Video for Toxic Cosmetics ~ Ingredients to Avoid

Are you surprised by the information presented in this video? Are you SHOCKED our cosmetics and personal care products contain all of these toxic ingredients?

Please comment and share and help other families learn what to avoid.

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Dove: Please Don’t Hang your Chemicals on My Door Knob

Here’s a copy of an article that appeared on NotJustAPrettyFace.org  I thought was worth sharing here.

Hello Dove,

Today I discovered at my front door: a Dove advertisement, coupon and a sample of your “nutritive therapy” product that I never requested. A quick check of the ingredients reveals your product contains a litany of toxic substances. To name but a few: 1) Dimethicone, which has been shown to cause tumors and mutations in experimental work with animals; 2) Disodium EDTA, a penetration enhancer that can draw other chemicals into the bloodstream; 3) Petrolatum, a petrochemical that is often contaminated with two well-known carcinogens Benzo-A-Pyrene and Benzo-B-Fluroanthene; and 4) Methylisothiazolinone, a suspected neurotoxin and a known human immune system toxicant.

I do not allow Dove products in my home. I would not use them on my body, or allow my husband/children to use them. I would not rinse your products down the sink for the aquatic life in Lake Ontario to have to deal with. (Nor do I relish the thought of drinking it in our tap water afterwards…) I will not contribute to the Pink Ribbon campaign due to your participation in it. I am appalled by your seductive advertising to women whom I feel are unsuspecting. Continue reading

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Support the Safe Cosmetics Act!

What are all those chemicals in your lipstick? your aftershave? your child’s shampoo? Some of them are linked to cancer, birth defects, infertility and other health problems. We need your help to convince Congress that the beauty industry needs a safety makeover!

The Safe Cosmetics Act of 2011 (H.R.2359) gives consumers, parents and environmental health advocates a real chance at national legislation that will eliminate harmful chemicals from the products women, men and children put on their bodies every day.

Tell your Representative that safe cosmetics are important to you and ask him or her to sign on as a co-sponsor of the Safe Cosmetics Act. Or, if you’re represented by one of the bill’s authors, Reps. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.) or Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.),  send them your thanks!

It’s easy.  Just click on this link to get started.  http://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/5500/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=7022

 

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Toxic Awareness Ingredient for the Week: Triclosan

Toxic Awareness Ingredient for the Week-TriclosanTriclosan: 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 manufacturing 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 disruptors pose enormous long-term chronic health risks by interfering with the way hormones perform, such as changing genetic material, decreasing fertility and sexual function, and fostering birth defects.  Tufts University School of Medicine says that triclosan is capable of forcing the emergence 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.

Our Comments:
Grab your garbage can and start throwing away all the antibacterial soaps that are in your bathroom, kitchen, family room, and garage!  If the EPA registers Triclosan as a pesticide, my question is “Why in the world is it allowed in our hand soap?”  Triclosan  is known to cause cancer so in my opinion, this is outrageous!  Here’s a question to ask yourself: “How often do you wash your hands with these antibacterial soaps?”   How often are you exposing yourself to a highly toxic ingredient that is filtering right into your body?

Please comment and share your thoughts.

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Toxic Awareness Ingredient for the Week: Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES)

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES)Toxic Awareness Ingredient for the Week: Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and 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 even death.   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.

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Toxic Awareness Ingredient for the Week: Propylene Glycol (PG) and Butylene Glycol

Toxic Awareness Ingredient for the Week: Propylene Glycol (PG) and Butylene GlycolPropylene 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. The EPA considers PG so toxic that it requires workers to wear protective gloves, clothing and goggles and to dispose of any PG solutions by burying in the ground.  Because PG penetrates the skin so quickly, the EPA warns against skin contact to prevent consequences such as brain, liver, and kidney abnormalities.  But there isn’t even a warning label on products such as stick deodorants, where the concentration is greater than in most industrial applications.

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Toxic Awareness Ingredient for the Week: Polyethylene Glycol (PEG)

Toxic Awareness Ingredient for the Week: Polyethylene Glycol (PEG)Polyethylene glycol (PEG): Made by ethoxylating Propylene Glycol.  Dangerous levels of dioxin have been found as a manufacturing by-product of the ethoxylation process.  PEG based ingredients are in a wide variety of personal care, baby care and sunscreens.

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Toxic Awareness Ingredient for the Week: Phthalates

Phthalates: These are xenoestrogens – hormone disruptors.  They Toxic Awareness Ingredient for the Week:  Phthalatesare commonly found in many products, although usually not listed on the labels, especially nail polish, perfumes, hair sprays and skin care lotions as well as personal care and household products.  Health effects include damage to the liver and kidneys, birth defects, decreased sperm counts, early puberty onset in girls and early breast development in girls and boys.

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Toxic Awareness Ingredient for the Week: Fragrances

Fragrances: Mostly synthetic ingredients, fragrances can indicate Toxic Awareness Ingredient for the Week: Fragrancesthe presence of up to 4,000 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 fragrances can affect the central nervous system, causing depression, hyperactivity, irritability, inability to cope, and other behavioral changes.

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Toxic Awareness Ingredient for the Week: Fluoride

Fluoride: Despite fluoride’s controversial claim to prevent cavities, it is a dangerous, toxic chemical.  Most of the fluoride used in dental products and in water supply fluoridation is a by-product of making fertilizer.  “Fluoridation opponents (scientists) say it’s ‘politics overriding science,’ with a widespread government conspiracy allowing the phosphate fertilizer industry to profit from – rather than pay for – disposing of a harmful by-product.  Some say the industry should be charged with ‘child abuse.'”  “Chemists Criticize Fluoridation Plan”, Michael Sandler, Times Staff Writer St. Petersburg Times, Tampa Bay, FL, 9 July 2004.

Toxic Awareness Ingredient for the Week: FluorideSince April 0f 1997, all toothpaste containing fluoride in the US must carry a warning label advising parents what to do if their child swallows more that the pea-side brushing amount.  There is a good reason for that warning – one tube of toothpaste contains enough fluoride to kill a two-year-old child. The FDA lists fluoride as an “unapproved new drug” and the EPA lists fluoride as a “contaminant”.  Fluoride has NEVER received ‘FDA Approval’.  It has been linked to florosis in children, Acne, Alzheimer’s, kidney damage, gastrointestinal problems, cancer, genetic damage, neurological impairment, bone and tooth decay, etc.

The only toothpaste that we found that is Fluoride-free AND toxic free:  Chae Organics O2xyBrite Tooth Polish.

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