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“My name is Alisa Neathery. My beautiful son Bently Stratton passed away only 5 days after receiving 11 vaccinations in one visit. He was 7 days shy of reaching 6 months old.

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He was vaccinated for his first time April 5, 2012 and passed away April 10, 2012.  We thought we were doing the right thing and decided to hold off on his vaccinations until he was closer to 6 months old when the SIDS rate is supposedly lower.

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Apparently we were very very wrong.

This took place in Texas. Bently’s death was ruled as SUUDS, ‘sudden unexplained unexpected death syndrome.’ It’s different from SIDS. The medical examiner stated that he found it ‘odd’ that he could not find a cause of death for my son.

I believe that was a cover up for the shots being blamed for what killed him. Nothing was reported to the appropriate places because they didn’t find the shots to be the sole cause of death. But my son was 100% healthy prior to the vaccinations.

I don’t believe it to be coincidence that he passed 5 days after the shots. I know they killed him.”

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 “The difference between Bently’s death and a drunk driving death, is that in the case of vaccines – the one who commits the negligent homicide, signs the death certificate.” – Retired LAPD officer Clark Baker

Parents Told “Adverse Reactions Are Rare”

Bently - almost aged 6 months - died 5 days after 11 vaccinations were given to him. Doctors said 'not related to vaccines' Would they say that if Bently had swallowed 11 different types of prescription drugs?

Bently – almost aged 6 months – died 5 days after 11 vaccinations were given to him. Doctors said ‘not related to vaccines’ Would they say that if Bently had swallowed 11 different types of prescription drugs?

Alisa’s story about her son Bently is one of pure tragedy.

It seems obvious that the astronomical amount of vaccines given to him in one sitting was the cause of his sudden death, yet Bently’s doctor denied a connection. But a mother knows and can use common sense to ask herself, “what was different in the last few days that doesn’t normally happen in my child’s life?”

If you have ever asked your own doctor about how often adverse reactions occur, chances are they said something along the lines of, “Oh they’re very rare, in fact, probably about 1 in a million.”

But the problem with that answer is it simply does not seem to be true. There are far too many parents reporting injuries; VAERS and Medalerts – two online databases the public can use – are full of them.

Furthermore, most doctors are not explaining to people just how many adverse reactions can actually occur. And rarely does a doctor or nurse even show the vaccine insert to the patient, despite the fact that the list of possible reactions is lengthy, which is listed further on in this article.

When a child is injured, very rarely do our medical providers admit that the vaccine was the cause – and in fact they often emphatically deny it, even if a child had seizures for the first time in their life that very night .

If a patient doesn’t have a reaction within the standard waiting time of 15 minutes of having the injection ( in Bently’s case, the doctor didn’t even make Alisa wait at all), it seems as though doctors relinquish all responsibility, as though anything that happens after that time is ‘definitely’ unrelated to the vaccinations.

I shudder to think about all the different amounts of chemicals, live viruses, killed viruses, animal DNA, heavy metals and other chemicals were injected into Bently that day. The aluminum (a proven neurotoxin) for one, that Bently received on April 5th 2012 would have been astronomical.

Now that most thimeresol has been phased out of the majority of infant vaccines, they now have worrying levels of aluminium in them.

Christina England reported about the various levels of aluminum found in many infant vaccines today in her article titled: This Study Reveals Children are Being Vaccinated With Toxic Levels of Aluminium Causing Neurological Damage and Autism

  • DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis): 170–625 mcg, depending on
    manufacturer
  • Hepatitis A: 250 mcg
  • Hepatitis B: 250 mcg
  • Hib (for meningitis; PedVaxHib brand only): 225 mcg
  • HPV: 225 mcg
  • Pediarix (DTaP–hepatitis B–polio combination): 850 mcg
  • Pentacel (DTaP–Hib–polio combination): 330 mcg
  • Pneumococcus: 125 mcg

Help Alisa Take Bentlys Case To Court

It’s clear from this list that Bently would have been given close to 2000mcg (perhaps even far more depending on the manufacturers ingredients) of Aluminum in one day.  And we haven’t even mentioned the other ingredients in those shots.  Alisa also thinks what happened to Bently is criminal and has set up a go fund me campaign to help her try and sue regarding what happened to her son.

