8 years ago I had a hysterectomy at the tender age of 32. A year later I underwent an additional laser lap. Little did I know, at the time, that endocrine or hormone disruptors caused… More
Finally, studies to back up what I have been trying to educate everyone on all along!
When it comes to unwanted, unregulated chemicals found in so many beauty products, 2016 has been the year of revolt: The Senate held its first hearing on a proposed law to improve cosmetics regulation, and sales of organic beauty products continue to climb. Now a survey has found that more than half of women over 35 — and a whopping 73 percent of millennial women — believe it’s important to buy all-natural cosmetics.
“This is now on people’s radars,” Kari Gran, commissioner of the Harris Poll survey and founder of an eponymous line of holistic cosmetics, tells Yahoo Beauty. “I think that when organic and green skin care came out, the [beauty] industry thought it was a fad. But the slow-food movement just built and built and built, and this now feels the same to me.”
Her second annual Green Beauty Barometer survey questioned 1,126 women across the country about their beauty consumer habits and desires. Among the notable findings are:
More than half of all women (55 percent) read product labels before making a purchase in order to avoid certain ingredients, including chemicals.
For products within the surveyed categories — skin care, hair care, makeup, sunscreen, fragrance, and nail care — more than one-third of women (35 percent) will spend more money on green beauty products over the next two years, compared to what they spend now.
Skin care products are the most in-demand all-natural products among all beauty categories.
Women with children in the home (69 percent) are more likely to value natural beauty products compared to women without children in the home (56 percent).
Gran, whose product line is free from the 1,300 chemicals barred from personal care products in Europe (as opposed to the mere 11 barred in the U.S.), finds the results encouraging. “The upside here is that consumers are much more educated than they used to be,” she says. “People are no longer buying in at face value. They are listening to their friends and reading blogs and labels.” She points to the Skin Deep ingredients database of the Environmental Working Group (EWG) as a particularly valuable reference.
The information above is great, comment below if you fall under those categories and these greener cleaner beauty products and cosmetics are important to you…
The downside, though, is how slow regulators and manufacturers have been about keeping up with consumer demand. The proposed law at the center at the aforementioned Senate hearing, for example, if passed, will be the first changes to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act since 1938. And because such regulations are so lacking, many of the key words used in the Green Beauty Barometer survey — including natural, green, and even organic — are utterly meaningless when slapped onto beauty product labels.
For 79 years we have been slathering ourselves with creams and using lipsticks and shampoo with questionable ingredients, it is no coincidence that the incidence of health issues such as cancer, allergies, reproductive issues, organ toxicity has risen exponentially over the years. How many of you find yourselves saying, “wow, 20 years ago you hardly heard of anyone having cancer and now every time you turn around you hear of someone else going through chemo.” It is not coincidence folks… it is likely that for every one of you who says “I have used such and such for 30 years and I’m healthy as a horse” there are 3 others suffering from the effects the ingredients of such product.
But many consumers don’t know that. According to a recent survey by the EWG, the majority of Americans believe that at least some of the chemicals used in personal care products have been cleared for safety by the government when, in fact, there is barely any regulation of the industry. Another survey, this one conducted by both the Federal Trade Commission and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, found that many consumers mistakenly believe personal care products with organic claims meet government standards — and that they contain only organic ingredients.
The term “natural” is similarly useless, Scott Faber, EWG’s vice president of government affairs, tells Yahoo Beauty. “When it comes to ‘natural cosmetics,’ the word natural means nonsense,” he says. “There is no definition for natural and no guarantee that so-called natural products are safer or better for the environment. It’s time for regulators to define natural in a way that protects consumers from misleading claims.”
Even with the push to educate people, you can only teach them what they want to be taught. I have learned that in this business. Our household went toxic free in 2013 and through this education, I have been able to impact the lives of many, but there are still countless others who have a rebuttal for every point made.
Still, for the purposes of the Green Beauty Barometer survey, Gran says, natural is a word that at least conveys what consumers want, even if the facts behind its use on products are fuzzy. “It’s a word that everybody understands,” she says. “They think ‘good for you’ and ‘from the earth.’” The next step is to get those in the industry to agree.
I have issues with this last statement, as natural does indeed mean nothing… Chicken excrement is natural but that does not mean it is good for you! Rather than having warm and fuzzy feel good terms we need strong definitions and certifications like the ones that have already been created for Cruelty-Free products or Certified / USDA Organic (which is not the same as Organic), those are symbols that are recognizable and mean something.
