Cosmetics To Die For
By Klaus Ferlow writing for Natural Matters
In the book “100.000.000 GUINEA PIGS” it says “Dangers in everyday foods, drugs, and cosmetics, first published January 12, 1933 and the first paragraph reads: “THE GREAT AMERICAN GUINEA PIG”, a hundred million Americans act as unwitting test animals in a gigantic experiment with poisons, conducted by the food, drug, and cosmetic manufacturers!!
This was over 73 years ago and has something changed in the meantime? Yes, we are bombarded with even more chemicals. Toxins poison our air, our water, our food, our households and our bodies. According to the EPA (Environment Protection Agency), approx. 70.000 chemicals are used commercially in North America, approx. 65.000 of which are potentially dangerous, hazardous to our health! The Environmental Defense Council reports that more than four billion pounds of toxic chemicals are released into the environment each year, including 72 million pounds of known carcinogens.
Since toxins poisons seemed to be everywhere, let’s examine in this article personal care products. Is the consumer not protected by the FDA (Food & Drug Administration & Health Canada)? NOT AT ALL!! They have absolute NO mandate to inforce manufacturers of personal care products to use safe, chemically free ingredients and only if thousands of consumers complain to them, they eventually will investigate. Be aware that there are over 1000 chemicals available for use in cosmetics hat have toxic substances and are dangerous and hazardous to your health and well-being. Source: The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health.
The cosmetic industry is very poorly regulated. The Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic (FD & C) Act does NOT require cosmetics or their ingredients to be approved before they are marketed and sold to consumers. The FDA can make suggestions or recommendations to manufacturers about cosmetic products or their ingredients, but the manufacturers do not have to comply. The FDA (Health Canada operates similar) must first prove in a court of law that a product is harmful, improperly labelled, or violates the law if it wants to remove a cosmetic product from the market.
Large Corporations in the personal care industry are interested in the promotion and profit potential of their products, not YOUR health! They are hiding controversial or dangerous ingredients under the label of “trade secrets”. Because of intense competition, cosmetics is big business in North America with over 35 – 40 billion in sales each year, it can petition the FDA or Health Protection Branch to prevent disclosure by granting trade secret status. This spells delight for the companies and disaster for you!
The Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association (CTFA) International Buyers Guide 1999 lists 25.854 cosmetic chemicals from which manufacturers can choose for the cosmetics they produce. Most of the chemicals have not been tested for short-term or long-term toxic effects or for systemic effects. Many are contaminated with toxic by-products from manufacturing, many are toxic themselves.
Cosmetic manufacturers are not required to prove the claims they make about their products or to test their products for safety. However, if the product’s safety has not been established, the product requires the label to state: “WARNING”: The safety of this product has not been determined.
What about hair coloring?
Hair coloring products are among the most poorly regulated consumer products. There is no requirement to place a warning on the label of hair coloring products to inform consumers that these products cause for example cancer. Using hair dye increases your risk for multiple myeloma, Hodgkin’s disease, non-Hodgkins lymphoma and possibly breast cancer. There is strong evidence that as much as 20% of cases of non-Hodgkins lymphoma in U.S. women may be the result of hair dyes.
A quote from the Boston Globe, September 6, 1997: “The General Accounting Office, the investigative branch of Congress, has identified more than 125 cosmetic ingredients suspected of causing cancer and others that may cause birth defects”. Cancer fatalities account for approx. 12% of all deaths worldwide each year. Across the Globe, 10.9 million people are diagnosed with cancer annually and 6.7 million die because of it and one out of every 2.18 people will develop cancer in the U.S. As many as 25% of Americans are estimated to suffer form some degree of heavy metal poisoning, particularly from mercury (amalgam in teeth), lead, cadmium and arsenic. Our immune systems are further compromised by poor nutrition (book “America – Fast Food Nation), and unhealthy lifestyles, and most of us suffer from excessively acidic pH level, breading ground for most diseases (daily intake should be 80% Alkaline, 20% Acid to stay healthy), which creates an internal environment in which cancer, as well as viral, bacterial, and fungal infections can thrive.
Many herbal creams, lotions, shampoo, toothpaste, deodorants, soaps contain one or more hazardous chemicals and some of the major ones I will list at the end of the article and what they do to your skin and to your body.
Your skin, your body’s largest organ, absorbs fragrance chemicals (95% of the chemicals in fragrances are synthetic compounds derived from petroleum) by direct application, by contact with fragranced items, and by exposure to air containing fragrances. Fragrance chemicals in fabric softeners, laundry detergents, perfumes, air fresheners, personal care products and many other products contribute to health problems and environmental damage.
Beware of products claiming to be:
What can you do to protect yourself and your family? Learn to decipher some of the chemical jargons. Understanding the long-term effects of these dangerous, hazardous chemicals and knowing which products contain them is the first step in protecting your health.
Chemicals to avoid in personal care products: (over 1000 toxic ingredients are used in personal care products)
More information on the hazardous, dangerous chemicals can be obtained by checking the website: www.ferlowbotanicals.com
Beauty to Die For, Judi Vance, ISBN 1-57901-035-0
Drop Dead Gorgeous, Kim Erickson, ISBN O-658-01793-4
Dying To Look Good, Christine Hoza, D.C., ISBN 0-9635635-3-X
Chemical Exposure and Human Health, Cynthia Wilson
Chemical Sensitivity, William Rea
Toxic Deception, Dan Fagin, Marianne Lavelle,
Healing The Planet, Jozef J. Krop, MD, FAAEM
Klaus Ferlow, herbalist, innovator, lecturer, researcher, writer, founder and co-owner of FERLOW BOTANICALS, Div. of Ferlow Brothers Ltd, Vancouver, a 100% Canadian owned/operated family business manufacturing/distributing toxin free medicinal herbal and personal care products since 1993.
His articles have been published in 25 Health Magazines and Newsletters from Coast to Coast in Canada and numerous websites in Canada, United States and Europe.
This information is offered for its educational value only and should not be used in the diagnose, treatment, or prevention of disease.
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