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Besides smoking, what else can
be bad for health?
- is a colourless, viscous, hygroscopic liquid, used in anti-freeze solutions, in hydraulic fluids...
What can PROPELENE GLYCOL do to us?
- The problem is PROPLENE GLYCOL can be absorbed through the skin.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)
- is harsh (caustic) detergent... Also used surfactant...
SLS IN YOUR FACE - RATHER, IN YOUR MOUTH
- Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is great for degreaser, and it's a favourite of the toothpaste
And There's a Lot More to Worry About
- The list of Harmful Ingredients found in our every day products doesn't end with Propylene G
lycol and Sodium Lauryl Sulfate...
AND IT'S NOT GETTING ANY BETTER...
- more and more chemical compounds formulated...
Propylene Glycol - is a colourless, viscous, hygroscopic liquid
CH3CHOHCH2OH, used in anti-freeze solutions, in hydraulic fluids, and as a solvent. Also
- from American Heritage Encyclopedia Dictionary.
PROPYLENE GLYCOL is used in:
BRAKES AND HYHRAULIC FLUIDS
PAINTS AND COATINGS
and many more personal care items...
Propylene Glycol also serves as a Humectant a substance that helps retain moisture
content, or simply - it prevents thing from drying out. That's why some pet foods are soft
and chewy. This, of course, is a good reasons it's in cosmetics and other personal care items.
It makes the skin feel moist and soft. And, the products don't dry out. Propylene Glycol
is also found in baby wipes and even some processed foods!
How Much of this STUFF is OK?
PROPYLENE GLYCOL: Implicated in contact dermatitis, kidney damage
and liver abnormalities; Can inhibit skin cell growth in human tests and can damage cell
membranes causing rashes, dry skin and surface damage.
- from Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)
A published clinical review showed propylene glycol causes a significant number of reactions and was a primary irritant to the skin even in low levels of concentrations.
- The American Academy of Dermatologist, Inc; Jan'91
ACUTE EFFECTS: May be harmful by inhalation, ingestion or skin absorption. May cause eye irritation, skin irritation, Exposure can cause Gastro-Intestinal disturbance, Nausea, Headache and Vomiting, Central Nervous System depression.
- from Material Safety Data Sheet
WHAT CAN PROPYLENE GLYCOL DO TO US?
In 1938, the FDA grandfathered the use of several of these
ingredients as safe for personal care items, with restrictions of course. Based on what?
There were no studies on repeated exposure over time.
The problem is PROPLENE GLYCOL can be absorbed through the skin. Studies have shown
SYSTEMIC retention (residue through the skin).
NOW THIS OPENS UP A WHOLE NEW BALL GAME!
Has anyone or any company tested the long range side effects from constant use of these
products? - We haven't found any.
So these complex chemicals build up our bodies?
If Propylene Glycol keeps things from drying out - how?
If it's absorbed into our bloodstream and into our cells, what does it do?
Does it affect any of the simple, natural biological functions at the cellular level?
You don't need a study to say - it's possible, even likely.
You do need a conclusive study to make the producers stop using these ingredients! Yes,
this is beginning to sound like another Tobacco Scandal. But before you get complacent and
think the government is going to step in - think again. Look how long it has taken the
cigarette pushers to get grilled - 20 years after the Surgeon General's report.
In fairness, the producers of these products are not doing anything illegal. They use Propylene
Glycol and other questionable substances, for three reasons...
1) They do the JOB!
2) They're CHEAP!
3) They're ALLOWED
What would you do if you were the Big Cheese at Propyl & Glycol with corporate profits to
fatten? You wouldn't offer to do a study and you wouldn't change anything without being able
to justify additional costs to the stock holders.
And if you think Anti-Freeze in your expensive cosmetics and daily-used personal care items
is disgusting... it's just the tip of the iceberg!
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)
Spend some time to take a look at personal care products that you use
at home... shampoo, toothpaste, shower gel, facial cleanser, etc... You'll discover that most of
these products contain Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) or Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES)... and so do
hundreds of other personal care products and household cleaning items.
So what is SLS?
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) is a harsh (caustic) detergent. Also,
used as surfactant, which breaks down the surface tension of water. Industrial uses include :
CONCRETE FLOOR CLEANER
CAR WASH DETERGENTS
What can SLS do to YOUR organic tissue? Plenty?
SLS is a mutagen. It is capable of changing the information in genetic
material found in cells. SLS has been used in studies to induce mutations in bacteria.
- Higughi, Araya and Higughi; School of Medicine, Tohuku Univ.; Sendai 980, Japan
SLS is routinely used in clinical studies to irritate skin tissue.
SLS corrodes hair follicle and impairs ability to grow hair
Carcinogenic Nitrates can form when SLS interacts with other nitrogen bearing ingredients
SLS enters and maintains residual levels in the heart, liver, lungs and brain from skin contact. (Shampoo?)
SLS denatures protein, impairs proper structural formation of young eyes - damage permanent.
