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Lipstick or Diabetes? Cosmetics and BPA

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BPA Is Everywhere

Phthalates are common in cosmetics, personal care products, baby bottles, sales receipts and all kinds of plastics (including pop bottles and the lining of food cans). Since they are so ubiquitous and are not identified on labels, even the most cautious consumer will ingest some level of BPA.

Care2 has carried numerous posts on the risks associated with BPA, including the five linked below. Studies have linked phthalates to “an increased risk of prostate cancer, to heart disease, to damage of the reproductive system.” It can cause changes in breast tissue, body size, brain structure and behavior in laboratory animals. It is a weak endocrine disruptor.

Given the increasing weight of evidence, you might think regulators would ban it. However, that is not the case in North America or most of the world. In 2008, Health Canada classed the chemical as a health hazard but only ousted it from baby bottles. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration just announced it will not ban BPA on cans and food packaging because the research is inconclusive.

A quick search for “Bisphenol A” on Google Scholar returns 168,000 links. Scanning the titles reveals a heavy load of damning evidence. Apparently that is not enough to prompt action. Once again, the “precautionary principle” means protecting the interests of industry rather than consumers.

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8:10AM PDT on Mar 19, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

10:52AM PDT on Jul 16, 2012

Than for information. it is terrifying.

3:00AM PDT on May 4, 2012

oh my....

2:31PM PDT on May 3, 2012

sure lipstick may be bad...so is breathing houston air.

1:57PM PDT on May 1, 2012

http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/

Find out what's in your make up and which brands are safe to use, well, safer.

I'm switching all my make up based on this website info.

5:34AM PDT on Apr 30, 2012

Why do the US and Canada seem to not make any progress on the issue of BPA?? What is holding them back from banning it altogether? I guess I am just naive but it seems to me that if all of these studies are showing that it is causing all of this harm to people, WHY do we continue to allow it???

5:14AM PDT on Apr 30, 2012

Seems like everything is out to kill us...

9:17PM PDT on Apr 29, 2012

Honestly, I find it hard to believe that lipstick would be the biggest source of BPA to which a person is exposed. There are many more things that could be at play here

12:01AM PDT on Apr 29, 2012

Also consider the lead in lipstick:

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/BAN-LEAD-IN-LIPSTICK/

9:55AM PDT on Apr 28, 2012

Reading articles like this makes me really, really glad that I never cared for lipstick or makeup as a kid, teenager and now adult.

Yea, I'd rather minimise potential risks to my health than look pretty for the boys, thanks.

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