Friday, March 9, 2012

Have you heard the recent rumors about relaxers?

It seems like everything is bad for you these days....after Chris Rock's documentary "Good Hair" we saw how bad relaxers really were for our hair. The way it melted through a piece of chicken and a soda can. A recent study shows a link between relaxers and uterine fibrous tumors. 

The new study published by the American Journal of Epidemiology states that, "In the Black Women’s Health Study, the authors assessed hair relaxer use in relation to uterine leiomyomata incidence. In 1997, participants reported on hair relaxer use (age at first use, frequency, duration, number of burns, and type of formulation). From 1997 to 2009, 23,580 premenopausal women were followed for incident uterine leiomyomata. Multivariable Cox regression was used to estimate incidence rate ratios and 95% confidence intervals. During 199,991 person-years, 7,146 cases of uterine leiomyomata were reported as confirmed by ultrasound (n = 4,630) or surgery (n = 2,516).......Risk was unrelated to age at first use or type of formulation. These findings raise the hypothesis that hair relaxer use increases uterine leiomyomata risk."

If this study has any credibility it clearly states that there is a link between chemical relaxers and uterine fibroids. This is another reason to be conscious of what we put in and on our body. We cannot leave our well being in the hands of manufacturers who would do anything to make a quick buck. It is a good idea to do your own research before trusting name brands. 

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