We are always striving to be healthy, by eating a good diet and exercising, but what about the ‘stealth’ cancer causing chemicals lurking in our shampoos and toothpastes?
When was the last time you stopped to check just what kind of ingredients are in the bathroom products you use everyday?
Do you check labels when you buy?
Have you ever wondered just what those ingredients really are?
Benzoyl Peroxide, Aluminium, Parabens (methyl, butyl, ethyl, propyl),PEG, Polyethylene glycol, Phthalates, Butylene glycol, Triclosan, Sodium Benzoate, etc….and the list goes on..
Your bathroom products, cosmetics and toiletries 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 liver toxicity.
Another very worrying ingredient often found in our bathroom products is proplyene glycol, commonly used in anti-freeze, it is also a primary ingredient in sunscreens and moisturisers. The solvent toluene is commonly found in hairspray, perfumes and nail polish. Formaldehyde, used as a preservative and disinfectant, is found in shampoos, hair gels and straightening products, nail polish, liquid soap and deodorants. Fluorocarbons, which are used as refrigerants and solvents, act as propellants in hairspray.
Products commonly found to contain toxic ingredients.
Children’s soap & shampoo
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 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!
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!
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 non toxic! Many mainstream brands have just added some essentials oils to the cancer causing chemical concoction to make consumers think that the product is ‘all natural’ PLEASE DON’T BE FOOLED! – READ THE INGREDIENTS LABEL TO BE SURE!!
- Shampoo bars and hair soap bars are much safer than comercial 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 comercial 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. Bentonite clay powder is also very effective at keeping teeth and gums healthy and clean (however it is advised to not overuse clay powder or only use a couple of times a week due to the abrasiveness, especially if you have weakened tooth enamel)
- Make your own mouthwash with water and peppermint oil , spearmint oil or tea tree, which are 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 bargins for natural homemade soaps. I also love natural neem & sandlewood soaps from www.onevillage.com. Which are also vegetarian (they don’t use animal fats)
- Use essential oils and natural salts (sea salt & epsom salt) in your bath instead of bubble bath – much safer and with added health benefits!
I will be adding to this post soon with more information but for now – get checking your product labels!!!!