20 Toxic Ingredients To Avoid In Your Personal Care Products

Caroline Heasley March 10th 2017 Health
Do you read the labels on your personal care products? If you don't, you definitely should start doing so. Many personal care products contain dozens of chemicals, and many of these chemicals are highly toxic. When creating your personal care program, try your best to leave out these 20 toxic ingredients.
1. Parabens
According to Arthur Rich, Ph.D and cosmetic chemist, "About 85 percent of cosmetics have parabens." A preservative, parabens stop the growth of bacteria, mold, and yeast in beauty products. They are used as an ingredient to make products last longer and to keep products from expiring or going bad. However, they also have estrogen-mimicking features that are related to an increased risk of breast cancer. Because of this, many manufacturers have created paraben-free products, which include lotions, shampoos, and facial scrubs.
If you want to start using paraben-free products, many health outlets offer them. What are some paraben-free brands? Burt's Bees, John Masters Organics, Josie Maran Cosmetics, Aveda, Dr. Hauschka, and Pangea Organics are all brands which exclude parabens in their merchandise. To avoid purchasing products that contain this chemical, simply buy products that are all-natural. Many natural products use paraben substitutes like Vitamin C and Vitamin E.
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2. Phthalates
Phthalates are not a chemical that you want anywhere close to your skin. They are a group of chemicals that are used to make plastics flexible and are used as lubricants in cosmetics. They are found in perfume, hair spray, deodorant, and almost anything fragranced. But, these chemicals are known to disrupt the endocrine hormone and have been associated with an increased risk of breast cancer. Phthalates have also been known to cause reproductive birth defects in males and females.
Some ways to avoid phthalates is by choosing products that are unscented or scented with natural botanicals. Some brands that avoid using phthalates are Afterglow Cosmetics, Beach Organics Skin Care, Garden Girl Skin Care, Botanical Skin Works, Daisy Blue Naturals, Colby Organic, and UV Natural. Remember to always look for products that are advertised as "phthalate-free."
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3. Triclosan
Tricolson is a chemical that can be found in soaps, deodorants, and toothpastes. It is often used to prevent pollution of the product. Tricolson is a known endocrine disruptor and is especially known to disturb the thyroid and reproductive hormones. In addition, they are known for being an irritant. Specifically, this ingredient has often been associated with irritation of the eyes and skin. Triclosan may also be enhancing the risk for some cancers. It may also lead to unrestrained cell growth and unhealthy weight loss.
Try your best to stay away from personal care products that contain this chemical. Make sure that you support brands that do not use triclosan in their products. Some companies that are triclosan free include LUSH, Naked Soap Works, Vermont Country, Listerine Essential Care, the Natural Dentist, and Purell Instant Hand Sanitizer. One personal care retailer that sells triclosan-free products is The Body Shop.
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4. Formaldehyde
Formaldehyde is a colorless and flammable gas. It is used in many cosmetic products to aid in preventing the growth of bacteria. This chemical can be found in many personal care products including, eye shadows, body washes, nail polish, shampoos, cleansers, and nail polish treatments. The most common side effect of Formaldehyde are allergic skin reactions. It has been found to cause irritation of the eyes, nose, and skin. But, it as also been linked to nasal and nasopharyngeal cancers.
It is somewhat difficult to figure out if your cosmetics contain Formaldehyde because most product labels won't tell you if it is or isn't present. However, you can figure it out yourself by checking for various chemicals. Some chemicals that are related to Formaldehyde are Imidazolidinyl urea,DMDM hydantoin, and Bronopol. In addition, there are a few nail polish companies who do not use Formaldehyde in their merchandise, such as Suncoat, Zoya, Piggy Paint, and Honeybee Gardens.
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5. Hydroquinone
Hydroquinoe is a compound found in numerous skin products that is used for lightening skin. It is contained in a lot of products that are aimed towards reducing the appearance of dark spots, freckles, and acne scars. Hydroquinoe unfortunately does cause some dangerous health concerns. For one, it causes skin irritation. Using this ingredient regularly can result in your skin starting to irritate. Some people have even experienced extreme redness and itching when they applied it to their skin.
