WHY LOOSE "MINERAL" POWDERS NEED TO BE BANNED BY THE FDA

Would you want you or your loved ones to apply damaging, irritating, unhealthy or cancer causing chemicals on
your face, neck and arms?
A quick history FDA history update before I talk about loose mineral powders. The U S. Food and Drug
Administration is a scientific, regulatory, and public health agency that oversees items accounting for 25 cents of
every dollar spent by consumers. Its jurisdiction encompasses food products (other than meat and poultry), animal
feed, human and animal drugs, therapeutic agents of biological origin; medical devices & radiation-emitting
products for consumer medical occupational use. The agency grew from a single chemist in the U.S. Department of
Agriculture in 1862 to a budget of $1.294 billion in 2001  and a staff of approximately 9,100 employees comprising
chemists, pharmacologists, physicians, microbiologists, veterinarians, pharmacists, bureaucrats, lawyers, and last
but anything but least…taaa daaaa!!!! representatives of the Cosmetic Industry. About one-third of the agency's
employees are stationed outside of the Washington, D. C. area, staffing over 150 field offices and laboratories,
including five regional offices and 20 district offices. Agency scientists evaluate applications for new human &
veterinary drugs of every type, complex medical devices, foods and color additives, (THIS INCLUDES PIGMENTS
FOR COSMETICS). Also, the FDA monitors the manufacture, import, transport, storage, and sale of about $1
trillion worth of these products annually. Investigators and inspectors visit more than 16,000 U.S. facilities a year.
The FDA also arranges with foreign governments to help increase the number of manufacturing facilities outside
the U.S. well monitored. The FDA remained under the Department of Agriculture until June 1940, when the agency
was moved to the new Federal Security Agency. In April 1953 the agency was transferred again to the Department
of Health, Education, and Welfare (HEW). In1971 the FDA became part of the Public Health Service within Health
Education & Welfare. By this time science had advanced significantly in its ability to detect the sort of fraudulent
misbranding of foods and  therapeutic goods classified as drugs. In the past legitimate manufacturers welcomed the
FDA for they were more concerned that their trade would be undermined by peddlers of deceitful goods. Today this
attitude among legitimate manufactures is changing in that technology is moving so fast that many definitions are
being broken down between what composes a drug, a food, or a cosmetic what is legal and what is ethical. Ethics
have fallen by the wayside where the industries no longer take pride in good, safe products at a reasonable price.
Most horrifically bottom line profits are put above consumer safety.Here comes the real “nightmare”! Not one
cosmetic product has to be approved by the  FDA before hitting the market.
Up until the last few decades, cosmetics were primarily made by drug companies & apothecaries or a5t home often
using ingredients from nature and or derived from edible sources. The cosmetic industry sprung up overnight
through the cracks between the floor boards of the system. The $50 billion beauty industry is so powerful they've
kept themselves unregulated for all these decades. The skin care companies that produce no colored cosmetics,
have coined the term or word “cosmecueticals” which is not recognized as a legitimate classification of skin care by
the FDA “Ceuticals” means chemical that effects a mammal. The industry verges daily on the brink of fraudulent
advertising and shoddy often toxic products at high prices. The FDA first “suggest” that an ingredient be removed
leaving the Cosmetic Industry to do the right thing. The FDA has to take a company to court and prove a ingredient
unsafe if the company ignores warnings. Because of the cost of a court case the FDA rarely sues a cosmetic
company. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration may turn a blind eye to these problems while the cosmetics
industry funds its own "regulatory" panel, but you don't have to.. Incredible? So the cosmetic industry can make up
names for ingredient combinations that often contain toxic or questionable ingredients. Products are to be labeled
with ingredients, but not necessarily on the container. Besides, most of us have no clue what some of these
ingredients are and we can’t even begin to pronounce them. How can these companies make outrageous claims
about their miraculous products and get away with that? ……… Simple, if the ingredients and what they claim to do
are on the container then the product is under the submission of the FDA as a drug, but if that same information is
in a print ad or spoken on a commercial, on a fold out in a box or a removable hang tag on the container then it is
not subject to regulation.   For the consumer, cosmetics & skin care are increasingly confusing. With such beautiful
and alluring ads and commercials, we often find we have been duped again and again by mostly synthetic products
that claim to plump your lips, reduce fine lines, heal acne, restore youthful skin…….On and on it goes.
Of course we just are hoping the companies are not making false claims & the cosmetics they produce contain non
toxic and/or unsafe pigments and dyes. There are only 4 natural pigments allowed in cosmetics: Henna, Annatto,
carotene, carmine & a pearlizer made form expensive fish scales. There are some chemicals that cannot be used in
any cosmetic, drug, food or paint and those are mercury, lead and cadmium. All pigments are synthetic even if they
derive from a mineral from the earth because they are made in a laboratory where every aspect of making the
pigment is controlled. Organic dyes mean that the ingredients are put together and then nature takes is course with
time. Some organic dyes can be deadly if consumed in foods or cosmetics. Many cosmetic companies are having
their cosmetics produced in Asia and lead is showing up in mascara and lipsticks. HOW MANY OF YOU USE
“LOOSE MINERAL POWDERS?” How Many believe that these powders are pure and are minerals form the earth
and therefore good for you?
HOW MANY KNOW ABOUT THE NEED FOR OUR BODIES TO HAVE SILICA? Silica works in synergy with boron,
calcium, magnesium, potassium, and ascorbic acid.  All these elements support bones, arteries, connective tissue,
healthy hair, skin, and nails.  Silica "fixes" calcium into the bone matrix. This is vital to proper bone formation. But
what if silica is in a dust or powder form and inhaled through the nasal passages into the lungs? Is it a healthy and
beneficial way to get silica into the system? Is it safe then? Quite the contrary. Constant lung exposure to silica can
easily develop into a form of lung cancer called silicosis.
