Getting Our Morning Poison
By James Donahue
Short of slipping in the shower, few of us consider ourselves
in any danger when we go through our morning grooming routine. That is because we are not chemists.
Most of us have little idea what that long list of chemical
names on the back of our shampoo bottle, our mouthwash bottle, and the toothpaste tube consists of, or what these things might
do to us if ingested, or merely rubbed on our skin.
We have used these products much of our lives and nothing
ever happened. Why should we think there is any danger? It is a matter of trusting the manufacturer. After all, "they" are
regulated by our government, are they not?
And therein rests the fallacy. Can you really trust a government
that feeds on the big money fed into the pockets of politicians by big business interests? And can you really trust a company
that cares more about profit than public safety?
Consider this sobering piece of information: The American
National Cancer Institute has determined that over four million new chemical compounds were formulated, many of them for cosmetic
use, between 1965 and 1982. Since then, an estimated 6,000 new chemicals were formulated every week. And about 3,000 of these
were manufactured to deliberately add to our food. And 884 neuro-toxic chemicals are presently used in the cosmetic, perfume
and toiletries industries.
Among the most common of these chemicals is Sodium Lauren
Sulphate, a product known by about 90 different names ranging from Product No. 161 to Gardenol. Sodium Laurel Sulphate is
used in industry as an ingredient in floor de-waxers, engine degreasers and garage floor cleaners. The military
used it in the toxic defoliant fondly remembered as agent orange during the Vietnam War.
Believe it or not, many toothpastes, shampoos and soap products
contain Sodium Laurel Sulphate, even though it is now identified as a severe poison. Why would they use it? Because the stuff
foams and makes the shampoo or gel thick, giving the user a sense of a rich lather.
Even though it is freely used in shampoo, the chemical also
damages hair follicles, causes hair loss, harms the eyes and is implicated in the formation of cataracts in adults.
Toothpaste also contains fluoride, a by-product in
making atomic bombs. Touted as a chemical that hardens teeth, it really turns teeth brown, attacks bones and joints. It is
a very bad poison. It is almost impossible to find a brand of toothpaste today that doesnt contain this substance. I
found one brand in a local health food and vitamin store, which I use.
It is not uncommon for toothpastes to carry a warning label
by law because they contain sodium laurel sulphate. It says: Warning. Keep out of reach of children under six years of age.
In case of accidental ingestion seek professional assistance or contact a poison control center immediately.
How many of us have swallowed toothpaste? I know I have.
Most days I dont have a clean glass of water readily available in the bathroom so I find other ways of rinsing my mouth. Sometimes
I do it with mouthwash.
But wait. Mouthwash often is found to contain a chemical
called propylene glycol. We know this chemical by another name when we pour it into our car radiators every winter . . . antifreeze.
Why they put it in our mouthwash is unknown to me. The stuff is so poisonous that it is known to irritate the skin, cause
mouth ulcers and even oral cancer. If ingested it damages the kidneys and liver. So dont swallow your mouthwash, especially
if you might have swallowed some toothpaste.
Back to shampoo for a moment. Another heavy ingredient in
our commercial shampoo is nitrate. Most chemicals we put on our skin are readily absorbed into the body. This is especially
true with nitrates. One study showed that shampooing can put more nitrate into our blood than eating a pound of bacon.
There is another interesting type of chemical used in nail
polish, anti-aging creams, certain shampoos, Oil of Olay, shampoos, deodorants, sunscreens and conditioners. These are called
phthalates. They are classified as plastic-softeners. This chemical is found in the urine of users which means it gets
in the bloodstream just by contact with the skin. Phthalates are suspected of disrupting the development of the testicles,
reducing sperm counts, and damaging the liver and kidneys. Great stuff.
Another suspicious chemical found in deodorant is an anti-perspirant
called parabens. These have been shown to mimic the action of the female hormone estrogen, which drives the growth of human
breast tumors. Needless to say, doctors feel there may be a direct link to breast cancer.
And finally, note that most deodorants also contain some
form of aluminum, a metal linked to Alzheimer’s disease and also breast cancer.
Your best bet is to search the health food stores for good
old tar soap for washing the body and hair, brush your teeth with pure water, comb your hair, and let it go at that.
Have a nice day.