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Posted on 05/16/2005 6:19:34 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin
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I don't eat eggs either. I eat cheese, milk, lots of various kinds of beans and a variety of whole grains. Whole grains have a good amount of protein especially when you also eat beans, nuts or peanut butter, and milk products. I use a pressure cooker for beans and soak them first. Makes great pinto beans in under an hour.
Wow! 122 pounds! I hope you didn't lose too fast, it can weaken the body. If you don't need to lose a lot anymore, it's more healthy to keep some milk fat in the diet.
dibutylphthalate (DBP) and di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (DEHP). The DEHP concentrations were as high as 3.7 parts per million (ppm). However, the wraps used on these cheeses did not contain either phthalate as a primary plasticizer, and concentrations in the cheeses could not be clearly attributed to migration from the wraps. Other possible sources include glues and inks used on the printed labels, and background environmental contamination in the cheese itself. Both DBP and DEHP have been shown to be present in dairy foods independent of contact with plastic wraps.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 18, 2005
CONTACTS: Nick Guroff, NET, 415-863-8934 x109; Rebecca Farmer, BCA, 415-243-9301 x16; Kevin Donegan, BCF, 415-346-8223 x14
Safe Cosmetic Bill Faces Critical Vote
Public Health Advocates Challenge Industry's Faulty Science
SACRAMENTO, CATomorrow in the Assembly Health Committee, Assemblywoman Judy Chu's (D-Monterey Park) legislation to promote cosmetic safety will receive its first and most critical legislative vote. Assembly Bill 908 would prohibit the use of two ingredients (DBP and DEHP, two chemicals known as phthalates) in personal care products that have been linked to male infertility, birth defects in the male reproductive system and premature breast development in females. Volumes of research on these chemicals have already been conducted at independent research institutions and published in peer reviewed journals. Cosmetics giants Revlon, Unilever and L'Oreal recently announced plans to remove the phthalates DBP and DEHP, while the European Union has prohibited these two hazards from cosmetics altogether.
"The question tomorrow before the Health Committee is not about whether the science exists to support a ban on these health hazards. Without a doubt it does," said Jeanne Rizzo, Executive Director of the Breast Cancer Fund, an environmental health organization that is co-sponsoring the bill. "We commend industry leaders such as LOreal and Revlon who have voluntarily agreed to discontinue using phthalates in their products worldwide. We cant wait for decades, as happened with nicotine, lead and DDT, for other manufacturers who refuse to take leadership on this issue."
The results of scientific research on chemicals tend to differ based on the source of funding. A recent compilation of new science on another problematic chemical (bisphenol-A) in consumer products, found that over 90 percent of independent studies reported harmful effects of low dose exposure, while 100 percent of industry-funded studies reported no significant adverse effects. This same trend has held true with regard to DBP and DEHP. While supporters of AB 908 point to the studies that have informed the National Toxicology Program and the State of California's designations of these chemicals as reproductive toxicants, industry trade groups have substantiated the safety of DBP by relying on outmoded EPA safety levelsa safety level determined by a rat mortality study published in 1953, long since obsolete.
"Industry's hired guns will argue the science isn't there. When the science is presented, they will do everything in their power to discredit it. If they can't discredit it they will claim that acting on the science will put the little guys out of business," said Nick Guroff, California Representative for the National Environmental Trust. "Make no mistake about it, if these guys really cared about small business, they'd be putting their millions into safer products and not high-paid consultants."
Contrary to what many consumers may believe, the FDA has no legal authority to require safety assessments of cosmetics (www.cfsan.fda.gov/~dms/cos-206.html). Product safety is by default the responsibility of the industry and its own appointed Cosmetic Ingredient Review panel. The CIR has found just nine of 1,175 reviewed ingredients unsafe for use in cosmetics. Further, the CIR has reviewed only 11 percent of the ingredients in personal care products for their safety at large. Not only is this panel unable to act with autonomy from the industry, even when CIR has issued health recommendations, they have been ignored by industry (www.ewg.org/reports/skindeep/report/safety_violations.php).
"Industry lobbyists can't have it both ways. They can't on the one hand claim that they know phthalates are safe and then on the other claim that we would need more research to prove them harmful," said Barbara Brenner, Executive Director at Breast Cancer Action. "It's time to stop the hamster wheel on these hazards and get them out of products. Womens lives are at stake."
