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First, go to your bathroom and gather all
the personal care products you and your
family use on a daily basis.
(Shampoos, Hair Conditioners, Liquid Hand
Soaps, Facial Cleansers, Body Lotions, Face
Creams, Mouthwash, Toothpaste,
Deodorants, Aftershave Lotions, Makeup,
and other Cosmetics)
Go ahead. I'll be right here when you get back.
Now, let's take a look at some of the ingredient labels. One of
the most common ingredients you will find among your personal
care products is Sodium Lauryl Sulfate.
Sodium Lauryl (Laureth) Sulfate
can be found in your shampoos, hair conditioners, face and
body cleansers, bubble baths, toothpastes, body lotions, skin
creams, and many other personal care products.
Sometimes it is disguised in so-called 'natural' products (in
parenthesis) as a coconut derivative.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is a harsh detergent found mainly in
products that "foam." It is used in industrial engine degreasers,
garage floor cleaners, water softeners, and auto cleaning
Because it's such a strong and efficient degreaser, Sodium
Lauryl Sulfate dries the skin and hair. It strips your hair of its
natural oils. It may even damage the immune system causing
the layers of your skin to inflame and separate. Not a pretty
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate has been linked to eye
damage, intestinal damage, breathing problems,
skin spots, and cysts. It can cause cataracts in
adults and prevent children's eyes from
Every wonder why more women are getting
male pattern baldness these days? According to
the Journal of American College of Toxicology,
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate corrodes and damages the hair follicles.
It can actually cause your hair to fall out!
After exposure, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate can stay in your body
for up to 7 days. It penetrates easily into your skin and then
lingers around in your heart, liver, lungs, and brain.
Research has shown that Sodium Lauryl Sulfate may be one
of the most dangerous ingredients found in personal care
products. By reacting with other product ingredients, Sodium
Lauryl Sulfate can be transformed into nitrosamines. "What the
heck are nitrosamines?" you ask.
Nitrosamines are a large group of chemicals, most of which
cause cancer. They are absorbed into your skin and into your
body. Nitrosamines can cause your body to absorb higher levels
of nitrates - much more than if you had eaten nitrite preserved
Polyethylene Glycol (PEG)
can be found in your antiperspirants, fragrances, lipsticks,
makeup, and most baby shampoos.
It is used in cleansers to dissolve oil and grease, as well as to
thicken products. Because of its effectiveness, PEGs are often
used in caustic spray-on oven cleansers.
PEGs strip your skin of its Natural Moisturizing Factor (NMF).
What does this mean? It means that PEGs can destroy the
natural functioning of your skin which help keep it soft and
And what's worse, products with Polyethylene Glycol are likely
to be contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, a carcinogen (cancer
causing chemical). Studies show that dioxane easily penetrates
into your skin.
So how would you know if a product has been contaminated
with dioxane? You won't. Unless you have it tested. The wisest
thing to do would be to avoid all products with PEGs.
Propylene Glycol (PG)
can be found in most forms of makeup, hair products, baby
lotions, mouthwash, aftershaves, toothpaste, deodorants, cold
creams, suntan lotions, and baby wipes.
Propylene Glycol is made from petroleum
(crude oil). It is used to keep cosmetics
from drying out, smooth and spreadable.
Propylene Glycol is the main active
ingredient in anti-freeze. There is no
difference between the Propylene Glycol used in anti-freeze
and the Propylene Glycol used in personal care products. It
can also be found in brake fluid and hydraulic fluid.
The Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) warns companies who
put Propylene Glycol into their products that it:
May cause skin and eye irritation
May be harmful if inhaled or ingested
Can cause nausea, vomiting, headaches, gastrointestinal
disturbances, and depression
Can inhibit skin cell growth. This means that your cells will
not be able to reproduce normally. If your body cannot
make new cells, then the cells will get old and wrinkled.
Did you know that some wrinkle creams can make you
look older, rather than younger? Propylene Glycol may
be the reason.
Can damage the skin and muscle tissue. Propylene
Glycol is a chemical used in food processing. The
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires food
workers to wear protective gloves, clothing, and goggles
when working with Propylene Glycol. This is because
Propylene Glycol quickly penetrates into your skin.
