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10Nov, 2010

Harmful Products That You Use Every Day

Deodorant

The first thing you must do whenever you buy deodorant or any product that goes on your skin or in your body is to read the ingredients. They’re usually in very tiny print on the back of the label. If you have trouble reading small print, carry a magnifying glass around with you so you can read before you buy. This is critical because what you put on your skin can be absorbed directly into your bloodstream. And harmful ingredients in your blood can have potentially deadly effects on your body.

Here are 7 ingredients to avoid when choosing your deodorant:

Aluminum chlorohydrate, aluminum zirconium tetrachlorohydrex gly or any aluminum compounds. Aluminum is absorbed through the skin and accumulates in the body. It has been suggested that there is an association between aluminum and Alzheimer’s disease.

Parabens (methyl, ethyl, propyl, benzyl and butyl), are all derived from toluene, a toxic petrochemical derivative. Toluene is toxic if swallowed or inhaled. It is also harmful in contact with the skin. There is some evidence that repeated exposure to toluene may cause reproductive harm. Since 2000, 13 research studies have shown that various types of parabens act like estrogen in animals and in tissue culture. Estrogen is known to drive the growth of cancerous cells.

Triclosan is a skin irritant and may cause contact dermatitis. It may kill healthy bacteria as well as harmful bacteria. It may contain carcinogenic contaminants. It is stored in body fat and is classified as a pesticide by the FDA.

Talc is classified as a carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer if it contains asbestiform fibers. The quantity of asbestiform fibers in cosmetic grade talc is unregulated. If talc is listed on the label, there is no way of knowing whether or not it contains asbestiform fibers.

Propylene glycol absorbs quickly through the skin and is a penetration enhancers. It may cause delayed allergic reactions. NIOSH says propylene glycol is a neurotoxin and may cause kidney or liver damage. The EPA says it’s not fully investigated for carcinogenic potential.

Silica is a skin irritant. It may be contaminated with crystalline quartz, which is a carcinogen.

Steareth-n (n may be any number like say 100), may be vegetable derived but is reacted with ethylene oxide (ethoxylated), a known human carcinogen.

Instead choose deodorants with ingredients like vegetable glycerin, natural preservatives like bioflavanoids and lichen, herbs or herbal extracts, de-ionized water or distilled water, green tea, aloe vera, baking soda and essential oils.

A word of caution: Plant extracts listed on labels can already contain parabens and propylene glycol. These do not have to be listed on the label. Very few herbs supplied to manufacturers are free of parabens or other synthetic preservatives unless they are extracted in vegetable glycerine. To make sure that the products you buy are healthy and free of these harmful chemicals, call the deodorant manufacturer and ask them for detailed information.

by Dr. Christine H. Farlow, D.C. is “The Ingredients Investigator.” She has been researching ingredient safety since 1991. She is the author of three books, including the new, second edition of Dying To Look Good.

Right now I’m using Tom’s brand. I’m still researching the right brand of deodorant to use. Anything that you use daily is worth investigating. Feel free to leave a comment of healthy products that you use.

Fluoride is Poison ( In Your Toothpaste and Water )

by Dr. Bill Douglass Explains Why He Does NOT Recommend Fluoride.

•Binds to calcium ions and affects utilization.

•Affects a number of enzymes responsible for energy production, transmission of nerve impulses and blood coagulation.

•Increases levels of potassium in the blood.

•Calcification of ligaments.

Types of Fluoride Products

•Toothpaste and other oral hygiene products – sodium monofluorophosphate

•Dietary supplements (vitamins and minerals) – sodium fluoride

•Glass etching, chrome cleaning agents – ammonium bifluoride

•Insecticides/pesticides – sodium fluoride

Fluoride Exposure and ToxicityThe controversy over fluoride poisoning or fluorosis revolves around high fluoride levels in drinking water. The accepted range of fluoride in water in 0.7 to 1.2 ppm. Drinking water with levels of fluoride exceeding 2ppm should not be consumed, especially by children. Levels moderately higher than this may cause mild signs and symptoms of poisoning but levels exceeding 10 ppm can cause serious symptoms and even result in death.

Other methods of excessive fluoride exposure include accidental or intentional consumption of insecticides or exposure to fluoride dust in industrial settings.

Signs and Symptoms of Fluoride Poisoning•White specks or streak to yellow-brown discoloration of the teeth.

•Pitting of the teeth.

•Damage of tooth enamel – teeth are more prone to cavities.

•Increased salivation (hypersalivation).

•Nausea with or without vomiting.

•Difficulty swallowing (dysphagia).

•Abdominal pain.

•Diarrhea.

•Muscle spasms.

•Muscle weakness.

•Headaches.

•Tremors.

•Arrhythmias.

•Joint stiffness.

•Shortness of breath (dyspnea).

•Low levels of calcium (hypocalcemia), magnesium (hypomagnesemia) and glucose (hypoglycemia) in the blood.

