The Doctors: Phthalates Are in Many Beauty Products
According to certain studies, the beauty routine you use could double your risk of diabetes. A chemical found in containers of hair sprays, lotions, gels and self-tanners called Phthalate can effect your hormones, your metabolism and your diabetes risk.
Some names and common uses of Phthalates are:
- DEP or Diethyl Phthalate, found in deodorant, perfume, cologne, shampoo, hair gel and hand lotion
- DBP or Di-n-butyl Phthalate, found in nail polish and other personal care products
- BzBP or Benzyl Butyl Phthalate, found in vinyl flooring and car-car products
Dr. Travis Stork said to check the labels on your beauty products the same way you check food labels. You want to look for any sort of Phthalates. They can also be hidden in the term “fragrance.”
With more natural products, you should be able to avoid Phthalates.
The Doctors: Balloons Are a Choking Risk for Children
Most parents know to keep medicines and medical supplies in a high-up cabinet away from their children, but a closet filled with party supplies could lead to trouble.
Dr. Jim Sears said that balloons can be potential choking hazards for children, because they don’t know how to blow them up. He said when you’re child-proofing your house, get down on a child’s level and see if there’s anything tiny that could be something to choke on.
Dr. Travis Stork recommended that everyone check their closets when they get home tonight to make sure there are no fire hazards near light bulbs.