Aug

24

By Karen

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Beauty Myths: 3 False Beliefs about Skin Care

1. Avoid Moisturiser use for oily skin.

Many women troubled with oily skin are often concerned that using a moisturiser will make their skin oilier. To some extent that assumption could be true, particularly if a mineral oil or synthetic silicone are included in the ingredients of the moisturiser chosen.

Mineral oil is also known as petrolatum, obtained from the petro-chemical industry. It coats like plastic wrap, preventing the skin from breathing or eliminating toxins. During manufacture petrolatum can be contaminated with carcinogens. Dimethicone is a synthetic silicone, which acts the same way as petrolatum. It was first used in the paper making industry. Now it is found in may skin care products and hair conditioners. This chemical has been found to cause tumours in laboratory animals. Look at the ingredients in your moisturiser to find if they are listed.

Moisture and oil are two different body fluids. An oily skin can also be dehydrated, particularly if a harsh, drying cosmetic is used in an attempt to dry out the excess oil. The surface of the skin becomes dehydrated. The more stressed the skin is by continually being striped of the natural acid mantel, the more oil the sebaceous glands with pump out to contend with the problem.

A light moisturiser based n Aloe Vera is the best option as the aloe, with it’s healing and antioxidant properties will help to normalise the skin’s secretions.

Miessence Balancing Moisturiser for normal to oily skin that has a few break-outs and pimples is ideal as the certified organic Aloe Vera hydrates the skin without excessive oil.This creamy moisturiser is also formulated with plant phosphlipids, organic seed butters and oils, organic herbs and flowers has significant lasting effects on the skin’s hydration and smoothness.

The Balancing Skin Conditioner supplies water soluble nutrients to actually feed the skin and as a hydration base for the Balancing Moisturiser to lock in.

Miessence Purifying Moisturiser for acne and  skin is a light lotionwith organic extracts known to sooth inflamed complexions. Plant phospholipids hydrate the skin without clogging the pores or over moisturising.

The Purifying Skin Conditioner of aloe vera infused with organic echinacea, witch hazel, plantain and burdock helps firm and tone the skin. Tea tree assist the Purifying Skin Conditioner to clarify and purify the complexion.

2. Sunscreen prevents skin cancer.

It will come as a surprise to many that little is known about the safety or effectiveness of sunscreens except they appear to prevent sunburn.

There is no data demonstrating that sunscreen alone helps prevent skin cancer according to the FDA. To protect from the sun’s damaging rays, covering up with clothing and hats as a physical barrier and staying in shade where possible is the best advice. Many sunscreen contain chemicals that have cause for concern due to their toxicity when absorbed into the skin.

Approximately 30% of sunscreens and most Moisturisers containing sunscreen use Retinyl Palmitate, a synthetic vitamin A as it is claimed this ingredient slows skin ageing. However recent data indicates that when this chemical is applied to the skin in sunlight it may speed up the development of lesions and skin tumors. Scientists have been aware for some time that vitamin A can increase excessive skin growth and in sunlight can form free radicals that damage DNA.

During a year long study, laboratory animals were exposed daily to the equivalent of nine minutes maximum intensity sunlight. Some of the specimens were coated with a cream containing 0.05% vitamin A concentration while the remaining animals were treated with a vitamin-free cream. Tumors and lesions developed up to 21% sooner in the animals coated with the vitamin A cream.

Reflect Outdoor Balm is a water-free nourishing balm with natural minerals that help reflect damaging ultraviolet radiation. Micro-fine (not nano-particles!) zinc oxide offers protection from harmful rays whilst organic olive oil keeps the skin supple.

3. All products labelled as ‘organic’ really are organic.

There are no regulations regarding the use of the word ‘organic’ when labeling or describing skin care or cosmetic products. In fact the term scientifically refers to any compound that was once living. Loosely translated, leaves and flora material that have been compacted over millions of years to form crude oil is classified as ‘organic’!

