products out there that don’t perform or live up to their marketing hype.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span><o:p></o:p></span></div><br /><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span lang="EN" style="color: #333333; font-family: &quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.5pt; mso-ansi-language: EN; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">Company values:</span></b><span lang="EN" style="color: #333333; font-family: &quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.5pt; mso-ansi-language: EN; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>While this item may be ignored by a few, the values of the manufacturer or what the brand/company represents is very important.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Does the manufacturer of your natural personal care product truly care about the customers, the environment, their products, their ingredients, their packaging or is it all lip-service? Does the company disclose all its ingredients? Is there a performance or satisfaction guarantee that is offered by the manufacturer?<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Does the company donate some proceeds of its revenue to your favorite social or environmental causes?<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>While such a charitable contribution is not necessary, it often times is a good indicator of whether the manufacturer of your natural personal care product, care for something greater than the almighty dollar!<o:p></o:p></span></div><br /><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span lang="EN" style="color: #333333; font-family: &quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.5pt; mso-ansi-language: EN; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">Now that you have some of these tips handy, you will be able to make an informed decision when it comes to finding great natural personal care products.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>In addition, you will be able to be able to influence what products your favorite retailer should carry!<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span><o:p></o:p></span></div><br /><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"><span lang="EN" style="color: #333333; font-family: &quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.5pt; mso-ansi-language: EN; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">Let Dr Desai answer your questions about natural personal care products.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Please send your questions to </span></i><a href="mailto:AskDrDesai@DrDesaiSoap.com"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"><span lang="EN" style="font-family: &quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.5pt; mso-ansi-language: EN; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><span style="color: #015660;">AskDrDesai@DrDesaiSoap.com</span></span></i></a><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"><span lang="EN" style="color: #333333; font-family: &quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.5pt; mso-ansi-language: EN; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"> or call 908-236-6742.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>For more information, visit DrDesaiSoap.com.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span></span></i></div>

  • The Truth about Personal Care Labels by Dr. Desai, www.DrDesaiSoap.com

    <br /><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span lang="EN" style="color: #333333; font-family: &quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.5pt; mso-ansi-language: EN; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">ASK DR. DESAI?<o:p></o:p></span></div><br /><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span lang="EN" style="color: #333333; font-family: &quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.5pt; mso-ansi-language: EN; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">The Truth about Personal Care Labels by Dr. Desai, www.DrDesaiSoap.com<o:p></o:p></span></div><br /><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span lang="EN" style="color: #333333; font-family: &quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.5pt; mso-ansi-language: EN; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">Ever wonder what words like “green”, “natural” or “eco-friendly” mean?<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Let me start by stating some facts about personal care products<o:p></o:p></span></div><br /><div class="MsoListParagraphCxSpFirst" style="line-height: normal; margin: 0in 0in 0pt 0.5in; mso-add-space: auto; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-outline-level: 2; text-indent: -0.25in;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span lang="EN" style="color: #333333; font-family: Symbol; font-size: 10.5pt; mso-ansi-language: EN; mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol; mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol;"><span style="mso-list: Ignore;">·<span style="font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; font: 7pt/normal &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><!