BCA‘s goal is to see students grow and mature spiritually, physically, mentally, emotionally, and socially while maintaining a strong academic program that will challenge each child on his/her own level in an atmosphere of love and concern.
Children’s Benefit Fund was originally established to assist handicapped children in the Long Beach Community. It has since grown to support several children’s medical and dental programs in the area. Funds are raised through various activities during the year and by generous donations from the public.
The Breast Cancer Fund works to connect the dots between breast cancer and exposures to chemicals and radiation in our everyday environments.
The Nancy Davis Foundation for Multiple Sclerosis is dedicated to the treatment and ultimate cure of MS. Funding research is the core focus of the Foundation and all funds raised support our Center Without Walls program, a selected network of the nation’s top MS research centers. This nationwide collaboration of physicians and scientists are on the cutting-edge of innovative research programs, working as a team on therapeutic approaches to eradicate MS. In addition to combating MS through research in a clinical environment, we hope to increase awareness by educating the public about this mystifying disease.
Buddy Cruise provides educational opportunities and resources for families, while promoting awareness, acceptance, inclusion and advancement for individuals with Down syndrome.
The North County Women’s Shelter advocates on behalf of domestic violence victims in a number of ways other than simply providing shelter. The Community Counseling Program, School Counseling Program, and support groups counsel hundreds of survivors each year. One of the more utilized programs at the agency, the Temporary Restraining Order Clinic, helps victims apply for protection orders against their violent aggressors. All services are bi-lingual and bi-cultural. Every human is entitled to a life free from fear and threat, and the North County Women?s Shelter Program helps San Luis Obispo County victims work through the difficult task of making sense of a life altered by violence.
Inspired by a father and a son, Hollyrod Foundation was founded in 1997 by actress Holly Robinson Peete and her husband Rodney Peete. The HollyRod Foundation is dedicated to providing compassionate care to those living with Autism and Parkinson’s disease.
INGA Foundation is working with farmers in the humid tropics to spread our organic and cost effective agricultural technique: alley-cropping. Alley-cropping is a simple, sustainable solution to the devastating practice of slash and burn.
Lisa Ray’s Donation Group If you or any of your friends have any new or lightly used hand-me-down clothes you’d like to donate to a local child in need please contact us!
Santa Barbara Breast Cancer Resource Center presents La Flor de Cuba! Be transformed back to Cuba’s romantic and golden era as you enjoy the exotic flavors of Cuban food with refreshing rum drinks, surrounded by beautiful gardens at a private Montecito estate! Auction and event proceeds benefit the SBBCRC.
In conjunction with these major projects, we are working in thousands of communities across the globe through our distance agroforestry training and seed distribution program. Click here for more information on our distance training program, or to fill out a project application to receive seeds and training materials!
Soroptimist International – As a leading international women’s organisation, Soroptimist International works on various international women’s issues like sex trafficking, teen dating advice, women living in poverty, violence in workplace and more.
Breast Cancer Fund Raising Event. They had food, refreshments and seminars on cancer research & cosmetic ingredients.
My daughter and I love creating our own safe cosmetics and spa treatments at home. We avoid toxins, enjoy time together and save money—home is our favorite spa retreat!
Here are a few of our easy, luxurious creations:
Gentle Facial Scrub
Add a teaspoon of fine grain organic sugar to your face wash to exfoliate and sooth. Skin will feel silky soft and be ready for your favorite moisturizer or SPF.
Smooth & Easy Body Scrub
Simply mix your favorite body wash with 1/4 cup fine milled sea salt in a bowl. Use on hands, feet and body and enjoy ultra soft skin. Follow with moisturizer for a fresh, natural glow all day long.
Peppermint Detox Shampoo
In a bowl, simply add a dash of peppermint extract from the supermarket to your favorite shampoo. Lather into hair and enjoy the refreshing sensation. Leave on a minute more for deep cleansing, then rinse. Hair will have extra sparkle and shine!
Sunscreen & Foundation All-in-One
We save money and time by adding natural food-grade tints to our non-greasy Face & Body Sunscreen! We mix a tiny dash each of organic unsweetened coco powder and turmeric into a teaspoon of sunscreen. It goes on a bit grainy at first and then transforms into a silky and luminous foundation. It smells delicious and keeps our skin acne-free with anti-inflammatory zinc! Smooth, even skin plus sun protection in one easy step.
Summer Glow Face Powder
16-ozs. of cornstarch – can be found in most stores for under £2.00. We mix 3 parts cornstarch to 1 part Organic turmeric. After mixing, dust the fine golden powder blend (using a big fluffy brush) on skin leaving it soft, smooth and oil free. The natural compounds also help reduce inflammation and acne and contain anti-oxidants.
Daily Face Powder
Cornstarch can also be used after applying your daily sunscreen to reduce shine and enhance a natural glow. Add pure unsweetened coco powder for more richness depending on your skin tone. Always remove excess powder from the brush before applying.
2-in-1 Blush & Lipstain
Cornstarch is also the perfect base to tint with your favourite natural food color or beetroot juice. Blend cornstarch with water and tint in a bowl and allow the thin paste to dry in the sun for 10-15 minutes. The liquid dries into a coloured powder block which can then be crushed into a powder. Place the block in a bag and crush with the back of a big spoon—extra crushing makes the powder finer and easy to apply. Dust on cheeks, brow, and nose for a sun-kissed effect. For lips, incorporate the powder with your favourite mini-pot of lip balm for healthy coloured lip gloss.
We enjoy making eye shadow because our colours are rich and long lasting. And, it’s fun! Using the same technique as above, blend cornstarch and water with natural food colours to create custom formulas. Because our eyes are sensitive, always test first to be on the safe side. Our favourite is an earthy purple by mixing red and blue together. While, my daughter likes the brighter colors, I go for earthy, warm tones. We use gloves to avoid coloured fingertips!
Even though we use organic, food-grade ingredients, it is always best to test each of your creations on a patch of skin for gentleness.
Here’s a handy shopping list for the next time you are out:
Original Sprouts Gold Standard in consumer protection means our luxurious formulations are European Union and Prop 65, California’s Safe Cosmetics Act compliant. Europe & California have banned over 1,500 endocrine disrupting, mutanogenic & carcinogenic ingredients from cosmetics. Learn more at: California Safe Cosmetics Act
Was founded by Inga Tritt, Mother and Master Stylist. Parents & Stylists trust and share Original Sprout products because they work effortlessly. They also love Original Sprouts family friendly, safe & soothing ingredients.
WORRY FREE LUXURY
No natural or synthetic ingredients linked with estrogen & hormone disruption, cancer & autism such as: Phthalates, Dioxanes 1, 4, Sulphates, Parabens, Formaldehyde, Propylene Glycol, Dipropylene Glycol, Acetaldehydes, Styrene, Toluene, Glycol Ethers, Ethylene Oxide, Musk, Lavender or Tea Tree Oils, Clove, Soy, Nonylphenol, Mineral or Petroleum Oils, Triclosan, Eurethane, 1-2 Propylene Oxide, Placenta, Synthetic Colors & Titanium Dioxide or Nanoparticles.
Original Sprout imports worldwide listing all ingredients ensuring full label disclosure.
Original Sprout is adamantly against animal testing and is proud to support Peta in the ethical treatment of animals. All products are vegan, and lanolin, used in the Baby hair Balm, is from wool so the sheep are not harmed.
All products are free of insect attractors such as honey & soda fragrances.
NO LAVENDER OR TEA TREE OILS:
Due to independent scientific findings Original Sprout is lavender & tea tree free. Scientists found that gynecomastia, a condition in which boys develop breasts, is linked to using cosmetics with lavender & tea tree which caused estrogen enhancing effects.
Parents trust Original Sprouts superior performance & worry-free ingredients. Cancer & early puberty can be linked to hormone disruption, hence no natural or synthetic hormone disrupters such as soy, yam, tea tree, lavender, parabens, titanium dioxide, formaldehyde or nano-particles are used in our formulas. In addition products are free of insect attracting honey or soda fragrances.
Staying healthy & beautiful is easy with Original Sprout. Women trust & enjoy our superior, prevention based formulas. Each product is made specifically without estrogen disrupting or contaminated ingredients. Certified green & clean fragrances are standard for added health benefits. Always healthy, always beautiful with Original Sprout
Original Sprout is Made in California & does not use extra energy on heating or Air Conditioning. No extra packaging (Boxes / Clam Shells) are used. Recyclable bottles & tubes are made from #2 FDA, Phthalate Free Regulated Plastic. No unregulated plastic is used. Recyclable Shipping Boxes and Bottles/Tubes are Standard & Made in California. Bio-diesel is used in Company Cars. Easy-Rinse Products For Least Water Usage. Original Sprout Recycles Bottles, Paper, Plastic & Cardboard.
