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Popular Young Doctor Shows A Lack of Knowledge About Vaccine Safety: This Is The New Generation

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  • The Facts:

    A popular young Doctor with a youtube following explains his take on vaccinations, but it's really not as simple as he makes it out to be.

  • Reflect On:

    Why is it so taboo to question vaccine safety when current evidence shows how weak vaccine safety really is? Why are we made to feel fear for even having this debate, and why are health professionals at risk of losing their jobs for not complying?

“To put it simply, a vaccine is the introduction of a virus or part of a virus that allows your body to see it, to get used to it, to build up its defence and be protected if the real thing does come along.”

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The quote above is taken from a video off the YouTube channel of Dr. Mikhail Varshavski, otherwise known as “Doctor Mike”. He’s a board-certified family physician located in New York City that creates videos on YouTube that receive a lot of attention. It’s quite worrisome that most people can watch this and deem it to be educational and credible. The above description of what a vaccine is from him is also troubling. Vaccines are much more complicated than that Doctor Mike and for many reasons. Whether it be the unknown bioaccumulation of the ingredients, or what else the vaccine is doing to other parts of the body– these things should always be addressed, mentioned, and studied.

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Multiple concerning facts about vaccine and vaccine safety have been raised by countless health professionals. Take for example, the DTP vaccine, it’s firmly established in scientific literature that this vaccine, one of the most widely used vaccines around the globe, actually kills more children than it saves from diphtheria, tetanus or pertussis.

According to the Mogensen study, which issued a well-needed warning to public health authorities:

It should be of concern that the effect of routine vaccinations on all-cause mortality was not tested in randomized trials.  All currently available evidence suggests that DTP vaccine may kill more children from other causes than it saves from diphtheria, tetanus or pertussis.  Though a vaccine protects children against the target disease it may simultaneously increase susceptibility to unrelated infections

You can read more about that, and access this study here.

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Or how about the fact that scientists recently discovered that the aluminum in vaccines actually doesn’t come into the same methods of excretion as the aluminum we take in from our food, our water or our prescription medications, that it actually travels from the injection site, all the way into distant organs and eventually ends up in the brain? Or what about the fact that the brains of several diseased autistic people were opened up, and some of the highest brain aluminum content was ever measured? Even more so than Alzheimer’s patients.


Related CE Articles:

Scientists Discover Huge Amounts of Aluminum In The Brains of Deceased Autistic People 

Study Shows Where ‘Almost’ 100 Percent of Aluminum From Vaccines Could Go Inside A Baby’s Body

This Is What Happens To The Brain When Glyphosate & Aluminum Accumulate Inside of It 

Regulators Remain Indifferent To Unsafe Levels of Aluminum in Vaccines


According to Doctor Mike,

The amount of aluminum that’s found in a vaccine is less than the amount you find in baby formula, or breast milk, think about that.

Aluminum has no place in biology, at any amount, and that is quite clear and firmly established in scientific literature, so I am not entirely sure what Doctor Mike is talking about. Trace amounts of aluminum lodged into the body can create havoc. Well, Doctor Mike, I suggest you become familiar with the work of Dr. Chris Exley. Aluminum from vaccines is far different, it doesn’t exit the body, it’s designed to stay there at the antigen in order to stimulate the immune response!

Here’s a great video of Dr. Exley at the world’s 4th International Symposium on Vaccines.

Can you believe that we’ve been using aluminum as a vaccine adjuvant for approximately 100 years, yet no appropriate safety studies have been conducted to even see if this is safe?

By the early 1980s, a cascade of lawsuits filed across the United States on behalf of vaccine-injured children was actually driving DTP manufacturers from the market and threatening to shut down production of the DTP shot and other vaccines. That threat led the U.S. Congress to bestow legal immunity on vaccine makers via the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Program in 1986. Today there are countless more vaccines creating concerns. You can read more about that here

How come this doctor doesn’t even mention the National Childhood Vaccine Injury act? Does he even know about it? It stipulates that vaccine manufacturers cannot be held liable for injuries or deaths that occur from the use of their vaccine which are recommended for every child in America by the CDC.  It’s actually funded by us, the taxpayers, and as Robert F. Kennedy Jr. points out:

