PureNewYou.com - E - Newsletter - 24th. August 2010

Cancer-Causing Chemicals Now Found in Baby Shampoo ...

More than half of the baby shampoo, lotion and other infant care products analyzed by a health advocacy group, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, were found to contain trace amounts of chemicals that are believed to cause cancer. Some of the biggest names on the market, such as Johnson & Johnson Baby Shampoo, tested positive for 1,4-dioxane or formaldehyde, or both.

The chemicals, which the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has characterized as probable carcinogens, are not intentionally added to the products, and are not listed among ingredients on labels. Instead, they are likely by-products of the manufacturing process. Formaldehyde is created when other chemicals in the product break down over time, and 1,4-dioxane is formed when foaming agents are combined with ethylene oxide or similar petrochemicals.

How Many Chemicals Are Children Exposed To?
In an average day, children are exposed to 61 chemicals in personal care products, 27 of which have not been found safe for kids, according to a survey by the Environmental Working Group (EWG). In fact, EWG points out that 77 percent of the ingredients in 1,700 children's products have never been assessed for safety.

The simple acts of shampooing your baby's hair, giving them a bath and putting on some lotion, several times a week or more, is exposing them to chemicals that could very well harm their health. Even though they are likely small exposures at each bath time, over time these exposures add up and are a contributing factor to disease.

EWG's study highlights just what types of toxic ingredients you may be slathering on your child. They report:

  • In an average week, three-quarters of all children are exposed to allergens, neurotoxins, and hormone-disrupting chemicals in their body care products, in addition to the dozens of chemicals not assessed for safety at all.
  • Many children's products contain harsh, industrial chemicals at odds with marketing claims on product labels. Products marked as gentle, mild, natural, or unscented routinely contain fragrance, synthetic and hazardous ingredients, and chemicals that can cause allergic reactions or irritate your child's eyes and skin.

It's bad enough that personal care products intended for adults contain toxic ingredients, but children are especially vulnerable. Their skin can be up to 30 percent thinner than an adult's, meaning they're able to absorb more chemicals into their bodies. And the blood-brain barrier, which helps keep dangerous chemicals from getting into your brain, is not yet developed until a baby is 6 months old, meaning products used before this time should be as pure and safe as possible.

Who is Responsible for the Safety of Your Baby's Bath Products?
The personal care product industries worldwide are unregulated by government and are essentially self-regulating. There are no requirements for ingredients and product safety testing.

Instead, a panel called the Cosmetic Ingredient Review goes over the safety of cosmetic ingredients. Not only is this panel funded by the cosmetic industry, but it has yet to review a major portion of cosmetic ingredients that are already on the market.

So there is absolutely NO government agency looking out for the safety of personal care products for infants and adults. It is actually perfectly legal and very common for companies to use ingredients that are known or suspected to be carcinogens, mutagens or reproductive toxins.

Which Ingredients Should You Watch Out For?
If you want to avoid the formaldehyde and 1,4-dioxane that were detected in many baby products, you need to know what to look for since they're not listed on the label, at least not in those words.

Common ingredients likely to contaminate products with formaldehyde include:

  • Quaternium-15
  • DMDM hydantoin
  • Imidazolidinyl urea
  • Diazolidinyl urea

To avoid 1,4-dioxane, a by-product that could easily be removed if manufacturers chose to do so, watch out for these ingredients:

  • PEG-100 stearate
  • Sodium laureth sulfate
  • Polyethylene
  • Ceteareth-20

Of course, this is only a short list of the potentially dangerous chemicals out there.

So what is the answer?
Take action by simply not buying main stream products that contain these harmful ingredients. Transfer your spend to companies that are producing safer alternatives and help make this world a safer place. There are a few companies out there that offer safer alternatives, but here at PureNewYou.com we offer Neways products. Neways International produces what we consider the safest personal care products available to consumers today. Over 20 years ago Neways founders set out to eliminate suspected toxins and carcinogens in cosmetics, beauty aids, and hygiene products.

For more information on Neways Products visit our web-site www.PureNewYou.com

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