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Women's Health Today Lecture: "The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry: Toxins in Personal Care Products and Safer Alternatives" - November 28, 2007

Lead in lipstick ... Carcinogens in baby shampoo ... How is this possible? Simple. The $50 billion cosmetics industry has kept itself unregulated for decades. The result: Toxic chemicals are widespread in beauty products, and in our bodies. It's not just women who are affected by this chemists' brew. Shampoo, deodorant, face lotion and other products used daily by men, women and children contain hazardous chemicals that the industry claims are "within acceptable limits." But there's nothing acceptable about daily multiple exposures to carcinogenic and hormone-disrupting chemicals from products that are supposed to make us feel healthy and beautiful.
Stacy Malkan is a media strategist for the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and author of Not Just a Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry (New Society, 2007). The book delves deeply into the dark side of the beauty industry, and looks to hopeful solutions for a healthier future.

Date: Wednesday, November 28
Time: Noon to 1 p.m. (Feel free to bring your lunch)
Place: Herbst Hall at Mt. Zion, 1600 Divisadero Street, 2nd floor
Presenter: Stacy Malkin is communications director for Health Care Without Harm, a global coalition working to green the health care industry. Stacy is also a media strategist for the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics. Her new book, entitled "Not Just a Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry" (New Society) will be released in September 2007.

The WHT lectures, co-sponsored by the UCSF Center for Gender Equity , are free and open to the public

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