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Nurturing Your Health: The Importance of EWG-Friendly Personal Care Products and Consulting Environmental Medicine Experts

Written by Portland Clinic of Natural Health on July 18, 2023

In today's world, where personal care products are abundant, it is crucial to be mindful of the ingredients we expose ourselves to daily. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) provides valuable resources for assessing the safety of personal care products. In this evidence-based blog post, we will explore the significance of using EWG-friendly personal care products and the importance of consulting environmental medicine-trained or literate naturopathic or functional medicine doctors for expert assessments.

  1. Understanding the EWG and Product Safety: The Environmental Working Group (EWG) is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing transparency and information regarding the safety of consumer products. Their Skin Deep® database assesses the ingredients in personal care products, ranking them on a scale of safety. Using EWG-friendly products means choosing items that have been evaluated and deemed to have low or minimal risk of potential health concerns associated with their ingredients.
  2. Minimizing Toxic Exposure: Personal care products often contain potentially harmful chemicals, such as parabens, phthalates, and synthetic fragrances, which have been linked to hormone disruption, allergic reactions, and other health issues. By opting for EWG-friendly products, you can minimize your exposure to such chemicals and reduce the potential risks they pose to your health and well-being. (1)
  3. The Role of Environmental Medicine Experts: Environmental medicine-trained or literate naturopathic and functional medicine doctors have a deep understanding of the impact of environmental toxins on health. They can provide comprehensive assessments of personal care product ingredients and help guide you toward safer alternatives. These experts take a holistic approach, considering not only the impact of individual products but also the cumulative effect of various environmental exposures on your health. (2)
  4. Personalized Assessments and Recommendations: Consulting with an environmental medicine expert allows for personalized assessments tailored to your specific needs. They can review your current personal care products, evaluate the ingredients, and recommend alternatives that align with your health goals. Moreover, these practitioners can provide valuable insights into potential sources of toxin exposure beyond personal care products, such as household cleaning supplies and environmental pollutants.

Prioritizing the use of EWG-friendly personal care products is a vital step towards reducing exposure to potentially harmful chemicals and safeguarding your health. By consulting environmental medicine-trained or literate naturopathic or functional medicine doctors, you can gain expert guidance and personalized assessments regarding the safety of your personal care products. Taking a proactive approach to minimize toxic exposures empowers you to make informed choices that support your well-being. Remember, your health matters, and selecting EWG-friendly products is a powerful way to nurture and protect it.


  1. Panico A, Serio F, Bagordo F, Grassi T, Idolo A, DE Giorgi M, Guido M, Congedo M, DE Donno A. Skin safety and health prevention: an overview of chemicals in cosmetic products. J Prev Med Hyg. 2019 Mar 29;60(1):E50-E57. doi: 10.15167/2421-4248/jpmh2019.60.1.1080. PMID: 31041411; PMCID: PMC6477564.
  2. Crinnion WJ. Environmental medicine, part one: the human burden of environmental toxins and their common health effects. Altern Med Rev. 2000 Feb;5(1):52-63. PMID: 10696119.

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