Dangers Lurking in Shampoo
Quoted in part from Vancouver Island magazine
called the "Herbal Collective"
(March/April '99, p 21 & 30).
"Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), an ingredient in 90% of commercial shampoos
and conditioners, corrodes the hair follicle and impedes hair growth. It
has been blamed for many cases of premature hair loss. I noticed that
many young to middle age Canadian (North American) males have almost no hair
or are even bald. It takes hair longer to grow when it has been affected
by SLS. SLS is found in car wash soap, engine degreaser, toothpaste,
lotions and garage floor cleaners.
Exposure to SLS can lead to a burning sensation, coughing, wheezing,
laryngitis, shortness of breath, headache, nausea and vomiting, according to
the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) of the U.S. government. SLS
penetrates your eyes, brain, liver and remains there long-term. It
degenerates cell membranes because it is a mutagen that can change the genetic
information in your cells and damage your immune system. It can cause
blindness (scientific studies have proven that this compound damages protein
formation in the eye tissue) and can lead to cataract formation. After
damage to the eyes has been done, your eyes cannot heal properly because SLS
retards the eye healing process.
Did you know that many companies put formaldehyde In their shampoos? It
is not only an inexpensive preservative and disinfectant, it is also a
suspected cancer-causing toxin.
Many kinds of shampoo designed to treat dandruff and flaky scalp contain coal
tar, but you will not find it on any product list of ingredients. It is
disguised with names FD & C or D & C colour. It has been found
to cause potentially severe allergic reactions, asthma attacks, headaches,
nausea, fatigue, nervousness, lack of concentration and cancer. Alkyl-phenol
ethioxlades are chemicals in shampoos that have been proven to reduce sperm
Propylene glycol is another ingredient you will find in most shampoos and
conditioners. It is not only ineffective, it is dangerous. Derived
from petroleum products, it is commonly used in antifreeze, de-icers, latex,
paint and laundry detergent. It can cause irritation of nasal and
respiratory passages and if ingested, can cause nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.
Research also shows that it alters cell membranes and causes cardiac arrest.
Carefully check for these dangerous chemicals on the labels of all your
personal care products to save yourself from severe health problems.
Healthy hair will be shiny, full of body and bounce if you are using 100%
natural shampoo with ingredients that include certified organic ingredients.
Your scalp will absorb these healthy ingredients including vitamins, minerals,
nutrients and the result will satisfy you. Last but not least; don't use
only one shampoo, change from time to time."
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