AB 908 will be heard in room number 4202 after 1:30 tomorrow afternoon. Other bills related to safe consumer products Senate Bill 484 (Migden) and AB 319 (Chan) will be heard on April 20 and April 26, respectively. SB 484 would require cosmetics manufacturers to report the use of harmful chemicals in their products to the state, while AB 319 would prohibit DBP, DEHP, and bisphenol-A from children's toys. For peer reviewed research on the phthalates DBP and DEHP please note the listing provided below. Abstracts and complete studies will be made available upon request.
Vegetarianism has a certain appeal for me too. I managed to stay with it for about six weeks,but after that, I did not feel well. A week now and then seems OK.
I need about 18-20 grams of protein at each meal with my veggies--about 3 ounces of meat, 4 ounces of fish, 3/4 cup cottage cheese, or three egg whites. All non-fat. I use very good X-virgin green Italian olive oil for fat plus cod liver oil. Do you use tofu? I try, but find it hard to like.
I had friends who raised the most beautiful white chickens who laid magnificent eggs. They were all named for saints: Saint Agnes, Saint Anne, etc. The chickens were affection trained and would leap into your arms for a cuddle once they got to know you. Chicken has been a little hard to eat ever since.
Men can be deemed hazardous to women so will they be banned next?
Now I'm really confused. Isn't L'Oreal a French company? Wouldn't they have already removed DBP and DEHP to comply with EU standards?
As for following 1953 guidelines, that sounds like an invitation to disaster.
Campaign for Safe Cosmetics Calls Product Reformulations by LOréal, Revlon and Unilever a Victory for Womens Health and Consumers
SAN FRANCISCO -- January 13 -- In a telling example of how new European safety standards for cosmetics are affecting products sold on U.S. shelves, LOréal, Revlon and Unilever confirmed they have eliminated certain toxic chemicals from their products.
In response to an investigation by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, a coalition of U.S. health and environmental groups, both LOréal and Revlon said they are now in compliance with the European Union 7th Amendment Cosmetic Directive; Unilevers policy on reformulation was less clear.
The EU law requires that cosmetics companies stop using chemicals that are known or highly suspected of causing cancer, impaired fertility or birth defects, such as the phthalates DBP and DEHP used in some fragrances, hair sprays and nail polishes. Companies were required to stop placing such products on store shelves by January 1.
The companies responses followed repeated requests by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics to clarify whether they would stop using chemicals known or highly suspected to be carcinogens, mutagens or reproductive toxins everywhere their products are sold. In September, the Campaign named the three companies in a full-page advertisement in USA Today, which depicted a young girl applying lipstick with the headline, Putting on makeup shouldnt be like playing with matches.
We commend LOréal and Revlon for announcing they will globally reformulate their products to eliminate the use of dibutyl-phthalate and other toxic chemicals, said Jeanne Rizzo, executive director of the Breast Cancer Fund, a founding member of the coalition. This is a victory for womens health and consumers. Regrettably, U.S. law still permits companies to put unlimited amounts of toxic chemicals into cosmetics sold in the United States.
The three companies may differ, however, in whether they are reformulating globally to meet the new European standards or are taking a market-by-market approach. For companies that do not reformulate globally, their products containing hazardous ingredients will continue to be available to U.S. and other non-European consumers.
In a letter dated December 21, LOréal Senior Vice President for Research and Development Alan J. Meyers wrote unequivocally that his companys products are in compliance with the EU cosmetics directive no matter where they are sold around the world.
Revlon Senior Vice President for Corporate Communications Catherine Fisher wrote on December 20 that all products sold by Revlon are currently in full compliance with EU Directives 76/768 EEC.
The response from Unilever on the companys reformulation policy was unclear. While Senior Vice President for Research and Development David Duncan wrote that Unilever does not use [DBP and DEHP] as an ingredient in our products, the letter of December 15 did not state whether the companys products sold in the United States and other markets would comply with the EU directive, which also requires elimination of many more ingredients known or highly suspected to be carcinogens, mutagens or reproductive toxins (CMRs).
Contrary to popular perception, the FDA does not evaluate cosmetics products for safety before they are sold. The FDA states on its Web site that neither cosmetic products nor cosmetic ingredients are reviewed or approved by FDA before they are sold to the public. The statement continues, FDA cannot require companies to do safety testing of their cosmetic products before marketing.
