chemicals

  1. Recommended sunscreens come with big risks

    New sunscreen guidelines like coating yourself with cancer

    Like to cover yourself in proven disease-causing chemicals? Then you'll just LOVE the latest sunscreen recommendations from the American Academy of Dermatology!

    Hormone-disrupting oxybenzone? Check!

    Carcinogenic retinyl palmitate? Check!

    Poorly studied nanoparticles shown to penetrate the skin? Check!

    If you like your risk big and bold, then the new guidelines are for you -- because the AAD has actually recommended ALL THREE for sunscreen.

    Makes you wonder what these quacks have been reading at the beach (unless, of course, they're too scared to even go to the beach) -- because it sure as heck isn't the research. Read the studies, and I guarantee you wouldn't let a drop of this stuff touch your skin.

    One study conducted by the U.S. National Toxicology Program found that the retinyl palmitate just endorsed by the Academy can SPEED the growth of skin tumors when exposed to sunlight.

    You couldn't find a worse ingredient for a sunscreen if you tried.

    Another recent study found that the zinc oxide nanoparticles endorsed by the Academy can KILL human gut cells. And let's not forget that oxybenzone -- the standard ingredient in many sunscreens -- has been shown to penetrate the skin and behave like the hormone estrogen once inside your body.

    If you look around, you'll find plenty of sunscreens that don't use any of those ingredients. You'll pay a pretty penny for them too.

    Don't waste your hard-earned cash.

    I get a lot of emails asking me what the safest sunscreen is. Here's my answer: You're already wearing it.

    A shirt, pants, and maybe a hat are all you need to "protect" yourself from the sun -- along with the common sense to head inside or seek a little shade before you burn.

    But don't head in too quick.

    Despite what you've heard, the sun isn't dangerous. Your body needs it to make vitamin D -- and studies have shown that sun actually PREVENTS cancer, including the deadly form of skin cancer.

    Summer is just getting under way so go get outside and enjoy yourself.

  2. Plastics chemical in diabetes link

    I've warned you plenty about the risks of phthalate exposure for kids: These hormone-like chemicals used in plastics, cosmetics, scented candles, and more cause everything from bad behavior to developmental problems.

    And if you have a boy but wish "he" was a "she," just light the candles and let him inhale -- because phthalates mimic estrogen in the body. It's one of the main reasons boys are growing up to be sissies, complete with their own set of breasts.

    But forget the kids, because today I want to talk about how these chemicals can ruin YOU, starting with a dramatic boost in your risk of diabetes.

    I'm sure most people don't need much help in that department, thanks to the one-two punch of the modern diet and sedentary lifestyle.

    But if you're teetering on the brink of disease, phthalates can push you right over the edge -- because a new study on 1,000 senior Swedish women finds that high blood levels of these chemicals will DOUBLE your risk.

    This isn't exactly a stunner since phthalates have been linked in studies to insulin resistance, high blood glucose, weight gain, increased abdominal fat, and all the other usual suspects that work in cahoots with diabetes.

    But it's one thing to know all that. It's quite another to actually do something about it, because avoiding phthalates is practically a full-time job.

    Most personal items with fragrance of any kind contain them, including candles and air fresheners. They're also in shower curtains, vinyl flooring, upholstery, sealants, inks, and more.

    Phthalate fumes are even responsible for the so-called "new car smell."

    Like I said, it's not easy -- but do the best you can here for yourself and the rest of your family. Everyone's health is on the line.

  3. Drugged up on milk

    If there's anything more tainted than a glass of water, it's store-bought milk.
  4. Tap water raises this risk by 500%

    The most dangerous chemicals in your house aren't in your garage or basement -- they're flowing freely right from your kitchen sink.
  5. The sweet smell of distress

    I've always thought of aromatherapy as a load of high-priced hooey -- and it's not even harmless hooey at that. The scents that are supposed to help you "relax" actually contain volatile organic compounds that can damage the liver and kidneys, cause headaches, irritate your eyes, and even lead to breathing problems.
  6. The right way to get your chocolate fix

    I always cringe when I read a news report on the health benefits of cocoa -- the takeaway is almost always "eat more chocolate."
  7. Drugged up on milk

    If there's anything more tainted than a glass of water, it's store-bought milk.
  8. Popular air fresheners may have deadly scents

    According to researchers from the University of Washington, air fresheners and fragranced laundry products often emit literally dozens of chemicals - some of which are considered toxic by federal law.
  9. Is that natural product really natural?

    The market for natural personal care products is already huge, and growing larger every day. Unfortunately, knowing which of these products are truly made with natural ingredients isn't as easy as reading the label.
  10. Raw milk's popularity growing by leaps and bounds

    In spite of the efforts of Big Dairy, as well as wrong-headed public health officials from the Federal, and State governments - demand for raw milk is actually growing.

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