BEVERLY HILLS, California (January 23, 2011) – Celebrities and philanthropists attending the HollyRod Foundation’s 13th annual Design Care event will find a $25 gift from Original Sprout in their gift bags. The event, an annual fundraiser for Holly Robinson Peete and Rodney Peete’s HollyRod Foundation, will take place at a private Beverly Hills estate on Saturday, July 23rd.
This year’s Design Care event has grown to over 500 guests, including many celebrities and newsmakers. It raises funds to support the foundation in its commitment to provide enhanced care to people with Parkinson’s disease, and expanded resources to children and families of children with autism. Past event performers at the intimate gala include Stevie Wonder, En Vogue, Babyface, and Robin Thicke.
“Original Sprout shares the HollyRod Foundation’s dedication to providing a better quality of life to those in need,” says Original Sprout founder, Inga Tritt. “Given the extensive research I’ve done on the potential long-term effects of some cosmetic ingredients, diseases like autism, Parkinson’s and others are always at the forefront of my mind. We’re delighted with the opportunity to support the foundation.”
Original Sprout is experiencing a surge in demand, and has been widely reviewed in beauty magazines and green beauty blogs. Sprout products also enjoy a following of celebrities and celebrity stylists and are being used on the sets of Men in Black III, The Community, CSI Las Vegas, and others. Original Sprout is currently distributed in salons, boutiques, and other retail outlets throughout the US & Canada, as well as the UK, France, Switzerland, Belgium, Monaco, and Luxembourg. A family-run company based in San Luis Obispo, California, Original Sprout expects to double or triple its distribution in 2011.
The HollyRod Foundation was founded in 1997 by Holly Robinson Peete and her husband, former NFL great, Rodney Peete. The foundation was inspired by Holly’s father’s struggle with Parkinson’s disease. It was later expanded to include the cause of autism when their eldest son was diagnosed with the disease. The foundation provides financial and emotional support to individuals and families facing these diseases, with the goal of giving them hope and the resources needed to obtain treatment.
SAN LUIS OBISPO, California (July 7, 2011) – Inga Tritt, master stylist, mother, and founder of Original Sprout, a line of natural, non-toxic hair and skin care products, will talk about Original Sprout and demonstrate time saving, easy styling tips for children and families on Soliel Moon Frye’s daily web series, Her Say. The show will air live to millions of subscribers on Monday, July 11 at 1 p.m. PST.
Soliel was introduced to Original Sprout by mutual friend, Josh Brolin. When Soliel and Inga’s husband, David (Sprout’s Director of Sales) met, they realized the serendipity of their meeting—both Soliel and Inga are mompreneurs who are doing positive work for families worldwide. Soliel and Inga will be sharing styling tips that make getting ready fun and effortless for the whole family.
Moon Frye started Her Say from her own social media site, moonfrye.com. Her Say speaks to women who want fun, inspiring, uplifting tips and dialog on living life to the fullest. Featuring everything from lighthearted celebrity banter to interesting discussions on family, the show is broadcast daily to a diverse subscriber base of over a million. Original Sprout will be very well received by the entire Her Say audience. It is a company that prides itself on making peoples’ lives easier by providing hair and skin care products that are both safe and high-performance. They have been bringing this Worry-Free Luxury™ to families for nearly a decade. On the show, Inga will give a general overview of the Original Sprout story and do a segment on childrens’ hair styles made easy.
“We have been enjoying working with Soliel and her amazing team—they are inspirational. Soliel is the best. She makes everyone feel at home” says Inga. “It’s a pleasure sharing tips with her that really help families. She is gorgeous from inside out, an amazing mom and helps much needed causes. We are looking forward to doing the show!”
Inga founded Original Sprout in 2003 when she couldn’t find shampoos that were safe for her daughter without wreaking havoc on her delicate hair and skin. With a savings she had earned as a successful stylist in southern California, she began the years of research that ultimately resulted in a line of shampoos, conditioners, styling products, and skin care products that have a cult following of the who’s-who in green Hollywood, celebrity stylists and families worldwide.
Her Say is a daily web series hosted by Soleil Moon Frye (of Punky Brewster fame). The show features co-hosts from a variety of backgrounds and covers topics ranging from parenting and relationships to food and fashion.
Original Sprout Voted Best Family Sunscreen by Hip Parenting Website, Babble.com
Original Sprout’s Face & Body SPF was just voted “Best Sunscreen for the Family” by national hipster parenting website, Babble.com.
Original Sprout’s Face & Body SPF was just voted “Best Sunscreen for the Family” by national hipster parenting website, Babble.com.
It’s that time of year again. The sun is shining, birds are chirping, and families everywhere are looking for an amazing sunscreen that provides safe, full-spectrum protection for their children and themselves. But which do they choose? With so much new information about the potential dangers of some mainstream sunscreen ingredients, how do parents know what’s best and safest for their family?
Well, according to Babble.com, the award-winning online magazine, community, and resource for new progressive parents, Original Sprout’s Face & Body SPF is the “Best Sunscreen for the Family.” Babble editor and licensed esthetician, Stevee Curtis chose Original Sprout because it is safe, provides UVA & UVB protection and goes on clean. Also, it’s “biodegradable, contains no nano particles, and is formaldehyde-free, keratin-free, gluten-free, and soy-free.”
“I’m excited and grateful for Babble’s award for a couple of reasons,” says Original Sprout founder, Inga Tritt. “One, as a mom I created a company that makes safe, family friendly products that everyone enjoys! Two, I use our SPF everyday and love how young and healthy my skin looks and feels. I’m thrilled the millions of new parents that read Babble every month have found Original Sprout!”
Original Sprout (www.originalsprout.com) is a family-run company based in San Luis Obispo, California. Founded by mother and master stylist, Inga Tritt, the company provides family friendly, natural hair and skin care products for babies and adults. The products are sold worldwide and include ultra-moisturizing shampoos, conditioners, styling products, lotions, and an amazing SPF!
Babble.com was founded in 2006 and has become the go-to site for hip, progressive parents nationwide. It has received several awards and accolades, and was named one of the top websites of 2010 by Time. The site receives an average of 5 million unique visitors every month.
Wanna know how Josh Brolin and David Vartabedian, our Director of Sales and husband of Original Sprout’s amazing founder, looked so dashing walking the red carpet at the Oscars? Aside from their rugged good looks, charming smiles and perfectly tailored suits, they had hair by Original Sprout, styled by celebrity stylist Lauren Cohen.
Yes, you heard correctly. David walked the red carpet at the Oscars! He enjoyed playing celebrity alongside longtime friend, Josh Brolin. At the awards show, they were seated with the crew from True Grit including the amazing Coen brothers, Jeff Bridges (and his wife and family), and Hailee Steinfeld (and her parents). If that wasn’t exciting enough, David sat right next to Jennifer Hudson! He enjoyed his 20 seconds of fame when Natalie Portman stood to receive her Oscar and the cameraman caught he and Josh clapping in their seats behind her.
After the awards, the entourage moved on to the Governor’s Ball where David rubbed elbows with Eli Wallach, and exchanged pleasantries with Jeff Bridges, Steven Spielberg, Javier Bardem, and Penelope Cruz. He even had a chance to personally congratulate Melissa Leo, another longtime Original Sprout fan, who won best supporting actress for her role in The Fighter. Later, at the Vanity Fair party, he was introduced to Donald Trump, and took the opportunity to discuss how proud he is that Original Sprout is 100% made in the USA, a business perspective not lost on Mr. Trump.
David ended the night dancing alongside Mila Kunis, Scarlett Johansson, P. Diddy and Madonna at the Demi Moore/Madonna Party. And thanks to Original Sprout’s Natural Hair Balm, his hair still looked perfect after all that schmoozing!
Such a thrill to see Original Sprout on the red carpet! Thanks to all of you for your loyal support!
Hallelujah! My vegan hair care prayers have been answered!
With my ridiculously curly, and often super dry, frizzy, and out of control head of hair, finding a decent hair care product has been a lifelong quest. After I switched to a cruelty free diet, I decided the rest of my life needed to follow suit, but never in my wildest dreams did I think I would find a decent hair care product that would work on this unruly head of hair. Well, I didn’t find a decent one. I found an excellent one! Original Sprout is the answer to my hair care woes. And with their motto being “Worry Free Luxury,” they are just that. Not only are their products 100% vegan and cruelty free, they are also totally free of any harmful additives.
