TOXIC PERSONAL CARE
Your shampoo, toothpaste, hair
sprays and dyes, underarm deodorants, body lotions, creams, perfume,
lipstick, bubble bath, shaving preparations, aftershave, deodorants,
scented soaps, fingernail polish and polish removers all can contain
substances that can make you sick. So
many people developed asthma from scented perfume strips in magazines,
for example, that many advertisers discontinued them. Remember, what
you put on your skin
can go directly into your body.
is little supervision of the cosmetics industry. The FDA does not require
manufacturers to register their products or to file safety data on the
ingredients used. There is nothing stopping them from putting a number
of toxic chemicals in their products. One perfume, for example, can
contain over 200 chemicals.
is no doubt that many products contain numerous substances that can
make you ill, and some are known to cause cancer in animals. Many chemicals
can damage the skin, cause rashes like hives or eczema or a contact
rash on the spot where they are placed. Some can hurt inner organs,
cause asthma or hay fever, sudden hoarseness or problems thinking clearly,
behaving appropriately or even writing. One giant whiff of a perfume
spray, for example, can create a medical emergency and cause some, who
are very sensitive, to collapse or be unable to stand and walk. Only
about 1% of the population, for example, recognizes they are bothered
by perfumes. The number affected is probably much larger. Those who
have multiple chemical sensitivities are almost always extremely ill
or incapacitated by exposures to innumerable scented items
look at a few examples:•Fragrances
can contain urine and feces.
They can be toxic and cause allergies and changes in behavior.
•Artificial colors or dyes come from coal tar and
can contain heavy metals and deposit toxins in the skin. Some cause
•Mineral oil in baby oil sounds safe but it clogs
skin pores like a plastic coating. It can lead to premature aging of
the skin and cause acne.
•Sodium lauryl sulfate is one such product. It
is in 90% of personal care products that foam. It can damage cell membranes
and possibly cause hair loss. It is commonly found in shampoos. It is
used as an engine degreaser and in car washes.
•Another substance is called propylene glycol (PG).
This is in shampoos, styling gels, body lotions and creams. It is actually
antifreeze. Propylene glycol (PG.) weakens skin cells. It’s so toxic
those who work with it must wear gloves and goggles.
•Cocamide DEA is another substance found in shampoo
and bath products. In mice, it can cause liver and kidney cancer.
•There is another category called alpha hydroxyl acids.
Substances such as glycolic, citric, lactic, malic, or hydroxycaprylic
acid can be found in body creams and sometimes in shampoos. These can
cause redness, burning, bleeding, blistering, itching, rashes and discoloration.
They increase sun sensitivity and therefore the risk of skin cancer.
•Polyelthylene glycol (PEG) can cause dry skin,
cancer and aging. It is used in oven cleaners and can be in many body
•Another substance is isopropyl alcohol. This
strips the skin of its natural protection barrier.
•Mono, di or tri ethanol amines disrupt hormones
and produce cancer causing substances such as nitrates and nitro amines
that are known to damage the liver and kidney.
•DMDM hydantoin and imidazolidinyl urea can release
formaldehyde and cause joint pain, heart irregularities and a weakened
•Butyl toluene is used as a fragrance fixative
so aromas last longer. One is a nitro-musk compound known to cause weak
hind legs in rats and serious nervous system problems and brain cell
damage. What does it do to humans?
•Tricolsan is similar to the pesticide\defoliant
Agent Orange and can cause decreased fertility, birth defects
and damage to major body organs.
•Fluorides are in most toothpaste's used today.
Read the labels. The government has stated it can be unsafe. Children
under 7 should not swallow more than a pea-sized amount. If it were
unsafe for a small child, why would it be safe in your toothpaste or
water, for you or your other children?
Bipolar Illness can Be Linked to Common Food Ingredients.
Did you see the
Program on 20/20 the evening of 1/19/00?
discussed Bipolar Illness in children. It is obvious to those who know
how to recognize children, who have allergies, that that could certainly
be a part or all of these children's problems.
who watched were left with the impression that psychiatric help and
drugs were the answer for some of the children, but not all of them.
Maybe, if the child was really a challenge, institutionalization was what
this powerhouse on television have missed something?
A local Phoenix
station interviewed a mother with an extremely aggressive son and found
the answer in the refrigerator. Red dyes, as Dr. Feingold stated in the
70's and I said in the 80's, triggered this boy's reaction. There
are hundreds of thousands of parents who have seen their children
become wild and uncontrollable from a highly colored beverage or cereal.
read is not what you see in every day life, it means you might want to
find out who paid for the study. If there
could be a vested interest, look more carefully at the details of the
of the affected children on the television show had dark eye circles,
red ears or cheeks. As shown on the program, these problems often
start in infancy and the terrible twos and go on and on - sometimes
through life unless the cause is found.
If the cause is a food, dust, mold, or pollen, the reaction
occurs about 10 to 60 minutes after exposure. If the reaction is due
to a chemical odor (perfume, disinfectant, a pesticide) the response can
be immediate and devastating.
are diagnosed as ADHD
or ADD. They can attack parents with
bats, knives, bottles, sticks, and anything else that is handy.
I have seen parents who had bite marks up and down their arms. I have
had parents run from their three-year-old
child. Many are afraid
of their children and constantly fearful that the phone will ring with
one more complaint. Most of these children look allergic and if you can
find and eliminate the cause, they stop having difficulty. Sure, the insurance
will pay for activity-modifying drugs, but these don't always help and
sometime they must be stopped. Sometimes they cause even more serious
side effects. The answer is to pay attention to what was eaten, touched
or smelled just prior to the attack.
If you want to be safe, start to read the fine print on what you buy.
Why not purchase your body products at health food stores. You have a
better chance of using less toxic and dangerous products.