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Aluminum – Highly Toxic and Damaging To Infants

As you can see below Bently was also given the Dtap vaccine twice.

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Bently’s vaccine record from 5th April 2012 – Is this really ok for a child to receive all these vaccines at once? Where is the proof this is safe?

When babies ‘mysteriously’ die, it seems that autopsies do not cover testing for the ingredients found in vaccinations. Surely this is a crime?  If a child swallowed other prescription drugs wouldn’t that coroner then have to test for the drugs?  Why isn’t there a legal requirement to test for these vaccine ingredients?  Vaccines are also prescription drugs!

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A horrific story came out of California regarding an infant that was recently vaccinated. Vac Truth reported:

Parents in California are distraught after losing their infant son after being vaccinated. He died in his sleep and was taken to the hospital already deceased. Hospital staff ruled his death as sudden infant death syndrome. The couple was told an autopsy was required to be performed on their son.

After returning home, waiting to get an update, they never received one. Numerous phone calls were made to get answers. Weeks went by. Finally, they received verbal confirmation and told their son was best not to be seen prior to being cremated, because of the condition he was in. Once cremated, they could pick up the remains of their child from the crematory. They were not given the chance to say their goodbyes.

More than one year and four months have passed and the family has yet to receive his autopsy report. It turns out their son was given a vaccine not approved for his age and an extra dose of the hepatitis B vaccine that he shouldn’t have received until later on.

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Bently’s vaccine list.

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Not so rare after all? At least 3 billion dollars have been paid out to victims of vaccine injury.

One in a Million Chance, Or Far Greater?

The standard “1 in a million” quote seems to be quite false anyway, even according to the CDC, who has said that serious allergic reactions can occur in “less than 100,000 doses.” That’s a far cry from one in a million.

I personally know hundreds of mothers who have vaccine injured children. Their stories are compelling, making a powerful case that the vaccines were the main trigger. But, most of them were all shot down by the medical community for vaccines being the cause.

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Vaccine Promoters Say Vaccines Are Safe Yet No Long Term Safety Studies Done

Doctors think vaccines are safer than regular prescription drugs. It’s because they have been taught that the ‘golden miracle’ in medicine was vaccinations and that the risk from them harming is so low that it’s not even worth discussing about with the patient.  They also believe statements like the one below.

This is what is typically found on vaccination-promoting websites such as Colorado’s organization immunizeforgood.com:

Vaccines undergo rigorous safety testing prior to being approved by the FDA and are continually monitored for safety. All vaccine ingredients are tested to be safe. Vaccines are also studied to be administered together, to work in conjunction to safely prompt your child’s immune system to build protection.

As someone who has spent years researching vaccines, these above statements are simply not true. There has never been a single study testing the safety of the current vaccine schedule.

“Rigorous Safety Testing”

Vaccine manufacturers study their new vaccine with another vaccine (instead of solely using a placebo such as saline solution like standard drug testing) that is more than likely not going to be as safe or as effective – making their new vaccine look better.  In the case of the HPV vaccine the other vaccine which was used as the placebo, was actually full of aluminum, so naturally the HPV vaccine appeared to be far safer than what they called their “placebo.”

It’s also very important to note that the vaccine manufacturers do their own “safety” studies. Many concerned about vaccine safety find this very disturbing. The sensible process would be to see vaccines being tested by independent bodies.  But that never happens.

”FDA approval”

The FDA are paid by the pharmaceutical companies to fast track medications such as vaccines.  Sometimes they approve vaccines (such as the ebola vaccine that is in the pipeline) which haven’t undergone any testing at all.

