Cosmetics and Personal Care Products and Women’s Health: A Closer Look at Menstruation, Fibroids, Endometriosis, and Reproductive Health

By‌ ‌M.‌ ‌Isabelle‌ ‌Chaudry‌ ‌‌ Hormones‌ ‌play‌ ‌important‌ ‌roles‌ ‌in‌ ‌every‌ ‌stage‌ ‌of‌ ‌women’s‌ ‌lives,‌ ‌affecting‌ ‌our‌ ‌maturation‌ ‌and‌ ‌how‌‌ our‌ ‌reproductive‌ ‌system‌ ‌works.‌ ‌The‌ ‌way‌ ‌hormones‌ ‌function,‌ ‌as‌ ‌they‌ ‌travel‌ ‌around‌ ‌your‌ ‌body‌ ‌via‌‌the‌ ‌endocrine‌ ‌system,‌ ‌is‌ ‌harmed‌ ‌by‌ ‌exposure‌ ‌to‌ ‌“endocrine-disrupting‌ ‌chemicals”‌ ‌(EDCs).‌ ‌Toxic‌‌chemicals‌ ‌and‌ ‌EDCs‌ ‌interfere‌ ‌with‌ ‌the‌ ‌endocrine‌ ‌system’s‌ ‌functioning‌ ‌and‌ ‌include‌ … Continued

In the Absence of Meaningful Cosmetics Legislation, it’s Best to Avoid Talc

By‌ ‌M.‌ ‌Isabelle‌ ‌Chaudry‌ ‌ ‌ Asbestos-contaminated‌ ‌talc‌ ‌in‌ ‌household‌ ‌products‌ ‌continues‌ ‌to‌ ‌sicken‌ ‌and‌ ‌kill‌ ‌innocent‌ ‌consumers‌ ‌who‌ ‌don’t‌ ‌know‌ ‌the‌ ‌cancer-causing‌ ‌danger‌ ‌lurking‌ ‌in‌ ‌their‌ ‌medicine‌ ‌cabinet.‌ ‌Most‌ ‌people‌ ‌don’t‌ ‌ know‌ ‌that‌ ‌the‌ ‌talc‌ ‌found‌ ‌in‌ ‌everyday‌ ‌products‌ ‌like‌ ‌baby‌ ‌powder‌ ‌and‌ ‌makeup‌ ‌may‌ ‌be‌ ‌contaminated‌ ‌with‌ ‌asbestos,‌ ‌with‌ ‌devastating‌ ‌results.‌ ‌ … Continued

As COVID-19 Vaccine Manufactures Race to the Finish Line, Ensuring Diverse Participation, Safety and Ethics in Clinical Trials is Essential

COVID-19 has all but shut down America. As many as 70 percent of small businesses have experienced prolonged closures; 22 million jobs were lost during the pandemic, and only 42 percent of them have been regained; and 47 states have allowed school districts to continue some form of remote learning, due to the threat of … Continued

How Do We Disrupt the Incredible Burden of COVID-19’s Impact on Communities of Color?

During an April White House Coronavirus Task Force briefing, Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institute of Health (NIH) was asked about reports of health disparities and racial divides experienced during the COVID-19 outbreak. Fauci acknowledged what many public health experts unfortunately already knew. He said that “underlying medical conditions, [including] diabetes, hypertension, obesity, [and] … Continued

Congressional Hearing — The Disproportionate Impact of COVID-19 on Communities of Color

Statement from M. Isabelle Chaudry, Esq. Senior Policy Manager  National Women’s Health Network Hearing on The Disproportionate Impact of COVID-19 on Communities of Color House Ways and Means Committee Even in the early stages of what is likely to be a long pandemic, it’s clear that vulnerable populations (economically, historically and/or ethnic) are disproportionately suffering … Continued

As COVID-19 Continues to Spread, It’s Important to Make Safe and Healthy Cosmetic and Personal Care Products Choices

As the COVID-19 outbreak continues to impact everyone, it is imperative that consumers make safe choices with regard to the personal care and beauty products they use. The virus can be deadly, especially for those with suppressed immune systems. Doctors have advised avoiding potential exposure to the virus, for example by washing hands frequently and … Continued

Dangerously Flawed Study Creates False Sense of Complacency: Why Women Should Still Avoid Talc-Based Powder

By:  M. Isabelle Chaudry and Sarah Christopherson A new study published last week in the Journal of the American Medical Association made headlines for its assertion that there’s no “statistically significant” link between genital powder use and ovarian cancer. But a deeper dive into the study reveals how dangerously misleading its conclusions really are.  The … Continued

Congressional Hearing – Building Consumer Confidence by Empowering FDA to Improve Cosmetic Safety

Testimony Delivered Before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health Hearing “Building Consumer Confidence by Empowering FDA to Improve Cosmetic Safety” December 4, 2019 Thank you for the opportunity to testify. My name is M. Isabelle Chaudry and I am the Senior Policy Manager at the National Women’s Health Network, … Continued