Aloe VeraIn recent years, I’ve noticed an alarming increase in the number of people dealing with thyroid issues. The sad truth is that there are many environmental factors contributing to this epidemic. It is vital for us – the consumer to educate ourselves and develop a thorough understanding of what we put in our bodies. Now more than ever, the buyer must “beware!”

There are countless toxins in our foods and cosmetics that that are endocrine disrupters. They can cause the thyroid to be under or over active. Unfortunately, our FDA has done a poor job of protecting consumers. We need to conduct our own research when shopping for food and personal hygiene products. This means studying and understanding ingredients. Reading labels can be arduous and complex, particularly because manufacturers are allowed to mislead consumers with deceiving packaging. We’re forced to trust loosely regulated manufacturers as we scavenger hunt for safe products every week.

There are recourses available to help us in this effort, such as the Environmental Working Group. Their website provides essential information on products and companies. You can type in an ingredient and they will give you the toxicity level. The Health Studio in Morrisville also provides important health information. They offer lectures on thyroid dysfunction a few times each month.

Here at Total Concepts Salon, we make sure every hair care product we carry is free of toxins. In addition to causing thyroid issues, they can also cause a number of other problems such as cancer, fertility problems, premature aging, and baldness. We know your health is of the utmost importance, so educate yourself, be aware, and stay safe!