Toxic Beauty: How Cosmetics and Personal-Care Products by Samuel S. Epstein, Randall Fitzgerald

By Samuel S. Epstein, Randall Fitzgerald

Confronting the unknown dangers of the cosmetics undefined, this in-depth research presents the lowdown on strength wellbeing and fitness hazards, from the shop to the salon. Detailing the carelessness with which women's cosmetics and antiaging items are made and the pollution in men’s deodorant, cologne, and aftershave, this revealing research exhibits how shoppers can placed themselves or even their unborn young children at risk day-by-day by means of easily employing lipstick or moisturizer. Outlining an easy attractiveness routine and various optimistic possible choices, this source educates shoppers on the way to determine almost certainly damaging constituents and safeguard themselves from their attainable long term effects.

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Aniline comes from coal tar and is also used in hair dyes. S. Food and Drug Administration neglected to warn the public and had no regulatory authority to remove dangerous cosmetic products from store shelves. Authority for such action finally came in 1938, from new regulations called the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act—but that authority was limited. ” Under the act, cosmetics manufacturers were still not required to evaluate the safety of ingredients prior to the marketing and sale of products. And only after a cosmetic had injured or killed enough people for the pattern of risk to be brought to the FDA’s attention would the FDA then have the authority to remove that product from the market.

Consumer products. These included cosmetics and personal-care products, household products, and food. The book provided detailed, reader-friendly listings of ingredients that posed risks of cancer, allergy, and other toxic effects. It also provided information on safe alternative products, generally sold by small non-mainstream companies. The book was designed to encourage consumers to vote with their shopping dollars and, in the absence of needed regulation, tilt the marketplace in favor of safe alternative companies and products.

The poison is only in the dose, they tell us, and claim (falsely) that the doses to which we are exposed are too low to be harmful. This mantra is misleading salesmanship rather than basic science. There is an overwhelming scientific consensus that there is no basis for assigning safe limits or thresholds for carcinogens. Self-interested attempts to argue or prove the contrary amount to a reckless abuse of consumer trust, and the health consequences of this abuse will be felt for generations to come.

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