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Beware of Chemicals in Personal Care

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Friday, 05 October 2018 11:20 AM Current | Bio | Archive

Ludwig von Beethoven once declared, "Only the pure of heart can make a good soup."

Unfortunately, many soups you're exposed to (we're not talking chicken noodle or split pea) are made from chemicals found in personal beauty and hygiene products.

Parabens, used as antimicrobial preservatives in personal care products, fragrances, pharmaceuticals and foods, are known to negatively affect male hormones and reproductive systems.

Now there's an indication that when they're combined with repeated exposure to other chemicals in consumer products, they affect women's reproductive health too.

Researchers from George Mason University took 509 urine samples from 143 women ages 10 to 44. They found that the women's urine contained parabens, benzophenones (filters that block ultraviolet light), chlorphenols (a biocide that suppresses immune system defenses), and BPA (a hormone disruptor found in plastics and cash register receipts).

Various levels and combinations of these chemicals were associated with damage to women's ovarian function and increases and decreases in normal levels of reproductive hormones.

Ask your senators to bring the Personal Care Products Safety Act (S.1113), introduced in May 2017 by Sens. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Susan Collins, R-Maine, to the floor for a vote. It's currently dead in the (swamp) water.

In addition, you should read ingredient labels (the small type); dodge added nonessential-oil fragrances (parabens show up in them, but not on labels), and fragrance suppressors (same problem); refuse receipts or wash hands immediately after touching them; and use certified personal/beauty products free of toxic chemicals.

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