Is Your Bathroom Safe?
You love your family, take great measures to protect them. You wouldn't purchase products containing potential dangerous ingredients for yourself and your family, would you?
UNKNOWLING, ARE YOU?
Shocking Ingredients Your bathroom and medicine cabinet may contain "potentially" toxic, harmful, poisonous, and even carcinogenic (cancer-causing) ingredients. And they may be in your toothpaste, shampoo, mouthwash, shaving cream, cosmetics, and skin care products and even your child's bubble bath.
Have you read the warning labels on your personal care products? Do you ever wonder why they are there? If there is a warning on them you know they have to be harmful even in small amounts.
First learn how to read labels and what to look for and why you should avoid certain ingredients. Just because an item is on the store shelf or something says it is "all-natural" doesn’t necessary mean it does not contain any harmful ingredients.
You hear about this in the news a lot now, but still a lot of people don’t realize the numerous toxins in cleaning and personal care products that they buy.
Secrets of the Personal Care and Cosmetic Industry
Most cosmetics, toothpastes, shampoos, and other bathroom products contain cancer-causing ingredients, contaminants and precursors, which are readily absorbed through the skin.
The GAO (the investigative branch of congress) has identified more than 125 cancer-causing ingredients used in cosmetic and common personal care products -as well as ingredients that may cause birth defects.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) identified 884 toxic or potentially cancer causing agents used in personal care products.
More children are poisoned every year in the home from harmful toxic substances, including personal care products, than are accidentally killed playing with guns.
One 4 oz. tube of fluoride toothpaste has enough fluoride in it to kill a small child if they ate the whole tube (what do small children do with flavored toothpaste)
There are only a handful of personal care and cosmetic product manufactures in the world! They manufacture using industrial chemistry. Most formulations and the laws regulating this industry, have not been updated since 1939!
One major cosmetic company private labels 500 different names! This is called common vat production. The ingredients are the same. Same product, different label!
Are Personal Care Products Toxic?
According to the Experts…………
Peter Phillips - Author, Director"Project Censored 1997 & 1998", The News That Didn't Make the News" "One of the cosmetic toxins that consumer advocates are most concerned about are nitrosamines, which contaminate a wide variety of cosmetic products. In the 1970's, nitrosamine contamination of cooked bacon and other nitrate-treated meats in the food industry became a public health issue. But today nitrosamines contaminate cosmetics at significantly higher levels than were once contained in bacon."
Joe Bleifuss - Author "TO DIE FOR" In These Times; February 17, 1997 & "TAKE A POWDER", These Times, March 3, 1997 "Cosmetics are among the most unregulated, and therefore most potentially harmful, consumer products on the market. Consumers fail to realize that what you put on your skin is absorbed into the body."
Emily Yoffe - Author "CHEMICAL GOOD LOOKS"; US. News & World Report, November 10, 1997 "Each day American women reach for shampoo and conditioner, deodorant, moisturizer, and dusting powder. We apply blusher, eye shadow, mascara, and lipstick, then maybe dab on nail polish and perfume. We have just exposed ourselves to 200 different chemicals."
David Wallinga - A senior scientist with the National Resources Defense Council in Washington, D.C. – “You know more about the ingredients in your dog’s flea collar then you know about the toxicity of whatever you’re putting on your skin.”
Dr. Samuel Epstein M.D. - A professor of Occupational and Environmental Medicine at the School of Public Health, University of Illinois Medical Center; an internationally recognized authority on the toxic and carcinogenic effects of the environment, including ingredients and contaminants in consumer products, food, cosmetics and household products - "lifelong use of these products.......clearly poses major avoidable cancer risks to the great majority of U.S. consumers, particularly infants and young children.
Here are a few of the Potentially Harmful or Carcinogenic Ingredients Commonly Found in Personal Care Products
• Diethanolamine (DEA) (shampoos, body washes, bubble bath, shaving cream)
• Triethanolamine (TEA) (moisturizers, cosmetics, deodorant, toothpaste, body oils, washes)
• Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS) (shampoo, bubble bath, shaving foam, cleansers, etc.)
• Propylene Glycol (moisturizers, shaving cream, deodorants, baby products)
• Sodium Fluoride (toothpaste)
• Alcohol (mouthwash, toners, baby products)
• Talc (baby powder, make-up, foot preparations)
• Glycerine (moisturizers, lotions)
• PABA (sunscreens)
• Artificial flavors (toothpaste, mouthwash)
• Artificial colors (make-up, toothpaste, shampoos)
• Ether (nail treatments, shampoo, conditioner)
• Coal Tars (shampoo, conditioner, hair dyes, soap, skin care, cosmetics)
• Aluminium (antiperspirants)
• Acetone (nail polish remover)
• Formaldehyde (antiperspirants, nail treatments, perfumes)
• Dioxins (shampoo)
• Petrolatum or Mineral Oil (baby products, washes)
This list is not exhaustive and the above ingredients are found in many more products that just those indicated. Be sure and get educated about the dangers of xeno estrogens (man made chemicals) and the impact they have on our hormones, and our children’s hormones. The baby in the womb is at a critical window of vulnerability. In the nine months of gestation the human body undergoes its most rapid growth, making it especially susceptible to environmental toxins. At any stage in a baby’s growth environmental exposures such as outdoor pollution, lead, mercury, polychlorinated biphenyls, and pesticides may alter the normal development of the brain, heart, and lungs. Then after they are born we need to be sure how to keep them safe and growing up healthy.
• Unique Cancer Risks from Cosmetics and Personal Care Products
Dr. Samuel Epstein, chairman of the Cancer Prevention Coalition, states that mainstream industry cosmetics and personal care products (CPCPs) are the single most important, yet generally unrecognized, class of avoidable carcinogenic exposures for the overwhelming majority of citizens in major industrial nations. The reason for these unique risks reflects a complex of individual and interactive factors such as:
• Interaction between different ingredients: even though a specific ingredient might not be in itself a "frank" carcinogen it might be a "hidden" carcinogen that may, under certain conditions, have carcinogenic properties when it combines with other ingredients in a product.
Prolonged duration of exposure: the concern is that daily exposure, over a lifetime, of toxic ingredients, many of which are left on the skin, has a cumulative negative effect.
High permeability of skin: the skin is highly permeable to carcinogenic and other toxic ingredients, especially following prolonged exposure.
Effect of wetting agents on skin permeability: the permeability of skin to carcinogens, besides other toxic ingredients, is further increased by the presence of wetting agents or surfactants, probably the most common class of ingredients in the majority of CPCPs
By passing detoxifying enzyme: carcinogens in CPCPs pose greater cancer risks than does food contaminated with carcinogenic pesticides and other industrial carcinogens as they are not detoxified by the liver but reach the general blood circulation without this protective detoxification. The American Cancer Society statistics show a leap in the cancer rate from1 in 1000 in the early 1900's to today's ominous rate of 1 in 3! Everyone's life is now somehow touched by cancer. Could there be a correlation between these alarming cancer rates and our daily exposure to these harmful chemicals in our household and personal care products?
Now do you know why your personal care products
have WARNING LABELS on them?
It is up to you to make educated choices!
There are literally hundreds of potentially harmful ingredients to avoid in personal care products. Many ingredients are not only carcinogens, they may also be labeled as toxins, contaminants, and irritants.
For a brief description of some of these more common ingredients
Click here For a list of Frank and Hidden Carcinogens that could be potential harmful
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