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Toxic Nanoparticles in Skin Care Products Cause Increase Hot Flashes

 Nano particles  that  are  smaller  than  blood  vessels  are  able  to  penetrate  the  skin  far  more  deeply  and  faster than  regular  chemicals. These nanoparticles are known to be endocrine-disrupting, which means that at certain doses they can interfere with endocrine (or hormone) systems so they can  increase the frequency of hot flashes, interrupt menses and are neuro-toxins. They are suspect in the contributing cause of many cancers and tumors. They are found in sunscreens, personal care product, skin care products, hair gels, fragrances, hairspray, shampoo/conditioner, soaps, perfumes, deodorants, nail polish, air fresheners, intimate lubricants, cosmetics, foods, pharmaceuticals and soft plastic bottles.

 

    Dimethicone is made form silicon combined with oxygen, hydrogen and carbon creating a chemical compound found in many skin care, makeup and hair products. Other silicone products include methicone, phenyl trimethicone, dimethicone, cyclomethicone, dimethiconol and dimethiconol copolol. They are hormone disrupting and cause itching and stinging. It can trap moisture but also micro organisms, bacteria, sebum and other elements. They interfere with the skin's natural processes- like sweating, temperature regulating and sloughing off dead skin cells so they can cause more acne break outs. Over time it actually winds up drying your skin the more you use it because it interferes with the natural hydrating processes, making fine lines and wrinkles more noticeable. They are not biodegradable hormone disruptors meaning they interfere with human hormone function and can   cause increase frequency of hot flashes, disrupt menses and cause numerous tumors, birth defects and other developmental disorders. They also can influence neurotransmitters effecting the nervous  system, emotions and depression. It is non-biodegradable and accumulates in the liver and lymph nodes. No wonder it is a known tumor promoter. It is hard to trust something like this is safe and non toxic when we went through the same thing years ago about silicone breast implants. Many women I know suffered greatly from those things.


 Zinc Oxide nanoparticles in sunscreens was created to prevent the white appearance of the cream. As of June 2010 the FDA has known that these particles may actually accelerate the growth of skin cancer cells. 
    The carbon nanoparticles can mimic asbestos properties, possibly leading to similar DNA  damage as asbestos exposure. They get into the blood vessels and go to the organ and the brain. These wash off and go into our water systems destroying micro-organisms necessary for the chain of life. 


 Oxybenzone is a chemical broad spectrum sunscreen ingredient. Toxicology experts report that oxybenzone is an endocrine (hormone) disruptor and their studies show it can be linked to cell damage and skin cancer. Oxybenzone often produces allergic reactions. 
      I hope you will be wise and steer clear of these products what ever your age because over time as this stuff accumulates in your system who knows how bad it could get. Just seeing huge increase in frequency of hot flashes in women who hardly had any hot flashes before using an intimate lubricating lotion, with dimethicone, prescribed by their gynecologists, where that is the only thing they did different and they were too far into their menopause for it be a normal shift. It effected them so radically because it went right into their reproductive organs.   

Common Hormone-Disrupting Chemicals


   ISREAL PROVES THE PESTICIDE/CANCER LINK

IN 1978, Isreal banned toxic pesticides which had been linked directly with breast cancer in a 1976 study. Over the next ten year, the rate of breast cancer deaths in Isreal declined sharply with a 30%drop in mortality for women under 44 years of age anda an 8% overall decline.


  PFASs - Water repellent, fluorinated chemicals
are used in fast food packaging can seep into food and has been linked to kidney & testicular cancer, elevated cholesterol, decreased fertility, thyroid problems and are hormone disruptors. They are also found in furniture, carpets, outdoor gear, clothing, cosmetics and cookware. The higher the temperature the more it can move into the food.
 Arsenic, mercury, cadmium and lead are substances that disrupt hormones according to (EWG) the Environmental Working Group. While most people already know about the toxicity of mercury in fish and lead in old paint, many don't know about the other heavy metals.  

   Mercury collects in the body from food, mercury amalgams. But one big surprising source of mercury is from corn syrup. The process of making high-fructose corn syrup or corn syrup, corn starch or corn sugar is a mercury chlor-alkali process. The person who has an average amount of corn syrup a day, gets the equivalent mercury to having one tooth in their mouth filled with mercury every day for the rest of their lives.
Selenium helps to chelate both mercury and cadmium out of the body.  


  Cadmium can be found in children's products, cigarettes, shellfish, liver, plastics and batteries. It collects in  mens testicles and cause testosterone levels to drop.


 Arsenic is found in chicken  and it can interfere with normal hormone functioning in the glucocorticoid system which can cause weight gain/loss, protein wasting, immunosuppression, insulin resistance (which can lead to diabetes), osteoporosis, growth retardation and high blood pressure. Using a water filter can reduce your exposure along with choosing organic chicken or going vegan.


