It’s All About the $$$$$ – The biggest fraud on society is the toxic chemicals used in personal care products mass marketed by “Big Pharma”. Go to any search engine on the internet and type in “TOXIC CHEMICALS IN PERSONAL CARE PRODUCTS”. We used Bing, and found 19 million articles! You will get a great education. Valuable information to help keep you and your family healthy. Knowledge is power!
Kimberly-Clark® is spending millions promoting their wet wipes to be used along with toilet paper. Please read the ingredients used on the wipes and decide if you want these chemicals floating throughout your bloodstream and absorbed into your organs and tissues. Why anyone would consider actually wiping their skin with these chemicals is mind boggling. The first 3 ingredients in this product are water, propylene glycol, and DM DM Hydantoin. Let’s take a look at what these chemicals really are:
Propylene glycol is a synthetic chemical derived from petroleum. For this reason it can cause allergic and toxic reactions. This ingredient is used in anti-freeze and hydraulic brake fluid. It alters the structure of the skin by allowing chemicals to penetrate deep beneath it increasing its ability to reach the bloodstream. It is classified by the EWG, the Environmental Working Group, as a moderate health issue. It has been linked to cancer, developmental reproductive/issues, allergy/immunotoxicity, neurotoxicity, endocrine disruptor, and organ system toxicity. It has been found to provoke skin irritation and sensitization in humans at concentrations as low as 2%, while you can find levels as high as 50% in cosmetics and related products. It has also been classified as “expected to be toxic or harmful” by Environment Canada.
DM DM HYDANTOIN – This ingredient, DM DM Hydantoin, is a preservative that releases formaldehyde which may cause joint pain, skin irritations, allergies, depression, headaches, chest pains, ear infections, chronic fatigue, dizziness, and loss of sleep. Exposure may also irritate the respiratory system, trigger heart palpations or asthma, and aggravate coughs and colds. Other possible side effects are weakening of the immune system and cancer. This is actually sickening!
Idopropynl butylcarbamate – A preservative that is a suspected gastrointestinal and liver toxin. It is linked to the potential of reduced infertility and increased risk of pregnancy problems. It is also a suspected teratogen which means it may increase the risk of birth defects. Typical symptoms of allergy to IPBC include redness, swelling, itching and fluid filled blisters.
Fragrance – Last but not least is fragrance. Fragrances are mostly synthetic and often contain over 4 thousand separate ingredients, many of them toxic or carcinogenic. Symptoms reported to the FDA include headache, dizziness, allergic rashes, skin discoloration, violent coughing and vomiting and skin irritation. Clinical observation proves fragrance can affect the central nervous system causing depression, hyperactivity, the inability to cope and behavioral changes.
Alternatives: Aromatheraputic organic essential oils! If people only would educate themselves on the ingredients that they are putting on their skin, they would NEVER use this
product. As for Kimberely-Clark®, its ALL ABOUT THE MONEY!
Below are a few more examples of “BIG PHARMAS” use of inexpensive ingredients and dangerous preservatives to extend their shelf life.
These are definitely ingredients to avoid in all your personal care products:
Methylparabens – Parabens, methyl ,ethyl, butyl, and propyl, have been shown to cause allergic reaction and are one of the leading causes of contact dermititus. In addition, they mimic estrogen in the body which disrupts the delicate hormonal balance that our bodies need for good health. This is especially a concern for adolescents and pregnant women. There is concern that they affect the development of the fetus, and also affect the male fetuses future fertility. The body does not easily break down synthetic estrogen and it can accumulate in fat cells in breast tissue. Methylparaben in particular has been found in human cancerous breast tumors. There is concern that it may play a role in the development of breast cancer.
Alcohol, Isopropyl (SD-40): a very drying and irritating solvent and dehydrator that strips your skin’s moisture and natural immune barrier, making you more vulnerable to bacteria, molds and viruses. It is made from propylene, a petroleum derivative and is found in many skin and hair products, fragrances, antibacterial hand washes as well as shellac and antifreeze. It can act as a “carrier” accelerating the penetration of other harmful chemicals into your skin. May promote brown spots and premature aging of skin. A Consumer’s Dictionary of Cosmetic Ingredients says it may cause headaches, flushing, dizziness, mental depression, nausea, vomiting, narcosis, anesthesia, and coma. Fatal ingested dose is one ounce or less. Alternative: BGSE
DEA (dietholamine), MEA (monoethanolmine), & TEA (triethanolamine): hormone-disrupting chemicals that can form cancer-causing nitrates and nitrosamines. Already restricted in Europe due to known carcinogenic effects, but Americans may be exposed 10-20 times per day! Used to create “foam” in products like shampoo, shaving creams, and bubble bath . Dr.
Samuel Epstein, Professor of Environmental Health at the University of Illinois, says that “repeated skin applications… of DEA-based detergents resulted in a major increase in the incidence of liver and kidney cancer”. The FDA’s John Bailey says this is especially important since the risk equation changes significantly for children. No alternative necessary.