•High levels of potassium in the blood (hyperkalemia).

In severe cases of fluoride poisoning, there may be signs of shock and cardiac arrest is possible.

Soap and Shampoo

Five Most Toxic Bar Soaps

1. Neutrogena Transparent Facial Bar, Oily Skin, Dry Skin and Original Formulas
Score: 8.1

Potential problems: One ingredient, triethanolamine, is a possible human carcinogen, and three other ingredients contain harmful additives linked to cancer or other health problems: sodium lauroyl sarcosinate, TEA-stearate and tocopherol. Further, sodium lauroyl sarcosinate is a penetration enhancer that could increase your exposure to the harmful ingredients. The soap also contains six ingredients that have not been assessed for safety by the CIR and one ingredient (fragrance) that could be an allergen.

Note: Each formula contains slightly different ingredients. Those listed are for the Oily Skin formula. For specifics on the other formulas, please visit the EWG’s Skin Deep Report.

What’s lurking in the soap YOU use? Visit EWG’s Skin Deep Report to find out.

2. Oilatum Cleansing Bar, Unscented
Score: 7.9

Potential problems: One ingredient, lecithin, may contain harmful impurities linked to cancer or other health problems, while four ingredients, lecithin, propylene glycol, tetrasodium EDTA and trisodium HEDTA are penetration enhancers. Propylene glycol poses risks of other health concerns, and 14 ingredients haven’t been assessed for safety.

3. Got2B Spa Body, Full of Soap Soy & Oatmeal Loofah Cleansing Bar
Score: 7.5

Potential problems: One ingredient, triethanolamine, is a possible human carcinogen and may be linked to other health problems as well. Two ingredients, propylene glycol and sodium laureth sulfate, are penetration enhancers, 13 ingredients have not been assessed for safety, one ingredient (fragrance) could be an allergen, and two ingredients, propylene glycol and sodium stearate, may pose other health concerns.

4. Neova Cleansing Bar
Score: 7.3

Potential problems: Two ingredients, PEG-6 and sodium PCA, may contain harmful impurities linked to cancer or other health problems. PEG-6, specifically, may be linked to breast cancer. One ingredient, tetrasodium EDTA, is a penetration enhancer and 15 ingredients have not been safety tested.

5. Lever Deodorant Soap, Pure Rain Moisture Response
Score: 7.2

Potential problems: One ingredient, butylated hydroxytoluene, is a possible human carcinogen, and another ingredient, tocopheryl acetate, may be linked to cancer or other health problems. Two ingredients, propylene glycol and tetrasodium EDTA, are penetration enhancers, 13 ingredients have not been safety tested, fragrance may be an allergen and propylene glycol may also present other health concerns.


Five Most Toxic Shampoos

1. Neutrogena T-Gel Shampoo, Stubborn Itch Control  
Score: 9.3

Dandruff Shampoos are Some of the Most Toxic on the Market: Ecco Bella Holistic Remedies Hair & Scalp Intensive Therapy is a Safe Alternative–Perfect for Itchy, Flaky ScalpsThis product contains no synthetic compounds that are so dominant in today’s cosmetics industry. Consider this about Ecco Bella Holistic Remedies Hair & Scalp Intensive Therapy:

  • Holistic Dermatologist recommended.
  • Regular use helps prevent itching and flaking, and may prevent hair loss.
  • Provides a balanced, healthy scalp.
  • May help relieve psoriasis (or eczema) on problem skin.
  • Infuses hair with essential oils of jojoba and green tea to nourish and leave hair glossy.
  • With regular use, scalp should become balanced and well nourished providing an excellent foundation for healthy hair.
  • Pure and Natural.
  • NO talc, mineral oil, FD& C dyes, animal byproducts, formaldehyde-releasing preservatives, and any harsh or unhealthy ingredients.
  • NO animal ingredients or testing.

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Potential problems: One ingredient, coal tar, is a known or probable human carcinogen and two ingredients, cocamide DEA and PEG-55 propylene glycol oleate, may be linked to cancer or other health problems (PEG-55 propylene glycol oleate may be linked to breast cancer). Four ingredients, menthol, propylene glycol, sodium laureth sulfate and tetrasodium EDTA, are penetration enhancers, and five ingredients have not been safety tested. The fragrance in this product may be an allergen, and four ingredients, ethylparaben, methylparaben, propylene glycol and propylparaben, may pose additional health concerns.

2. Nizoral Anti-Dandruff Shampoo
Score: 9.1

Potential problems: Three ingredients, butylated hydroxytoluene, hydrochloric acid and polyacrylic acid, are possible human carcinogens, and one ingredient, ketoconazole, is a pregnancy concern that is a known, suspected or possible reproductive toxin. Four ingredients, cocamide MEA, polyquaternium-7, quaternium-15 and sodium cocoyl sarcosinate, may be linked to cancer or other health problems, and three ingredients, sodium cocoyl sarcosinate, sodium laureth sulfate and tetrasodium EDTA, are penetration enhancers. Seven ingredients have not been safety tested, the fragrance may be an allergen and cocamide MEA may pose additional health concerns.

