What are the Hidden Dangers in the Products we use Everyday?

Do you know how safe your personal care products are?  Your personal care products are largely unregulated. The FDA does not require safety testing of ingredients in personal care products before they are used. Most of us have been conditioned to believe that because it’s on the self at the store it must be safe. Think again!  The federal law designed to ensure that personal care products are safe has remained largely unchanged since 1938. We all know that there have been many things that were thought to be safe in 1938 that have turned out to be not only unsafe but life threating. They thought cigarettes were safe and no one knew how health damaging asbestos was, nor did they know what health issues were being caused by the preservatives and fragrances, not to mention the damage that has been caused by lead paint.

The average American bathroom is minefield of toxic chemicals.  Sunscreens, lipsticks, moisturizers, shaving creams and many cosmetics as well as personal care products for our babies and kids contain chemicals linked to cancer or other health problems like learning disabilities, asthma and even damaged sperm.

Most sudsy products like shampoos and body washes contain sodium laureth sulfate have 1,4-dioxane, a know carcinogen that’s suspected to also kidney, nerve and respiratory problems.

Unlike many other countries, the U.S. government does not limit formaldehyde, 1,4-dioxane, or most other hazardous substances in personal care products. As a result, independent lab tests found these chemicals in dozens of brands including Johnson’s Baby Shampoo and Sesame Street Bubble Bath. The companies claim that the chemical levels aren’t larges enough to worry about. I don’t know about you, but I would prefer not to have any cancer-causing chemicals in mine nor my children or grandchildren’s shampoo.

Carcinogens in our baby shampoo! Are you kidding me? As a mother, I want to be sure that the shampoo, sunscreen, bubble bath and other personal care products my children and grandchildren use are safe. So if I stick to the products in the children’s aisle at the store or the stuff that’s made and marketed specifically for kids, those should be Ok Right. I mean the labels are reassuring: “Gentle” “Pure” ‘Natural” “Free of Harsh Ingredients” and my favorites “Recommended by Pediatricians” “Dermatologists Approved” and of course “No More Tears.”

Turn those bottles around and get out your magnifying glass and read the fine print on the label. (then get online and do some research) You’ll read a different story: Sodium laureth sulfate, Diazolidinyl urea, Ceteareth-20, PEGs, Quaternium-15. All of these are typically contaminated with cancer causing chemicals like formaldehyde or 1,4 diozane.

Don’t be fooled by the word play in marketing by companies that have gotten caught selling products with harmful ingredients. This is a great example of this:   We use 50% less ingredients. Notice they didn’t advertise which ingredients they took out nor what 50% ingredients they kept in.

This information is from Johnson and Johnson’s own website. https://www.johnsonsbaby.com/safety-standards/natural “There is no regulatory definition of Naturals so we sought out to exceed the top standards in the world”. Since there is no regulatory definition of natural, we follow the only independent international standard for naturals in cosmetics. The International Organization for Standardization (ISO)”.

So let’s take a look at the ISOs standard for Natural Origin. According to the ISO, “natural origin refers to ingredients that are more that 50% from natural sources, such as plants or minerals. Another words in order to claim that their product ingredients are Natural they only need to be 50% natural. That’s a little deceptive to me. Now let’s take a look at Johnson and Jonson’s Marketing for their Baby products. 90% All Natural. Of course my mind automatically goes to what’s in the 10%.

So again according to their own website they say “based on the ISO definition, over 90% of the ingredients in our washes, lotions and shampoos are of natural origin. (That’s average cumulative volume, including water)” Humm, includes water how much water would you say is in a bottle of shampoo? So it seems like a large portion of the 90% is water. They go on to say “We know natural ingredients aren’t always safe for baby in their natural form, so before we add them to our products we put them through a series of steps in order to remove impurities, improve touch and feel, enhance performance and safety and reduce malodor and discoloration.

According to Think Dirty an app that rates products by how dirty (toxic) they are. They rate products on a scale of 1-10. 1 being the best and cleanest products and 10 being the dirtiest or most toxic.  So let’s take a look at Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Shampoo and how they a rated. Here are some screen shots from the Think Dirty App.

They are rated and 8 on the dirty (Toxic scale) even though they are 94% all natural. So even the a small 4% matters. So lets dive a little deeper and find out what ingredients are included that give it such a high rate.  Here’s another screen shot.

We can see that they are truthful in saying most of their ingredients are safe but they have 2 that are rated high on the dirty scale. (Fragrance and Quaternim-15) Lets find out what the health impacts are for each of these ingredients are. Screenshot #3

So here we see all the names these fragrances are known as and why they are used but look at the health impacts: Possible Carcinogen (Carcinogens are cancer causing agents) Lets look at another screenshot to find out more about Quaternim-15.

Again the health impacts are Possible Carcinogen and may trigger Eczema. This is in our Baby Shampoos, Lotions, Washes and so many more products including most adult brands of personal care items. I used Johnson & Johnson as an example but the reality is these ingredients are found in most Brands on the market today. I know I mentioned it earlier but it’s worth repeating. Look at the labels and do your homework.

 

If your like me I wondered how it is in this day and time with all the Trillions of dollars that go into research and with all the medical break troughs, how is it that Cancer rates are skyrocketing, Asthma and Eczema as well as many other diseases are on the rise. If we take a look at how many products we use on a daily basis that are bombarding us with cancer causing agents the answer seems quite clear. These companies know it too. Did you know that in many countries they are not allowed to sell the same ingredient based products that they sell here. The worst part is they have healthier versions created for those countries, but continue to sell us the carcinogen riddled versions. They are more concerned about their bottom line than the health of people.

Now if your thinking what can I do that’s what they sell in the stores and the real natural products are to expensive or just don’t work that well. I do have an answer for you. I have found company that can save you 30%-50% and All of their products have been scientifically proven to work. I myself have been using these products for about 3 years and absolutely love them! Here’s a link for more information on these products.  https://www.melaleuca.info/angelbrennan/about?culture=en

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