“Marc Lappé: Sensitive assays have detected residues of over a hundred different foreign chemicals and metals in our tissues - compounds and substances that were virtually absent from the environments of our predecessors.” - Dr Pitcairn
“For many chemicals, there is no information on dermal absorption...Until the beginning of the 20th century, the skin was thought to be completely inert and impermeable to chemicals that might otherwise enter the body. While the skin does act as a barrier, it is not a complete barrier. Many chemicals do penetrate the skin, either intentionally or unintentionally, and cutaneous metabolism does occur. Because of its large surface area, the skin may be a major route of entry into the body in some exposure situations...The transport of chemicals through the skin is a complex process. The skin is a complex organ and also a living membrane. The skin and the environment are in constant interaction...Risk assessment is a process by which the extent of exposure is compared against the hazard (intrinsic toxicity) of the chemical to determine whether it is likely to result in harm to the exposed individual(s). Exposure to a chemical can be by oral, inhalational, or dermal routes; however, in an occupational and many environmental and consumer settings, the latter two are the major routes... Since most laboratory animal testing is by oral administration, but the predominant route of exposure for pesticides, for example, is by skin absorption, the extent of dermal absorption needs to be determined to perform an occupational risk assessment (route-to-route extrapolation)...The skin is not an almost impermeable barrier to chemicals, as was originally thought. Now there are many databases describing skin permeation of chemicals...Determination of dermal absorption is a key element of the risk assessment of pesticides, biocides, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, and industrial chemicals. The potential exposure can occur during the manufacturing process, transport, and the end use of products. In addition, exposure to chemicals can occur in the environment...dermal absorption has to be considered in scenarios where these neonates are dermally exposed to contaminants present in bath water or to chemicals in hygienic or diaper rash products...It needs to be recognized that emerging technologies such as nanoparticles may have unanticipated toxicological consequences following contact with the skin.” - World Health Organization
“Perpetual use of ‘big’ shoes weaken feet, increase injury risk and increase pain throughout lower extremeties.” - Mark Sisson
Once I learned about herbicides in clothing, I stayed away! Just like I stay away from chemicals in food.
After all the energy and perseverance put into building and finding a “nutritious” wardrobe (toxin-free, organic, natural materials, plant dyes, natural dyes) every piece of clothing is a gift that I hold sacred and feel extremely grateful to own, thus I take care of it; love it; use it! My clothes create joy because they have a specific purpose: to keep me safe, protected, warm, and healthy.
“The benefits of the ten-item wardrobe are vast. Your shopping habits will become healthier. You will waste less money; you will not be a slave to consumerism; you won’t be tempted by old pulls that used to draw you in (final sale! clearance! last chance!). You will clarify your true style and embrace it. You will be forced to wear your nice clothes on a daily basis by getting rid of the ragged or unflattering ones, and therefore you will look presentable always. When you wake up in the morning, the choice of what to wear will be easy because everything in your wardrobe will go with everything else. Poised people look presentable, assert their style, and are comfortable in their clothing. The ten-item wardrobe will get you there.” - Jennifer L. Scott