Worry Free Luxury means no natural or synthetic ingredients associated with estrogen enhancement, hormone disruption, cancer & autism such as: Lavender or Tea Tree Oils, Citrus Oils, Clove, Soy, Phthalates, Dioxanes from Sulfates, Parabens, Formaldehyde, Propylene Glycol, Dipropylene Glycol, Acetaldehydes, Styrene, Toluene, Glycol Ethers, Ethylene Oxide, Musks, Nonylphenol, Mineral or Petroleum Oils, Triclosan, Eurethane, 1-2 Propylene Oxide, Placenta or Synthetic Colors.
I was so excited I bought some of their products for my friends and family to try, and whether their hair was as curly as mine or straight as a stick, thick, thin, long or short, everyone came back with raving reviews. Some of my favorite products are the Tahitian hair oil (which smells as good as it works), the natural shampoo, the leave in conditioner, and the scrumptious baby cream is by far the most amazing body cream I have ever used!!! It’s so good that I had to use three exclamation marks in that last sentence to really do my passion for this particular product justice.
Inga Tritt, mother, Master Stylist, and founder of Original Sprout represented the company on the red carpet alongside Josh Brolin for the premiere of The Tillman Story in Los Angeles on Thursday evening, August 12. The Tillman Story, narrated by acclaimed actor Josh Brolin, details the life and death of pro football player Pat Tillman.
Brolin and his family use Original Sprout’s Worry-Free Luxury line of natural hair and skin care products. The products are experiencing a surge in demand and have received rave reviews from many of the top green beauty blogs. Sprout products also enjoy a following of celebrities and celebrity stylists and are being used on the sets of Burlesque, Wall St. II, CSI Las Vegas, and others.
The products were created by Inga Tritt after the birth of her daughter. As a master stylist with professional experience and a mother with real life experience, Inga was able to bridge the gap between safe ingredients and salon performance, creating a globally trusted brand like no other. Eco-conscious celebrities like Josh Brolin choose Original Sprout for its safe, regulated ingredients and high quality performance.
Inga Tritt, founder of Original Sprout along with husband David, actress Diane Lane, and actor Vincent Riverside walked the red carpet for the premiere of the Coen brothers’ newest film, True Grit. The premier was in Los Angeles on Thursday, December 2. True Grit stars Jeff Bridges, Josh Brolin, and Matt Damon, and critics are calling it one of the best movies of the year.
Diane Lane and Josh Brolin are long time family friends and great supporters of Original Sprout. “Diane and Josh are inspiring, kind, and down-to-earth,” says Tritt, who loved the film and agrees with critics. True Grit is a western that follows a young girl on the search for her father’s killer.
The Original Sprout line is growing rapidly, and enjoys tremendous support from Hollywood actors and celebrity stylists. The brand expects to double or triple its distribution in 2011.
Keeping your family safe with Sprout!
How Zinc Benefits your Skin
Zinc Oxide is the only sunscreen that protects against all three types of damaging sun radiation.
SkinCancer.org reminds us that SPF only indicates the UVB protection factor, and that we should choose a broad-spectrum or multi spectrum protection “containing an FDA-recognized long-wavelength UVA sunscreen such as zinc oxide.”
Plus, zinc is responsible for accelerated renewal of skin cells, which is why zinc is used to treat acne, eczema, and other types of skin dermatitis; zinc also soothes and speeds healing of sunburn, minor scrapes, and poison oak.
Original Sprout announces its partnership with Cool Cuts, a national chain of hair salons specializing in trend-setting family haircuts & styles. Whether it’s baby’s first haircut, a quick trim for mom or new hairstyle, Cool Cuts Stylists make everyone look their best! Cool Cuts carries Original Sprout hair & skin products in its 68 salons and franchises across the US.
Study Ties Chemicals in Beauty Products to Women’s Diabetes Risk
But finding doesn’t prove that phthalates contribute to the disease
By Robert Preidt
Friday, July 13, 2012
FRIDAY, July 13 (HealthDay News) — Chemicals in beauty and personal care products may boost women’s risk of diabetes, a new study suggests, although the authors cautioned that the finding is far from conclusive.
Researchers found that elevated concentrations of chemicals called phthalates in women’s bodies are associated with an increased chance of developing diabetes. Phthalates are hormone-disrupting chemicals commonly used in products such as soaps, nail polishes, hair sprays, perfumes and moisturizers.
The chemicals are also used in a number of other consumer products, such as electronics, toys and adhesives.
In this study, researchers analyzed concentrations of phthalates in the urine of 2,350 women from across the United States. They found that women with the highest levels of mono-benzyl phthalate and mono-isobutyl phthalate were nearly twice as likely to develop diabetes as those with the lowest levels of the two chemicals.
Women with higher-than-average levels of mono-(3-carboxypropyl) phthalate had about a 60 percent increased risk of diabetes, and those with moderately high levels of the chemicals mono-n-butyl phthalate and di-2-ethylhexyl phthalate had about a 70 percent increased risk of diabetes.
The study, published online July 13 in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, was led by Tamarra James-Todd, a researcher in the division of women’s health at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, in Boston.
“This is an important first step in exploring the connection between phthalates and diabetes,” James-Todd said in a hospital news release. “We know that in addition to being present in personal care products, phthalates also exist in certain types of medical devices and medication that is used to treat diabetes and this could also explain the higher level of phthalates in diabetic women. So overall, more research is needed.”
The researchers also cautioned that the women in the study “self-reported” their diabetes, a less than ideal method of conducting research. And while the study found a potential connection between phthalates and diabetes in women, it did not prove a cause-and-effect relationship.
SOURCE: Brigham and Women’s Hospital, news release, July 13, 2012
Copyright (c) 2012 HealthDay. All rights reserved.
**See below for a recent update.** Less than a month after Johnson & Johnson ranked as the most trusted brand in America in Forbes‘ survey comes a report that could give consumers pause, calling the company out for removing chemicals of concern in its iconic baby shampoo in some countries, but not others. The product currently on shelves in the United States, Canada, and China still contains known carcinogens. In recent years, J&J baby shampoo has become the poster child for the need for chemical reform in the United States; nothing says we need tighter chemical regulation than toxic baby shampoo.
The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics came out with the news two years ago that Johnson & Johnson’s iconic baby shampoo contained the formaldehyde-releasing preservative quaternium-15, as well as the chemical byproduct 1,4-dioxane. Formaldehyde and 1,4-dioxane are known carcinogens. The federal Consumer Product Safety Commission has reported that “the presence of 1,4-dioxane, even as a trace contaminant, is cause for concern,” and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services added formaldehyde to its list of known human carcinogens in June 2011.
In 2009, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, along with 40 other organizations (including American Nurses Association, Physicians for Social Responsibility, the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners) sent a letter to J&J outlining their concerns with the company’s products, particularly its baby shampoo. The American Nurses Association and the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics have since met several times with Johnson & Johnson executives to discuss the matter. The content of those discussions is confidential, but it seems as though if progress were being made, the organization would not have been sending around its latest report, under embargo, yesterday.
That report states that while J&J has removed the formaldehyde-releasing preservative from its baby shampoo in several countries, in the United States if you want carcinogen-free baby shampoo you need to pay double the price for the company’s “Natural” brand of baby shampoo.
We heard from allies across the globe that the formulations in their countries were different than those in the United States, and these are countries like Sweden, South Africa and Japan where the chemical is also not regulated,” says Lisa Archer, national coordinator for the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics at Breast Cancer Fund. “That’s a double standard.”
When Johnson & Johnson caught wind of the report, they contacted the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and got to work on a statement, indicating that they are in the process of phasing the formaldehyde-releasing preservative out of their baby products, worldwide.
The preservative technologies we use are safe and approved by authorities in the European Union and in the United States, as well as in China and India, and we have not seen any evidence of allergy in hundreds of millions of real life uses of these products,” the statement reads. “However, we know that some consumers are concerned about formaldehyde, which is why we offer many products without formaldehyde releasing preservatives, and are phasing out these types of preservatives in our baby products worldwide. We are no longer introducing new baby products that contain these types of preservatives. Over the past few years or so, we already have reduced the number of formulations globally with formaldehyde releaser preservatives by 33% and in the U.S. by over 60%.”
The statement also includes information about the company’s move to rid its products of 1,4-dioxane. “We have reformulated approximately 70% of our baby products with new cleansing formulations that keep trace levels of 1,4 dioxane at below reliably detectable levels,” it says.
The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics revised the release of their report, indicating Johnson & Johnson’s progress on the matter. Archer says the company’s statement is great news, particularly because J&J has been hesitant to publicly share anything it’s doing about toxics. “There are still questions to be answered, though,” she says. “What’s the timeline for phasing 1,4-dioxane and quaternium-15?”
There are also other, non-baby products in the company’s lines that are of concern, Archer notes, and additional chemicals of concern, beyond formaldehyde and 1,4-dioxane, in the company’s baby products (such as fragrance, which is protected by trade secret laws and could contain any number of potentially dangerous chemicals).