Consumers are under the illusion that if a product is labeled and advertised as organic, it is entirely natural with little processing and no synthetic chemical additives. This assumption is entirely incorrect. Some products may include organic ingredients and there might also be ‘certified’ organic ingredients but a closer look at the ingredients label could also show chemicals are included in the formulation and there is no safe guard to warn trusting consumers.

It is worth noting that if the ‘organic ingredients’ are toward the end of the list, they will be in too small an amount to be of benefit.
Another trick used by manufacturers is to list every organic herb in the ‘Aqueous Infusion’ of their product. A closer look reveals this ingredient to be a weak tea of botanicals, boosting the dubious organic claim.

To ensure the organic products you choose are genuinely organic, without the inclusion of chemicals, look for the ‘certification’ logo of a third party, independent body such as the USDA or the ACO. Without a certification, an organic claim cannot be substantiated.

 

Aug

8

By Karen

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Anti ageing creams and lotions: Do they really work?

 

 

No one could escape the advertising blitz from the cosmetics industry over the past few years promoting anti-ageing skin care products.

There have been recent media articles reporting that even children have been swept up in the mania, attempting to prevent signs of facial ageing.

With just about all the major cosmetic companies vying for a market share, you may wonder if one product is any better than another. Many manufacturers claim a secret ingredient and because they are not required to divulge the elements in the secret formulation, it is very difficult for a consumer to know what is actually in the product.

There are a few tricks to finding out if the product you are interested in is worthy of your money.

1 Quality Ingredients:

Although the advertising laws are rather loose, it is mandatory for the ingredients to be listed in descending order, with the largest ingredient amounts at the top of the list. You will not fail to notice that water, or  ‘aqua’ for the up-market brands, is first on the list.

By the same token, if the product is marketed as using a special ‘magic’ ingredient or essential oil, primrose seems to the biggy at present, and that ingredient is more than half way down the list, it is in such a small amount, it will be of little benefit to you.

Another ‘ingredient’ to be aware of is an ‘Aqueous infusion’ of  … all sorts of herbs and oils … but it is only a weak tea with the main component being the water. I have seen products marketed using this way of bulking out an ingredient list. There is little to recommend it.

MIESSENCE Certified Organics contain 100% beneficial ingredients: Potent and Active products. EVERY ingredient in every Miessence product is beneficial to you and your body.

2 Magic Formulas:

Glycerine is more often than not an ingredient used in anti-ageing skin care and is in the first few on the list. This is because it will draw moisture from the atmosphere to the skin surface in humidity above 65%. The down side is that, in humidity below that, glycerine draws moisture from the deeper layers of the skin to the outer layers, to be held on the surface by a silicone or type of oil. The result is to puff out fine lines, but dehydrates the skin from the inside out.

One cannot fail to be confused by ingredients that have so many letters in the word that we are hard pressed to pronounce them let alone understand what they are.  Ingredients with methyl, propyl, butyl or ethylsomewhere in the word are paraben preservatives.

These chemicals have been found in breast cancer tissue and although the industry are at pains to claim there has not been enough studies to confirm their danger, you will notice many manufacturers are removing these chemicals and promoting the fact. Where there’s’ smoke … etc!

MIESSENCE Certified Organics are cold pressed formulations, ingredients are unaltered by heat or synthetic emulsions. Only cold formulation provides significant quantities of bio-available nutrients that literally feed your skin.

3 Same, Same:

If most products have the same ingredients, it is interesting that the prices charged are hugely different.  This is where the prestige of the brand influences the consumer to think they are buying a superior product. The marketing and advertising budget is likely to be the bigger factor rather than the quality of the ingredients.

That said, some of the cheaper brands are popular also because of the promotion budget available if a large corporation owns the product.

4. Natural, Non-Synthetic:

The best choices for quality skin care, including anti-ageing products are natural ingredients that will feed and nourish the skin. These have not been synthesised by a chemical process. Avoid ingredients that have a natural substance usually in brackets after a long chemical sounding ingredient name. An ingredient that has been derived from a natural substance, for example ‘from coconut’ has undergone a chemical reaction and is not longer natural. If it has been ‘ethoxylated’ there is also a chance the ingredient has been contaminated with the carcinogen 1,4-dioxane during manufacture.

