Monday, 9 May 2016

Toxins, what do we know?

I'm using the word toxins because some people dispute the word chemicals when talking about natural vs man made. They say everything is a chemical to some degree (even water), there are good and bad natural chemicals too and that all substances are toxic in large enough doses. As though this means the cosmetic companies and others who manufacture and use bad chemicals aren't really doing anything we should be weary of, "Because there are natural chemicals that are bad for us too."

There is no point pretending that harmful natural toxins means we should not be weary of the thousands of man made chemicals in our products.

What do we know about chemicals? What do reports say and what have we read and heard?

Let's take a look.

Oxybenzone (from sunscreens) bleaches coral. Also know as: benzophenone-3, BP-3. There are other ingredients that are also considered hazardous to us and coral reefs. Butylparaben, Octinoxate, 4-methylbenzylidene camphor (4MBC) [info from Coral Reef Safe Sunscreen]. Plus: Lauryl PEG/PPG-18/8 Methicone, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Octisalate.

MSDS (material safety data sheets) say that Propylene Glycol must be handled with hazmat suits, goggles, boots, gloves, mask, and be disposed of by being buried in the underground, usually out in deserts.

Tests show that babies are born with over 200 different toxins in their bloodstream (those who support the use of chemicals argue the low amount of tests subjects means it is debatable as to weather it is significant enough to warrant concern).

When we consume things with chemicals, antibiotics and viruses, we know they affect us in harmful ways. Many of us have seen the effects of such things such as antibiotic resistance, the use of antibiotics on animals and in horse racing and overexposure of chemicals on humans.

We know that nuclear testing left people with altered genetics so that family members for generations to come are being born with higher rates of cancers and other abnormalities.

We know that lead has been used in lipstick for a very long time and while it's only come to light that heavy metals in personal care products are harmful, we do not know if lead has been banned from ALL lipsticks and what quantities we are still coming in contact with. Do all countries and companies comply with an anti-lead campaign? It's doubtful.

An article in The Australian, August 2015, claims Chemicals 'build up' in breast milk, and goes on to talk about perfluorinated alkylate substances (PFAS). I looked up these words to see what I could find out because I've never heard of them before. Have scientists and government bodies known about them for some time or are they new? Found what appears to be a study - likely the study quoted in The Australian - and it doesn't actually say anything about breastfeeding mothers, just that there are findings related to immunotoxicity (which is bad enough).

One of the biggest ironies is that chemical cocktails and radiation are also used to treat / kill cancer and get patients into remission so the same things that cause cancer are used to treat it.

These are just some of the things we know or hear about when it comes to chemicals / toxins in products, yet there is still so much debate about whether they are harmful or not. Of course companies who use hazardous chemicals will say they're not harmful in low doses, and they have (pay) experts to agree. And companies who don't use these ingredients stand by their brand as a safer and cleaner option. Why take the risk and subject yourself and your family to potentially harmful ingredients in the first place?

I personally find it hard to believe government bodies allow companies to manufacture damaging products for us to consume. Apparently there is a war on terror and yet there doesn't seem to be any war governments are waging against those who deliberately harm the population en-mass by using chemicals/toxins/ingredients already deemed harmful to people, animals and the earth.

I wonder when that will change and look forward to a time when more and more people become aware and making a stand.