Most people are striving to stay healthy in this toxic world, by eating a healthy organic diet, exercising daily and filtering drinking water. We all want the best for ourselves and our children and we aim to provide a happy, healthy home environment – but have you ever considered the ‘stealth’ cancer causing chemicals lurking in (over 90%) of our shampoos, buuble bath, body lotions and toothpastes?
When was the last time you stopped to check just what kind of ingredients are in the bathroom products you buy and use regularly? Do you always check the labels when you buy new products?
Have you ever wondered just what those ingredients really are and if they are truly safe and without risk?
Your bathroom products, cosmetics and toiletries when used, easily penetrate the skin and lungs taking whatever chemicals they contain with it – right into your blood stream.
Unfortunately most personal care products contain irritating cancer causing detergents like Sodium Laureth Sulphate, Sodium Lauryl Sulphate and Cocamidopropyl betaine (which is a penetration enhancer, allowing other chemicals to be more easily absorbed). This includes ‘no more tears’ baby shampoos and baby products also.
Once it has been absorbed, one of the main effects of SLS is to mimic the activity of the hormone Oestrogen. This has many health implications and may be responsible for a variety of health problems from PMS and Menopausal symptoms to dropping male fertility and increasing female cancers such as breast cancer, where oestrogen levels are known to be involved.
These are highly irritating chemicals. Using products that contain them can lead to direct damage to the hair follicle, skin damage, permanent eye damage in children and even cancer and liver toxicity.
Products commonly found to contains Sodium Lauryl Suphate or Sodium Laureth Sulphate
Children’s soaps and shampoos
Preservatives such as Tetrasodium EDTA and Methylchloroisothiazolinone are potential mutagens, which mean they speed up gene mutation.
If your product contains Cocamide EDTA (or similar compounds ending with DEA, TEA or MEA) along with formaldehyde – forming substances such as Bronopol , DMDM hydantoin, diazolidinyl urea, imidazolidinyl urea and Quarternium – 15 , it is likely to contain cancer causing nitrosamines.
Recent studies show that over 93% of toiletries and cosmetics contain these compounds.
Problems with dental decay effects more than just the mouth. Gum disease is strongly linked to other more serious conditions such as heart disease, osteoporosis, respiratory diseases and diabetes.
So we want to keep our teeth and mouth clean and healthy Right?
So when was the last time you looked at the ingredients in your toothpaste and mouthwash to ensure that they are safe for you and your family to use?
Unfortunately many of the ‘active’ ingredients found in toothpastes are really worrying when considering our health. As well as SLS – an industrial strength detergent (as mentioned above) which is a suspected gastrointestinal and liver poison; there is also a concern over triclosan, (an antibacterial agent, which is also an irritant and pesticide with possible carcinogenic properties).
Even more worrying though is Fluoride
Many people buy fluoride containing toothpastes with the belief that it will protect their teeth. Unfortunately there is little convincing evidence to support this. Fluoride is in fact a poison, a neurotoxin and is not at all safe in any amount within the body.
There is enough fluoride in an average sized tube of toothpaste to kill a small child within 2-4 hours if ingested.
Fluoride is slightly more toxic than lead and is actually a bi-product of the aluminium manufacturing process. It’s no wonder fluoride can cause death in humans – it’s actually one of the main ingredients in rat poison and sarin nerve gas.
Surprisingly Fluoride has NEVER been approved by the FDA for safety and a study in 1990 actually found that fluoride does NOT protect against cavities and is even linked to dental deformity, allergic reactions, arthritis and about 10,000 unnecessary deaths each year from cancer.
(From “fluoride an equivocal carcinogen”. National Cancer Institute)
Even if toothpaste is not swallowed, carcinogenic (cancer causing) chemicals including synthetic dyes are quickly absorbed into the bloodstream and to the brain through the mucous membrane of the mouth.
Always check labels before you buy (if you can’t find anything safe and natural in the supermarket, buy online)
Nowadays many people are opting to buy online where the range of safe personal care products is much better than in your local supermarket.
Also remember – just because a product states it contains ‘natural ingredients’ doesn’t necessarily mean its safe and free of toxins. Many mainstream brands have just added some essentials oils to the chemical concoction to make consumers think that the product is ‘natural’.