This is great news, and different from what we expected based on past interactions,” Archer says. “But it’s not over. We have to see how quickly they’re willing to make this shift and where.”
Update: On November 16th, Johnson & Johnson announced that it would remove quaternium-15 and other formaldehyde-releasing preservatives from all of its baby products worldwide within two years, and reduce 1,4 dioxane in all of its baby products to less than 4 parts per million (ppm). Long term, the company indicated it will replace the chemical process, called ethoxylation, that results in 1,4 dioxane contamination. Johnson & Johnson also announced that it has removed phthalates from all of its baby products worldwide. The announcement does not cover the company’s non-baby products (e.g. products in the Neutrogena and Aveeno lines).
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced the recall of Swad Brand skin and hair products imported from India for religious purposes.
The FDA said the recalled 3.5-ounce packages include Abil, Gulal, Kanku, Kum Kum and Swad Brand Lagan Samagri Kits and Pooja Samagri Kits.
The recall by Raja Foods LLC of Skokie, Ill., was ordered because the products contain high levels of lead, posing a health risk.
The recalled products were distributed through Indian grocery stores in Colorado, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Washington and Wisconsin.
The FDA said although the products were not intended to be sold for food use, the labeling might be confusing and imply they could be used as food.
The Abil, Gulal, Kanku and Kum Kum products are distributed in plastic bags with a front label stating Swad Best Taste in Town Sindoor. The Lagan Samagri and Pooja Samagri products are distributed in plastic bins with similar labels.
External use of the product does not pose a health hazard, the FDA said.
Consumers are urged to return the products for a refund or contact the company at 800-800-7923 x 2860.
A reminder of how the European Union uses precautions and safeguards to keep people & the environment safe. Similarly, they have some of the most stringent cosmetics safely laws. Sprout is proud to be EU compliant & safe.
Why the EU bans honey from India. Sprout is honey free!
Why Sprout is Gluten free!
Titanium Dioxide Classified as Possibly Carcinogenic to Humans
Titanium dioxide has recently been classified by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) as an IARC Group 2B carcinogen ”possibly carcinogen to humans”. Titanium dioxide accounts for 70% of the total production volume of pigments worldwide. It is widely used to provide whiteness and opacity to products such as paints, plastics, papers, inks, foods, and toothpastes. It is also used in cosmetic and skin care products, and it is present in almost every sunblock, where it helps protect the skin from ultraviolet light.
With such widespread use of titanium dioxide, it is important to understand that the IARC conclusions are based on very specific evidence. This evidence showed that high concentrations of pigment-grade (powdered) and ultrafine titanium dioxide dust caused respiratory tract cancer in rats exposed by inhalation and intratracheal instillation*. The series of biological events or steps that produce the rat lung cancers (e.g. particle deposition, impaired lung clearance, cell injury, fibrosis, mutations and ultimately cancer) have also been seen in people working in dusty environments. Therefore, the observations of cancer in animals were considered, by IARC, as relevant to people doing jobs with exposures to titanium dioxide dust. For example, titanium dioxide production workers may be exposed to high dust concentrations during packing, milling, site cleaning and maintenance, if there are insufficient dust control measures in place. However, it should be noted that the human studies conducted so far do not suggest an association between occupational exposure to titanium dioxide and an increased risk for cancer.
The Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) is Canada’s hazard communication standard. The WHMIS Controlled Products Regulations require that chemicals, listed in Group 1 or Group 2 in the IARC Monographs on the Evaluation of the Carcinogenic Risk of Chemicals to Humans, be classified under WHMIS Class D2A (carcinogenic). The classification decision on titanium dioxide has been published on the IARC website and in a summary article published in The Lancet
Representatives from Health Canada (National Office of WHMIS) recently consulted with the Quebec CSST and CCOHS (the two main agencies providing WHMIS classifications to the public) regarding the implications of the IARC decision to the WHMIS classification of titanium dioxide. It was agreed that titanium dioxide does now meet the criteria for WHMIS D2A (carcinogen) based on the information released by IARC to date, and that it is not necessary to wait for release of the full monograph.
Manufacturers and suppliers of titanium dioxide are advised to review and update their material safety data sheets and product labels based on this new information as soon as possible. Employers should review their occupational hygiene programs to ensure that exposure to titanium dioxide dust is eliminated or reduced to the minimum possible. Workers should be educated concerning this potential newly recognized risk to their health and trained in proper work procedures.
* Intratracheal administration is an exposure procedure that introduces the material directly into the lungs via the trachea, bypassing protective mechanisms in the respiratory system.
Residues of the varroacides amitraz, chlordimeform, chlorfenvinphos, bromopropylate, coumaphos, tetradifon, acrinathrin, and fluvalinate, the organic microcontaminants 4,4′-DDE, 4,4′-TDE, PCB 153 and PCB 180, and the lipophilic pesticides lindane, chlorpyrifos and endosulfan have been determined by GC/MS in 52 beeswax samples. Recoveries on spiked samples ranged from 93 to 108% and determination limits varied from 4 to 65 µg/kg. Lindane (0.042-0.29 mg/kg), chlorfenvinphos (0.16-7.62 mg/kg), 4,4′-TDE (0.20 mg/kg), bromopropylate (0.041-0.12 mg/kg), tetradifon (0.032-0.58 mg/kg), acrinathrin (0.058-0.59 mg/kg), coumaphos (0.27-0.38 mg/kg), fluvalinate (0.064-5.10 mg/kg), endosulfan sulfate (0.12-0.37 mg/kg) and 3-phenoxybenzaldehyde, a degradation product of fluvalinate and acrinathrin (0.080-1.47 mg/kg), were the compounds detected in beeswax. Foundation beeswax sheets contained higher contaminant concentrations and a greater diversity of compounds in relation to comb beeswaxes. Repeated melting in boiling water of purified beeswax spiked with the contaminants did not substantially modify the content of most of the contaminants in beeswax, except for amitraz and chlordimeform, showing that the contaminants are stable and remain practically unchanged in the purified beeswax.
Source: Juan José Jiménez *, José Luis Bernal, María Jesús del Nozal, María Teresa Martín Department of Analytical Chemistry, Faculty of Sciences, University of Valladolid, Valladolid, Spain
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced a series of actions on four chemicals raising serious health or environmental concerns, including phthalates. For the first time, EPA intends to establish a “Chemicals of Concern” list and is beginning a process that may lead to regulations requiring significant risk reduction measures to protect human health and the environment. The agency’s actions represent its determination to use its authority under the existing Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) to the fullest extent possible, recognizing EPA’s strong belief that the 1976 law is both outdated and in need of reform.
In addition to phthalates, the chemicals EPA is addressing are short-chain chlorinated paraffins, polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) and perfluorinated chemicals, including PFOA. These chemicals are used in the manufacture of a wide array of products and have raised a range of health and environmental concerns.
The actions announced recently include:
Adding phthalates and PBDE chemicals to the concern list.
Beginning a process that could lead to risk reductions actions under section 6 of TSCA for several phthalates, short-chain chlorinated paraffins, and perfluorinated chemicals.
Reinforcing the DecaBDE phaseout – which will take place over three years – with requirements to ensure that any new uses of PBDEs are reviewed by EPA prior to returning to the market.
New report finds positive association between phthalate exposure and ADHD symptoms
Phthalates are important components of many consumer products, including toys, cleaning materials, plastics, and personal care items. Studies to date on phthalates have been inconsistent, with some linking exposure to these chemicals to hormone disruptions, birth defects, asthma, and reproductive problems, while others have found no significant association between exposure and adverse effects.
A new report by Korean scientists, published by Elsevier in the November 15th issue of Biological Psychiatry, adds to the potentially alarming findings about phthalates. They measured urine phthalate concentrations and evaluated symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) using teacher-reported symptoms and computerized tests that measured attention and impulsivity.
They found a significant positive association between phthalate exposure and ADHD, meaning that the higher the concentration of phthalate metabolites in the urine, the worse the ADHD symptoms and/or test scores.
Senior author Yun-Chul Hong, MD, PhD, explained that “these data represent the first documented association between phthalate exposure and ADHD symptoms in school-aged children.” John Krystal, MD, the Editor of Biological Psychiatry, also commented: “This emerging link between phthalates and symptoms of ADHD raises the concern that accidental environmental exposure to phthalates may be contributing to behavioral and cognitive problems in children. This concern calls for more definitive research.”
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in the Summary of their 2005 Third National Report on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals, state that “very limited scientific information is available on potential human health effects of phthalates at levels” found in the U.S. population. Although this study was performed in a Korean population, their levels of exposure are likely comparable to a U.S. population.
