Do You Feel As Good As You Look? by Guest Blogger Dr. Barbara Hales


Many women wear a lot of makeup (foundation, powder, concealer, blush, eye liner, shadows, lipstick, lip gloss, lip liner and more).  Some women only wear a small amount, perhaps just eye liner and lipstick.  But what most of us don’t realize is that the products we are using may be adding to physical problems that our diets alone will not resolve.  My colleague, Dr. Barbara Hales shares some valuable information that may improve your health.


Do You Feel As Good As You Look? by Guest Blogger Barbara Hales, M.D.


“You’ve put your “glamour face” on perfectly with the new makeup you just purchased and everyone thinks you look great!


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But why don’t you feel great as well?


It turns out that gluten may be lurking in those cosmetics and toiletries.  While labels usually specify whether food products contain gluten, a protein found in barley, wheat and grains, beauty products seldom indicate the presence of gluten within the ingredients.


According to Dr. Prakash from George Washington University, “lipsticks and powders and foundations are probably the ones we worry about most, and you really never see ingredient lists on those products. Dr. Prakash and her team reviewed websites of 10 leading cosmetic companies and discovered that “none actually provided any information on products that contained gluten”.


While the addition of gluten may not be significant for the average woman, symptoms ranging from mild to severe may occur for the more than 2 million people in the United States suffering from celiac disease.  These individuals are usually diligent about reading labels on their food to avoid gluten but may be totally unaware of the presence in the products that they are introducing into their system.  Despite the inability of gluten to be absorbed through the skin, Dr. Borum, from George Washington University warns “people may accidentally ingest small quantities of lotion, lipstick or other products if they have the product on their hands or use it around their mouth”.


“If you’re just focusing on food intake, you may be missing something that’s very important and could make a difference in someone’s life.”   For those with celiac disease, introducing gluten into their system causes their immune system to attack the lining of the small intestine.


Symptoms associated with celiac disease include:


  • Bloating
  • Fatigue
  • Weight loss
  • Diarrhea
  • Joint Pain
  • Itchy rashes
  • Mouth sores
  • Tingling in the legs
  • Abdominal cramps


Celiac disease can be confused with Crohn’s Disease, irritable bowel syndrome, gastric ulcers, parasites and anemia.


Lack of proper nutrient absorption is a serious side effect of celiac disease, which can lead to other medical problems.  Osteoporosis which is a condition associated with women as they age has also been linked to celiac disease.


There is no treatment for celiac disease other than the avoidance of gluten and the condition does tend to run in families.  If any of the above symptoms appears, it is a good idea to seek consultation with your healthcare provider.


Note that there are cosmetics and lotions that you can buy which are gluten-free and with a little diligence, these can be found.


The next time someone compliments you on how well you look, you can feel confident knowing you feel good as well!


Barbara Hales, M.D., an author and speaker, is a specialist in the Medical and Health market, helping people improve their health while helping others to expand into the writing and speaking market. After working as a physician for thirty years, she turned her focus to marketing and writing, publishing the monthly newsletter “The Medical Strategist”. Her book “Power to the Patient: The Medical Strategist” can be found on Dr. Hales also discusses  health issues at:  The   Listen to Dr. Hales talk about Patient Rights at my Healthy Baby Boomers Radio Show on Tuesday, January 17, 2012.


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