In Dr. David Servan-Schreiber’s book, Anticancer, he outlines everyday household products to avoid as much as possible. Included in these products are all of the body care products we use on a daily basis.
– We should avoid deodorants and antiperspirants containing aluminum (especially for women shoe shave their armpits, which facilitates penetration of aluminum). Instead, we should purchase natural deodorants without aluminum.
– We should avoid cosmetics, shampoo, lotions, gels, hair dye, nail polish, sunscreen containing estrogens or placental products (common in hair products for Afro hairstyles), or with parabens or phthalates. Phthalates to avoid include BBP and DEHP (BBP=benzyl butyl phthalate; DEHP=di (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate). Parabens to avoid include methylparaben, polyparaben, isoparaben and butylparaben. Instead we should purchase natural and organic products free of paragons, phthalates and estrogens. Many “organic” cosmetics are free of parabens and phthalates. Some companies, such as Body Shop or Aveda make products without phthalates.
– We should avoid perfumes containing phthalates (nearly all of them do). Thus, we should avoid wearing perfume or wear only toilet water (which contains fewer phthalates)