The current findings do not prove that phthalate exposure caused ADHD symptoms. However, these initial findings provide a rationale for further research on this association.
Source: Biological Psychiatry
Reduce fetal exposure to BPA and phthalates, experts say
With Health Canada recently banning plastic baby bottles made from bisphenol A and proposing to ban certain toys, questions arise about whether similar actions should be taken to safeguard pregnant women
Citing possible risks to young children, Health Canada recently banned plastic baby bottles made from bisphenol A and is proposing to ban toys containing six types of phthalates, best known as the rubber duck chemical.
Singling out babies and toddlers for special protection against harmful chemicals is a good idea because infants, with their rapidly growing bodies and unique exposure patterns, can be more vulnerable to dangerous chemicals than are most adults.
But a question has arisen about Health Canada’s actions: If young children shouldn’t come into contact with the two chemicals, what about pregnant women and their fetuses, which are even more susceptible to harmful compounds, especially those with hormonal impacts, like these man-made substances?
Bisphenol A is an estrogen mimic, meaning exposure gives an extra hit of the female hormone, while phthalates interfere with testosterone production, reducing levels of the crucial male hormone.
During fetal development, in particular, humans are extremely sensitive to sex hormones. Everything from genital development to brain organization is choreographed by specific levels of these hormones circulating in the womb at precise points in the pregnancy. If levels are skewed by synthetic chemicals, there is the risk of irreversible, life-long changes occurring.
“Pregnant women and the fetus are in fact the greatest target group for all of these chemicals,” says Frederick vom Saal, a professor at the University of Missouri and one of the leading researchers in the U.S. investigating bisphenol A, or BPA as it is also known.
Health Canada needs “to now take the next logical step” and consider wider restrictions on the chemicals to reduce exposures in pregnant women, contends Dr. vom Saal. The agency shouldn’t assume “that by just targeting protections for newborns they’ve done enough.”
Although Health Canada took action against the two chemicals to protect children, the most provocative research on both compounds has been done on pregnant rodents and on their pups during early neonatal life, the period that corresponds to the last part of gestation in humans. Because conducting experiments on pregnant women would be unethical, these animal laboratory tests are designed to flag possible harmful effects on people.
Such experiments have found dramatic results, including enlarged prostates, skewed mammary ducts that in women would translate into increased breast cancer risk, and the feminization of male genitals.
Safeguards for pregnant women are needed, agreesanother top researcher in the field, Shanna Swan, director of the Center for Reproductive Epidemiology at the University of Rochester’s school of medicine, and an authority on phthalates. While children are sensitive to the chemicals, they’re “not as sensitive as the fetus. There is no question about that,” says Dr. Swan.
Dr. Swan has published a study finding that women who have higher levels of phthalates during pregnancy give birth to boys with a slightly shorter distance from the start of their genitals to the anus, mirroring a discovery made in male rodents exposed to the chemical. In rodents, the shrinkage is viewed as feminizing the male genital tract, but the effect occurred at far higher doses than what is found in people exposed to the chemicals.
Nonetheless, because there is animal evidence of harm during gestation, Dr. Swan says “we should assume until proven otherwise that it’s reproductively toxic to humans.”
Health Canada said it is monitoring research on the chemicals, but it believes the weight of evidence does not yet warrant measures to reduce exposures by pregnant women.
“Health Canada will take appropriate action if a risk to human health is identified,” it said in an e-mailed response to questions.
But the federal agency has begun several studies on pregnant women and their babies to see whether the animal research is onto something, and has ordered up research to see if the genitals of newborns have been affected by their mothers’ exposure to the two chemicals.
Last month , for instance, it posted a notice indicating that it has asked a McMaster University researcher to study pregnant women to find out whether BPA affects the anogenital distance in their babies. It has a similar study on phthalates to try to duplicate Dr. Swan’s findings.
In human babies, as in rodent pups, males typically have a larger distance from the anus to the genitals than females, and it is likely that anything reducing the sex difference would be hormonal in nature.
The chemical industry said it welcomes the research and predicted its products will get a clean bill of health. “We are confident that the levels of bisphenol A that will be found will be extremely low and we think it’s unlikely that any health effects will be observed,” said Steven Hentges, spokesman for the American Chemistry Council.
The council also represents phthalate makers and has argued that the research showing effects on the genitals of boys is flawed.
It’s been relatively easy for Health Canada to introduce measures restricting infant exposure to phthalates and BPA by ordering them out of just a few products such as plastic baby bottles and toys. If it decides pregnant women need protection, it faces a much harder task because products containing the substances are ubiquitous.
“The ability of governments to actually tackle adult exposures is going to be extremely challenging,” Dr. vom Saal predicted.
Pregnant women wanting to reduce their exposure while the government researches the issue may have difficulty because many plastic products don’t disclose what they’re made from, although some polycarbonates containing BPA carry the plastic industry’s symbol of a triangle encasing the number seven, while polyvinyl chloride, which often contain phthalates, sometimes carries a triangle encasing the number three.
As well, there isn’t a full understanding of how humans are being exposed to the chemicals, but residues in food from packaging and processing equipment are suspected. Some researchers believe other sources might be important, such as breathing dust containing the chemicals or absorbing them through the skin, as people would do for compounds in cosmetics.
The uterus doesn’t offer protection against the compounds, which have been detected in the placenta, amniotic fluid and umbilical cord blood, indicating that maternal exposure leads to fetal exposure.
The amounts of exposure in people are low, but according to some experts, they are still worrisome. Blood concentrations of bisphenol A are typically a couple of parts per billion, while phthalates measured in urine can be thousands of parts per billion. One part per billion is a tiny amount, the equivalent of one second of elapsed time over nearly 32 years.
But Dr. vom Saal cautioned that these concentrations are far higher than the natural amounts of estrogen in people, which are in the parts per trillion, and testosterone, in the parts per billion. He says that because people’s hormone systems are already operating at their natural levels, any alterations caused by phthalates and BPA should be a source of concern.
Health Canada studying effect of chemicals on infant genitals
Health Canada has quietly been studying a delicate topic: Whether or not the genitals of Canadian babies are being altered by their moms’ exposure to bisphenol A or phthalates during pregnancy.
The research will measure the distance between the start of a baby’s genitals and its anus, a space that on average is larger in boys than in girls. If the space is getting smaller, it means boys are being born less manly, and likely to have smaller penises and testicles.
The phthalate study is under way and will take up to five years to complete, while the bisphenol A research is just starting.
Phthalates, which are able to reduce levels of the male hormone, testosterone, are found in everything from polyvinyl chloride shower curtains to floor tiles, where they’re used to make plastics less brittle. They’re also added to cosmetics and perfumes to make the fragrance last longer.
Bisphenol A, an estrogen mimic, is the main ingredient in polycarbonate plastic products, including office water-cooler jugs, lenses for eyeglasses and the protective coatings on compact discs. It’s also in the epoxy liners found on the inside of most food and beverage cans, and in some carbonless paper register receipts.
All BPA is made by humans and isn’t found in nature, although there are some microbial sources of phthalates.
Scientists have known for years that dosing pregnant rodents with phthalates feminizes their male offspring, giving them female-like areolas and nipples, and smaller genital tracts. The amounts used to prompt the effects are far above what people are exposed to, but recently, researchers in the U.S. believe that they have detected slightly smaller genitals in boys born to mothers with higher-than-average phthalate exposure during pregnancy.
Bisphenol A has raised health concerns too, with tests in experimental animals leading to such conditions as early puberty, genital malformations and increased prostate growth, often at low doses given during fetal development.
The federal government is also testing several thousand Canadians for their BPA and phthalate levels, but the results are not yet available. Bio-monitoring in the U.S. has found that nearly everyone carries detectible amounts of the two chemicals. One survey conducted between 2003 and 2004 found about 93 per cent of Americans have bisphenol A in their bodies, and researchers looking for phthalates have found a similar percentage.
This resource was written by Martin Mittelstaedt Environment Reporter
CANCER-CAUSING CHEMICAL FOUND IN CHILDREN’S BATH PRODUCTS
Women’s Shampoos and Body Wash also Contaminated
WASHINGTON — A hidden cancer-causing petrochemical has been found in dozens of children’s bath products and adults’ personal care products, in some cases at levels that are more than twice the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s lenient recommended maximum. Laboratory tests released today revealed the presence of 1,4-Dioxane in products such as Hello Kitty Bubble Bath, Huggies Baby Wash, Johnson’s Baby Wash, Scooby-Doo Bubble Bath and Sesame Street Bubble Bath. The tests also found the carcinogen in Clairol Herbal Essences shampoo, Olay Complete Body Wash and many other personal care products. 1,4-Dioxane is a petroleum-derived contaminant considered a probable human carcinogen by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and a clear-cut animal carcinogen by the National Toxicology Program. It is also on California’s Proposition 65 list of chemicals known or suspected by the state to cause cancer or birth defects. Because it is a contaminant produced during manufacturing, the FDA does not require it to be listed as an ingredient on product labels.
