They almost had to scrape me off the linoleum floor at Walgreens when I saw those questions on the pages of a certain glossy magazine. There I was flipping through the May issue of Glamour when I saw it: the very first article ever printed in a major women’s magazine about the serious health threat of chemicals in cosmetics and other consumer products.
Kudos to the editors of Glamour magazine for having the guts to print it and to Melinda Wenner Moyer for laying out the facts with impeccable research and an obviously exhaustive round of expert interviews.
The article, illustrated with a pair of mud-caked stiletto heels (?), is titled, “The New Toxic Threat to Women’s Health: They’re in your bathroom, your kitchen, your fridge — and mounting research hints they could be wreaking havoc on your weight, fertility and immune system.”
I especially love the first sentence: “If you’ve read the news lately, you’ve probably stumbled across headlines about the health risks posed by chemicals in your sports bottle, personal care products or food containers [thanks for noticing, we're working on it over here!] … So just how concerned should we be? Very, say 13 prominent experts interviewed by Glamour — especially because women may be particularly vulnerable.”
The article goes on to cite the recent President’s Cancer Panel report, quote many MDs and PhDs, and cite decades of research indicating that chemicals commonly used in plastics, cosmetics and other products can scramble our hormones and harm our health in many subtle and not-so-subtle ways.
Please take a few minutes to thank Glamour magazine with a Facebook post or letter to the editor at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’m rushing to post this now because many people are asking for the link and stay tuned so I can tell you why you’ll probably never read this story in the pages of Vogue …