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Hairspray: Genital Defect In Boys

A report in a national newspaper caught my eye it was pointing out the danger from hairspray to pregnant women.

It would appear experts have discovered after detailed interviews with almost 1,000 women in the London area that exposure to hairspray in the first three months of pregnancy increases the chances of Hypospadias, a common genital defect in boys, by two to three times.

Hypospadias affects about one in 250 male babies in the UK. Hypospadias Is a condition were the urinary opening is shifted beneath the penis. It is possible to correct the problem with surgery in the first year of birth. Severe cases can lead to urinary, sexual and fertility problems. Read more. The study also reported that the taking of Folic Acid reduces the risk by 36 percent.

Supplements Do More Harm Than Good

Supplements do more harm than good according to experts. Apparently, a review of 67 studies found no convincing evidence that antioxidant supplements help to increase life, but there is a possibility they could act in reverse and shorten life expectancy.

Vitamin C Letdown

It would appear that experts have stated that Beta-carotene, vitamin A, and vitamin E gave singly or combined with other antioxidant supplements significantly increase mortality.” However, Vitamin C did not appear to have any effect one way or the other, and the team said more work was needed into this supplement and into selenium.

The beta-carotene dose ranged from 1.2mg to 50mg daily, with an average of 18mg, while vitamin C ranged from 60mg to 2000mg daily, with an average of 497mg.

Various antioxidants were tested vitamin A was linked to a 16% increased risk of dying, and beta-carotene to an increased risk of 7%, while vitamin E leveled out at a 4% increase.

The outcome of the review shows that people in the trial groups given the antioxidants beta-carotene, vitamin A, and vitamin E all showed an increased mortality rate.

Vitamin C and Selenium may or may not have either positive or negative effect on the body. More data on these two supplements need to come from future trials.

Patrick Holford, who has formulated some supplements for the firm Biocare, said the Cochrane review was a “stitch-up”. He also added:

“Antioxidants are not meant to be magic bullets and should not be expected to undo a lifetime of unhealthy habits. But when used properly, in combination with eating a healthy diet full of fruit and vegetables, getting plenty of exercise and not smoking, antioxidant supplements can play an important role in maintaining and promoting overall health.”

My own personal view, I agree with Patrick Holford I have found that the supplements I use along-side exercise, and diet have helped greatly in keeping me healthy, and when it comes to coughs and colds Tea Tree essential oil cannot be bested.