Dying To Look Good
by Christine H. Farlow, D.C.
Many of the cosmetics that women use contain
carcinogens. But women are not the only ones who are at risk. Products
like make-up, shaving cream, hair dye, toothpaste, mouthwash,
hairspray, soap, shampoo, body powders and even baby powder can contain
cancer-causing ingredients. And to make matters worse, some of the most
commonly used ingredients, that are not themselves carcinogenic,
combine with other ingredients to form cancer-causing chemicals. One
survey done by the FDA found 27 out of 30 children's shampoo and bubble
bath products contaminated with the cancer-causing chemical
1,4-dioxane. Other studies have found this chemical in nearly 50% of
the cosmetic products evaluated. Some of these dangerous ingredients
may not cause any reactions on the skin, but they can be absorbed
through the skin and may end up in the bloodstream.
Cosmetics and toiletries are the least regulated
products on the market. As long as the manufacturers of these products
don't use toxic substances that have been banned, they are free to use
whatever ingredients they want and market their products without
testing them and without approval from the FDA. The FDA can make
suggestions or recommendations to manufacturers about cosmetic products
or their ingredients, but the manufacturers do not have to comply. The
FDA must first prove in a court of law that a product is harmful,
improperly labeled, or violates the law if it wants to remove a
cosmetic product from the market. According to John Bailey, Ph.D.,
director of the FDA’S Office of Cosmetics and Colors, "Consumers
believe that 'if it's on the market, it can't hurt me,' and this belief
is sometimes wrong."
So, how do you know which products contain harmful
chemicals and which ones don't? You have to read the list of
ingredients on all the products you buy and know which of the
ingredients in the product are harmful and which are not. That can be
an overwhelming task unless you’re a chemist in the cosmetic
industry. But now there is a way for the average person to decipher all
the "Greek" on cosmetic and toiletry labels. Dr. Christine Farlow, in
her book, Dying To Look Good: The Disturbing Truth About What's Really in Your Cosmetics, Toiletries and Personal Care Products,
makes it easy to identify which ingredients are harmful and which are
not. She classifies over 1200 commonly used ingredients according to
safety. And to make it even easier to choose non-toxic products, she
includes a list of products that have been evaluated as safe. It's
clear, concise and easy to use. Take this book with you every time you
go shopping, and you'll never again wonder about the safety of the
ingredients on the label. Youll know.
Dr. Christine H. Farlow, D.C. is a
chiropractor, nutritionist and author. She has helped thousands improve
their health by eliminating harmful chemicals from their food and
personal care products. For more information on how to get harmful
chemicals out of your toiletries, visit http://www.healthyeatingadvisor.com/cosmetics.html.
Contact Dr. Farlow at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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