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Beauty Products to Die For

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 22, 2022 11:00:00 AM / by Winter Ninivaggi



A cosmetic product should be enhancing health and beauty not disrupting them.

An estimated 95% of women and 75% of men have daily contact with cosmetics. (Crinnion & Pizzorno, 2019)  Phthalates and other chemical compounds are used in personal care products and are seldom listed on product labels. 

The U.S. FDA regulates sunscreens, antiperspirants and antibacterial hand soups the same way OTC medicines are, with only "active" ingredients necessary for listing.   When it comes to cosmetics, the FDA requires ingredients labeled in order of predominance EXCEPT chemical constituents of fragrances and incidental ingredients as they are protected as "proprietary trade secrets". (Insert Citation) This lack of transparency can make it difficult for consumers to make educated choices and also hinders research on the effects of specific chemicals.  (Crinnion & Pizzorno, 2019) 

Many cosmetics on the market contain parabens, phthalates, toxic metals, triclosan and ultraviolet filters. 

Parabens have been shown to induce the growth of MCF-7 human breast cancer cells in vitro, leading some researchers to believe their potential as initiators of breast cancer.  Butyl paraben has been reported to affect the reproductive tract development in rats causing significant decreases in sperm count and sperm motility.  ((Crinnion & Pizzorno, 2019) ) 

Lead, arsenic, mercury and aluminum are present in hundreds of cosmetics from lipsticks and eyeliner, to foundation and nail polish. So how do these metals affect your health?

 LEAD: lower IQ, impair memory and other cognitive functions, cancer causing

ARESENIC: asthma, heart disease, gastrointestinal issues, skin, lung and gastrointestinal cancers

MERCURY: neurotoxin that destroys brain cells

ALUMINUM: Alzheimer's disease

If you are concerned about elevated levels of any of the metals listed above and more, we test and treat heavy metals.  We offer low slow gentle chelation and I.V. therapies when the levels need to come down quickly.  We are your Detox Experts and are now offering our new Total Body Burden Telehealth program. 





Crinnion, W. J., & Pizzorno, J. E. (n.d.). Oxidative Damage and Inflammation. In Clinical Environmental Medicine Identification and Natural Treatment of Disease Caused by Common Pollutants (pp. 92–99). essay, Elsevier.




Topics: Men's Health, Detoxification, Ozone and Prolozone therapies, Healthy Living, Chronic Illness and Disease, Body Health, Women's Health, Cancers

Winter Ninivaggi

Written by Winter Ninivaggi

Isadora Guggenheim, ND, FNP, RN, MS, CNS, LMT, owner of Second Nature Naturopathic Care, LLC
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