According to author Ethan Huff’s damning report titled, Institutional Corruption of Pharmaceuticals and the Myth of Safe and Effective Drugs, published in the Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics:

“The FDA is nothing more than a pay-for-play front group that caters strictly to the interests of the pharmaceutical industry. Since drug companies are what primarily funds the FDA these days, the agency has lowered the barriers to entry for new drugs, speeding up the approval process while at the same time putting patients at increased risk.”

For more shocking information about the FDA please visit this link.

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”All Vaccine Ingredients Are Tested To Be Safe”

Again, this is simply not true.  Many ingredients such as formaldehyde, anti-freeze, aluminum, and thimerasol (don’t be fooled that it’s all gone – it’s  still used in some flu shots, tetanus, and some meningitis vaccines today) are proven to cause cancer (even the CDC says this, and children are more at risk, but they don’t mention vaccines in their formaldehyde report!) and neurological problems. There are also other harmful ingredients found in vaccines.

 

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Paid To Promote Vaccines & Gain Public’s Trust

The vaccine industry follows a strict business model, and that’s a fact. They employ the same strategies to gain more customers used in other commercial industries.

After doing a bit of research into Immunize for Good (linked above), I found this in their Strategic Plan (highly recommended reading).

This list below is a small fraction from the pdf documenting Colorado’s aims to:

  • vaccinate more children
  • distribute more pro-vaccination printed materials
  • get more blog hits
  • ensure that “paid media will reach at least 1 million impressions per year”
  • identify earned and paid media opportunities to promote CCIC, www.ImmunizeforGood.com and www.VacunalosporsuBien.com.
  • offer continuing education credits for health care professionals.

I find “strategic business plans” like the one above and also the Healthy People 2020 plan – a new “adult immunization program” – extremely concerning.

In all of these plans, there is nothing about improving actual safety of the vaccines to gain the public’s trust in wanting to use them!

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There are 130 official ways for an infant to die (as categorized in the ICD), and one unofficial way for an infant to die: following an adverse reaction to one or more vaccines. When vaccine-related deaths are hidden within the death tables, parents are denied the ability to ascertain honest vaccine risk-to-benefit ratios, and true informed consent to vaccinations is not possible.

We Want To Hear From YOU

After noticing lots of stories from CE readers under the vaccination posts we publish, it’s made us wonder just how many of our readers have possibly been harmed by vaccines?

We therefore ask you to leave your stories and to share this post with other friends who have told you that they (or a member of their family) were also affected by a vaccination. We want you to leave the comments UNDER this article so that when parents are doing a search for vaccine injuries, they will come across this post and be able to decide for themselves – are adverse reactions from vaccines only occurring 1 in every million, 1 in every 100,000, or actually in far greater numbers?

Whilst some may think an adverse reaction can only consist of something serious, like convulsions or death, there are actually many other adverse reactions which have been documented.

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These are just some of the adverse reactions that can occur after receiving a vaccine:

  • Swelling at injection site
  • Rash
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Chills
  • Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
  • Fever
  • Seizures
  • Autism
  • Guillaine-Barre Syndrome
  • Brain swelling
  • Shock
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Cardiac arrest
  • Ataxia
  • Drowsiness
  • Insomnia
  • Narcolepsy
  • Myalgia
  • Arthralgia
  • Urticarial
  • Edema
  • Upper respiratory tract infection
  • Diarrhea
  • Paralysis
  • Infertility
  • Encephalitis
  • Miscarriage
  • Facial swelling
  • Death
  • Varicella zoster infection after vaccination
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People are losing their rights to exemption rights – If SB277 comes in there will be only a small amount of medical reasons not to vaccinate.

Check Out VAERS Reporting System With Registered Deaths After Vaccines:

You’ve got to have a strong stomach to read this report, but I do urge you to check it out. The stories are horrific and there are pages and pages of them. Important to note, that these are only the reports about deaths.  There are thousands of more reported to VAERS about other life changing injuries.

Have you experienced an adverse reaction?