And Propylene Glycol is linked to Contact Dermatitis,
Liver and Brain Abnormalities, and Kidney Damage
can be found in your hand and body lotions, hair color rinses,
fragrances, aftershave lotions, massage preparations,
cosmetics, and many other skin and hair products.
Isopropyl Alcohol is made from propylene, a petroleum
derivative. It is used as an antiseptic, as a solvent in shellacs,
and in anti-freeze.
If you swallow or inhale Isopropyl Alcohol, it may cause
headaches, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, coughing, wheezing,
abdominal pain, mental depression, hallucinations, narcosis, and
coma. The fatal ingested dose is about one fluid ounce.
can be found in your skin creams, hair conditioners, makeup,
suntan lotions, and most baby products.
Baby Oil is 100% Mineral Oil.
It is another chemical made from petroleum. It is used in
industry as a metal cutting fluid.
Mineral Oil is very deceptive. It tends to feel heavy and
greasy, yet it dries the skin and clogs the pores, causing acne.
"How does it do that?" you ask.
Instead of penetrating the skin, Mineral Oil coats and wraps
your skin like plastic wrap. Your skin literally suffocates. It can't
breathe. And if your skin can't breathe, it starts to die or age
Mineral Oil may also be a possible carcinogen producing
gastro-intestinal (stomach and intestines) tumors.
Petrolatum (Petroleum Jelly)
is a grease made from petroleum. It is used in industry as a
grease component. Manufacturers use petrolatum because it is
Petrolatum exhibits many of the same potentially harmful
properties as mineral oil. While attempting to hold moisture in
your skin, it traps the toxins and wastes that are inside your
skin's layers. Your skin smothers and can't breathe, which leads
to prematurely aged skin.
You are using a product that creates the very problem that you
are attempting to alleviate.
Parabens (Methyl, Propyl, Butyl and Ethyl
can be found in almost all of your personal care products. They
are the most commonly used preservatives in the United States.
The sole purpose of preservatives in cosmetics is not to protect
you from bacteria, but to protect and extend the shelf life of
Parabens have caused many allergic reactions, skin rashes,
and are known to be highly toxic. They can also have an
estrogenic or feminizing affect on your body, meaning it can
make men more feminine.
Imidazolidinyl Urea, Diazolidinyl Urea, DMDM
can be found in your makeup, hand
creams, baby shampoos, hair
products, fragrances, moisturizers,
bath oils, mouthwash, cream
conditioners, and lotions.
They are the most commonly used
cosmetic preservatives after the Parabens.
Imidazolidinyl Urea, Diazolidinyl Urea, and DMDM
Hydantoinare just 3 of the many preservatives that release
formaldehyde. Nearly all brands of skin, body and hair care
products, antiperspirants, and nail polish found in stores contain
formaldehyde releasing ingredients.
No where on the label does it warn you that the product you
are buying is a formaldehyde product. So why should that
Well, according to the Mayo Clinic, formaldehyde can irritate
the respiratory system, cause skin irritations, and trigger heart
Exposure to formaldehyde releasing products may also cause
allergies, nose congestion, nausea, headaches, dizziness, ear
infections, chronic fatigue, depression, asthma, chest pains,
and loss of sleep.
But more seriously, formaldehyde is toxic to the immune system,
a human mutagen, and is carcinogenic.
can be found in bubble baths, shampoos, body
washes, soaps, facial cleansers, face and body
creams, aftershave lotions, and hair dyes.
DEA, TEA, and MEA are usually listed on ingredient labels with
the compound being neutralized. So look for names like
Cocamide DEA or MEA, Lauramide DEA, TEA Sodium Lauryl
These ethanolamines are used as wetting agents which emulsify
oily ingredients and increase their retention and absorption into
the skin. TEA is often used to adjust the pH of a product.
Neither DEA nor TEA is carcinogenic. However, if products
contain nitrites (as a preservative or contaminant), chemical
reactions can occur as products are sitting on the store
shelves. This reaction leads to the formation of nitrosamines.
Just so you're aware, large amounts of nitrates may enter your
bloodstream after just one shampooing.
As you learned from reading the dangers of Sodium Lauryl
Sulfate, most nitrosamines, including those formed from DEA or
TEA, are carcinogenic.