Vaccine makers are in a win-win position that no other industry in America enjoys. While profits go to vaccine companies, the monetary amounts awarded to the vaccine-injured from “vaccine court” are paid for by consumers. As vaccine makers aren’t held accountable for unsafe products intended for children, there’s no incentive for them to ensure the vaccines they manufacture are safe. If the numbers from VAERS and HHS are correct – only 1% of vaccine injuries are reported and only 1/3 of the petitions are compensated – then up to 99% of vaccine injuries go unreported… The total awards distributed to vaccine injury victims are updated monthly by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)

What about all of these adverse reactions and deaths caused by vaccines? What about the HPV vaccine and how it’s causing numerous adverse reactions, hospitalizations, and even deaths? 95 percent of women who get an HPV infection (there are a very small amount who do) are going to clear an HPV infection all by themselves, you don’t even have to detect it or treat it. With all of the issues with the HPV vaccine, it’s no surprise that more and more health officials are not recommending it.


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“Sacrificial Virgins” – A Must-See Film About Young Girls Being Severely Damaged By HPV Gardasil Vaccines

Colton Berrett Dies After Being Unable To Cope With His Gardasil HPV Vaccine Injuries

Study Finds Numerous Life-Threatening Injuries, Hospitalizations & Deaths After Gardasil (HPV) Vaccine

18 More Girls Claim Adverse Reactions To HPV Vaccine: Important Info On Gardasil Parents Don’t Hear About


What about the thimerosal issue? A fairly recent meta-analysis published in the journal Bio Med Research International shows the issues with that. What about scientific fraud? Longtime CDC scientist Dr. William Thompson would be the best example, he co-authored one of the most widely-cited papers to debunk the MMR vaccine/Autism link. This is what he had to say about that study:

“It’s the lowest point in my career that I went along with that paper and uh, I went along with this, we didn’t report significant findings. I’m completely ashamed of what I did, I have great shame now that I was complicit and went along with this, I have been a part of the problem…”

Doctor Mike then goes on to explain,

Vaccines are not a block buster hit for doctors or pharmaceutical companies. Most of the money that’s dedicated to this research goes to universities. 

I’m not quite sure about this statement either, a new report published by Renub Research shows how the worldwide paediatric vaccine market will become worth more than $40 billion USD by the year 2022, with 500 million infants to be immunized by 2022. You can read more about that here

And the key players? GlaxoSmithKline, Merck & Co, Sanofi Pasteur, and Pfizer.

Vaccines are big business. Pharma is a trillion-dollar industry with vaccines accounting for $25 billion in annual sales. CDC’s decision to add a vaccine to the schedule can guarantee its manufacturer millions of customers and billions in revenue with minimal advertising or marketing costs and complete immunity from lawsuits. High stakes and the seamless marriage between Big Pharma and government agencies have spawned an opaque and crooked regulatory system. 

— Robert F. Kennedy Jr. (source)

A recent study published in the journal EbioMedicine explains the current controversy surrounding vaccinations:

Over the past two decades, several vaccine controversies have emerged in various countries… inducing worries about severe adverse effects and eroding confidence in health authorities, experts, and science.

“The medical profession is being bought by the pharmaceutical industry, not only in terms of the practice of medicine but also in terms of teaching and research. The academic institutions of this country are allowing themselves to be the paid agents of the pharmaceutical industry. I think it’s disgraceful.”
– Arnold Seymour Relman (1923-2014), Harvard professor of medicine and former Editor-in-Chief of The New England Medical Journal  (source)

What about giant philanthropist organizations like the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation? A recent report out of Germany explains how their foundation has enormous resources to shape and develop concepts and policies.

The Gates foundation, established in 2000, with an initial endowment of $42.9 billion and amplified by an additional $30 billion from Warren Buffet in 2006 – has become the world’s leading global health player as well as the largest non-state funder of the World Health Organization (WHO). As a result, the Gates Foundation’s “tremendous agenda-setting power,” the global health community designated 2010-2020 as the Decade of Vaccines; developed a Global Vaccine Action Plan; and created the public-private Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI alliance), which receives almost one-fourth of its funding from the Gates Foundation.

