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Thursday, March 28, 2024 2:18 PM

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We all use shampoos, soaps, lotions, deodorants, etc. during our daily grooming but it is important to choose these products wisely. Many contain toxic chemicals. When you look at the list of ingredients and you do not know what the ingredient is or even have a hard time pronouncing the name, it is most likely a chemical and without knowing its effect on your skin, you are most likely absorbing toxins that over time accumulate and can cause problems with your skin and your health. 

You can go to to search ingredients and see their rating. The rating appears in green (good), yellow (not so good) and red (dangerous). You can also find a list of products they have tested and recommend as toxin free. 

Here are common toiletery products to watch for -
Taken from the book “Staying Healthy with Nutrition.” 
By Elson M Haas, MD 

• Toothpaste – containing phenol, cresol, ethanol, artificial color and flavor, this group of toxins can damage our liver metabolism, nervous and immune systems. 
• Mouthwash – often containing hydrogen peroxide, phenol, cresol, ethanol, ammonia, formaldehyde, artificial color, and flavor, this group of toxins can damage our nervous and immune systems and disrupt our liver metabolism. 
• Hairspray – polyvinyl pyrrolidone (PVP) is currently used in cosmetics, only in hairspray, and the acronym does not include the words “plastic”, artificial colors, plastic resins, alcohol, and formaldehyde, this group of toxins can disrupt our liver metabolism and immune systems. 
• Talcum Powder – this may contain asbestos. 
• Perfume and aftershave – these may contain alcohol, phenol, cresol, trichloroethylene, formaldehyde, and artificial color and fragrance. 
• Aerosol hairspray – this may contain PVP (polyvinylpyrrolidone), formaldehyde, and artificial color and fragrance. 
• Antiperspirants and deodorants – these may contain aluminum chlorohydrate, ammonia, alcohol, formaldehyde, and artificial fragrance. 
• Dandruff shampoo – this may contain PVP, formaldehyde, detergents, and artificial colors and fragrance. 
• Hair color – this may contain coal tar dyes, ammonia, and other detergents. 
• Bubble bath – this may contain detergent as well as artificial color and fragrance. 
• Nail polish and remover – this contains acetone, phenol, toluene, and xylene. 
• Denture cleaners – may contain salts, artificial colors, and fragrance, and preservatives. 
• Disposable diapers – these are made with synthetic fibers and various deodorizing chemicals.
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