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Posts for: September, 2014

Microbeads have been found in all sorts of personal care products, including toothpaste. The microbeads are made of plastic - the same plastic as in a grocery or trash bag.(Photo: Procter & Gamble)

That's what a television investigative team found in Chicago.  Dentists and dental hygienists
started noticing tiny bits of plastic stuck in people's gums. They turned out to be microbeads,
tiny plastic beads that are not biodegradable, and are so small, they slip through water filtration

What are microbeads?

Microbeads are found in all sorts of personal hygiene products, including toothpaste. They're made of polyethlene or polypropylene - the same ingredient that makes up plastic grocery bags. Polyethylene Microbeads are FDA approved as a food additive and could be found in chewing gum and toothpaste.

Procter & Gamble makes Crest toothpaste that has microbeads in it - Crest ProHealth & 3D White. The company promised to make the toothpaste "microbead free" within six months, and has been fielding hundreds of calls from upset consumers.

"The Council will continue to monitor and evaluate new scientific information on this issue as it becomes available." a statement on the American Dental Association website reads. "In the meantime, the ADA recommends that individuals continue to follow the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) recommendations on the use of dental health care products."

Illinois is the first state to ban products with microbeads in them. Companies have until 2017 to phase out the use.

Scientists say the tiny plastic beads slip through filtration systems, and end up in the water supply. Fish eat them, and people end up consuming plastic as a result.

They also say the plastic beads are collecting out in the oceans, adding to the plastic pollution that creates floating plastic islands.

How to tell if microbeads are in your products?

Look for inactive ingredients: polyethlene or polypropylene.

There's also an app that can scan a product's bar code and alert you to the microbeads.

What if I already bought toothpaste with the microbeads?

Crest has been answering questions on its Facebook page. They're also telling people to call their hotline to discuss refunds: (800) 285-9139 (M-F, 8am-5pm CDT)



After you scoop out and carve your pumpkin, dip it in a large container of bleach and water (use a 1 tsp:1 gal mix). The bleach will kill bacteria and help your pumpkin stay fresh longer. Once completely dry, (drain upside down), add 2 tablespoon of vinegar and 1 teaspoon of lemon juice to a quart of water. Brush this solution onto your pumpkin to keep it looking fresh for weeks.”

What's the best bag to use to collect Halloween Candy?  A pillow case.  You can carry up to 47 lbs of candy - about the weight of a first grader - and hold approximately 1690 pieces of candy!  

Of course, all this candy comes with a price. The general rule is the stickier the candy, the worse it is for your teeth (carmel, taffy and even dried fruit).  Chocolate is best as it melts quickly.  Also avoid the sour candies (high acid levels that break down enamel) and hard candies (stay in your mouth a long time, drenching it in sugar and can chip teeth if you bite them).  



The City of Crystal Lake’s year-long centennial brings with it another free family event this fall. The Closing Centennial Festival will be on Sunday, September 14, 2014. The celebration will be held in downtown Crystal Lake from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. The festival, along Williams Street near the Raue Center for the Arts, will offer fun activities for the whole family.   Music, dance, entertainers, and cupcakes will be part of the birthday celebration. The closing Centennial Festival is free of charge and family friendly.

The main stage outside of the Raue Center will have fun and exciting entertainment all afternoon. The day kicks off with the popular Hip-Hop Explosion: Learn a short and exciting mini-routine from some of Chicago’s hottest dance instructors! Hip Hop Explosion will also include a performance by Summers Academy of Dance. Mind Reader and Magician Joe Diamond will take the stage after Hip Hop, and Mayor Shepley will be on hand to give some final remarks about our centennial year, and to dedicate the centennial time capsule. Finally, Felix and Fingers, featuring American Idol Finalist and Crystal Lake native David Radford, will take the stage with their raucous dueling pianos!

Along Williams Street will be more fun for the whole family. There will be food vendors offering a variety of popular Downtown Crystal Lake eats. Additionally attendees can enjoy face painting, a stilt walking juggler, balloon artists, and Joe Diamond the magician/mind reader will rove the crowd ready to amuse and amaze. Come test your skills at our baggo tournament, or casually play against your friends!

The Raue Center lobby will host several great activities! All afternoon, Lego Master Model Builder and Crystal Lake native David Howard will demonstrating his skills and children can interact and build LEGOS. Also inside the Raue Center will be a photo booth and crafts stations presented by Creative Arts, Inc. Additionally, the final Crystal Lake Centennial Speaker Series will be held at 1:00 PM inside the Raue Center theater, along with a public reading of the new Centennial book at 2:00 PM.

Here’s schedule of events happening:

Main Stage Attractions:

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Hip Hop Explosion Participatory Dance Instruction
2:00 PM – 2:30 PM Comedian Mike Toomey
2:30 PM – 3:00 PM Mind Reader Joe Diamond
3:00 PM – 3:30 PM Mayoral Remarks and Presentations
3:30 PM – 5:00 PM Felix and Fingers Dueling Pianos

Williams Street Attractions:

  • Face Painting
  • Balloon Twisters
  • Baggo Tournament
  • Roving Magician
  • Stilt Walker
  • Food Vendors

Raue Center Attractions (inside the Raue Center):

  • Children’s Craft Stations by Creative Arts (lobby)
  • LEGO demonstration and interactive displays from LEGO Master Model Builder David Howard (lobby)
  • Photo Booth (lobby)
  • Centennial Speaker Series (1 PM – 2 PM) (Theater Stage)
  • Centennial Book Reading (2 PM) (Theater Stage)