We’d love to find out what happened to you, a family member or your own children after receiving a vaccine.  Please tell us below or, you can also email stories directly at contact@collective-evolution.com

  • were you shown the vaccine insert
  • were you told about the possible risks
  • what age were you or the said person was
  • what vaccine(s) you were given
  • what happened afterwards and what the doctor or hospital’s response was

Thank you

Further reading:

http://www.thedoctorwithin.com/unvaccinated/Parents-of-Unvaccinated-Children/

 

If you’d like to learn a lot more about vaccines please watch Vaccines Revealed, a 9 part Documentary series

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Norway Investigates 29 Deaths in Elderly Patients After Pfizer Covid-19 Vaccination

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  • The Facts:

    Norway has registered a total of 29 deaths among people over the age of 75 who’ve had their first Covid-19 vaccination shot, raising questions over which groups to target in national inoculation programs.

  • Reflect On:

    Should freedom of choice always remain here? Should governments and private institutions not be allowed to mandate this vaccine in order to have access to certain rights and freedoms?

What Happened: 29 patients who were quite old and frail have died following their first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination. As a result, Norwegian officials have since adjusted their advice on who should get the COVID-19 vaccine.

This doesn’t come as a surprise to many given the fact that the clinical trials were conducted with people who are healthy. Older and sick people with co-morbidities were not used in the trials, and people with severe allergies and other diseases that can make one more susceptible to vaccine injury were not used either. It can be confusing given the fact that vaccination is being encouraged for the elderly in nursing homes and those who are more vulnerable to COVID-19.

Steinar Madsen, medical director of the Norwegian Medicines Agency (NOMA), told the British Medical Journal (BMJ) that “There is no certain connection between these deaths and the vaccine.”

On the 15th of January it was 23 deaths, Bloomberg is now reporting that a total of 29 deaths among people over the age of 75 who’ve had their first COVID-19 shot. They point out that “Until Friday, Pfizer/BioNTech was the only vaccine available in Norway”, stating that the Norwegian Medicines Agency told them that as a result “all deaths are thus linked to this vaccine.”

“There are 13 deaths that have been assessed, and we are aware of another 16 deaths that are currently being assessed,” the agency said. All the reported deaths related to “elderly people with serious basic disorders,” it said. “Most people have experienced the expected side effects of the vaccine, such as nausea and vomiting, fever, local reactions at the injection site, and worsening of their underlying condition.”

Madsen also told the BMJ that,

There is a possibility that these common adverse reactions, that are not dangerous in fitter, younger patients and are not unusual with vaccines, may aggravate underlying disease in the elderly. We are not alarmed or worried about this, because these are very rare occurrences and they occurred in very frail patients with very serious disease. We are not asking for doctors to continue with vaccination, but to carry out extra evaluation of very sick people whose underlying condition might be aggravated by it. This evaluation includes discussing the risks and benefits of vaccination with the patient and their families to decide whether or not vaccination is the best course.

The BMJ article goes on to point out that the Paul Ehrlich Institute in Germany is also investigating 10 deaths shortly after COVID-19 vaccination, and closes with the following information:

In a statement, Pfizer said, “Pfizer and BioNTech are aware of reported deaths following administration of BNT162b2. We are working with NOMA to gather all the relevant information.

“Norwegian authorities have prioritised the immunisation of residents in nursing homes, most of whom are very elderly with underlying medical conditions and some of whom are terminally ill. NOMA confirm the number of incidents so far is not alarming, and in line with expectations. All reported deaths will be thoroughly evaluated by NOMA to determine if these incidents are related to the vaccine. The Norwegian government will also consider adjusting their vaccination instructions to take the patients’ health into more consideration.

“Our immediate thoughts are with the bereaved families.”

Vaccine Hesitancy is Growing Among Healthcare Workers: Vaccine hesitancy is growing all over the globe, one of the latest examples comes from Riverside County, California. It has a population of approximately 2.4 million, and about 50 percent of healthcare workers in the county are refusing to take the COVID-19 vaccine despite the fact that they have top priority and access to it.  At Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills, one in five frontline nurses and doctors have declined the shot. Roughly 20% to 40% of L.A. County’s frontline workers who were offered the vaccine did the same, according to county public health officials. You can read more about that story here.

