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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’.

WHY DERMAQOL? BECAUSE INGREDIENTS MATTER – WHAT YOU PUT ON YOUR BODY MATTERS! 

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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.”

BE KIND TO YOUR SKIN 

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: http://www.lotstolivefor.com/brands/Derma-QOL.html

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References:

1. Most Prevalent Xenoestrogens in Personal Care: Houlihan J, Brody C, Schwan B. Environmental Working
Group. Not too pretty. Phthalates, beauty products and the FDA. http://www.ewg.org/files/nottoopretty_final.pdf [Accessed: May 18, 2012]
2. Environmental estrogens, cosmetics and breast cancer. Best Pract Res Clin Endocrinol Metab 2006;20:121-143. Darbe PD.
3. Urinary excretion of phthalates and paraben after repeated whole-body topical application in humans.
Janjua NR, Frederiksen H, Skakkebaek NE, et al. Int J Androl 2008;31:118-130.
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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Tips to Improve Comfort During Cancer Treatment / How To Combat Cancer Side Effects

By Margot Malin, CEO and Founder of Lots To Live For, Inc.

 

Starting either chemotherapy or radiation oncology treatment can feel overwhelming. There are logistics and arrangements to consider, medical research and treatment options to review, as well as getting through daily tasks.  Patients often forget to explore how they can reduce cancer treatment side effects.  Reducing unpleasant and uncomfortable side effects is important because the more comfortable you feel during treatment, the more likely you will be to continue through treatments uninterrupted, and the better your overall frame of mind will be.  We will give you an overview of some simple ways you can combat the side effects of cancer treatment.

 

Lots to Live For, Inc.  offers a variety of products to help you reduce and relieve side effects of chemotherapy and radiation.  Many of the products have been developed by cancer survivors and thrivers who saw an unmet need when they went through treatment and decided to “pay it forward” by developing a solution. Many of these products are manufactured by small, innovative and entrepreneurial companies without a “national marketing machine” so they may not have recognizable brand names.

 

Radiation Skin Care

Radiation can cause many different skin reactions – including but not limited to dryness, redness, tenderness, burns, radiation reaction and radiation dermatitis. Some lotions and creams can be very effective at reducing these side effects. Highly effective brands include RADX radiation therapy, My Girls Skin Care (all natural) and 7 Cream (homeopathic). Gel sheets and pads such as CoolMagic hydro gel sheets or the Lind Skin Cooler Roll can be cooling and soothing, and can be applied directly, or over a radiation cream, providing intense relief. Explore products to help heal and soothe radiation burns at Lots To Live For, Inc.

 

Oral Care

It is a good idea to have your teeth cleaned, or other dental work performed before starting chemotherapy or radiation to your chest and neck area. Many medications will affect your mouth.  Use a gentle toothpaste, such as Biotene, and keep your mouth fresh and lubricated with gentle products such as Biotene or MouthKote Oral Balance can help to soothe mouth sores and enhance hydration.

 

Hair Care

Many chemotherapy medications can cause hair to fall out, and they can also make the scalp feel itchy and tingly. Explore the newly introduced Penguin Cold Cap to help hair retention during chemotherapy treatment. Thymuskin hair care topical products can help reduce hair loss and accelerate hair regrowth.  Alra shampoo and DermaQOL hair products can help ease an itchy scalp.

 

Nausea

Ginger is a natural product that can help nausea.  Biobands are acupressure wristbands that can also help.  Try Queasy Pops and Queasy Drops for added comfort.

 

Cancer Gifts

All of the products mentioned also make excellent gifts for cancer patients. If you are a friend, relative, caregiver, or co-worker consider a “gift of comfort” as an expression of your concern and support. Click here to find a collection of cancer gifts.

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Beyond personal care products that can help maintain comfort during cancer treatment we also share additional lifestyle suggestions.

 

Nutrition

There is a wealth of information dedicated to healthy eating during cancer treatment. One suggestion is: The American Cancer Society Complete Guide To Nutrition for Cancer Survivors.   There are many articles about superfoods, and the importance of reducing sugar in the diet. Remember to stay well hydrated! We suggest searching the internet for additional information.   The Anti-Cancer Club provides additional suggestions about nutrition.

 

Exercise

Research is increasingly proving that gentle exercise has many benefits. Physical activity can decrease depression and anxiety. Additional benefits from exercise may include the reduction of stress, increased confidence and reinforcement of other positive health habits. Exercise can also help the patient gain endurance, increase energy level and decrease fatigue, which may be caused by treatments. Studies have recently shown that exercise may in fact help prevent reoccurrence.

 

Items to Take to Treatment

Taking these items to treatment with you can help pass the time and keep you warm and comfortable.  Find a cheery and colorful bag to carry: a pen and pad so you can jot down medical questions, a journal if you like to write, an ipod or tablet computer, warm booties, a blanket, a meditation or breathing CD or phone app, a book, warm booties, Queasy Drops to keep your mouth hydrated and water or green tea for additional hydration. Remember to ask your oncology nurse whether these items can be used during your specific therapy.  Remember to dress comfortably too!

 

This article has offered tips to enhance your comfort during cancer treatment. If you find it helpful, please share it with others traveling a parallel journey.

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