"Which one should I choose?" Think about a time when you might ask yourself this question.
Probably practically everyday. The choices you make are important, especially when they concern your health. You need to learn how to make wise decisions about the health products and services you buy and use.
Laws for the chemicals and ingredients in our everyday personal hygiene and
beauty care products were first made in 1938. There have been NO
NEW LAWS SINCE 1938 (see 1997 Kennedy to Congress Press Release in Boston
Globe), yet over 8,453 new chemicals have been added to our products since 1938,
without proper testing or knowledge of long range effects.
Senator Ed Kennedy went before Congress in 1997, with information from the
General Accounting Office that over 125 known carcinogens are in our daily
personal hygiene and beauty products. "Over 800 chemicals available
for use in cosmetics have been reported to the government as toxic
substances." quoted from The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health.
Read more about Senator Kennedy's
Statement before Congress.
How Can you Become a Wise Health Consumer?
Perhaps you think there is nothing much to learn about buying products. Wise, shopping, however, is not always that simple. Many people have learned that the most costly products are not always the best ones. Questions you should ask before you buy are:
What ingredients are in the product and what do they mean? Can I buy something better if I take more time to look and think about it?
What Can Help you Become a Wise Health Consumer?
Public Health Educators, Health Care Professionals, Cancer Prevention
Educators, nurses, pharmacists, doctors can give you some advice about health care products. The library has a good source of materials that can help you be a smart shopper, such as Dr. Sam
Epstein's Cancer Prevention Coalition, www.preventcancer.com, and Dr. Epstein's and David
Steinman's, 1995 book, Safe Shoppers Bible(read
also Politics of Cancer Revisited by Dr. Samuel Epstein, 2001-02, "Unreasonable Risk",
How to Avoid Cancer from Cosmetics and
Personal Care Products, "What's In Your Milk", Cancer Gate, Winning the
War on Cancer". Read Dr. Epstein's specific
publications about chemicals in everyday products here.
Judy Vance's book "Beauty to Die For",
another is Debra Lynn Dadd's book, "Non Toxic Homes", and Aubrey Organics books,
"Beauty Without Cruelty", all about the toxins in everyday
personal hygiene and beauty products.". Also these resources
www.ewg.org, and FDA websites
have some information about products, chemicals and their own ratings, many
years behind the time.
Material Safety Data Sheets
list all the chemicals that are in our everyday products and their measure of safety or hazard. Almost every University has these sheets.
News reports and scientific articles are also good sources.
How Advertising can Influence You as a
Advertisements are sources of information that help make people aware of different products or services. Some ads give helpful information about a product. Not all give you the information you need and want. Some give scientific claims and those can be checked out with the facts in writing. The product may or may not be a good choice for you.
Some companies spend millions of dollars each year developing advertising to sell products. Often the price of a shampoo is higher simply because it comes in a fancy container, but in reality the cap on the bottle costs more than the shampoo itself.
Once you are an informed consumer and you learn about the chemicals and ingredients in your products, then you can make informed decisions and wise choices. Protecting your health and
skin should be of utmost importance to you and your family.
and become aware of the
third party scientific Facts and Solutions to the harmful chemicals that are in Your Personal Hygiene & Beauty
Alert : What chemicals you should avoid
about the Solutions for Safe, Effective, Alternative Products without harmful chemicals or