--[endif]--><span lang="EN" style="color: #333333; font-family: &quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.5pt; mso-ansi-language: EN; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates cosmetic labeling under the authority of both the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&amp;C Act) and the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act (FPLA)<o:p></o:p></span></div><br /><div class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="line-height: normal; margin: 0in 0in 0pt 0.5in; mso-add-space: auto; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-outline-level: 2; text-indent: -0.25in;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span lang="EN" style="color: #333333; font-family: Symbol; font-size: 10.5pt; mso-ansi-language: EN; mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol; mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol;"><span style="mso-list: Ignore;">·<span style="font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; font: 7pt/normal &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><!--[endif]--><span lang="EN" style="color: #333333; font-family: &quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.5pt; mso-ansi-language: EN; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">Labeling: This term refers to all labels and other written, printed, or graphic matter on or accompanying a product <w:sdt citation="t" id="-626861628"><!--[if supportFields]><span style='mso-element:field-begin'></span><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language: EN-US'><span style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span>CITATION FDCAct \l 1033 </span><span style='mso-element:field-separator'></span><![endif]--><span lang="EN-US" style="mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-no-proof: yes;">(1)</span><!--[if supportFields]><span style='mso-element:field-end'></span><![endif]--></w:sdt><o:p></o:p></span></div><br /><div class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="line-height: normal; margin: 0in 0in 0pt 0.5in; mso-add-space: auto; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-outline-level: 2; text-indent: -0.25in;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span lang="EN" style="color: #333333; font-family: Symbol; font-size: 10.5pt; mso-ansi-language: EN; mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol; mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol;"><span style="mso-list: Ignore;">·<span style="font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; font: 7pt/normal &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><!--[endif]--><span lang="EN" style="color: #333333; font-family: &quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.5pt; mso-ansi-language: EN; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">Principal Display Panel (PDP): This is the part of the label most likely displayed or examined under customary conditions of display for sale [21 CFR 701.10].<o:p></o:p></span></div><br /><div class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="line-height: normal; margin: 0in 0in 0pt 0.5in; mso-add-space: auto; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-outline-level: 2; text-indent: -0.25in;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span lang="EN" style="color: #333333; font-family: Symbol; font-size: 10.5pt; mso-ansi-language: EN; mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol; mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol;"><span style="mso-list: Ignore;">·<span style="font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; font: 7pt/normal &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><!--[endif]--><span lang="EN" style="color: #333333; font-family: &quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.5pt; mso-ansi-language: EN; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">Information Panel: Generally, this term refers to a panel other than the PDP that can accommodate label information where the consumer is likely to see it. The information on this panel must be prominent and conspicuous <w:sdt citation="t" id="-1480219457"><!--[if supportFields]><span style='mso-element:field-begin'></span><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language:EN-US'><span style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span>CITATION FDCAct \l 1033 </span><span style='mso-element:field-separator'></span><![endif]--><span lang="EN-US" style="mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-no-proof: yes;">(1)</span><!--[if supportFields]><span style='mso-element:field-end'></span><![endif]--></w:sdt><o:p></o:p></span></div><br /><div class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="line-height: normal; margin: 0in 0in 0pt 0.5in; mso-add-space: auto; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-outline-level: 2; text-indent: -0.25in;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="color: #333333; font-family: Symbol; font-size: 10.5pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol; mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol;"><span style="mso-list: Ignore;">·<span style="font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; font: 7pt/normal &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><!--[endif]--><span style="color: #333333; font-family: &quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.5pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">The FDA doesn’t regulate the term “organic” as applied to personal care products<w:sdt citation="t" id="-697313171"><!