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July 14, 2010

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Thoughts on hair in the headlines

It's been hard for me to relax this summer vacation, what with all the politikin' and religiousity on the issue of hair going on. Out in California, where no one older than ten knows their true hair color, Republican Senate candidate Carly Fiorina, who is no looker herself, let's be honest - took a potshot at her opponent's hair, saying that she had seen Senator Barbara Boxer briefly on the TV that morning and asked out loud, into a mic she thought was turned off, "God, what is that hair?"  Boxer demurred that if she got the votes from everyone who ever had a bad hair day, she'd win reelection by a landslide.

Then the fools folks at BP took another public relations hit over their refusal to use hair booms to help clean up that mess they made down in the Gulf.  [more]

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USDA logoWhole Foods to organic brands: We don't trust you

Consistent with their promise of 100% organic food, Whole Foods announced last month that all personal care products sold in their stores will have to be certified by the USDA National Organic Program (USDA NOP) if they claim to be organic, or held to the third-party NSF International standards if they claim to "contain organic ingredients."   That's good news for consumers who have been hoodwinked about their skin care products from health food stores for years, but folks should expect their selections to drastically diminish.  USDA certification is hard to get, expensive and most companies know that really organic cosmetic products don't sell.

When tanning turns into addiction
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In a report recently issued in The Skin Cancer Foundation Journal, two doctors from the University of Washington in Seattle wrote that "the continued purposeful exposure to a known cancer-causing agent suggests that factors besides lack of knowledge are driving individuals to tan."  New scientific evidence, reports The New York Times, suggests that exposure to the sun is actually addictive and can be treated like substance abuse.  Expect new 12-step programs, maybe.  But admitting that we're powerless over the sun seems kinda superficial, doesn't it?

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