I would never approach any topic (even those I am most knowledgeable or skilled in) with a sense of supreme correctness-- a "you are absolutely wrong, and I am absolutely right" frame of mind. Anyone that does so is blinded by pride and unable to see clearly enough to actually find truth, which requires the consideration of all sides. That said, here's what I found worth responding to.
Triclosan, Retinyl palmitate, Oxybenzone, Dibutyl Phthalate. There are, of course many more (of which I'm sure you know all about).
No offense, but that sounds pretty idealistically naive to me. Espescially in a culture that overdoes and adds excess to everything (mostly to make money).I have a pretty darn good understanding of the ingriedents used in consumer products, as well as how compounds come to commertial use; if they were truly bad they wouldn't be there.
Look, even if the risk is small I don't see the point (or intelligence) in blindly using a product which contains substances I don't recognize. Especially when products that contain much simpler ingredients exist, and do the job just as well. The truth is that most people don't think twice about what they are using, and that in it'self is a problem.Though some products I would recommend staying away from beyond small amounts when possible. Most of the "toxic! dangerous! cancer!" statements that surround these suspect compounds are based off chemical, medical, or pharmacological studies that get popularized (and horribly skewed the majority of the time) by the media that report single or maybe several new studies linking compounds to a particular medical problem. The vast majority of the time, this is an initial study or first of it's kind and need to be taken with a grain of salt, or at face value. Most however, will wrongly extrapolate from the studies (which happens ALL THE TIME and it drive scientists absolutely ballistic!) and often generate fear. This "laymens extrapolation" is a serious serious problem and is a huge source of misinformation. This really is the source of chemophobia (which is a real term) which has become a problem in the past several decades and is actually hindering scientific progress and education in some ways. The most direct example of this is the anti-vaccine crowd.
No, I don't think Cancer is simple at all-- quite the contrary, as its' causes are many. I do know though, that if I can make choices that remove some of those factors from my life, I will.As far as cancer goes. Do you honestly think that cancer is that simple? I can assure you, it is not. It is one (if not the) most complex medical issues there is. There is no cure, and the causes are so immensely diverse that we're honestly never going to solve it. Ever. This is the sentiments of many who research in the field (and my research has a direct link to cancer research so I am in contact with these sorts of individuals). As time goes on it's becoming apparent that cancer is an unfortunate side effect of biology and evolution. What we have to do is preform as much research as we can to deal with cancer to increase the odds of survival, cures for ones that can be done, and attack it from all sides. Additionally, research is being done on the cause of cancer, all the time. We actually have quite an amazing understanding of what can cause cancer to take hold. That said I'd imagine you are looking at it from the angle of "what outside influence triggers it". Again, it's not that simple. Biology is not that simple.
Right, and with most traditional physicians, that's extremely rare. I've talked to people (who had things like heavy metal poisoning and hormone imbalances) who went from doctor to doctor for years, trying to get to the bottom of their symptoms and only ever found answers through holistic medicine-- not because holistic physicians are magic, but because they care about the root of the problem enough to battle with insurance companies (and yes, make less money) to get their patients answers. All of the aforementioned has been my personal experience and my opinion (which I am entitled to).As mentioned above, it's a fair issue to take. If you feel your primary care physician is not doing an adequet job, seek another. It's partly due to insurance reasons, and partly for efficiency, but tests are only ordered when there is evidence and call for it.
This, I am outright laughing at. Are you not aware of how nutrient-depleted produce has become because of over-fertilized, pesticide laden soil and other modern farming techniques? Nutrient deficiencies are quite common ideed!It's actually hard to say how much what they do in ways of actual alternative medicine (taking supplements, vitamins, etc.) actually helps. In some cases it does, vitamin deficiencies are a real thing. Uncommon, but real. Doctors can and do address this, but they aren't always seen due to the uncommonality of it.
And for the record, the anti-vaccine people are (yes) cray. I think they are starting to come around though, we can hope. I do agree with someone who posted earlier though, in that we should be seeking safer vaccines (as there are issues there).