Research Reveals the Importance of Nutrition for Fathers-to-Be

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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.

References:
  1. 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
  2. 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/
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
Source: http://www.marketwired.com/press-release/research-reveals-the-importance-of-nutrition-for-fathers-to-be-2185988.htm

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Let’s not forget our tweens/teens…

When thinking of products that are safe for the family most often we immediately think of babies and toddlers, but we often forget that our tweens/teens have needs and are at risk from not only ingredients in products that are made for younger audiences but those they experiment with that are made for adult ones too. Below is a prime example of a perfectly beautiful face made up (obviously for a photo shoot), but nowadays not far from what teens are starting to look like every day. Alarming to say the least.

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Here are some tips for teens and tweens from The Environmental Working Group (EWG):

Teens use cosmetics. Sometimes lots of them. From hair gels and straighteners to eye makeup, body wash and lotions. And then some! Knowing which ones are healthy — and which ones aren’t — is important. Why? EWG found that adolescent girls’ bodies are contaminated with chemicals commonly used in cosmetics and body care products. In fact, we detected 16 potentially toxic chemicals — phthalates, triclosan, parabens, and musks — in blood and urine samples from 20 teen girls. Studies link these chemicals to potential health effects including cancer and hormone disruption. (Then we wonder why our girls are reaching puberty sometimes at the tender age of 8-9).

To make matters worse, teens may be particularly sensitive to exposures to hormone-disrupting chemicals, given the complex role they play during puberty – precisely when girls typically experiment with an increasing number and variety of body care products. When we surveyed them, our teen study participants reported using an average of 17 personal care products each day, 40 percent more than an adult woman.

Teens can easily make safer choices by reducing the number of body care products they use, viewing marketing claims with skepticism, always checking the ingredients for toxins (a good lifelong habit!), and following EWG guidelines to select safer products:

Acne products Avoid:

  • Triclosan
  • Parabens
  • PEG/cetearetj/polyethylene

 

Perfume, cologne, and body spray Avoid:

  • Diethyl phthalate
  • “Fragrance” (listed as an ingredients

 

Make-up Avoid:

  • Loose powders
  • Vitamin A (listed as: retinol, retinyl palmitate, retinyl acetate) in skin and lip products

Choose:

Safer make-up using Skin Deep.  Sun protection Be sun smart! Sunburns in children and teens increase your risk of the most deadly form of skin cancer–melanoma.  Avoid tanning beds. Tanning booths expose the skin to 15 times more UV sun. The use of tanning beds before age 30 can cause a 75 percent increase in melanoma.

 

Unsure of what you are bringing into your home and how it compares to some safer alternatives?  Download the SkinDeep App to your iPhone or Android and scan or type products you currently use and see how they rate and then click on the link that says look for safer alternatives.

You can always shop at MyToxicFreeClub.com for organic, ToxicFree, cruelty-free, vegan and amazingly safe products.  You can even save 30% instantly on every purchase by joining the rewards program (not even the stand-alone chains do that… they give you points towards a coupon).  And even get an extra 10% by referring your friends.

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All these resources are free of charge and are available to your benefit.  I know that there is at least, one of these things your tween or the tween of someone you know who is struggling with one of these issues.

ps. if you are looking for an amazing line of natural, toxic-free, organic, vegan makeup made in the USA… email me.  I know just the one that is in soft launch right now and is flying off the virtual shelves.

Feel free to contact me anytime.

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Be in the know- GoBeyond Natural

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Did you know when the term “fragrance” is listed on a product label it can indicate the presence of up to 4,000 separate ingredients, including many that are toxic, carcinogenic or endocrine disruptors? Fragrance crafters use more than 5,000 different ingredients, but only about 1,300 of those ingredients have actually been tested and evaluated for safety.

Meanwhile, clinical observations have proven that fragrances can negatively affect the central nervous system, and reports to the FDA add headaches, dizziness, rashes, skin discoloration, violent coughing, vomiting and allergic skin reactions to the list of potential health risks posed by the chemicals used in fragrances.

