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Sodium Laureth Sulfate in Soap Products (Cancer causing chemical)

Independent laboratory test tested 48 products, including baby shampoos, bubble baths, baby lotions, for 1,4-dioxane (dioxin).  Measurable level of chemicals showed up in 67 percent of samples. Even top products, such as Johnson’s Baby Shampoo and Sesame Street Bubble Bath, contained both chemicals.

Many shampoos, soap, and baby bath bubbles products may contain chemicals linked to cancerNone of the tested products listed formaldehyde or 1,4-dioxane as ingredients in their packaging, because they are not subject to FDA labeling laws. However, common ingredients such as Sodium Laureth Sulfate, PEG-100 Stearate, Polyethylene and Ceteareth-20 . All these chemicals may produce the toxic chemicals causing cancer since they are processed with the carcinogen called “Ethylene Oxide”.

Also, certain chemical preservatives, such as quaternium-15, DMDM hydantoin, imidazolidinyl urea, and diazolidinyl urea, release formaldehyde over time in product containers.

Unlike many other countries, there are no laws that limit formaldehyde and 1,4-dioxane or other toxic chemicals in personal care products (soaps, cosmetics, shampoos) sold in the United States, even though safer alternatives exist; in the United States, FDA does not regulate these chemicals, that are linked to cancer, birth defects, and adverse health effects.

The problems with these products are that these products (soap products) are used every day, so consumers get frequent and repeated exposure to these low levels of chemicals.
Many chemical-free alternatives and consumers are advised to choose ones that are less toxic.

Visit http://www.safecosmetics.org/toxictub for more information.

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Cancer and Chemicals In Our Daily Life (BPA, Dioxin)

Posted by editor On May - 30 - 2009

Cancer causing chemical called \"BPA\" exist in metal can containers and beverage cans, and also in plastic food storage containers, baby bottles, water bottles. Cancer and Chemicals In Our Daily Life (BPA, Dioxin)

No more than 10 percent of breast cancers are genetic, and science increasingly points to toxic chemicals and radiation as factors in the sharp rise of breast cancer incidence.
Bisphenol A, or BPA has gotten a lot of bad press lately. BPA is a toxic chemical that is presently perfectly legal for use in food and beverage containers, mainly canned food.

Presently there is a bill that would ban BPA in food and beverage containers . Health Canada released research results showing that BPA was detected in 96 percent of the soft drink cans that the agency tested. Main routes of exposure to BPA is through food and beverage containers. BPA is used as epoxy resin that lines metal food cans and is also found in plastic food storage containers, baby bottles, and water bottles.

BPA can leech into food especially when heated, so do not microwave plastic containers in the microwave. Nearly 200 scientific studies show that exposures to low level of BPA, particularly during prenatal development (during pregnancy) and early childhood (when the kid is particularly infant or still young) are associated with a wide range of adverse health effects later in life, including: breast cancer, prostate cancer, birth defects, infertility in men, early puberty in girls, diabetes, and obesity.

How to reduce your family’s exposure to BPA (Toxic chemical causing cancer):

  • Check your kids’ plastic containers for “#7 containers”
    Many manufacturers have stopped selling baby bottles with BPA, but you may have old plastic bottles that contain BPA. Check the code on the bottom of the plastics and replace “#7 plastics” with glass . Also do not use plastic cups, dishes, utensils and replace them with other alternatives.
  • Choose fresh or frozen food over canned food.
    Soups, beans, infant formula, and other food packages may leech BPA from the can lining,
  • Don’t microwave plastic containers .
    Heat and wear increase leaching of chemicals from plastics.

Try to Google for “BPA and cancer” if you are interested in reading more about this topic.

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To Drink or Not To Drink

Posted by Smurfette On February - 25 - 2009


image from The Washington Post

I always thought that drinking in moderation is good for health (at least that’s what I have read everywhere). However, when I was reading the news on The Washington Post I saw an article that says otherwise. Here is the full article:

A Drink a Day Raises Women’s Risk of Cancer, Study Indicates
By Rob Stein
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, February 25, 2009; Page A01

For years, many women have been buoyed by the news about one of life’s guilty pleasures: That nightly glass of wine may not only take the edge off a day but also improve their health. Now it turns out that sipping pinot noir might not be such a good idea after all.
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