Alternative Medicine – Toxic World of Cosmetics

When my daughter was in her mid teens she would apply a hefty amount of lip gloss of various colors and flavors before heading out of the house.  At that time she espoused vegetarianism and wasn’t on the healthiest of diets.  I think because of this she was a bit of a canary in the mine shaft.

We saw a cycle of acute illness with stomach pains, nausea and fatigue every 3-4 weeks.  I asked her to stop using the lip gloss since her stomach seemed to be most affected.  She agreed and withheld its use for a month or so until the memory of her being sick had faded. 

And again after about 3 weeks of using the lip gloss the same condition appeared.  After about 1 year of this pattern she has stopped applying cosmetics to her lips and the problem has not reoccured.

Don’t Be Naive (Stupid)

  • There is very little regulation of the cosmetic industry in terms of what they can put into their products.
  • Every ingredient that is applied to the skin will, to some extent, be absorbed through the skin into the lymph and blood stream.
  • Many moisturizers contain penetration enhancers that facilitate absorption into the lower layers of skin and into the bloodstream.
  • There are ingredients in cosmetics which would never be allowed in food.
  • Many ingredients are known carcinogens and endocrine disrupting chemicals.
  • Hormones are used in facial creams to enhance their anti-ageing effects.  These hormones may have physical and emotional side effects which a physician would seldom relate to the use of cosmetics.
  • Many products in the U.S. contain ingredients banned in cosmetics in other countries like Japan, Canada, and the European Union.
  •  Products labeled “natural” and “hypoallergenic” are not necessarily safer.  These terms are not regulated in the cosmetic industry. Any company can label their product “natural” regardless of the ingredients inside it.
  • If there is any problem with a cosmetic, the FDA has no authority to recall harmful cosmetics, or to require companies to report injuries caused by their products.

Self-Responsibility & Physician Awareness

People seldom consider the absorption of cosmetics and creams into their system and would not link their illness or their symptoms to their use of cosmetics.

Seldom would a physician inquire about the use of cosmetics unless the problem was localized such as a skin eruption. 

With the practice of alternative medicine everything must be considered.  This includes the person’s living and work environment, the ecology or environment of their gastrointestinal system, and what enters the body through their skin and lungs. 

Dr. Alexander Haskell, N.D.

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