by Johanna Congleton,
Senior Scientist, Environmental Working Group (EWG)
“… a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to protecting human health and the environment …”
“It’s not surprising that many nail polishes contain potentially toxic chemicals. Now a study conducted by researchers at Duke University and EWG finds that at least one of those chemicals could be ending up in your body.
Triphenyl phosphate, or TPHP, a suspected endocrine-disrupting chemical, is commonly used to make plastics and as a fire retardant in foam furniture. And if you wear nail polish, it could be in your body too.
Researchers at Duke University tested the urine of 26 women …”
Remember, the effects of these tiny amounts of chemicals may not show up in your health for many years. The accumulation is slow … but sure. Read a book called ‘The Politics of Cancer’ by Dr Samuel Epstein written long ago, in the 1970s in fact. Yes, it was known way back then that environmental factors played a large part in our vulnerability to cancer but the health industry continues to act mystified and carries on asking for your donations to research endlessly for cures. There are in fact many cancer fighting protocols that have been successful but you are never going to hear about them in mainstream media. Do some research … there is plenty of information out there now … on the internet that is. And, additionally, there are alternative products you can buy … without the toxic additives … they may cost a little more, like organic food, however you will save in medical bills later.
This report is from Johanna Congleton, EWG Senior Scientist. EWG if you aren’t aware, is the Environmental Working Group in the US. I’ve featured this essential group on the Food page here and consider it a vital tool in our toolbox for discerning what’s in the products we’re buying and consuming or using on our bodies and in our environments. I’ve referred previously to their info on endocrine disruptors in tortilla chips. But this article expands on their properties and the potential for harm they carry and provides details regarding the products they feature in:
“Proper endocrine signaling is particularly important during critical windows of development—while in the womb and during childhood and adolescence. Chemicals that disrupt hormone signaling can lead to adverse effects on development, reproduction, and the neurological and immune systems”.
I note several Weight Watcher products contain them for instance. Their Carrot Crème Cake, Chocolate Crème Cake, Golden Sponge Cake, Lemon Creme Cake and their Red Velvet Creme Cake. Sara Lee is another product that features there amongst many others, but pertinent to NZ these two I have noticed on our shelves. EWG features a dirty dozen guide to food additives, a handy reference tool for you to search all those little unpronounceable or indiscernible additives most of us just pass over. Be aware peoples, one cake or one biscuit may not harm us in the short term, but habitually consuming these products is setting up, in my opinion, a time bomb in your body. Somewhere down the track you may well be paying with your health. The groups charged with protecting our health (in this case the FDA … they have their equivalent in all of our countries) have listed the use of propyl paraben in food as
“Generally Recognized As Safe… Despite mounting evidence that propyl paraben disrupts the endocrine system, the FDA has failed to take action to eliminate its use in food or reassess its safety” says the EWG.
Read the full article HERE ….. and caution your loved ones.
Bookmark their dirty dozen guide to food additives for future reference, plus, closer to home for Kiwis, the Australian website http://www.additivealert.com.au