Phthalates

The Ph is silent, but the chemical sure isn’t. They’re chemicals that make plastic flexible and make perfume smell good. In hairspray, they keep your hair in place without cracking.

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The Ph is silent, but the chemical sure isn’t. They’re chemicals that make plastic flexible and make perfume smell good. In hairspray, they keep your hair in place without cracking.

But they’re toxins and carcinogens. Some were banned in Europe because they cause hormonal problems. And they’re in your body right now. Women who use hairspray with phthalates have more sons with genital mutations. They decrease testosterone and the decrease sperm counts. 

Phthalates are small molecules that penetrate your skin. They get right into your body and spend at least a week there. Many people are allergic to them. California banned them. And some are banned in toys.

Certain plastic food wraps and PVC plastics with a number 3 recycling designation contain them. Throw these out and avoid phthalates. 

Blog written by Arthur Perry, MD, FACS
Dr. Perry has over 2 decades of experience as a clinical surgeon and has been named to the “Best Doctors in the NY Area” book...