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    this is from a female friend of mine who wanted me to pass this to my forums............please read ladies


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    Subject: FW: I want allyou girls to read this:Lipstick
    Date: Wed, 22 Aug 2007 1057 -0700
    From: Susete.Machado@cdcr.ca.gov




    Thanks! - Susete Machado



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    >
    > Something to consider
    > next time you go shopping for
    > lipstick......
    >
    >This comes from someone
    >who works in the breast cancer unit at
    >Mt. Sinai Hospital, in Toronto.
    >
    >From: Dr. Nahid Neman
    >If there is a female you care anything about,
    > share this with her. I did!!!!!
    >
    >I am also sharing this with the males on my email list,
    > because they need to tell the females
    > THEY care about as well!
    >
    >Recently a lipstick brand called "Red Earth"
    > decreased their prices from
    > $67 to $9.90.
    >
    >It contained lead.
    > Lead is a chemical which causes cancer.
    >
    >The lipstick brands that contain lead are:
    > CHRISTIAN DIOR
    >
    >LANCOME
    >
    >CLINIQUE
    >
    >Y.S.L
    >
    >ESTEE LAUDER
    >
    >SHISEIDO
    >
    >RED EARTH (Lip Gloss)
    >
    >CHANEL (Lip Conditioner)
    >
    >MARKET AMERICA-MOTNES LIPSTICK.
    >
    >The higher the lead content,
    > the greater the chance of causing cancer.
    >
    >After doing a test on lipsticks,
    > it was found that the Y.S.L. lipstick
    > contained the most amount of lead.
    >
    >Watch out for those lipsticks
    > which are supposed to stay longer.
    >
    >If your lipstick stays longer, it is
    > because of the higher content of lead.
    >
    >Here is the test you can do yourself:
    >
    >1. Put some lipstick on your hand.
    >
    >2. Use a Gold ring to scratch on the lipstick.
    >
    >3. If the lipstick colour changes to black,
    >then you know the lipstick contains lead.
    >
    > >> Please send this information to all your girlfriends,
    > >> wives and female family mem bers.
    > >>
    > >> This information is being circulated at
    > >> Walter Reed Army Medical Center
    > >>
    > >> Dioxin Carcinogens cause cancer,
    > >> especially breast cancer.
    >__._,_.___
    >
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    OH MY!!!
    Thank you SO MUCH for the information. I use Cover Girl's long-lasting lipstick. I tried the scratch test with a gold ring and it DID NOT turn black. So, I guess that Cover Girl's products do not contain lead!

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    I'm so glad this is false!!!!!

    I checked snopes.com, a great source for things like this. I encourage you to ALWAYS check snopes.com when you see reports like this - if they're true, pass them on, if they're false - let those who sent them to you know!


    http://www.snopes.com/medical/toxins/lipstick.asp

    Easily Lead

    Claim: Several major brands of lipstick contain dangerous levels of lead.

    Status: False.

    Example: [Collected via e-mail, 2003]

    This is how to test Lipstick for "Lead", lead is a chemical which causes cancer. Recently a brand called, "Red Earth" decreased their prices from HK$67 to HK$9.9. It contains lead.

    Brands which contain Lead
    1. Christian Dior 4
    2. LANCOME 2
    3. CLINIQUE 2
    4. Y.S.L 5
    5. ESTEE LAUDER 3
    6. SHISEIDO 2
    7. RED EARTH (Lip Gloss) 2
    8. CHANEL (Lip Conditioner) 2
    9. Market America-Motives lipstick 0

    The higher the number of lead the higher the content which means a greater chance of causing Cancer. After doing this test, we found Y.S.L. lipstick to contain the most lead. It is not easy to "REMOVE" because of the lead. Watch out for those lipsticks which are suppose to stay longer

    Here is the test you can do yourself:

    1. Put some lipstick on your hand,
    2. Use a 24k-14k Gold ring to scratch on the lipstick.
    3. If the lipstick color changes to black then you know the lipstick contains lead.

    Please send this information to all your girl friends.

    Variations: In November 2004 this item was combined with another piece about the purported dangers of microwaving food in plastic containers.

    Origins: This Lipstickterrifying warning about danger lurking in lipstick began frightening the makeup-wearing public in May 2003, even as it apparently offered them a way to protect themselves from dangerous products via a simple test which could supposedly identify a lurking threat to their wellbeing.

    Lead may not necessarily cause cancer, but it most assuredly is an element dangerous to humans; one they should make every effort to distance themselves from. Exposure to lead can cause a range of deleterious health effects, from behavioral problems and learning disabilities to seizures and death. Children 6 years old and under are most at risk because their bodies are growing quickly, thus additional care has to be taken to protect them from exposure to this common element. In the past, many house paints were lead-based and the solder commonly used on plumbing joints contained lead, bringing this killer into numerous unsuspecting households. But lead awareness has improved in recent years, as have regulations restricting the use of lead in goods or products average consumers might have contact with. In this respect, our houses today are far safer than those of our parents and grandparents.

    But what about the presence of lead in cosmetics? Although many dangerous substances (including lead) have been utilized as ingredients at various times in the history of makeup, and some women of earlier days caused themselves life-long health problems (or even managed to kill themselves) with beautifers that amounted to death in a jar, what goes into cosmetics these days is strictly regulated, controlled, and fully understood. While in the past anything and everything got tossed into the paintbox without anyone's knowing what could cause harm and what was safe to use, our modern world at least has safe cosmetics going for it.

