Since today is Earth Day we wanted to bring you some changes you can make to your medicine cabinet. By switching to natural versions of chemical-laden health, beauty, and first aid products, consumers will reduce the number of products and streamline their medicine cabinet, making it healthier, greener, and more eco-friendly.
Store shelves are filled with chemical-based pills for relieving the aches and pains of life, from headaches to arthritis. But these brand-name bottles and their generic counterparts are hazardous to our health. According to medical reports, the most common active ingredients and their hazards include:
--Acetaminophen: known to be the leading cause of liver failure in the US
--Ibuprofen: known to cause kidney damage and failure and increases the risk of heart attack and stroke
--Naproxen Sodium: has a possible link to Alzheimer’s Disease in the elderly and an increased risk of cardiovascular events.
Chemicals painkillers do more harm than good and place our health at risk—and these risks grow every time they are taken.
Pain serves a very important purpose: it’s a vital signal from the body alerting us to the fact that something is wrong, it wants to fix it, and needs some assistance.
“Using chemical pain pills that contain such toxic active ingredients as acetaminophen or ibuprofen, or topical ointments with menthol, camphor, and other counter-irritants, does absolutely nothing to promote healing,” says Lou Paradise, president and chief of research of Topical BioMedics, Inc. and inventor of the company’s Topricin line of natural pain relief and healing products. “The chemicals in pills actually shut the healing process down and mask the symptoms. So the problem is still there – you just can’t feel it.”
Counter-irritants found in many “hot,” “cold,” and greasy, smelly ointments—such as capsaicin, camphor, and menthol—also shut down the pain signal while introducing toxins to the body.
The body wants to maintain healthy cells, so when cells are damaged the pain signal is triggered. In order for healing to begin the body needs help removing excess fluids and toxins from the affected area, such as joints, nerves and muscles. This takes the pressure off the micro-capillaries so that oxygen-rich blood can then flow into the area, maximizing healing and shutting off the pain signal.
“My goal in creating Topricin was to relieve pain by enhancing the body’s innate ability to heal itself,” says Paradise. “Topricin contains a combination of 11 natural medicines that work by first stimulating the lymphatic system to drain toxins and fluids from the affected area and returning oxygen rich blood flow to the cells for maximum repair and healing. It has been shown to reduce the need and/or dependency on all classifications of oral pain medications, not just OTC but also prescription drugs.”
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