Thursday, November 25, 2010

Many Scented Cleaning Products Contain Toxic Chemicals

Dr. Weil's report on a recent medical research:
"They detected 133 chemicals in 25 popular products they analyzed, including laundry detergents, fabric softeners, dryer sheets, soaps, hand sanitizers, lotions, deodorants, shampoos and air fresheners...All the products emitted at least one chemical classified as toxic or hazardous,... and 11 of them emitted at least one chemical considered a probable carcinogen"
Dr. Weil's "Natural Household Cleaning Products" at 
is useful.

The original research article is titled Fragranced consumer products: Chemicals emitted, ingredients unlisted, whose abstract says "For 'green' products, emissions of these compounds were not significantly different from the other products."

Monday, November 8, 2010

Moles linked with slower aging

The report Moles linked with slower aging prompted me to find the original article. It's in the July 2007 edition of Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers & Prevention, "Nevus Size and Number Are Associated with Telomere Length and Represent Potential Markers of a Decreased Senescence In vivo". "Nevus" includes moles and other types of birthmarks. "Telomere" is the free-moving end of a chromosome; the longer the "telomere", the better, e.g. slower aging and possibly (not confirmed) lower risk of cancer. "Senescence" means aging. The study only includes white women. But we hope the link between more and bigger moles on your body and slower aging, also exists for people that are not white and female, and I wish the researchers had commented whether cosmetically removing the moles affects the mole count.