There are many alternatives to using products that contain hydroquinone. If you are searching for a skin whitening product, look for one that is made of natural ingredients such as mandelic acid and alpha-hydroxy acids. Using products with these natural ingredients is way safer than using products that contain hydroquinone. However, remember that even though skin whitening can help many skin problems, it should only be used for treating problem regions, not for using all over. Try your best to be comfortable in the skin you already have!
6. Oxybenzone
Oxybenzone is an ingredient that is found in many sunscreens. The EWG claims that Oxybenzone can disrupt your hormones and can even cause cancer. Indeed, it is definitely is a huge hormone disruption. This ingredient acts like estrogen in the body and is linked to endometriosis in women. When absorbed by your skin, it can cause an eczema-like allergic reaction that can spread beyond the exposed area and last long after you're out of the sun
When looking for sunscreens, avoid the ones that contain oxybenzone. Instead, look for sunscreens that contain zinc oxide and titanium. Zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are two ingredients that are found in mineral sunscreens. These sunscreens offer UV protection without containing oxybenzone. Some sunscreens that are free from oxybenzone include Babo's SPF 30 Clear Zinc Sunscreen Lotion, Soleo Organics Sunscreen, and Sierra Sage Solar Goo Sun Protection Stick.
7. Talc
Talc is a mineral produced by the mining of talc rocks. It is a toxic ingredient found in baby powders, eye shadows, blush, and deodorant. Talc is used as an absorbent and anti-caking agent. Furthermore, it acts as an astringent on the skin. As a matter of fact, according to dailymail.co.uk, 40% of women use powder containing Talc. The American Cancer Society acknowledges that Talc is known to cause tumors in the ovaries and lungs. Talc particles have also been found to last inside the body for years.
Try your best to not buy or use products containing this ingredient. The National Ovarian Cancer Coalition recommends that women use cornstarch powder instead of talcum powder on the genital area. Cornstarch powder is definitely a safe alternative to talc. It has also never been associated with ovarian cancer!
8. Petrolatum
Petrolatum is a derivative from crude oil. It is found in many hair products,soaps, lip balms, and skin care products. Surprisingly, it is found in "one of every 14 products," according to livestrong.com. Petrolatum is used to trap moisture in the skin and to make hair shine. Many manufacturers use it in particular because of the fact that it is extremely cheap to use. But, it does cause a lot of problems when used on the skin. It can also interfere with the body's own natural moisturizing structure, leading to dry skin.
Additionally, petrolatum is linked to breast cancer and tumors. According to livestrong.com, a study showed that women with increased amounts of petrolatum found in their breast tissue were 2.6 times more likely to get breast cancer. It may also lead to premature aging because it essentially suffocates your skin, which leads to the death of skin cells. But thankfully, there are some alternatives to petrolatum. You can try cocoa butter, which is extracted from the roasted seeds of Theobroma cacao. Or, you can choose to try shea butter, which is a very healing ingredient to the skin.
9. Isopropyl Alcohol
Isopropyl is a liquid that is colorless and flammable. It is a harmful ingredient used in many skin care items. Many manufacturers use isopropyl alcohol to lessen the denseness of liquids and to reduce foam development when shaken. Isopropyl has no beneficial qualities what-so-ever. It can lead to dry, flaky skin, and actually increase acne. If you don't want extremely dry skin, never use this chemical.
Instead of using products that contain isopropyl alcohol, use products with rose extract. If you have acne, try using witch hazel, tea tree, and lavender. Always be sure to read the labels on the products you use. You can also choose to use vinegar. Vinegar is definitely a healthier alternative to isopropyl alcohol because it's edible. In addition, it reduces itching and dryness.
10. PEG's
PEG's or polyethylene glycols, are petroleum-based compounds that are used in many personal care products including conditioners, moisturizers, and deodorants. They are primarily used as cosmetic cream bases. PEG's often are contaminated with a lot of ethylene oxide and 1,4-dioxane, which can harm the nervous system. They also have the potential to reduce the skin's natural moisture. They can even cause cancer!
One company that sells PEG-free products is Aubrey Organics. The formulas of Aubrey Organics have never and will never contain PEG compounds. Instead of using polyethylene glycols, they use other natural glycols. The company relies mainly on a natural vegetable glycerin as a moisturizer. Vegetable glycerin definitely gets the job done without adding damaging side effects.
