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Are these ingredients safe in a cleanser to use? Methylparaben Butylparaben, Propylparaben, I have under-active thyroid.
Best avoided: Parabens are commonly used in cosmetics but are known endocrine disruptors, having estrogen-like effects which may increase risk of breast cancer. No one knows how hazardous they are but I advise choosing products that are paragon-free. See http://tinyurl.com/hvksgz3 for more on parabens and http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ for info on choosing non-toxic cosmetics and cleansers. ...Read more
With a lot of help: Cpap, which stands for continuous positive airway pressure delivers warm, humidified air through the nose or mouth and pneumatically splints the airway preventing closure during sleep. CPAP can now be used with a large variety of masks. Most importantly, finding a trusted doctor and company who furnishes these machines will ensure initial education and close follow up to trouble shoot problems. ...Read more
Multiple Purposes: Alum is regularly employed as an astringent to shrink tissues and reduce the discharge of bodily fluids, as a styptic to contract organic tissues and stop or reduce hemorrhage and bleeding, and as an emetic agent to induce vomiting when someone has ingested poison. It is also often used to enhance certain vaccines and to prevent or treat infections. ...Read more
Clobex/children: It is safe to use in kids 12 and older. Under age 12, it is a pretty hefty steroid to use for a kid. It is a steroid, and a fairly potent one at that. Kids can absorb it through their skin and it can then affect them as if they ingested it. I would use a lower potency steroid on a kid under 12, although there are occasions when a stronger one is needed - close monitoring is then needed as well ...Read more