MIESSENCE Certified Organics are shipped as soon as possible after manufacturing directly from the factory. This ensures their freshness and potency when you receive them

 

Jun

26

By Karen

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Categories: Chemical free cosmetics, Chemical free skin care, DNA Damage, Green Skin Care Products, unassessed ingredients

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Clear Skin Beauty Tips

There are just a few points I would love to share with you, hoping they will be of use in your endeavors for beautiful skin. A good diet, plenty of water (filtered … chlorine and additives to our water supply are detrimental to health!) along with a couple steps for moisturising, protecting and cleansing, should have you well on the way to skin you are happy to live in!

To have skin to be proud of, whether it is your face or body, there are a few things to consider.

1)   Your diet is truly important. The saying “You are what you eat” is the biggest factor for a healthy body to produce clear, bright, unblemished skin. The body needs the nutrition from the food you eat to repair all the cells.
Of the approximate two billion skin cells, 300 million are replaced each day. Diets containing high sugar intake adversely affect the skin’s appearance. Don’t be afraid of good fats in your diet such as organic olive and coconut oils. They are nourishing when eaten and soothing when applied to the skin and it’s an old wives tale that natural oils will make an oily skin produce more sebum.
Eat nuts as a snack instead of sugary cookies or cake and your skin will reward you. And don’t forget 6 to 8 glasses of water. Limit alcohol. Eat loads of fresh leafy greens, preferably organic, as there will be no pesticide residue. Raw or lightly steamed preserves the nutrients needed to build healthy tissue.

Certified Organic supplements such as Probiotics and Antioxidants can really assist your body, and in turn, you skin to look and feel fantastic

2)   Cleansing should be done twice a day. At bed time to remove the pollution, dirt and any makeup, but also in the morning, even though you may have just spent the time in bed … to remove those dead cells! If not cleansed properly, the skin appears dull and tired. Exfoliate once or twice a week to polish a glow.
Always choose a mild cleanser, without alcohol and beware of foaming cleansers with harsh chemicals as their foaming agents.

Cleansers certified organic to food standards are without synthetic chemicals that can strip the natural oils from the skin, altering the PH, leaving it vulnerable to bacteria.

3)   Moisturiser with out glycerin as an ingredient is the best choice. It is often the second ingredient on the products’ ingredient list after water, or ‘Aqua’ for the up-market brands! Glycerin is a cheap humectant that will draw the skin’s natural moisture from the deeper layers if the humidity is below 65% such as in air-conditioned cooled and heated rooms. This leads to dehydrated skin in the long term. Look for Aloe Vera based moisturising day and night creams as these blends accelerate skin cell growth. The higher the concentration of Aloe Vera gel the larger the increase in skin cell regeneration. The plant is easy to grow and invaluable to have on hand to apply to cuts, burns and insect bites. Use the clear gel in the centre of the leaf .The cut leaf can be kept in the fridge for several days.

A moisturiser that is certified organic and based on Aloe Vera as the main ingredient, along with essential oils and plant extracts with have your skin glowing with health in a very short time.

4)   Sunscreen chemicals have been controversial. There is no consensus on whether sunscreens prevent skin cancer and after 33 years, the FDA is yet to provide consumer guidelines. Many manufacturers make dubious claims regarding the protection their products give against UV rays.
There is also the case for vitamin D deficiency because some people have not had sufficient sunlight on their skin for it’s natural production.
If you go to work early, are in-door most of the day and return home when the sun’s strength has waned, I can’t see the need for a sunscreen. You are exposing yourself unnecessarily to chemicals. It is best to cover up and stay in shade during the hottest part of the day.
When a sunscreen is required, the Environmental Working Group suggest you choose one containing Zinc or Titanium as the active ingredients, but not the nanoparticles type. Avoid Oxybenzone, Retinyl palmitate and sunscreens that contain insect repellent. Spray on sunscreen can be inadvertently inhaled, so should also be avoided, particularly for children.

