“Doug’s information, from a scientific point of view, is critical to every nail technician’s continuing education. His passion to share his knowledge with us…has single-handedly raised the level of professionalism in the nail industry.”
— Vicki Peters, Master Nailtech

“Doug Schoon provides the scientific information that should be required reading for nail professionals; it’s that important and belongs in every salon and beauty school.”
— Jaime Schrabeck, Ph.D., Precision Nails

“We give every student Nail Structure and Product Chemistry!”
— Karin Schön, President KN Nail Products Sweden

“Old or new to the industry, Doug’s book and DVD should be on your don’t skip list. Even with 22 years in the industry, these both held my attention.”
— Debbie Doerrlamm, Webmaster,

“This is the Bible for nail professionals serious about success…This book is brilliant, it’s like having Doug on tap. This book should be required reading in every single classroom.”
— Sam Sweet, Co-Founder of Sweet Squared, UK

“Doug Schoon’s phenomenal book and the series of “Doug Schoon’s Brain in 3-D” will give you many of those “Light Bulb Moments” when you have been unable to solve problems in the salon. Thanks for helping me to become an expert in my field as an educator and nail artisan.”
— Gig Rouse, High Priestess of Nails in the European Union

“Are Chemicals Killing Us?” (2009)

Are Chemicals Killing Us? Toxicologists Believe Media Overstates Risks
June 2009

Can you believe the news media when they tell us that every day we are being poisoned by chemicals we routinely used to improve our lives? No we can’t, according to a survey of 937 members of the Society of Toxicology (SOT). This survey of toxicology professionals found that the public doesn’t get a full and balanced picture of chemical risks. For instance, these knowledgeable experts overwhelmingly reject the notion that exposure to even the smallest amounts of harmful chemicals is dangerous or that the detection of any level of a chemical in your body indicates a significant health risk. And they are nearly unanimous in rejecting the notion that “organic” or “natural” products are inherently safer than others. Here are some other interesting facts that came out of this survey.

  • 74% believe that cosmetics do not pose a significant health risk.
  • 90% believe “organic or natural” products are NOT inherently safer.
  • Only 77% believe the US regulatory system is NOT inferior to Europe’s.
  • 89% do NOT believe that “phthalates” are a high risk.
  • 97% think “Teflon” should NOT be rated as a high risk.
  • 91% believe “biphenol A” (BPA) should NOT be rated as a high risk.
  • 97% feel “parabens” should NOT be rated as a high risk.
  • 96% believe “triclosan” should NOT be rated as a high risk.
  • Only 14% rate “formaldehyde gas” as a high risk.
  • Only 6% believe that any exposure to harmful chemical is unacceptable.
  • 96% say that Greenpeace overstates the health risk of chemicals.
  • 80% said the Environmental Defense Fund overstates chemical risk.
  • 79% say the Environmental Working Group (EWG) overstates risks.
  • 80% say PETA overstates risks.
  • 90% say media coverage of risks lacks balance and diversity.
  • 74% believe the news media pays too much attention to individual studies rather than examining the overall evidence.
  • 73% believe the media pays too much attention to individual scientists rather than what the scientific community believes as a whole.
  • 68% believe the news media pays too much attention to studies put out by environmental groups.
  • 80% believe that leading national newspapers, magazines and television networks overstate chemical risk.
  • 97% say the media doesn’t distinguish between good studies and bad studies.
  • WebMD is the only news source rated as accurate by the majority of toxicologist.

What’s the take-home message? “Lousy studies make the news” according to one of the authors. Don’t rely on activists or the media to tell the truth about chemical risks. Schoon Scientific believes that consumer advocacy groups and news media are doing a very poor job and NOT providing the public with truthful information, but instead are exaggerating and distorting supposed chemical dangers and causing irrational fear, confusion and unfounded concerns. Click on the link below and download the pdf file to see more eye-opening statistics.


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