Get out of my face, parabens!
I recently watched a movie called “Pink Ribbons Inc." about how big business has exploited the breast cancer cause. Here it is in its entirety on YouTube. Bookmark that fucker.
This movie affected me deeply. I’ve never had my life touched by breast cancer, but I found the politics around the cause fascinating. Guess how many women got breast cancer in 1929? 1 in 29 women. Guess how many women get breast cancer now?
1 in 8.
1 in 8, you guys!
That’s nuts! 59,000 women will die from it THIS YEAR ALONE. According to the movie’s experts, this rise in breast cancer cases can be attributed to the fact that there’s an increase in dangerous, toxic chemicals in our air, our food, and our beauty products. Yikes, right?
I’d heard about parabens before but never really paid attention. They’re chemicals used as preservatives and they’re in practically everything. When used in excess, these chemicals can mimic estrogen which creates an opportunity for breast cancer to develop. Too much estrogen is a bad thing. That’s when shit goes haywire.
After watching this film, I took a look at the products I had in my bathroom and to put it mildly, I flipped out. Like, I called my mother and cried about it.
"Parabens are horrible!"
"Seriously, why are they allowed to exist? How did this happen?" Sobbing noises. A sustained honking blowing my nose sound.
She thought I was losing my mind. It turns out that there were parabens in my shaving cream, my shampoo, my body lotions, my makeup and my sunscreen. There were even crappy chemicals in my mouthwash. Fuck that noise!
So, I chucked the lot of it into the trash and decided to try to reduce my exposure to parabens and harmful chemicals as much as possible. The website Skin Deep has been a tremendous help to identify which products are yucky. They even have a free app so I can evaluate shit on the fly.
Do I think reducing my exposure to parabens is a full-proof way to avoid cancer? No, not by a longshot. But it has made me more aware of the products I choose to consume and put on my body. And that’s a very good thing.