Vaccine hesitancy among physicians and academics is nothing new. To illustrate this I often point to a conference held at the end of 2019 put on by the World Health Organization (WHO). At the conference, Dr. Heidi Larson a Professor of Anthropology and the Risk and Decision Scientist Director at the Vaccine Confidence Project Emphasized this point, having  stated,

The other thing that’s a trend, and an issue, is not just confidence in providers but confidence of health care providers. We have a very wobbly health professional frontline that is starting to question vaccines and the safety of vaccines. That’s a huge problem, because to this day any study I’ve seen…still, the most trusted person on any study I’ve seen globally is the health care provider.

A study published in the journal EbioMedicine  as far back as 2013 outlines this point, among many others.

Pfizer’s Questionable History:  Losing faith in “big pharma” does not come without good reason. For example, in 2010 Robert G. Evans, PhD, Centre for Health Services and Policy Research Emeritus Professor, Vancouver School of Economics, UBC, published a paper that’s accessible in PubMed titled “Tough on Crime? Pfizer and the CIHR.”

In it, he outlines the fact that,

Pfizer has been a “habitual offender,” persistently engaging in illegal and corrupt marketing practices, bribing physicians and suppressing adverse trial results. Since 2002 the company and its subsidiaries have been assessed $3 billion in criminal convictions, civil penalties and jury awards. The 2.3-billion settlement…set a new record for both criminal fines and total penalties. A link with Pfizer might well advance the commercialization of Canadian research.

Suppressing clinical trial results is something I’ve come across multiple times with several different medicines. Five years ago I wrote about how big pharma did not share adverse reactions people had and harmful results from their clinical trials for commonly used antidepressant drugs.

Even scientists from within federal these health regulatory agencies have been sounding the alarm. For example, a few years ago more than a dozen scientists from within the CDC put out an anonymous public statement detailing the influence corporations have on government policies. They were referred to as the  Spider Papers.

The Takeaway: Given the fact that everything is not black and white, especially when it comes to vaccine safety, do we really want to give government health agencies and/or private institutions the right to enforce mandatory vaccination requirements when their efficacy have been called into question? Should people have the freedom of choice? It’s a subject that has many people polarized in their beliefs, but at the end of the day the sharing of information, opinion and evidence should not be shut down, discouraged, ridiculed or censored.

In a day and age where more people are starting to see our planet in a completely different light, one which has more and more questioning the human experience and why we live the way we do it seems the ‘crack down’ on free thought gets tighter and tighter. Do we really want to live in a world where we lose the right to choose what we do with our own body, or one where certain rights and freedoms are taken away if we don’t comply? The next question is, what do we do about it? Those who are in a position to enforce these measures must, it seems, have a shift in consciousness and refuse to implement them. There doesn’t seem to be a clear cut answer, but there is no doubt that we are currently going through that possible process, we are living in it.

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Psycho-Acoustic Medicine: Science Behind Sound Healing For Serotonin Production

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  • The Facts:

    A number of studies and experiments have shown that sound can be used as medicine for various ailments and diseases.

  • Reflect On:

    Is our modern day medical industry truly interested in the health and well-being of people, or do profit and control take more priority?

Mental illness has reached an all time high in the world, and yet the modern day medicines to relieve symptoms have gained controversy. This is, in part, why people have dug up the past to better understand alternative ways of healing.

Sound, for instance, has been a tool for promoting the physical and emotional health of the body for as long as history can account for, deeply rooted in ancient cultures and civilizations. The ancient Egyptians used vowel sound chants in healing because they believed vowels were sacred. Tibetan monks take advantage of singing bowls, which they believe to be “a symbol of the unknowable” whose “vibrations have been described as the sound of the universe manifesting.”