11. P-Phenylenediamine
P-Phenylenediamine, a coal tar dye, is found in numerous hair dyes and other cosmetics. But, it is especially found in darker hair dyes. Coal tar dyes, including P-Phenylenediamine, are a combination of many different chemicals. They come from petroleum and are known as a human carcinogen. The primary side effect of coal tar dyes is that they can lead to cancer. These dyes can also be polluted with heavy metals and aluminum substrate. Both heavy metals and aluminum compounds are harmful to the brain.
P-Phenylenediamine has also been linked to the development of tumors. One study, according to collective-evolution.com, found that women who used these dyes over a long period of time had an increased risk of developing non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Some at-home dyes that are considered pure, without these harmful ingredients include Herbatint, Light Mountain, Surya Henna, Rainbow Henna, and Color Me Naturally be Aubrey.
12. Mineral Oil
Mineral Oil, a colorless and odorless substance, is made from petroleum. It is found in many personal care products such as soaps, body lotions, and cosmetics. Mineral oil is used as a preserving agent and works to aid in retaining moisture. It is also very inexpensive, which is why it is popular among companies. Mineral Oil tends to clog pores and also interferes with the skin's power to expunge toxins. Because of this, it promotes skin disorders, including acne. It also advanced premature aging because it decreases skin function and cell growth. Additionally, it may even be polluted with carcinogens. Overall, mineral oil doesn't do anything good for your skin!
An alternative to mineral oil is pure, extra virgin coconut oil. Coconut oil that is organic is a way better option than mineral oil. Not only can it reduce cravings for unhealthy foods, but it can also act as a moisturizer for the skin. You don't even have to buy special coconut oil products because you can make your own scrub/formula at home easily.
13. Siloxanes
Siloxanes are a type of silicone. They are used in various personal care products including moisturizers, makeup, and hair care formulas. They are used mainly to soften, smoothen, and moisten. In hair products, they are commonly used to dry more quickly. Siloxanes are known to interfere with hormones and even damage the liver. They have been linked to impaired human fertility and are even harmful to animals!
How can you avoid siloxanes? Hairstyling and detangling creams contain the highest amount of this chemical. So, try using less of these particular items if you can. Instead of using detangling cream, attempt to detangle your hair with other tools. Creams and lotions, on the other hand, usually don't contain a lot of them. There are no real alternatives to siloxanes, but don't worry, because this chemical won't necessarily kill you, unless consumed in very large portions.
14. Aluminum
Many deodorants and antiperspirants contain aluminum. This ingredient is typically used to stop the flow of sweat to the skin's surface. Aluminum has been linked to Alzheimer's and brain disorders. It may also even be a risk factor in developing breast cancer.
Is possible, try to use aluminum free deodorant. When looking for a deodorant that is free of this ingredient, look for one that contains essential oils and is all natural. Aluminum free deodorant does not lead to health problems and can even cause fewer stains on your clothing. Some aluminum-free deodorants are Avene Regulating Deodorant, Lafes Twist-Stick Lavender, and Weleda Sage Deodorant.
15. Lead
Lead is a neurotoxin found in many cosmetics. According to collective-evolution.com, 33 popular brands of lipsticks were tested for lead content by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics. The result? Around 61% of the lipsticks surprisingly contained lead. Lipstick brands that contained the highest amount of lead were L'Oreal, Revlon, and Procter & Gamble.
Lead is not safe in any dose. Even at very small doses, it has been proven to be harmful. Lead exposure has been linked with many different health problems. One common issue is neurotoxicity, which causes learning, language, and behavioral issues. Aluminum also has the potential to reduce fertility, disrupt hormones and a woman's menstrual cycle, and delay puberty for girls. Overall, it is best for you to try to stay clear from lead!
16. Dioxin
Dioxins, an organic chemical, consist of a pair of benzene rings. They are often found in skin cleansers and other bath products. They are highly toxic according to the World Health Organization because they are known to cause reproductive and developmental issues, damage the immune system, disrupt hormones, and cause cancer. Dioxins can stay in the body for years due to their chemical balance and their ability to be dissolved by fat tissue. They are potent in even small quantities and are categorized as persistent environmental pollutants.
To inevitably avoid coming into contact with dioxin, stay away from personal care products containing triclosan, which eventually degrades into dioxin. Many feminine hygiene products contain dioxin as well. Avoid using conventional brand tampons and sanitary pads. Instead, use 100% organic brands like Natracare.