We are pleased these leading companies are removing some of the worst toxic chemicals from their products, said Bryony Schwan, national campaigns director for Womens Voices for the Earth, a founding member of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics. This is just a first step to making truly safe cosmetics, however.
The Campaign is asking all cosmetics companies to sign the Compact for Safe Cosmetics, a pledge to immediately remove all EU-banned chemicals, inventory all ingredients and develop a plan to replace chemicals of concern with safe alternatives within three years. For more information, visit http://www.safecosmetics.org/companies/compact_with_america.cfm.
The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics will publish a report card in March grading major cosmetics companies on their reformulation policies and their responsiveness to consumer inquiries about safety. The full correspondence with the above three companies is available.
Founding members of The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics include: Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow, Breast Cancer Fund, Commonweal, Friends of the Earth, Women's Voices for the Earth, Environmental Working Group, National Black Environmental Justice Network and the National Environmental Trust. For more information and background on the campaign, see www.SafeCosmetics.org.
Chickens when raised by hand can be very nice pets.
If you can get really fresh good quality firm tofu, you can do a lot with it. I like to butter a baking pan and bake it, sprinkled with soy sauce or other stuff. Gets kind of chewy and crunchy without frying.
I need a lot of protein too, so I eat a lot of beans and bean soup, and probably more cheese than is good for me. Cholesterol's ok but I should lose 20 pounds. Or even 30, but what the heck. I don't want to scare people when they don't recognize me!
I have known women now seniors who did hair coloring and nails as a profession in the same condition.
Personally I think "done" nails are pretty buy not doable in my line of work.
I use to love Clinique but can only afford Revlon on days it doesn't make my eyes endlessly tear.
Never could wear lotions ect. as it always ends up in my eyes.
Just paint the face to go to town.
The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics is a coalition of public health, educational, faith, labor, womens, environmental and consumer groups. Our goal is to protect the health of consumers and workers by requiring the health and beauty industry to phase out the use of chemicals linked to cancer, birth defects and other health problems and replace them with safer alternatives.
The Safe Cosmetics Campaign began in 2002 with the release of a report, Not Too Pretty: Phthalates, Beauty Products and the FDA. For the report, environmental and public health groups contracted with a laboratory to test 72 name-brand, off-the-shelf beauty products for the presence of phthalates, a family of industrial chemicals linked to permanent birth defects in the male reproductive system.
The lab found phthalates in nearly three quarters of the products tested, though the chemicals were not listed on any of the labels. A second report, Pretty Nasty, documented similar product test results in Europe.
In February 2003, the European Union passed a new ammendment to their Cosmetics Directive that prohibits the use of known or suspected carcinogens, mutagens and reproductive toxins (a.k.a. CMRs) from cosmetics. This ammendment went into force in September 2004.
We are asking cosmetics and personal care products companies to sign the Compact for Safe Cosmetics (Compact for the Global Production of Safer Health and Beauty Products), a pledge to remove toxic chemicals and replace them with safer alternatives in every market they serve.
Founding groups of the campaign include: Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow, The Breast Cancer Fund, Commonweal, Environmental Working Group, Friends of the Earth, National Black Environmental Justice Network, National Environmental Trust, and Womens Voices for the Earth. In spring 2004, these groups and more than 50 other organizations signed a letter asking cosmetics companies to take our pledge, the Compact for Safe Cosmetics.
Together we are working for safer products and smarter laws that protect our health and our families from toxic chemicals.
If your organization would like to support our efforts, please click here to endorse this campaign!
IT SEEMS THEY HAVE TOO MUCH TIME ON THEIR HANDS!!! They should stop sticking their freaky little noses in everyone's business!
In the News:
Midgen bill would require cosmetic chemical disclosure
Bay City News Wire, KPIX TV-5, CBS, 4/05
Untested Cosmetics May Soon Carry Warning Labels
The Miami Herald, 3/05
Cosmetic Industry On Notice: FDA Issues Warning on Untested Products
The Ugly Side of Pretty
DragonFly Media, 2/05
L'Oreal, Revlon bow to Bay Area pressure: Chemicals suspected of causing cancer won't be in products
San Francisco Chronicle, 1/05
Cosmetics Companies Shun Contentious Chemical
Wall Street Journal, 1/05
FDA Phthalate Study Finds Highest Levels Of Substance In Nail Polish
The Rose Sheet, 1/05
Top companies offer safer cosmetics
Rocky Mountain News, 1/05
The Ugly Side of Beauty Products
Environmental Health Perspectives, 1/05
A Makeover for the Cosmetics Industry
The Nation, 12/04
The Downstream Dangers of Your Perfume Christian Science Monitor, 12/04
Labeling Loophole Leaves Toxic Chemicals Unlisted
NBC San Jose, 8/04
More Than Cosmetic
Los Angeles Times, 8/04
Look good, get cancer?