Sunscreen with microfine zinc oxide to protect from harmful rays, potent antioxidants and organic olive oil will protect your skin from premature ageing and prevent damage caused b the elements.

So, to recap: eat well, choose fresh food, organic where the budget and resources will permit. Raw provides the best nutrition. Read the labels on the products you use on your skin and be aware of the number of chemicals you expose your body to. Choose skin care and cosmetics with fewer chemicals and maintain a routine. Enjoy beautiful, supple and smooth healthy skin, you will have deserved it!

 

Apr

24

By Karen

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Sunscreens May have Harmful Chemical Ingredients

 

 

We are all encouraged to use sunscreen and avoid harsh sunlight for fear of sun cancers. There has been a lot of media attention directed by the various cancer foundations as well as the manufacturers of the sunscreen products in the hope to gain a market share of the multi-million dollar industry.

Consider some of the chemicals in sunscreens, as many have not been sufficiently tested for safety.

Oxybenzone has been detected in human breast milk and in 97% of the 2,500 US citizens tested for the chemical by the US Centre for Disease Control & Prevention in 2005. This chemical is also known to be a hormone disruptor and can be found in over 600 sunscreens sold in the US.

Oxybenzone is a penetration enhancer; helps to deliver other chemicals in the product deeper into the skin layers where they may enter the bloodstream. Not only does this chemical cause cell damage, it is rapidly oxidised in light and inactivates the skins’ natural protection system.

It appears that females have the highest reading for this chemical, which stands to reason, as they are more likely to use a sunscreen to protect against the ageing effects of the sun.

In 2006, research teams from the University of California-Riverside found 2 coastal fish species had been feminized by oxybenzone with two thirds of the males carrying ovary tissue.

Octyl-methoxycinnamate is a hormone disruptor as well as a penetration enhancer. It produces free radicals. The ‘oxy’ in the word indicates the chemical has been ethoxylated during manufacture meaning it could be contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, a potent carcinogen.

Butyl-Methdiebenzoylmethane, also listed as Avobenzone degrades in sunlight within an hour to become ineffective as a sunscreen chemical. It rapidly converts light into chemical energy releasing free radicals into the body.

Titanium Dioxide has not had sufficient testing to be regarded as entirely safe. Studies have shown DNA damage from exposure to this chemical when exposed to light.

Nanoparticles are increasingly used in many cosmetics, including sunscreens where the relatively new technology has been used to create such ingredients as  ‘invisible zinc’.
This means the zinc loses it reflective property and could be absorbed into the skin and the blood stream. Scientists warn chemicals with a molecular size so small this type of absorption could result in the ‘next asbestos’.
There are no regulations to list nanoparticles on labels, so consumers may be unaware the products they choose may contain these type of ingredients..

As sales of sunscreen have risen, so have the rates of skin cancer. Caution should be used to avoid over exposure, but as an increasing number of people show vitamin D deficiency, it may be that the pendulum has swung to far the other way.
Recently, synthetic vitamin D supplements in the form of pills have been promoted.
Safe sun exposure, out side the middle of the day promotes the natural manufacture of Vitamin D within the body, without the need to pop a pill!

There are safer sunscreen products, when we learn to read labels and become discerning consumers rather than be taken in by the marketing hype and the scare mongers against natural, safe sun light exposure and who also promote synthetic chemical laden products.

 

Mar

27

By Karen

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L’Occitane Ingredients report … Ultra Moisturizing Cream with Sunscreen.

I was cleaning out the bathroom this weekend and right at the back of the cupboard I found a tube of L’Occitane Ultra Moisturizing Cream with Sunscreen.

I had forgot I had it as I haven’t used any chemical based cosmetics for more than 5 years, since I found out how detrimental many chemicals included in skin care products are.

So, lets’ take a closer look at the ingredients of the L’Occitane Ultra Moisturizing Cream with Sunscreen:

The packaging advertises the product contains 8% Shea butter. Great!