“Regrettably, 1,4-Dioxane contamination is just the tip of the iceberg,” said Jeanne Rizzo, R.N., executive director of the Breast Cancer Fund, a founding member of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics. “Because the FDA does not require cosmetics products to be approved as safe before they are sold, companies can put unlimited amounts of toxic chemicals in cosmetics.” Steinman said parents should be outraged that companies are willing to spend a significant amount of money on entertainment licensing agreements that entice children but won’t spend pennies to remove contaminants such as 1,4-Dioxane. “Consumers who have young children, as I do, have the right to expect the highest purity in children’s products,” Steinman said. “I call on American consumers to say no to dangerous petrochemicals in their children’s cosmetic and personal care products.”
Baby & Children’s Consumer Products
Disney Clean as Can Bee Hair & Body Wash (Water Jel Technologies) 8.8 ppm
Disney Pixar Cars Piston Cup Bubble Bath (MZB Personal Care) 2.2 ppm
Olay Complete Body Wash with Vitamins (normal skin) 23 ppm*
Suave Naturals Passion Flower 2.0 ppm
*Product was at or above FDA maximum
Oils Linked to Breast Growth in Boys
BOSTON — Lavender and tea tree oils found in some shampoos, soaps and lotions can temporarily leave boys with enlarged breasts in rare cases, apparently by disrupting their hormonal balance, a preliminary study suggests.
While advising parents to consider the possible risk, several hormone experts emphasized that the problem appears to happen infrequently and clears up when the oils are no longer used. None of those interviewed called for a ban on sales.
The study reported on the condition, gynecomastia, in three boys ages 4, 7 and 10. They all went back to normal when they stopped using skin lotions, hair gel, shampoo or soap with the natural oils.
It’s unclear how often this problem might crop up in other young children.
These plant oils, sometimes called “essential oils,” are added to many health-care products, usually for their scent. The oils are sometimes found in other household products or sold in purer forms. Tea tree oil is sometimes used in shampoos for head lice.
The suspected effect in this study is blamed on some chemical within the oils that the body processes like estrogen, the female hormone that promotes breast growth.
The findings were being reported Thursday in the New England Journal of Medicine. The federally funded study came out of the University of Colorado and the environmental health branch of the National Institutes of Health. The findings were first released last year at a science meeting.
The three boys were brought to their doctors with overdeveloped breasts that looked like those of girls in early puberty. They were sore in one case. For each boy, doctors could tie the problem only to their use over several months of the natural-oil products.
The researchers suspected that the oils might be upsetting the boys’ hormonal balance. So they did a series of laboratory tests to check how these oils work within human cells. The oils appeared to mimic estrogen and block the male hormone androgen.
On product labels, the oils sometimes are listed by their scientific names: Lavandula angustifolia (lavender oil) and Melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree oil). Such products do not require government approval to be sold unless they make specific health claims.
Marijuana and soy products also have been linked to gynecomastia.
Dr. Clifford Bloch, a hormone specialist in Greenwood Village, Colo., who treated the three boys, recommended that parents “be cautious” with such products, especially for prolonged use. “I would not give these products to my children,” he said in an interview.
Bloch said he also suspects the oil played a role in a handful of young girls he saw for a similar condition, including a 17-month-old whose parents were washing her bottles with a lavender-scented soap.
Others sounded less worried. “It takes very little estrogen to cause gynecomastia in a young child,” said Dr. Richard Auchus, a University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center hormone expert who knew of the study findings. “If they’re getting it for a brief period of time, that really shouldn’t cause long-term problems.”
Also, the research did not pinpoint any specific estrogen-like compounds in the oils or look for them in a range of products. Chemist Steven Dentali, at the industry group American Herbal Products Association, said that warning people to avoid such oils “is premature without the additional basic research needed to bolster the case that the issue here is both real and significant.”
Gynecomastia is very common in boys during the hormonal changes of puberty. But it also occurs as a rare condition in younger boys, men, and girls before puberty.
Bloch, the study doctor, said it’s unknown if such oils could hurt women with estrogen-fed breast tumors.
The effect of phytoestrogens on breast cancer
Phytoestrogens are a group of chemicals found in plants that can act like the hormone estrogen. Estrogen is a hormone necessary for childbearing and is involved with bone and heart health in women. Higher exposure to estrogens over a lifetime is linked with increased breast cancer risk.
Working as estrogen mimics, phytoestrogens may either have the same effects as estrogen or block estrogen’s effects. Which effect the phytoestrogen produces can depend on the dose of the phytoestrogen. The phytoestrogen can act like estrogen at low doses but block estrogen at high doses. Estrogen activates a family of proteins called estrogen receptors. Recent studies have shown that phytoestrogens interact more with some members of the estrogen receptor family, but more information is needed about how these receptors work, especially in breast cancer. Finally, phytoestrogens acting as estrogen mimics may affect the production and/or the breakdown of estrogen by the body, as well as the levels of estrogen carried in the bloodstream.
Phytoestrogens – acting differently from estrogen – may affect communication pathways between cells, prevent the formation of blood vessels to tumors or alter processes involved in the processing of DNA for cell multiplication. Which of these effects occur is unknown. It is very possible that more than one of them may be working. Also, the effects in various parts of the body may be different. from Phytoestrogens and Breast Cancer.
Soy Cancer Warnings
CANCER patients are being warned to avoid soy because it can accelerate the growth of tumours.
The Cancer Council NSW will issue guidelines today, warning about the dangers of high-soy diets and soy supplements for cancer patients and those people in remission from cancer. At particular risk are people suffering from hormone-dependent cancers, including breast and prostate cancer – the two most common types of cancer in Australia. Cancer survivors are also being urged to avoid high doses of soy, as they may be more vulnerable to a relapse. Research has found high consumption of soy products can also limit the effectiveness of conventional medicines used to treat the disease.
“There is evidence to suggest that women with existing breast cancer or past breast cancer should be cautious in consuming large quantities of soy foods or phyto-oestrogen supplements,” a position statement from the Cancer Council says. “Women with current or past breast cancer should be aware of the risks of potential tumour growth when taking soy products. “The Cancer Council does not support the use of health claims on food labels that suggest soy foods or phyto-oestrogens protect against the development of cancer.”
Health experts are particularly concerned that breast-cancer sufferers who take soy or phyto-oestrogen supplements could feed the disease and reduce the effectiveness of their treatment. Soy, which is present in soy beans, soy milk, tofu, tempeh and some breads, contains phyto-oestrogens that mimic the actions of hormones in the body. This means it may interfere with cancer drugs such as Tamoxifen, which works by suppressing the female hormone oestrogen. Men with prostate cancer are also being warned against high soy consumption, as phyto-oestrogens may imitate the male hormone androgen. Although the Cancer Council has warned against soy supplements, it believes an occasional intake of soy food is still safe for cancer patients.
Cancer Council nutritionist Kathy Chapman said soy supplements could contain dangerously high doses of phyto-oestrogens. “If you were a woman with breast cancer and thought, ‘I’m going to radically change my diet and have very large portions of soy at every meal’, it could be a problem,” Ms Chapman said. “For someone who has tofu once or twice a week and drinks a bit of soya milk, it’s not so much of a problem.”
Soy has earned a reputation as a natural “superfood” that cuts the risk of breast or prostate cancer, and is commonly included in women’s health supplements. This claim was based on findings that cancer rates were lower in Asia, where soy consumption is high. But soy would lower the risk of contracting cancer “only a little”, according to the Cancer Council. “While they may have a protective effect, there is also some evidence that phyto-oestrogens may stimulate the growth of existing hormone-dependent cancers,” the council’s statement said.
The risk of contracting other non-hormone-dependent cancers, including bowel cancer, would be unaffected by soy intake. The Cancer Council was prompted to investigate the issue after being inundated with questions about the role of soy in cancer patients’ diets. “We felt we were getting a lot of calls on our hotline about this topic,” Ms Chapman said.
Breast-cancer survivor Susie Musarra was surprised by the new evidence about soy. The Sydney mother of two was diagnosed five years ago. She followed a healthy diet, containing plenty of fruit and vegetable juices, during chemotherapy treatment. “It’s really confusing, because you get a lot of conflicting information about what to eat,” she said. “It’s good to have this advice, because it helps you make an informed decision – and the Cancer Council is a reputable source.”