San Jose Mercury News, 8/04
Household Toxic Chemicals Not Adequately Regulated
KPBS San Diego, 7/04
Toxins getting closer scrutiny
Oakland Tribune, 6/04
Time to stop glossing over ugly risks of beauty products
The Sacramento Bee, 7/04
Purely Cosmetic? A New Report
The Washington Post, 6/04
Cosmetics may contain hazardous ingredients
Baltimore Sun, 6/04
Carcinogens at the cosmetics counter
San Jose Mercury News, 6/04
Making sure safety product is safe
Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 6/04
Filling the product-test gap
Denver Rocky Mountain News, 6/04
Site tells what's in products
Cleveland Plain Dealer, 6/04
Grooming products' contents untested
San Francisco Chronicle, 6/04
Toiletries Could Contain Toxins
Contra Costa Times, 6/04
Dirty little beauty secrets
Missoula Independent, 6/04
Beauty Beat: Study Questions Cosmetics Safety
New York, 6/04
Amid Health Concern, Nail-Polish Makers Switch Formulas
Wall Street Journal, 4/04
Activists push for safer ingredients in make up
Women's ENews, 4/04
Questions about some cosmetics
Los Angeles Times, 5/04
Legislators ponder: What price beauty?
Sacramento Bee, 4/04
Could polishing your nails be dangerous?
KTVU News, 4/04
EU bans toxins from cosmetics
Chemical Regulation Reporter, 12/02
Women shun products with chemical linked to birth defects
Boston Globe, 10/02
Common chemical damages sperm
You can definitely lose weight on a vegetarian diet, just choose 2% or lower fat milk products, use sharp cheese so the higher flavor makes it so you don't need to use as much. Brown rice is very filling especially when paired with beans or bean soup. Mrs LJ even makes her own tortillas sometimes (fresh ones are a different thing than store bought!) and homemade bread. OF course, not everyone has the time to do this. But whole wheat bread is so much tastier and satisfying than gooey stuff...
If you use herbs and spices for flavor, and add a variety of vegetables to the grains and beans, and make sure you have some milk products but cut down on fattening ones like sour cream that have little protein, you should do fine! Especially if you add some exercise.
I know what you mean about not cooking - before mrs LJ and I got married, I lived on toast and sprouts. And was much skinnier!
Mrs LJ just wears makeup she gets in natural food stores, and hardly any. I like the way people look naturally. Cleanliness and neatness and shiny hair count for a lot. To me, a lot of makeup has a "clown" look.
But I'm an old ex-hippie type anyway.
Yes, I can get good tofu. YOu just bake it? In one chunk? I never thought of that. sounds good as I don't like to cook. I toss a tablespoon of soy flour into my morning egg whites, whip like crazy, and make a sort of no-carb pancake, and top with warmed fresh fruit and a dab of yogurt. Outstanding!
Ah the weight problem. My solution is the Zone Diet, which you can do with soy products as well as other protein sources. Small amounts of protein at each meal, as I mentioned above, balanced with a great many veggies, some fruit. I got to a plateau and stopped losing, so added a piece of bread now and then and the pounds resumed their downward march. It's the balance of protein/carbs/fats that does it. Essentially, it's a low carb diet but you almost cannot eat all the low-glycemic carbs suggested. Sugar is a big no-no.
Think about eating Cheese Doritos right now.....feel like gagging yet?
I am right their with you on the veggie although I eat fish and on occasion New York steaks.
Still will eat a burger at the local Steak house now and then but my gut is happy with raw veggies and allot of water.
Turn my gut problems literally around in five years eating like I do now.
No spices either other than a dash of Tobasco but plenty of herbs.
I just bought two flats of Asparagus last week to share with those I work with been eating that nightly in some way or another in meals LOVE THE STUFF.
Got is fresh from Walla Walla twenty pounds for $16 and bought a total of forty pounds.
When I get tofu I usually press it a little to get more water out, and then slice it and bake to get some chew.