17. Parfum/Fragrance
Obviously, fragrance is an ingredient in perfumes, colognes, and deodorants. But, it is also found in almost every kind of personal care product. Many of the chemicals used in fragrances are irritants and can cause allergies, migraines, and asthma symptoms. Some people, even when simply exposed to perfume, can experience asthma attacks. Any person may experience skin irritation or runny eyes and nose when exposed to a fragrance. Additionally, some fragrance ingredients have been linked with cancer and neurotoxicity as well as other harmful health effects.
The best action that you can take is to buy fragrance-free products. Some brands that are free of fragrance are Alpha Hydrox, CeraVe, Cetaphil, Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare, MD Formulations, Free & Clear, and SkinCeuticals. It definitely isn't easy finding fragrance-free skin care because there are not many options available. However, if you search well, you will definitely find a product that is free of perfume.
18. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)
SLS is a chemical that you should avoid at all costs. But sadly, this toxic chemical is contained in a lot of personal care products including shampoos, soaps, and toothpaste. SLS is a known skin irritant and can lead to dandruff, dermatitis, and canker sores. Furthermore, it has corrosive properties and corrodes the fats and proteins that make up the skin and muscle. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is also an eye irritant and has been shown to cause cataracts in adults.
You definitely should start using SLS free products if you are not already. Some SLS free products are Sage Shampoo for Heavy Dandruff, Fundamental Shampoo, Christina Moss Conditioner, Verse Ultra, Tom's of Maine Clean and Gentle Care, Alaffia Everyday Shea Body Wash, and Beesential Body Wash. Needless to say, there are a lot of personal care products that do not contain SLS. So, you will find that making the switch won't be too difficult.
19. Lanolin
Lanolin is a waxy substance that is found in sheep's wool. Used as a lubricant, it is found in most cosmetics and lotions. Lanolin commonly causes allergic reactions because it is treated with toxic pesticides. If you are a person who suffers from sensitive skin, it is best for you to avoid products that contain this chemical.
To find Lanolin-free products, look for ones that specifically are labeled lanolin-free or simply read the list of ingredients. To see if a particular product is free of lanolin, check to make sure that "lanolin,""lanolin oils," "or "lanolin alcohols" are not listed in the ingredients. Be sure to look out for ingredients that indicate lanolin such as lanolate, lanagene, triterpene, or cholesterin.
20. Toluene
Toluene is found naturally in crude oil. It is contained in many different synthetic fragrances and nail products. Toluene is a toxic chemical that when exposed to, can cause headaches, dizziness, and cracked skin. It also can cause more extreme effects such as damaging your reproductive system.
Salon workers are the most at risk due to being in constant contact with toxic nail polishes. Expectant mothers should also avoid being exposed to toluene because it Toluene can cause developmental damage in the fetus. Try looking for less toxic brands of nail polishes and treatments. Some non-toxic nail polish brands include Zoya, Suncoat, Piggy Paint, RGB, and Sheswai.

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50 Extraordinary Women You Won't Believe Actually Exist

Luke Chase May 25th 2016 Entertainment
It's likely that the women in your day to day life are pretty "normal" in appearance. So when you see someone whose appearance differs from what you expect it to be, it can be kind of a shock. The ladies in the following slideshow are definitely far from average. Some of these women spent thousands of dollars on plastic surgery, tattoos, or body piercings. Others are born with strange birth defects such as excessive facial hair, a gigantic butt or even an 8 inch tongue. See for yourself!
Lauren Williams: 4 Foot Long Legs
Lauren Williams has the longest-known legs in the United States, with her eye-catching limbs measuring an incredible 49 inches from hip to heel. Lauren's height and long-legged genes can be attributed to her family as her father, mother and twin sisters are all 6ft or taller. She has US size 11 feet (UK size 10), and revealed that she can find it tricky to buy clothes that fit. When modelling, single Lauren - who has worked on campaigns for global brands such as Nike - does everything from sports and fitness to high fashion and swimwear.
Having played volleyball in college, as well as being extremely active, Lauren also enjoys shooting sporty campaigns. As well as modelling, Lauren works as an educator at a children's museum in Houston and enjoys travelling. When out and about, her striking looks and long limbs mean she gets comments about her legs on a daily basis.
