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Aug 5, 2006
Focus: Health
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Location: Canada

Chemicals linked to birth defects do not belong in products marketed to women!
 
New! January 2003: The European Parliament prohibits the use of the phthalates DEHP and DBP in cosmetics. For more information on the EU directive click here. 
Phthalates Facts:


Phthalates can be absorbed through the skin, inhaled as fumes, ingested when they contaminate food or when children bite or suck on toys, and are inadvertently but directly administered to patients from some PVC (polyvinyl chloride or vinyl) medical devices.


Hundreds of animal studies have shown that phthalates can damage the liver, the kidneys, the lungs and the reproductive system, especially the developing testes.


Phthalates are found in many leading beauty care products, including hair spray, deodorant, nail polish and perfume that you may be using everyday.


Companies say that the level of phthalates in their products is "safe." That might be true if people were exposed to only one phthalate from one source at a time, but none of us is and the exposures add up. Since many phthalates have similar effects, we may be affected by the total exposure to this group of chemicals. What appears to be a "tolerable" level of exposure to a single phthalate could contribute to an unsafe overall exposure. Therefore, when possible, you may wish to reduce your use of cosmetics known to contain phthalates and as well as plastic products made from soft PVC (polyvinyl chloride) plastic, also known as vinyl -- products such as vinyl flooring, shower curtains, wallpaper and food containers.

More about phthalates...

Click here to link to chemicalbodyburden.org, and learn more about chemicals in your body and how they got there.

For more information on avoiding Parabens (methylparaben, propylparaben, isoparaben, and butylparaben) click "Think Before You Pink."

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