I can't be scientific about anything, but I know when I cut out sweet stuff (doing it now) I lose weight rather painlessly. Sweet stuff usually has other fattening things in it too like butter and frosting.
What a deal on asparagus. Where do you get a whole flat for that price? It's good on toast like a sandwich.
Do you eat nuts?
I always have a bowl of pastchious for snacking on.
Sunflowere get stuck in the diverticulitus so I quit those except for a once in awhile treat on saled.
Thanks for all the info. While the alarmists are hard at work, it does seem that these chemicals should be tested extensively and not used unless labeled.
Goat Cheese Feta (not the grocery store crap) broccolli and leafy lettuce with raspberry vinagarette.
One of my winter faves.
And having cut the soda and candy for the most part the sugar cravings led me to a love for sweet potatoes.
I go for the natural look but that means evenning out my skin color.
I have Alan Keyes eyes the black upper and lower lid problem.
Farmers Market on Wends in Oregon.
Guy brings it down in flats and sales it per pound, I talked him down a few cents as I was wanting two flats.
Best thing I ever bought was a little electric steamer (actually it was a gift). Most veggies I eat raw but my Asparugus I liked steam a little.
I noticed eating it daily the urine smell has gone away or it may be all the water I drink now a days flushing it out.
Yes, but there is always the temptation to eat too many. That makes them fattening. :( I do like them on salads.
They'll have to pry my makeup from my cold, dead fingers in order to get it! What a waste of time and tax dollars.
Oh, boy. Well, this will certainly take up my idle time. I won't have anymore time to feel sorry for myself since Phillip passed away.
My kids will croak! They have been after me to start cooking again. Wait until they see this! ROFLOL!
The fragrances in products really do a number on me and others I know. You have to look very hard to find products without fragrances in them, especially hair products.
Regardless of Mr. Morris' opinions, the picture in post 11 is sublime. :)
My son, King Vanity freeper, has a rule that as his wheelchair and personal careprovider when we go to town I am dressed well and totally groomed with the face made up to cover uneven skin tones ect. nice not war painted.
He dresses well and is very well groomed and expects the same from me as he is out socializing.
I do wear dressy birkenstocks for security reason as I am pushing and pulling him and his chair which is #350 pounds of weight.
Ulla Popkin has nice comortable snazzy/stylish pant suits that I can work in. /
No way could I get away with sweats and a t shirt.
Around the house caring for him I live in kness length tees as work can be very messy and the excertion I am usaully over heated.
We can't handle either smoke or perfumes.
But in public respect others rights to smoke. I do like cigar smoke it is cigs that choke me up.
I find it amusing that when taking my son in for wheelchair clinic or visiting one of his specialists at the hosp the CNA's and Nurses who group smoke in the designated areas usually not to far from the entrance.
More hospitals are hiding them in locations outside where the gen. public can't smell or see them and it usually is the short cut entrance we sneak through.
My son is so sensitive at times when asthma and allergies are active that he complains about the dryer vent on the side of the house drifting into our living area.
Oh and we live out on acres but when the neighbors down wind from us have company we know it as the cig smoke comes into our living area.
Thank you. That salad sounds wonderful. I will try it. I love salads with Raspberry Vinaigrette Dressing.
Exactly! I designed my bathroom around my cosmetics. I drawer for this, a cabinet for that. I have a whole friggin' drawer just for NAIL POLISH fercryinoutloud! And just for my TOENAILS at that!
~~sigh~~ Maybe I do have a problem.
There's probably a 12 Step program or something for us!
Why the kosher salt? Is it iodized? Boy your food sounds good.
No, you don't have a problem. However, you must be one heck of a beautiful woman. I need to get my stuff organized. :(
For some reason I don't see this group big on lipstick, eyeshadow or even deodorant.
My youngest daughter has Graves Disease. She has not had her thyroid gland destroyed yet because she has small children and the doctor does not want to do it until she is through having babies. She wants to have one more baby. Her eyes protrude, though not as bad as they did when she was first diagnosed. She goes back and forth from being hypothyroid to hyperthyroid sometimes. She has to have her levels checked periodically. Now she knows the symptoms and gets to the doctor as soon as she notices a change. When she becomes hyper, it affects her heart and she is put on an antiarrythmic medication. I wish she would go ahead and have the thyroid destroyed so that she would be well. I worry about her.
I know what you mean about having smokers work on you. I changed dentists because of that.