--[if supportFields]><span style='mso-element:field-begin'></span> CITATION FDA \l 1033 <span style='mso-element:field-separator'></span><![endif]--><span style="mso-no-proof: yes;"><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>(2)</span><!--[if supportFields]><span style='mso-element:field-end'></span><![endif]--></w:sdt><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span><o:p></o:p></span></div><br /><div class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="line-height: normal; margin: 0in 0in 0pt 0.5in; mso-add-space: auto; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-outline-level: 2; text-indent: -0.25in;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="color: #333333; font-family: Symbol; font-size: 10.5pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol; mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol;"><span style="mso-list: Ignore;">·<span style="font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; font: 7pt/normal &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><!--[endif]--><span style="color: #333333; font-family: &quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.5pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">If a personal care product contains agricultural ingredients, then the manufacturer can seek USDA organic certification<o:p></o:p></span></div><br /><div class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="line-height: normal; margin: 0in 0in 0pt 0.5in; mso-add-space: auto; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-outline-level: 2; text-indent: -0.25in;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="color: #333333; font-family: Symbol; font-size: 10.5pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol; mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol;"><span style="mso-list: Ignore;">·<span style="font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; font: 7pt/normal &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><!--[endif]--><span style="color: #333333; font-family: &quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.5pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">In the US, federal legislation defines 3 levels of Organic products : 1)products made entirely with organic ingredients and methods may be labeled “<b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">100 % organic</b>”, 2) products with at least 95% organic ingredients may be labeled “<b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">organic</b>” and 3) products with at least 70% organic ingredients may be labeled, “<b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">made with organic ingredients</b>”<w:sdt citation="t" id="-934518222"><!--[if supportFields]><span style='mso-element:field-begin'></span> CITATION Lab \l 1033 <span style='mso-element:field-separator'></span><![endif]--><span style="mso-no-proof: yes;"><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>(3)</span><!--[if supportFields]><span style='mso-element:field-end'></span><![endif]--></w:sdt><o:p></o:p></span></div><br /><div class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="line-height: normal; margin: 0in 0in 0pt 0.5in; mso-add-space: auto; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-outline-level: 2; text-indent: -0.25in;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="color: #333333; font-family: Symbol; font-size: 10.5pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol; mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol;"><span style="mso-list: Ignore;">·<span style="font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; font: 7pt/normal &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><!--[endif]--><span style="color: #333333; font-family: &quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.5pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">The word “<b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">natural</b>” has no regulatory meaning, except when used in the context of poultry or meat.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Natural meat and poultry cannot contain artificial flavors, colors, preservatives or sweeteners and typically have minimal processing.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>A label of natural on meat products must specify how the product qualifies as natural.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Many products listed as “natural” have several non-natural processes.<o:p></o:p></span></div><br /><div class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="line-height: normal; margin: 0in 0in 0pt 0.5in; mso-add-space: auto; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-outline-level: 2; text-indent: -0.25in;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="color: #333333; font-family: Symbol; font-size: 10.5pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol; mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol;"><span style="mso-list: Ignore;">·<span style="font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; font: 7pt/normal &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><!--[endif]--><span style="color: #333333; font-family: &quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.5pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">The words “eco-friendly” or “green” have no regulatory meaning.