The next time you feel like you want to learn more about these types of VERY important and timely topics, please feel free to drop me a line and I will be happy to take you through the process. In the meantime do some homework. Go to EWG.org and research the products you have at home and see if they are the cause of that rash or your child’s asthma (insert any other issue) or if their ingredients are simply just dangerous in ways that do not manifest themselves outwardly.
Excerpts in grey and blue were written by Beth Greenfield
Senior Writer, Yahoo Beauty
As Published in their November 3, 2016 installment
PORTLAND, OR–(Marketwired – January 03, 2017) – While the importance of nutrition to a pregnant woman is widely known, the fathers’ choices receive far less attention. However, according to nutraceutical company Kirkman®, research is making it clear that environmental exposures and nutritional choices of a father-to-be can have profound effects on reproductive outcomes, from failure to conceive to birth defects.
Smoking and excessive drinking are likely the most common (and most commonly recognized) reproductive hazards and both can lead to reduced sperm counts.1 But there are other common exposures, including many encountered in workplaces, that can have detrimental effects on fertility.2
Millions of chemicals are commonly in commercial use. According to the CDC, more than 1,000 of these have reproductive effects on animals, but few have been studied in humans. Several of those that have been studied have been shown to lower sperm count and/or deform sperm shape (which can reduce the ability of the sperm to “swim” effectively).
Lead, for instance, has been linked to both of these negative outcomes. Exposure to other heavy metals has also been linked to negative effects on sperm production. Potentially damaging chemicals used in workplaces include bromides (used in dyes, disinfectants, and insecticides), styrene (used in plastic production) and tetrachloroethylene (used in dry cleaning).
Body weight has been linked to low sperm counts, both oligozoospermia, which simply means a lower-than-average count, and azoospermia, which indicates a sperm count so low that sperm is actually undetectable. For both underweight and overweight men, there is a slightly increased chance of azoospermia or oligozoospermia. Those deemed “morbidly obese,” however, have twice the odds of low sperm counts.3
Research on the impact of diet on male fertility is still at an early stage. Some studies have merely confirmed that generally nutritious diets lead to better outcomes, but others have narrowed their focus to look at specific nutrients. One found that vitamin E and selenium supplementation both increased motility and reduced the concentration of malformed sperm.4 Another found significant count and motility improvements following regular, high-dose intake of vitamin C.5 High doses of vitamin B-12 were found to increase sperm counts for both humans6 and rats.7
Moral of the story, limit your exposure, replace products and take care of you if you want future generations to be happy and healthy.
- DeNoon, Daniel. Study: smoking degrades sperm protein needed for fertility, embryo survival. Accessed 12/27/16 from: http://www.webmd.com/smoking-cessation/news/20100910/smokers-sperm-less-fertile
- National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. The effects of workplace hazards on male reproductive health. DHHS (NIOSH) Publication Number 96-132. Accessed 12/27/16 from: http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/96-132/
- Sermondade, N. BMI in relation to sperm count: an updated systematic review and collaborative meta-analysis. Human Reproduction Update, Jun;19 (3): 221-31. doi: 10.1093/humupd/dms050.
- Moslemi MK, Tavanbakhsh S. Selenium–vitamin E supplementation in infertile men: effects on semen parameters and pregnancy rate. International Journal of General Medicine. 2011;4:99-104. doi:10.2147/IJGM.S16275.
- Akmal M, Qadri JQ, Al-Waili NS, Thangal S, Haq A, Saloom KY. Improvement in human semen quality after oral supplementation of vitamin C. J Med Food. 2006 Fall;9(3):440-2. Accessed 12/27/16 from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17004914
- Moriyama H, Nakamura K, Sanda N, Fujiwara E, Seko S, Yamazaki A, Mizutani M, Sagami K, Kitano T, [Studies on the usefulness of a long-term, high-dose treatment of methylcobalamin in patients with oligozoospermia]. Hinyokika Kiyo. 1987 Jan;33(1):151-6. Accessed 12/27/16 from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3107356
- Watanabe T, Ohkawa K, Kasai S, Ebara S, Nakano Y, Watanabe Y. The effects of dietary vitamin B12 deficiency on sperm maturation in developing and growing male rats. Congenit Anom (Kyoto). 2003 Mar;43(1):57-64. Accessed 12/27/16 from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12692404
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