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    Many breast cancer patients wouldn't think of eating food with trans fats
    but they never give a second thought to personal products they use
    every day.

    A person at risk for breast cancer should always keep in mind ways to
    reduce her toxic load of chemicals and dyes which weaken an already
    over-burdened immune system. For many, personal products are the
    hardest thing to give up so some companies have come up with less
    toxic substitutes. Remember, cosmetics manufacturers are allowed to
    use almost any chemical as an ingredient without government approval.

    Consider that all the chemicals go directly from the skin into the blood
    stream. Putting a cream with propylene glycol on your skin is like
    putting antifreeze into your body.

    The Environmental Working Organization reports that only 11% of 10,500
    ingredients the FDA has documented in products have been assessed
    for safety by the cosmetic industry's review board (

    Since so many ingredients in personal care products have not been
    assessed for safety,  Breast Cancer Choices recommends reading the
    labels of all of your products and using as few products as possible.

    Avoid: any product containing Methyl, Propyl, Ethyl, Butuyl Parabens or

    Avoid: Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (often in toothpaste, shampoos, liquid
    hand soap.)

    Avoid: Propylene Glycol, the antifreeze ingredient found in many creams
    and even
    in hand sanitizer gels such as Purell (TM).

    Avoid: Cocoamide, DEA, TEA, MEA, (MSDS) and triethanolamine.

    Avoid: Dyes

  • Try subsitute products with safe preservatives such as grapeseed
    extract, vitamin E, vitamin A (retinyl) or vitamin C (ascorbic acid).

  • Try henna vegetable dye for a hair-coloring substitute.

  • Try: oregano/ baking soda tooth powder available on the Internet.

  • Try home made soap as shampoo.

  • Plastic Bottles:  Check on bottom of plastic bottles for a triangle
    with a 2 inside.

  • Self Health Resource Center mail order carries high quality,
    inexpensive non-toxic soaps and other products.  Contact their
    website at

  • Aubrey Organics, Dr. Hauschka, Suki's Natural and Weleda also
    offer healthy commercial products.

    Many women have found ways to make their own products from the
    Hulda Clark books. They contain recipes from everything from lip balm
    to eye make up to hairspray. Research more at :, or not

    These statements have not been evaluated by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration.  The supplements
    discussed are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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