DMDM Hydantoin & Urea (Imidazolidinyl): just two of many preservatives that often release formaldehyde which may cause joint pain, skin reactions, allergies, depression, headaches, chest pains, ear infections, chronic fatigue, dizziness, and loss of sleep. Exposure may also irritate the respiratory system, trigger heart palpitations or asthma, and aggravate coughs and colds. Other possible side effects include weakening of the immune system and cancer. Alternative: Lonicera Japonica
FD&C Color Pigments: synthetic colors made from coal tar, containing heavy meatal salts that deposit toxins onto the skin, causing skin sensitivity and irritation. Absorption of certain colors can cause depletion of oxygen in the body and death. Animal studies have shown almost all of them to be carcinogenic. No alternative necessary.
Fragrances: mostly synthetic ingredients, often containing animal urine or feces! Fragrances on a label can indicate the presence of up to four thousand separate ingredients, many toxic or carcinogenic. Symptoms reported to the FDA include headaches, dizziness, allergic rashes, skin discoloration, violent coughing and vomiting, and skin irritation. Clinical observation proves that fragrances can affect the central nervous system causing depression, hyperactivity, irritability, inability to cope, and other behavioral changes. Alternatives: Aromatherapeutic, Organic Essential Oils.
Mineral Oil: petroleum by-product that coats the skin like plastics, clogging the pores. Interferes with skin’s ability to eliminate toxins, promoting acne and other disorders. Slows down skin function and cell development, resulting in premature aging. Used in many products (baby oil is 100% mineral oil!). Alternatives: Moisture Magnets (Saccharide Isomerate) from beets; Ceramides, Jojoba and other vegetable oils, etc.
Polyethylene glycol (PEG): potentially carcinogenic petroleum ingredient that can alter and reduce the skin’s natural moisture factor. This could increase the appearance of aging and leave you more vulnerable to bacteria. Used in cleansers to dissolve oil and grease. It adjusts the melting point and thickens products. Also used in caustic spray-on oven cleansers. Alternative: Planteren
Propylene Glycol (PG) and Butylene Glycol: petroleum plastics which act as “surfactants” (wetting agents and solvents). They easily penetrate the skin and can weaken protein and
cellular structure. Commonly used to make extracts from herbs. PG is strong enough to remove barnacles from boats! The EPA considers PG so toxic that it requires workers to wear
protective gloves, clothing, goggles, and to dispose of any PG solutions by burying it in the ground. Because PG penetrates the skin so quickly, the EPA warns against skin contact to prevent consequenses such as brain, liver, and kidney abnormalities. But there isn’t even a warning on products such as stick deodorants, where the concentration is greater than in most industrial applications. Alternatives: Water Extracted Herbs, Essential Oils, etc.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) & Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES): detergents and surfactants that pose serious health threats. Used in car washes, garage floor cleaners, and engine degreasers-and in 90% of personal-care products that foam. Animals exposed to SLS experienced eye damage, depression, labored breathing, diarrhea, severe skin irritation, and death. Young eyes may not develop properly if exposed to SLS because proteins are dissolved. SLS may also damage the skin’s immune system by causing layers to separate and inflame. When combined with other chemicals, SLS can be transformed into nitrosamines, a potent class of carcinogens. Your body may retain the SLS for up to five days, during which time it may enter and maintain residual levels in the heart, liver, the lungs, and the brain. Alternative: Ammonium Cocoyl Isethionate.
Triclosan: a synthetic “antibacterial” ingredient-with a chemical structure similar to Agent Orange! The EPA registers it as a pesticide, giving it high scores as a risk to both human health and the environment. It is classified as a chlorophenol, a class of chemicals suspected of causing cancer in humans. Its manufacuring process may produce dioxin, a powerful hormone-disrupting chemical with toxic effects measured in the parts per trillion; that is only one drop in 300 Olympic-size swimming pools! Hormone disrupters pose enormous long-term chronic health risks by interfering with the way hormones perform, such as changing genetical material, decreasing fertility and sexual fuction, and fostering birth defects. It can temporarily deactivate sensory nerve endings, so contact with it often causes little or no pain. Internally, it can lead to cold sweats, circulatory collapse, and convulsions. Stored in body fat, it can accumulate to toxic levels, damaging the liver, kidney, lungs, and can cause paralysis, suppression of immune fuction, brain hemorrhages, and heart problems. Tufts University School of Medicine says that triclosan is capable of forcing the emergance of ‘super bugs’ that it cannot kill. Its widespread use in popular antibacterial cleansers, toothpastes and household products may have nightmare implications for our future.
Methylisothiazolinone – Named the contact allergen of the year 2013! Voted by the American Contact Dermatitus Society, a society designed to draw attention to allergens that are very common. This allerger is under recognized, and merits more attention for causing significant allergic contact dermititus.
Diazlidinyl Urea – Contains formaldehyde, a carcinogenic chemical. It is a strong irritant and is toxic by inhalation. It frequently causes contact dermatitis.
Idopropynyl Butylcarbamate – A toxic preservative that is a suspected gastrointestinal and liver toxin. It is linked to the potential for reduced fertility and increased risk of pregnancy problems. It is a suspected teratogen, which means it may increase the risk of birth defects. Typical symptoms of allergy to IPBC include redness, swelling, itching and fluid filled blisters.