Starting a Healthy Tradition this Earth Day - Tips from Topical BioMedics to Make Home Medicine Cabinets Family-Friendly

Many people are not aware that toxins lurk in every day health and beauty aids. Topical BioMedics is helping consumers honor Earth Day--and themselves--by giving the family medicine cabinet a healthy, green, eco-friendly "make over," replacing hazardous products with their safe, natural counterparts.

Rhinebeck, NY, April 2012 : Studies show that common household health and beauty aids typically found in many American medicine cabinets contain toxins that expose adults and children to harmful chemicals. Other hazards include outdated prescription medications, such as antibiotics, prescription and over- the-counter pain pills and cough/cold/flu medicines (which should be properly disposed of when expired).    

Topical BioMedics. Inc., headquartered in Rhinebeck, NY, is encouraging consumers to Celebrate Earth Day this year with a resolve to detox and ‘green up’ their medicine cabinets by giving it a family-friendly “makeover” that entails replacing toxic products with their safe, natural counterparts.

Many people are not aware that toxins lurk in such every day health and beauty aids as: toothpaste; shampoo, conditioner, and other hair care products; deodorant; after shaves and colognes; skin cleansers and cosmetics; bath products; nasal sprays and over-the-counter cold and flu remedies; and over-the-counter pain relief products.   

Here’s a rundown of the most common toxins found in commercial health and beauty aids which are easily absorbed into the body (via skin and mouth) and have hazardous side effects:
--Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLC): A derivative of an industrial degreaser/garage floor cleaner
--Propylene glycol (PG): A main ingredient in antifreeze and brake fluid
--Polyethylene glycol (PEG): A caustic used to dissolve grease and found in oven cleaners
-- Formaldehyde: A highly toxic substance
--Parabens (methyl, propyl-, butyl- and ethyl): Extremely toxic and usually derived from petrochemical sources
--Stearalkonium Chloride: A compound originally developed as a fabric softener
--Phthalates: A plasticizer
--Artificial fragrance and synthetic perfumes (which can also be found in products that are promoted as “unscented” or “fragrance free” as chemical are sometimes used to mask odors): Approximately 200 chemicals fall under this category.
--Talc: Carcinogen and lung irritant

The best way to diminish exposure to toxic chemicals found in commercial health and beauty products is to look for replacements that are organic or contain pure ingredients. There are a growing number of “cleaner/greener” products available in the marketplace, and mainstream manufacturers are also jumping on the go-green bandwagon. But beware of chemicals disguised by deceptive marketing speak—particularly the word “natural.” This adjective can be used liberally and without guidelines. Therefore a product that claims to be “natural” may contain one or two botanical ingredients but still harbor large quantities of synthetic chemicals and preservatives.

The solution? Read labels. They’ll tell you everything you need to know, and list ingredients from the highest concentration to the lowest.

Consumers are learning that just because a product is nationally advertised and found on store shelves doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the healthiest choice. “When it comes to family pain relief there are many products marketed to parents and children that are not safe and can cause serious side effects,” says Lou Paradise president of Topical BioMedics and formulator of Topricin Pain Relief and Healing Cream.

The active ingredients in popular name-brand chemical-based pain relief products, along with the “generic” versions, pose very serious dangers to consumers. 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.

“Topricin Pain Relief and Healing Creams are formulated with a combination of natural biomedicines in a greaseless, odorless base that stimulates the body’s desire to repair the damaged cells that are causing pain for enhanced healing with no side effects,” says Paradise. “It gives parents the confidence of knowing that their children are not reaching for toxic products in the family medicine cabinet and that they are getting one of the safest, most intelligent approaches to pain management, with none of the dangers.

“Unlike chemical-based pain products that temporarily mask pain, introduce more toxins into the body, and have hazardous side effects, Topricin is a new healing technology that is bridging the gap between well-researched natural medicine and conventional care.”

One Product – Multiple Uses
Topricin Pain Relief and Healing Cream provides safe, effective and gentle relief of symptoms of aches and pains, including: sports or trauma injuries, bruises, muscle spasms, cramps, sprains, strains, neck and shoulder pains, repetitive motion injuries, carpal tunnel, and other muscular or joint pain issues, as well as minor burns and bug bites-- without harsh chemicals or side effects - making it the ideal multi-purpose first aid treatment cream. It is available in three formulas: original Topricin, Topricin Foot Therapy Cream that targets foot and ankle pain issues, and Topricin Junior specially formulated for children.

Topricin has the distinction of being patented for the topical treatment of neuropathy and fibromyalgia. Because it has no parabens, petroleum, or other chemicals or harsh irritants, has no known side effects, and does not interfere with any other medications, Topricin is safe for diabetics and pregnant and nursing women.

Go Green and Eco-Friendly
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.

About Topical BioMedics, Inc.
Topical BioMedics is the research and development leader in patented topical natural biomedicines for pain relief. The company’s flagship product, Topricin® Pain Relief and Healing Cream, was introduced in 1994 and is now a leading natural therapeutic brand. A combination homeopathic formula, Topricin has been awarded a patent for the treatment of pain associated with fibromyalgia and neuropathy.

The Topricin family of natural healing products also includes Topricin Foot therapy Cream, specially formulated to treat painful foot and ankle issues and conditions, and Topricin Junior for children which received the Parent Tested Parent Approved Seal of Approval and is a designated Trusted Partner with Healthy Child Healthy World, with 5% of the sales donated to pediatric cancer foundations.

Made in the U.S.A., Topricin products are formulated with approved medicines as found in the HPUS (Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States) and are in compliance with FDA rules for homeopathic over-the-counter medicines. Safe for diabetics and pregnant and nursing women, the products contain: no parabens, petroleum or harsh chemicals, are odorless, greaseless and non-irritating, and produce no known side effects.

Topricin can be found in pharmacies, natural food stores, and other fine retailers nationwide, including Whole Foods, Vitamin Shoppe, Vitamin World, Fred Meyer, Wegmans, and other retail stores throughout the U.S., as well as direct from the Topical BioMedics’ online store. For more information visit

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