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'Toxic Beauty' Film Explores How Cosmetics Are Making Us Sick

"In 1983, world renowned epidemiologist, Dr. Daniel Cramer, linked Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder to ovarian cancer. Since the 1960’s, J&J allegedly knew the risks and did nothing. In 2004, Dr. Phillipa Darbre, a UK scientist, found parabens, a chemical preservative in many cosmetics, in breast tissue. In 2018, the National Institute of Health’s sister study linked breast cancer to personal care product use."

'Toxic Beauty' is a documentary film that highlights products marketed throughout the past century that have significantly impacted health. The film discusses the frustrating reality that regulations haven't been updated since the 1930s, and follows the class action lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson and the women affected who are seeking justice while fighting ovarian cancer.

The film also includes dialogue on toxic body burden experienced by all of us, and features Boston University medical student, Mymy Nguyen, who measures her chemical body burden from over 27 products. Scientists monitor and share her results which are proposed to be shocking. The film is currently screening at select theaters and festivals but it will be released in early 2020 for streaming. 

The purpose of the documentary is to increase awareness of the cosmetic industry and to highlight companies and people working to make cosmetics toxicant free so we can reduce our toxic load.  "Toxic Beauty" is difficult to watch which is exactly its purpose.

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