Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Tuesdays' Tip

This post originally published March 3, 2008

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I have fibroids. They are lumps and masses of various sizes that grow primarily in my abdomen and breasts. Not only are they the source of much aggravation and some pain, they are most likely the source of my years of infertility and the cause of my 2 miscarriages. I don't like them.

In investigating what to do about these nasty things, I found out that they probably caused an abundance of estrogen in my body. This was confirmed by my doctor. Another thing I discovered was that abundance may, at the very least, be exacerbated by some of the chemicals in the cosmetics products that I have been using over the years. Those chemicals are parabens.

Parabens are chemicals used by the cosmetics industry as preservatives. They are found in make-up, shampoo, moisturizers, sunscreen, and other personal care products. The most common ones are the evil sisters ethyl-, methyl-, propyl-, and butyl-paraben, but there are others. They are xenoestrogens which means they mimic estrogen. This post could get really long as I try to explain xenoestrogens and the havoc they can wreak on your body. I'll refer you here if you are interested in learning more. If not, let's just try to avoid them, shall we?

What I find most amusing is that no one in the major cosmetics industry will admit that these things could be dangerous (they have been found in breast cancer cells), AND YET if these same companies have lines of products where a portion of the proceeds go for breast cancer research, they don't have parabens in them. Hmmm.

Read your labels. Of course, the fewer ingredients the better. 100% natural or organic products will not have parabens in them. Some of the labels now will say that they have no parabens. I use the house brand at Whole Foods for lotion and conditioner and the label clearly says “no parabens.” I also don't wear a lot of make-up, but what I do wear I either get at Whole Foods or here. I noticed in an ad last week that Physician's Formula has a new line of products called Organic Wear that boasts itself paraben-free. I haven't checked it out yet. There are other sources as well.

There is also the option of making your own beauty potions. (Or having your lovely sister do it for you! ) Check out some recipes here and here. There are lots of other books, too. It's fun. Get together a bunch of girlfriends and make a batch of yummy oils. There will be enough estrogen in the room that you'll never miss the parabens.

2 comments:

YD, sometimes with Samantha and June said...

That's why I go without using any makeups at all. I still use nail polish from time to time but only on special occassions. Hubby told me that acetone in nail polish can cause miscarriage.

Farmgirl Susan said...

Hi Julie,
Congratulations! You're the winner of the advance copy of Keeping the Feast by Paula Butturini that I gave away on Farmgirl Fare. The announcement post is here. Just email your mailing address to me at farmgirlfare AT gmail DOT com, and I'll get your book sent out! :)