Reports over the past couple of months have encouraged complete thought reversals on some topics. A few key ones are summarized for you to consider. After all, that’s all we can do when presented with advice that conflicts with popular thought. Weigh the value of what is presented to us and make our own decisions moving forward. Until the next reversal.
Surprise #1 on alcohol consumption
You might have caught the new report on drinking alcohol. For years we have been told that a drink or two a day is fine. Maybe even healthy. Now the latest is that any amount of drinking is unhealthy. You be the judge.
Surprise #2 on cannabis
Studies on the use of cannabis often suggest that it is safer for adolescents than alcohol (although those results are not without discussion.) Then this week, the new advice is that cannabis causes more mental decline than alcohol. Findings on cannabis are especially important to our audience since it is often recommended as a substitute for strong medications for conditions like Tourette syndrome. (Note: There is nothing to suggest that these major medications are safer than marijuana use. They are not!).
Once more, you have to read, consider and decide. Here’s the latest on the topic.
Surprise #3 on La Croix water
The maker of LaCroix sparkling water is the recipient of a class action lawsuit. The main complaint is that it is not natural as advertised. Beyond that, it claims that the water includes an ingredient used as a cockroach insecticide.
The company asserts that their flavors are derived from the natural essence of fruits, such as lemon, grapefruit, and lime., and the entire product is natural.
You can catch a balanced look at this fight over a very popular beverage in this Today Show article.
Surprise #4 on essential oils and toxic VOCs
Publications by ACN Latitudes often beat the same drum: Don’t use chemically scented products! The detrimental health effects of items with traditional fragrances are well researched, whether used in laundry products, perfumes, “air fresheners” or hand soap.
That’s not to say that most of the public listens to the “ditch the fragrances” message shared by many organizations, not just ours. But millions worldwide prefer essential oils. We use them in candles, personal products, massage lotions, air diffusers, and more. Ah-h-h, the lovely scent of lavender, sage, cypress, ginger, mandarin, peppermint, lemon and lemongrass.
Okay, back to the surprise. Research now suggests that essential oil products, even those labeled “natural” and “organic” can emit toxins, and often VOCs!
I know what you’re thinking. How can that be? I’m just the messenger. Here is an excerpt from the research summary:
Using headspace gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS), the study analyzed 24 commercial essential oils, including 12 with claims of being “natural” or related terms, such as organic, 100% pure, or plant-based. Results identified 595 VOCs emitted from the 24 essential oils, representing 188 different VOCs. The most common VOCs emitted were alpha-pinene, limonene, acetone, linalool, alpha-phellandrene, beta-myrcene, and camphene. Among the 589 VOCs identified, 124 VOCs, representing 33 different VOCs, are classified as potentially hazardous.
All natural and regular essential oils emitted one or more potentially hazardous VOCs, such as acetaldehyde, acetone, and ethanol. Toluene was also found in 50% of essential oils. Moreover, for the prevalent VOCs classified as potentially hazardous, no significant difference was found between regular and natural essential oils. This study provides insights and information about emissions of commercial essential oils that can be useful for public awareness and risk reduction.
You can see the types of oils studied in this report: a prepublication version temporarily available here.
I can’t explain this. But I am familiar with the work of one of the researchers, and know that she is highly respected in her field. See other research by Dr Anne Steinemann here.
You decide. But for good measure, I suggest easy does it.
Note: If you use essential oils, be sure to research which are not suitable for use with children,and which can cause allergic reactions.