Tea tree oil faces ban over health fear
Scientists say even small amounts could provoke rashes and allergies
Tea tree oil, the increasingly popular remedy for everything from spots to insect bites and vapour rubs, is under threat of being banned by the European Union. The EU has said that even small amounts of the undiluted oil could be unsafe and unstable after clinical trials found users risked rashes and allergies. Cosmetic products, such as shampoo and bath oils, that use the oil in concentrations of less than 1 per cent are safe. But the toiletries and cosmetics firms that produce the neat form of the natural remedy have been given until June to convince a panel of scientists that the oil is safe to sell to the public. The warnings follow revelations that boys have been warned against using oils or hair gels that contain tea tree oil after three cases of them growing breasts were reported.
Researchers in the US believe that the oils may have hormone-like properties that lead to gynaecomastia – the growth of breasts. When the boys stopped using the oils, the breasts disappeared. Writing in New England Journal of Medicine, the researchers say that the repeated use of such oils may disrupt hormonal function. It has also been revealed that tea tree oil in cosmetics and creams could increase the chances of catching ‘superbug’ infections in hospital. Exposure to low doses of the oil made pathogens such as MRSA, E.coli and salmonella more resistant to antibiotics.
‘Because essential oils are natural products, the public often assumes they must be safe,’ says Frances Fewell, director of the Institute for Complementary Medicine. ‘You should never apply any sort of essential oil directly to the skin without diluting it first in a suitable carrier oil. Tea tree oil has become very popular, and many people have started applying it directly to deal with acne and skin infections. In fact this is a very aggressive oil. The skin can dry out, blister or form a rash.’
In a strongly worded report, the EU’s Scientific Committee on Consumer Products has said it has serious concerns about the neat oil which, it found, is ‘a severe irritant’ to the skin and ‘degraded rapidly’ if exposed to air, light and heat. The SCCP said existing safety tests were inadequate and that even widely sold toiletries were of ‘questionable stability and were being sold without adequate proof of safety’. ‘The sparse data available suggest undiluted oil as a commercial product is not safe,’ the committee’s report said. ‘Our major concern is that toxic and risky chemicals become even more potent – up to three times as strong – if stored at room temperature, and exposed to light and air.’
‘Whether or not the SCCP will be reassured by whatever the toiletries and cosmetics firms give them in June, I’m not sure,’ said Christopher Flower, head of the British Cosmetic, Toiletry and Perfumery Association. ‘They may have a view on whether it is still appropriate for the public to use it neat at all. They may well decide that, regardless of the industry’s presentations to them, the neat oil should not be used. Or they may simply say it should not be used frequently or over all of the body.’
Essential oils are concentrated oils extracted by passing steam through plants. The steam vaporises the volatile aromatic chemicals in the plant and these are then distilled. Not all essential oils, however, have gone through this process. ‘Essential oils are widely available under various forms of labelling and packaging, sometimes with insufficient regard for safety,’ says Sylvia Baker of the Aromatherapy Trade Council. ‘Many are of poor quality, and some are totally synthetic. There are companies that specialise in making nature-identical oils and then offering them as pure products. Others are bulked with cheaper oils and synthetics.’
The oil, which is derived from the Australian melaleuca tree and has been a traditional remedy among Australian Aboriginals for centuries, is famous for its antiseptic properties. Used by Australian troops for battlefield injuries in the First World War, it is now found in shower gels, toothpastes, mouthwash and face cleansers, to cure skin complaints, to treat cuts and burns, and as an insect and lice repellent.
Chemical Found in Soy Products Could Damage Sperm and Impair Fertility
The plant chemical GENISTEIN, which is found in soy products and legumes, could damage sperm and lead to fertility problems, according to a study presented on Wednesday at the… European Society of Human Reproduction & Embryology’s annual conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, Reuters reports. Lynn Fraser, a professor of reproductive biology at King’s College London, tested the chemical — which can mimic the effect of the female hormone estrogen — on human and mouse sperm (Reaney, Reuters, 6/21). Fraser found that human sperm were more than three times as likely to lose their acrosomes — caps that enable them to penetrate an egg at fertilization — an hour after genistein exposure than they were before exposure (Fleming, Daily Telegraph, 6/22). Although genistein affects sperm’s ability to penetrate an egg, a woman’s intake of genistein-containing foods likely has a greater effect on fertility than a man’s consumption, according to the researchers (Reuters, 6/21). Fraser said that women trying to become pregnant might be able to increase their chance of pregnancy by avoiding foods with high concentrations of genistein during ovulation (Roberts, BBC News, 6/21).
Could lavender and tea tree oil act as endocrine disruptors?
ABC SCIENCE ONLINE
The lavender and tea tree oils found in some soaps, shampoos, hair gels and body lotions can produce enlarged breasts in boys, researchers report. These plant oils were linked to abnormal breast development in three boys, which was reversed when they stopped using them, write Dr Clifford Bloch of Pediatric Endocrine Associates in Colorado, and colleagues. They say their study, published today in the New England Journal of Medicine, suggests these oils can act in ways similar to the hormone estrogen. “This report raises an issue of concern, since lavender oil and tea tree oil are sold over the counter in their ‘pure’ form and are present in an increasing number of commercial products, including shampoos, hair gels, soaps, and body lotions,” the researchers write. “Whether the oils elicit similar endocrine-disrupting effects in prepubertal girls, adolescent girls, or women is unknown.”
While it is very common for boys to develop temporary breast enlargement as they go through puberty, the condition is very rare in young boys. Doctors call the condition prepubertal gynaecomastia, and often find no explanation for it. The researchers found the condition in three otherwise healthy boys, aged 4, 7 and 10. “I got wind of it because I was given a clue by a patient,” Bloch says. That case involved the 4-year-old “who was using absolutely nothing on his skin except a lavender oil preparation that his mother had obtained from a homeopath. She used to rub it on his chest and body every night” because lavender, in complementary medicine circles, is said to have healing properties. Several months after the boy stopped getting the ‘healing balm’, his breasts returned to normal. Meanwhile, Bloch then began to see lavender crop up in other cases, including the 10-year-old, who was using a hair styling gel and shampoo that contained both lavender oil and tea tree oil. There was also a 7-year-old, who had been using lavender-scented soap and skin lotions. In laboratory tests, scientists at the US National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) found that both substances can mimic the action of the female hormone estrogen. They can also block male hormones that control both masculine characteristics and inhibit the growth of breast tissue.
— ABC Science Online
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February 08, 2007
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Hairdressers more prone to breast cancer
Headteaching, pharmacy and hairdressing are three jobs carrying an increased risk of breast cancer, according to a Swedish study The survey, of more than a million women revealed these inexplicable patterns, also implicating systems analysts, beauticians and telephone operators as having a higher than normal risk.
Writing in the American Journal of Public Health, Dr Marina Pollan and Dr Per Gustavsson said that some of the statistical blips might be due to the career paths followed by white collar workers. The study’s authors speculated that exposure to chemicals used in the hair and beauty industry might contribute to the extra risk. Currently, one in 12 British women and one in eight US women will get the disease at some point in their lives.
What Are PARABENS?
Preservative chemicals found in samples of breast tumours probably came from underarm deodorants, UK scientists have claimed. Their analysis of 20 breast tumours found high concentrations of para-hydroxybenzoic acids (parabens) in 18 samples. Parabens can mimic the hormone estrogen, which is known to play a role in the development of breast cancers. The preservatives are used in many cosmetics and some foods to increase their shelf-life. “From this research it is not possible to say whether parabens actually caused these tumours, but they may certainly be associated with the overall rise in breast cancer cases,” says Philip Harvey, an editor of the Journal of Applied Toxicology, which published the research. “Given that breast cancer is the largest killer of women and a very high percentage of young women use underarm deodorants, I think we should be carrying out properly funded, further investigations into parabens and where they are found in the body,” Harvey told New Scientist.
Multiracial dry, frizzy, kinky & curly hair types transform into healthy, hydrated gorgeous locks when properly moisturised. One of the biggest misconceptions about multiracial hair is that it is different from other hair types. The truth is, we are all made of the same ingredients…..and all hair is composed of the same proteins. The only difference is in the way the hair grows. Without extra moisture dry, tight, kinky curls grow out in a shape that can make brushing, styling and growing long hair difficult.
Because of the shape and delicate nature of multiracial hair types, clean moisture can have beautiful results! Whether we are going natural or chemically straightening our hair, the added moisture will protect it from damage. However, all moisture is not created equal. More specifically, all moisturising hair products are not created equal. Natural oils like jojoba, almond, coconut, and apricot oils closely match our hair’s natural oils and are readily absorbed. Plus, the proteins and vitamins in these oils help keep hair healthy and growing gorgeously. Look for them in your shampoos, conditioners, and styling products, and beware of drying sulphates that leave hair dry, frizzy and prone to breakage.