Pixee Fox: Dangerously Small Waist
Swedish born Pixee Fox had already spent more than $80,000 on plastic surgery attempting to sculpt the perfect hourglass figure. But now she has taken her obsession even further by having 6 of her lower ribs removed - so she can shrink her waist to a record-breaking 14 inches. Pixee, from Sweden, said: "People often come up to me and say, "don't take this the wrong way, but you look like a cartoon" - but for me that's a compliment, that's what I want to achieve.
With 6 of her lower ribs removed, Pixee's lower internal organs, including the liver, have lost some of their natural protection - but she isn't worried. She said: "Before if I was in a car crash I would normally break my ribs. If that happened now I'm probably going to break my spleen instead. In total she has had four rhinoplasties costing $14,000; four breast augmentations of 200cc, 525cc, 800cc and 1400cc costing $28,500; two rounds of liposuction at $5,000; two upper eyelid surgeries at $6,000; a labiaplasty costing $4,000; a Brazilian butt lift at $9,000 and cool-sculpting, cheek injections, and lip injections at about $12,000.
Bethany Hamilton: One Armed Pro Surfer
Bethany Meilani Hamilton-Dirks is an American professional surfer who survived a 2003 shark attack in which her left arm was bitten off, but ultimately returned to-and was victorious in-professional surfing. On October 31, 2003 Hamilton, aged 13 at the time, went for a morning surf along Tunnels Beach, Kauai, with best friend Alana Blanchard, Alana's father, Holt, and brother Byron. Around 7:30 a.m., with numerous turtles in the area, she was lying on her surfboard with her left arm dangling in the water, when a 14-foot tiger shark attacked her, severing her left arm just below the shoulder.
Despite the trauma of the incident, Hamilton was determined to return to surfing. Three weeks after the incident, she returned to her board. Initially, she adopted a custom-made board that was longer and slightly thicker than standard and had a handle for her right arm, making it easier to paddle, and she learned to kick more to make up for the loss of her left arm. After teaching herself to surf with one arm, on January 10, 2004, she entered a major competition. She now uses standard competitive performance short-boards. The broken surfboard that Hamilton was riding during the attack is on display at the California Surf Museum
Mayra Hills: World's Largest Fake Breasts
Mayra Hills - also known as Beshine - measures at 59-28-36 and says she's the proud owner of the world's largest fake breasts. And it's not hard to believe her claim to fame, considering each of her breasts have 10,000 cc of saline implants and weigh 20 pounds a piece! As you can imagine, it's difficult for Beshine, who wears a size 32Z bra, to find clothes that fit, so the German-born woman has a lot of her items custom-made.
But bra shopping isn't her only woe. She can no longer tie her own shoes and has run into trouble when she's knocked things over with her chest - but it appears she's satisfied with her body, troubles and all. "Some people maybe think the sheer size of my t-ts bring too many handicaps in my everyday life, but hey, having big boob problems is amazing," she wrote on her blog.
Anastasiya Shpagina: Real Life Anime Girl
It's official, this real-life anime trend has gotten completely out of hand. Hardly a day goes by that we don't stumble upon some photos of girls going to any lengths in order to look like real live anime characters. Today's example, Anastasiya Shpagina, an Ukrainian girl who has even taken a Japanese name - Fukkacumi. 19-year-old Anastasiya (Nastya) Shpagina has been called "the new Barbie" by national news outlets, but she later revealed she's striving to become a real-life Japanese anime character, not a doll. She even posted "I am not like a doll, a doll is like me."
Apparently, Nastya has been passionate about makeup even as a young child, always experimenting with it in the mirror. Over time she also developed a thing for Japanese cartoons and it was only a matter of time before she started using her make-up artist skills to transform herself into a real-life anime girl. But just putting on makeup wasn't enough to attain that coveted look, so she decided to lose weight in order to seem more genuine. At 1.58-meters-tall, Anastasiya weighs just 39 kilos and is trying to lose one more in order to look just right.
Chanel Tapper: World's Longest Tongue
The longest female tongue measures 9.75 cm (3.8 in) from the tip to the middle of lip and was achieved by Chanel Tappe on 29 September 2010. Chanel, from Houston, US, shot to fame aged 13 when she was spotted sticking out her monster tongue in a YouTube video. In September Guinness invited Chanel to Los Angeles where they measured her tongue and she narrowly beat two other female contenders to the record.
