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Chemical-free skin care

Have you ever stopped to read the list of ingredients on commercial hair and skin care products?  Some of the common ones you will see listed are sodium laurel sulphate and propylene glycol.  What this equates to is that commercial shampoos, conditioners, cosmetics and soaps contain antifreeze and degreaser.

Please take time to read the following information, particularly if you or anyone you know suffers from allergies, respiratory problems, hair loss, eye problems, or general ill-health.

There are nearly 1,000 neuro-toxic chemicals used in the cosmetic, perfume, and toiletries industries.

One of these chemicals is sodium laurel sulphate, which is used in many products. In America, Warrant Material Safety Data Sheets are available by law. They say of sodium laurel sulphate:

“In case of contact, immediately flush the eyes or skin with copious amounts of water for at least 15 minutes while removing contaminated clothing and shoes. Ensure adequate flushing of the eyes by separating the eyelids with the fingers. If inhaled, remove to fresh air. If not breathing, give artificial respiration. If breathing is difficult, give oxygen. If swallowed, wash out the mouth with water. Provided the person is still conscious, call a doctor. When handled, wear approved respirator, chemical-resistant gloves, safety goggles, and other protective clothing. Use only in a chemical fume hood. Avoid prolonged or repeated exposure. Wash thoroughly after handling. Harmful if inhaled or swallowed. Harmful if absorbed through the skin. Causes severe eye irritation. Causes skin irritation. Materials irritating the mucous membrane upper respiratory tract. Symptoms of exposure may include burning sensation, coughing, wheezing, laryngitis, shortness of breath, headache, nausea, vomiting. May cause allergic respiratory reaction. Significant symptoms of exposure can persist for more than two years. Causes long-term damage to the lungs.”

Its main industrial use is as an ingredient in floor de-waxers, engine degreasers, garage floor cleaners, and Agent Orange.

Sodium laurel sulphate is a dangerous substance which foams readily, making the shampoo or gel thicker and therefore seem richer.  It causes damage to hair follicles and causes hair loss.

It is also harms the eyes, so stinging is nature’s way of warning you. Tests show foetuses subjected to these substances do not develop functioning eyes, and they are implicated in the formation of cataracts in adults. Propylene glycol – antifreeze – is a known skin irritant and is thought to cause mouth ulcers and even oral cancer when used in mouthwash. It also damages the kidneys and liver.

TM products contain ingredients which avoid the above toxic chemicals.

We need to ask ourselves what are the combined effects of all industries using chemical products? Dentists will tell you it is safe to put dangerous toxic substances in your fillings. Carcinogens are added to plastic, petrol, and many other products. This results in thousands of chemicals being unleashed on the world, and which finish up polluting it. What is the combined effect of all these? Why are we seeing an explosion in cases of asthma, and even cancer? Something is happening to the environment, and the attitude of industry is not helping to find out what. Also in the Daily Mail, it was reported on January 2nd 2001 that the European Commission is investigating phthalates. These are plastic-softeners, used in nail polish, anti-aging creams as well as perfumes, shampoos, deodorants, sunscreens, and conditioners. Greenpeace is campaigning for a ban. They are suspected of disrupting the development of the testicles, reducing sperm counts, and damaging the liver and kidneys. They are found in the urine of users which means they are in the bloodstream and can cross the placenta to the womb. Imagine how dangerous a bathroom is. Your gums bleed, so your dentist advises you to brush them harder, forcing chemicals into your damaged tissue. You then wash your mouth with a mouthwash containing alcohol, thought to be the biggest cause of oral cancer. You go into a warm shower which opens up your skin pores, then massage carcinogenic chemicals into it. You massage the same chemicals, known to cause hair loss, into your hair. One shampooing can put more nitrate into your bloodstream than eating a pound of bacon. You then use an antiperspirant containing aluminium (even though it’s linked to such things as Alzheimer’s and breast cancer) and propylene glycol (antifreeze) a known skin irritant. More dangerous chemicals could be in your talc, body lotion, sunscreen, shaving gel, etc.

The skin is a huge sponge. Rub a raw garlic clove on your toe, and you can taste it within minutes.