Have you read the ingredient label on your shampoo lately?
How about the label on that bottle of bath gel?
Or moisture cream?
If you have, you most certainly ran into a practically endless list of
hard-to-pronounce, even harder-to-decipher chemical names.
Have you ever wondered if all those chemicals are really safe?
If you are worried about the ill effects that daily doses of chemicals in
your personal care products can have on your health, you have good reason
for concern. The list of potentially harmful ingredients found in our
everyday products is staggering. There are literally thousands of chemical
compounds formulated into the personal care products, cleaning supplies and
processed foods that we use and consume daily.
What do these ingredients do? What kinds of reactions can they cause?
What happens inside our bodies when these chemicals build up over decades
of use? What happens when they interact with one another? And what is the
FDA doing about it?
What Happens to Petrochemicals in Our Body?
The truth is, the petrochemicals found in most shampoos and cosmetics can
be absorbed through the scalp and skin and, over time, accumulate in the
organs and tissues. This accumulation may result in mounting brain, nerve,
and liver damage, according to a recent government study (Matthew et al.,
The human body and its defenses have evolved over long periods of time to
keep us functioning and healthy. But the chemical invasion of the last 50
plus years is just too much, too fast. The body simply cannot deal with so
many foreign substances all at once.
Remember the "Sick Building Syndrome?" This came about as commercial
construction materials were developed with toxic compounds. Nobody ate
those materials, but people still got sick just from breathing the
air near the materials. All the possible side effects of those
materials were not fully understood. And that's just the problem
with all the chemicals in our everyday items!
For example, take Aluminum. To reach the brain, aluminum must pass the
blood-brain barrier, an elaborate structure that filters the blood to
prevent toxic elements from entering the brain. This filtration system
developed over a long period of time for our protection. Elemental aluminum
doesn't easily pass this barrier, but aluminum compounds found in many
consumable products do.
Aspirin is commonly buffered with aluminum hydroxide or glycinate. If you
drink some orange juice, the citric acid in it transforms these compounds
into aluminum citrate - 5 times better able to find its way to the brain.
And many consumable products besides Aspirin contain citric acid.
Now, if the aluminum in food combines with maltol, a sugar-like additive
used in many baked goods, its capacity to pass the blood-brain barrier
increases by as much as 90 times! How can you possibly know when you might
use a product that will react negatively with another you just used?
The Dangers of DEA
One of the most common-and potentially toxic-compounds commonly found in
personal care products is DEA (diethanolomine). Formulated into soaps,
detergents and surfactants, it is found in over 600 home and personal
care products. The shampoo and soap you use probably includes it.
Belonging to a class of chemicals known as alkanolamines (which includes
monoethanolamine and triethanolamine or TEA), DEA has been linked with
kidney, liver, and other organ damage according to several
government-funded research studies, and has been proven to cause cancer in
rats when applied to the skin.
According to a 1995 study funded by the National Institute of Environmental
Health Sciences, DEA has low acute toxicity but significant cumulative
toxicity. This is because it cannot be easily excreted from the body but
instead builds up in the fatty tissues of the liver, brain, kidneys, and
spleen with repeated oral and dermal exposure. As DEA collects in the
tissues, it spurs an accumulation of abnormal phospholipids that can lead
to mounting tissue and nerve damage and premature death (Matthew et al.,
Another study found that oral and topical application of DEA in rodents
resulted in anemia, kidney degeneration, and nerve damage to the brain and
spinal cord (Melnick et al., 1994). Even more disturbing was that several
animals died before the study ended. The authors concluded, "DEA is toxic
at multiple organ sites in rats, either by oral exposure in the drinking
water or by topical application."
In 1995, Steinman and Epstein stated,
"The FDA accepts that the presence of DEA and TEA in cosmetics can pose
a significant consumer health threat. In the 1970s it published a notice
in the Federal Register in which it urged the industry to
remove these products from cosmetics."
In spite of this, DEA is still one of the most common cosmetic and hair
care ingredients. Approximately 200 million pounds of DEA are produced
annually in the U.S., most of which goes into personal care products as
emulsifiers, thickeners, and wetting agents (USITC, 1990). Despite its
heavy use, however, research indicates that this compound may be highly
Are You Washing Your Hair and Brushing Your Teeth With
Anti-Freeze, Engine Degreasers, and Chemical Solvents?
Many other potentially toxic petrochemicals are found in commercial
personal care products. Some quarternium compounds, like behentrimonium
chloride, can be fatal if ingested and can cause necrosis (tissue death) of
the mucus membranes in concentrations as low as one percent. Moreover,
some synthetic colors, such as FD & C Blue No. 1, are suspected carcinogens
(cancer causing agents). Other studies have shown that the popular food
additive, Yellow Dye #5, can instigate asthmatic breathing.
Here are a few other ingredients commonly found in shampoo, conditioner,
And these are just the tip of the iceberg!
- Propylene Glycol (also called Propanediol) - A colorless,
viscous, hygroscopic liquid used in anti-freeze solutions, in brake and
hydraulic fluids, as a de-icer, and as a solvent. It's even found in some
pet foods, processed foods and cosmetics, toothpastes, shampoos, deodorants
It is implicated in contact dermatitis, kidney damage and liver
abnormalities. It can inhibit skin cell growth in human tests, can cause
gastro-intestinal disturbances, nausea, headache and vomiting, central
nervous system depression and can damage cell membranes causing rashes, dry
skin and surface damage (according to the Material Safety Data Sheet).
- Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) or Sodium Laureth Sulfate
(SLES)-Used as a surfactant to break down the surface tension of water.
It is used in concrete floor cleaners, engine degreasers, car wash
detergents, and just about every soap and shampoo on the market. And yet,
according to the Journal of the American College of Toxicology; Vol. 2, No.
7, l983, SLS is a mutagen. In sufficient amounts, it is capable of
changing the information in genetic material found in cells! It has been
used in studies to induce mutations in bacteria.
SLS actually corrodes hair follicles and impairs ability to grow hair! It
denatures protein, impairs proper structural formation of young eyes,
creating permanent damage. SLS can damage the immune system. It can cause
separation of skin layers and cause inflammation to the skin. If it
interacts with other nitrogen bearing ingredients, Carcinogenic Nitrates
can form as a result.
- Behentrimonium Chloride, Guar Hydrosypropyltrimonium Chloride,
Linoleamidepropyl PG-Dimonium Chloride Phosphate - These are toxic
ammonium compounds. Ingestion can be fatal. Concentrations as low as 0.1%
can be irritating to eyes and cause necrosis (tissue death) of mucus
- Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine - Synthetic surfactant; can cause
eye irritation and dermatitis.
We expose ourselves day after day, many times hour after hour (through
cosmetics and lotions), to these toxic ingredients - and then we wonder why
cancer rates are soaring!
Way back in 1938, when the FDA published guidelines regarding suitable
levels of ingredients in products for human use, little was known about
long-term exposure. Quite possibly the absorption of these toxins through
the skin was not even considered. Substances believed safe for human use
then are now being proven otherwise.
And what has been the cosmetic industry's response? It typically sounds
something like this, "...has not been proven...in humans" or "our products
are formulated within strict FDA guidelines" or "more studies are needed."
I'm certain there will be more studies - but many years will pass. We
all know debate and legislation progresses at a snail's pace. And the
health consequences associated with continued use will escalate.
Even when the FDA has all the scientifically valid, conclusive proof they
need, they may only be able to require warning labels.
As a matter of fact, warning labels have been getting stronger and more
visible lately. Have you noticed the warning on your toothpaste? Here's
one straight off a popular brand...
"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."
I don't know about you, but I find this very alarming. The very fact that
such a strong warning is printed on toothpaste tells me there is a good
reason for it! Yet, most children in America are taught to brush their
teeth after every meal, using just this kind of toothpaste. Have you ever
considered that if it's not good for a child under 6, it couldn't be good
for adults either!
But I know that already. Other unsuspecting consumers may not. And the
FDA is slow to let people know the dangers or to make changes.
While bureaucracy moves along at a snail's pace, personal decisions about
your health don't have to. It is ultimately up to you, the consumer, to
make changes for the better in your own life. It's up to you to choose
products that will truly enhance your life and your health rather than
You Have A Choice
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It simply makes sense to protect yourself and your family from needless
exposure to chemicals that can leach into your body. There are 125
ingredients currently suspected of carcinogenic activity - with thousands
more that are questionable. DEA has already been tested and proven to
cause cancer in rats when applied to the skin. And that's only the first
ingredient tested -- with 124 to go! And then what about the countless
interactions within the body? When will these be tested? And even if
found harmful, will they ever be banned, or will a warning simply be
You need to take your own health and safety into your own hands by
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A Daunting Task
Creating formulas free from questionable synthetic chemicals was very
challenging because synthetics often seem to produce the best immediate
results. "I refused to use any questionable chemicals like DEA,
TEA, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, or Methyl Paraben in these products, Dr.
Gary Young, founder and president of Young Living Essential Oils
emphasized. "I wanted only the finest natural ingredients. So we used
natural vitamins A, C, and E as antioxidants, botanicals and vegetable protein as
The Remarkable and Unique Ingredients in the Young Living Essential Oil Haircare Line
"Ultra-high-quality essential oils will revolutionize natural hair
care," says International master hair designer, Hans Wolf
Essential oils make ideal additions to natural hair and skin care products
because of their ability to kill bacteria, regenerate, and cleanse. And,
they oxygenate the skin! The Young Living Essential Oil Haircare line is the first to combine the power of organic essential oils with vitamins, organic sulfur, botanicals, natural
herbs, and vegetable oils.
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Gary Young also insisted the Young Living Skin Care line contain a very special
ingredient: Wolfberry seed oil. Rich in vitamin E, linoleic and oleic
acids, this vegetable oil has an unusual chemistry that makes it ideal for
nourishing and hydrating the skin and protecting the hair. "The
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You won't find Wolfberry seed oil in any other line of products. That's
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In addition, MSM was added to the Young Living Skin Care products because it is one of
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skin and hair. "Without organic sulfur, both the hair and skin can
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constructed out of sulfur-bearing amino acids like cystine and methionine."
There's more to this story. In Part II of this report you will discover:
. The Three Secrets to Great Hair
. The Three Steps to Beautiful, Natural Skin Care
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