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Many products listed as “eco-friendly” or “green” may contain preservatives such as parabens or formaldehyde releaser DMDM Hydantoin.<o:p></o:p></span></div><br /><div class="MsoListParagraphCxSpLast" style="line-height: normal; margin: 0in 0in 10pt 0.5in; mso-add-space: auto; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-outline-level: 2; text-indent: -0.25in;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="color: #333333; font-family: Symbol; font-size: 10.5pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol; mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol;"><span style="mso-list: Ignore;">·<span style="font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; font: 7pt/normal &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><!--[endif]--><span style="color: #333333; font-family: &quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.5pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">Ingredients less than 0.1% of formulation do not have to be disclosed on product labels </span><w:sdt citation="t" id="-604965162"><!--[if supportFields]><span style='font-size:10.5pt;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif";mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:#333333'><span style='mso-element:field-begin'></span><span style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span>CITATION Saf \l 1033 <span style='mso-element: field-separator'></span></span><![endif]--><span style="color: #333333; font-family: &quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.5pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><span style="mso-no-proof: yes;">(4)</span></span><!--[if supportFields]><span style='font-size:10.5pt; font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif";mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; 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You should never let a product name or brand be the driving force in your decision to purchase. Product label reading and understanding is essential for the educated consumer. If you choose organic or natural let it be just that. Dr. Desai can help! Let Dr. Desai answer your questions at <a href="mailto:AskDrDesai@DrDesaiSoap.com"><span style="color: #015660;">AskDrDesai@DrDesaiSoap.com</span></a> about personal care product labels and ingredients.<o:p></o:p></span></div><br /><w:sdt docparttype="Bibliographies" docpartunique="t" id="1972248363" sdtdocpart="t"> <br /></w:sdt><h1 style="margin: 24pt 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-size: large;"><span style="color: #365f91;"><span style="font-family: Cambria;">References<o:p></o:p><span style="color: windowtext; font-size: 11pt; font-weight: normal; line-height: 115%; mso-ascii-font-family: Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-bidi; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family: Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font: minor-latin;"><w:sdtpr></w:sdtpr></span></span></span></span></h1><br /><w:sdt bibliography="t" id="111145805"> <br /><div class="MsoBibliography" style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><!--[if supportFields]><span style='mso-element: field-begin'></span><span style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span>BIBLIOGRAPHY <span style='mso-element:field-separator'></span><![endif]--><span style="font-family: Calibri;"><span style="mso-no-proof: yes;">1. <i>[FD&amp;C Act, sec. 201(m); 21 U.S.C. 321(m)]. </i><o:p></o:p></span><w:sdtpr></w:sdtpr></span></div><br /><div class="MsoBibliography" style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span style="mso-no-proof: yes;"><span style="font-family: Calibri;">2. www.<i>FDA.gov.</i> <o:p></o:p></span></span></div><br /><div class="MsoBibliography" style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span style="mso-no-proof: yes;"><span style="font-family: Calibri;">3. "Labeling organic products". U.S. Department of Agriculture. October 2012. www.usda.gov<i> </i><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span><o:p></o:p></span></span></div><br /><div class="MsoBibliography" style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span style="mso-no-proof: yes;"><span style="font-family: Calibri;">4. www.SafeCosmetics.Org <o:p></o:p></span></span></div><br /><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><!--[if supportFields]><b><span style='mso-no-proof:yes'><span style='mso-element:field-end'></span></span></b><![endif]--><o:p><span style="font-family: Calibri;">&nbsp;</span></o:p></div></w:sdt><br /><br />

  • ASK DR DESAI? - How to Keep Ticks (and Other Arthropods) Away Naturally

