Poisoned Products: Are your lotions, shampoo, and conditioners killing you?

Whether it’s shampoo, body wash or moisturizer, cosmetic and personal care products are supposed to make us beautiful – to help us strike a balance between inner and outer beauty. But have you read the ingredients list on the label of your favorite shampoo or lotion? You might encounter chemical names like phthalates, triclosan, paraben or the ever-elusive term, “fragrance.” What are these substances and what are they doing on your skin?

Recent research shows us the links between common ingredients in commercial products and harmful side effects.

Watchdog groups such as the Environmental Working Group (EWG) and researchers at Vassar College are finding that common culprits causing illness are found in the following chemical groups: phthalates, triclosan, paraben and musks. Byproducts of these substances such as sodium laureth sulfate and 1,4-dioxide are suspected carcinogens.

Harmful Substances in Everyday Products

Shampoo & Conditioner

- Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
- Isopropyl Alcohol
- Propylene Glycol Distearate [dis-ta-rate]
- Disodium EDTA
Some of these chemicals are also used to make antifreeze or garage floor cleaners

Hair Relaxer/Moisturizers/ Foundation
- 1,4-Dioxane
Animal carcinogen and a probable human carcinogen; it is also a byproduct of a known breast carcinogen

- Lead
A neurotoxin that can cause learning, language and behavioral problems

-Phthalates [thal-lates]
Developmental and reproductive health risks
- Neurotoxins
Harmful to the brain

Here are some suggestions and resources to help you stay healthy and safe.

* Stay away from the “Dirty Dozen” in cosmetics and personal care products. In addition to the health concerns posed by the products discussed in this article, other additives pose similar health risks and should be avoided: coal tar, diethanolamine (DEA), formaldehyde, lead and mercury, nanoparticles, petroleum distillates, p-phenylenediamine and hydroquinone. See National Geographic’s “The Green Guide” for further information.

* Vote with your dollar. Carefully read the ingredient lists on product packaging to stay away from these chemicals. Suggest to your local pharmacy and supermarket that they carry more natural and organic personal care products or visit your local health food or natural product store to seek healthier alternatives.

* To learn more about cosmetic safety and the health concerns associated with certain ingredients in beauty care products, please consult the following resources:
o The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics (http://www.safecosmetics.org)
o Environmental Working Group’s Shoppers’ Guide to Safe Cosmetics (http://www.ewg.org)
o CosmeticsDataBase.com (http://www.cosmeticsdatabase.com)
o Environmental Risks and Breast Cancer Project from Vassar College (http://erbc.vassar.edu)
o National Geographic’s “The Green Guide” (http://www.thegreenguide.com)

Also check out and support some of the MB Show's Favorite Guest:

Dawn Fitch
Pooka Pure & Simple – President
Website: www.pookapureandsimple.com / Iseecolor Username: Pooka

Nadeen Day
Founder of Nature's Essential Ingredients
Website: www.neibeautycare.com / Iseecolor Username: Nadean Day
Check out her video: http://exposureroom.com/NEI_introduction

Chris Thigpen
Epicurean Shea Butter Company - Owners
Website: www.sheabutterstore.com / Iseecolor Username: Epicurian Shea Butter Company

Warren Spear
Owner of The Key West Soap Factory
Website: www.thekeywestsoapfactory.com / Iseecolor Username: Key West Soap Factory

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Comment by Emma on January 28, 2010 at 10:40pm
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Comment by Jontae Plaisir on January 28, 2010 at 6:12pm
I'm an esthetician and religously use natural or organic products on my face and skin. I make my own products and use them. I have an cosmetics ingredient book and it tells you about all of the chemicals we use in our skin. But, it doesn't get down to the nitty gritty. I usually go on the internet to see what these chemicals really are. Propylence glycol, sodium laurel sulfate these are just a few. Most of these chemicals are just to make the product glide on your skin, or to make suds. People swear becuase they use Aveeno they are protecting their skin. They are just paying higher prices for more chemicals. If you want to take care of your skin go to a health food store. Buy Coconut oil, jojoba oil or almond oil for both skin and hair for moisture. You can also buy wholesale organic shampoo or facial cleanser base. Once you have your base you can use either essential oils, herbs, and spices to (get spices and herbs from local health food store), to cleanse and exfoliate your skin. It may be a little more expensive but it lasts longer and well worth the beauty and health of skin and hair.
Comment by Danielle McFadden on January 28, 2010 at 6:00pm
Hey Michael, George and everyone else. I am a black woman with Natural hair. Since going back natural I am becoming aware of the foods and products I purchase. In my Sociology class we were discussing the articial flavoring that is put in food, we have to start growing our own food at home like my Great Grandmother use to do.
Comment by carl daniels on January 28, 2010 at 5:53pm
how many disc jockey on air today that discusses issue like this,you are the only one that i know of,so it is very important and nice of you to continue educating the family.
Comment by Phillip on January 28, 2010 at 5:40pm
Hello, I have been telling people this news for over 5 yrs. They choose not to believe me. But, I definitely have the answer. Me and wife have been healthy free from this chemicals for a long time.
If you want to preserve your health and at the same time, not knowingly get putting these chemicals in your body and your families bodies. Why do you thing we see an alarming rate of cancer among the young and old.
But, if you are ready to make that change to better health and longer life. Let me know and I can lead you there.
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Comment by Tyrone Lee on January 28, 2010 at 1:04pm
I can't help but cover my nose when I am at the mall and you can smell the Bath and Body Store throughout the whole mall.Women putting that stuff on their skin has to be harmful and makes them smell bad too.
Comment by Faye Amaya on January 28, 2010 at 11:45am
Thanks for this post. I absolutely agree with the information shared and would add household cleaning products to the mix. Many of them contain harmful chemicals that have been linked to breast cancer in women, reproductive problems for men and behavior conditions like ADD and ADHD in children. The good news is that there are safer alternatives that don't cost most.


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