There are over 10,500 possible ingredients that go into making ) In the U.S., only 11% of these have actually been reviewed for safety. In fact, only 10 ingredients are banned from cosmetics in the U.S. as opposed to over 1,100 in the European Union http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/why-this-matters-cosmetics-and-your-health/. The same ingredients that are banned in Europe because they may cause cancer, birth defects or reproductive problems are allowed here in cosmetics and skin care products used every day.
In fact when EWG did a study on teen girls’ exposure to cosmetics chemical they tested 20 teen girls for cosmetics chemicals and detected 16 in their bodies – including phthalates, parabens, triclosan, and synthetic musks. www.ewg.org/reports/teens
It’s not a secret that makeup and many other beauty products contain chemicals linked to cancer. The cosmetics industry can use virtually any ingredient in personal care products, even chemicals linked to cancer, birth defects or other health impacts. Even the companies that claim to be fighting for the “cure” use many chemicals including parabens that scientists found are acting as endocrine disruptors that can eventually lead to breast cancer.
NTR is arming you with the information to petition for safer products, shop for alternative beauty products, find out what ingredients to avoid and a recipe to make your own beauty products. For example: The Safe Cosmetics Act of 2010! For the first time in 70 years, we have a real chance to pass a bill that would eliminate chemicals linked to cancer, birth defects and other health problems from the products women, men and children put on their bodies every day. Learn more here. (click through to Join the revolution page).Over 63% of all households in the US have pets. Only second to accidents, cancer is the leading killer of pets. When a product or chemical gets banned for human consumption many times it ends up in pet food and products. Is it a coincidence that so many of our dogs end up with tumors and why it seems like everyone has a friend whose cat had hyperthyroidism? Just as miners would send a canary down the mineshaft to test air quality our hyper-sensitive pets are serving as guards for our own health, as they breathe in, ingest or absorb the same chemicals that are in our environments. Dogs show higher rates than humans of several forms of cancer including skin cancer, bone cancer, breast tumors and leukemia, and hyperthyroidism is a leading cause of illness in older cats.
“Average levels of many chemicals were substantially higher in pets than is typical for people, with 2.4 times higher levels of stain- and grease-proof coatings (perfluorochemicals) in dogs, 23 times more fire retardants (PBDEs) in cats, and more than 5 times the amounts of mercury, compared to average levels in people found in national studies conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and EWG.” http://www.ewg.org/
If you are like the Keep A Breast family than you probably treat your pet as if they were a member of your own family. It’s safe to say that you wouldn’t feed your family or yourself low-grade food with unknown ingredients or surround yourself with dishes, clothes, toys, and products made from toxic materials; unfortunately many pet owners unknowingly let their furry and feathery loved ones do just that. And lets face it, that soggy dog toy has probably been in your hand more than you think, and those pesky highly-toxic, VOC’s can come out of products you give directly to your animal. So don’t stop at your Mouth, Body and House… make sure you are providing your pet with a safe non toxic environment as well.