The FDA did two studies showing that 27 out of 29 cosmetics
contained high levels of Nitroso-Diethanolamine. John E. Bailey,
PhD., Director of FDA's Office of Colors and Cosmetics says the
study is especially important since "the risk equation changes
significantly for children."
"Repeated skin applications have resulted in a major increase in
liver and kidney cancers," states Dr. Samuel Epstein of the
National Toxicology Program.
Artificial (Synthetic) Colors
can be found in most personal care products, including hair
dyes. They are used to make products look "pretty."
Artificial Colors will be labeled FD&C
(Food, Drug or Cosmetics) or D&C (Drugs
or Cosmetics). This designation will be
followed by a color and then a number.
Some examples are FD&C Red No. 6, D&C
Green No. 6, or FD&C Blue No. 1.
Is your shampoo blue or green? If it is, you
can bet on it that it contains a coal tar
color. Artificial Colors are made from coal tar, a coal
So why should you be concerned with products containing
artificial colors made from coal tars?
Well, there is a great deal of controversy about the use of coal
tars. Almost all of the coal tar colors cause cancer. And did
you know that the FDA does not permit coal tars in products
that are used around the eyes?
Some artificial colors even contain heavy metal impurities such
as arsenic and lead. Both of these metals are carcinogens.
can be found in most shampoos, skin care, body care,
sunscreens, and baby products.
Fragrances are the number one common cause of allergies
and irritant reactions to cosmetics.
The FDA does not require manufacturers to list the ingredients
of a "fragrance." When you see the word "fragrance," it can
have as many as 4,000 separate chemicals.
Some problems you may experience when exposed to these
chemicals may be: headaches, dizziness, nausea, vomiting,
fatigue, forgetfulness, irritability, hyperactivity, visual problems,
clumsiness, watery eyes, stuffy nose, skin rash, skin
discoloration, depression, mood changes,
inability to concentrate, and sleep problems.
Because the FDA does not require
manufacturers to list hazardous chemicals in
their fragrances, you have no way of knowing
whether it contains carcinogens. For example,
methylene chloride is one of the most common
"fragrance" ingredients and is a confirmed carcinogen.
Okay, were almost done here. Just a few more to go. These last
few ingredients may sound a little bit more familiar to you.
can be found in moisturizers, lotions, makeup, hair conditioners,
eye creams, lipstick, and other cosmetics.
It is made from the fatty secretions from sheep's wool. Lanolin
is not used in its pure form because of its allergy causing
potential.(*Er bestaat wel pure wolvet, volgens mij is die wel goed.)
Nonetheless, cosmetic grade lanolin may
be contaminated with carcinogenic
pesticides such as dieldrin, lindane, and
DDT. Pesticides are likely to migrate
through your skin into your bloodstream
to do their damage.
The FDA recognizes that the contamination of lanolin in skin
care products is a problem. Nursing mothers should think twice
before applying lanolin products on their nipples. Your infants
may end up ingesting these carcinogenic pesticides.
Furthermore, children's and babies' skin are much more
permeable. This means that they have a greater chance of
absorbing toxic chemicals, more so than adults.
can be found in baby and bath powders, face powders, foot
powders, skin fresheners, and makeup. It gives a slippery feel to
powders and creams.
Talcum powder causes cancer in laboratory animals and using
it in the female genital area increases your chance of ovarian
cancer. Talc enters the reproductive tract if used this way.
And inhaling talc may be harmful too.
Never use talc on babies. Not only is it
a possible carcinogen, but inhaling it
may cause acute respiratory distress
and result in death.
can be found in hand creams, lotions,
makeup, hair products, mouthwash, and toothpaste.
It is synthetically made from propylene alcohol or naturally from
vegetable oils. As a humectant, glycerin absorbs moisture from
the air and helps keep your creams and other products from
But on your skin, unless the humidity of the air is over 65%,
glycerin will draw moisture from the lower layers of your skin
and hold it on the surface. Glycerin dries your skin from the
inside out. It is also a human mutagen.
can be found in under arm deodorants, antiperspirants,
toothpaste, and astringents. It can be also be found in cooking
pots, coffee makers, antacids, beverage cans, food additives,
and motor exhaust.
