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African-American, African-Caribbean hair products harmful to women and children, linked to reproductive and birth defects, breast cancer, and heart disease

posted Feb 1, 2012, 10:48 AM by Nancy Swan   [ updated Feb 1, 2012, 10:50 AM ]
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"Safe" by US standards means no ill effects on a grown health heavy weight man. The US government fails to provide standards of chemical and environmental safety for women and children. Chemicals levels and compounds that
will not injure a man, can kill a young child. These dangerous products are used in homes and salons on children without any warning or regulation. Children are also exposed when they accompany adults to salons or are near use of these products. Few people bother to read warnings on packaging, which is not enough. If the product cannot be safe for children, they should be removed from the market or users should be subjected to regulation and enforcement. http://sfbayview.com/2012/skin-deep-in-more-ways-than-one/

African-American and African-Caribbean women surveyed used products that contained chemicals that are commonly referred to as endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs), which have been linked to various reproductive effects and birth defects, breast cancer and heart disease. -- “Racial/Ethnic Differences in Hormonally-Active Hair Product Use: A Plausible Risk Factor for Health Disparities,” Journal of Immigrant Health
“Take the kinks out of your mind, instead of out of your hair,” said Marcus Garvey. Black women today who strive to take his admonition to heart are in a better position than their sisters of the past. Research focusing on the products used in African-American beauty salons – and homes – is increasi...