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Category: Well, Let_s Talk!
Posted: 2007-07-25 11:09

Here is a tip that I only learned about when I set up OutsideIn Life. If you scroll down to the very bottom of the page you will find the section titled Live Updates something called RSS Feed. This a a very neat piece of cyber-technology!

By clicking on the service of your choice, you can add an update button on your browser's tool bar. This will notify you automatically every time a new article is published here at OutsideIN Life!

I like it when technology is easy to use, understand, and makes life easier - not always the case. So, scroll down now and make your selection. This way you won't miss one bit of the information that is designed to help you enjoy a better quality of life!


Can Shampoo Make You Fat?

Category: Skin Deep
Posted: 2007-07-23 20:31

Readers of OutsideIN Life are familiar with the notion of external poisons we chose to use, frequently because we are uninformed.

Recently much has been published about the known dangers of the paraben family of ingredients and the many products they are found in.

What causes parabens to be potentially harmful? It is that their chemical structure is strikingly similar to the hormone estrogen. When paraben-laced products are applied to your skin, they're absorbed into your body and may be mistaken for estrogen, disrupting the hormonal system.

Too much estrogen can cause big problems, including weight gain, fluid retention and depression. Parabens have been linked to several hormone-related diseases, including breast cancer, abnormal fetal development in pregnant women, and abnormal development of male reproductive systems.

In 2004, researchers in the United Kingdom detected parabens in 18 of 20 breast cancer tumors they studied, suggesting a link between parabens and breast cancer.

Estrogen also helps to regulate the activity of fat cells, meaning that yes, it's possible your shampoo is making you fat.

Besides being risky to your health, parabens pose environmental risks. Washed off in the shower or at the beach, they can accumulate in waterways or soil and disrupt the hormones in animals. Scientists have documented hundreds of animals with genetic defects, such as frogs with extra legs, which they say could be the result of paraben pollution. Find out about Paraben-free beauty products.
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