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  • blkchopper@rocketmail.com blkchopper Mar 30, 2013 5:02 PM Flag

    Something to think about.......

    ..........."The FDA does not monitor the ingredients of cosmetics closely enough, as proven by its century-long hiatus of banning harmful components used in makeup and skin care. It is not even a requirement to list all of the ingredients found in personal care products upon the label. Marketing vocab such as “herbal,” “natural” and “organic” has virtually no legal definition in the beauty industry, so companies continue to perpetually abuse our trust.

    The cosmetics industry in the United States has claimed that it is impossible to remove all of the synthetic parabens and other toxic counterparts in the products we use daily, but this is incorrect. There are many “green” chemists abounding the beauty world with safe, non-toxic products right from the get-go.

    Just a hop and a skip over the pond, our lovely European friends are relishing in top-care beauty essentials, which are heavily monitored by the European Union. Just in the past several years, Europe has banned the use of all substances classified as carcinogenic, mutagenic or toxic for reproduction, proving that the capabilities to comply are present. Unfortunately, the U.S. has yet to follow in these fantastic footsteps.

    The future cancer statistics are frightening; we are expecting a whopping one-third of the male population and half of all women to be diagnosed with cancer by 2050.".......

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    • blkchopper@rocketmail.com blkchopper Mar 30, 2013 5:07 PM Flag

      Anne Minard
      for National Geographic News
      Published April 29, 2010

      Your shampoo may seem harmless, but it could be contributing to the formation of a mysterious, cancer-causing substance, a new study says.

      New research reveals that common household products such as shampoo can interact with disinfectants at U.S. wastewater treatment plants to form a little-studied class of cancer-causing substances. These substances, called nitrosamines, can end up in drinking water, experts say.

      Several nitrosamines, including the chemical NDMA, a focus of the new Yale study, are classified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as probable human carcinogens.

      Nitrosamines form in small amounts when exposed to chloramine, the disinfectant of choice at the nation's wastewater treatment plants. The chemical—a combination of chlorine and ammonia—has been used increasingly in drinking water disinfection since the EPA set limits for better-known toxic substances that can arise from the use of chlorine, the traditional disinfectant.

      Though inconclusive, the study suggests "it's entirely possible that we're producing more problems—and maybe even worse problems—with chloramines," said David Reckhow, an environmental engineer at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst who was not involved in the new study.

      Cost of Beauty?

      Nitrosamines are found in a wide variety of sources, including processed meats and tobacco smoke, but what sparks their formation in drinking water has long baffled scientists.

      Past studies with cosmetics have hinted that substances called quaternary amines, which are also ingredients in household cleaning agents, may play a role in creating nitrosamines...........

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