Did you know that there are more requirements & restrictions for house paints than there are for cosmetics? House
paint for 2 reasons: possible toxic fumes and breathing toxic paints particles from sanding or adding powdered
pigments to mix with paint & finishes. The  California companies that  distribute pigments in California that go into
home, industrial, artist paints (& now cosmetics signed into law by Gov. Swartzenegger) must attach a label to the
pigment container following the requirements for labeling in compliance with California prop 65 read as follows: USE
IN WELL VINTILATED AREA. AVIOD BREATHING DUST (THIS ESTABLISHES THAT THE CONSITANCY OF THESE
LOOSE FACE POWDERS ARE  A DUST ) WEAR A MASK/VENTILATOR AND GLOVES, WASH HANDS
THROUGHLY AFTER HANDLING:
FOLLOWING IS THE LIST OF THE ONLY INGREIDENTS IN THE LEADING & MOST WELL KNOW LOOSE MINERAL
POWDER CLAIMING TO BE PURE AND HEALING MINERALS FROM THE EARTH:  Titnium dioxide –a sunblock and
white pigment used in all types of paint to make the paint opaque (the representative at the head office was unable
to tell me if it was micronized, but I bought some at it certainly fells like it. Micronized Titanium is coated with
aluminum & is used to adhere “tightly” to the skin as well as being an opacifier and carrier of the other pigments by
binding the particles together (Which, by the way New Zealand & Australia are against using. I think because they
think all titanium oxide is the smaller particle size coated in aluminum) An aluminum free larger particle size titanium
can be easily purchased; Next: zinc oxide- a sunblock aids in healing inflamed skin & also provides the white to
make a paint or cosmetic opaque-, bistmuth oxicloride a whitish smooth pearlizer, iron oxides (which provide all the
earth tones including black & last, but not least is MICA!  (which is colored silica that also  provides that sparkle in
car & artist paints)  squeech! Hold on a minute, you mean the silica that is so good for us when ingested is now a
toxic chemical if inhaled into the lungs; as well as a known irritant of the sinuses and the eyes as well? Each of the
ingredients in this popular powder is loose pigments, each pigment requiring safe handling instructions as required
by California Prop. 65.
In addition to the above pigments, the blush this same company uses is a shade of blue called Ferric ammonium
ferrocyanide made by mixing
solutions of ferrous sulfate and sodium ferrocyanide in the presence of ammonium sulfate.
THE NEXT MOST POPULAR LOOSE MINERAL POWDER CONTAINS: 0.07 oz:
food grade Zinc Stearate , Illite, (which is the most drying and absorbing of all natural clays) Barium Sulfite. It
replaced white lead,(worn by queen Elizabeth the first-she died having recorded symptoms of lead poisoning)
Silica, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Tapioca Starch, Soil Mineral Concentrate, Kaolin (softest oil absorbing
natural clay), Cyclodextrin, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Extract, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone
Crosspolymer (A blend of plastic and synthetic oil made from silicone to replace petroleum for the large tonnage
heating and air conditioning for multi-storied commercial buildings for petroleum built up from the ball bearing
friction into a thickened sludge so the machines had to be shut down and cleaned. Not so with silicone oils for they
never thicken when friction is applied) SPEAKING OF PETROLEUM. LET US NOT FORGET IT IS A FOSIL FUEL
MADE FROM THOUSAND OF YEARS OF PLANT, ANIMAL AND MINERALS. Hence it is an active material it is not
inert. Parabeans are preservatives made from petroleum and have been shown to cause hormonal disturbances-
but then preservatives are a subject for another day. , Betaine Salicylate, Corn Starch Modified, Aloe Barbadensis
Leaf Juice, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Emblica Officinalis Fruit Extract, Sophora Angustifolia Extract,
Algae Extract, Retinol, Dextrin, Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin, Maltodextrin, Farnesol, Niacinamide, Magnesium
Myristate, Calcium Sodium Phosphosilicate main use is for killing more of the bacteria that cause gum disease,
Mica, Bismuth Oxychloride, Titanium Dioxide.

Cyclodextrins, were discovered approximately 100 years ago. In the pharmaceutical industry, Cyclodextrins have
mainly been used as complexing agents to increase the aqueous solubility of poorly water-soluble drugs, and to
increase their bio- availability and stability. In addition, Cyclodextrins can be used to reduce or prevent gastro-
intestinal (GI) or ocular irritation, reduce or eliminate unpleasant smells or tastes,  prevent drug-drug  or drug-
additive  interactions, or  to convert oils & liquid drugs into micro-crystalline or powders that will solidify upon the
warmth of the skin forming a thin mask or film. This is chemistry at its best people and why this ingredient is used in
the above “mineral powder”.
Because they use no preservatives and the brush that is made of real hair is porous and can absorb oils, the
brushes become a breeding ground for bacteria and fungus.
All department and drug store brands have now added loose mineral powders to their collection believing that there
is safety in numbers and it is all about the numbers. The greedy companies bottom line. Selling toxic loose
pigments as miraculous mineral powders at the cost of the cosumer developing allergies, headaches, sinus, throat
dryness, lung irritation and inflammation increases one’s risk of developing lung cancer though prolonged use of
these so called “MINERAL POWDERS”. All of these powders sold in department and drugs stores here in California
should carry the prop. 65 warning labels. It is the Attorney general of California who is responsible to carry out to
the letter of the law prop 65 requirements.