It’s said that women, by wearing lipstick, consume on average around 4lbs of the cosmetic in their lifetimes, amazing isn’t it, but is it safe? Well apparently not! Unbeknown to many people is the fact that lots of everyday cosmetics contain heavy metals and other toxic chemicals, an astounding fact in view of all the health and safety regulations and government/EU standards being imposed on us in our daily lives. For instance, many types of lipstick contain lead, yes lead! That’s right some lipsticks actually contain metal, as well as other toxic ingredients; Lead has been well documented as a poison since Tudor times, when it was used in face paints, resulting in disastrous consequences for the users. So you may well wonder why lead is still being included in today’s products. Well you tell me! Manufacturers must be well aware that it is harmful and it’s not even listed on the labels of the items as an ingredient so it’s easily purchased by unsuspecting customers. Would you purchase something that says it has lead or other toxic chemicals and metals in it? A resounding ‘No’ I would imagine! In fact Wikipedia states that ‘Lead poisoning (also known as plumbism, colica Pictonum, saturnism, Devon colic, or painter's colic) is a medical condition caused by increased levels of the heavy metal lead in the body. Lead interferes with a variety of body processes and is toxic to many organs and tissues including the heart, bones, intestines, kidneys, and reproductive and nervous systems. It interferes with the development of the nervous system and is therefore particularly toxic to children, causing potentially permanent learning and behaviour disorders. Symptoms include abdominal pain, confusion, headache, anaemia, irritability, and in severe cases seizures, coma, and death.”
It’s not only certain lipsticks that cause concerns either, in tests carried out by the Environmental Defence in Canada, other products including mascaras, eye liners, foundations, concealers, blushers, eye shadows and lip glosses were found to contain arsenic, cadmium, and lead. They also tested for beryllium, nickel, selenium and thallium, see Environmental Defence Report and product results: http://environmentaldefence.ca/sites/default/files/report_files/HeavyMetalHazard%20FINAL.pdf
If we are lucky, the majority of us will be born pretty much perfect in respect of our health, complete with a fully functioning immune system to fight off any diseases and nasty bugs that we encounter throughout our lifetimes, but it seems that increasingly we hear more and more cases of cancer, autism, diabetes and other illnesses being diagnosed worldwide. It’s almost an epidemic of such illnesses, not so much encountered in previous eras. This brings into question that maybe harmful substances are purposely being introduced into our bodies via foods, cosmetics, toiletries, water supplies, medicines, farming practices and even the atmosphere that we breathe. So there may be many factors responsible for the general breaking down of our immune systems and the deterioration of our health in general on a global basis. Does this prove that the big corporations think more of their profits than the welfare of humans on this planet, well it's certainly looking that way. Even Bill Gates has been recorded on film saying that with vaccines and healthcare they can REDUCE the world population! See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6WQtRI7A064 Gates just loves his vaccines, in fact be safe and look into that flu shot etc that you may be offered, mercury and other ingredients you might not fancy taking may be in the vaccines being promoted. Mercury in thimerosal, a product used as a preservative in many vaccines, is thought to be a linked to Autism and other illnesses. See
Antibiotics are becoming increasingly ineffective against bugs, and no wonder, when you learn that farm animals are frequently given antibiotics to fight infections, which in turn are fed to us in milk and meat products, reducing the effectiveness of the antibiotics when we do need them most for our own fight against such bugs. Shouldn't the 'powers that be' be addressing this?
It seems that almost every item you pick up in supermarkets nowadays has ingredients on the label that read more like a cocktail of chemicals produced in a laboratory rather than a bakery or factory type kitchen. It’s time we fought back and stopped purchasing goods with these preservatives, taste enhancers and sweeteners! It’s basic naturally grown products that we want to see (no, not genetically modified grains!) The shelf life of many products has reached ridiculous longevity; some of it being a couple of months or more, and it must be down to the added laboratory made ‘nasties’ included. Cheese used to go mouldy after a little while in the fridge, but not now; how old is this stuff by the time it’s sold to us? Even fruit keeps for longer periods, but most of it isn’t all that nice, peaches used to be firm to the touch when you bought them, but you had to eat them fairly quickly as they ripened after a day or two, being lovely and soft and juicy, but now most of them seem to look good on the outside, but stay hard on the inside, then suddenly they go rotten without the ripe juicy bit in between. They also seem pretty tasteless too. Of course it depends where you buy them, but generally supermarket fruit does seem to have this problem in a lot of cases.
