The FDA would like you to die a slow, painful death

by twit

Via the Consumerist on July 3, 2008, there is a database from the Environmental Working Group, a watchdog organization that lets you search for your brand of sunblock and review the findings of scientific studies that detail the cancer-causing, reproductive organ-damaging, endocrine system-disrupting chemicals that places like Japan have banned and regulated, but the FDA has done nothing about.

The baby care section is terrifying. Skin care is even worse. Think you’re doing alright by getting that hypoallergenic makeup? Think again!

An advanced search of the site can be conducted here. The organic products listing is a lot of fun, if you like freaking out about suddenly realizing that ‘organic’ is absolutely no guarantee that a product is anywhere close to being considered by scientists to be safe for human use.

“Where can I get these fine new items? Well that’s the gag, chances are you bought ’em already!”


3 Responses to The FDA would like you to die a slow, painful death

  1. Trosa says:

    The real GAWD AWFUL part (you have to pronounce God with a REAL NEW YORK ACCENT, GAWD) is that the ‘bad’ one are avaiable anywhere-every drug store, supermarket and local bodega in the US and they are always on sale!!! After buying gas and milk, who has $15 bucks to get your kid the smallest possible bottle of ‘healthy’ sun block!!!! But then we can’t keep them inside either, because that study just came out saying that most Americans are Vitamin D defficent!!! WTF!!!!

  2. well, I would say to help the vitamin D it is important to get a lot of milk, but if you try going organic it is around $7 a gallon these days, which doesn’t leave a lot for gas, which means more walking around, which can be tricky if we are supposed to be limiting our time in the sun… then there are green leafy vegetables for extra vitamin D, but whoops, can we get some salmonella on the side with that? maybe some E. Coli?

    what a delightful place this country has become!

    but as a side note, instead of throwing out most of my makeup, toothpaste, shampoo, skin care products and every other product of mine that popped up on that site’s danger lists, I have decided that the more affordable way to go is to just hope that we mutate and develop a better resistance to all that dreck.

    I mean, I grew up drinking water out of taps contaminated with arsenic and lead, and the only side effect I’ve noticed is turning into a snarky blogger…

    so at least we can entertain ourselves while we wait for our superpowers to kick in…

  3. k@th says:

    and if we up our intake of milk, we contribute to more cows hooked up on milking machines, calves crated for veal, and environmental pollution, while, as i’ve also heard, the protein in it actually leaches calcium from our bodies! what to do?! only the wealthy can afford to shop at ‘whole paycheck,’ but can we afford not to? maybe we should all be growing our own green vegetables, you know, while there’s still any soil left to grow things in and water left to irrigate…

    the fact is, we live in a world where people die because there may not be money behind research for a drug that can cure them if there isn’t a high enough profit margin. bht is a common, and controversial, preservative in foods that has shown promise in treating and possibly curing certain cancers, cold sores, and herpes. it hasn’t gone through trials because it is simply too commonly found in nature, therefore, cheap–no money to be made from marketing it. how might something like this scenario keep us from finding a cure for aids, much less a very rare disease?

    and for every new study that comes out, within a short time comes another study to refute it, or show that the former ‘solution’ is now a problem in itself. i always look at who is funding the studies, also–it can be very enlightening. there’s a lot of ‘fear-marketing’ going on these days, and i won’t buy into it blindly. the fda is too slow to approve life-saving drugs and pull products from shelves (i.e. phthalates), therefore the consumer needs to be informed, but it takes more than just reading the headlines.

    it may sound pat, but in the end i think it comes down to moderation, like anything else. even a healthy thing like water has a toxicity level–you really can drink too much of it.

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