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Have you ever wondered what "NATURAL" actually meant when you read it on the bottle of shampoo or skin care product you just bought? Or did you assume because the word natural was used that it must be good for you and safe? You get the product home and then you find you can't even read the long chemical names on the label let alone pronounce them! Why on earth do they say it is "NATURAL"? How can this be if the chemical names are so long I can't even begin to pronounce them?
Would you be shocked to find what manufacturers can claim is "natural" is actually so far removed from natural it isn't funny.
Would you like to know more about what you are putting on your skin rather than the hype most products are described with. Well - you will have to do a little undercover work and become an "Toxic Chemical Ingredient Sleuth".
This is relatively easy to do now we have the Internet. Virtually every synthetic chemical produced has a MSDS Material Safety Data Sheet published with the facts about the chemical and the potential dangers to human health. So if you think you are using safe non-toxic approved chemicals in your skin care products then perhaps you should think again. The MSDS will not only list a summary of the chemical facts but will also summarize the little known things like hazard identification, first aid measures, precautions when handling the raw material and exposure limits and what medical action should be taken if the chemical is accidentally spilt on the skin. You will be surprised to learn many of these co-called safe "natural" chemicals have skull and crossbones warning signs on the bulk drums of chemical to warn the handlers of the dangers.
Why is this if they are safe and natural?
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) requires an MSDS be prepared for chemicals that are hazardous according to the criteria described in the HCS. In fact hazardous chemicals all have to be indexed and a safety data sheet published for them. Now if you think that that the cream you just smoothed onto your face is safe and "natural" then start by keying some of the chemical names into the Google search engine and see what safety data sheets come up. You just may be shocked at what you read. An excellent website to do research on some of these ingredients is: www.hazard.com/msds Why don't you take a note of this website and do some research on the cosmetics and skin care products you use. (You could also visit this page we have on this site for you which lists hundreds of the more common chemicals found in every day skin "care" and cosmetics. www.hallgold.com/toxic-chemical-ingredients-directory.htm )
You are given three search options when you get onto the site hazard.com site
- Search by the manufacturer, which you may not know
- Search the website database by keying in the chemical ingredient
- There is another database for chemical toxicity data not found in the MSDS section which you can search through too.
For example, if we use the database search (2nd option) to look for information on phenoxyethanol, which is used as a preservative in many so-called “natural” skin care products we see five different MSDSs on file. A sample of information found on this ingredient included: Back to Top
EMERGENCY OVERVIEW WARNING!
- Harmful if swallowed.
- Causes skin irritation.
- May cause central nervous system depression.
- May cause kidney damage.
- May cause respiratory and digestive tract irritation.
- Target Organs: Kidneys, central nervous system.
POTENTIAL HEALTH EFFECTSSkin Contact:
- Severe irritation or burns.
- Severe irritation or burns.
- May cause gastrointestinal irritation with nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea.
- May cause central nervous system depression,
- May cause headache, dizziness, drowsiness, and nausea.
- Advanced stages may cause collapse, unconsciousness
- May cause coma and possible death due to respiratory failure.
- May cause kidney failure.
- May be harmful if swallowed.
- Lesions may appear in the brain, lungs, liver, meninges and heart.
What do think about putting this chemical on YOUR skin?
ANIMAL TESTING DATA
Lethal Dose 50 (LD50) indicates the quantity of the chemical necessary to kill 50% of the animal test subjects and is measured in units per kilogram or PPM (Parts Per Million) of the animal’s body weight.
- Oral, mouse: LD50 = 933 mg/kg;
- Oral, rat: LD50 = 1260 mg/kg;
- Skin, rabbit: LD50 = 5 mL/kg;
- Skin, rat: LD50 = 14422 mg/kg.
By arming yourself with independent information about the many toxic ingredients found in today’s skin and personal care products, you can make an informed decision to protect the health of you and your family. Back to Top
Health -Report Comment: Did you hear of the notorious Agent Orange chemicals that were sprayed on the Vietnam jungles in the late sixties and seventies? They have contributed to the deaths of tens of thousands of people including thousands of Vietnam Veterans with vastly increased rates of cancer (up to 5000% increase) and contributed to or caused deformities in thousands of babies. The knock on effects may go on for generations yet to come!
I used several of the Agent Orange chemicals in my agricultural spraying business in NZ for six years. One of them which is the now proven very toxic 245-T had an LD50 rating which was higher than the above mentioned chemical - meaning it was safer by the chemical industries own measure of toxicity - yet it has been pulled from the market because of the known toxic effects. I ask you what on earth is anyone putting synthetic chemicals on their skin for that kill the test animals at relatively low levels of exposure? The information to allow us to make proper informed decisions about "safe" chemical absorption into our bodies should be on the container or a fact sheet should accompany the product warning people of the long term effects that may occur. Back to Top
Informed people make informed choices.
YOUR Health.... YOUR Decision
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