Having been involved in the wellness industry for over 15 years I have had the opportunity to meet many passionate people on a mission to help and educate others to lead a healthier existence free from disease, pain and suffering. Chronic illness diagnoses are on the rise, as are many other health issues such as infertility, early on-set puberty and menopause, endometriosis, and autism. Are we asking the right questions as to why this is the case? Are we well enough educated to know that we can make choices at the checkout that could alleviate the health issues in our own homes?
One local woman on a mission is Therese Kerr. Therese was diagnosed with tumours in 2001 and this prompted her to start researching and asking a lot of questions. I had the opportunity to speak with Therese and she shared her journey with me.
Over the past 13 years, Therese has spent considerable time with scientists, professors and doctors and has immersed herself in the research. Her findings led her to create her own range of certified organic skin and body products, she serves as the Health & Wellness Ambassador for Australian Certified Organic, and travels the country spreading her message. Given the high profile of her family (mum to Miranda and Matthew Kerr), Therese is very deliberate in her messages and is passionate about keeping up with the latest research.
Therese explained that although there were a number of certified organic products on the market, she did not want to compromise on quality. This lead to the development of her own range and Miranda’s KORA range. Her current range, Divine by Therese Kerr, has seven personal care products. “I love them all and we are currently developing new products,” she says.
Therese speaks passionately about the chemicals we put on and in our bodies daily. Product labelling is confusing and she explained to me that in Australia, a product need only have one natural ingredient to be allowed to use the term “Organic” on the label. It has been suggested that the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is reactive, not proactive: relying on consumer complaints and advice in relation to products being misleadingly labelled. The only true way to know that the product you are using is organic is that it is Certified Organic and labelled with the bud symbol.
As a consumer, I have personally used the Chemical Maze App for many years. When conducting shopping trolley tours and information sessions at schools and preschools I encourage parents to download the app, which is a by-product of the book by Bill Statham. When shopping, I use it as a decoding system to explain what all the numbers on the labels mean. It is a great tool to have in your hand when you are grocery shopping as it gives information on what is really in the products you are purchasing. You can check it out for yourself at www.chemicalmaze.com.
During her research Therese has spent time with Professor Marc Cohen, whose research led him to assert that we are the “only species on the planet actively contributing to our own extinction.” Babies are being born with more than 200 known chemicals and contaminates. Breast milk has been tested and found to have similar numbers. Where are these chemicals coming from? What are the potential risks for our infants and future generation?
As we know, the skin is our largest organ. When we lather our skin in personal products containing chemicals and particularly the ingredient known as “fragrance” which contains up to 400 different chemicals, we are absorbing them – and quickly – into our blood streams. Add into the mix the processed foods we are consuming and we become a chemical cocktail. A number of personal products are loaded with chemicals that disrupt the endocrine system and also contain obesogens. This combination causes havoc with our bodies and is leading to many of the health issues we are facing, including increased rates of cancer in children, hormonal issues, infertility, obesity and many more.
As consumers we do have the power to change the playing field. Becoming more aware of the current situation and being able to make educated choices will have long term impacts on our health and the health of our family.
Therese’s closing message is, “Commonplace illnesses are preventable. Health happens by choice, not by accident. We can all make holistic changes – have a front door control method: do not bring these products into your home.”
Find out about Therese Kerr and hear some of her free podcasts at www.theresekerr.com.
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