Parabens – The Danger in Lotions, Potions and Shampoos


The incidence of thyroid disease doubled in the last thirty-or-so years. Auto-immune diseases, which relate to the endocrine system, are skyrocketing. So, too, are diseases of the brain, such as autism, Parkinson’s Disease and Alzheimer Disease.

A significant part of the problem is the dangers that lurk all around us as part of everyday life in the 21st Century. Created by people, they can also be changed by people if we make enough noise about what they’re doing to us.

Today, let’s talk about parabens. I know, I know. Almost everybody reading this will say ‘para what’? So don’t feel left out if you’ve never heard the word before.

Manufacturers of lotions, potions and cosmetics add parabens to their wares to extend shelf life. There’s methylparaben, butylparaben, ethylparaben, isobutylparaben, propelparaben, and so on.


Parabens, like our old nemesis soy, are estrogenic. That is, they imitate estrogen in the body. They take over our estrogen receptors, keeping real estrogen at bay. However, these pretenders can’t do estrogen’s job-no way, no how-and things go south.

And since you find parabens in lotions, potions and shampoos for people of all ages, everybody gets hurt. It’s even in shampoos and lotions for newborns!

Men may grow breasts, little boys take a lifetime hit in their testosterone levels, little girls can experience an early puberty and women get into all kinds of grief: PMS, menopause woes, etc. And everybody’s endocrine system takes a hit.

What to do?

So what to do? Well, you could read labels. You’ll need a magnifying glass and a lot of patience, but that’s a good choice.

Or you can patronize companies that don’t use parabens. If manufacturers who make a point of not using parabens (and that’s usually big and bold on the label) make big bunches of money, other companies will see the light. Your choices and your dollars have power.

We can’t go by reputation, though. Jason Natural Products aren’t always so natural.

Same with Kiss My Face lotions and toothpaste.

Tom’s of Maine has a big reputation, but I don’t know why. One trip through their ingredient labels convinced me not to buy their stuff.

Noah’s Naturals and Burt’s Bees got bought out by the big boys, and things are no longer the same. The big boys plan on years of raking in lots of money until people figure out what happened, but you don’t have to wait to avoid their products.

Avalon Organics has products worthy of your attention. They have great, natural (as in really natural, not as in a buzzword) fragrances in their shampoos and lotions.

You can’t control all the sources of parabens, but lotions, potions and shampoos are a really good start.

God is good,

Bette Dowdell  
Too Pooped to Participate

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P.S. Bette Dowdell is not a doctor, nor does she purport to be She’s a patient who’s been studying and successfully handling her own endocrine problems for more than 30 years. She offers introductory teleseminars and an in-depth 12-month subscription program, “Moving to Health” about living well with endocrine issues. She explains how things work-or don’t, discusses what things to avoid as well as the things that help, and she provides a lot of well-researched nutritional information. Subscribe to her free e-zine at Information is power.

Bette Dowdell

Bette Dowdell writes about taking control of your own health because that's the only choice life gave her.

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