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Are These 8 Personal Care Products Making You Fat and Sick?
by Barbara Minton
(The Best Years in Life) Before a female makes it out the door in the morning, it's almost certain that she has faced a barrage of toxic chemicals never faced by a woman in earlier times. Many of these chemicals lodge in the body and can become unwanted guests for life, wreaking havoc and causing disease and weight gain.
Why a toxic body becomes an overweight body
The human body was designed to recognize food and other whole natural substances, and it knows how to process them. However, the body has no idea how to process chemicals, and it sticks them into fat tissue because that seems like the safest place to store them. As the body accumulates more and more toxic chemicals, more fat must be created to house them.
Why are babies so fat these days? It's not because they are being overfed; it is because they have been born with as many as 232 chemicals in their bodies that need to be stored in fat tissue. These chemicals are a legacy from the world in which their mother lives.
But it's not just chemicals that assail us. Some naturally occurring minerals used in personal care products can be just as toxic to humans
If you want to turn this around for yourself and your children, here are some of the worst offenders from the morning routine.
Eight personal care products to take seriously
Shampoo - Average number of chemicals in a bottle of shampoo is 15. Most threatening are sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), sodium laureth sulfate (SLES), and a number of ingredients known as parabens , going by the names of ethylparaben, methylparaben, propylparaben and a couple of others. Also polyethylene glycol (PEG), and fragrance.
SLS can cause scalp irritation and hair loss, and it accumulates in lung, liver, heart and brain tissue as well as other areas of the body. SLES is a known carcinogen and suspected of causing kidney damage. Parabens are heavy duty preservatives that have been linked to reproductive damage and organ toxicity, and are suspected as causative agents in breast cancer. Fragrance is scent made from highly toxic chemicals that can cause a whole host of problems in the body. Fragrance has been linked to learning disabilities and other developmental abnormalities in children whose mother's had high levels of it during gestation
Eye shadow - Average number of chemicals in eye shadow is 26. In addition to the petroleum products used in eye shadows, a natural mineral, Titanium dioxide, is particularly threatening. It is used as a base for eye shadow color and for its opacity.
Titanium dioxide dust has been classified as a carcinogen. An animal study found that rats developed lung cancer and mice developed DNA mutations from this dust.
Lipstick - Average number of chemicals in lipstick is 33, but the lead they contain is the biggest threat. An analysis of 400 popular lipstick products commissioned by the FDA found lead in 380 of them that exceeded the maximum amount allowed in food. In some instances, the lead level was as much as 70 times greater than allowed.
It's well documented that both adults and children can be cognitively damaged by very low levels of lead. Adults consuming lead may also develop poor muscle coordination, nerve damage to sensory organs, increased blood pressure, reproductive issues, and retarded fetal development with low exposure.
Nail polish - Average number of chemicals found in nail polish is 31. The major threat here is phthalates, a group of chemicals used to soften and create flexibility. They are used in hundreds of consumer products including those sold for use with babies.
Phthalates are xenoestrogens (foreign estrogens), known to disrupt the endocrine and reproductive systems especially in young boys. It is suspected that today's decrease in male fertility is directly related to phthalate exposure. A study from the University of Washington found that more than 80% of young children whose urine was tested had 7 or more types of phthalates in their bodies, mostly from absorbing them through the skin when personal care products were applied. Although phthalates were banned in children's toys in 2008, they remain in many products used on children and adults. The xenoestrogens in phthalates disrupt hormone balance in women by blocking receptors for the estrogen made in their own bodies.
Fragrance products - There are thousands of fragrance chemicals and most are synthetic. They are used in a myriad of personal care and other products, and even sprayed in shopping malls, for the purpose of creating a 'pleasant' scent. The fragrance business is big business. Whether fragrance is used in perfume, cologne, soap, dryer sheets or any of the other products containing them, these chemicals are absorbed through the skin and lungs, and right into the blood stream. Once there, they accumulate in human tissue and breast milk, and the result is liver toxicity, allergies, brain fog, compromised immunity, cancer, and nervous system damage, in addition to learning disabilities.
Tanning creams - These products average 22 chemicals, with heavy use of parabens as described above. Several parabens are usually found in a single tanning cream product.
You don't need to apply a product containing parabens to your breasts for it to become lodged there. Parabens move through the body seemingly to seek out breast tissue.
Face, hand and body lotion - These products average 32 chemicals and again the top threat is parabens, although polyethylene glycol (PEG) runs a close second. PEG may be contaminated with ethylene oxide, a known carcinogen that harms the nervous system, and is classified as a developmental toxicant by the state of California. PEG may also be contaminated with 1,4 dioxane, another probable human carcinogen. PEG itself has shown evidence of genotoxicity. There is no way to know if these contaminants are in the product you buy.
Deodorant - These average 15 chemicals, but the main threat is another mineral, aluminum. There is also fragrance, parabens, and phthalates to watch out for too.
Aluminum has been linked to the development and progression of Alzheimer's disease, although this has not been shown conclusively.
If you want to avoid this chemical circus, the only way to do it is by reading labels and knowing where to shop. Almost across the board, personal care products sold in supermarkets, discount stores, and drug stores are loaded with chemicals, and it can be daunting to try to find products that are not. The best bet is healthy image grocery stores or shopping online at Vitacost, Lucky Vitamin or other such retailers
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About the Author:
Barbara is a school psychologist and the author of Dividend Capture, a book on personal finance. She is a breast cancer survivor using bioidentical hormone therapy, and a passionate advocate of natural health with hundreds of articles on many aspects of health and wellness. She is the editor and publisher of AlignLife's Health Secrets Newsletter.
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