She said: "I have always been silly and goofy. I love sticking my tongue out at people. I started doing that back in school. I've never had a problem with having a long tongue, it's just fun." Chanel now has set her sights set on Hollywood after finishing her studies. She said: "I'd love to be in a movie. I'm certainly pretty dramatic, so I think I could have the acting gift. "Really, I'd love to meet Adam Sandler, he's my favorite."
Sarah Massey: World's Largest Butt
Sarah Massey would be just another 33-year-old mother-of-two from Chicago - if it weren't for the fact that she also happens to have the world's biggest butt. Though not officially recognized by the prudes at Guinness, Massey's massive 7-foot wide keister requires a pair of 10XL trousers that would comfortably fit all of the Kardashian sisters combined.
Massey insists the condition that resulted in her museum-sized bubble butt is hereditary - "there's nothing I can do about it," she says - but that her love of ice cream certainly contributed to its maintenance. Massey would still like to lose some weight, but says she now has a new-found appreciation for her natural assets, and fervently defends them against anyone who calls them fake. "Some people can't believe one person can have this much butt," she told Barcroft. "Because I've got a relatively small frame on top they say, 'that can't be real.' I carry this weight with me all the time, everywhere I go, it's definitely not fake. Big booties are just in my blood."
Zlata: Extreme Flexibility
Russian-born former gymnast Zlata, 29, posed in leather and lingerie to adopt a series of poses that seem to defy every law of biology. Zlata, who now lives in Germany, is able to create astounding shapes with her body and is so flexible she can cram herself into a 50cm square box. One of her favorite acts is to bend backwards at a 90 degree angle, so the back half of her hands touch her feet and she can also peer through her own legs from behind.
Zlata's gift of flexibility was discovered when she was four years old and by six she was training as a contortionist at a circus school. She has a rare condition which makes all her tendons extremely pliable, which helps in her profession. The former gymnast now spends most of her day working out and training for shows around the world. In 2011 she set the Guinness World Record for the most beer bottles opened in a minute using only your feet.
Kim Goodman: Eyeball Protrusion
Kim Goodman is a woman who is able to pop her eyes out of her eye sockets by 12 millimeters (0.47 inches). She holds the world record for the farthest eyeball protrusion. She lives in Chicago, Illinois. She discovered her eyeball popping talent one day when she was hit on the head with a hockey mask. Her eyeballs popped out much further than usual and ever since that day she could pop them out on cue, as well as when she yawns.
She has appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman. In 2004, Goodman was included by Guinness World Records in their 50th anniversary list of top ten "feats" of all time. Kim originally had the record for being able to extend her eye balls beyond her eye sockets by 10mm. This was matched a few years by a new contender, but when Kim was re-measured she found she could now reach 12mm - breaking her own record and keeping the title.
Natalia Partyka: One Armed Table Tennis Champ
Natalia Partyka (born 27 July 1989) is a Polish table tennis player. Born without a right hand and forearm, she participates in competitions for able-bodied athletes as well as in competitions for athletes with disabilities. Partyka reached the last 32 of the London 2012 Olympic women's table tennis. Partyka began playing table tennis at the age of seven. She won her first international table tennis medal in 1999 at the disabled World Championships. At the age of 11, she competed at the 2000 Summer Paralympics in Sydney, becoming the world's youngest ever Paralympian. In 2004, she won a gold medal in the singles event and silver in the team event at the Athens Paralympics.
Partyka competed for Poland both the 2008 Summer Olympics and the 2008 Summer Paralympics in Beijing - one of only two athletes to do so, the other being Natalie du Toit in swimming. They were her third Paralympic Games, and her first Olympics. Competing in class 10 at the Beijing Paralympics, she won gold by defeating China's Fan Lei by three sets to nil. In 2008, she won a gold medal in the singles event and a silver in the team event at the Beijing Paralympics, repeating her Athens Paralympics result.
