Toxins and Chemicals to Avoid
One of the reasons I started using Young Living Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils and Personal Care Products was because I found out about the huge amount of harmful chemicals that fill each and every personal care product and household cleaner on the market today! These chemicals cause a chain of reaction in your body which lead to all sorts of problems including the development of cancer. Education is the key to making a healthier choice and you can rest assured that all of our products from essential oils to nutritional supplements, household cleaner and personal care products only contain life-affirming ingredients! Did you know that only 2% of all essential oils produced in the world are free of chemicals and synthetics?
Every day we inhale, touch, apply and taste harmful chemicals and toxins! Synthetic ingredients are in virtually every item in your home from cleaning solutions and personal care products to food additives and ingredients that are unpronounceable. Like most people, you probably brush your teeth every day and use shampoo, conditioner and soap when you shower. If you are a female, you probably apply moisturizing lotion to your face and body, apply cosmetics and perfume and if you are older, dye your hair. Most people do not even look at the ingredients in each of these items but you should know that most of them are harmful to your health and the environment.
In 1998, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released a report that created considerable concern to the public as well as the cosmetics and personal care industries. The two-year study revealed clear evidence that a common cosmetics ingredient called diethanolamine or DEA had carcinogenic activity when applied to the skin. DEA is found in products such as shampoos, conditioners, lotions, sunscreens, soaps and cosmetics. As with all substances applied to the skin, they are easily absorbed and accumulate in the organs which can lead to toxic build-up and challenges.
The most common toxic chemicals to avoid are DEA (a lathering agent), Propylene glycol (used in antifreeze, paints, floor wax... and is also in pet food!) or Propanediol, Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS and SLES - a surfactant used in industrial products like concrete floor cleaner and engine degreaser!), Talc (chemically similar to asbestos!), Alcohol (Australian researchers published in 2009 issue of Dental Journal of Australia noted that alcohol-containing mouthwashes contribute to the increased risk of development of oral issues) and Aluminum. A full list is presented below. DEA is just one of an estimated 125 ingredients formulated into our home and personal care products suspected of being potentially dangerous or hazardous to our health. This claim is supported by a 2008 study of teenage girls by the Environmental Working Group which found chemicals from cosmetics in every blood and urine sample tested. More than 16 chemicals from four major groups: phthalates, tricosan, parabens and musks were identified. The teens also admitted to using an average of 17 cosmetic products a day!
This list is to be used for all substances in your home i.e., food, drink, skin/hair care, cleaners etc. These chemicals have been verified by the EPA or Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) as hazardous or cancerous. This is list is growing daily. Check the website for updated cheat sheet. You can go to google, type in the chemical name then MSDS science lab. Then you can read the report and make your own decisions. Be your own health advocate.
|1,4-dioxane||Flavor (s), Flavoring(s)||Polyethylene oxide (PEO)|
|5,5-dimethylimidazolidine||Fragrance||Potassium Coco Hydrolyzed Collagen|
|Acesuifame K, Ace K,||Glutamate||Propane (any)|
|Acid Ammonium Carbonate||Glutamic Acid||Propylene Glycol (PG)|
|Alcohol (Isopropyl) & SD-40||Glycol Ethers||Protease enzymes|
|Ammonium Laureth/ Lauryl Sulfate (ALS)||Go Lite drink||PVP/VA Copolymer|
|AMMONIUM's Bicarbonate or Hydrogen||Guarana||Quaternium-7, 15, 31, 60, etc|
|Anionic Surfactants||High Fructose Corn Syrup||Silica|
|Antibacterials||Hydrolyzed (anything)||Silicone derived emollients|
|Anything protein fortified||Imidazolidinyl urea||Sodium Caseinate|
|Artificial Coloring||Iodopropynyl||Sodium Cocoyl Sarcosinate|
|Asept||Isobutane||Sodium dioctyl sulfosuccinate|
|Autolyzed (anything)||Lanolin||Sodium Hydroxide|
|Azodicarbonamide||Lauryl dimonium hydrolysed collagen||Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate|
|Barley malt||Lead||Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES)|
|Benzalkonium chloride||Liquidum Paraffinum||Sodium Lauryl Sarcosinate|
|Benzene||Malt extract or flavoring||Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)|
|Benzoic acid, 210, 211,219||Maltodextrin||Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate|