    We spoke with a compliance officer at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) about the possibility of lead being present in lipsticks. All dyes used in foodstuffs or cosmetics have to be vetted by the FDA for safety, and although some of the colorants the FDA grants approval to do contain lead, it is present in such miniscule amounts that is has no adverse effects on consumers. Manufacturers who wish to do business in the USA are restricted to the use of FDA-certifiable colors only; otherwise their products will not be allowed in the country or onto the shelves of American stores. Each of these approved dyes has its own rigid set of specifications which must be adhered to. For instance, F&C Red #6 cannot contain more than 20 parts per million of lead (also not more than 3 parts per million of arsenic or 1 part per million of mercury). As for how stringent these requirements are, every time a manufacturer prepares a batch of dye for use in its products, it has to submit a sample from that batch to the FDA for certification. The FDA's certification process is exhaustive and exhausting. And only the FDA can certify colors as safe no one else has that
    authority.

    The FDA further regulates the selection of dyes manufacturers can incorporate into their products according to the proposed end uses of the items in question. Thus, products intended for use on mucous membranes can contain only certain FDA-approved dyes rather than drawing from the full spectrum of approved dyes. Because the lips are considered mucous membranes, lipstick manufacturers may make their colorant selections only from this reduced pool.

    Despite initial inability to see the resultant streaks (my eyesight is not nearly as good as it once was, which may partially explain why I believe my husband gets better looking with each passing year), further tests conducted under strong light by rubbing various metals across lipstick smears made on sheets of white paper produced dark brown marks. Rubs of pewter, copper, silver, and gold across samples drawn from three Revlon Colorstay Lipcolors left dark streaks in their wakes; rubs of stainless steel did not. Even coins produced reactions, with dimes and nickels leaving discernable streaks, although pennies did not. (Which is not all that surprising, given the reaction to copper noted above. Pennies are 2.5% copper and 97.5% zinc; nickels are 75% copper and 25% nickel, and dimes are 91.67% copper and 8.33% nickel.) All reactions were more noticeable against streaks of lighter-colored lipstick.

    Yet the interests of science carried me further, especially after a call to Revlon failed to yield anything that would help explain what component of the cosmetic was reacting to those metals. Remembering that lipstick is (at its most basic) oil, wax, and color, I rubbed the four metals across swipes of wax made on white paper, and again saw dark streaks, albeit grey ones. Curiousity then inspired me to make yet another test with the four metals, this time against plain white paper. And once again, the grey streaks were there.

    The streaks that supposedly herald the presence of lead in one's lipstick are in reality dark marks produced by the testing agents themselves. Gold, silver, copper, and pewter leave these trails no matter what they're rubbed against, in the same way that pencils make marks on whatever surfaces they are trailed along. That these marks appear more prominent against a lipstick backdrop is attributable to contrast streaks that look grey against a white background seem brown against a reddish background, and brown is a color more readily picked out by the eye.

    The bottom line is that U.S. medical literature has yet to record a single case of anyone's coming down with lead poisoning through lipstick use. (And, in any case, contrary to what is claimed in the alarming e-mail quoted above, contracting cancer is not one of the recorded adverse health effects one is likely to suffer through excessive exposure to lead.)

    Of course, all of this information applies to lipstick legally produced and sold in the U.S. When it comes to unauthorized imports and counterfeit cosmetics that evade the scrutiny of government regulatory agencies, all bets are off.

    Barbara "lip service" Mikkelson

    Additional information:
    Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention
    (The Arc)
    Last updated: 31 December 2005

    The URL for this page is http://www.snopes.com/medical/toxins/lipstick.asp

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    Sources Sources:

    Mauricio, Tessa. "Hemlines & Punchlines: The Lipstick Scare."
    The Manila Times. 12 June 2003.

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    Thank You, guess i should have checked it myself
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    TERIOD - we've all received those wacky e-mails, they sound so real! I've learned over time not to trust them, and to always check "snopes." Every now ant then I'm amazed to find a "real" one!

    I always wonder what kind of nuts have the time to make up those things - I mean really, to think up all that creative stuff, can you imagine what they could do if they wanted to>

    My favorite lipstick wasn't on the list - it looks like they targeted the expensive ones. I love "Burts Bees" Lip gloss - fabulous little lip glosses that cost under $4, are all natural and make your lips feeo SOOOO good!

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    You know, I am usually so careful about those things and I usually do check their authentication. But, I didn't this time :lol:
    Oh well!! Thanks for All of the information, Hatlady! From now on, I will be more diligent in checking!

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    ya but im supposed to be some kind of "computer guru" i should have known better
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    No worries Teriod, you were just trying to look out for us and we truly appreciate that :lol:

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    I had fun reading this, since I tell my students about the fact that Roman ladies used lead-based cosmetics. Of course, they also had eating utensils and water pipes made of led. Other than in-breeding, lead poisoning is one of the theories used to explain the craziness of some of the emperors, like Nero.
    Since I'm married to a scientist with a chemistry degree (among others), I knew better than to believe the e-mail. It will, however, stimulate some interesting discussions in Latin class when we talk about Roman cosmetics.
    Gratias tibi ago (thank you). TERIOD!
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    Quote Originally Posted by magistramarla
    I had fun reading this, since I tell my students about the fact that Roman ladies used lead-based cosmetics. Of course, they also had eating utensils and water pipes made of led. Other than in-breeding, lead poisoning is one of the theories used to explain the craziness of some of the emperors, like Nero.
    Since I'm married to a scientist with a chemistry degree (among others), I knew better than to believe the e-mail. It will, however, stimulate some interesting discussions in Latin class when we talk about Roman cosmetics.
    Gratias tibi ago (thank you). TERIOD!
    Marla
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