I learned something recently that shocked me – and when the shock wore off, I was angry.
Few days ago, a close friend of mine has forwarded an email entitled ” Are you bathing your baby in [tag]Formaldehyde[/tag]?”. I opened it and to my suprise, this is what I saw:
Water, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, PEG-80 Sorbitan Laurate, Sodium Trideceth Sulfate, PEG-150 Distearate, Fragrance, Polyquaternium-10, Tetrasodium EDTA, Quaternium-15, Citric Acid, Yellow 10 and Orange 4.
Formaldehyde is one of the largest indoor pollutants in our homes. It is a recognized [tag]carcinogen[/tag], an immunotoxin, a reproductive toxicant, and a neurotoxin that can cause CNS & neurological disorders.
It is a common ingredient found in many products in your home such as [tag]air fresheners[/tag], rug cleaners, [tag]bubble bath[/tag], [tag]perfume[/tag], liquid scouring cleansers, toilet bowl cleaners, floor finishes, pressed board furniture, toothpaste, [tag]hair spray[/tag], [tag]soap[/tag], floor wax and furniture polish to name a few, but worst of all [tag]baby shampoo[/tag]!
Symptoms caused by formaldehyde include [tag]allergies[/tag], [tag]cancer[/tag], [tag]asthma[/tag] and cold like symptoms from immediate exposure.
Knowing that you can’t believe everything you read, I did a little research of my own by referring to some very educating, unbiased, non-”company” related links, particularly the Environmental Working Group and the Material Safety Data Sheets for Common Household Products.
Upon learning the truth in these words, I found out that A LOT of the things I TRUSTED for my family were, in fact, quite dangerous for their health.
“The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) classifies cosmetics and personal care products, but does not regulate them. In 1938, the FDA granted self-regulation to the Cosmetics, Toiletries and Fragrance Association (CTFA), the self-appointed industry organization.
With The exception of color additives and a few prohibited ingredients, a cosmetic manufacturer may use almost ANY raw material as a cosmetic ingredient and market the product WITHOUT an approval from FDA” (“Prohibited Ingredients”, FDA Office of Cosmetics Fact Sheet, Dec. 19, 1994)
What this means is that the industry does not have to account to anyone, not even the FDA. The direct result of industry self-regulation is that many products on the market today that we use constantly–and worse, products that we UNKNOWINGLY use on our children and even babies in the womb– are Toxic!
I know this is disheartening and the best we can do is to STOP buying crap they tell you is beneficial for your [tag]baby[/tag]. All this synthetic chemical garbage is designed to do make the manufacturers, the CEOs and the shareholders wealthy. It is only when the bottom line is hit, their profits, that we will see change in attitude to the toxic alphabet soup of chemicals gullible people are having foisted on them.
If you care about your loved ones would you knowingly allow them to put toxic chemicals on their skin and in their mouths? It is up to us as individuals to make others aware of this insidious problem permeating through every sector of society in the modern world….
What can you do?
1. When purchasing products, take a minute to carefully read the label. Look for products that appear to disclose all their ingredients. The words caution, warning and danger indicate that the product’s ingredients are harmful. Choose the least hazardous product to do the job.
2. Select products (cleaners, shampoos, etc.) made from plant-based materials, such as oils made from citrus, seed, vegetable or pine. By doing so, you are selecting products that are biodegradable and generally less toxic. These products also provide the additional benefit of being made from renewable resources. Ask for plant-based products at your local grocery or retail store.
3. Make you own personal-care products using natural ingredients or support Certified Organic skin care and health care products.
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