But what of the remaining 92% of ingredients? …

Along with the Shea butter the first 4 ingredients, making between 90% and 95% of the entire product are:

Aqua (water!);

Sunflower seed oil … both completely harmless but not extraordinary ingredients.

Ehylhexl Methoxycinnamate; this ingredient can cause allergic skin rashes.  An ingredient with ‘oxy’ in the name has been ethoxylated and can be contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, a potent carcinogen, during the manufacture process. You won’t find it listed on a label, as it is a contaminant, not an intended ingredient.  There strong evidence it is a human endocrine disruptor and concerns it interferes with cellular signaling, cause mutations and lead to cell death. (1)*

The remaining list consists of:

Isopropyl Myristate: A widely used fatty compound, which causes blackheads and is not included in many newer formulations. This chemical can react with others in the formulation during manufacture and storage to create nitrosamines (NDELA) the most powerful of all contaminants. Scientists have found nitrosamines cause cancer in all species tested including primates, our closest relatives in the animal world. (2)

Propylene Glycol: A petroleum derivative, it penetrates the skin and can weaken the protein and cellular structure.  It is cheap and has been linked to sensitivity reactions. Its use has been reduced in favor of “safer” glycols. (If there is such a thing!)

Dimethicone: A silicone emollient, it coats like plastic wrap preventing the skin from breathing and eliminating toxins. Some synthetic emollients are known tumor promoters and accumulate in the liver and lymph nodes. They are also non-biodegradable causing negative environmental impact.

Corn oil: Inexpensive oil that may cause skin reactions in the allergic.

Titanium Dioxide; used in sunscreen, limited safety data and studies have shown it causes DNA damage when exposed to light. Some researchers fear absorption into the blood stream particularly if the chemical is in nanoparticles form. (3)

PEG 100: derived from castor oil, Polyethylene glycol compounds are potentially carcinogenic petroleum ingredients that can alter and reduce the skins’ natural moisture factor. This could increase the appearance of ageing and leave you more vulnerable to bacteria. (6)

Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS): As part of good industrial and personal hygiene and safety procedure, avoid all unnecessary exposure to the chemical substance and ensure prompt removal from skin, eyes and clothing. (5)

Glyceryl Sterate; widely used synthetic emulsifier and skin conditioner that may cause allergies. Glycerin is a cheap humectant that will draw moisture from the atmosphere to the skin in humidity above 65%. In humidity below that, it actually draws moisture from the deeper layers of the skin to be held on the surface by a barrier (Dimethicone) the skin is dehydrated by this function.

Butylene Glycol: causes adverse reproductive and developmental effects if ingested. It can penetrate the skin and weaken protein and cellular structure. There are safety data gaps of around 78% but it is considered low hazard by the cosmetic database even though it is recognized as an irritant. (4)

Laureth 7: Again, as with the ‘oxy’ in the word, ‘eth means the ingredient has been ethoxylated. See above*

Methyl Paraben: there has been a lot in the press about this preservative ingredient as it is widely used even though it is known to be toxic. Beware of any ingredient with methyl, propyl, butyl or ethyl in the word, as these are paraben preservatives. They can cause allergic reactions and skin rashes.

Retinyl Palmitate: Although the CIR (Cosmetic Ingredient Review board – an industry regulated board) maintains this chemical is safe at low concentrations, it is on the Canadian Hotlist. This means the Canadian Product Safety Bureau considers it to have potentially adverse effects, or it could have been restricted or banned.

Benzyl Alcohol: A solvent in perfumes can be irritating and corrosive to the skin and Mucous membranes.

Hydroxyisohexeyl: A fragrance ingredient known as an alderhyde, most alderhydes are irritating to the skin and gastrointestinal tract.

Limonene: This preservative is from the petrochemical industry and is a skin irritant and sensitizer. It has the potential to be a carcinogen.

