These pesky little beggars are in practically everything. Do you know about them?
As some of you may know that after I had my daughter I became quite ill. My body
started doing weird things and at some points I was becoming quite scared not
knowing what was going on. After several months of symptoms getting progressively
worse (I found it hard walking up stairs, washing my hair and then finally even holding
a pen) the doctor ran some blood test and my antibodies and thyroid numbers were
off the scale. Since this auto-immune revelation I have been doing everything in my
power to remedy the situation. I'm not one to be simply spoon fed by the doctor
and give up on myself. So though nutrition, acupuncture, bikram yoga a lot of reading
and generally looking after myself I'm now on a very low dose of drug.
Not bad seeing as my TSH was over 150 (normal is in between 0-3)
In a funny way I'm really quite grateful that I became ill. I've been on an adventure,
learning about my health and what works. My immune system needs nurturing rather
than suppressing and I will try anything to help it. Which leads me on to Parabens.
These bunch of chemicals, methylparaben, butylparaben, ethylparaben (E214),
heptylparaben (E209) and propylparaben (E217) are found in our shampoos, conditioners,
toothpaste, creams, lotions, potions, tanning spray, sausages, ham - the list goes on
and on. Basically they are preservatives and used primarily for their antibacterial and
fungicidal properties. They are cheap to produce so are used very liberally in anything.
So what's wrong with these little fellas if everyone is using them so heartedly??
Well I'll try to keep this as concise as possible, they seriously mess with our bodies.
They are estrogen mimickers and have been detected in breast tumors and have been
linked to childhood diseases. In urine samples from a selection of US children aged 6 years
and up, 99.1% contained methylparaben. Yikes!!
Most cosmetic companies will say it's totally safe to use parabens in their products as the
approved levels per product are 0,001 to 0.3%. But that's just one product. So you get up in the
morning and shower. You wash your hair (paraben) condition it (paraben) use a shower gel
(paraben), once out the shower you might put a lotion on (paraben) you brush your teeth
(yep you've guessed it, paraben) You put on your moisturiser, apply your makeup, use
deodorant..... (parabens) You get the picture? You haven't even had breakfast yet and
already you've slapped on a whole heap of parabens.
They've also been linked to potentially causing early puberty in girls....
This excerpt has been taken from Food Matters.
“Given the fact that modern-day toxicological risk assessments do not account for the adverse
effects of chronic, low-dose exposures, nor the reality of synergistic toxicities, i.e. the reality that
a chemical’s adverse effects may be amplified when present alongside other chemicals, this new
research points to a disturbing possibility: commonly used preservatives may be contributing greatly
to the burden of disease in exposed populations — especially infants and children, whose body
burden is higher (lower body weight vs. chemical dose), susceptibility to chemically-induced
genotoxicity higher (because their cells replicate more rapidly), and detoxification systems are
less developed than adults.”
How does this make you feel?
I know that I with my weakened immune system, and for my 3 year old daughter, I want to do as
much as I can to prevent any toxic build up. I would have been worried a while ago about people
thinking "Goddam hippy! - Why can't she just get on with it like everyone else' And that thought was
clearly made in my own mind and now, thankfully, has gone and I don't care what other people think.
I want my family to be as happy and healthy for as long as possible, as getting ill sucks big time.
So it's your choice as to where you spend your £'s and which companies you want to keep going.
I know where I'll be spending mine. I need to replace a lot of products now......
Here is the link to the Food Matters article
And Wikipedia's link to Parabens