 Lead is in the soil, air and water and accumulates over the years in the bones and tissues. 40 percent of us have toxic levels of lead in our bodies. Studies show that the average person's blood lead is lower from removing it from gasoline and house paint blood levels on average are still considered too high. Homes built before 1986 are more likely to have lead pipes, fixtures and solder which leach lead into the water, especially hot water. Even copper pipes can have lead solder connecting pipes.  House dust often contain 17 times the level it once did. It is part of the problem with osteoporosis because it accumulates into the bones and helps make them weak. It can add to the problem of high blood pressure when women hit menopause. Lead is linked to heart disease, high blood pressure, kidney failure and connected to ADHD Asperger's and violent behavior. Glutathione helps get lead out of the body, along with omega-3 fats and drinking purified water. Symptoms are headaches, insomnia, irritability, a low sex drive, tremors, mood problems, nausea, depression, memory difficulties, trouble concentrating, poor coordination and constipation. Yet most of these can be attributed to other problems. Take 1,000 milligrams of buffered ascorbic acid (vitamin C) a day to help remove lead from the body and take 2,000 to 4,000 IU of Vit D3 a day to prevent your bones from releasing lead into your bloodstream
 Bisphenol A (BPA) is a chemical found in canned foods, plastics and dental sealants and are similar in structure to the hormone estrogen. It has been inked to obesity, early puberty and miscarriage.


 Dioxin is a chemical that is widely found in foods and accumulate in animal fatty tissue, according to the World Health Organization. Although no longer used in the US it has accumulated in the soil and plants and travels up the food chain. Chronic exposure is linked to lower sperm count and other reproductive effects. It has been linked to immune system problems and cancer. Cut down your exposure by cutting down on eating animal products especially meat, fish, eggs, milk and butter. Or at least go for organic grown products.


  Atrazine is a commonly used pesticide that has contaminated drinking water. It has been linked to tumors, delayed puberty and prostate inflammation and is known to turn male frogs into female frogs. Widely used on corn, it has been linked to prostate cancer in men. Laboratory studies suggest that atrazine induces breast and prostate cancer, retards mammary development and may induce abortions. It is used to chemical induce homosexuality and sexual confusion. According to Tyrone Hayes, a biochemist at Berkley, who studies this chemical it is causing huge immune problems in frogs with less then one third of the amount of Atrazine that is allowed in our drinking water system. Certainly in women this is also intensifying hormone dysfunction and problems as it accumulates in their bodies.
This is such a hot topic that Democracy Now did an interview with Tyrone Hayes because the herbicide company, Syngenta, who makes  atrazine were upset by the information in an article he had just published and were harassing him. 


 Organophosphate Pesticides are compounds that the Nazis produced in huge quantities for chemical warfare during World War 11. After the war the American scientists used these compounds to develop a long list of pesticides. they interfere with hormones in humans, including interfering with testosterone functioning and lowering testosterone and altering thyroid hormone levels. Organophosphates, methyl parathion and cypermethrin are pesticides used on coffee plants. Conventional coffee is among the most heavily chemically treated foods in the world. It's steeped in synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, fungicides and insecticides. Only 1.1% of Starbucks coffee is organic. Between that and it's high acid content no wonder it ages people so much faster then a non coffee drinker.


