PARABENS - THE TRUTH !
PARABENS ....You may have heard of them, but do you know what they are and what they do ?
WHAT ARE PARABENS ?
Parabens are chemicals used as preservatives. They are used to fight bacteria and fungus, are widely available, and cost very little to manufacture and use. Nearly all of the parabens used are man-made and not naturally occurring.
WHERE ARE PARABENS USED ?
Parabens can be found in shampoos, commercial moisturizers, shaving gels, personal lubricants, spray tanning solution, makeup, and toothpaste. They are also used as food additives.
WHY ARE PARABENS USED ?
The efficacy of Parabens as preservatives, in combination with their low cost, probably explains why parabens are so commonplace. BUT they are becoming increasingly controversial
WHAT MAKES THE USE OF PARABENS CONTROVERSIAL ?
Parabens have been found in breast cancer tumours. The concerns about Parabens have been escalating, however this is nothing new. TEN YEARS AGO in the July 2002 issue of the Archives of Toxicology, Dr. S. Oishi of the Department of Toxicology, Tokyo Metropolitan Research Laboratory of Public Health reported that exposure of newborn male mammals to butylparaben “adversely affects the secretion of testosterone and the function of the male reproductive system.”
WHAT CAN WE DO ?
We at mESMeRICK we believe that if a proven link between a chemical (Parabens) and cancer is not enough evidence to avoid a product, where there are alternatives, we don’t know what is.
The jury is still out on how and why parabens might affect development and growth of both babies and adults, but when there are safe alternatives available, why take the chance that future generations develop strange problems from using a product that was avoidable in the first place ?
PARABENS are chemicals we need to work hard to avoid. Be sure to shop for paraben-free products s whenever possible, and always read the labels .