Be Safer with everyday wellness products
April 25, 2007
by Cathy Cozier
Dove Beauty Bar
• Quaternium 15: formaldehyde (carcinogen). Causes cancer, dermatitis; is a neurotoxin, sensitizer-poisonous; an irritant to the skin, eyes, and mucous membranes.
Johnson’s Baby Shampoo
• Quaternium 15: formaldehyde (carcinogen). Causes cancer, dermatitis; is a neurotoxin, sensitizer-poisonous; an irritant to the skin, eyes, and mucous membranes
• FD&C Red 40 Dye: listed as acutely toxic
Lysol Disinfectant Spray
• Dioxin: carcinogen. 5,000 times more deadly than DDT Ethyl Alcohol; eye, skin, and respiratory tract irritant
• Phenol: Dermal exposure to phenol is highly irritating to the skin, eyes, and mucous membranes in humans. Has harmful effects on asthma, allergies, and ADD.
• Registered as a pesticide.
Crest Tartar Control Toothpaste
• Saccharin: carcinogen
• Phenol: Dermal exposure to phenol is highly irritating to the skin, eyes, and mucous membranes in humans. If you accidentally swallow more than a pea-sized amount of this, you must contact the Poison Control Center immediately. This warning does not appear on the tube.
Tide & Cheer Detergent
• Detergent: can cause temporary respiratory tract irritation. Symptoms include stinging, swelling, or redness.
• Sodium Silicate: can be corrosive. Can cause burns to the eyes and tissue damage to the skin, as well as cause burns to the mouth, throat, and stomach if swallowed.
• Sodium Sulfate: corrosive, severe eye, skin, and respiratory irritant. Can cause asthma attacks.
• Thisodium Nitrilotriacetate: carcinogen
Note: Tide powder contains fiberglass. This causes sweating and itching.
• Sodium Hypochlorite: corrosive.
• Sensitizer: can be fatal if swallowed. Eye, skin, and respiratory irritant. Especially hazardous to people with heart conditions or asthma.
• Sodium Hypochlorite Sodium Silicate: can be corrosive. Can cause burns to the eyes and tissue damage to the skin, as well as cause burns to the mouth, throat, and stomach if ingested.
Fantastic, Formula 409
• Butyl Cellosolve: neurotoxin. Eye and skin irritant. Damages central nervous system, kidney, and liver. Readily absorbed through the skin. Damages blood and the body’s ability to make blood.
• Registered as a pesticide.
Windex Aerosol Glass Cleaner
• Butyl Cellosolve: (see above)
• Isobutane: neurotoxin
References and for more information:
Cancer Group and Ralph Nader Release First Annual "dirty Dozen" Consumer Product List
"Dirty Dozen" list released by Dr. Epstein and Cancer Prevention Coalition
WASHINGTON, D.C., Sept. 21, 1995 — The Cancer Prevention Coalition (CPC) and Ralph Nader will release tomorrow a "Dirty Dozen" list of consumer products used in most American homes, and manufactured by giant U.S. corporations. Brand named "Dirty Dozen" products include: Ajax Cleanser®, Clairol® Nice n' Easy Haircolor and Lysol® Disinfectant.
The "Dirty Dozen" products contain a wide-range of carcinogenic and other toxic ingredients and contaminants to which most of us are exposed daily.
CPC Chairperson Samuel Epstein, M.D., and investigative journalist, David Steinman, compiled the "Dirty Dozen" from data on over 3,500 consumer products analyzed and ranked in their recently published The Safe Shopper's Bible. The good news is that safer alternatives are available for all the "Dirty Dozen".
Nader and CPC urged the manufacturers of the "Dirty Dozen" to reformulate their products with non-toxic alternatives. "Ironically, some "Dirty Dozen" manufacturers also market safer alternatives", said Dr. Epstein.
"What is particularly galling about the "Dirty Dozen", emphasized Ralph Nader, "is that these toxic chemicals don't have to be there. Yet these corporations continue to expose people to health hazards unnecessarily".
Current product labeling provides no warning for cancer and other chronic health risks. Food is labeled for cholesterol, but not for carcinogens. Cosmetics are labeled for major ingredients, but not for those that form carcinogens or contain carcinogenic contaminants. Except for pesticides, household products contain no information on their ingredients.
Cancer rates are skyrocketing. Currently, more than one-third of all of us will develop cancer in our lifetime, and one-fourth will die from the disease. Many cancers are due to avoidable exposures to industrial carcinogens in the food we eat, and the cosmetics and household products we use.
"Americans have a fundamental right-to-know about hazardous chemicals in all consumer products they buy, and the cancer and other risks of those chemicals--information that remains hidden in government and industry files," concluded Dr. Epstein. "With this knowledge, consumers can protect themselves by voting with their shopping dollars and buying safer alternatives".
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