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How safe is petroleum jelly near eyes?

Q: Every night I use a name brand of petroleum jelly (quite a bit) to take off my mascara. Do I understand we don't know how pure this product really is? Thank you for your common sense column. You are great. A: Thank you. The primary ingredient in the brand you mention that I have intentionally omitted is petroleum jelly, a derivative of oil refining. It is commonly used topically to cure almost anything – from dry skin to diaper rash. In October 2013 the Huffington Post covered the topic following enlisting a New York based dermatologist Dr. Alan Dattner who is the founder of HolisticDermatology.com. The article indicated that though generally regarded as safe, the components that are removed from the oil during the refining process of petroleum jelly are carcinogenic IN … [Read More...]

Monthly Awareness

Monthly Awareness

For many individuals, the consumption of moderate amounts of alcohol is probably not harmful. Unfortunately, for others it is – harmful, hurtful, and devastating. More than 18 million Americans suffer from some form of an alcohol use disorder. In addition to this frightening statistic, there are millions of children and family members who experience first hand the devastating effects alcohol creates on everyone involved – employers, spouses, and children, that are part of the alcoholic's life. The economic cost of alcohol abuse and alcoholism has been estimated by the CDC to be $223.5 billion that includes losses in productivity in the workplace, alcohol related health care expenses, impaired driving and motor vehicle crash costs, and law enforcement expenses. The emotional, physical … [Read More...]