Malathion is a pesticide that is widely used in agriculture, residential landscapes, public recreation areas and in public health pest control programs such as mosquito eradication. It is the most commonly used organophosphate insecticide used in the US.  In 1989 over 250 sq miles of neighborhoods in Los Angeles and Orange County were aerial sprayed with malathion to rid the area of fruit flies. Eerily reminiscent of Apocalypse Now, more than 60 predawn helicopter mission took place in eight months. People were told to cover their cars with tarps and stay inside as fleets of helicopters sprayed everything methodically over and over again. People were told it was safe. There were over 10,000 complaints of people getting sick with respiratory problems, nausea, dizziness, diarrhea, rashes and flu like symptoms were reported to anti malathion organizations. A National Toxicology Program study indicating that malathion causes liver and thyroid cancer in rats and mice. Studies in central Japan showed that malathion effected the liver enzymes and destroyed nervous reponses in children and agriculture workers. Citizens groups were formed in protest and Los Angeles area was seeing an unprecedented uprising over the spraying of malathion. Now years later the World Health Organization has classified malathion in 2015 as 'probably carcinogenic to humans. In a paper from the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry it is explained that toxic effects can result from inhalation of the vapor and is readily absorbed through the skin, contributing to system toxicity. When Councilman Joel Wachs held public hearings around the time of the spraying in 1990, a neuroscientist who had studied the health effects of Malathion on humans said that the worst way to be exposed to Malathion was through vapor and inhalation of the spray because it goes right in to the respiratory system and then the Central nervous system. He said it could make people feel very agitated and angry. Soon after we had the LA riots involving Rodney King. Other symptoms include abdominal cramps, vomiting, diarrhea, blurred vision, excessive sweating, salivation and lacrimation, wheezing, agitation, seizures, bradycardia or tachycardia, muscle twitching and weakness, hormone disruption, urinary and fecal incontinence. Commercial malathion products often contain impurities and hydrocarbon solvents, such as xylene or toluene, which themselves can cause toxicity. Toxicity of malathion depends on metabolic activation; thus, symptoms may appear from a few minutes to a few hours to a few days after exposure. Signs and symptoms of poisoning vary according to age, dose, and concentration. Other effects are; muscle twitching, cramping and weakness. It can effect heart rate both rapid or slowed and high blood pressure. CNS effects are irritability, nervousness, giddiness, fatigue, lethargy, impairment of memory, confusion, slurred speech, visual disturbance, depression, impaired gait.  In the end people were sick and the med fly was not eradicated according to a local newspaper, LA Times, story. Malathion has been an ingredient in shampoo to control head lice. Better to use Pine Tar Soap. I prefer Grandpa's brand as it smells the best and does the job for getting rid of flees, tics and lice. Malathion along with other organophosphates have been linked to delayed neuropathy, involving weakness or paralysis of the extremities, particularly the legs after repeated exposure. Malathion can become more toxic if sitting for a long time.
   I found out about the malathion spraying that had just started in the Los Angeles area and the toxicity of it and that I could help induce it to flush out of the body through an Acupuncture protocol all at the same time.


 Polyethylene Glycol - (PEG's) are petroleum-based compounds used as product thickeners, solvents, softeners, and moisture carriers. Ethelene oxide and dioxane are by products of the petrochemical process called ethane oxide   and may be contaminates in products with PEGs as a result. They are known skin carcinogens, and linked with liver and bladder cancer.


 Glycol ethers that are solvents in paints and cleaning products have been linked to lower sperm count, among other health problems, in painters.  They are also found in cleaning products, brake fluid and cosmetics.


 Phythalates may also be labeled as denatured alcohol are used in personal care products, hair gels, hairspray, soaps, perfumes, deodorants, nail polish and air fresheners. The compounds of phythalates bind to estrogen receptors in our bodies and are considered "endocrine-disrupting chemicals." Personal care products that list "fragrance" as an ingredient may also contain phthalates. EWG says. 
  Recent studies have found these chemicals can alter genital development, create infertility, decrease sperm count and increase the risk of testicular cancer in men and endometriosis in women. Studies have found that they can trigger what is known as a death inducing signaling in testicular cells, making them die earlier then they should. They lower sperm count, less mobile sperm, cause obesity, diabetes and thyroid irregularities. They also cause increase frequency of hot flashes in menopause. Phthalates leach from plastic bottles into personal care products, shampoos and are washed down the drains having a negative impact on marine life.

Phthalates (known as plastics) are the number one toxic in the human body. Phthalates are so potent that if a mother is drinking out of plastic water bottles while she's pregnant, she can be programming her unborn child for adult diabetes, poor brain function and nerve function, breast cancer, prostate cancer, and much more. This stuff is all pervasive in the world, found even in polar bears. It is in the air, water and everywhere. Scientists found breast cancer cells grow like crazy when there are phthalates in their environment. You can detox phthalates from the body by eating cabbage, cauliflower, Brussel sprouts, broccoli, kale, collard greens, radishes, turnips and rutabaga. They get the detoxification pathway occurring in the liver in which glucuronic acid is conjugated with toxins which is the main way that we detox phthalates.


 Perchlorate contaminates much of our produce and milk. It is a chemical component in rocket fuel. Once in the body it competes with nutrient iodine, which the thyroid needs to make thyroid hormones. These hormone regulate metabolism and are critical for proper brain and organ development in infants and young children. You can reduce perchlorate in your drinking water by installing a reverse osmosis filter


 Parabens are used in cosmetics, foods and pharmaceuticals. They have displayed the ability to mimic the hormone estrogen and disrupt the functioning of our endocrine system. Cornell University reports that ongoing exposure to parabens can increase the risk of breast cancer. Studies also have shown that methylparaben applied to the skin can react with UVB rays leading to increased skin aging and DNA damage. 


 Synthetic Colors are derived from petroleum or coal tar sources. Product labels show them as FD&C or D&C and are found in food, drugs and cosmetics. They are suspect to be a human carcinogen, skin irritant and are linked to ADHD in children. The European Union has banned it.