“Our various states of consciousness are directly connected to the ever-changing electrical, chemical, and architectural environment of the brain. Daily habits of behavior and thought processes have the ability to alter the architecture of brain structure and connectivity, as well as, the neurochemical and electrical neural oscillations of your mind.”

Psychoacoustics is the scientific study of the perception of sound, and it has fueled researchers paths to better understand how it can be used as medicine. For instance, in 1973, Dr. Gerald Oster, a medical doctor and biophysicist, proved, in his research paper, “Auditory Beats in the Brain,” how sound affects the how the brain absorbs new information, controls mood, sleep patterns, healing responses, and more, and how quickly. Thus, specific frequencies of sound and music can be used to generate neurotransmitters such as serotonin.

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To understand the fundamentals of sound in healing, we must first understand our brain waves. The nucleus of our thoughts, emotions, and behaviors, is the communication between neurons. Brain waves are generated by way of electrical pulses working in unison from masses of neurons interacting with one another. Brain waves are divided into five different bandwidths that are thought to form a spectrum of human consciousness.

The slowest of the waves are delta waves (.5 to 3 Hz), which are the slowest brain waves and occur mostly during our deepest state of sleep. The fastest of the waves are gamma waves (25 to 100 Hz), which are associated with higher states of conscious perception. Alpha waves (8 to 12 Hz) occur when the brain is daydreaming or consciously practicing mindfulness or meditation.

According to Dr. Suzanne Evans Morris, Ph.D., a speech-language pathologist:

Research shows that different frequencies presented to each ear through stereo headphones… create a difference tone (or binaural beat) as the brain puts together the two tones it actually hears. Through EEG monitoring the difference tone is identified by a change in the electrical pattern produced by the brain. For example, frequencies of 200 Hz and 210 Hz produce a binaural beat frequency of 10 Hz (The difference in 210 Hz and 200 Hz is 10 Hz). Monitoring of the brain’s electricity (EEG) shows that the brain produces increased 10 Hz activity with equal frequency and amplitude of the wave form in both hemispheres of the brain (left and right hemisphere).

It is thought that different brain wave patterns are connected to the production in the brain of certain neurochemicals linked with relaxation and stress release, as well as better learning and creativity, memory, and more. Such neurochemicals include beta-endorphins, growth factors, gut peptides, acetylcholine, vasopressin, and serotonin.

A series of experiments conducted by neuro-electric therapy engineer Dr. Margaret Patterson and Dr. Ifor Capel, revealed how alpha brainwaves boosted the production of serotonin. Dr. Capel explained:

As far as we can tell, each brain center generates impulses at a specific frequency based on the predominant neurotransmitter it secretes. In other words, the brain’s internal communication system—its language, is based on frequency… Presumably, when we send in waves of electrical energy at, say, 10 Hz, certain cells in the lower brain stem will respond because they normally fire within that frequency range.

Additional research upholds the beliefs of mind-body medicine in this sense, stating that brainwaves being in the Alpha state, 8 to 14 Hz, permits a vibration allowing for more serotonin to be created.

It’s important for us to come to terms with the fact that there is science behind age-old medicinal practices that do not require putting unknown substances in our bodies to alleviate issues like stress, depression, anxiety, and more.

But even more intriguing is to think something as simple as sound, as music, which we have come to treat as utterly pleasurable entertainment, has not only been used to promote healing and well-being, but has proven to work through research as well.

If your mental health is of concern, try listening to a binaural beat to generate alpha waves between 8 and 14 Hz to produce more serotonin. Another option is to take advantage of music that promotes a relaxed alpha state in the brain such as classical music.

Related CE Article: Research Shows We Can Heal With Vibration, Frequency & Sound

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Study: Short Break From Cosmetics Causes “Significant Drop of Hormone Disrupting Chemicals”

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  • The Facts:

    A study led by researchers at UC Berkeley and Clinica de Salud del Valle de Salinas demonstrates how even a short break from certain kinds of makeup, shampoos and lotions leads to a large drop in levels of hormone-disrupting chemicals in the body.

