Cinco Vidas is devoted to raising awareness about toxins in our personal care products, food, and the environment, for one reason only—to try to reduce risk of disease and help save American lives. Again and again health organizations around the world are pointing to toxins as probable culprits in illnesses like cancer, neurological conditions, respiratory problems, cardiovascular disease, and more.
When we think about pollution, we usually think about smog, smoke, chemical spills, and other outdoor health hazards. But according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), indoor air pollution now ranks among the top five environmental risks to public health.
Not long ago, families grew gardens, canned fruits and vegetables, and spent significant time cooking food. Today, our fast-paced society compels many of us to seek out meals and snacks that are easy, tasty, and require little time to prepare. Manufacturers have responded, giving us microwave dinners, boxed meals, sealed lunchables, and even plain water wrapped up and delivered in suitable packages.
That chemicals in our environment are connected to cancer and other health issues has become more and more of a serious concern. In 2010, the President’s Cancer Panel put out a 240-page report that concluded that a) the government isn’t doing enough to protect us from these chemicals, and b) our risk of getting cancer from them has been underestimated.
Many of the ingredients used in our daily personal care products have been found to be potentially dangerous to our health in human, animal, and lab studies. The FDA has limited jurisdiction over what cosmetic manufacturers can and cannot do. That means it comes down to the individual to make the decision: What kinds of products will you use?