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Few people have ever heard of parabens until the past year or so.



Parabens are a group of synthetic chemicals, such as Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben and others used mainly by the cosmetics and food industries as preservatives to extend the shelf lives of various foods, cosmetics, deodorants, moisturizers, shampoos, hair dyes and patent medicines, etc. This would include lipsticks, deodorants, lip balms, facial creams, etc., according to Dr. OVERSET FOLLOWS:David Elfrig, of Bozeman, Mont. He points out that Methylparaben is the cheapest and most commonly used of this group of compounds and is used by manufacturers to improve their bottom lines by extending shelf lives. It is also the most dangerous one since it tends to be absorbed in breast tissue and is found in high concentrations within the breast tumors of some women, and in tumors in the prostate in some men.



While this does not necessarily mean it causes tumors, it does indicate a spossible stong connection. I would suspect that underarm deodorants would tend to be somewhat more risky than other deodorants due to the proximity of the application site to the breasts. Methylparaben is also found in allergy relief capsules and many other similar types of medications.



Although I am a retired chemical engineer from a major oil company, I am in no way qualified to offer any type of recommendations as to what action should be taken. My purpose here is to make people aware of the possible dangers of these little known types of compounds and their relative abundance in our immediate environment. However, I would suggest that you consult your family doctor or oncologist as to what precautions you should take to be on the safe side. I would also suggest that you do some research on your own. In fact, Google has a plethora of article son the most common overlooked dangers of parabens.



Larry McGrievy, Lima



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