SLS can damage the immune system; cause separation of skin layers and cause inflammation to skin.
- from Journal of the American College of Toxicology; Vol. 2,
No. 7, 1983
A MEDICAL STUDY THAT HITS HOME
"Detergent penetration into Young and Adults Eyes,
Research to prevent Blindness"
- Keith Green, Ph.D., D.Sc., Medical College Georgia
Dr. Green's study reveals some of the most compelling and alarming evidence indicating that
SLS should be avoided (and why you'll find on products containing SLS).
SLS is rapidly taken up and accumulated by eye tissues, and retained for up to 5 days.
SLS uptake is greater in younger mammals (this is probably why toothpaste label single out
children under 6 years-and under 2... forget about it!)
SLS denatures proteins of eye tissues - impairing development - permanently.
SLS extends the healing time of the cornea surface to 10days... far beyond the norm of 2 days.
Tissues of young eyes may be more susceptible to alteration by SLS.
SLS (found in nearly ALL toothpaste's, many shampoos and bubble baths) is absorbed through
skin contact and is retained for up to 5 days. Our eyes develop most during our first few years,
we dowse ourselves and kids with SLS and we have more and more people wearing contacts and
glasses! Now we know a good reason!
And it's clear by all those warnings and cautions that "they know it" as well! On the bright
side, you could do well! buying stock in one of the Eye Care Superstore chains... the more
we use SLS the bigger and richer they may get!
SLS IN YOUR FACE - RATHER, IN YOUR MOUTH
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is great for degreaser, and it's a favourite
of the toothpaste manufacturers, in fact we can find it in EVERY brand we could find!
If it can help eat grease off concrete, what's a little left over lunch debris?
These products are nor intended to be swallowed. So, the question is, does any SLS get into
Many medications recommend placing a few drops under the tongue for best absorption... and
fastest, usually 30 seconds or less! This is the best place for absorption into the body.
Do you think any toothpaste (nicely mixed with saliva) might get under your tongue when
brushing? Especially, if you brush for a minute or two? Could SLS be absorbed?
Of course, if SLS is in your body, a study would be needed to prove where it came from and
what, if any, role it plays in any diseases or sickness. That's not likely to happen soon,
so look around and use some common sense.
WARNING LABELS... THERE'S A GOOD REASON
ON TOOTHPASTE! WHY?
Let's get right to it - OK? By now, you realise little is sacred anymore! Right here before
your very eyes is a typical toothpaste label. We went to the grocery store and checked them
for ourselves, about 20 popular brands.
ALL of them contained Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and some even contained Propylene
Glycol as well. (What the heck... Why not?) They also cautioned or warned about children under
6... for good reason
So go on, run to your bathroom and check your toothpaste for a warning label. If you can't
find one, it was probably on the box it came in.
SLS of course, but what really raised our eyebrows are the DIRECTIONS. See how much detail
there is instructing you how to supervise children under the age of 6. Is supervise a bit much?
C'mon, this is toothpaste, not rat poison!
The directions are printed for a reason. This label not only specifies children under 6, but
it goes into detail about children under 2 to 6 years of age and those under 2. If you read
between the lines... It implies that children under 2 should NOT use this toothpaste. All
Warning Labels were very similar.
Then it WARNS you to "KEEP OUT OF THE REACH OF CHILDREN." Hmm... didn't know that.
Well, get a load of what's next... IF SWALLOWED... contact a Poison Control Center
immediately! Poison, they said it!
The warnings and cautions are printed for a reason. Kids are NOT going to read them,
so it's your responsibility to 'supervise" your child's use of toothpaste and other products.
Producers can put in "safe" amounts of "poison"; but if disease or abnormalities arise in your
child down the road; don't blame (sue) the big corporations - they've warned you!
...probably within our lifetime-the big boys will have their profits and their butts covered.
Your kids can only ask... Why mom, Why dad? Why didn't you read the label?
Well, at least now you know... What are you going to
AND THERE'S A LOT MORE TO WORRY ABOUT...
The list of Harmful Ingredients found in our every day products doesn't end with Propylene
Glycol and Sodium Lauryl Sulfate. Here are more ingredients found in products we sprinkle all
over our bodies, smear under our arms and gargle with... and we do it for or encourage our kids
to do the same... every day of every week, month after month, year after year!
TALC is a very fine substance, so fine it can be used as a "dry"
lubricant. Talc is chemically similar to asbestos, a known cancer causing substance.
Talc is found in many "body and baby" powders, feminine powders and many cosmetics.
It's also used as a lubricant on condoms! While it makes your skin "feel" slippery smooth; Talc
does so much more!
How does Talc keep babies and your private parts so "fresh"? Presumably by clogging the
pores that secrete those necessary fluids. Also, those fine little particles manage
to get into the systems. And being similar to asbestos is not comforting,
especially when used on babies and genital areas.
Talc's harmful effect on human tissue has been known for quite some time.
