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The Shocking Truth About Toxic Chemicals And Body Burden!

I fell in love with the Environmental Working Group (EWG) when I realized who they’re fighting for–you and me. This organization is doing all the work for us when it comes to understanding how to protect ourselves from the toxins in our world today. And I’m not just talking about our soil, streams and air. These pollutants have made their way into our food, water and personal products.

EWG’s tireless research, reporting and consumer guides take the guesswork out of healthy choices. So when Heather White, EWG’s Executive Director and Jocelyn Lyle, their Director of Development, signed on to co-host the first Dinner with Kris, I literally dropped to my knees. Hallelujah! These women are wonk-tastic celebrities to me, but in a totally down to earth, generous and accessible way. I hope you caught this educational and inspirational event. If not, there’s still time. See the details here.

Today I’m keeping the EWG love going by Chattin’ & Chewin’ with Heather. I sat down with her a few hours before our fun-filled, live-streaming fiesta and kicked things off by digging into body burden–a topic that every consumer needs to know about starting NOW. Why? For starters, EWG’s research has uncovered the fact that babies are being born with hundreds of toxic chemicals in their bloodstream.

Want to know how those chemicals are making their way into our bodies? Want to know how to lessen your exposure, up your prevention, and become an educated consumer? Watch. Your choices matter and they really do add up over time. This information is here to empower you, not to scare you. Heather and I both take a balanced approach to improving our well-being. Slow and steady wins the race.

Let’s vote for a healthier future every time we go to the store to pick up a bottle of shampoo or sunscreen or toothpaste. We deserve to know the truth about everything we eat, drink and slather on our skin. Luckily, EWG is here to help us do that, but we also need to get active. As Heather says, “We can’t always shop our way out of our problems.” Start a domino effect of activism by watching this episode and accessing EWG’s phenomenal resources. Sign up for their newsletter to stay current and get notified when new legislation is pending. Our elected officials do listen (believe it or not), but how can they possibly know what’s on our minds if we stay silent? Phone calls and emails go a long way.

Lastly, check out EWG’s updated Skin Deep database. The next time you have a question about your personal care product, look it up! EWG rates hundreds, if not thousands of popular products. You’ll learn just how safe or toxic that favorite tube of lipstick can be.

Sending you love,

Kris

PS – Our next Dinner with Kris co-host is confirmed! Ken Bock, MD is a pioneer in functional, holistic medicine (he’s also one of MY doctors). On December 19th, I’ll be sitting down with Ken in my kitchen to discuss the supplements we should all be taking, the in’s and out’s of a gluten-free diet, the core tenants of Ken’s lifestyle philosophy and his perspective on the root causes behind some of biggest health challenges affecting us and our children today, including ADHD, asthma, autism and allergies. Ken has spent the past 25 years bringing alternative and conventional medicine together to create comprehensive health care for his patients. And now, he’s visiting my home to share his insights, tips and wisdom with us LIVE. I always learn something new when I meet with Ken and I know you will too.

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Kris Carr is a New York Times bestselling author and health advocate. Her books and film include the groundbreaking Crazy Sexy Cancer series, Crazy Sexy Diet and most recently, Crazy Sexy Kitchen. Kris regularly lectures at medical schools, hospitals, wellness centers, corporations such as Whole Foods and Harvard University. As an irreverent foot soldier in the fight against disease, Kris inspires countless people to take charge of their health and happiness by adopting a plant-based diet, improving lifestyle practices and learning to live and love with passion.

  • Eileen Weigand

    So glad you’ve interviewed Heather White here- I’ve known about this issue since 2008 and have spread the word as I can in daily life.  Thank you for doing and sharing this, Kris!!

  • http://beyouliveyourdream.blogspot.com/ Sarah Noel

    Yaye, Kris!  It’s so good to see you on here!  Keep up the awesomeness!  :)

  • http://beyouliveyourdream.blogspot.com/ Sarah Noel

    I love Kris Carr!  This is a great segment to remind us that we do need to be vigilant and make healthy choices.  I’m sure my family thinks I’m going overboard when I refuse to use certain lotions, shampoos, make-up, etc.  This Christmas is a good example.  My mom buys my sisters and I toiletries for our stockings.  As we’ve gotten older, we give her lists of the products we use, so she’ll know she’s buying us stuff we’ll actually use.  My list is always the most specific.  I’m very specific about brands because I know 1) they don’t contain parabens or other unwanted chemicals I’m aware of that I want to avoid and 2) they don’t test on animals, which is also very important to me. 

    Also, in regards to cleaning products, as Kris and Jocelyn talk about in the clip, I’ve started using only white vinegar and baking soda in my home.  I can feel good about using it, knowing there are no unwanted or added chemicals. 

    I love to hear about more and more people promoting this topic! 

  • Isabel

    what are the best brands for toxic-free cosmetics? (that are not crazy expensive…)