Toxins In The Home
Chlorine: This highly
toxic, yellow-green gas is one of the most heavily used chemical agents.
Risks: Sore throat, coughing, eye and skin irritation, rapid breathing,
narrowing of the bronchi, wheezing, blue coloring of the skin,
accumulation of fluid in the lungs, pain in the lung region, severe eye
and skin burns, lung collapse, reactive airways dysfunction syndrome
(RADS) (a type of asthma)
Major Sources: Household cleaners, drinking
water (in small amounts), air when living near an industry (such as a
paper plant) that uses chlorine in industrial processes.
Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS):
Found in shampoos, hair conditioners, toothpaste's, body washes.
Strong detergent which can cause eye irritation, permanent damage to the
eyes, especially in children, skin rashes, hair loss, flaking skin and
When combined with other ingredients, can form
nitrosamines, which are carcinogenic. Easily penetrates the skin and
can lodge itself in the heart, lungs, liver and brain.
SLS can damage the immune system; causing separation of skin layers and
inflammation of skin. -Journal of the American College of Toxicology;
Vol. 2, No. 7, 1983
SLS penetrates into the skin and into the eyes,
and is also held in the brain, heart and liver. A single drop stays in
the brain and body for a few days - Doctor's worry: Is your baby safe?
-By David L. Kern, New health and longevity
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 mutagen in bacteria. -Higuchi,
Araya and Higuchi, school of medicine, Tohoku University: Sendai 980
SLS is a potent carcinogen when contaminated with any nitrosamines. -FDA Report 1978
Industrial Use: Harsh Floor Cleaners; Engine Degreasers; Car Wash
Laundry Detergents labels and the "skull and crossbones" symbols of
potentially harmful ingredients, are still commonly used in personal
care products such as shampoo, baby bath, cosmetics, lotions,
So why do they use such ingredients in our
personal care products if they have been documented to be harmful?
Mainly because they are cheap.
Fluoride - HEALTH WARNING: On a tube of toothpaste that is supplied abroad, there is the following warning in bold faced capitals:
KEEP OUT OF THE REACH OF CHILDREN UNDER SIX YEARS OF AGE. IN CASE OF
ACCIDENTAL OVERDOSE, SEEK PROFESSIONAL ASSISTANCE OR CONTACT A POISON
CONTROL CENTER IMMEDIATELY."
Fluoride is linked to 10,000 cancer
deaths yearly. Fluoridation is also responsible for 40 million cases of
arthritis, dental deformity in 8 million children and allergic reactions
in 2 million people." -Dr. Dean Burke and Dr. John Yiamouyiannis,
National Cancer Institute, USA, 1997. "Research from St. Louis
University, the Nippon (Japan) Dental College and the University of
Texas show that fluoride has the ability to induce tumors, cause cancers and stimulate tumor growth rates." -from Spotlight, May 1992
NTP (National Toxicology Program) tests confirmed what the Burke -
Yiamouyiannis tests showed - fluoride is carcinogenic. Fluoride causes
bone cancer and increases the rate of oral cancer." -from Spotlight, May
This colorless liquid has a pleasant, nonirritating odor and a slightly
sweet taste, and is used to make other chemicals. It's also formed when
chlorine is added to water.
Risks: Cancer, potential reproductive damage, birth defects, dizziness, fatigue, headache, liver and kidney damage.
Major Sources: Air, drinking water and food can contain chloroform.
Care Products: Toothpaste; Shampoos; Body Gels; Bubble Baths; Facial
Cleansers; Baby Wipes; Baby Shampoos & Bubble Baths
Propylene Glycol (PG):
Material Safety Data Sheets warn users to avoid skin contact with this
substance, and protective clothing should be worn at all times. It is
the cosmetic form of mineral oil found in automatic break fluid,
hydraulic fluid and industrial antifreeze, yet is also found in make-up,
hair and skin care products, deodorants, and aftershave.
Use: Anti-Freeze; Paint; Floor Wax
Talc: This is found in baby powders, face powders, body powders as well as some contraceptives such as condoms. Talc is a known carcinogen
and is a major cause of ovarian cancer when used in the genital area.
It can be harmful if inhaled as it can lodge in the lungs, causing
This is a poisonous solvent and denaturant (alters the structure of
other chemicals) and can be found in hand lotions, body rubs, hair color
rinses, fragrances and aftershave lotions.
Isopropyl dries hair
and skin, creates cracks and fissures in the skin, which encourages
bacterial growth and can cause headaches, flushing, nausea, vomiting and
This is a colorless, volatile, flammable liquid that is frequently used
in beverages and medicine. When it is used in digestible products it
may cause the body to be more vulnerable to carcinogens.
Mouthwashes that have an alcohol content of 25% or more have been implicated in mouth, tongue and throat cancers.
"Most popular mouthwash brands have a higher alcohol content than beer
or wine and that can be dangerous, even deadly to small children that
accidentally swallow mouthwash, now that's according to the
Non-prescription Drug Manufacturers Association". "Many of the top
selling mouthwash brands have between 12.5% and 27% alcohol. Now in
alcohol terms that's from 25-54% proof."
Imidazolidinyl urea and DMDM hydantoin:
Found in skin, body and hair products, antiperspirants and nail polish.
These formaldehyde-forming preservatives can cause joint pain,
allergies, depression, headaches, chest pain, chronic fatigue,
dizziness, insomnia and asthma. Can also weaken the immune system and even cause cancer.