A great detangler and hair oil are also critical. They make daily styling much easier and also help reduce breakage. The detangler and hair oil should be multipurpose. Like our other hair products, the detangler and oil should add strength and shine for effortless styling and also protect hair from dryness, wind, and sun. Spritz damp hair liberally and comb gently with a wide-tooth comb for silky, beautiful locks. Finish with the non-greasy hair oil for extra brilliance!
For thicker, course or delicate/breakage-prone hair, using an extra conditioning styling aid made specifically for curly hair will make styling time a pleasure. This product will smooth the hair shaft and allow curls to cascade, framing the face. Use your favorite styling aid after detangling for lovely frizz-free curls.
Moisture, vegan protein and SPF protection are the keys to having beautiful hair. Using products that specifically help our hair fibre remain healthy and nourished means our best hair ever!
Original Sprout is proud to be used on the sets of:
Water for Elephants with Reese Witherspoon, Christoph Waltz, Robert Patterson, Stephen Taylor, EE Bell, Mark Pvinelli, Hal Holbrooke
Secratariat with Diane Lane and celebrity stylist Beth Miller
The Descendants starring George Clooney, directed by Alexander Payne
Wall Street II with Josh Brolin, Michael Douglas, and celebrity stylist Sacha Quarles
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
Used on the set of Men In Black III by Celebrity Stylist Sacha Quarles.
Dolphin Tale 3D
Original Sprout Styling Collection was used throughout the making of No Country For Old Men
Celebrity Stylists Beth Miller & Kerry Mendenhall on Jonah Hex
Off the Map
CSI Las Vegas with celebrity stylist Kerry Mendenhal
I would really like to use your products on my clients after colour . What i have noticed most about the shampoo and conditioner is even after swimming and rinsing off my hair feels nourished. Also the health of my hair !!!! luster came back, as i said before about the fragrance its so soft and doesn’t linger , i am very sensitive to how kind your sprouts are on my hair.
Hancock actress Hayley Marie Norman
“My family is cleaner and cuter for using Original Sprout. I feel good using the products because they are so pure, gentle and eco-friendly. Thank you!”
Mom, Actress & Environmental Advocate
“Inga is truly someone to put all your trust in as she will care for you as only the best mothers will. It’s simply the right product for all occasions and all people. I’m very proud to know Inga and be involved in any way to support her quest to make this world a cleaner and more handsome place.”
Dad, Writer and Actor
“Thank you so much for the great products!
Cindy Crawford, Presley & Kaia
“As a vegan I have always had to chose between supporting my politics vs. products that work. Who knew I could have both! Original Sprout is ethical & the products perform. In addition, the shampoo has relieved my little rescue dog’s severe dermatitis. So let’s review: VEGAN, CHECK, CONSCIOUS COMPANY, CHECK. And most amazingly, actually works? Check, Check, Check. I think I’m in love.”
Star of ABC’s Better Off Ted
“Dear Inga, Rowan is already a fan & will not let me brush her wet hair until I put on the “smooth stuff first.” Because of the detangler we now don’t fight about hair brushing or combing. Thank you!”
Mum & Actress
“Scrumptious is the perfect word to describe Original Sprout’s cream. I love the way it makes my skin feel -so scrumptious!”
“Thank you! Rowan & I take baths nightly and love your great bath products!”
Debra Messing & Roman
“Original Sprout leaves hair ultra hydrated, clean & silky. We use the products on children & adults. It is our favorite organic line – we love it! Thank you Inga for all your efforts, they have culminated into the finest natural brand available, of which we can’t live without.”
LA Hair Artist
“I just wanted you to know the McDermott/Spelling family LOVE Original Sprouts. We’ve been using them for a while now, and are totally addicted to it. Thank You for a wonderful product.”
Dean McDermott and Tori Spelling
“I’m in love with these products! Thank you so much for sending them along. The kids love then too!”
“The Balm & the Natural Hair Gel is the best product I’ve every used. I use Sprout on all my clients, it really performs. Thank you Inga, you are truly amazing.”
“My skin is smooth & soft with Sprout…. I’m delighted & allergy free!”
Academy Award Winning Actress
“I try to leave the lightest footprint I can and Original Sprout is simply spectacular. It’s good for the whole planet and it’s good for me too.”
“No more excuse for parabens and chemicals when the makers of Original Sprout come up with such great eco-friendly products. Clean, healthy, effective and yummy smelling!”
Off the Map
“Thank you for your superior performing products…we love them!”
“The styling balm is my favorite product on the market. I have thick short hair & like to give it extreme texture. The Balm does just that WITHOUT a greasy, sticky, heavy look. In addition, it washes out without any build up. Am so over all the impure, unnatural products that I used in the past (due to causing acne along the hairline & face). Original Sprouts is acne free & Worry Free!”
“I have been using these products now for 2 months. I and everyone else that uses them is delighted by their natural ingredients leaving the hair feeling in great condition.”
Agent: Montana Artists
“I love the scrumptious baby cream! Expect a crush or two if you slather on this lovely fresh scent.”
From the set of Off The Map in Hawaii Denise Hooper – Makeup Artist
“The Original Sprout balm is a real find …I use it daily myself…Not only does it really perform but it is also so gentle, natural and is fragrance free …”
Angelina Jolie & Maddox
“Original Sprout Scrumptious Baby Cream is the solution to hydration without toxic chemicals. As a make-up artist & mum, I am concerned about ingredients…O.S. answered that concern with products that deliver! I love Worry-Free Luxury! I use the products on my adult clients & family.”
LA Celebrity Makeup Artist
Dayna Devon & Emmy Reese
“It may just be the best thing you have used all year! Hair is left shiny and healthy, smells are pleasant, styling products can handle any trend and the body lotion is one of the best on the market.”
“I have had a lot of celebrities in my chair that can’t find a good organic hair product line. Now I finally have something I seriously love to recommend. Original Sprout is by far the best organic product on the market, now a days you have to be careful, because the chemicals are so harmful & unnecessary. Thank you for making an amazing vegan line I’m proud to share with everybody”
“Our makeup artist, Denise Hooper, brought in your hand/body lotion and I AM HOOKED. It smells delicious and not too strong. We even have a joke about it on set because when we moisturize our hands and legs with it – everyone asks what that delicious smell is!? Plus, it’s the perfect amount of moisture. It does a great job without leaving you feeling greasy. The best part too is the natural, vegan ingredients which lets me know it’s safe and non-toxic. Thank you so much – I will always have it in my home and continue to use it!”
Burlesque with Cher, Christina Aguilera, Kristin Bell, and L.A. hair artist Colleen LaBaff
“I love using the sulfate and paraben free products on my actors who are vegan. It gives them a great alternative product that is well received!”
After years of doing hair we found the easiest, most effective way to remove green deposits from swimmer’s hair. The green tinge known as swimmer’s hair is caused by chemicals in the water that bind to the hair. The best way to avoid it is to seal the hair shaft prior to swimming so that the chemicals have nothing to bond to. If you do get swimmer’s hair, it’s very easy to reverse the chemical process that caused it and get the green out. We use these easy tips at home and at our favourite salons!
1. Anti-Green Swimmers Paste: One effective treatment for many hair types is to mix a paste with a few crushed aspirin tablets*, baking soda & warm water. The paste is applied to warm hair after washing hair with a Natural Shampoo. Rinse out after 5 minutes. Finish with a thorough rinse and Deep Condition to restore moisture & shine.
2. Weekly Green Detox Dissolve a few aspirin in a cup of warm water and pour it on warm, wet hair after shampooing. Let hair sit for a few minutes and rinse thoroughly. Always condition after treatments or hair can become dry and course. Using a leave-in conditioner post detox is especially useful to restore softness, moisture & shine.
3. Green-Hair Prevention Before going swimming, thoroughly dampen hair in the shower & apply a pH balanced leave-in conditioner or hair oil. This way the cuticle (hair) is filled with soothing moisture & less likely to soak up chemicals. After swimming, shampoo & condition for silky, hydrated, healthy hair.
4. Make your own anti-chlorine shampoo The active ingredient in many swimmer’s shampoos is sodium bicarbonate (baking powder). We make our own by mixing our moisturising baby wash with baking soda. Five minutes with this do-it-yourself mix leaves our hair feeling amazing! It’s like a deep cleanse, helping to lift away mineral deposits & getting the green out for healthy, revitalized swimmer’s hair. We always follow shampooing with a UV-based conditioner to leave hair brilliant, smooth & silky soft.
Remember unprotected dry hair is like a sponge which readily absorbs chemicals, making it more likely to become green, dry, coarse and prone to damage. The best way to prevent hair from becoming dry is by using moisturising shampoos & conditioners.