Chemicals & why should we care?
First, many cancers are hormone driven.
My cancer, Invasive Ductal Carcinoma, is estrogen positive, and the most common type of breast cancer diagnosed.
My cancer feeds on hormones, as many other cancers do.
MANY of these synthetic chemicals, INGREDIENTS, in our products have hormone disrupting properties, which disrupt enough in our bodies and give cancer a lot to feed on.
It does not seem far-fetched to draw a connection between the increase of breast cancer diagnosis' (and other illnesses) and the introduction of synthetic chemicals after WWII. Some of the increase can be contributed to more awareness & better detection, but even with that, the increase is dramatic.
Over 1300 chemicals have been banned from use
in cosmetics in Europe and Canada,
while we, the United States,
have banned just over 10.
The law protects the companies, not the consumers in the United States.
In Europe and Canada, the burden of proof, of whether a chemical is harmful or not, lies with the company, it is strictly regulated.
In the U.S., the burden of proof of harmful chemicals, lies with the consumer. We, the consumer, need to prove that these chemicals are hurting us. But if you are like me, you would assume your products are safe,
I mistakenly thought so.
Chemicals/Ingredients are in the products we use daily,
some several times a day.
HAIR PRODUCTS IN GENERAL
The list is endless...
My genetic make-up might have made me more susceptible to these synthetic chemicals – while your genetic make-up might not.
My point is that these chemicals should not be in our products.
Because, like me, you won’t know if they affect you until it’s too late.