    How to Keep Ticks (and Other Arthropods) Away Naturally?<br /><br />Insect repellent products are generally products that are applied to the skin, clothing or sprayed into homes, yards or on surfaces to discourage insects, namely arthropods, from landing on such surfaces or areas. These products help in controlling bites and outbreak of diseases such as Lyme disease, malaria, West Nile Fever, etc.<br />Arthropods—including mosquitos, ticks, lice, sand flies and fleas—serve as vectors, or hosts, that carry and transmit infectious pathogens into other living organisms. While there are several chemical products—such as DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide) or Permethrin—may effectively keep insects at bay, the ingredients in such products usually cannot be used on very young children because of potential harmful side effects. In addition, environmentalists point out the such chemicals can contaminate our water and soil supply, negatively affecting waterways and wildlife. According to the EPA, the potential side effects of DEET include seizures and insomnia. Permethrin is classified by the EPA as a likely human carcinogen, and is extremely toxic for cats (causing feline permethrin toxicosis) and aquatic life. <br />Among the effective natural insect repellants or insecticidal applications are oils of neem, citronella, eucalyptus and cedar wood. At Dr. Desai Soap, products using these oils are available in bar soap, body wash, body cream, body spray as well as in a specially formulated line for four-legged family members such as dogs, cats, and horses.<br /><em>Dr. Desai Soaps offers its our own line of natural (DEET-free, permethrin-free) outdoor protection, called Neem Shikakai. For more information, call 908-236-6742 or visit DrDesaiSoap.com.</em>

  • <h1 class="entry-title">Tewksbury's Desai Farms plans open house in Bernardsville</h1><h5>Published: Sunday, June 10, 2012, 10:41 AM Updated: <span class="updated" title="2012-06-10T14:51:52Z">Sunday, June 10, 2012, 10:51 AM</span></h5><div class="author_info"><a href="http://connect.nj.com/user/njohunterdon/index.html"><img alt="Hunterdon County Democrat" height="40" original="http://media.nj.com/avatars/1828654.png" src="http://media.nj.com/avatars/1828654.png" width="40" /></a><span class="author_byline"> By <span class="author vcard"><a class="fn" href="http://connect.nj.com/user/njohunterdon/index.html"> Hunterdon County Democrat</a></span><span class="source-org vcard" style="display: none; visibility: hidden;"><span class="org fn">Hunterdon County Democrat</span></span></span></div><div class="box_bottom_left"><!-- --></div><div class="box_bottom_right"><!-- --></div><div class="entry-content"><div class="entry_widget_large entry_widget_left"><span class="adv-photo-large"><img alt="Desai livestock" class="adv-photo" height="376" original="http://media.nj.com/hunterdonnews_impact/photo/11158960-large.jpg" src="http://media.nj.com/hunterdonnews_impact/photo/11158960-large.jpg" width="380" /></span></div><div class="entry_widget_large entry_widget_left"><span class="adv-photo-large"><span class="photo-data"><span class="caption">Some Desai livestock</span></span></span></div><div class="entry_widget_large entry_widget_left"><span class="adv-photo-large"><span class="photo-data"><span class="caption"></span></span><span class="photo-bottom-left"><!-- IE6 HACK --></span><span class="photo-bottom-right"><!-- IE6 HACK --></span></span></div>Put on your overalls and join N.J. Audubon and Desai Farms of Tewksbury for a fun, old-fashioned day down on the farm. The event will be held June 23, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at N.J. Audubon Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary, 11 Hardscrabble Road, Bernardsville. Desai Farms will bring their alpaca, miniature horse, and goats. It will offer goat milking demonstrations throughout the day, and visitors can try it as well as carding wool, spinning and weaving. Learn from Dr. Desai about the benefits of Dr. Desai Soap made from goat milk. It will be available for sale.<br />For the past five years, Desai Farms has been a “green” farm, producing the majority of its energy needs through solar power. It produces goat milk soaps and alpaca wool winter apparel from their livestock. <br /> The cost is $5 per car, but in the spirit of our “green” organizations, the cost is free for those arriving in “green” transportation — an alternative car (hybrid car, smart car, electric car, etc.), by people power (bicycle, roller blades, on foot, etc.), or by carpooling (in any type of car with four or more passengers).</div><div class="clear"><!-- --></div><div class="tags"><span>Related topics:</span> <a href="http://topics.nj.com/tag/hunterdon-county/index.html">hunterdon-county</a>, <a href="http://topics.nj.com/tag/tewksbury/index.html">tewksbury</a></div>

  • Importance of Green Body Care

    <table align="right" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="interior_copy" style="width: 700px;"><tbody><tr valign="top"><td valign="top"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://gardenstategreenfest.com/images/Vinay.gif" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img alt="" border="0" height="163" src="http://gardenstategreenfest.com/images/Vinay.gif" title="" width="216" /></a></div><div align="center"></div></td></tr><tr><td valign="top"><br /><span style="color: #0066cc; font-size: 16px; font-weight: bold;"> </span><strong>"</strong></td><td valign="top"><br /></td><td valign="top"><span style="color: #0066cc; font-size: 16px; font-weight: bold;">Dr. Vinay Desai</span><strong>“The Importance of Green Body Care"</strong><span style="color: #54af5f; font-weight: bold;">SATURDAY</span></td></tr><tr valign="top"><td valign="top"></td><td valign="top"></td><td valign="top"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt; line-height: 115%;">Dr. Vinay Desai </span><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt; line-height: 115%;">is a naturalist and a pharmaceutical scientist with a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences, and an MBA. He holds 15+ patents &amp; 15+ publications in a wide variety of scientific disciplines and has invented novel targeted therapeutic agents. Dr. Desai is the co-founder and CEO of Dr. Desai Soap which is a manufacturer of premium all natural goat’s milk ayurvedic herbal skin care solutions. Dr. Desai Soap is a Green America Approved business. Dr. Desai is a naturalist who lives on a family owned solar powered farm in Tewksbury NJ featured in the New Jersey Country Side Magazine. Through community awareness programs, Dr. Desai has helped educate people in the sustainable practices of using solar power and green personal care products<a href="http://gardenstategreenfest.com/breakoutspeakers.html">http://gardenstategreenfest.com/breakoutspeakers.html</a></span></td></tr></tbody></table>

