This secret source of lead could be destroying your health
Ladies, I know you do your best to avoid toxic metals, even though it’s not easy.
To REALLY cut your exposure, you need to eat organic… filter your water… and carefully choose your fish.
It takes a lot of time, plenty of effort, and — for the organics at least — a little extra cash.
But all that time, effort, and money could be for nothing!
There’s a major source of toxins that many women are routinely exposed to — and you might even be exposing yourself to it right now without even realizing it.
Common cosmetics are loaded with dangerous chemicals and toxic metals, and many even contain LEAD.
Now — finally — the FDA says it’s getting ready to regulate lead levels in cosmetics.
The agency claims it’s not a big deal and most cosmetics sold in the United States are safe, but that’s not exactly true.
The agency’s own tests in 2012 found trace levels of lead in some 400 lipsticks — including some of the most popular brands on the market.
Lead has also been found in skin creams, lotions, eye shadow, blush, and more.
If you wear makeup or use cosmetics, odds are you’ve been exposed to at least some lead.
The “experts” will tell you there’s not much to worry about since only very small amounts of this metal can pass through skin.
But lead can remain in your body for very long periods of time, so constant exposure to “small” amounts can add up fast.
And it’s not all coming in through your skin anyway. If there’s lead in your lipstick — and you’re reapplying it throughout the day — you could swallow some lead with every bite and sip.
Likewise, lead in shampoo can get in your nose and mouth during your shower.
You might be tempted to dismiss the risks anyway, since lead tends to be a bigger problem in children.
Adults can suffer from lead exposure, too, including nerve damage and fatigue. I’ve certainly seen my share of patients suffering from chronic health problems that turned out to be the result of exposure to metals such as lead.
So, don’t wait for the FDA to get its act together on this one.
If you use cosmetics, it’s time to rethink the whole thing. You don’t need to avoid all of them. You don’t even need to avoid lipsticks and shampoos.
But you do need to do a little homework.
Get on the computer and hunt for information on what’s really in your cosmetics… and make safer, smarter choices to limit your exposure to lead and other chemicals.