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POISONED IN THE WOMB: Toxins from Cosmetics

Research has conclusively proven that babies in the womb are exposed to a wide array of toxic chemicals. Even before being born, while still in the womb of mother, these unborn babies are accumulating toxins in their bodies. Research has shown their blood contains dangerous compounds linked to everyday household cleaners used by the mother, perfumes and cosmetics, and many other harmful chemicals.[1]

The toxins have been shown to pass from the mother and have been linked to genetical abnormalities and an array of birth defects. In one study in which they looked for 35 common chemicals in the blood taken from the umbilical cords of 30 newborn babies, they found that at least five toxic chemicals were found in all of the infants at birth, and some had as high as fourteen toxins in their system. Two mother had 17 different chemicals in their blood.

The study showed that mothers can pass on up to a third of the pollutants which have built up in their bodies over a long period of time.

Artificial musks, which are commonly  used in cosmetics and perfumes, have definitely been linked to cancer, as have the chemicals responsible for making non-stick cookware.

One group of  toxic chemicals found were phthalates, chemicals used in a large variety of products, from enteric coatings of pharmaceutical pills and nutritional supplements to viscosity control agents, gelling agents, film formers, stabilizers, dispersants, lubricants, binders, emulsifying agents, and suspending agents. End applications include adhesives and glues, agricultural adjuvants, building materials, personal care products, medical devices, detergents and surfactants, packaging, children’s toys, modeling clay, waxes, paints, printing inks and coatings, pharmaceuticals, food products, and textiles.

Personal care items containing phthalates include perfume, eye shadow, moisturizer, nail polish, liquid soap, and hair spray. [2]

As a woman, because I have done my homework and looked at the research, the last thing in the world I’ll do is wear the toxic makeup that is being marketed with billion dollar budgets to unsuspecting women around the world. When I learned about what was in my makeup, I tossed it. All of it. I began looking for a product that has ZERO toxins. That turned into a frustrating experience for myself and my daughter.  We have finally found a few products that work for us. Ava Anderson was one.

Ava Anderson non-toxic was started by a teenage girl just a few short years ago. It’s rapidly becoming the most exciting new company in the field. From what I’m hearing from women, they are elated that there’s a cosmetic product on the market that isn’t going to poison them. It is encouraging to those of us who are keenly aware of the contaminated environment in which we live. We understand that what we wipe on our face can come back to haunt us…and even kill us, or our children.

I hope companies like this grow and prosper and come to dominate the market. Maybe, if the cancers and serious birth defects of the babies continue to strike enough mothers, there will be a comprehension, an epiphany moment, when the realization comes that “Yes, the cosmetic giants would conceal the potential  deadly consequences of their product from you.”

[1] “POISONED IN THE WOMB; Revealed: The Cocktail of Toxins Passed to Unborn babiesCancer Chemicals Found in the Womb,” The Daily Mail (London, England), 8 September 2005.

[2] Rudel R, Perovich L (January 2008). “Endocrine disrupting chemicals in indoor and outdoor air.” Atmospheric Environment 43 (1): 170–81. doi:10.1016/j.atmosenv.2008.09.025.


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