Why I Did/Do This
David G. Changaris, M.D.
Founder & Inventor
Innovation and a Prepared Mind Meets Misery
For many years as a neurosurgeon-neurochemist I brought new ideas to the medical-scientific community. Then I stumbled or should I say I fell flat on my face. Journals and patents meant nothing as I watched my wife struggle and suffer thru many failed and painful experiences.
The smartest best trained professionals tried again and again to treat her skin condition. Simply put, they could treat cancer and prevent death, but fixing things that make people miserable was beyond them.
So I set about finding out why this was happening and fix it…Food allergies were important we learned, eliminating these from our diet began the journey. It became clear the world was attacking our first line of defense: Our gut and skin. Just about everything we eat contains artificial ingredients. Most have never been evaluated for safety. And safety studies never ever discuss misery.
What does not kill you, can still make you miserable…
Artificial Dyes & Common Food Allergens
All artificial dyes, synthetic detergents, preservatives (synthetic antibiotics), dish washing cleansers, laundry detergents, toothpastes became suspects. These made up the list of unidentified assailants. Manufacturers did not help with transparency. They often introduced synthetic ingredients with multiple names buried in a long list of small print. One needed to be a trained biochemist to figure this out. Soon the reason why this was happening to Mona became important.
Every time we cut one of these from our lives, things got a little better.
Eliminating artificial dyes was the easiest. But it meant no more candy, chocolate*, pastries, soft drinks.
Then we eliminated common allergens. The FDA lists these to include soy, gluten, tree nuts, dairy, corn. Some caused serious illness like soy and certain tree nuts. Others seemed inconsequential.
Unexplained illness plagued us. Moving down the list of suspects:
Synthetic Detergents & Preservatives (synthetic antibiotics)
These ingredients prolong shelve life of almost every product on our shelves. On the other hand, in the lab synthetic detergents can make you allergic to almost anything. Even a single exposure to certain detergents mixed with almost anything can initiate an allergic response from a single exposure. These allergic responses can last decades. Multiple exposures increases the allergic responses.
Synthetic detergents are used in almost all skincare. Laundry detergents often do not even list their ingredients. Toothpaste contains about 30% by weight of these artificial detergents. Most of these are at least controversial. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate or SDS (sodium dodecyl sulfate) creates eczema in laboratory testing at levels below those found in toothpaste. The European Medical Agency states we should have none of this in our cosmetic products.
Now we use no laundry detergent, relying on the booster allergy setting the water temperature to 180 degrees fahrenheit. Almost all waxes and oils dissolve at this temperature. White vineger, lemon juice and borax help with fine linens and delicate clothing.
We wash dishes with hot water with mechanical scrubbing, rinsing and sanitizing with 70% ethanol and air drying. (This same process provides the cornerstone of sanitizing equipment in our clean room at Ceela.) Grape or Cane Sugar derived ethanol can be purchased.
We believe that many detergents readily penetrate the skin, contributing to many difficult to understand diseases. We know that the detergent phisohex easily penetrates skin and brain to dissolve myelin, the insulation of the nerves in our brains. There have been no safety studies of commonly used detergents to identify skin penetrance and brain dysfunction. Toxicology studies do not routinely address this.
Preservatives (synthetic antibiotics)
Of all the ingredients these probably cause the biggest and hardest to measure problems. They keep open jars of cosmetics from deteriorating from bacteria and fungi. The average cosmetic contains 3 – 4 of these. Almost all have been “grandfathered” into the foods we eat and skincare we apply. This issue takes on specific importance to women who have suffered from yeast infections/gut issues after oral antibiotics. Antibiotics disturb our gut and skin biome more and more. Even a single dose can eliminate important protective bacteria that prevent infections.
A simple question to people who use skincare:
Why are you putting antibiotics on your skin everyday?
Skincare preservatives/antibiotics contribute to the development of antibiotic resistant invasive bacteria and fungi. The endpoint of this scenario can be avoided.
Ceela Simple Science Grows
Simple Science + Pure, Safe Ingredients = Beautiful, Healthy Skin
Once we eliminated the above culprits things started looking up. No more skin breakdown. Word gets out and others keep showing up and getting better: simply with simple steps. So we have brought these ideas forward. No one solution can restore quickly a life time of developing an invasive disordered skin biome.
Consider, following these simple guidelines have helped many. These find the simplicity enough to approach eczema, psoriasis, seborrhea and acne.
In Ceela Naturals, you will only find pure, naturally occurring ingredients. Our skin can use these for optimal health and beauty. I personally hand-pick every ingredient to ensure they are part of normal and natural human life. We market these simple revolutionary formulas as a cosmetics. To say they change the structure or function of skin would be to claim these products were a drug. With this in mind, Ceela offers nutrient rich skincare to beautify and help with allergies by simple avoidance. One step further, Ceela Naturals manufactures and distributes nutrient rich skin care to beautify without common allergens, sesame or corn. Simple.
David Changaris, MD