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.

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. 

Exactly How to De-Escalate Aggression From a Stranger

Follow security Expert Bill Staton's important advice to keep yourself safe.

Have you ever had a tense interaction with a stranger in public? Perhaps your shopping carts accidentally knocked into each other or there was a misunderstanding in communication and the other person gets angry. You may wonder how you can de-escalate the aggression and exit the situation safely. So security expert Bill Stanton has your go-to advice for staying alert and protecting yourself in the face of verbal aggression and physical attacks.

THE INITIAL INTERACTION

Bill Stanton: "It always starts with something small, like someone being too close to you, or even more common, you get bumped by a shopping cart. You want to look at their eyes first -it may reveal emotional changes. But you can't rely on just that. Look at what their trunk is doing; a person's torso will reveal their intent. Body language like raising hands, heightened expression, tense shoulders — these are natural responses to a person who is feeling threatened and will escalate. They may begin to zero in on the space between you and them, and their voice will get louder and louder. You want to read this before it gets further and becomes explosive."

Keep Reading Show less