PLEASE DON’T BE FOOLED – READ THE INGREDIENTS LABEL TO BE SURE!
• Shampoo bars and hair soap bars are much safer than commercial brands of shampoo and conditioner. Also apple Cider Vinegar mixed with water is an excellent hair tonic and natural conditioner. note- if you are switching to hair soap from a commercial synthetic brand of shampoo, there is a period of adjustment needed as it takes a while for the soap to strip away all the chemical residues that have built up on the hair.
• Tooth soap or Tooth Oil for brushing – remember its the action of brushing that removes plaque from teeth! NOT the toothpaste.
• Make your own mouthwash with water and peppermint oil , spearmint oil or tea tree. Anti- bacterial and leaves your mouth fresh and healthy.
• There are many natural soaps on the market today – you can find loads online! Especially natural handmade soaps which are safe and affordable! Check ebay- there are always great bargains for natural homemade soaps. I also love natural neem & sandalwood soaps from http://www.onevillage.com/. Which are also vegetarian (they don’t use animal fats)
• Use essential oils and natural salts in your bath instead of bubble bath – much safer and with added health benefits!
What to check for on product labels.?
Below is a list of the main ingredients to avoid.
- DEA (diethanolamine), MEA (monoethanolamine), TEA (triethanolamine) These are capable of disrupting hormone production as well as cancer causing agents.
- Sodium Benzoate – sodium benzoate damages the mitochondrial DNA of yeast cells. (Mitochondria are free floating elements in each cell with multiple functions. They are associated with cell metabolism and aging). Its possible that it also has this effect on human DNA as its known that high concentrations of sodium benzoate are toxic to the human body. .One other ‘known’ cancer danger exists related to sodium benzoate – If you combine ascorbic acid (vitamin C) with sodium benzoate and potassium benzoate (another preservative), you get benzene. Benzene is a known carcinogen. Most of the benzene exposure comes from the environment including cigarette smoke, car exhaust, industrial waste and service stations. Some benzene exposure can also come from contaminated food and water. Some soft drinks have been removed from the market when they were found to contain benzene.
- FRAGRANCE ‘Fragrance’ is a euphemism for nearly 4000 different ingredients. Most are synthetic and are either cancer causing or of unknown toxicity.
- MINERAL OIL – Mineral oil is a petroleum derivative which coats the skin and prevents it from breathing. It slows natural cell development and causes the skin to age prematurely. Also known to be carcinogenic. Baby oil is 100% mineral oil.
- TRICLOSAN – A synthetic antibacterial agent, Linked to abnormalities of the endocrine system, in particular the thyroid function. Also weakens the immune system and has also been linked to birth defects.
- SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulphate & Sodium Laureth Sulphate) – These are the most toxic chemicals on the whole list. When used in combination with other chemicals, they can form nitrosamines which are a deadly class of carcinogen. (yet they are STILL the most popular ingredients in soap, make up, shampoo, conditioner and toothpaste today – listed in over 90% of personal care products in UK supermarkets)
- PHTHALATES AND PARABENS – Used in the beauty industry and pharmaceutical industry as a preservative. Known to be carcinogenic and linked to breast cancer.
- TALC – Talcum powder has been linked to ovarian and testicular cancer.
- PETROLATUM – A petrochemical that contains two well known carcinogens, Benzo-A-Pyrene and Benzo-B-Fluroanthene.
- PROPYLENE GLYCOL – This is the same active ingredient found in anti freeze. It is also used in make up, toothpaste and deodorant. Stick deodorants often have a higher concentration of PG than is allowed for most industrial use. Direct contact can cause brain, liver and kidney abnormalities.
- PEG (polyethylene glycol) – Most commonly used in oven cleaners and is in many skin and hair products. PEG’s dissolve oil and grease and so strips the body of protective oils making skin and hair vulnerable to damage by other toxins.
- ISOPROPYL ALCOHOL – Another ingredient of anti freeze, and also found in hair colour rinses, body and hand lotions, and aftershave. It has the ability to destroy intestinal flora leaving the major organs open and susceptible to illness such as cancer. Also causes headaches, dizziness, depression.