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The Safety of Personal Care Products

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The Safety of Personal Care Products

According to the Environmental Working Group, the average American is exposed to more than a hundred different chemicals from personal-care products every day. We use multiple personal care products—from shampoo to deodorant, lotion to make-up—that contain chemical ingredients that are absorbed through the skin, inhaled or ingested. So it’s not surprising that potentially harmful chemicals get into our bodies, our breast milk and our children.

Some of these chemicals are linked to cancer, birth defects, learning disabilities and other health problems that are epidemic in our society. Astonishingly, in the United States, 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women are expected to develop cancer during their lifetimes, according to the National Cancer Institute.

The cosmetic industry asserts that their products are safe, even though 89 percent of the ingredients used in cosmetics today have not been assessed by either the FDA or the industry themselves.

The cosmetics industry’s argument is that it is safe to put toxic chemicals into their products because the amount in each product is too small to matter. This is despite the fact that many have been linked to cancer, infertility, hormone disruption and other health problems. But small amounts of toxic chemicals add up and can accumulate in our bodies and none of us use just one product. On any given day, most of us use toothpaste, soap, shampoo, hair conditioner, deodorant, body lotion, shaving products and makeup, most of which have multiple toxic chemicals in them. And when you add this up over a year and a lifetime, it means we are exposed to thousands of them.

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11:26AM PST on Dec 29, 2013

Can anyone here explain why it is so?
"""The European Union now bans more than 1,100 chemicals from personal care products because they may cause cancer, birth defects or reproductive problems. In stark contrast, just 10 ingredients are banned from cosmetics in the United States. """"

12:26PM PST on Feb 17, 2013

good to know

2:20AM PDT on Oct 22, 2011

Just because something is "natural" does not make it "non-toxic". Apricot pits contain cyanide.

5:57PM PDT on Oct 21, 2011

xx

10:31AM PDT on Aug 29, 2011

interesting and helpful advice thanks

8:49AM PDT on Jul 2, 2011

Can't expect the FDA to protect us.

7:09AM PDT on May 15, 2011

It does seem odd that our government doesn't do a better job of protecting us from things that are bad for us. Write to your legislators and let them know you want to be protected. It should be their job.

10:35AM PDT on May 11, 2011

I should have elaborated. My presentation is going to be a powerpoint show discussing the chemicals present in daily products, that have been linked to health issues including cancer, infertility, and so on. Thank you.

10:17AM PDT on May 11, 2011

Thank you so much for your article.
Please may I reference this article for my college class presentation?

5:45AM PDT on May 11, 2011

I though Tom's of Maine was expensive, but I'm thinking they are worth it now.

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