By now, every one of you reading this has probably heard at least one or two warnings about parabens & phthalates and the damage they could inflict on your body through skin care and other products you may have used.
One 2017 PubMed article referred to them as slow poisons, and reiterated the need for researchers to validate their toxicity in order to "raise awareness towards the health risks” for vulnerable populations that may be "unaware or unmotivated to avoid them”.
The possible repercussions are alarming, and for most of us with a working brain who care about our health and wellness, it’s enough to make us at least try to change the products we use, and expose ourselves to as few of these toxins as possible.
The good news is that a new wave of researchers seem to finally be taking these concerns seriously again, and we as consumers have the power to drive that research forward by demanding safer products and solid answers.
The evidence is strong enough to give convince me that I don't want these toxic chemicals anywhere near my boobs.
Here are the most glaring concerns about parabens and phthalates to date:
- We’ve known for awhile that parabens weakly mimic estrogen which can spur the growth of breast cancer cells. The most recent studies have shown that they can do this in MUCH smaller amounts that initially suspected.
- When low doses of parabens come in contact with heregulin- a growth promoting substance normally found in breast tissue the two chemicals combined have a much more powerful effect, and the dose of parabens needed to stimulate cancer cell growth is 100 times lower.
- Over the past several decades, the starting age of puberty in girls has gotten lower worldwide. To quote another 2017 PubMed abstract concerning recent research on the endocrine disrupting effects of phthalates and BPA’s - “Early pubertal onset is associated with increased risky behavior and psychological issues during adolescence and cardiometabolic disease and cancer in adulthood, this is an important public health concern. Exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals during critical windows of in utero development may play a role in this trend.”
- Another recent study on endocrine disrupting chemicals in regards to cancer progression revealed that these chemicals including phthalates and triclosan (commonly found in commercial antiperspirants/deodorants) have the potential to induce cancer metastasis, i.e. tumor growth and the rapid spread of cancer cells.