Supatra Sasuphan: World's Hairiest Girl
Her nicknames may include "wolf girl" and "monkey face". But 11-year-old Thai girl Supatra Sasuphan today insisted that she was after being officially recognised as the world's hairiest girl. Although the schoolgirl from Bangkok has faced merciless teasing at school, Supatra says being given a Guinness World Record for her hair has helped her become extremely popular. "I'm very happy to be in the Guinness World Records! A lot of people have to do a lot to get in," she said. "All I did was answer a few questions and then they gave it to me."
Supatra is one of just 50 known sufferers of Ambras Syndrome - caused by a faulty chromosome - to be documented since the Middle Ages. Before the disease was understood, sufferers were branded "werewolves." She has thick hair growing over her face, ears, arms, legs and back. Even laser treatment has failed to stop the hair growth. But while most sufferers have been shunned, Supatra has gradually been embraced by her community, and became a popular and outgoing child.
Jasmine Tridevil: Woman With 3 Breasts
There's really no other way to put this so we're just going to dive in: Meet Jasmine Tridevil. She has three breasts. Tridevil (no that's not her real name, but that's what she wants to go by) is a 21-year-old licensed massage therapist and die-hard Criss Angel fan from Florida who decided to undergo a shocking and controversial $20,000 surgery to add a third breast to her chest.
Tridevil also stated that she's hoping to bank a reality show from this, and has already put the wheels in motion to make something happen. "I was making really good money [being a licensed massage therapist] but now I'm trying to star in a reality show instead. I don't like that job," she shared, and later added, "My whole dream is to get this show on MTV. I hired a camera crew individually, so I'm the producer of this show right now."
Lyudmila Titchenkova: World's Longest Neck
Lyudmila Titchenkova is a 16-year-old living in the city of Nikolaev, Ukraine. After she turned 10, Lyudmila's parents noticed that their daughter's body began developing at an accelerated growth rate. She was taller and had longer arms than other children her age, but of particular concern was the length of her neck and abnormal curvature of her spine.
As it got to the point where Lyudmila began feeling embarrassed to go out because of her appearance, her parents took her to the hospital, where she was diagnosed with Marfan Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder of the connective tissue that can affect many parts of the body, most often the heart, blood vessels, bones, joints and eyes. In Lyudmila's case, the disorder affected the connective tissue in her spine, causing it to curve at an angle of 30 degrees. This seems to be a rather uncommon symptom of the disorder, which usually affect people's arms, legs and fingers. After undergoing corrective surgery and extensive rehabilitation to straighten her spine, Lyudmila can now live normally and says she wants to study for her future without letting herself be affected by her disorder.
Abigail and Brittany Hensel: Girl With Two Heads
Abigail Loraine "Abby" Hensel and Brittany Lee Hensel (born March 7, 1990) are dicephalic parapagus twins, meaning that they are conjoined twins, each of whom has a separate head, but whose bodies are joined. They are highly symmetric for conjoined twins, giving the appearance of having just a single body without marked variation from normal proportion. In fact, several vital organs are doubled up; each twin has a separate heart, stomach, spine, lungs, and spinal cord.
In conversation, the twins are clearly distinct persons, with distinct likes and dislikes. Their preferences in food, clothing color, etc., differ. Some of their clothes are altered by their seamstress so that they have two separate necklines in order to emphasize their individuality. They will usually have separate meals, but sometimes will share a single meal for the sake of convenience (e.g. each taking a bite of the same hamburger). Abby is better at mathematics, and Brittany is better at writing. For tasks such as responding to email, they type and respond as one, anticipating each other's feelings with little verbal communication between them.
Natasha Veruschka: Sword Swallower
Natasha Veruschka has the world record for most swords swallowed simultaneously by a female. She swallowed 13 swords, each at least 38.1 cm (15 in) long, at the 3rd Annual Sideshow Gathering and Sword Swallowers Convention in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, USA, on 3 September 2004. Natasha was born in India of white russian and british heritage. She has lived, studied, and performed her art around the world and also speaks several different languages.
Natasha now lives in New York City. She is an amazing performer who uses many different types of swords in her act or as she likes to say "Swords On The Menu." The swords on the menu are - "The Red devil" 29 inches long, "The Big Sword" 27 1/2 inches long, "The Bradshaw Sword" 25 inches long, "The Sai Weapons" two 24 inch long eight-sided weapons of steel. Natasha trained with a "Sai Master" in order to use them in her act. Also on the menu is the unbelieveable "Sword Sandwich" where she swallows 13-22 inch long swords simultaneously.