Long ago, its dry lubricating properties were used as a glove-donning powder (easy to slide on)
for surgical gloves. As early as the 1930's, Talc was linked to post-operative granulomatous
peritonitis and fibrous adhesions.
- from Candace Sue Kasper, MD; Dr, P.J Chandler
Talc... (on condoms)... may result in fallopian tube fibrosis with resultant infertility.
Question raised by Doctor Kasper and Chandler in Journal of the American Medical Association
- from Nutrition Health Review, Summer 1995 n73 p8(1)
"A possible tie between talcum powder and ovarian cancer, long suspected because of talc's
chemical similarity to asbestos, was strongly supported last week when a study found a higher
risk of the cancer among women who dusted themselves with talc or used feminine deodorant
sprays. The study, published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, found that women who used
talcum powder in the genital area had an increased ovarian cancer risk of 60% and
women who used feminine deodorant sprays had a 90% increased risk." In 1994, the
FDA conducted a scientific workshop on the issue and did not find enough of a causal link to
justify even a consumer warning.
- from U.S. News & World Report, March 17, 1997 v122 n10p77(1)
While more studies link talc to ovarian carcinoma, urinary tract
disorders - and cancer rates soar-the FDA is waiting for conclusive evidence. But don't worry
about the surgeons. You see, Talc is not used in glove-donning powders any more... but is still
found in cosmetics, powders and condoms! So while they protect their health, their flow of
patients may be protected as well!
ALCOHOL This is mouthwash - not alcohol. But it is. Mouthwash in
general has a higher alcohol content than beer, wine and many liquors.
MOUTHWASH DANGER - Mouthwashes with an alcohol contents of 25% or
higher have been implicated in mouth, tongue and throat cancers. Alcohol acts as a solvent in
the mouth making tissue more vulnerable to carcinogens. Men had a 60% higher risk and
women a 90% higher risk of these cancers, compared to those not using the mouth
- from National Cancer Institute, US 4/22/91
About the same time, Warner-Lambert Co. announced it was developing a lower alcohol formula of
Listrine, which has (had) an alcohol content of 26.9%. Company CEO stated the lower alcohol
formula is "coincidental. It's not directed at any cancer problem."
- from Wall Street Journal 4/23/91 pg B1
Coincidental? Not directed at a cancer problem? Go figure!
Regarding the different between alcohol content over or under 25%... It's still in the mouth
where alcohol acts as a solvent. We already know that substances are quickly and easily
absorbed anywhere in the mouth. What could this alcohol be doing in other parts of the body?
Perhaps making other tissue more vulnerable to carcinogens? Many forms of alcohol are
found in hundreds of products we use every day.
logic doesn't count - you
need a blasted study!
ALUMINIUM is a metal, the third most common element in the
environment, processed food, antiperspirants, antacids, cosmetics, paper products, beverage
cans, foil and cookware.
World Health Organization conducts study on chemical pollution and the
elderly... "There is a suspected link between Alzheimer's disease and the toxicity of
aluminium... autopsies have found high concentrations of metal in the brain of people who had
suffered from the disease."
- from Public Health Reports, Nov-Dec 1993 v108 n6 p798(2)
"Studies linking aluminium to Alzheimer's disease... 'The evidence is strong enough that the
prudent person will eliminate all food and cosmetics sources of aluminium and will use
aluminium cooking utensils only if they are coated,' suggest Gary Price Todd, M.D., author of
Nutrition, Health and Disease."
- from Natural Health, May-June 1993 v23 n3 p54(2)
Dr Daniel Perl, Director of Neuropathology at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, suggest,
" ...avoid aerosol antiperspirants. Aluminium in aerosol form may be more readily absorbed
into the brain through nasal passages."
- from The University of California, Berkeley Wellness Letter, April 1993 v9 n7 pl(2)
"Aluminium-containing antiperspirant are designed to be absorbed, and studies shows that
regular use of these products can raise therisk of Alzheimer's by as much a three-fold.
(also) ...municipal water supplies treated with alum (aluminium sulfate)... at least 7 studies
show that people drinking water high in alum are more likely to develop Alzheimer's."
- from Natural Health May-June 1993 v23 n3 p54(2)
Alzheimer's disease is now the
among the elderly, behind heart disease, cancer and stroke. A half century
ago it was virtually unheard of!
AND IT'S NOT GETTING
1965 TO 1982 OVER
4 MILLION DISTINCT CHEMICAL
AT LEAST 250,000 NEW
ANUALLY SINCE THEN
ADDED TO OUR FOODS
700 HAVE BEEN FOUND
IN DRINKING WATER
400 HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED
IN HUMAN TISSUE
OVER 500 CAN BE FOUND UNDER
THE KITCHEN SINKS OR IN THE
OVER 800 NEUROTOXIC
CHEMICAL COMPOUNDS ARE
USED IN THE COSMETIC
AND PERFUME INDUSTRIES
Date Created : 11/23/97. Last Updated : 12/16/97.
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