I have not covered the complete ingredients list, nor have I referenced all my findings, but I think you may see where this is going.
It is a shame such as wonderfully nourishing substance like the Shea butter is completely over-shadowed by the chemicals in this product.

What is a worry is the nitrosamine-promoting ingredient, Isopropyl Myristate, which has the ability of increasing the contamination the longer the product has been open. Researchers have found products with this class of contaminant have increased 4 fold over a 17-month period.

There are safer alternatives to your moisturising choice. Look for products with less (or no) chemicals and enjoy the benefits of healthy skin care without the risks.

(1)    http://www.cosmeticsdatabase.com/ingredient.php?ingred06=704203
(2)    A Consumer’s Dictionary of Cosmetic Ingredients by Ruth Winter
(3)    Mutat Res 2000 Mar 3; 466(1):1-7; Free Radic Biol Med 1999 Aug;27 (3-4); 294-300; FEBS Lett 1997 Nov 24; 418 (1-2); 87-90
(4)    http://www.cosmeticsdatabase.com/ingredient.php?ingred06=700861
(5)    http://www.jtbaker.com/msds/englishhtml/p5029.ht
(6)    http://www.cosmeticsdatabase.com/ingredient/721388/PEG-100_STEARATE/

Feb

4

By Karen

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Moisturisers with Sunscreen, Not as Effective as You May Think!

Motivated by promises of anti ageing by protecting the skin from the sun, many women choose a daily moisturiser cream with a sunscreen incorporated into the formula.

Many products display a SPF (sun protection factor) and make claims they will protect the skin from sun exposure, although there are no regulation guidelines for testing and labeling of UVA protection in skin care. Therefore, the degree of protection in these creams is unknown.

Consumers believe they are protected by applying a sunscreen moisturiser, but are unaware the SPF value does not reflect the entire UV spectrum.
UVB light rays are blocked by glass, such as windows, while UVA penetrates window glass.

Recently, scientists’ purchased 29 moisturising sunscreens, chosen from the most popular products sold on Amazon.  They tested the active ingredients to determine the level of UVA protection that could be expected from the products.

Although all creams tested claimed to give broad-spectrum protection of UVB as well as UVA light, it was found that not one of the products offered sufficient long wave UVA protection.

The products varied in price from $3 to $65 an ounce; the most expensive was the least effective.  The active ingredient avobenzone needs the chemical octocrylene to keep it stable and to prevent it from breaking down in sunlight, rendering it ineffective.

Of 16 of the products containing avobenzone, only 3 had sufficient octocrylene to maintain stability. When sunlight destabilizes avobenzone, it breaks down into unknown chemicals. According the Environmental Working Group’s ‘cosmetic safety data base’, this chemical has many safety data gaps; may be linked to cancer, may be linked to allergies and could damage DNA.

Six of the day creams contained no active ingredients at all for protection of UV-A1. Seven of the remaining 23 products contained zinc as the protecting ingredient. Only 3 had greater than 3% and researchers stated more than 5% was required to provide ‘adequate’ protection.

It appears many women are trusting products to protect them against sun damage without the knowledge that their choices are ineffective.

It pays to read the labels on the products you choose and maybe even do some research to ensure you are getting what you pay for.

To ensure your products are potent, pure and fresh, choose from the range at www.vieworganic.com

Jan

12

By Karen

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Categories: Contaminants = Infertility?, DNA Damage, Hormone Disrupting Chemicals, Toxic Contaminants, unassessed ingredients

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Fertility – Could Dads’ Cop Some of the Blame for Birth Defects and Infertility Problems?

As more research is done, it is becoming apparent that the roll of the father in the ‘production’ of a baby is more than obviously ‘fleeting’ involvement!
For some time now, pregnant women and those contemplating pregnancy, have been encouraged to avoid smoking and alcohol and take supplements such as folate to ensure a healthy baby.

Generally, no one has given much thought to the father’s health prior to conception or if it is of any consequence. It has been believed that damaged sperm would not be strong enough to fertilize an egg. In times gone by, a childless woman could be thought of as ‘barren’ without even considering the fact that her partner might be the one ‘firing blanks’
It was back in the 1960s when Professor Gladys Friedler, in the process of trials on female rats to determine e how morphine affected their off spring, discovered the impact of the fathers’ role.