|BHA 320, Butylated Hydroxyanisole||MEA -Monoethanolamine||Soy protein concentrate|
|BHT 321, Butylated Hydroxytoluene||Medilave||Soy protein isolate|
|Bisphenol-A (BPA)||Mercury||Soy sauce extract|
|Bouillon and Broth||Methanol||Spices, Seasoning|
|Brominated vegetable oil (BVO)||Methyl PGME||Splenda|
|Bronopol anything||Methyl DEGBE, DPGME||Stearalkonium Chloride|
|Butylcarbamate||Methyl EGPE, EGME, EGEE||Stock|
|Butylene Glycol||Methylpropane||Succinic acid|
|Caffeine unless organic & fermented||Mineral Oil||Sucralose|
|Calcium Caseinate||Miralax||Sugar (chemicalized white processed sugar)|
|Carbomer||Monoammonium Salt & Carbonate||Sulfites|
|Carrageenan||Monopotassium Glutamate||Sulphur dioxide|
|Cationic Surfactants /Ammoniums||Monosodium Glutamate MSG-622||Sunette|
|Cepacol, ceprim, cepacol chloride||Natrium Glutamate||Sweet 'N Low, Sweet n Safe, Sweet One|
|Cetafilm, cetamium||Natural beef flavoring||Talc|
|Ceteareths||Natural Beef or Chicken||Tartrazine 102|
|Cetrimonium Cloride||Natural chicken flavoring||TEA Triethanolamine Laureth Sulfate|
|Cetylpyridinium chloride or bromide||Natural flavor(s) & flavoring(s)||Tetrasodium Pyrophoshate (EDTA)|
|Chloromethylisothiazolin||Natural pork flavoring||Textured Protein|
|Coal Tars||Nitrite / Nitrate||Titanium dioxide|
|DEA- diethanolamine||Paraben (methyl, propyl, butyl, ethyl)||Ultra-pasteurized Soy sauce|
|Diazolidinyl Urea||Paraffin wax or oil||Urea (Imidazolidinyl)|
|Dioctyl sodium sulfosuccinate||Partially Hydrogenated veg. oils||Vaseline|
|Dioxins||Pectin Soy protein||Whey protein concentrate|
|Disodium Dioctyl Sulfosuccinate||PEG||Whey protein isolate|
|Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate||Petrolatum / jelly||Whey protein Protease|
|Disodium Oleamide Sulfosuccinate||Phenol||Yeast; Extract, Food, Nutrient|
|DMDM Hydantoin||Phenylenediamine (PPD)||.|
|EDTA||Phthalates DBP, DMP, DEP||.|
|Enzymes anything Seasonings (the word "seasonings)||Plant Protein Extract||.|
|Ercocet||Polyethylene Gycol (PEG)||.|
- The American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Drugs in Pediatrics in October 1985
- E Is For Additives
- Health Letter by Public Citizen Health Research Group, March/April 1985
- Complete listing of E-Numbers from Northern Allergy Center, Australia
- FDA Summary of Color Additives Listed for Use in the United States in Foods, Drugs, Cosmetics, and Medical Devices, November 2000
- FDA - Color Additives for Medical Devices
|Amaranth FD&C Red No.2 not allowed in U.S., E 123 Europe||Angioedema, Pruritus, Urticaria, Unspecified subjective symptoms, Bronchoconstriction (combined with Ponceau, Sunset Yellow)|
|Erythrosine FD&C Red No.3, E 127 Europe||Bronchoconstriction (combined with Brilliant Blue, Indigo Carmine), Sequential vascular response, Elevation of protein-bound iodide, Thyroid tumors, Chromosomal damage, Unspecified symptoms|
|Ponceau, FD&C Red No.4, not allowed in U.S., E 124 Europe||Bronchoconstriction (combined with Amaranth, Sunset Yellow), Anaphylactoid reaction (combined with Sunset Yellow), Chest heaviness|
|Neutral Red||Contact dermatitis|
|Carmoisine, E 122 Europe||not in U.S.; information not available yet|
|Red #2G, 128 Europe||not in U.S.; information not available yet|
|Citrus Red No.2||Cancer in animals; Used for dying skins of oranges|
|FD&C Red No. 40||Thyroid tumors, Lymphocytic lymphomas|
|FD&C Yellow No.5, E 102 Europe||Chromosomal Damage, Trigger for asthma, Urticaria (hives), Hyperactivity (Rowe & Rowe, Egger, 1985)|
|Sunset Yellow, FD&C Yellow No.6||Urticaria (hives), Rhinitis (runny nose), Nasal congestion, Bronchoconstriction (combined with Amaranth, Ponceau), Anaphylactoid reaction (combined with Ponceau), Eosinophilotactic response, Kidney tumors, Chromosomal damage, Abdominal pain, Vomiting, Indigestion, Distaste for food|
|Yellow #2G, 107 Europe||not in U.S.; information not available yet|
|D&C Yellow No.11||Contact dermatitis|
|Quinoline Yellow, not allowed in U.S., E 104 Europe||Contact dermatitis|
|Fast Green, FD&C Green No.3||Bladder tumors|
|Brilliant Blue, FD&C Blue No.1||Bronchoconstriction (combined with Erythrosine, Indigo Carmine), Eosinophilotactic response, Chromosomal damage|
|Indigo Carmine, FD&C Blue No.2, E 132 Europe||Brain tumors, Bronchoconstriction (combined with Brilliant Blue, Erythrosine)|
|Evans Blue, CI Direct Blue 53||Dermatitis|
|Patent Blue||Purpura (bruising), Dermatitis; Unspecified subjective symptoms|
|Gentian Violet, CI Basic Violet No.3||Contact dermatitis|
|Brown FK, 154 Europe||not in U.S.; information not available yet|
|Brown HT, 155 Europe||not in U.S.; information not available yet|
|Black PN, E 151 Europe||not in U.S.; information not available yet|
|E 320 Europe||BHA|
|E 321 Europe||BHT|
|E 211 Europe||Sodium Benzoate|
|E 250 Europe||Sodium Nitrite|
|E 251 Europe||Sodium Nitrate|
|621||MSG Monosodium Glutamate|
Knowledge is Power when it comes to Your Health
Do your household cleaners have these harmful ingredients?
