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Parabens and Breast Cancer

It seems reasonable to assume that when you combine drugs internally and topically, you make more drugs within your own body. These combinations would be tricky to keep track of even by the most sophisticated computers. But the possibility remains that there might be a build-up and combination effect, which could overload our immune system—the very immune system that worked pretty darn well before we started becoming human guinea pigs for Big Pharma!

Sayor Ji sums up my concern when he states:

”Given the fact that modern-day toxicological risk assessments do not account for the adverse effects of chronic, low-dose exposures, nor the reality of synergistic toxicities, i.e. the reality that a chemical’s adverse effects may be amplified when present alongside other chemicals, this new research points to a disturbing possibility: commonly used preservatives may be contributing greatly to the burden of disease in exposed populations — especially infants and children, whose body burden is higher (lower body weight vs. chemical dose), susceptibility to chemically-induced genotoxicity higher (because their cells replicate more rapidly), and detoxification systems are less developed than adults.”

I would suggest that our companion animals are becoming overburdened as well, through the chemicals in commercial pet food, vaccines, flea prevention protocols, tick and heartworm prevention products, and numerous other chemicals they are exposed to.

I totally agree with Saylor Ji, who expresses that it is imperative to find a way to protect ourselves, our children, and our pets from what are avoidable chemical exposures. It is time for the USA to implement a precautionary approach to its toxicological risk assessments: if there is an indication that a chemical could do harm (based on cell and animal studies), it should be treated as if it does do harm, and be regulated accordingly.

Until that day comes, we need to take precautions ourselves. I therefore recommend that when you contemplate buying any product, you should read the label carefully. If you do not recognize the ingredients, you simply don’t buy it until you have researched what they are. Remember that each dollar we spend is a vote for whom we wish to help stay in business and make a profit.

You can research natural, paraben-free products online, and or learn to make some yourself in your own home with your own natural ingredients. Many people have ended up starting their own businesses this way, in an effort to offer something safe to consumers who don’t have the time or inclination to make products themselves.

My good friends Shelley and Denie Hiestand from New Zealand got fed up with the chemicals in skin care products and seeing their good friends suffer the consequences of using them. They formulated their own line of natural products with safe ingredients, the result of which was Electric Body Skin Elixir, Scrub and Skin Oil.

I also highly recommend just the use of organic virgin coconut oil, as noted in my Care2 blog on this topic. You can use it to remove your makeup and eye products, moisturize your skin, and even cook with it.

I will continue to search for and create new recipes with natural ingredients for us to whip up at home. In the meantime, please read the labels carefully of the products you have on hand now and do a web search for what some suspicious ingredients actually are.


Measurement of paraben concentrations in human breast tissue at serial locations across the breast from axilla to sternum. J Appl Toxicol. 2012 Mar ;32(3):219-32. Epub 2012 Jan 12. PMID: 22237600
Parabens detection in different zones of the human breast: consideration of source and implications of findings. J Appl Toxicol. 2012 May ;32(5):305-9. Epub 2012 Mar 7. PMID: 22408000


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11:50PM PDT on Aug 21, 2012

thanks for share..

5:08AM PDT on Jun 25, 2012

Noted,thank you

7:35AM PDT on Jun 20, 2012

i'd like to ban paraben of my life... don't be easy if everything have it....

7:35AM PDT on Jun 20, 2012

i'd like to ban paraben of my life... don't be easy if everything have it....

7:01AM PDT on Jun 17, 2012

Parabens are found in everyday skincare to get paraben free products easily?

5:01AM PDT on Jun 15, 2012

Thanks, we have a local company that excluded parabens from one of their branded products, and I wasn't aware of the reason, thanks for enlightening me.

8:12PM PDT on Jun 14, 2012

"One of the first duties of the physician is to educate the masses not to take medicine.”
- by William Osler, M.D.
Today the site has a US ALEXA ( rank, which is a metric for the popularity of sites on the internet, surpassed the World Health Organization: 6800 vs. 7200 (the smaller the number the higher the rank). It is amazing what that says about people's growing interest in natural medicine vs. the stuff the WHO promotes.
Check out, founded by the amazing Sayer Ji! Is The World's Largest, Open-Access, Evidence-Based Natural Medicine & Alternative Toxicology Database With 18,000+ Articles! now includes over 19,000 biomedical citations and six major indexes, including Problematic Actions (adverse effects of vaccines, for instance)

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5:06PM PDT on Jun 13, 2012

thanks! I will try the coconut oil!

2:43PM PDT on Jun 13, 2012

"All our progress is an unfolding,
like a vegetable bud.
You have first an instinct,
then an opinion,
then a knowledge,
as the plant has root, bud and fruit.

Trust the instinct to the end,
though you can render no reason."

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

7:23PM PDT on Jun 12, 2012

@ bb s: Thanks for the love!

OBTW, why is it your profile shows an "Error not found"?

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