Prof. Friedler injected male rodents with morphine and after a few days, mated them with healthy, unaffected females. The pups born to these pairings were under weight and missed all their developmental land-marks.

Shocked by the findings, the Professor spent the next few decades experimenting with alcohol, drugs (both therapeutic and prescription) as well as environmental toxins and found the male rodents affected by these substances produced defective off-spring.

Prof. Friedler claims she was naive to work in this field as she had difficulty publishing her findings and colleagues encouraged her to abandon her studies. She states she was “…initially not aware of the resistance –you were not supposed to look at the fathers’ roles in birth defects…”

Scientists have learnt how women can safe guard their developing babies but it is only relatively recently that research finds many things from paints to pesticides can result in men fathering children with abnormalities. Even not eating a balanced diet can influence the health of a man’s future babies.

Can you see the advertising warning men: “Thinking of fatherhood? … Give up the booze and fags!”

There has been evidence mounting for years through various scientific studies that Phthalates, known endocrine disruptors, found in many products, particularly personal care and cosmetics, fragrances and pacifiers are affecting semen quality, the male reproductive organs and have been found to cause genital malformations in baby boys

In 1996, Prof. Niels Skakkebaek, Research Director, Copenhagen University Hospital, found semen quality has reduced 50% in the past 50 years. There has been an increase of sterility and testicular cancer has risen by 400% in 60 years.
Professor Shanna Swan, Epidemiologist, Rochester University, USA is quoted in the documentary “Men in Danger” as saying “there are 85,000 chemicals in commerce, most of which we know nothing about …. Their effects on carcinogenic potential, metabolism, immune system and reproductive potential…”

Even when the science seems to be clear regarding the dangers of chemicals and toxins, little heed is taken. For decades, women were banned from the lead trade although evidence suggest the metal could cause fetal problems and still births regardless of which parent is exposed. Today, men are protected from lead in the work place but not other dangerous substances from environmental exposures in paints and pesticides, to chemicals included in the ingredients of personal and skincare products.

Employers, by law are required to outline the risks of any chemicals their workers may be exposed to in the Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDA) It has been found that the sheets are 18 more times likely to mention risks to female than male reproduction.
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The chemical BPA, (Bisphenol-A) used too make plastics more malleable, found in plastic bottles (including baby bottles) and containers, can lining for food and beverages and dental sealants has recently been high-lighted in research as an endocrine disruptor.
A five year study conducted in China and published late 2010, on more than 500 factory workers, comparing those with high urine BPA levels to those recruits with low BPA urine levels. It was found the former subjects had 2 to 4 times the risk of having poor sperm quality in concentration, vitality and mobility.
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/10/101028073741.htm

This study followed and supported findings done earlier by John Meeker, assistant Prof. of Environmental Health Sciences, University of Michigan school of Public Health, the leading author. The researchers were quick to point out more study was needed, but found urinary concentrations of BPA may be related to decreased sperm quality and concentration. Sperm concentration was around 23% lower in the men in the study who had the highest BPA in their urine samples. results also suggested a 10% sperm DNA damage.
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/08/100803175023.htm

BPA is said to mimic the body’s own hormones, according to critics of the chemical, which may lead to negative health effects.

Pesticides exposure is another area of concern. In 1996, the US congress passed the Food Quality Protection Act which required the EPA to initiate the ‘Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program (EDSP). The object was to screen pesticide chemicals and environmental contaminants for their potential to effect the hormone systems of animals and humans. Even so, there have been thousands of chemicals introduced onto the market that have only been tested in isolation and not in combination with each other.

The most powerful evidence that exposure to chemicals can disrupt the endocrine system comes from nature with fish changing sex from male to female, frogs developing defects (multiple testes or ovaries) and hermaphrodite bears.

