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Health Hazards in Your Home

How Your Skincare, Makeup and Household Products are Wrecking Your Hormones and Harming Your Health!

When I was 16 years old, I was diagnosed with PCOS so hormones is something I am very passionate and educated about.

Are you eating really healthy but still dealing with hormone issues? Do you have a slow thyroid? Do you have liver damage even though you do not drink alcohol?

It could be all the chemicals lurking in your home causing serious health hazards to you and your family!

If you are always using cleaning products filled with chemicals, you can eat as healthy as you want but your healing is limited if you are unknowingly drowning yourself in toxins.

Not only that, if you are always using lotions, nail polish, makeup, sunscreens that are filled with chemicals, your health will suffer. Many of the chemicals we are putting on our skin causes hormone imbalances that can not be corrected until you stop using the harmful products.

I work with many clients on fertility issues as well as hormone imbalances. Sadly, most of my clients were never aware of how replacing common household items could be the cause of their hormone issues.

Household cleaning products are one of the most common AND most toxic exposures in our homes.

It is fascinating to me that in the United States there are over 11,000 toxic chemicals allowed in topical products marketed to us without knowledge of the harm they cause. In Europe there are only 11 chemicals allowed. Our government will never step in to help us! We need to take charge and change our health on our own!

Your liver can’t handle this abuse! The liver is a filter of sorts. It detoxifies our body, protecting us from the harmful effects of chemicals, elements in food, environmental toxins, and even natural products of our metabolism, including excess estrogen. Anything that impairs liver function or ties up the detoxifying function will result in excess estrogen levels. If your liver is tired and toxic, a modified keto diet plan as well as eliminating topical chemicals will help.

If you suffer with a thyroid disorder, it is important to know that T4 is converted into the activated T3 in the LIVER not in the thyroid; therefore, healing the liver with a keto diet and eliminating chemicals is essential to healing.


I work with many clients who are suffering with or previously have had cancer. Many cancers, such as breast, uterine, ovarian, thyroid as well as prostate cancers are estrogen dominant cancers. One of the causes of prostate cancer is excess estrogen in men (reference). Both androgen and estrogen have been reported to stimulate proliferation of cultured prostate cancer cells.

Estrogen Dominance

This diagram demonstrates estrogenic carcinogenicity in the prostate. The numbers refer to references supporting the corresponding pathway of estrogenic action. (To find the references and diagram click HERE).

Many people are concerned about changing their diet to help with cancer and that is very important! However, there are other things that are causing estrogen dominance that many people are not aware of.

Estrogen is produced not only internally but also produced in reaction to chemicals and other substances we are putting on our body.

Some signs of excess estrogen in MEN and WOMEN:

-Low back pain
-Weight gain secondary to insulin resistance
-Belly Fat Accumulation (A “Beer Belly” is really an “Estrogen Belly”)
-Fibrocystic breast disease
-Excessive PMS
-Menstrual disturbances–irregular and heavy bleeding
-Ovarian cysts
-Interrupted Sleep and waking up too early
-Breast Cancer, Uterine Cancer, Ovarian Cancer, Thyroid Cancer, Prostate Cancer

Correcting Estrogen Dominance involves many layers of issues. It is important to eliminate the factors as much as possible.

  1. Xenoestrogens (flax and chia),
  2. Topical chemicals, Make-up, lotions, sunscreen, deodorant
  3. Scented Candles and Sprays
  4. Cleaning Supplies, Laundry Detergent
  5. Fix poor nutrition (high carbohydrates, fructose and alcohol),
  6. Alcohol
  7. Insufficient sleep, and stress are some common causes of estrogen dominance.


1. Throw away toxic cleaning products, laundry products and soaps. 

The worst offenders include popular brands like Downy, Gain, Tide, ALL, fabric softeners and dryers sheets, Lysol, Mr. Clean, Clorox, 409, Dial, Palmolive, Dove.

Use disinfecting, antimicrobial, antiseptic sprays and hand sanitizers sparingly, if at all. Wash hands with soap instead.

2. Throw away all fake smells!

Febreze, Glade plug ins, hanging car fresheners, scented candles. Fake fragrances are known neurotoxins. These fake scents are also causing hormonal imbalances and estrogen dominance.

3. Stop using Toxic Sunscreen

Sadly I am witness of the coral reef dying. I see it in my snorkeling videos. 20 years ago, my videos are filled with beautiful coral and fish. Due to all the unknowing tourists who load up on toxic sunscreen, then swim in the water, the coral is now dead.

Not only is the toxic sunscreen killing the reef, it also contains endocrine disruptors in humans as well as marine animals!

Our skin is our largest absorbing organ! I do not know about you, but I am not putting that on my children’s skin nor my own!

4. Toss Make-Up with unhealthy chemicals

I wasn’t always so concerned about topical chemicals like make-up until about 10 years ago. The eye-opening moment for me was when many studies showed that teenagers who cut make-up for 3 days had their toxic estrogen drop by 78%!!!! 

Here are just a few estrogenic chemicals (515 listed here) that women (and men AND CHILDREN) are putting on their skin every single day!

In this HERMOSA study, researchers at the University of California Berkeley examined the connection between personal care products and the presence of “hormone disrupting” chemicals in the body. The researchers decided to study chemicals commonly found in cosmetics due to their potential links to cancer, infertility, and developmental harm in children. Enrolling 1,000 Latina girls, the study found that when the teenagers switched to cosmetics that did not include these chemicals — like phthalates, parabens, triclosan, and benzophenone-3 (BP-3) — the presence of the chemicals in their bloodstreams dropped within THREE DAYS of abstaining.

