Archive for July, 2013

DermaQOL: Personal Health Products With No Harsh Ingredients – An Excellent Choice for Skin Care During Cancer Treatment

By Jama Russano, Guest Blogger

How many issues related to your personal health are directly linked to the personal care products you use every day?

DermaQOL Personal Care products are specifically formulated from a select group of certified organic essential oils, extracts, and resins combined with natural materials that meet our strict standards and ‘free of harsh ingredient list’.



Ninety percent of skin-care products on the market contain ingredients that can be carcinogenic, estrogenic, or teratogenic, with the potential for long-term serious neurological disorders and conditions. The use of Endocrine-disrupting xenoestrogenic chemicals, such as parabens, phthalates, bisphenol A (BPA), BHT, and BHA are commonly found in everyday personal care products such as cosmetics, shampoo, lotions, sunscreens, hand washing soaps, lining of canned foods, and flame retardant clothing such as children’s pajama’s, to name a few.

Skin is the body’s largest organ; so everything we put on our skin can potentially end up in our bodies.
Because many carcinogens and nano-ingredients are absorbed through the skin they can bypass the liver, entering the bloodstream and the body organs without being detoxified,thus posing greater risk than food contaminated with the same substances. And children absorb 30-percent more chemicals than adults.

Xenoestrogens are hormone disruptors that minic the efects of estrogen, a hormone naturally produced by the body’s endocrine system. The body mistakes these synthetic chemicals for its own hormones, thereby disrupting the natural process of human growth, development, and metabolism. Published studies show there is mounting evidence that chronic exposure to xenoestrogens can disrupt normal endocrine function, which can lead to reproductive failure and cancers of estrogen-sensitive tissues.

In December 2012, the World Health Organization (WHO) released a report, “State of the Science of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals,” based on hormone disruptors (xenoestrogens) that mimic the efects of estrogen, a hormone naturally produced by the body’s endocrine system.” WHO full report-9789241505031 eng.pdf . May 2013.
An international team from WHO reported, “Evidence today linking hormone-disrupting chemicals to human health and wildlife, particularly killer whales and harbor seals, both having high levels of PCBs that accumulate in ocean and ecosystems, has grown stronger over the past decade ‘becoming a global threat’ and needs to be immediately addressed, ranking this above climate warming.”


Now that we have identified the problem, it has taken five years to create a solution for the most delicate skin! DermaQOL Personal Care products are specifically formulated from a select group of certified organic essential oils, extracts, and resins combined with natural materials that meet our strict standards and ‘free of harsh ingredient list’.  Each product and package is tested to ensure there is no estrogenic activity. Delicate, nourishing, and sensitive skin-care products that simply glide across your skin without pulling and tugging. Feel the difference. Take the challenge and compare our products to what you are currently using.

To learn more about DermaQOL products and to purchase DermaQOL products visit:

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4. Phthalate exposure among pregnant women in Jerusalem, Israel: result of a pilot study. Berman T, Hochner-Celnikier D, Calafat AM, et al Environ Int 2009;35:353-357.
5. Personal care product use and urinary levels of phthalate metabolites in Mexican women. Romero-Franco M, Hernandex-Ramirez RU, Calafat AM, et al. Environ Int 2011;37:867-871.
6. Personal care product use predicts urinary concentrations of some phthalate monoesters. Duty SM, Ackerman RM, Calafat AM, Hauser R. Environ Health Perspec 2005;113:1530-1535.7. Estrogen and xenoestrogens in breast cancer. Fernandez SV, Russo J. Toxicol Path 2010;38:110-122.

No Harsh Ingredients

No Harsh Ingredients in DermaQOL Products

Jama Russano, the author of this post has over 30 years’ experience in the cosmetics industry.  She developed Thorne Organics and DermaQOL Estrogenic Activity Free Skin Care Products. Prior to Thorne Research, Inc., she was the founder and president of C.A.T.S. (Children Afflicted by Toxic Substances).  As president of C.A.T.S., Ms. Russano worked with Schneider Children’s Hospital in identifying severe allergic reactions to various medical devices and common ingredients used in everyday personal care and household products.  She also worked closely with the Clinton White House, CDC, NIH, FDA, and HHS and has testified before Congress.  She has contributed to four major medical studies concerning the harmful effects of toxic substances.

Clean, estrogenic free ingredients are her passion.


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Radiant Wrap – A Stellar Idea – Stylish and Comfortable Radiation Therapy Gowns

by Maria Lucas, founder of Radiant Wrap

My journey began in December, 2010. It was the day before New Year’s Eve. I had a mammogram scheduled in the morning as well as a cervical exam and a general physical.  By that afternoon, I was sitting in a surgeon’s office hearing the four words that no woman ever wants to hear, “You have Breast Cancer”. My world had changed.

I didn’t grow up a stranger to Breast Cancer.  I was eight years old when my mother was first diagnosed. She had a mastectomy, and in the years that followed, she went on to have five reoccurrences, treated by many rounds of radiation and chemotherapy.  So it wasn’t a huge surprise when at age fifty, I myself was diagnosed with Breast Cancer.

After two lumpectomies, I began a six week course of radiation therapy.  No amenity was spared at the Cancer Center; I had preferred parking, access to a waiting area that held a lending library, a large screen TV to watch, fresh baked cookies daily and daffodils on Fridays.  But when I came for treatment daily, I would go into the changing area, reach in a communal bin and put on my “gown”. You know the ones, rough, faded cotton, open in the back with half the ties missing, a few tears and holes.

That is when the idea for Radiant Wrap was born! There had to be something better to wear;  something that didn’t take away my femininity, something that didn’t make me feel sick, something that didn’t remind me every day that I was a cancer patient.  I talked to the technicians and the doctors about what was important; openings, accessibility, length and material. I took a few of the gowns home with me and got to work. FINALRadiantWrap_logo

I knew I wanted something that was stylish and flattering, something that was closed and secure at the back and something that didn’t have ties, buttons, Velcro or snaps.  I thought if I could cut up these gowns and design a one piece wrap around that tied at the waist, I would have a beautiful alternative gown.  And that is exactly what I did.  I had a prototype made of my design, and a first run of forty gowns made that June, six months after I was diagnosed and one month after I finished my radiation.

Now two years later, Radiant Wrap is part of the cancer program at ten Hospitals and Cancer centers nationwide and to date have provided nearly 1,000 Radiant Wraps to female Cancer patients. We continue to grow and hope that by year’s end we double the number of partners that we have.  One in eight women is diagnosed with Breast Cancer, and two thirds of those women will have Radiation therapy. We are continually trying to work with and become partners with companies who are very likeminded and founded by other Breast Cancer survivors.

Several fabrics and patterns of the Radiant Wrap are shown above

Several fabrics and patterns of the Radiant Wrap are shown above

Radiant Wrap would have never been conceived if something terrible had not happened. But I do know that we can either let these events ruin us, or we can take the opportunity to turn them around and make something wonderful out of it.  I’ll always believe that out of something bad something good is born and that every dark cloud has a silver lining. My hope is that every woman out there diagnosed with Breast Cancer and facing Radiation therapy has the opportunity to wear a Radiant Wrap and that it makes their treatment time just a bit brighter.

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