The US Dept. Veterans Affairs has recognized Agent Orange exposure as contributing to the birth defects of children whose fathers are Vietnam & Korea Veterans. And as late as October 2010 Parkinson’s Disease was recognized as being related to herbicide exposure.

If we look at statistics, about 10% of reproductive-age couples in the US have fertility problems. 30% each attributed to both the sexes, the remaining 40% is a combination of factors involving both partners.

The UK has similar numbers, but men rate higher at 32% of cases with fertility issues and 25% to problems in the woman. 17% is a combination of problems in both partners and the rest to unexplained causes. In that country 1 in 7 couples have difficulty conceiving at some time.

It appears that more work needs to done on the scientific front as over the past decade patterns have emerged that show declining sperm counts, genital malformations in male babies, memory problems and lower IQ in children, increased number of certain hormone-sensitive types of cancer and early on-set puberty.

Ensure your health and that of your future children by choosing Certified Organic skin and personal care products. At vieworganics.com you can select from a range of personal care products that are certified organic to food standards, unrivalled for their purity, potency and freshness.

Jan

2

By Karen

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My Beauty Products & Skin Care Routine – How I found out about Chemical Laden Cosmetics

Boy! I was scammed!!

Until a few years ago, I had a bathroom full of creams and lotions. Cosmetic companies promised all sorts of wonderful results:-

  • Younger looking skin in less than a month!
  • Refined pores, less wrinkles!
  • Uplifted features!

But when I came across some information that I will share with you, I sat on the bathroom floor armed with a garbage bin and my new found knowledge.

I read the ingredients labels on every cosmetic and skin care preparation I owned. Some of the information was in the packaging I had discarded. So I went to where I bought it and did my detective bit in the shop.

Can you believe it?!        I threw out absolutely every product!

My partner was aghast … I had paid good money for these creams … couldn’t I just use them up, or pass them on to some body else?

I’ll let you into a little secret, when I have the bull by the horns, I won’t let go!!

Anyway, why would I keep using skin care products that contained chemical ingredients, that not only would not do what they promised – but were toxic to boot!!
And if I wouldn’t use them on my body, how could I offer them to anyone else?

This new found knowledge had me reeling … surely there must be other women who care enough to want this information?
So I started to investigate, in books and on line and found that many companies who professed to be ‘natural’ and even ‘organic’ used these same undesirable chemicals in their formulations.
Some advertised the ‘not tested on animals’ bunny. That might be encouraging, but I discovered a loop hole that makes that claim worthless!

As I took notes, I decided to write some articles for people who, like me, wanted to protect themselves, their family and the environment from chemicals.
Research studies, in the thousands, have been published with evidence of the dangers of applying some chemicals to the skin as they can be absorbed into the blood stream.

It was some of these chemicals I discovered were in all the products I was slathering on my body every day!

This information brought to mind the Tobacco Industry fiasco. For years they denied that smoking was linked to lung cancer. Well, we all know the answer to that now!
A law has just been passed in Australia banning anyone smoking in a car with children passengers, because of the dangers of secondary inhalation.
Finally government is taking the threat seriously.

I might sound a little off track here … but my point is … if you have a look at the research studies, you might see parallels where cosmetic companies claim that a little of these chemicals applied to our skin is negligible!!

I encourage you to just take a look at the ingredients in the products you use every day. Some of these chemicals are in all of them. So it may not add up to a small amount after all!!

At vieworganics.com you will find skin and body care products certified organic to food standards. They are unrivelled for purity, potency and freshness. every ingredient is 100% beneficial.

Nov

12

By Karen

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Categories: Contaminants = Infertility?, DNA Damage, Hormone Disrupting Chemicals, Toxic Contaminants

Common cosmetics ingredient can harm sperm

By Nneka Leiba, EWG Research Analyst

Exposure to butylparaben, an ingredient common in personal care products, has been associated with DNA damage in men’s sperm, according to an important new study led by John Meeker of the University of Michigan School of Public Health.

The study, published Sept. 28 by the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, also found… read more…