Three Chemicals your family will live better without...
One of the biggest impacts on our individual health is our environment. Every day we are bombarded by chemicals in our homes, cars and workplaces that are not particularly good for us. The human body is amazing in the way it protects us from most of these harmful chemicals, but there are some it really struggles with. While some chemical encounters we are unaware of and cannot easily avoid others we choose in the products we regularly purchase. Choosing to be an informed shopper, by reading labels, can improve the health of your family in subtle ways that really add up over time.
Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulphate or SLS
A skin irritant which corrodes hair follicles and impairs our ability to grow hair. It is absorbed through skin contact and toxic levels in the heart, liver, lungs and brain. Side effects may be cataracts, improper eye development in infants and young children, mouth ulcers, headaches, dermatitis. Where is it found?
Is generally used in brake fluid anti freeze, laundry detergents, paints and floor wax. The Material Safety Data sheet states: "Implicated in contact dermatitis, kidney damage and liver abnormalities; can inhibit cell growth in human tests and can damage cell membranes causing rashes, dry skin and surface damage." It's a petroleum plastic that easily penetrates the skin and can weaken protein and cellular structure. It's a solvent so powerful it dissolves through a stainless steel tank in 48hrs, so it has to be stored in plastic drums.
DEA (diethanolamine) MIE (monoethanolamine) and TEA (triethnolamine)
These ingredients are found in most products that foam (shampoos, etc.). These hormone disrupting chemicals are already restricted in Europe due to known carcinogenic effects. On February 23, 1998 the CBS talk show 'This Morning' reported on a U.S.A. Federal Government study that revealed DEA & DEA based detergents, greatly increase the risk of cancer, especially liver and kidney cancer.