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Which of These Myths about Personal Care Products Do You Still Believe?

By Lee Euler / September 10, 2014
    1. If a personal care product is permitted for sale in stores, it must be safe.
    2. The government prohibits dangerous chemicals in beauty products, so no company would dare risk using them.
    3. The cosmetics industry polices itself to ensure all ingredients meet high safety standards.
    4. Cosmetic ingredients never make it through your skin’s barrier into your body.
    5. Products made for children, and those labeled “hypoallergenic,” are especially safe.Continued below…

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  1. Natural and organic products are always safer.
  2. The FDA immediately recalls any dangerous product.
  3. Reading ingredient labels is a reliable way to help you avoid hazardous ingredients.

If you grew up repeatedly hearing “cleanliness is next to godliness,” and you believe these 8 myths, you could be in danger.

Busted! The truth about personal care products

Here’s the scoop on these popular myths:

  1. The FDA has no authority to require product safety testing, nor do they routinely conduct pre-market reviews.
  2. The European Union has banned more than 1,000 ingredients from cosmetic use, but the FDA has banned only eight.
  3. During the past 30 years, the industry has named only 11 ingredients (or chemical groups) as unsafe. What’s more, these are merely guidelines, they are non-binding on companies.
  4. You can be exposed via breathing sprays and powders, swallowing lipstick and lip balm chemicals, etc. Many products contain enhancers that force ingredients deeper into the skin.Actually, when you apply shampoo or conditioner to your scalp, your 20 blood vessels, 650 sweat glands, and 1,000 nerve endings soak up any toxins, which then bypass your liver and enter your tissues and bloodstream directly.
  5. Marketing is nearly unregulated in this industry, so companies can say anything they want and are not required to substantiate their claims.
  6. Products labeled “organic” and “natural” can still contain petrochemicals. Certified organic personal care products can contain as little as ten percent organic ingredients by weight or volume.
  7. FDA has no authority to make recalls for beauty, shower and bath products. And manufacturers aren’t required to report injuries to the FDA.
  8. Shockingly enough, federal law permits companies to leave some chemicals off product labels – including those considered to be trade secrets, components of fragrances (which could include some 3,100 stock chemicals), and nanoparticles.

Make sure this toxin isn’t in your shampoo

Let me give you some specifics by focusing on shampoos. Every time you hop in the shower, you could be scrubbing carcinogens into your scalp.

While it takes just minutes to shampoo your hair, a lifetime of exposure to cancer-causing ingredients can make you a cancer magnet.

Last year, a California watchdog group, Center for Environmental Health (CEH), conducted independent testing to find out if one particular carcinogen was being used and labeled correctly.

The chemical, cocamide diethanolamine (cocamide DEA), is a chemically modified form of coconut oil used as a thickener and foaming agent in many hair products. It’s a long way from natural coconut oil.

California lists the substance as a known carcinogen. Under Prop 65, products containing named carcinogens or reproductive toxins must carry a warning label. Cocamide DEA was added to the list in June 2012, with a required compliance date of June 2013.

In July 2013, CEH tested 100 shampoos for cocamide DEA. Of the 100 shampoos and soaps tested, a shocking 98 contained this toxin – and none of them carried the required warning label.

The study included products sold in Walmart, Trader Joe’s, Pharmaca, Babies ‘R’ Us, Kohl’s, and other retailers, manufactured by well-known companies such as Colgate Palmolive, Paul Mitchell, and Prell.

Among other findings…

  • One shampoo contained a whopping 20% cocamide DEA
  • One organically labeled brand, Organic by Africa’s Best, also tested high for cocamide DEA
  • A Babies ‘R’ Us store-branded children’s shampoo and conditioner contained cocamide DEA

The CEH filed lawsuits in an effort to enforce the mandated labeling.

Incredibly, cocamide DEA is only a foaming agent. It does nothing to clean your hair. Hopefully you consider your health more important than having lots of foam. If you can’t live without lather, shampoo a second time and even ordinary soap will foam up.

That’s just one chemical! Here’s what you should know about the others. . .

These toxins are linked to hair loss,
damaged hair, and increased cancer risk

Here’s a list of toxins loaded with trouble for your body. Besides cancer, many of them damage your hair and can even make it fall out. Not exactly the beauty treatment you bargained for…

  1. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate / Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLS and SLES) – foaming agentThis trouble-maker is found in almost every shampoo. It originates from coconuts, but it’s been processed beyond recognition.Its most glaring problem is that the manufacturing process (ethoxylation) results in a carcinogenic byproduct called 1,4 dioxane.Unfortunately, labeling is not required for 1,4 dioxane.Environmental Working Group (EWG) gives 1,4 Dioxane a high hazard rating for brain, liver, kidney, and central nervous system toxicity. The CDC names it a “probable” carcinogen.