 Tulueen is a petrochemical derived from petroleum or coal tar sources. It is listed on labels as benzene, toluol, phenylmethane and methylbenzene. It is a potent solvent able to dissolve paint and can effect your respiratory system, is a hormone disruptor, neurotoxin and has been linked to immune system toxicity. It can be found in nail polish, hair treatments like color and bleaching products.
Expecting mothers should avoid exposure to toluene vapors as it may cause developmental damage in the fetus.


 Triclosan is a widely used antimicrobial chemical that is a known endocrine disruptor - especially thyroid and reproductive hormones and a skin irritant. It can be found in 
toothpastes, antibacterial soaps and deodorants. 


 Sodium lauryl sulfate(SLS)/Sodium laureth  sulfate(SLES) found in more than 90% of personal care and cleaning products are known to be skin, lung and eye irritants but also combine with other chemicals such as nitrosamines, a carcinogen that leads to a host of other issues like kidney and respiratory damage. They can be found in shampoo, body wash/cleanser, mascara and acne treatments. 

 
   Glyphosate better known as Monsanto's Roundup is used on corn, soy, canola and cotton as well as home gardens and parks. It is registering very high in river water, rain water and in air samples. It has been linked to birth defects, neurological disorders, fertility issues and cancer.


 Metam sodium is a pesticide used heavily on potatoes and effects the thyroid, is a hormone disruptor and can cause nausea, vomiting and difficulty breathing. Between it's effect on the thyroid and human hormones it can effect or increase pre-menstrual syndrome and hot flashes.


 Bisphenol A (BPA) is a chemical found in plastics and food storage materials.  It has been linked to everything from breast cancer to reproductive problems, obesity and heart disease. Cans are lined with BPA to avoid corrosion. Choose glass containers instead. Store receipts are coated with BPA so handle them as little as possible.


 Perfluorochemicals  are found in textiles and clothing.
 Brominated flame retardants and PCB's are found in electronics and building material. This chemical is found to contaminate people, wild life around the world and even polar bears. They imitate thyroid hormones and disrupt their activity which can lead to a lower IQ. It has been phased out but is very persistent. Use a vacuum with a HEPA filter, and avoid reupholstering foam furniture. 


PFOA  -   Perfluorooctanoic   acid   or   Perfluorinated  Carboxylic  Acid

Dupont  knew  that  PFOA,  a  chemical   they  have   spilled  by  the   ton  into  waterways   and   air,   was   a   health  risk   in  1960.  It  has   polluted   clean   water   across   America.   So   now   they   have   decided   to   start   selling   Dupont   water   filters!    They  make   the   problem   and  give  us  cancer   and   then  provide   the   solution   by  making  us  pay  for  it.  PFOA   is   Perfluorooctanoic   acid   also   known  as   C8   and  is  a  perfluorinated   carboxylic   acid   produced   worldwide   as   an  industrial   surfactant   in   chemical   processes.  It  is   a  strong   acid   that   causes   burns.   PFOA   is   used   in   carpenting,  upholsery,   apparel,   floor   wax,   textiles,   fire  fighting  foam,  carpet-cleaning   liquids,   microwave   popcorn   bags,  Teflon  products   and   sealants.   


A  study   of   workers   living   near   a   Dupont   Teflon   plant   found   an  association   between   PFOA   exposure   and   tow   kinds   of   cancer   and   four   other   diseases.   PFOA   has   been   detected  in   the   blood   of   more   than   98%   of   the   generel   US   population   in   the   low   ranges.   Studies   have   shown  correlation   between   high  PFOA  exposure   and   kidney  cancer,  testicular   cancer,   ulcerative   colitis,   thyroid   disease,   high   cholesterol   and   pregnancy   induced   hypertension.  Companies   agreed   to   gradually   phase   out   the   manufacturing   of   the   chemical   by  2015.  However   PROA   and   PFOS    are   extremely   persistent   in  the   environment   and   resistant   to  typical   degradation   processes.   They   are   found   in   soil.   air  and   groundwater  at   sites   across   the   United   States.  The   toxicity,   mobility  and   bioaccumulation   potential   of   PFOS    and   PFOA  pose   potential  adverse   effects   for   the  environment   and   human   health.   PFOA  contaminates   every   continent   and   has   been   detected   in   the   central    Pacific   Ocean  at   low  parts   per  trillion  levels  and   in   coastal   waters.   It   is   found   to   concentrate  in   the   top   layers   of   ocean   water   and   is   present   in  numerous   mammals,   fish   and  bird   species.  It   is   found   in  the   blood   and   vital   organs   of  Atlantic   salmon,  swordfish,  stipped   mullet,  gray   seals,   common   cormorants,   polar   bears,  pelicans,  sea   turtles   and   eagles.   It   is   found   in  household   dust.