Save the majestic Emu.
Is the emu bird endanger of extinction? Probably not since it is a cash cow for cosmetic and pain relief companies. These majestic birds are bread by the thousands and harvested for their oil.
The emu is Australia’s national bird. It is believed to be one of the oldest living prehistoric birds. It belongs to a family of flightless birds called Ratites. Most Ratites are now extinct, and only the emu, ostrich, cassowary, kiwi and rhea are alive today.
As the largest bird in Australia, and the second largest in the world after the ostrich. They have long necks, sharp beaks and small ears. The emu has a unique sets of eyelids, one for blinking and one to keep out the dust. Emus grow to 5 to 6.5 feet tall, mostly legs and neck. The feathers of the emu are used in costumes and hats.
Habitat and history
Emus live in most of the less-populated areas of the continent and although they can survive in most regions, they avoid dense forest and severe desert.
Emus have been living in Australia for a very long time. Their ancestors, the Dromornithids, roamed the land when dinosaurs lived. Originally there were three species of emu, but now there is only one. The two other species became extinct because they were hunted for their meat and feathers.
Other flightless birds have a keel on their sternum, but Ratites do not. This means that Ratites don’t have a strong anchor for their wing muscles, so they couldn’t fly even if they developed suitable wings. Emus have tiny wings hidden under their feathers. They hold them out as stabilizers when they run.
Emus must drink every day, and they don’t waste water. On very hot days they breathe rapidly, using their lungs as evaporative coolers. Their large nasal passages have multiple folds inside. In cooler weather they use these folds to recycle air and create moisture for reuse.
The emu is bread and harvested for its oil. The oil is rendered from the fat of the emu, collected mainly from the back and the rump. Each emu can yield an average of 5 to 6 liters of complex, primitive oil. The oil is used in cosmetics and pain relief creams. In order to stabilize and keep the oil from fermenting a paraben is also added in the ingredients when emu oil is used.
What are the dangers of parabens?
Parabens are used in different cosmetics. There are on going studies about parabens effect on the human body. At the beginning of the 1950’s, Propylparaben has been widely used since the 1950’s to slow the growth of many different kinds of bacteria, mold, and certain types of yeast so that products had a longer shelf life. While propylparaben is believe to be safe, there are a number of concerns that you should be aware of.
The Possible Dangers of Propylparaben
Propylparaben dangers cited by dermatologists and skin care specialists are the chemical’s ability to mimic estrogen in the human body. Extended use can cause an over-abundance of this hormone. Because hormones play such a vital role in the body by stimulating various biological processes, chemicals that mimic hormones can lead to a significant number of problems and pain from internal inflammation. The known side effects or problems are weight gain, retaining fluids, and can even lead to cancer.When this happens, you may start gaining weight, retaining more fluids, and can even lead to cancer. Estrogen-related problems from propylparaben are especially detrimental to women who are pregnant or nursing, and are already facing wide hormonal fluctuations.
Propylparaben and Cancer
There have been studies conducted to see if a link exists between propylparaben and breast cancer. However most research has been inconclusive. While some experts believe there is a link, as parabens have been found in cancerous breast tissue, there is not enough evidence to make a solid case. If you have a history of breast cancer (or any other cancer) in your family, or are concerned about the possible link between propylparaben and estrogen toxicity, consult your doctor or skin care professional about using this ingredient safely.
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