The European Union takes a strict stance on the use of many fragrance ingredients, restricting the use of certain known toxic ingredients such as nitromusks, and requiring warning labels on products that contain known allergens. However, according to U.S. regulatory bodies, fragrance formulations are considered “trade secrets,” so their disclosure is not required on product labels, and the industry is largely self-regulated.nitromusks, and requiring warning labels on products that contain known allergens. However, according to U.S. regulatory bodies, fragrance formulations are considered “trade secrets,” so their disclosure is not required on product labels, and the industry is largely self-regulated.

Fragrances pollute the air to a greater extent than smoke from tobacco users, because the use of scented products is much more common. Just think about it. How many of the products you use every day contain a fragrance?

Skin Care (Lotions, Scrubs, Serums)
Body Care (Soaps, Deodorants, Sunscreens, Bug Sprays)
Hair Care (Shampoos, Conditioners and Styling Products)
Household (Dish Soap, Window Cleaner, Detergents & Furniture Polish)
While it may seem easy to ditch your perfume/cologne and thereby escape the problem, the reality is not so simple, especially when you factor in the fact that you’re also dealing with second-hand fragrances from other people, too.

Although avoiding toxic fragrances can seem a bit challenging, there are a couple of ways to minimize your exposure:

Fragrance-free products. Due to the natural sensitivity of a growing segment of the population, a larger number of fragrance-free products have hit the market.
Toxic-Free Alternatives. Find products that use safe fragrances 100% naturally derived from botanical ingredients such as flowers, fruits, bark, seeds, leaves and other natural, raw materials. Essential oils may not pack the punch of their synthetic rivals, but we think that’s a good thing.

To find out more to visit Go Beyond Natural and click on Be in the Know and read customer stories, read their Blog and other educational materials.

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Halloween may be over, but there are still lurking in the shadows…

In our cabinets lurks a danger we would never suspect.  Every day we are shown by ads and marketing agencies how impressive a product is in taking stains away or in removing odors but little do we know that the ingredients in those products are making us sick.

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Are you suffering from any of these, know someone who is?

  • Sleep disorders
  • Developmental problems
  • Weaker immune system
  • Reproduction problems, including infertility, endometriosis, polycystic ovary syndrome
  • Depression
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Heart disease
  • Autism
  • ADHD
  • Neurological problems
  • Cancer
  • Thyroid disorder
  • Not to mention that each of these creates a host of issues of their own…

Start by looking no further than the personal care products you have in your own home!  Research the products you use every day, ingredients in them could be disrupting your endocrine system, your body’s chemical messenger system.  Your endocrine system sends messages to your body to release hormones to digest your food, to bring you down from stress, to level your hormonal unbalance among a myriad of things.  When this system is messed with, all these messages get delivered incorrectly or not at all, thus why you have any of the issues listed above.

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Do you or have you come in contact with any of these items:

  • Bisphenol-A (BPA), found in plastics and in the lining of canned goods.
  • Triclosan, found in antibacterial soaps and other products.
  • Parabens, popular preservatives used in personal care products.
  • Phthalates, plasticizers found in hair spray, nail polish, plastic food containers, and vinyl.
  • Sodium lauryl sulfate, a harsh cleanser found in many personal care products.
  • Perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs), like Teflon, Gore-Tex, and other stain-resistant products.
  • Dioxin, a byproduct formed during the manufacturing process of many personal care products.
  • Fire retardants, found in foam furniture (like couches), carpet padding, and house dust.
  • Arsenic, a toxin lurking in some food and drinking water.
  • Mercury, a toxic metal found in some fish.
  • Pesticides, used widely in farming as well as in home gardens and lawns.

These are just some of the items and or ingredients that are endocrine disruptors.  Do a search of your personal and household care items through http://www.EWG.org and see how your product scores in a scale of 1-10 (10 being the worst) or A-F (F being the worst), also look for mentions of endocrine disruptors (see example below):

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The Endocrine Society published the following in their Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals An Endocrine Society Scientific Statement citing a number of studies:

  • Because of the shared properties of the chemicals and the similarities of the receptors and enzymes involved in the synthesis, release, and degradation of hormones, no endocrine system is immune to endocrine disrupting chemicals. (In simple terms this means that no hormone is spared from these synthetic chemicals).
  • The evidence for adverse reproductive outcomes (infertility, cancers, malformations) from exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals is strong, and there is mounting evidence for effects on other endocrine systems, including thyroid, neuroendocrine, obesity and metabolism, and insulin and glucose homeostasis. (Unfortunately this means just what it says, there is evidence that these chemicals lead to all the diseases listed above).
  • Furthermore, we now know that DES exposure in key developmental life stages can have a spectrum of effects spanning female reproduction, male reproduction, obesity, and breast cancer. (Same as above ).
  • They found a significant correlation between BPA concentrations in urine with cardiovascular disease and abnormal concentrations of liver enzymes.
  • Individuals and populations are exposed to ever-changing patterns of production and use of these compounds. They also tend to be released into the environment as mixtures, rather than individual chemicals.  Therefore, it is important to understand the effects of simultaneous coexposures to these chemicals, which may interact additively, multiplicatively synergistically), or antagonistically. (In simpler terms, we come in contact with so many products which have endocrine disruptors at any given time in different stages of our lives that it will be hard to fully understand the extent of the damage they are causing to our system for some time to come).

If you find that you have products which contain endocrine system disrupting ingredients, and we urge you to educate yourself and replace them right away.  Feel free to check out replacement ones at http://www.MyToxicFreeClub.com or look for better alternatives through http://www.ewg.org, but either way do something to change what you are using.  If I knew then what I know now, regarding endometriosis and how it can be aggravated by such ingredients, I would have made the switch to toxic-free a long time ago and would probably still have the ability to have children…

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SHAME on the FDA for taking 40 years to investigate Triclosan! I take matters into my own hands…

Colgate-Palmolive Removed This Potentially Harmful Chemical From Its Soap Products
But It’s Still In Your Toothpaste

Shame on you toothpaste brands for hiding Triclosan in the “Preservative” Ingredient category

Colgate removes Triclosan from a lot of their products, but yet it remains in their toothpaste! A big reason is because “the FDA “relies on company-backed science to show products are safe and effective,” according to the Bloomberg story. This means that instead of having independent, third-party researchers determine the effectiveness and safety of a given product, the FDA often accepts research studies funded by the company that is trying to seek approval.”

Shame on the FDA also for not having investigated this in a timely fashion.  “The FDA has never issued a comprehensive ruling on triclosan’s effectiveness and safety — even though it originally said it would look into triclosan in 1974. That was two years before “the U.S. Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976, which aimed to comprehensively regulate chemicals, grandfathered in existing substances with no safety testing,” Bloomberg notes. Now the FDA says it will issue a ruling on triclosan in 2016.  REALLY 40 years?  40 years? This infuriates me! It is known that triclosan has been linked to cancer-cell growth, it could disrupt the endocrine system, and has disrupted development in animals. According to the NRDC – Triclosan has been associated with lower levels of thyroid hormone and testosterone, which could result in altered behavior, learning disabilities, or infertility. Triclocarban has been shown to artificially amplify the effects of sex hormones such as estrogen and testosterone, which could promote the growth of breast and prostate cancer.

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You can read the full article here.  http://goo.gl/67fg6I

If this is not lining your pockets I don’t know that is. STOP GIVING YOUR MONEY to these toxic giants, who do not care about YOU or your health, they care about the profit margins. The Natural Resources Defense Council, or NRDC said it best when they said “Is even a small potential risk worth it, when the benefits seem to be small-to-none? That is my question to you??! Give our toothpaste a try?

The Healthy Home Toothpaste is made from organic, EcoCert and ToxicFree® ingredients. It features antioxidant-rich Maqui berry and stabilized oxygen to whiten teeth naturally while helping prevent gum disease and cavities. Free from harmful ingredients like fluoride, sulfate, silica, triclosan and titanium dioxide, Toothpaste is safe for the whole family. Flavored with refreshing peppermint and sweetened with xylitol (which is known for its low glycemic impact and preferred by dentists), Toothpaste will help give your family a brighter, whiter smile.

To delve a bit further on #Xylitol- This ingredient has over 40 years of research and thousands of studies confirming its effectiveness and safety.  Xylitol is one of the newest, easiest and tastiest ways that people can fight cavities. Research done in widely different conditions confirms that xylitol use significantly reduces reduces tooth decay rates both in high-risk groups. So my question to you is triclosan or xylitol?