3. Nioxin Bionutrient Protectives Cleanser, for Chemically Enhanced Hair
Score: 9.0

Potential problems: Six ingredients, acetamide MEA, cocamide MEA, cocamidopropyl betaine, diazolidinyl urea, PEG-150 distearate and tocopherol, may be linked to cancer or other health problems (PEG-150 distearate may be linked to breast cancer). Three ingredients, propylene glycol, sodium laureth sulfate and tetrasodium EDTA, are penetration enhancers and 44 ingredients haven’t been safety tested. Further, five ingredients, cocamide MEA, methylparaben, PEG-150 distearate, propylene glycol and propylparaben, may pose other potential health concerns.

4. American Crew Revitalizing Daily Moisture Shampoo, For Normal To Dry Hair
Score: 9.0

Potential problems: Four ingredients, cocamide DEA, cocamidopropyl betaine, polyquaternium-10 and polyquaternium-7, may contain harmful impurities linked to cancer or other health problems. Five ingredients, disodium EDTA, menthol, propylene glycol, sodium laureth sulfate and tetrasodium EDTA, are penetration enhancers. Fifteen ingredients have not been safety tested, the fragrance may be an allergen, and four ingredients, ethylparaben, methylparaben, propylene glycol and propylparaben, pose other health concerns.

5. Artec Blondes, Color Depositing Shampoo, Lemon Flower
Score:

Potential problems: Eight ingredients, cocamide DEA, cocamidopropyl betaine, diazolidinyl urea, DMDM hydantoin, lauramide DEA, octoxynol-1, polyquaternium-10 and polyquaternium-7, may contain harmful impurities linked to cancer or other health problems (octoxynol-1 may be linked to breast cancer). Two ingredients, disodium EDTA and propylene glycol, are penetration enhancers, 18 ingredients haven’t been safety tested, the fragrance may be an allergen, and four ingredients, methylparaben, octoxynol-1, propylene glycol and propylparaben, may pose additional health concerns.


Because the personal care products we use daily expose us to a chemical cocktail with completely unknown health effects (some of us use as many as 25 different products containing more than 200 different chemical compounds daily!), and the products’ manufacturers are not likely to start cleaning up their acts anytime soon, your best bet to protect your health is to seek out pure and safe personal care products. Sixwise.com has done the research for you and is happy to offer the following safe alternatives for your own personal care.

Safe Soap and Shampoo Alternatives

1. Ecco Bella Holistic Remedies Hair & Scalp Intensive Therapy, an exclusive combination of essential oils including cedarwood, juniper, neem, organic herbs and green tea, all blended in a non-greasy Jojoba oil base. Perfect for itchy, flaky scalps, this treatment contains no talc, mineral oil, FD& C dyes, animal byproducts, formaldehyde-releasing preservatives, or any harsh or unhealthy ingredients.

2. Vermont Soap Organics–luxurious, super mild handmade bar soaps. These bars are USDA Certified Organic to Food Standards, with no artificial colors, fragrances, preservatives or synthetic chemicals–including NO triclosan. Here are a few of the Vermont Soap bar varieties:

  • Butter Bar … best dry skin bar
  • Citrus Sunrise … for all skin types
  • Honey … gentle exfoliant for combination skin
  • Oats & Aloe … unscented for dry sensitive skin
  • Peppermint Magic … oily/combination skin

For more of the purest and truly natural soaps and other personal cleansing products on the market, see the new line of Personal Care Products we have found! And keep watching for more as we are busy analyzing more products in this area that make “natural” claims to recommend and offer ONLY those that really live up to those claims!

by sixwise.com

Feel free to do your own reasearch and share with the group of readers on my blog using the comment section below.  I’m a firm believer that if we intake toxics into our bodies on a daily basis, it will cause long term health issues in the future. Why should you sit around and ignore what you’re using on your body every day? Do you really believe that everything you’re using is safe?

I’m not the type of person that just sits around and waits for something to happen to me in the future. I just hope that your not either.

Posted by alan | in Nutrition | 1 Comment

Comments on “Harmful Products That You Use Every Day” (1)

  1. Carol

    OMG. I did pretty good on the test but not perfect. My toothpaste, Colgate Total, is the one recommended by my DDS but it contains triclosan, propylene glycol and, of course, a small amount of fluoride. I don’t swallow it but perhaps I should look for an alternative. NYC water contains 1 ppm fluoride so that is safe and within the recommended range. Fluoride in small amounts helps to prevent cavities.

    The aluminum additives in deodorants are the antiperspirants. Stay cool, don’t perspire. Don’t work out?

    I passed all the other tests but what about cosmetics especially face creams and lotions? Bet there’s a lot of bad stuff in those. A biologist friend once said that the best moisturizer to put on one’s face is avocado.

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