Drugstore Cosmetics: The Ugly Ingredients List

Women in North America use, on average 12 beauty products per day.  This includes skin care, hair care, and cosmetics.  Drug store, department store and even specialty beauty products can contain potentially harmful chemical compounds that have been linked serious health conditions including cancer. In short, our skin absorbs whatever is applied to it as is evidenced through the growing use … [Read more...]

Health Alert: Mirena Intrauterine Contraceptive

Mirena is a long acting reversible contraceptive that is implanted into the womb.  It is considered a hormonal intrauterine contraceptive device (IUD) that releases small amounts of the hormone levonorgestrel locally into uterus through a soft and flexible plastic device approximately 3 cm long.   It provides up to five years of birth control protection. The maker of Mirena, Bayer, says that … [Read more...]

The Bee Venom Trend: Nature’s Botox?

The latest celebrity skin care buzz:  Bee venom facials, night creams, and other bee-sourced skin care products.  Manufacturers are touting bee venom as "nature’s answer to Botox". Bee venom is mixed with other natural compounds including honey, shea butter, and essential oils of rose and lavender.  The combination of these ingredients is believed to stimulate the skin’s natural ability to … [Read more...]