This is why India kicked the Gates Foundation out of their country, the German analysis, and many others, have outlined concerns regarding their close partnerships with the pharmaceutical industry as well as the revolving door between the staff of the Foundation and pharmaceutical companies like Merk and GSK.

While Gates has rhapsodized that vaccines are a fantastic investment, the vaccine industry, in fact, is a primary beneficiary of Gates Foundation largesse. According to the German analysts, for example, the Gates Foundation’s support of the GAVI Alliance has incentivized manufacturers to increase production of specific vaccines. These incentives have resulted in payments of over $1 billion to Pfizer and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). Some reporters have described this arrangement as “a leg-up for pharmaceutical companies ‘seeking to expand into faster-growing, lower-income countries.’” However, as the German report notes, the non-governmental organization Doctors without Borders (MSF) has questioned the GAVI Alliance’s overall impact on vaccine affordability, stating that “the cost to fully immunize a child was 68 times more expensive in 2014 than it was in 2001.”

A book could be written about the inconsistencies and fraud and the profit these “medicines” take in, so I’m not quite sure what Doctor Mike is talking about, especially because he doesn’t provide any sources for his claims, at all.

 Doctor Mike then goes on to address the vaccine/autism issue stating that:

There has been no association between autism, and vaccination, zero, none…

This is yet another false statement. The very fact that we know aluminum alone ends up in the brain automatically implicates vaccines with autism! What about the paper most widely cited to debunk the MMR/Vaccine/Autism link, with the lead author saying that they falsified data that showed increased risks of autism? What about the fact that multiple courts from around the world have concluded, based on evidence, that vaccines have caused autism in children?

Despite their long use as active agents of medicines and fungicides, the safety levels of these substances have never been determined, either for animals or for adult humans—much less for fetuses, newborns, infants, and children.” –  Dr. Jose G. Dores, a professor at the University of Brasilia’s Department of Nutritional Sciences

What about mercury? Once in the brain, mercury can cause a chronic inflammatory process in the tissue which has also been connected to autism, among other diseases like Multiple Sclerosis and Alzheimers.

There are multiple factors, from prescription drugs to environmental pesticides and wireless radiation, that are now being implicated in autism.

Doctors are simply repeating the rhetoric that which they are told. They receive studies from government health organizations in partnership with big pharmaceutical companies. It’s truly worrisome and mind-altering how many of them know very little about the ‘medications’ they give, in fact, it’s evidence of videos like this one that prove many of them know next to nothing.

The main reason we take so many drugs is that drug companies don t sell drugs, they sell lies about drugs. This is what makes drugs so different from anything else in life… Virtually everything we know about drugs is what the companies have chosen to tell us and our doctors… the reason patients trust their medicine is that they extrapolate the trust they have in their doctors into the medicines they prescribe.

The patients don’t realize that, although their doctors may know a lot about diseases and human physiology and psychology, they know very, very little about drugs that’ve been carefully concocted and dressed up by the drug industry… If you don t think the system is out of control, please email me and explain why drugs are the third leading cause of death… If such a hugely lethal epidemic had been caused by a new bacterium or a virus,or even one-hundredth of it, we would have done everything we could to get it under control.
– Dr. Peter Gotzsche, co-founder of the Cochrane Collaboration

Moving Beyond ‘Pro-Vac’ & ‘Anti-Vac’

Ask yourself, why are questioning vaccines completely ridiculed by the mainstream media? Why do they make one out to feel stupid for doing so? Why do health professional completely ignore the facts (and many others) mentioned in this article? Why do teachers, doctors and academicians who raise their concern about vaccines constantly vilified and threatened?  Why is there a history of disease among heavily vaccinated populations?  Why can’t both sides, each with the same amount of ‘experts and professionals’ within the field come together and have an open, independent, live discussion about the issue?

There are still many questions to be answered and its quite clear that no, the science has not spoken, and we are moving towards a tyrannical state where forced vaccinations may be upon us unless we continue to create awareness.


Related CE Articles:

What Exactly Is “Herd Immunity”  When It Comes To Vaccines? Does It Actually Work? 

The Top 6 Reasons Why Parents Should Never Be Forced To Vaccinate Their Children

10 False Claims Made By The “Pro Vaccine” Community

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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!

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