One of the subjects that I talk about extensively at my retreats and as part of the education material I provide in the Embracing Health Membership Club, is the issue of chemicals in our personal care and cleaning products.
It’s not enough to think that eating organic fruit and vegetables, and shunning the preservatives, colours and chemicals found in processed foods, is going to keep us chemical free – what we put on our skin and use in our homes, is also absorbed into our bodies, at a rate higher than most people believe.
When I interviewed one of the founders of the biggest organic skincare company in world, Miessence, Alf Orpen, for my Membership Club, he spoke about studies showing the amount of chemicals, especially parabens, found in breast tumours. Now another study has confirmed these findings (below) and they are definitely something to take notice of. Even though a link showing that these chemicals are the cause of these cancerous tumours has not been proven, it is enough of a warning sign for me to want to avoid all products containing parabens.
With so many companies now providing us with high-quality organic cleaning, skin and hair care products, and beautiful make-up, there’s no excuse to not go organic in these areas as well. And changing to organics will go a long way to preventing the build-up of these toxins in your body, that may lead to the creation of a cancerous tumour. Better to err on the side of caution in this case. Read more about these findings below:
From the Daily Mail website: “A chemical widely used as a preservative in cosmetics, food products and pharmaceuticals has been found in tissue samples from 40 women with breast cancer. A number of studies since 1998 have raised concerns about the potential role of these parabens in breast cancer as they possess oestrogenic properties. Oestrogen is known to play a central role in the development, growth and progression of breast cancer.
Parabens are a chemical compound found in everyday toiletry products including moisturisers, make-up, shaving foam, tanning lotions and toothpaste. They are also found in numerous brands of underarm deodorant. However, a causal link has never been found between them and breast cancer. They are present in processed meats such as sausages, pies and pastries along with other savoury snacks.
The research team led by Dr Philippa Darbre from the University of Reading studied tissue samples from 40 women undergoing mastectomies between 2005 and 2008 for first primary breast cancer in England. In total, 160 samples were collected, four from each woman. They found 99 per cent of the tissue samples contained at least one paraben and 60 per cent of the samples had five.” Read the rest of the article here.
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