Stay Away from Parabens – Annie’s Advice
What: Stay away from parabens, used as preservatives in bath, body, and skin care products. They are especially common in shampoo.
Why: Parabens are considered endocrine/hormone disrupters, which means the body thinks they are natural hormones and the body’s natural hormonal pathways get disrupted by the fact that the “hormone” is actually a chemical! Parabens are suspected of causing breast and prostate cancer, as well as causing reproductive harm.
What to do: Read the label of your personal care products! Headsup, just because a product came from a health food store doesn’t mean it doesn’t contain parabens. Find a product free of parabens as a healthier substitute and use that from now on. While you are at it, find one you like that doesn’t have synthetic fragrance, as that will be healthier for you, too. Eco-Win!
By Annie B. Bond, the best-selling and award-winning author of five healthy/green living books, including Better Basics for the Home (Three Rivers Press, 1999), Home Enlightenment, Clean & Green (1990), and most recently True Food (National Geographic, 2010 and winner of Gourmand Awards Best Health and Nutrition Cookbook in the World). She has authored literally thousands of articles and was named “the foremost expert on green living” by Body & Soul magazine (2009).