If you choose the latter- find by following this link www.MyToxicFreeClub.com

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Are you surviving or thriving in today’s toxic world?

Attend this FREE virtual Detox Summit! The Lineup and topics are INCREDIBLE!

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As a Founding Member of a company that sells certified Toxic Free Products, I like to stay abreast of what is going so I can better inform those around me of the latest in #toxic trends, so I signed up for this virtual summit- it is free, so if you are interested and have free time this week to watch the presentations, it should be really informative!

Environmental toxins can be found in what you eat, drink, breathe, feel and think. You may not be aware of toxins, but if you want to be healthy, being educated on the latest in toxins is a must! Chronic conditions, like type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and obesity, may be associated with environmental toxins in your body.

The pearls of wisdom from expert speakers at The Detox Summit are essential to your health. Join us online for free from August 4-11.

This Detox Summit will provide you with the information you need to:

  •     Learn about environmental toxins in food, air and water
  •     Understand internally-generated toxins, like thoughts, emotions and behaviors
  •     Recognize toxins of all types and eliminate them
  •     Focus on breakthrough solutions to gain more energy and vitality

Navigate your way through today’s toxic terrain when you register for the free, online Detox Summit today:

“Detox” is a multi-faceted term that means many things to people, from drug and alcohol detoxification to nutritional detoxification, or cleanses using food, smoothies and juices. Deanna Minich, PhD, has selected 30 experts in various areas of medicine, nutrition and personal growth to offer a well-rounded, credible approach to the issues of environmental toxins and holistic health.

Here are a few of the incredible presenters:

Jeffrey Bland, PhD, Father of Functional Medicine

The Science of Nutritional Detoxification

Mark Hyman, MD, Functional Medicine Expert

Toxins and Chronic Disease: Why Detox is a Necessity for Good Health

Jeffrey Smith, Leading Spokesperson on GMOs

Genetically Modified Foods as Toxins in Everyday Eating

David Wolfe, Superfoods Guru

Foods to Enhance Vitality and Detox

Rainbeau Mars, Fitness Model and Actress

A Full Spectrum, Superstar Approach to Everyday Detox

With 30 presenters sharing their wealth of knowledge, this invaluable (and FREE) resource is intended for people everywhere!

Better yet, if you register today you’ll have access to the following FREE eBooks as soon as you register!

 Food & Spirit Nourish Your Whole Self™ Report, by Deanna Minich, PhD

  • Detox Your Medicine Cabinet: 26 Herbs and Supplements that Treat Common Symptoms, by Aviva Romm, MD
  • Top 7 Therapeutic Foods, by Kelly Brogan, MD
  • Ten Tips for Helping Your Loved One with Autism, by Martha Herbert, MD, PhD
  • Benefits of Vitamin D, by Soram Khalsa, MD

Come listen to The Detox Summit ONLINE for FREE from August 4-11, and learn to survive your toxic world! Check out this line up!

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I’ll see you at the Summit!  

PS. If you cannot make it to some of the webinars and you really want to watch, follow this link to find out how to get access after the fact.

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Chemicals that should disappear from cosmetics | Environmental Working Group

Chemicals that should disappear from cosmetics | Environmental Working Group.

MONDAY, JANUARY 6, 2014

EWG’s New Year’s resolution for cosmetic manufacturers:  shed bad actor ingredients that disrupt the hormone system, cause allergies and may accelerate skin cancer.

Phthalates 
Scientific studies link phthalate exposure to reproductive abnormalities in baby boys, reduced testosterone and sperm quality in men and early puberty in girls.  Animal experiments underscore their toxicity to the reproductive system.  Where might you encounter these pernicious chemicals?  In some cosmetics fragrance mixtures. Since the law doesn’t require full disclosure, you have no way to know when phthalates lurk in that bottle of lotion.  To be on the safe side, buy unscented personal care products.