Since your body has no useful purpose for aluminum, it
considers it a toxin. Aluminum has been linked to Alzheimer's
Studies show that regular use of antiperspirants with aluminum
compounds can increase your risk of Alzheimer's by 300%!
For your information, delicate areas of your body, such as your
underarms and groin area, absorb chemicals much more easily
than tougher areas such as the palms of your hands.
Even though you will not see chlorine on your personal care
product labels, it is important for you to protect yourself when
bathing and washing your hair.
You can be exposed to chlorine in
tap water, showers, pools, bleach,
laundry detergents, oven cleaners,
food processing, sewage systems,
and many other sources.
Exposure to chlorine can affect your
health in various ways. You may
experience: asthma, hay fever, bronchitis, dizziness, delirium,
confusion, fainting, nausea, anemia, diabetes, heart disease,
high blood pressure, and even coma.
The American Journal of Public Health states that chlorine can
increase your rate of bladder, colon, and rectum cancer.
So there you have it.
I bet you were quite surprised, maybe even shocked to learn
how your so-called beauty products could be destroying your
Did you find any of your products free of toxic ingredients
and cancer causing chemicals? Probably not.
So what can you do to protect yourself and your family?
Well the FDA should ban cancer causing chemicals used in
cosmetics, and industry should implement safe alternatives. But
until that happens, you can choose to reduce your exposure as
much as possible.
Ultimately, you are responsible for what you put into and onto
Fortunately, there are safe and healthy alternatives. The next
time you go shopping for personal care products, look for these
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Deze info gevonden in 2001, inmiddels bestaat deze website niet meer. Als je een tijdje terug Pure Gardens opzoekt kreeg je of een cosmetica site die precies die producten aanbeval die hier worden afgeraden, of een schreeuwerige vitamine site, en nu is het een alternatieve site om zelf zeep te maken zonder dat het verder over iets informeert.
Verdere literatuur: Pat Thomas, Cleaning Yourself to Death , 2001, Hierin als ik me niet vergis ook info over triclosan, gebruikt in deo’s, zorgt voor opgezette schildklier en ongevoeligheid voor antibiotica.
Hier wat info over Triclosanvan het web met de websites erbij:
Rolf Halden:One concern is that antimicrobial hand soaps may contribute to the rise of germs that are resistant to treatment with antibiotics. Most antimicrobial soaps use either triclosan or triclocarban as an ingredient to kill microorganisms. Triclosan is labeled a biocide, which means that it uses a non-specific mode of action to kill microbes. It is thought to destroy biological structures at random. Triclocarban resembles triclosan in structure and function.
Non-specific cell damage is not the only mode of action, however. Recent investigations demonstrated that triclosan also targets a specific site in the fatty acid synthesis of microorganisms. These studies can help to explain why laboratory bacteria exposed to triclosan were observed to develop cross-resistance to 7 out of 12 antibiotics evaluated—a finding interpreted by some scientists as a red flag and a harbinger of more drug-resistant microbial infections in humans.
Triclosan's Antagonism of Thyroxine and T3: Wilson's
Structural considerations and the following abstract raise concerns about Triclosan interfering with
Thyroid (=schildklier) hormone metabolism in the body, thereby lowering body temperature, and producing a
variety of metabolic imbalances associated with poor thyroid hormone utilization. Wilson's
Syndrome, supposedly a new thyroid disorder, could very well have environmental causes.
TRICLOSAN--Antibacterial added to soaps, dishwashing
liquids, toothpastes, etc.
ACTIVATED THYROXINE or T3
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The acute toxicity of penta-, hexa-, and heptachlorohydroxydiphenyl ethers
Miller TL, Lorusso DJ, Walsh ML, Deinzer ML
The acute intraperitoneal LD50 values of various hydroxychlorodiphenyl ethers (HO-ClX-DPEs; X
= 5-7) in mice have been determined. The acute toxicities observed were on the order of, or slightly
less than, that observed previously for 2-hydroxy-2',4,4'-trichlorodiphenyl ether (2-HO-Cl3-DPE;
Irgasan DP-300; Triclosan), a commonly used bactericide. However, the acute toxicities determined
for these compounds were substantially less than have been observed for HO-Cl9-DPEs and
pentachlorophenol. The HO-ClX-DPEs HAD A MARKED HYPOTHERMIC EFFECT,
similar to that produced by 2-HO-Cl3-DPE. Symptomatology following exposure to the
HO-ClX-DPEs (X = 5-7) suggested a NONSPECIFIC DEPRESSANT EFFECT on the central
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Triclosan's Antagonism of Thyroxine and T3: Wilson's Syndrome?
