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Food For Thought
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What Do Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears, and Halle Berry Have in Common?

Sex sells.

But what exactly is it selling? It is selling an aromatic fragrance that will attract the opposite sex by releasing it’s irresistible notes of bergamot, cardamom, fresh pineapple, papaya, jasmine, violet, rose, nutmeg, and musk (the notes described by CK one). Or, is it selling a cocktail of chemicals of which we have no idea the full impact on health.

It makes it particularly difficult for the consumer to even know what they are using, when there isn’t even full disclosure of the ingredients. And, when those ingredients haven’t even been tested for safety.

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Have you ever thought of what “clean” actually smells like? When I ask this question to a group, I usually get unanimous “nothing”. Then why are we so conditioned into thinking that “clean” has an actual smell? One word for you, marketing.

Unfortunately, the clever marketing that has been used to get us to buy more chemicals is causing all sorts of health problems for people.

Fragrance and Allergies

For example, there have been a number of allergic effects associated with exposure to fragranced products. 1

  • Headaches
  • Chest tightness and wheezing
  • Infant diarrhea and vomiting
  • Mucosal irritation
  • Reduced pulmonary function
  • Asthma
  • Rhinitis and airway irritation
  • Contact dermatitis

Fragrance as Hormone-Distruptors

Another issue with fragrances is their hormone-distrupting effects. They work by interfering with the production, release, transport, and metabolism of hormones, and how they bind to the receptors on cells. 2 They have been linked to various health issues 3 including breast cancer 4, prostate cancer 5, thyroid problems 6, and obesity 7, to name just a few.

hormone distruptors

What You Can Do

  • Elliminate anything that has a smell: fragrance, perfume, cologne, air fresheners, “plug ins”, cleaning products, toilet bowl fresheners.
  •  Detoxify your body from exposures. 
  • Only use natural products on your body, in your home, and to wash your clothes.

Message for young men and women : If you want to attract the opposite sex, have balanced hormones, have beautiful skin, be fertile, prevent cancer, and have your reproductive organs for the rest of your life, avoid the toxic chemicals and use the natural alternatives.

– Josh

More information can be found at the Environmental Working Group’s Comprehensive report on Safe Cosmetics.

References:

  1. Caress, SM and Steinemann, AC. Prevalence of Fragrance Sensitivity in the American Population. Journal of Environmental Health 2009; 71(7): 46-50.
  2. Rudel RA, Attfield KR, Schifano JN, Brody JG. 2007. Chemicals causing mammary gland tumors in animals signal new directions for epidemiology, chemicals testing, and risk assessment for breast cancer prevention. Cancer 109(12 Suppl): 2635-66.
  3. Heindel JJ, vom Saal FS. 2009. Role of nutrition and environmental endocrine-disrupting chemicals during the perinatal period on the aetiology of obesity. Mol Cell Endocrinol 304(1-2):90-6.
  4. Breast Cancer Fund 2008
  5. Prins GS. 2008. Endocrine disruptors and prostate cancer risk. Endocr Relat Cancer. 15(3):649-56.
  6. Jugan ML, Levi Y, Blondeau JP. 2010. Endocrine disruptors and thyroid hormone physiology. Biochem Pharmacol 79(7):939-47.
  7. Hotchkiss AK, Rider CV, Blystone CR, Wilson VS, Hartig PC, Ankley GT, Foster PM, Gray CL, Gray LE. 2008. Fifteen years after “Wingspread”– environmental endocrine disrupters and human and wildlife health: where we are today and where we need to go. Toxicol Sci. 105(2): 235-59