EPA and FDA Approved Chemicals: Are They Really Safe? The news hasn’t been very good lately. The water in Flint, the removal of 19 chemicals from antibacterial soaps (http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2016/09/02/492394717/fda-bans-19-chemicals-used-in-antibacterial-soaps), and now a large group of scientists in Europe are supporting an appeal to the European Commission regarding its proposed regulation to establish criteria for identifying endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs). Their assertion was that any interaction of a chemical with the endocrine system could cause an adverse effect under some conditions. This is oposed to the thought that there has to be a certain potency of the chemicals to be harmful.
But, this is in Europe, our own FDA is always willing to compromise our health and well-being for profits. It seems that if a company can show the FDA a chemical is only dangerous is larger quanities, then it must be safe in small amounts.
However, research is showing that chemicals that disrupt our hormones are way more damaging to our bodies than previously thought. The incredible increase in the number of autoimmune disease, autism, and ADD diagnoses (just to name a few) questions the safety of any of these chemicals no matter the quanity.
Here is the report:
My case is supported by the following story. Triclosan is baned from hand soap but still being used in toothpaste because the company has run a battery of tests and the FDA says its safe to use. Great!
And last, but not least, here we are with another contaminated water story. This one is from Merrimack, New Hampshire. They have the chemical PFOA from the Saint-Gobain plastics plant in Merrimack in the area’s private wells and the city water supply.
You can read the full story here. You have to scroll down to find the story.
Since we know EPA and FDA approved chemicals are used regardless of how they will affect our health, how do we know if the ingredient listed on the label is really safe. After all, some chemicals have more than one name (why is that? the sneaky b_stards!!!), so how do you know if the additive is dangerous or not? How many times have you purchased a product only to find that unknown ingredient is one you wanted to avoid?
I want to share with you a piece of software you download to your phone so you can check on an ingredient before you purchase the product.