- 2-butoxyethanol (or ethylene glycol monobutyl ether) and other glycol ethers. 2-butoxyethanol is a widely-used cleaning solvent that: causes anemia by damaging red blood cells, creates air pollution that exceeds workplace limits, is linked to impaired fertility and reproductive and developmental toxicity, and (just to really make the case) EPA considers it a possible human carcinogen.
- Alkylphenol ethoxylates. These detergent-like chemicals break down into alkylphenols, potent hormone disruptors widely detected in people and the environment. The E.U. and Canada have banned them in cleaning supplies. The U.S. (surprise!) has not. Some common ones are: nonyl- and octylphenol ethoxylates, or non- and octoxynols.
- Dye. Companies often hide chemical information behind this word; when it's this unknown, it's safer to skip it altogether. [see above for information on dyes]
- Ethanolamines. These pH-stabilizers can cause otherwise healthy people to develop asthma. Some studies show that certain ethanolamines are carcinogenic or neurotoxic. Common ones to look out for are: mono-, di-, and tri-ethanolamine.
- Fragrance. These mystery mixtures can contain hundreds of untested chemicals, including toxic ingredients like phthalates and synthetic musks – both hormone disruptors. Fragrances are also among the top five allergens in the world.
- Pine or citrus oil. You may associate these smells with clean, but we recommend you don't use cleaning supplies that contain them on smoggy or high ozone days, when compounds in the oils can react with ozone in the air to form carcinogenic formaldehyde. [Note: because these "oils" are not pure, organic or therapeutic grade, they contain harmful toxins!]
- Quaternary ammonium compounds (aka "quats"). These common antibacterial cleaning ingredients can cause otherwise healthy people to develop asthma. Overuse of quats may lead to development of bacteria resistant to these and other germ-killing chemicals. Look out for these: alkyl dimethyl benzyl ammonium chloride (ADBAC), benzalkonium chloride, and didecyl dimethyl benzyl ammonium chloride.
— Information Source: www.enviroblog.org
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Avoid These Sweet Poisons!
The following products have dangerous toxins* and are detrimental to your health:
- Aspartame – Scientists from Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston have revealed results from a study outlining some of the effects of artificial sweeteners on the body. Conducted on a group of 3,000 women, the results indicated that those who drank two or more artificially-sweetened beverages a day doubled their risk of more-rapid-than-normal kidney function decline.
- Sucralose (chlorine) – is a chlorocarbon (Splenda is the big brand name), made by marrying chlorine and carbon molecules. Chlorine undermines the immune system.
- Saccharin – Saccharin, the oldest artificial sweetener, has been around since 1878 and under scrutiny since 1907. Approved in the U.S. for use as a tabletop/beverage sweetener and as an ingredient in medicines such as cough syrup, saccharin does not convert to glucose, but is readily absorbed and excreted unchanged by the kidneys. This causes it to be without food value and also without calories, which made it popular with diabetics and dieters. Consumers using saccharin need to know about its carcinogenic links. During the 1960's, studies on rats indicated saccharin was related to bladder cancer. Inexplicably, the FDA has allowed saccharin to remain as a food additive. The consumer should always check labels, because food, beverage, and pharmaceutical manufacturers still use calcium saccharin in mixtures with other low-calorie, sugar-free additives.
- Splenda – Splenda's mode of manufacture is problematic. To make sucralose, chlorine is used. Chlorine, a poisonous gas, has a split personality; it can be only moderately harmful or it can be life threatening. Combined with sodium, chlorine forms an "ionic bond" to yield table salt. Sucralose producers often highlight this irrelevant fact to defend its safety. Still, as we know, table salt is detrimental to health. When used with carbon, the chlorine atom in sucralose forms a "covalent" bond. The end result is the historically deadly "organo-chlorine". Its originator was trying to create a new insecticide, but accidentally tasted the sucralose and found out it was sweet. So he decided to sell it as a sweetener instead. Organo-chlorine is not safe. Agent Orange is also an organo-chlorine. It is lethal because it allows poisons to be fat-soluble while rendering the natural defense mechanisms of the body helpless
- NutraSweet – Research has shown a connection between lymphoma, leukemia, and aspartame as far back as 2005. The FDA approved this synthetic sweetener for use in 1981. Currently used in over six thousand products, aspartame is sold under many different brand names, including NutraSweet, Equal Measure, and Spoonful. It can be found in soda, desserts, yogurt, and even in chewable vitamins.
- Equal – is the big brand name for Aspartame.
*Dr. Janet Hull, SweetPoison.com and NaturalNews.com
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