See the title, and I will say, first off, no. But wouldn't that make for a great movie? "Attack of the Killer Lotion!" Run, before it's your last lather... dun dun dunnnnn. I'm going to be a screenwriter when I grow up. Alright, alright, let's get serious.
I recently made a video about health and beauty products, titled "health care scare." In it, I discuss chemicals called "parabens" and their potential link to different cancers. While women will want to pay attention, men should listen up as well.
Now, I know guys, we don't use "health and beauty products," we use products with gorilla testosterone infused into them... even our aftershave, am I right? (Obligatory muscle flex). But still, the fact remains that the parabens I spoke about in the video have been found in cancerous tumors and that should at least concern you, regardless of gender.
Now of course there are two sides of this argument. There are those who swear these parabens will cause all kinds of cancers and point to the research, and there are those who swear they'll do you no harm and they've never been directly linked to anything harmful. My thinking is, why chance it? But then your thoughts may be, you only live once. (Please don't say YOLO. Please. Google it if you're unaware. YOLO).
While looking around for this article, I found a study that discovered parabens inside breast cancer tumors. This does not directly link the parabens to actually causing the tumor, but it may suggest that the tumors "feed" on the parabens at the very least. Either way, I'm pretty sure they've never found broccoli inside a tumor, if you catch my drift.
It's amazing to think how few people actually realize the connection between our skin and our blood. What you put on your skin will end up in your bloodstream. I've seen figures that say it happens within 20 seconds. Many lotions, aftershaves, all that pretty lady makeup stuff... many products in the healthy and beauty industry have numerous chemicals in them. These chemicals go on your skin. These chemicals go into your blood. It is, at the very least, something to think about.
I encourage you to do some research. Run an internet search on parabens and see what you find. Maybe you'll take the extra precautions and pitch the products, opting for organic solutions. Although, they are a bit pricier at times.
Maybe you'll believe it's all being overblown and you won't think twice. Either way, you'll have done some actual research into the topic and decided for yourself.
Ultimately, that's what I hope everyone will do. Never just take somebody's word for something. But think critically about your choices. Somebody tells you something is no good? Do they have anything to gain from you believing them? Somebody tells you to relaaaaax, they're product is juuuuust fine. Again, what do they stand to gain?
It's a mad, mad world out there. One that the internet and its paranoia don't help resolve. But with the ability to look into things and think freely for yourself, you just may begin to make sense of some things.
Until next week, do some research, think freely, live life happy and live life fresh. Now go throw out all your lotions, shampoos and soaps and RUN before the trash explodes!
Andy Frisch, NASM CPT, CES, PES, WFS, IFT, NESTA FNC, is a personal trainer and nutrition coach who enjoys working with clients of all shapes, sizes and ages. He currently train clients at Sports Village Fitness in Lebanon, works with clients online at www.FreshEvolutionFitness.com and frequently posts videos on his YouTube channel. He may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.