Structural considerations and the following abstract raise concerns about Triclosan interfering with thyroid hormone metabolism in the body, thereby lowering body temperature, and producing a variety of metabolic imbalances associated with poor thyroid hormone utilization. Wilson's Syndrome, supposedly a new thyroid disorder, could very well have environmental causes.
TRICLOSAN--Antibacterial added to soaps, dishwashing liquids, toothpastes, etc.
ACTIVATED THYROXINE or T3 (3,5,3'-Triiodothyronine)
Artikel dat triclosan koppelt aan verhoogde kans op allergieën.
Picture courtesy of http://www.quantexlabs.com/triclosan.htm
Triclosan, a broad-spectrum antibacterial agent has recently become popular for use in many products due to its bacteriostatic activity against both gram-positive and gram-negative bacterium. It is the most potent and widely used member to a class of compounds called 2-Hydroxyphenyl ethers. Triclosan is a diphenyl ether derivative, 2,4,4’-Trichloro-2’-hydroxydiphenyl ether. It is most commonly found in personal care products such as toothpastes, deodorants, body washes, detergents, dishwashing liquids, cosmetics, lotion and hand soaps. It can also be found as an additive in plastics, polymers, and textiles to give these products antibacterial properties. Triclosan can be found in places least expected, such as baby toys, carpeting, and even hunting clothes. This highly popular biocide can easily be incorporated into hundreds of products, and during the past 3 decades its use has soared.
Scientists first thought that bacteria could not become resistant to triclosan because the agent destroyed the whole population of bacteria, acting more as a “grenade than as a bullet.” This means that it was though that rather than acting like an antibiotic and targeting a single protein, triclosan would act more like bleach and alcohol, affecting multiple cellular targets. They could not be more wrong. Affecting multiple cellular targets simultaneously led to the perception that bacteria would not be able to readily develop resistance to triclosan. However, it has recently been found that triclosan does indeed specifically target an enzyme involved in fatty acid synthesis, an enoyl-acyl carrier protein reductase. Since this finding, more research has been conducted exploring the possibility that bacteria could become resistant to triclosan and what the implications this may have on the antibiotics currently used to kill bacteria.
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Schweizer. (2001) Cross-resistance between triclosan and antibiotics in Pseudomonas aeruginosa is mediated by mulitdrug efflux pumps: exposure of a susceptible mutant strain to triclosan selects nfxB mutants overexpressing mexCD-oprJ. Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy. 45: 428-432.
Meade, M.J., R.L. Waddell, T.M. Callahan. (2000) Soil bacteria Pseudomonas putida and Alcaligenes xylosoxidans subsp. Dentrificans inactivate triclosan in liquid and solid substrates. FEMS Letters Submission.
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Thhe EWG issues warnings regarding: cancer, developmental and reproductive toxicity, contamination concerns, irritation, and organ system toxicity. According to a study published in the International Journal of Toxicology, PEGs (including PEG 40 Stearate) can contain harmful impurities, including: Ethylene Oxide, known to increase the incidences of uterine and breast cancers and of leukemia and brain cancer, according to experimental results reported by the National Toxicology Program; 1,4-dioxane, a known carcinogen; PAHs, known to increase the risk of breast cancer; lead; iron; and arsenic (Source). Products and formulas containing PEG 40 Stearate should not be used on broken or irritated skin. Although PEGs are considered safe for use topically on healthy skin, studies showed that patients suffering from severe burns were treated with PEG-based antimicrobial cream; this treatment resulted in kidney toxicity. "The PEG content of the antimicrobial cream was determined to be the causative agent. However, no evidence of systemic toxicity occurred in studies with intact skin. Because of the observation of kidney effects in burn patients, the CIR Expert Panel qualified their conclusion on the safety of the PEG ingredients to state that cosmetic formulations containing these ingredients should not be used on damaged skin" (CosmeticsInfo.org). Recommended Products w/ PEG 40 Stearate: