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Federal bill aims to ban cosmetics testing on animals

BY Antoinette Alexander

WASHINGTON — Animal testing of cosmetic products and ingredients, and the sale of newly animal-tested cosmetics, would be phased out under legislation introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Passage of the Humane Cosmetics Act will bring the United States in line with more than 30 other countries that have already implemented similar bans. The bipartisan bill was introduced by U.S. Reps. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., Don Beyer, D-Va., Joe Heck, R-Nev., and Tony Cárdenas, D-Calif.

U.S. law does not require animal testing for cosmetics, but it does not prohibit it either. With the introduction of legislation in Canada last week, and now the United States, North America is poised to be the next marketplace to end cruelty for cosmetics.  

"Subjecting animals to painful and inhumane testing is not who we are as a country. There's no reason to continue this cruel practice when we have cost-effective alternatives that can bring about safe products for consumers. As an animal lover and volunteer, I'm pleased to be introducing this legislation with my colleagues to take a stand against the inhumane treatment of animals,” stated McSally.

Beyer added, "It is time for us to end the painful and completely unnecessary process of testing American cosmetics on animals. Safer, more cost effective, and completely humane alternatives already exist, and the United States is in no danger of losing its role as a competitive leader in the global cosmetics industry. Now we need to ensure our place as a moral leader.”

An HSUS and Humane Society Legislative Fund poll conducted in 2013 found 73% of American voters are in favor of federal legislation to end animal testing for cosmetics.

"Given the ready availability of alternatives, there is no compelling reason to continue using outdated animal testing methods that cause tremendous animal suffering. So many companies are already using non-animal tests for shampoos, makeups and other products sold around the world, and the United States can help accelerate that trend,” stated Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States.

The bill is endorsed by The HSUS and HSLF spearheading the #BeCrueltyFree campaign in the U.S., and Humane Society International leading the campaign globally.

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Study: More than a third of Americans would rather clean toilets than floss daily

BY Antoinette Alexander

CHICAGO — Do you lie to your dentist about how often you floss your teeth? If so, you’re not alone.

According to a new national survey, more than a quarter (27%) of U.S. adults admit they lie to their dentist about how often they floss their teeth. In addition, more than one-third of Americans (36%) would rather do an unpleasant activity like cleaning the toilet (14%) over daily flossing.

The survey was conducted online in March by Harris Poll on behalf of the American Academy of Periodontology among 2,021 U.S. adults and among the top 10 U.S. markets.

Commonly referred to as gum disease, periodontal disease is a chronic inflammatory disease caused when bacteria in plaque below the gum line lead to swelling, irritation, and possibly receding gums and tooth loss. Periodontal disease has been linked to many chronic diseases, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, rheumatoid arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, and even cancer. Despite its prevalence, periodontal disease is hardly ever discussed, resulting in a lack of urgency for people to properly care for their gums.

“There’s clearly more work to be done when it comes to educating Americans about the importance of oral hygiene. There are more than 500 bacterial species that can be found in plaque, and brushing alone does not remove the bacteria that live below the gum line,” stated AAP president Joan Otomo-Corgel. “The good news about periodontal disease is, with proper and timely care, it’s treatable and often reversible. If a person is at risk for periodontal disease, a periodontist has the training and expertise to determine the best course of treatment.”

The new survey revealed a list of unpleasant activities Americans would choose over flossing, such as washing a sink full of dirty dishes (18%) or waiting in a long check-out line (14%). Nearly 1-in-10 U.S. adults would rather sit in gridlock traffic for an hour or do their taxes (9% each).

Healthiest mouths by state, region
Interestingly, the survey also revealed some regional distinctions in oral health care. Among the top 10 U.S. markets, Chicagoans are more likely than those in other regions to opt for an hour of gridlock traffic over daily flossing. However, New Yorkers are more likely than those in other metro areas to include flossing in their personal care routine.

Those who live in Atlanta are more likely than those in other top metro regions to be honest with their dentist about their flossing routine. Atlantans also are more likely than those in other top metro regions to tell friends when they have something stuck in their teeth. On the contrary, those who live in Washington D.C. are more likely than those in other top metro regions not to alert a friend of any potentially embarrassing lunch leftovers.

Love the gums you’re with
When it comes to relationships, those with and without partners should take note. Sixty percent of U.S. adults who have a partner say their partner’s oral health (e.g., teeth, gums, breath) has an effect on their intimacy, while more than one-third of Americans say a smile is the first thing they notice when meeting someone they are attracted to. In fact, more than 2-in-5 of those living in Los Angeles, Atlanta and Boston say a smile is the first thing they notice when meeting someone they are attracted to. This is especially true for women.
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To aid in the prevention of periodontal disease, the AAP recommends brushing at least twice a day, flossing daily and discussing periodontal health with a dental professional.

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Whole Foods gets ‘Ready for Action’ this summer

BY Antoinette Alexander

AUSTIN, Texas — Whole Foods Market kicked off on Wednesday its inaugural “Ready for Action Week,” which runs through June 30, to celebrate active, fit lifestyles.

During the week, the store’s Whole Body departments will host events, classes, demonstrations and promotions to showcase Whole Foods Market’s selection of active living products — from protein powders and superfoods to sun-care and reusable water bottles.

“Our shoppers live incredibly active lives — from professional athletes to new moms,” stated Maren Giuliano, executive global Whole Body coordinator. “This week we’ll be highlighting products that support healthy lifestyles for various kinds of shoppers, whether it’s a person looking for supplements that support hydration and energy or a family who just wants to stay safe in the sun.”

Beginning June 27, all Whole Foods Market stores in the United States will offer a limited edition “Ready for Action” bag for $12 (valued at $50.) Packed with products for summer adventures, these 100% jute bags with organic cotton lining are made by RIJI Green, a business committed to ending human trafficking. Each bag includes a Boiron Arnicare Gel, Goddess Garden Organics Everyday Natural or Kids Sunscreen SPF 30, Aubrey Pure Aloe Vera, Amazing Grass Amazing Meal in Vanilla Chai, Garden of Life Perfect Food Raw Organic Green Super Food in Chocolate Cacao, Spectrum Essentials Seed Blends, Nuun Active Natural Electrolyte Enhanced Drink Tabs, Tom’s of Maine Long Lasting Deodorant, a Spectrum Essential recipe book and three coupons.

From June 26 to 28, shoppers will also save 25% on all protein powders at all Whole Foods Market locations in the United States and Canada. All protein powders sold at Whole Foods Market are free of high-fructose corn syrup and artificial colors, flavors and preservatives.

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