Elaine Davidson: Most Body Piercings
Elaine Davidson is the "Most Pierced Woman" according to the Guinness World Records. Since first receiving a skin piercing in January 1997, Elaine Davidson has been pierced a total of 4,225 times as of 8 June 2006. The former restaurant owner is constantly adding and replacing jewelery, mostly in her face. She enhances her exotic looks with tattoos and brightly coloured make-up, and often wears feathers and streamers in her hair.
She has more piercings in her genitalia than in any other part of the body - 500 in all, externally and internally. The total weight of her internal piercings is estimated to be about 3 kilograms. As of May 2008, Davidson's piercings total 5,920. As of Feb. 2009 her piercings total 6,005. In March 2010, Davidson reported a total of 6,725 piercings. As of March 2012, she has over 9,000. As of may 2016, she has 9,800. She was born in Brazil and is a former nurse. She does not drink or use drugs. She now resides in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Jyoti Amge: World's Shortest Woman
Jyoti Amge (born 16 December 1993) is an Indian actress notable for being the world's smallest living woman according to Guinness World Records. Jyoti Amg hails from Nagpur, India. She weighs 11 pounds and stands at 23 inches, according to Guinness World Records. Jyoti Amg has a "form of dwarfism called achondroplasia," Guinness says.
On her fame, Jyoti Amg says, "I don't like it if I am being held like a baby," but that she will let some people and fans pick her up. She also gets "mad when someone annoys me by touching my hair or keeps touching me without permission." "I love acting in this show," she says. "My biggest dream is that I go to Hollywood and become an actress."
Cara Anaya: Chronic Orgasms Disorder
The 30-year-old Arizona mother lives with Persistent Genital Arousal Disorder (PGAD), a condition that can leave her feeling sexually aroused for up to six hours a day. "The one day that I decided to count how many orgasms I had in one sitting, I counted 180 in two hours," she told Barcroft TV. "Pretty much, with that type of number, you're having two or three in a minute." Anaya has seen a number of health specialists but has not been able to find treatment.
The condition has created difficulties in her relationship with husband Tony Carlisi, who initially thought she was crazy when he first learned about it. "I would say the most difficult thing is seeing my wife in pain and knowing there's nothing I can do to help her," he said. As a result of the condition, Cara has to avoid being out in public or open spaces like parks. She said: "It is ruining my life, because it messes with your head. Your body is running on a high, on an up and down, so it really affects your moods."
Aevin Dugas: World's Largest Afro
The largest afro measures 18.5 cm (7.3 in) high, 19.6 cm (7.7 in) wide and 132.1 cm (4 ft 4 in) in circumference and was achieved by Aevin Dugas, in New Orleans, USA on 4 October 2010. Proud of her record-breaking afro, Aevin Dugas says her hair is inspiring legions of women to ditch chemical straighteners and "go natural". The 37-year-old, whose hair entered the Guinness Book of Records at 4ft 4ins around, says everyone from toddlers to grandmothers are following in her footsteps.
Aevin said: "At one time I strived to get hair that was bone straight and now all I want is it big and poofy". She believes her voluminous hair may have grown even bigger, but she cannot reveal its size until Guinness take an official measurement. "When my hair is stretched out to its complete length and pressed, it goes down to my butt. But I don't wear it like that because it looks weird."
Aimee Mullins: Amputee Athlete
Aimee Mullins (born July 20, 1976 in Allentown, Pennsylvania) is an American athlete, actress, and fashion model who first became famous for her athletic accomplishments. She was born with a medical condition that resulted in the amputation of both of her lower legs. Mullins was born with fibular hemimelia (missing fibula bones) and as a result, had both of her legs amputated below knee when she was one year old. A graduate of Parkland High School in Allentown and Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., she took up sports and acting at an early stage.
As a young softball player, she once held the youth league record for stolen bases in softball. She also raced in downhill skiing while in high school. While attending Georgetown University on a full academic scholarship to the prestigious School of Foreign Service there, she competed against able-bodied athletes in NCAA Division I track and field events, and is the first amputee in history, male or female, to compete in the NCAA. Honoring her achievement and cultural contribution to sport, Mullins is included as one of the "Greatest Women of the 20th Century" in the Women's Museum in Dallas, Texas.
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