Warning, Cancer in Your Bathroom?

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Did you know that your everyday personal care products might contain ingredients that can potentially cause cancer?


Cancer and Personal Care Products

Did you know that your everyday personal care products might contain ingredients that can potentially cause cancer? Although most consumers read food labels, they need to be educated to read personal care labels. Once you go to your bathroom and compare your labels with this startling information you will be shocked. For example did you know there's a WARNING label on your toothpaste box? It says;

" WARNING: Keep out of the reach of children under 6 years of age. If you accidentally swallow more than used for brushing, seek professional help or contact a poison control center immediately."

Ingredients like Sodium laureth-sulfate or sodium lauryl-sulfate is common in most toothpaste, shampoos and conditioners. This one ingredient is a know carcinogen which can penetrate the skin, get into the bloodstream and build-up in the brain, heart and kidneys. Studies show it can cause hair loss, inhibit hair growth, cause cataracts, and even damage children's eyes. Sls's corrosive "quality" makes it the dominant chemical for industrial uses such as garage floor cleaners, and engine-degreasers.


Propylene Glycol-industrial antifreeze, is found in nearly all moisturizers. Your skin runs on water, not anti-freeze. Material Safety Data Sheets state propylene glycol penetrates skin and can cause your liver abnormalities and kidney damage.

An article in The Boston Globe on September 6, 1997, cited Senator Edward M. Kennedy's statement that the General Accounting Office has identified more than 125 cosmetic ingredients suspected of causing cancer - along with others that may cause birth defects.

As we become health conscious, increasing our knowledge in the importance of nutritional supplements, we should pay attention to personal care products we use on a daily basis that can potentially harm our overall health. What goes on your body is just as important as what goes in your body.


Eugene Bly is the Local Office Director for the Cancer Prevention Coalition in Revere, MA. and the publisher of Eugene Bly's Health and Wellness E-Newsletter. To contact Eugene by phone call 1.866.278.7716.

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