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‘Hypoallergenic’ is meaningless — It is ‘whatever a company wants it mean,’ scientists explain

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A new video by the American Chemical Society explains that “‘hypoallergenic’ isn’t really a thing,” largely because the term can mean whatever manufacturers want it to.

“There’s one label that’s gone unregulated for decades — ‘hypoallergenic,'” Speaking of Chemistry‘s host Sophia Cai said.

“A hypoallergenic product should mean that it’s less likely to give you an allergic reaction,” but that’s simply not the case, according to the Food and Drug Administration.

“There’s actually no scientific evidence,” Cai said, “to back up these claims.” In fact, according to the official FDA website, “[t]he term means whatever a particular company wants it to mean,” and these manufacturers “are not required to submit substantiation of their hypoallergenicity claims to the FDA.”

“Back in the 70s, the FDA suggested that the ‘hypoallergenic’ label should only be applied to products proven to reduce allergic reactions,” she explained. “But big name manufacturers fought back, saying those tests would cost too much.”

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Cai said that in 2014, researchers analyzed 187 children’s personal care products bearing labels like “hypoallergenic” and “dermatologist tested,” searching for 80 molecules that commonly cause allergic reactions.

“Eighty-nine percent contained a chemical known to cause a skin rash,” Cai said. “Eleven percent contained five or more allergens — and a different 11 percent contained methylisothiazolinone, a preservative that was dubbed ‘The Contact Allergen of the Year’ in 2013 by a dermatology society.”

Watch the entire American Chemical Society video below via YouTube.

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‘Pure and simple evil’: MSNBC’s Morning Joe and Mika destroy Trump’s ‘racist and illegal’ taunts against Omar

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MSNBC's Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski warned that President Donald Trump's attacks on Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) were both illegal and racist -- as well as an incitement to violence.

The "Morning Joe" co-hosts were appalled by the crowd's reaction -- chanting "send her back" -- to Trump attacks at a Greensboro, North Carolina, rally.

"Republicans shamed themselves by not calling racism, racism," Scarborough said. "I saw some people actually write columns that used to be respected trying to excuse the president's language and saying it's not racist, but the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the federal agency that Donald Trump oversees that enforces laws against discrimination, specifically outlined such language that the president used last night and that his crowd used last night as an example of bias."

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Stephen Colbert mocks Eric Trump in a way that must be seen to be believed

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Stephen Colbert mocked Eric Trump so badly it has to be seen to be believed.

The moment came after Colbert played a clip of the young Trump child saying that 95 percent of the United States supports him, the camera cut to Colbert doing his Eric impression.

"I've got big gums, and I cannot lie," Colbert said.

"Yeah, 95, guys, I'm tellin' ya," Colbert said, pretending to be Eric with his lips curled up.

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Black Pennsylvania Trump voter wonders if he’s still welcome in the GOP

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Tuesday, CNN released interviews with Texas Trump supporters who defended his racist attacks on four Congresswomen of color. Wednesday night, Van Jones showed his panel of supporters of both President Donald Trump and former President Barack Obama. But things got tense when a Black Trump supporter was asked about the president's racially charged statements.

Two men, one white one Black, in the group said they supported Trump and probably would again because business was good. Two women in the group lamented that Trump's racism was hurtful for the country.

"I just go back to values," the older women said. "I value treating people with dignity. And if there is anything that is incongruent with those values, then I'm not for that. So I'm not going to put profit over my values."

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