Dr. Samuel Epstein's 2009 Book, Toxic
What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You . . . In Fact, It
DALLAS: A groundbreaking new book, Toxic Beauty: How
Cosmetics and Personal-Care Products Endanger Your Health …
And What You Can Do About It, issues a long-overdue
wake-up call to the public on the dangers of ingredients in common cosmetics and
personal-care products whose safety most people naively take for granted.
“We are all playing Russian roulette with toxic-laden cosmetics
and personal-care products that we apply to our skin, and to the skin of our
infants and children, everyday,” warns author Samuel S. Epstein, MD.
How many women know of the risks to their health by using
lipstick, moisturizers or deodorants? Why do so few mothers know of the risks to
their infants and children from using personal-care products, including
sunscreens? How can the cosmetic and personal care products industry recklessly
continue to ignore these dangers?
Toxic Beauty is a fully documented exposé which reveals
the wide range of avoidable health risks, some even life threatening, that
Americans are unknowingly exposed to in their everyday cosmetic and
personal-care products. “But there is also good news. These toxic exposures are
100 percent avoidable by taking just a few basic precautions,” says Epstein.
Toxic Beauty is written by Dr. Samuel S. Epstein, an
internationally recognized expert on avoidable causes of cancer, besides other
toxic-related diseases, and investigative reporter Randall Fitzgerald. And
besides chronicling the pervasive marketing of dangerous products, Toxic
Beauty also informs readers on the growing availability of safe
products. In the pages of Toxic Beauty, you’ll find:
categories of common toxic ingredients in cosmetics and personal-care products.
in these products have been incriminated in a wide range of diseases,
particularly cancers. These include malignant melanoma of the skin, and lethal
They also include birth defects in male infants.
and certified organic products as alternative to dangerous products.
exposures to employees from prolonged exposures to toxic ingredients in
unlabeled products in poorly ventilated and unregulated beauty and nail salons.
listing all major categories of toxic ingredients; also tables on five major
of toxic ingredients that can be downloaded from the Cancer
Prevention Coalition Web site, www.preventcancer.com.
Epstein warns, “Unbelievably, the FDA has recklessly failed to
protect us from toxic ingredients in cosmetics and personal-care products for
the last six decades. What’s more, the mainstream industry has remained
criminally indifferent to the dangers of their products. In sharp contrast,
European regulations ban all products containing toxic ingredients.”
So, the reality is that protecting yourself and your family
unfortunately is still entirely up to you.
Toxic Beauty shows you just how.
Samuel S. Epstein, MD, professor emeritus of environmental
health at the University of Illinois, Chicago, has published 270 scientific
articles and authored or coauthored 15 books. Dr. Epstein has been a consultant
to the U.S. Senate and is frequently invited to give congressional testimony. He
has also consulted for the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of
He has appeared on national TV shows including “60 Minutes,”
“Face the Nation,” “Meet the Press,” “Good Morning America” and the “Today”
show, along with major documentaries, including the 2004 prize-winning “The
Randall Fitzgerald has been an investigative newspaper and
magazine reporter and author for 37 years. He has written features for Reader’s
Digest, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal. His most recent book is
The Hundred Year Lie: How Food and Medicine Are Destroying Your Health.
Title: Toxic Beauty: How Cosmetics and Personal Care Products
Endanger Your Health … And What You Can Do about It
Author: Samuel S. Epstein, MD and Randall Fitzgerald
Publisher: BenBella Books, Distributed by Perseus Distribution
Publication: April 2009, $24.95 (CAN $29.00), Cloth, ISBN:
General Trade, 224 pages, 6 x 9
Thank you for your interest and support.
Samuel S. Epstein, M.D.
Founder of the Cancer Prevention Coalition