Indeed there is a great deal of evidence that sweeteners such as Aspartame (it goes under other brand names too like Nutra-sweet), actually cause a great deal of harm to our bodies. These sweeteners have been so widely used it’s a job to find a low calorie item without an artificial sweetener; they even include them in the non-low calorie ranges in a lot of cases too. They don’t get it do they, we just want natural ingredients, we aren’t mugs, we are fully aware of the evidence that is now available by reputable professional people who have pointed out the dangers of such products. You can do your own research about Aspartame on the internet, it’s not easy viewing and there is enough evidence to make you wary about continuing to use or buy products with sweeteners included.
We want safe packaging too, without it leaking toxins into our food and drinks. Manufacturers can produce plastic bottles etc, without the risky chemical BPA (Bisphenol A), which gives out a harmful hormone like substance when it’s used in bottles and clingfilm, but it’s hard to find which products don’t include it, see ‘On the Trail of Water Bottle Toxins’ http://www.leas.ca/on-the-trail-of-water-bottle-toxins.html Not forgetting they put a lot of plastic inside tin cans too, some of which contains BPA, so your tin of soup could also be quite dodgy!
We are told that Sodium Fluoride was introduced into our drinking water to keep our teeth healthy! Well I’d rather it be my decision what I take and how I look after my teeth, as Sodium Fluoride has been found to have harmful side affects, especially for children, whose IQ it is said to diminish. It’s also said that Fluoride in drinking water causes sterility and the substance is used in drugs such as Prozac to dull the senses. Sodium Fluoride is an active ingredient in pesticides and rodenticides too, (See the Fluoride Action Network http://www.fluoridealert.org/health/index.aspx And as far as health for teeth, well it doesn’t have a good record for that either; it’s said to cause damage to tooth-forming cells and can lead to dental fluorosis which stains teeth anyway, causing damage to tooth enamel (http://www.fluoridealert.org/dental-fluorosis.aspx ). No wonder the Queen has a Borehole in her garden for spring water! So why should we, the public, be forced to drink this and other chemicals added to our water supply?
As well as being unhappy about the toxins included in our every day lives in cosmetics, food, drinks, packaging, medicines and other items, it’s also very sad to note that cruelty to animals still goes on in the testing of so many products. Indeed, I was shocked to hear that laboratory animals such as rats and mice are not protected as far as cruelty laws, which means many of them suffer dreadfully without the public realising it. The organisation Peta is very handy to browse, you can actually do a search on a product and they will tell you if it has been tested on animals before you buy it. See http://www.peta.org/living/beauty-and-personal-care/companies/default.aspx
Also Peta gives a list of items with animal products included, some of them which you would never suspect, see http://www.peta.org/living/vegetarian-living/animal-ingredient-guide.aspx With this they also provide alternative products to help you choose your purchases.
Here are some links you may find useful:
http://shine.yahoo.com/green/lead-lipstick-10-worst-brands-better-alternatives-204800618.html How much lead in lipsticks and alternative brands
http://safecosmetics.org/ Campaign for Safe cosmetics
http://safecosmetics.org/section.php?id=33 What is in your product?
It's a strange and not so nice world at the moment, where making a profit seems to vastly outweigh the safety and welfare of decent hard working people and those who need to be cared for in society. We are being inundated with so many rules and regulations to restrict our lives via the EU, supposedly for health and safety reasons, that you would think they would turn their attentions to actually ensuring that our lives are being made better and our health looked after by sorting these toxins out that are still being added to our products. Maybe they have something in common with Bill Gates, who seemingly wants to reduce the population (that means all of us by the way, not just some poor people in the third world!). Who knows! but we can all do our bit by reading food labels and asking what is in these products before we buy them. If we stop buying the dodgy products, the manufacturers will have to mend their ways, or see their profits tumble! Be Safe!