Why knowing what goes into your skincare is so very important… –
Women exposed to high levels of the chemicals found in plastics, common household items and yes — makeup, experience menopause two to four years earlier than women with lower levels of these chemicals, according to a new study. The study in the journal PLOS ONE did not prove that the chemical exposures caused earlier menopause, and the study authors recommended further research.
“Chemicals linked to earlier menopause may lead to an early decline in ovarian function, and our results suggest we as a society should be concerned,” said senior author Dr. Amber Cooper, an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the Washington University School of Medicine, in a press release.
Researchers examined the subjects’ blood and urine for signs of 111 chemicals suspected of interfering with the natural production and distribution of hormones in the body, the study said. Fifteen chemicals associated with earlier menopause and declines in ovarian function were found, including those typically found in plastics, common household items, pharmaceuticals, lotions, perfumes, makeup, nail polish, liquid soap and hair spray. Without ovarian function, women may be at risk for earlier development of heart disease, osteoporosis and other health problems.
Source: Makeup and Other Common Items May Speed Up Menopause, Study Finds
Why “no phthalates” is a vital part of our no list! –
Name a major public health concern over the past two decades and there’s likely some link to phthalates exposure.In the past few years, researchers have linked phthalates to asthma, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, breast cancer, obesity and type II diabetes, low IQ, neurodevelopmental issues, behavioral issues, autism spectrum disorders, altered reproductive development and male fertility issues.While phthalates is a huge class of chemicals and nowhere near every chemical in the class has been studied, several have been shown to have negative health impacts: butyl benzyl phthalate (BBzP), dibutyl phthalate (DnBP), di-2-ethylhexyl phthalate (DEHP), diethyl phthalate (DEP), di-butyl phthalate (DBP), benzyl butyl phthalate (BBP), diisobutyl phthalate (DiBP), diisononyl phthalate (DiNP), di-n-octyl phthalate (DnOP), dipentyl phthalate (DPP), di-isobutyl phthalate (DiBP), di-isononyl phthalate (DiNP), di-n-octyl phthalate (DnOP), di-isohexyl phthalate, dicyclohexyl phthalate (DcHP), and di-isoheptyl phthalate.Doctors’ new prescription: ‘Don’t just exercise, do it outside’ Read moreEnough distinct phthalates have been studied to indicate that companies should proceed with caution when using any chemical in the phthalate class, particularly in products for pregnant women or young children, whom the research has indicated are the most vulnerable to the effects of phthalates.One of the first phthalates to raise a red flag, DEHP, was replaced in hundreds of consumer products with DiNP, only for researchers to discover a few years later that exposure to DiNP is correlated to male genital birth defects and impaired reproductive function in adult males.
Source: Chemical enemy number one: how bad are phthalates really? | The Guardian
We think steering clear of the stuff is the best choice, especially when you’ve got a little one –
A growing body of medical research shows a link between the chemicals that make nail and beauty products useful — the ingredients that make them chip-resistant and pliable, quick to dry and brightly colored, for example — and serious health problems. Whatever the threat the typical customer enjoying her weekly French tips might face, it is a different order of magnitude, advocates say, for manicurists who handle the chemicals and breathe their fumes for hours on end, day after day. The prevalence of respiratory and skin ailments among nail salon workers is widely acknowledged. More uncertain, however, is their risk for direr medical issues. Some of the chemicals in nail products are known to cause cancer; others have been linked to abnormal fetal development, miscarriages and other harm to reproductive health. A number of studies have also found that cosmetologists — a group that includes manicurists, as well as hairdressers and makeup artists — have elevated rates of death from Hodgkin’s disease, of low birth-weight babies and of multiple myeloma, a form of cancer.
Source: Perfect Nails, Poisoned Workers – NYTimes.com
Oh dear! We think a good old stove coffee pot works best! –
For many people, that rich steaming cup of coffee is an essential part of getting the day off on the right foot. And we’ve learned that drinking coffee (not in excess!) can actually be good for your health. A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2012 showed that people who drink coffee live longer than those who don’t, provided they don’t smoke.
But toxins can get into your coffee from another source you may not have given much thought to: your coffee maker. While trying to choose from the various types and preparation methods available as brewing coffee has become something of a contemporary art form, maybe you haven’t considered whether the coffee maker itself is toxic.
Many drinkers have noticed an odd plastic taste in their coffee immediately after buying a new coffee maker. That’s a sign that something is getting into your coffee that’s not coming from the beans. More and more information is emerging about how plastic containers of various types can shed chemicals into whatever it is they contain, especially when that something is a hot liquid. Byphenol A (BPA), an endocrine disruptor that could lead to reproductive issues such as infertility and even some types of cancers, has been found in a variety of plastic items as well as the lining of canned foods.
As this information has become more widely known, many manufacturers of products that come into contact with food are removing BPA from plastic. That includes the makers of some plastic coffee pots, which are advertising BPA-free products. But many plastic coffee makers aren’t labeled so there’s no way of knowing if they are BPA-free. And companies that promote that their products are BPA-free may be replacing that chemical with another that’s equally bad for you.
The safest thing to do is to look for a coffee maker with a no plastic parts or at least none that come into contact with the pot’s contents. That might mean rethinking how you make your coffee. While single-serve and drip brewing coffee makers are the most convenient, those are the ones most likely to be made primarily of plastic.
Click Is Your Coffee Maker Toxic? » EcoWatch to read the full article.
How even adults are affected by the chemicals in kids’ products, and why we all need to be a lot more aware of what goes into what we buy –
American men, beware: Your long-term reproductive health might be served by ditching the kids’ Christmas toys into the nearest dumpster.
Scrutiny of the Federal Register reveals that the Consumer Product Safety Commission believes some toys and childcare products might be injurious to male reproductive development, including poor semen quality.
The announcement came quietly over the holidays (Dec. 30) in the Register, the daily compendium of proposed and final government actions. It’s is a wonderful window onto often important, if often little publicized, decisions in Washington.
Now one finds that the commission is taking action on phthalates, or chemicals used to make plastics and vinyl softer and more flexible.
These chemicals are found in toys but also “used as solvents and stabilizers for fragrances. Phthalates have been used in teethers, plastic toys, home furnishings, air fresheners, automobile interiors, cosmetics, medications, medical devices, and many other products. Phthalates are also found in food, indoor air, outdoor air, household dust, soil, and other environmental media.”
The commission ruling would end an interim ban on certain phthalates and make those prohibitions final. It would also bar toys and other products from containing more than a tiny percentage of certain phthalates.
“The CHAP explained that exposing pregnant female rodents to certain phthalates causes a suite of effects on the male reproductive tract in male pups, known as the ‘phthalate syndrome in rats.’ The syndrome includes: malformations of the testes, prostate, and penis (hypospadias); undescended testes; reduced anogenital distance (AGD); and retention of nipples. Male pups also have reduced fertility as adults.”
Click Kids toys could injure a man’s sex life – NY Daily News to read the full article.