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I have learned a lot about the lack of safety concerns and regulations since researching natural organic and/or wild crafted products over the years.
One of the first things that was shocking was that generally the FDA doesn’t regulate cosmetics and personal care products. So if you think the FDA would let us know about toxins and harmful ingredients….they weren’t given the direction to do so! Since 1894, this industry has been a self-policing organization called the Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association – or now known as the Personal Care Products Council with over 600 different product distributors and manufacturers. It’s like having the fox watch the hen house to ensure safety.
So, what is necessary for you to be aware of in shampoos, conditioners, lotions, etc.? Make use of resources that help you make right choices of what is safe for your health and that of your family. A few changes have come about recently on some toxins but there are still a lot of toxic ingredients in lots of products. Here are a few examples of toxic ingredients that can actually make you ill if used daily in shampoos and conditioners:
• Sodium Lauryl Sulfate [often referred to as SLS] – This chemical ingredient helps shampoo and soap to lather and foam. It’s used in car washes and garages as a degreasing agent. Acting as a performance enhancer, it helps other ingredients penetrate, allowing potentially toxic ingredients to enter the bloodstream. According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), research on SLS has shown links to
o Skin and eye irritation
o Development and reproductive toxicity
o Endocrine disruption
o Ecotoxicological, biochemical or cellular changes
o Possible mutations and cancer
Visit www.ewg.org to see the list of research studies in their PubMed library. There are over 15,000 studies as well as lists of health concerns and adverse conditions related to SLS.
Note: SLS goes by a number of names, including: sodium lauryl sulfate, sodium laureth sulfate, ammonium laurel sulfate, sodium dodecylsulfate, sulfuric acid, sodium salt sulfuric acid, A12-00356, Akyposal SDS, Aquarex ME, and Aquarex methyl. Check all personal care products for this ingredient.
• Paraben – Used as a preservative, this toxin has been linked to hormone and endocrine system disruption. Used as an antimicrobial ingredient, this chemical is considered a xeno-estrogen (false estrogen) because it interferes with normal hormonal and estrogen behavior. Xeno-estrogens mimic, disrupt and block normal behavior and pathways. For example, parabens can impact fertility, pregnancy, menstruation, and even fat cell activity. Too much estrogen can cause weight gain, fluid retention and depression. Scientists have found paraben nodules in breast cancer tumors.
Note: Check all personal care product labels for these names –
o Parahydroxybenzoic acid
o Benzyl-parahydroxybenzoic acid
o Methyl-parahydroxybenzoic acid
o Propyl-parahydroxybenzoic acid
o Butyl-parahydroxybenzoic acid
• Dioxane – This toxic chemical was one of over 200 carcinogens linked to breast cancer in 2007 in the medical journal, Cancer. This link to cancer was reported as early as 1965, yet it is still found in personal care products today – for both adults and children!
In 1985, the FDA requested a voluntary limit of dioxane in products of 10 parts per million, but that has NOT occurred.
• Diethanolamine (DEA) – This toxic chemical ingredient reacts with nitrite preservatives and contaminants in personal care products to form nitrosodienthanolamine (NDEA). NDEA is a known, potent carcinogen.
DEA seems to block choline, a nutrient vital for healthy brain development. Pregnant women actually need extra choline for fetal development. An associate dean for research at the UNC School of Public Health believed that choline is necessary to help provide proper nutrients for a health baby.
The FDA has reported that around 42% of all cosmetics are contaminated with NDEA – with shampoos having the highest concentrations.
• Monosodium glutamate (MSG) – In your shampoo? A joke, right? Nope, it’s often hidden and referred to as yeast extract, naiad, glutamic acid, or glutamates. However, the reactions to it in your shampoo are just like in your food. Symptoms include headache, dizziness, numbness, burning sensations, tingling, facial pressure, nausea, drowsiness and weakness.
• Propylene Glycol – This ingredient is found in engine coolants and antifreeze, airplane deicers, tire sealants, rubber cleaners, polyurethane cushions, paints, enamels, and other products as a solvent or surfactant. It’s a skin irritant that can also cause liver abnormalities and kidney damage. It’s more than likely in your shampoo!
So, what can be done about this?
Keep a list of toxic and harmful ingredients in your purse or wallet. Check it against the labels of EVERY product you plan to buy! CHOOSE to be chemical-free whenever possible.
REMEMBER, your skin cannot protect you against these toxins. It is our largest organ with the greatest absorption for everything that touches your skin. And toxins in your shampoo and conditioner could well be MORE toxic than what is in your food.
There are great sources for safe, natural organic and/or wild crafted shampoos and conditioners for you! You do have a choice for safer, organic products and you can protect your family against the unseen threats from toxic ingredients.
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