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line-height:115%; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;} </style><![endif]--> <br /><div align="center" class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 24.0pt; line-height: 115%;">Would you bathe or clean with Formaldehyde? You may be doing just that!</span></div><div align="center" class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 24pt; line-height: 115%;">by Dr Desai </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">Dr. Desai is dedicated to educating consumers about the dangers that we may bring into our homes or use on our bodies every day. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>Dr. Desai has been trying to inform his clients of the dangers of some ingredients used in soaps, shampoos and other products that we trust and use daily. These may be products that we have used for years, that we may assume to be safe because they are on a store shelf and legally available for purchase by the public. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>Some of these products contain DMDM Hydantoin which is a widely used preservative in many of our personal hygiene products, household cleaners and more. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>DMDM Hydantoin releases Formaldehyde<a href="http://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=5554087804360799724#_ftn1" name="_ftnref1" style="mso-footnote-id: ftn1;" title=""><span class="MsoFootnoteReference"><span style="mso-special-character: footnote;"><span class="MsoFootnoteReference"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-theme-font: minor-latin;">[1]</span></span></span></span></a>. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>Formaldehyde is never listed on the ingredients because it is the use of a precursor such as DMDM Hydantoin that releases formaldehyde. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>There are not many individuals that would knowingly apply formaldehyde to their skin regardless of its effectiveness as an antimicrobial. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>Formaldahyde is known to cause dermatitis and eczema. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>DMDM Hydantoin is an antimicrobial formaldehyde releaser preservative with the trade name Glydant. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>It is a Chemical compound belonging to a class of compounds known as hydantoins. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>It is used in the cosmetics industry as a preservative because the formaldehyde makes the environment less favorable to the microorganisms. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>There are more dangers to using a product on your skin that releases formaldehyde, including the danger of cancer. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>Formaldehyde has recently been declared a carcinogen and listed in the 12<sup>th</sup> Report on Carcinogens<a href="http://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=5554087804360799724#_ftn2" name="_ftnref2" style="mso-footnote-id: ftn2;" title=""><span class="MsoFootnoteReference"><span style="mso-special-character: footnote;"><span class="MsoFootnoteReference"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-theme-font: minor-latin;">[2]</span></span></span></span></a>, compiled by the National Toxicology Program(NTP)under the Department of Health &amp; Human Services (HHS). <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>This may be a step in the right direction, but this does not mean the DMDM Hydantoin will no longer be found in your soaps, shampoos, or hair gel. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>This just means that the listing of formaldehyde potential carcinogenic will be available to the public. There has been no ban on the use of formaldehyde releasing preservatives or formaldehyde itself, at least not yet. </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">We may not be able to do anything about the formaldehyde that’s in the wood that our houses may have been built with, but we can take control of the choices that we make when it comes to the products that we use. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>We can also join The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics which recently announced the introduction of the <b>Safe Cosmetics Act of 2011</b> (H.R.2359), which would give the Food and Drug Administration authority to ensure that all personal care products, from shampoo to lipstick, are free of harmful ingredients and that all ingredients in the product are disclosed. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>Existing law, which has not been updated since 1938, has loopholes that allow chemicals linked to cancer, birth defects, learning disabilities and other illnesses in products we use on our bodies every day. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>If you haven't yet, please </span><a href="http://org2.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?v=2&amp;c=6m2WJLje%2B3BW2aLRLTH%2FNa2Jo84r8G7q"><span style="color: windowtext; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%; text-decoration: none; text-underline: none;">ask your Representative to co-sponsor this important bill</span></a><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">! It takes a minute to log onto the web site for the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics at </span><a href="http://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/5500/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=7022"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">http://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/5500/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=7022</span></a><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;"><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>and forward your request for their support of this bill. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>This bill will help to protect the average consumer from hidden dangers and may force the reform of the cosmetic industry to stop using harmful ingredients. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>You can visit the Household Product Safety website at </span><a href="http://householdproducts.nlm.nih.gov/cgi-bin/household/brands?tbl=chem&amp;id=2211&amp;query=+hydantoin&amp;searchas=TblChemicals"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">http://householdproducts.nlm.nih.gov/cgi-bin/household/brands?tbl=chem&amp;id=2211&amp;query=+hydantoin&amp;searchas=TblChemicals</span></a><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">for a list of products that contain DMDM Hydantoin. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>Not all products that contain DMDM Hydantoin are guaranteed to be listed, so always check the ingredient label on your personal care products in addition to doing your own research.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>If you do not understand the ingredients used in your favorite personal care products, feel free to post your questions on DrDesaiSoap.com via “Ask Dr. Desai” at </span><a href="http://www.drdesaisoap.com/pages/Ask-Dr.-Desai.html"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">http://www.drdesaisoap.com/pages/Ask-Dr.-Desai.html</span></a><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">.</span></div><div style="mso-element: footnote-list;"><br clear="all" /> <hr align="left" size="1" width="33%" /> <div id="ftn1" style="mso-element: footnote;"> <div class="MsoFootnoteText"><a href="http://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=5554087804360799724#_ftnref1" name="_ftn1" style="mso-footnote-id: ftn1;" title=""><span class="MsoFootnoteReference"><span style="mso-special-character: footnote;"><span class="MsoFootnoteReference"><span style="font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-ascii-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-bidi; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-hansi-theme-font: minor-latin;">[1]</span></span></span></span></a>Wikipedia.com reference</div></div><div id="ftn2" style="mso-element: footnote;"> <div class="MsoFootnoteText"><a href="http://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=5554087804360799724#_ftnref2" name="_ftn2" style="mso-footnote-id: ftn2;" title=""><span class="MsoFootnoteReference"><span style="mso-special-character: footnote;"><span class="MsoFootnoteReference"><span style="font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-ascii-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-bidi; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-hansi-theme-font: minor-latin;">[2]</span></span></span></span></a> C&amp;EN, Chemical &amp; Engineering News, June 20, 2011, page 11</div></div></div>

  • Tips For Winter Skin Care

    <br /><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><span style="font-size: large;"><b><span style="color: #76923c; line-height: 115%;">How can I survive winter skin?</span></b></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><span style="font-size: small;"><b><span style="line-height: 115%;">By Dr. Desai</span></b></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;">Many suffer from the harsh conditions of winter. Spending time outside in blistery cold temperatures and frigid wind can wreak havoc on your skin.&nbsp; And, when you come indoors the coldest parts of your body, hands and feet become red and itchy. Remaining indoors in a heated home can also cause damaging results since the air is dry.&nbsp; And, if you have eczema or psoriasis it gets worse. We may wash our hands more often due to risk of colds and flu during the winter, as a result dryer skin.