20 Feb Podcast – Heavy Metals in Makeup & Skincare
Below you will find an easy to read transcript of Dr. John Salerno’s monthly podcast interview. You can click the video to listen to the podcast or simply read the easy to follow transcript below. Enjoy!
RC: Hello everyone, this is Liz Harvey coming to you from our studios in New York City where we are dedicated to bringing you top quality advice from many of the leading expert professionals across the U.S. In today’s episode, we are speaking with Dr. John Salerno, founder of the Salerno Center for Complementary Medicine in Manhattan on East 55nd Street between 5th and Madison Avenue. Lauded as an international pioneer in the field of anti-aging, Dr. Salerno’s techniques have been proven to slow the aging process and encourage a healthy and vitality-filled life for his patients through natural treatments.
Dr. Salerno is well known for his vitamin IVs, weight-loss treatments and chelation therapy. He is the author of two books, Fight Fat with Fat and Salerno Solutions, which are both available on his website, www.SalernoCenter.com.
Today we are going to talk about a very important topic:
Heavy Metals in Makeup & Skincare. Hello Dr. Salerno, how are you today?
John Salerno: Hi Liz, very good. Thank you. Thanks for having me.
RC: Thank you for joining me.
What kind of heavy metals are found in makeup and skincare?
Dr. John Salerno: The majority of skincare products and makeup consists of lead unfortunately. Some of which is in very high amounts. We also can see occasionally aluminum and we can also see sometimes some mercury and copper. The majority of makeup is lead.
Are any of these heavy metals safe to use on our skin?
Dr. John Salerno: No they’re not. In fact, they’re not known to have any biological significance other than being toxic to the human body.
What are the health risks associated with exposure to these metals?
Dr. John Salerno: Particularly lead and aluminum clearly in adults and in children, of course, they both can cause issues with brain fog, memory loss, dementia. We see lead affecting women particularly from a standpoint of cancer. It can also cause heart disease and inflammation in the coronary arteries. It’s clearly problematic and we need to avoid makeups that have these heavy metals.
Are certain segments of the population more vulnerable to these risks?
Dr. John Salerno: Well, probably women that need to apply and re-apply makeup more frequently, like those in acting and Hollywood and newscasting whom we see a lot here in Manhattan. We often find that these patients have extremely high levels. We routinely measure all of these heavy metals in all of our patients as frequently as we would cholesterol and lipids. We do find high levels, particularly in women that need to re-apply and continually apply the makeup.
Can anything be done to reverse any potential damage to the body caused by heavy metal?
Dr. John Salerno: Yes. In my practice here at the Salerno Center in New York, we do IV chelation therapies on patients that have very high levels of lead. We use calcium EDTA, a product in the IVS, it’s an amino acid which is FDA approved for lead. We also have them go on nutrients for detoxing, like sprays. We have them do certainly some infrared saunas to allow them to sweat out the toxins and we’ll put them on things like cilantro and garlic as condiments to reduce the toxic burden of heavy metals, and selenium, for example, is a vitamin. We use something else called metal free spray in my practice. It depends to which degree these metals are elevated and we would accordingly get a program for them.
RC: Great. Well thank you so much, Dr. Salerno. We know you’re extremely busy so I just want to thank you for your time and your help today.
Dr. John Salerno: Oh, you’re very welcome.
RC: For our listeners across the country, if you are interested in speaking with the doctor, please visit SalernoCenter.com or call 866-582-7454 to schedule an appointment.
On behalf of our team, we want to thank you for listening and we look forward to bringing you more top quality content from our countries leading experts.