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Looks to Die For
By Judith Tovey

When the alarm rings she slowly gets out of bed, turns on the shower and under the steady stream of warm water, she gently scrubs her body with a deodorant soap. Next, she shampoos her tinted hair. Rinsing the shampoo, she applies a good amount of hair conditioner and lets it penetrate while she pops the top on the shaving cream and shaves her legs.

The shower finished, she towel dries and spreads on an even coat of body lotion and a dusting of powder over her skin. She sprays the scented deodorant on, brushes her teeth, then rinses and gargles with mouthwash. She combs setting gel through her hair then blows it dry and spritzes with hairspray.

Sitting at her vanity, she carefully applies a thin film of moisturizer over her face to reduce the fine lines. Today, she will wear foundation and a little blush. And, better add some eye shadow for today's special meeting and a little eye liner and a stroke of mascara.

A dab of lipstick, a poof of perfume and a little sunscreen on her arms and she is set for the day. She looks radiant and healthy but her looks are killing her.

What have these product brands exposed her to in a matter of minutes?

The deodorant soap has a pH of 9, which removes the protective acid mantle of the skin making it more alkaline and therefore, more vulnerable to penetration. It contains ammonia, formaldehyde and phenol, which are known carcinogens and triclocarban, which is under suspicion of being a cancer-causing agent with daily use.

Her shampoo contains cocamide DEA, which is associated with carcinogenic nitrosamines and sodium lauryl sulfate, a known mutagen.

The hair tint contains quaternium-15, which releases carcinogenic formaldehyde and the carcinogen, phenylenediamine. The shaving cream contains a- pinene, a chemical that damages the immune system.

Her body lotion contains mineral oil, which, as a cosmetic grade petroleum product, includes the contaminant polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PHAs) known as xenoestrogens that can mimic estrogen in the body.

The dusting powder contains talc, a substance like asbestos. When talc was combined with a common air pollutant, benzo(a)pyrene, it induced tumors in 80% of the animals tested. Many scientists believe talc should be placed on the "known carcinogens" list.

The antiperspirant has aluminum, which is being tested in connection to Alzheimer's.

The toothpaste contains saccharin and FD&C Blue#1, which are carcinogens. It also contains resorcinol, which can cause a blood disorder (methemoglobinemia), convulsions and death.

The mouthwash contains 27% ethanol, which is suspected of causing esophageal cancer. It also contains phenol, which can cause fatal poisonings through skin absorption.

The hairspray contains polyvinylpyrrolidine (PVP) and reports show that it may cause harm if the particles are inhaled. Modest intravenous doses fed to rats caused tumors.

The moisturizer contains phenol carbolic acid, which can cause circulatory collapse, paralysis, convulsions, coma and death as a result of respiratory failure. It also contains PEG-40, which contains dangerous levels of dioxin and propylene glycol, which studies show c an negatively alter brain waves and cause liver and kidney disorders.

Her blush contains FD&C Red #3, which caused human breast cells to grow, mimics the effect of natural estrogen at the molecular level and damages the genetic material of human breast cells.

The eye shadow contains iron oxide, which although deemed safe by the FDA for use in the eye area, is a suspected carcinogen, teratogen or toxin.

The eyeliner, contains ascorbyl palmitate, and studies suggest that the palmitates are to be considered carcinogenic, mutagenic, or toxic.

The mascara may be contaminated with bacteria. It also contains polyvinylpyrrolide (PVP), a carcinogen.

The lipstick contains paraffin, which is a mixture of hydrocarbons and is derived from petroleum. It is known to be contaminated with the carcinogens, benzo-a-pyrene and benzo-b-fluroanthene.

The perfume contains toluene, a suspected potent carcinogen that was found in every fragrance tested, and benzaldehyde, which is a central nervous system depressant that may cause kidney damage.

The sunscreen contains padimate O and the preservative, BNPD, which together create the carcinogenic nitrosamine, NMPABAO.

According to recent conservative estimates, three personal care products are applied daily to infants and children, men use ten personal care products daily, and women use six cosmetics and thirteen personal care products each day.

Some products, particularly hand soaps, are used on several occasions each day. Assuming that the mainstream products used by most women each contain only two carcinogens, this would amount to over 40 different avoidable carcinogenic exposures daily. It is unthinkable that women would knowingly inflict such exposure on themselves if they routinely used products were labeled with explicit warnings of cancer risks. It is unthinkable that the Food and Drug Administration remains silent and recklessly abdicates regulatory responsibility and that the cancer establishment remains disinterested and fails to advise Congress and consumers of these avoidable risks.

What can be done? Read the manufacturer's warning labels on your personal care products!

Cancer is at an all-time high. Many ingredients were given special exemption from bans when the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act was passed in 1938. The FDA can't order them removed from the market even if proven harmful. Chemicals that we put on our bodies every day are slowly being added to the list of proven carcinogens. Read your labels.

The author's company offer healthy, carcinogen-free products, pure and safe personal care products endorsed by Dr. Samuel Epstein, Chairman of the Cancer Prevention Coalition. For more info go to http://antiagingchoices.com

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