    Avoid ammonium laureth sulfates as well. Many companies switched to them in response to concerns about SLS/SLES toxicity.

    Another major concern is the size of the molecules… small enough to get into your skin and scalp, allowing easy access to your entire system.

    All three chemicals are health risks, linked to organ toxicity, mutations, and cancer, as well as brain toxicity, cellular changes, and fertility problems.

    Look for sodium lauryl glucose or lauryl glucose instead.

  2. ParabensParabens are preservatives used to prolong shelf life. They don’t do a thing to clean your hair, and they have strong and troubling links to cancer.They are endocrine disruptors that behave like estrogens in your body – lowering muscle mass and storing fat. In men, they contribute to breast growth (“man-boobs”) and infertility. Parabens also irritate your skin, and their hormonal effects can make your hair fall out, leading to havoc instead of beauty.Researchers found traces of parabens in 20 out of 20 tissue samples from breast cancer patients.They go by various names: methyl parabens, ethyl parabens, propyl parabens, butyl parabens, isobutyl parabens, E216.
  3. Propylene GlycolFound in antifreeze and engine coolants, airplane de-icers, tire sealants, and more. So why is this in your shampoo? To prevent the product from freezing during shipping and storage!I bet you had no idea. . .And get this: The safety data sheet for this chemical warns users to avoid skin contact, because it’s a strong skin irritant, and is linked to liver and kidney damage.
  4. Diethanolamine (DEA) and Triethanolamine (TEA)Both readily react with various ingredients to form a potent carcinogen, nitroso-DEA (NDEA). They can also cause serious allergic reactions, and destroy all the good stuff in your hair (like keratin), making your hair dry, brittle, and lifeless.
  5. AlcoholMost hair products contain alcohol, which dries and thins your hair, and makes it fall out. Avoid products with alcohol listed within the first four ingredients (ingredients are listed in descending order by volume).
  6. The rest of the bad, and what they’re infamous for…Formaldehyde – Linked to cancer and hair lossFragrances – Linked to cancer, allergies, asthma, and scalp irritation. One single fragrance can be a complex mixture of several hundred different chemicals (out of 3,000 possibilities). I have a bad reaction to scents of all kinds, even certain flowers, so this is an easy choice for me.Lanolin, petroleum, and mineral oil – linked to cancer. They also prevent uptake of natural scalp oils.BHA, BHT – Preservatives (used in some foods as well), and linked to cancer and endocrine disruption.

    Dyes – Potential for cancer and brain damage. Listed as “Cl” + a 5-digit number.

    Volumizing products to give body to thin hair – avoid.

Easy steps to guard your health

No one is likely to change the American culture of being squeaky clean and odor free (or smelling of fruit or flowers). But using these seemingly benign products day in and day out can permanently alter your health.

So choose healthier products, wisely. Or take matters into your own hands and try making your own cosmetics. Finding recipes is a cinch. Just search on the internet for “homemade cosmetics” and you’ll find hundreds of ideas.

Not into making your own? Then check out EWG’s “Skin Deep Cosmetic Safety Database,” an excellent resource for healthier natural products. Also look for the USDA organic seal.

After all, what good is the glitz and glamour if it gives you cancer?


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Kindest regards,

Lee Euler, Publisher

This MRI could save your life

I’ve never seen anything like this…

Experimental doctors treating a former gold medalist with terminal cancer got the shock of their lives when they held his MRI up to the light.

What they saw could be hailed as the biggest cancer breakthrough in history.

And after 7 years, their unbelievable discovery is finally being revealed in this free video.

If you’re suffering from cancer or even if you just want to see something astonishing… You need to watch it now.

The government has kept this rare footage quiet over the last 7 years for fear it will topple the billion dollar cancer industry… I can’t guarantee how long it will be available, so watch now!

 

About the author

Lee Euler

Hi I'm Lee Euler, I’ve spent over a decade investigating every possible way a person can beat cancer. In fact, our commitment to defeating cancer has made us the world’s #1 publisher of information about Alternative Cancer Treatments -- with over 20 books and 700 newsletters on the subject. If you haven't heard about all your cancer options, or if you want to make sure you don’t miss even one answer to this terrible disease, then join our newsletter. When you do, I'll keep you informed each week about the hundreds of alternative cancer treatments that people are using to cure cancer all over the world.

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