  • Reflect On:

    Why is this industry so poorly regulated?

A study led by researchers at UC Berkeley and Clinica de Salud del Valle Salinas has demonstrated how taking even a short break from various cosmetics, shampoos, and other personal care products can lead to a substantial drop in the levels of hormone-disrupting chemicals present within the body.

The results from the study were published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives. Researchers gave 100 Latina teenagers various personal care products that were labeled to be free of common chemicals including phthalates, parabens, triclosan, and oxybenzone. These chemicals are used regularly in almost all conventional personal care products such as cosmetics, soap, sunscreen, shampoo, conditioner, and other hair products, and animal studies have shown that they directly interfere with the body’s endocrine system.

“Because women are the primary consumers of many personal care products, they may be disproportionately exposed to these chemicals,” said study lead author Kim Harley, associate director of the UC Berkeley Center for Environmental Research and Children’s Health. “Teen girls may be at particular risk since it’s a time of rapid reproductive development, and research has suggested that they use more personal care products per day than the average adult woman.”

Results

After just a three-day trial with the girls using only the lower-chemical products, urine samples showed a significant drop in the level of chemicals in the body. Methyl and propyl parabens, commonly used as preservatives in cosmetics, dropped 44% and 45%, respectively, metabolites of diethyl phthalate, used often in perfumes, dropped by 27%, and both triclosan and benzophenone-3 fell 36%. The authors of the study were surprised to see an increase in two lesser common parabens, but, being minor, could easily have been caused by accidental contamination or a substitute not listed on the labels.

Co-director of the study Kimberly Parra explains why having local youths participate in the study was of particular importance:

The results of the study are particularly interesting on a scientific level, but the fact that high school students led the study set a new path to engaging youth to learn about science and how it can be used to improve the health of their communities. After learning of the results, the youth took it upon themselves to educate friends and community members, and presented their cause to legislatures in Sacramento.

Included in the CHAMACOS Youth Council were 12 local high school students who helped design and implement the study. One of the teen researchers, Maritza Cárdenas, is now a UC Berkeley undergraduate majoring in molecular and cell biology.

“One of the goals of our study was to create awareness among the participants of the chemicals found in everyday products, to help make people more conscious about what they’re using,” said Cárdenas. “Seeing the drop in chemical levels after just three days shows that simple actions can be taken, such as choosing products with fewer chemicals, and make a difference.”

The researchers noted that cosmetics and personal care products are not well-regulated in this country, and that getting data about health effects from exposure, particularly long-term ones, is difficult. But they say there is growing evidence linking endocrine-disrupting chemicals to neurobehavioral problems, obesity and cancer cell growth.

What Can You Do?

Well, you can be sure to check the labels on any products you purchase. Most personal care products contain a list of ingredients, but unfortunately many cosmetics do not. If you use a particular brand that you really love you can try contacting the manufacturer directly and asking them for an ingredient list.

You can also opt for more natural and organic products, but be sure to keep in mind that in the industry of personal care products, the words “natural” and “organic” are often meaningless. A safe bet would be to buy these products from a health food store and be sure to read the ingredients or ask the sales clerk. Generally, when products do not contain specific chemicals, the manufacturers are happy to label them as such.

The less demand for these chemically-laden products there is, the less these chemicals will be used. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: VOTE WITH YOUR DOLLAR! We have the power to create the type of world we want. Be the change.

Check out The Story Of Cosmetics below!

Dive Deeper

These days, it’s not just knowing information and facts that will create change, it’s changing ourselves, how we go about communicating, and re-assessing the underlying stories, ideas and beliefs that form our world. We have to practice these things if we truly want to change. At Collective Evolution and CETV, this is a big part of our mission.

Amongst 100's of hours of exclusive content, we have recently completed two short courses to help you become an effective changemaker, one called Profound Realization and the other called How To Do An Effective Media Detox.

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