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Quotes From The Safe Shopper's Bible

Published in 1995 by Dr. Samuel Epstein, MD and Dr. David Steinman, MD

"Not a single cosmetic company warns consumers of the presence of carcinogens in its products - despite the fact that several common cosmetic ingredients or their contaminants are carcinogenic themselves or are carcinogenic precursors."

"Consumers have an inalienable right to know what ingredients are in products they use daily, and to be certain that chemicals posing chronic health risks will be phased out when alternatives are available. These are rights regardless of one's perception of the risk of the ingredient. Yet walk down the aisle of any supermarket and you will quickly see how minimal regulation has led to grossly inadequate labeling."

"How bad is the situation? Some leading household products do not disclose to the consumer that they contain carcinogens, neurotoxins or other hazardous substances. Shoppers may choose these products anyway and may want to continue using them, but deserve complete labeling information to make an informed choice."

"Government and industry have failed abysmally to protect consumer health adequately; at the very least, they have failed to inform consumers fully of the hazardous ingredients used in household products, cosmetics and foods. This glaring void leaves consumers at peril, uninformed and feeling powerless and frightened by the lack of information. One of the major reasons for our publishing The Safe Shopper's Bible is to empower you to transform your lifestyle into one that is healthier, more natural and in greater harmony with the health of our environment."

"The major dilemma for consumers anxious to find safe products is that they do not know where to turn for information. The only consumer guides available today stress homemade alternatives to household products or point up only those often more expensively priced brands available through health food markets and mail order. But most people today are so busy making a living, taking care of their children, and doing other daily chores that they do not have the time or patience to mix their own household cleaners or make their own laundry soap and cosmetics."

"The Safe Shopper's Bible is designed as a tool to help shoppers find the safest foods and consumer products, whether major or alternative brands. Several thousand brands of consumer products have been evaluated."

"Occasionally, recommend brands are available only at health food stores or through mail order catalogs that specialize in environmentally safe products. But simply shopping in a health food store is no guarantee of buying the safest products or foods. Many health food stores sell foods grown with pesticides and consumer products that are no safe (and often more expensive) than those found in your favorite major supermarket. Furthermore, many of their health products make false or misleading claims."

"The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), an independent regulatory agency created in 1972, is charged with ensuring that common consumer household products are safe from unreasonable risk of injury and death. The CPSC has jurisdiction of more than fifteen thousand consumer products. Yet manufacturers of household products are not required to disclose any of their hazardous ingredients used in their products. Federal regulations do require manufacturers to provide minimal label information, but not for carcinogenicity, neurotoxicity, or reproductive effects, which hardly constitutes adequate disclosure. Disclosure of harmful ingredients will remain minimal as long as responsibility for disclosure rests with manufacturers and government oversight remains minimal."

"Our goal is to encourage industry to provide consumers more information and to produce safer products by reducing reliance on toxic chemicals."

"Purchase safe and healthy cosmetics and personal care products. Cosmetics free from carcinogenic synthetic chemicals are available in natural product supermarkets or health food stores, or from chains of special distributors. These include Neways International, Aubrey Organics, Dr. Hauschka, Ecco Bella, and Paul Penders."

Dr. Samuel Epstein, MD, Founder of the Cancer Prevention Coalition, Chicago, Illinois, Chapters Throughout the U.S. and the World

Note: Before buying The Safe Shopper's Bible, be aware of the following:

''The copyright is at least 10 years old and most of the products are no longer available at the stores.'' - A. Horn

''I have never heard of the recommended alternatives, and they are unavailable at any store, ie: Logona, Ecco Bella, Aloegen Biogenics, Paul Penders cosmetics, etc. What is a person to do? The authors of this book are doing us a favour by making us aware of how toxic these everyday items are, but does little to help the consumer who does not live in an area where alternatives are readily available.'' - Kate Smart

''This is a great guide but needs to be updated badly. There are graphs of specific company's products with their pro's and con's listed beside them. The problem is that many companies have changed the formulations of their products since the book's original publish date of 1995 and many of the specific products listed are no longer made...some by companies that no longer exist. However, as a reviewer noted ..., it is an essential guide for knowing which harmful ingredients to look for. '' - Anonymous Customer skip

You may prefer buying one or more other books on the subject. There's a link to a list of some of them in the shopping section below.

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