New Cosmetics Legislation Introduced. Is it Enough?

There’s movement on the cosmetics regulation front. This week a bi-partisan bill has been introduced by Senators Dianne Feinstein of California and Susan Collins of Maine that would grant the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) a little more authority — for the first time ever — to regulate the personal care products industry. But what does the legislation actually propose, and is it enough? Just to remind you upfront, the cosmetics industry... Read More

Don’t Just Ditch the Dirty

Last week at the W3ll People Supernatural Session, Heather White, Executive Director of the Environmental Working Group, reminded attendees of a startling fact. The current laws regulating cosmetics in the U.S. date back to 1938. That’s just 18 years after women were granted the right to vote. Doesn’t that seem impossibly long ago? That’s when the Palmolive ad featured above was current, by the way. Loopholes and inadequacies in the U.S.... Read More

Are Herbal Supplements Harmful to Your Health?

This week the New York Times featured an opinion piece called Skip the Supplements in which the authors encourage us to think twice about taking herbal supplements. Their rationale is not that herbs are bad, per se. The real problem is the way that supplements are manufactured and regulated. The Food and Drug Administration doesn’t regulate dietary supplements as drugs even though many have pharmacological effects. They aren’t tested... Read More

From the Headlines: Is Your Neti Pot Dangerous?

Yeesh. Two things we love—neti pots and organic food—took a bit of beating in the press last week. Did you guys see? Did someone smug forward you an article about how organic food isn’t healthier after all, or sound alarm bells about why you can’t pour tap water through your nose? (You really can’t.) Let’s do a quick survey of the facts, starting with neti pots today and organic food tomorrow. The New York Times and others... Read More

Are Any Self Tanners Actually Safe? Making Sense of the New Research About DHA

Fans of fake tans may want to sit down for this. Dihydroxyacetone—that’s DHA to you— which is the active ingredient in self-tanners (even clean ones) and spray tans (none of which are clean) “has the potential to cause genetic alterations and DNA damage,” according to a panel of scientists in an investigation done by ABC News. Now before you run to the bathroom and ditch your Chocolate Sun, let’s take a closer look at... Read More

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