5. Do not microwave in plastic!

Plastic leaches estrogen into the food. I also recommend to not drink from plastic water bottles.

6. Rethink Products You Use Daily 

It is quite scary to me all the chemicals I used daily in common products. Not to mention all the chemicals in monthly products girls and women use like tampons and pads.


1. Click HERE to find the cleaning product we use!

It is MIND BLOWING at how effective this cleaning spray is without using chemicals!

2. Click HERE to find the Laundry Detergent I use.

It smells great and I do not get a headache from the smell!

3. Click HERE to find the Dryer Balls I use instead of toxic dryer sheets.

This also helps lower pollution and garbage!

I once was snorkeling and swam into a ball of hundreds of dryer sheets! How upsetting! I love dryer balls for the one-time expense and how it lowers daily garbage.

4. Click HERE to find the natural scents we use in our home.

Sure, we all want to have our bathrooms smell good but using essential oils is a more natural way that makes your home smell wonderful!

5. Click HERE to find my favorite anti-aging creams and lotions.

Sure, these products cost more, but I use so much less of them! I only wash my hair with shampoo every other week. I only wear make-up on very special occasions, like a wedding or when I am on television. I no longer wear deodorant, and I tossed my perfume.

6. Click HERE to find my favorite non-toxic make-up.

7. Click HERE to find the shampoo and conditioner I use.

To be honest, I only wash my hair every other week. It is rare that I was my hair. I once washed it daily and it was terribly dry and frizzy. In my opinion, all the soaps and shampoos are washing away our healthy bacteria that we need!

8. Consider Supplements

There are many natural supplements and herbs that help detox bad estrogen and balance hormones naturally.

A supplement called Estro Balance helps detox this bad estrogen out of the liver which will in turn heal liver function and increase T3 production for thyroid patients. Click HERE to find.

I recommend doing a personal health assessment (click HERE to check it out) to get suggestions for your body since everyone has different needs.

9. Get rid of all the Chlorine

You may not realize it, but a lot of drinking water has chlorine in it. Chlorine is detrimental to your liver and thyroid health! What is even more shocking is how many teenagers I work with that are swimmers and have elevated liver enzymes due to the amount of time they are soaking in chlorinated water!

If you are soaking in hot tubs or pools, this may be one of the reasons that you are having poor liver health or why your thyroid is suffering.

Your skin is your largest absorbing organ and if you are bombarding it with chlorine all the time, your liver can’t keep up. Remember that T4 is converted into the activated T3 in the liver, not in the thyroid. After too much abuse of the liver, the thyroid hormones will suffer.

I love to swim, I just do it in rivers, lakes and oceans. I also have reverse osmosis filtered water to ensure I am not drinking chemicals. (CLICK HERE to find the one I use)


Healing the body and hormonal imbalances is like peeling an onion. There are layers to fix and it will take time. KNOWLEDGE is POWER!

Take charge and find out what chemicals are lurking in your home! Click HERE to use EWG Cosmetics Database to check if there are chemicals hiding in the products you use!


Doesn’t Carole look AMAZING??? She lost 90 pounds!

“Thank you Maria Emmerich! 

I lost 90 pounds! 

I am turning 63 this month and I feel better than ever!

If I can do it, anyone can!” Carole 

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Maria Emmerich

Maria is a wellness expert who has helped clients follow a Ketogenic lifestyle to heal and lose weight for over 20 years. She has helped thousands of clients get healthy, get off medications and heal their bodies; losing weight is just a bonus. She is the international best selling author of several books including "Keto: The Complete Guide to Success on the Ketogenic Diet.".


  • Wenchypoo says:

    About those Glade Plug-ins and their ilk: my neighbor lost a cat to lung cancer, and the vet said that going forward, DO NOT USE THESE OR SCENTED CAT LITTER (such as the stuff with Febreze in it) because they can cause respiratory problems in cats. Yet, you look at the amount and variety of these types of products in the stores, and it’s an absolute AVALANCHE out there trying to kill your cats. It’s due to heavy marketing for those who want to OWN a cat or two, but don’t want to SMELL the cat(s). It’s almost like we can have the cat, but only if it smells like Springtime Linens or something.

    Cats poop–we all do. So get yourself some unscented scoopable litter and SCOOP OUT THE CATBOX MORE OFTEN!!! Use open baking soda boxes staged around your home in discreet areas to absorb unwanted odors. Open the windows occasionally. There are things you can do that don’t cause you to end up killing your cat(s) just because you equate the smell of Febreze and Glade Plug-Ins to “fresh.”

    Okay–now I’m through ranting in defense of helpless creatures who cannot tell you these things are irritants. If you simply CANNOT live without your chemically-created smells, then do the cat(s) a favor…get a dog instead.

  • Diane says:

    I agree. People use toxic products in their house and wonder why their pets are sick. I have a friend whose cat has asthma and needs daily inhaler treatments, yet she uses scented cat litter, scented dryer sheets, air fresheners and insect killer spray! It’s bad enough people harm themselves with this stuff, but their helpless pets suffer from it too.

  • amy says:

    You didn’t mention what sunscreen you use? or did i miss it?

  • Nina says:

    Maria, what about toxic cookware? I know that Teflon is no good, and it has made me wonder about a non-toxic waffle-maker…? Is there such a thing? I am wanting to try your waffle recipe, but don’t own a waffle maker, but only non-stick ones on sale – I assume ‘non-stick- is code for Teflon???

    • Maria Emmerich says:

      Unfortunately because a waffle iron requires a non-stick surface, there really isn’t an uncoated option available. Just discard the waffle iron at the first sign of flaking or peeling of the non-stick coating.

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