Formaldehyde releasers
Some cosmetics chemicals are designed to react with water in the bottle to generate a little formaldehyde, a preservative, to keep the product from growing mold and bacteria.  But formaldehyde is a potent allergen  which the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the World Health Organization consider carcinogenic. Formaldehyde releasers include DMDM hydantoin, imidazolidinyl urea, diazolidinyl urea, and quaternium-15.  Where do you find them?  Shampoos, conditioners, bubble bath and other personal care products—even those intended for children.  A 2010 study found that nearly one fifth of cosmetic products contained a formaldehyde releaser. Johnson & Johnson, a personal care products giant, is phasing out formaldehyde releasers under pressure from health advocates. We hope other cosmetics makers will follow J&J’s lead.

Parabens
Parabens are used as preservatives in some cosmetic products, but so-called “long-chained” parabens can act as estrogens and disrupt hormone signaling. A recent study (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3855500/) by scientists at the Harvard School of Public Health linked one type of paraben to impaired fertility in women.   Johnson & Johnson agreed to stop using most parabens in 2012, but they can still be found in numerous cosmetics.  Read the labels carefully to spot products that contain parabens, especially the long-chained varieties—propylparaben, isopropylparaben, butylparaben and isobutylparaben.

Triclosan and triclocarban
Triclosan is a bacteria-killing chemical used in Colgate Total toothpastes (to prevent gingivitis), liquid hand soaps, body washes, clothing, cutting boards and other household goods.  It has been shown to interfere with thyroid signaling and male and female sex hormone signaling. Triclocarban is the active ingredient in some antibacterial bar soaps. Researchers have linked it to reproductive abnormalities in laboratory animals. Last month, the federal Food and Drug Administration announced that these chemicals should not be considered safe or effective in antibacterial soaps and body washes and gave manufacturers time to substantiate their claims or phase them out of the market [http://www.ewg.org/enviroblog/2013/12/fda-trying-again-clean-your-hand-s…. Already, Johnson & Johnson and Proctor & Gamble have pledged to rid their personal care products of triclosan.  We hope to see other companies do the same.

Retinyl palmitate and retinoic acid
Retinoic acid is used in anti-aging skin creams. Retinyl palmitate, a related chemical, is added to roughly one-quarter of the sunscreens in EWG’s Guide to Sunscreens database. [linkhttp://www.ewg.org/2013sunscreen/] U.S. government scientists have found that these chemicals speed the development of cancerous lesions on sun-exposed skin.  The results suggest that people who go out in the sun while wearing retinyl palmitate creams and sunscreens may be at an increased risk for skin cancer. Instead of restricting these chemicals immediately, the FDA has ordered additional testing.  EWG recommends that you avoid products containing retinoic acid and retinyl palmitate.

Hair straighteners with formaldehyde or formaldehyde-like chemicals
Some hair straighteners can contain as much as 10 percent pure formaldehyde.  The cosmetic industry’s own scientific advisory board has warned against formaldehyde-based hair straighteners. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued warnings and fines to numerous salons that use them, exposing their workers to intense, and potentially cancer-causing, formaldehyde fumes.   Some nations ban formaldehyde-based hair straighteners. Yet some small companies persist in making and selling them to unwitting consumers, and the FDA has failed to take punitive action. People who want to straighten their hair or undergo a “smoothing” treatment should find out if the salon uses a product containing formaldehyde, also called methylene glycol. If it does, avoid it.

Lead acetate in men’s hair dye 
Lead acetate in some men’s hair dyes, such as “Grecian Formula” products, can increase the body’s lead level. Because lead is a potent neurotoxin, lead acetate has been banned in Canada and the European Union. The FDA should restrict lead acetate in hair dyes. In the meantime, consumers can use EWG’s Skin Deep database (link:http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/) to find lead-free hair dyes.

One more New Year’s resolution: the FDA and Congress should develop tougher requirements for proving cosmetic chemicals are safe before coming to market. All too often, products are on the market for years before scientists catch up with possible hazards in their formulations.  Once hazards are suspected, the FDA moves at a snail’s pace in regulating potentially harmful ingredients. Responsible manufacturers can voluntarily remove these ingredients and we hope they will. Ultimately, it’s up to consumers to read labels, vote with their pocketbooks and force the market to change for the better.