&nbsp; Don’t fret, there is hope. Following these simple tips can dramatically improve your dry skin condition during those cold weather months:</div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div>1)<span style="font: 7pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Avoid moisture stripping facial or personal care products such as chemical astringents, alcohol containing lotions or facial masks.<br /><br />2)<span style="font: 7pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Avoid hot tubs and saunas.&nbsp; <br /><br />3)<span style="font: 7pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Use a humidifier to keep your house and skin hydrated.<br /><br />4)<span style="font: 7pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Hydrate from the inside by drinking adequate water while minimizing consumption of alcohol or caffeinated beverages.<br /><br />5)<span style="font: 7pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Use personal care products that have natural ingredients or oils such as avocado oil, olive oil, camellia seed oil or almond oil.<br /><br />6)<span style="font: 7pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>For dry cracked heels, wash with warm water and sea salts removing dead skin.&nbsp; Followed by Vaseline or your favorite natural foot cream.<br /><br />7)<span style="font: 7pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Apply avocado oil, camellia seed oil or your favorite natural moisturizing cream to your hands and feet at bedtime. Then place a comfortable lightweight pair of socks or gloves on your hands and/or feet. <br /><br />8)<span style="font: 7pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Use sunscreen – yes, you need it in the winter as well – sunlight and glare reflects off of snow/ice to intensify sun radiation.<br /><br />9)<span style="font: 7pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Use gentle soaps such as goat’s milk soap instead of soaps containing chemical detergents which can strip your skin of its natural oils.<br /><br />10)<span style="font: 7pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Exercise often to maintain proper circulation and stay in shape.&nbsp; In other words, staying physically active will help your skin radiant.<br /><br />11)<span style="font: 7pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Dress warm in layered clothing and minimize prolonged exposure to cold blustery winds.&nbsp; Cover as much exposed skin as possible.&nbsp; Cold temperatures will cause any exposed skin to chafe.<br /><br />12)<span style="font: 7pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Use of skin products containing Retinol A could cause your skin to get too dry and exfoliated in the winter.&nbsp; Caution is advised while continuing their use in the winter months.<br /><br />13)<span style="font: 7pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Always consult your physician for additional advice. <br /><br /><div class="MsoNormal">For additional information on any of Dr. Desai’s moisturizing Ayurvedic goat’s milk soaps, please visit <a href="http://drdesaisoap.com/">DrDesaiSoap.com</a>.</div>

  • Another Caution on Antibacterial Products

    <h3 class="article">Triclosan, found in many personal and home products under EPA investigation.</h3><span class="dropcap">T</span>riclosan has been used for its antibacterial properties for more than 30 years, starting out as a surgical scrub. Since then, this synthetic, broad-spectrum, antimicrobial agent has become increasingly popular in personal hygiene products. Unfortunately, triclosan has also recently drawn a lot of regulatory, congressional, and media scrutiny.<br />Rep. Edward J. Markey (D. Mass.) has sent inquiries to both the EPA and the FDA because of his concern that antibacterial products are not only ineffective, but cause risks to human health and the environment. He received responses from both organizations indicating that additional research is warranted on the negative health ramifications of daily contact with the agent triclosan. (For more detailed information on this, see the Chemical and Engineering News site: <a href="http://pubs.acs.org/cen/news/88/i16/8816news1.html"><span style="color: #075899;">pubs.acs.org/cen/news/88/i16/8816news1.html</span></a>.)<br />In Pesticides and You, the author of The Ubiquitous Triclosan: A Common Antibacterial Agent Exposed, Aviva Glaser stated, “Studies have increasingly linked triclosan to a range of health and environmental effects, from skin irritation, allergy susceptibility, bacterial and compounded antibiotic resistant, and dioxin contamination to destruction of fragile aquatic ecosystems.” (See <a href="http://beyondpesticides.org/pesticides/factsheets/Triclosan%20cited.pdf"><span style="color: #075899;">beyondpesticides. org/pesticides/factsheets/Triclosan%20cited.pdf </span></a>for Glaser’s entire fact sheet.)<br /><div class="pullquote">Triclosan is not only found in personal hygiene products, but is contained in toothpaste, cosmetics, deodorant, and shows up under other names in products such as countertops, kitchenware, clothing, and plastic toys.</div><br />(For a complete list of products that contain triclosan visit the U.S. Department of Health &amp; Human Services and reference the Household Products Database at <a href="http://householdproducts.nlm.nih.gov/cgibin/household/%20brands?tbl=chem&amp;id=201"><span style="color: #075899;">householdproducts.nlm.nih.gov/cgibin/household/ brands?tbl=chem&amp;id=201</span></a>.)<br /><br /><div class="article"></div>