Did I get your attention? My regular readers know I feel strongly about the lack of integrity on the part of corporations that sell products full of dangerous additives. A gift I regularly give out over the holidays is the informative book, Not Just a Pretty Face; the Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry by Stacy Malkan. Malkan shares her conversion from a cosmetics obsessed teenager to a chemical free activist, and what she discovered along the way.
This book's a nice read, 153 paperback pages of mind blowing information on the arrogance of the cosmetics industry. For example, many of the large companies such as L'Oreal , Proctor and Gamble, Revlon and Estee Lauder have reduced the number of cancer causing additives from their products in the European Union but refuse to do the same in the US. The book manages to share the history of the US movement toward safe cosmetics and body products without being too dry to read.
Did you ever wonder why so much money goes to cancer research and we don't seem to see any real progress in reducing the incidence? I have. It became clear reading this book. People are living longer with cancer, but we have not reduced the numbers of people getting it. There is a huge investment on the part of many large corporations in keeping cancer alive.
Cancer treatment is big business. In 1985 the chemical company Zeneca created National Breast Cancer Awareness month. They also bought many cancer clinics. They later became AstraZenega. They run cancer clinics and cancer studies and manufacture the primary cancer drug tamoxifin. Can you say conflict of interest?
Think about breast cancer awareness. Companies create Pink Ribbon products, it doesn't matter if it may be a product that contains cancer causing ingredients. Pink power is big business. No wonder the call is for early detection and a cure once one has it, instead of prevention by identifying and eliminating cancer causing additives. No one's going to make money on treatment and a cure if people aren't getting it in the first place. Check out Think Before You Pink to determine the credibility of breast cancer related marketing.
Over 200 chemicals have been identified that cause breast cancer in animals. They include chemicals commonly found in soaps, cosmetics, detergents, and shampoos.
Only 11% of our cosmetics are screened for safety. Most cosmetics and other body products contain carcinogenic or estrogenic (hormone disrupting) additives. These products don't only have the potential to cause illness but could affect reproduction and the health of our children many years later. In 2004 when the Environmental Working Group's Cosmetics database was activated scary things were discovered. Among them, a diaper rash cream contained an ingredient that was "not to be used on an infants skin" and a blemish cream that was using an ingredient that's supposed to have a warning to avoid skin contact! Clearly many of these companies are unconscionable.
Read the book and support the companies that care enough not to try to poison us, the ones that carry safe natural products. Check your products at the Environmental Working Group's Cosmetics Data Base.
Here are some related links:
http://www.notjustaprettyface.org/ -- A quote from a recent cover story on their site:
...ranking a 7-10 (with 10 being the worst). The most toxic hair relaxer in Skin Deep is called Africa’s Best “Organic” relaxer for kids! — which goes to show, you can’t trust labels on these unregulated products.
http://www.safecosmetics.org/ -- Currently on their site -- Study: Chemicals, pollutants found in newborns
http://www.lesstoxicguide.ca/ A quote from their site:
“Chemicals have replaced bacteria and viruses as the main threat to health. The diseases we are beginning to see as the major causes of death in the latter part of (the 1900's) and into the 21st century are diseases of chemical origin.”
-Dr. Dick Irwin, Toxicologist, Texas A&M University
http://www.thenakedtruthproject.org/-- The Naked Truth Project is committed to telling you the truth about the products you put in your body, on your body, and in your home everyday. There are over 80,000 chemicals currently used in consumer products, with little to
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