Monday, October 24, 2005

Known toxins in everyday products

According to the U.S. FDA, most hygiene products are not safety tested for long-term use. The average person uses nine such untested products every day—soap, toothpaste, mouthwash, shampoo, conditioner, shaving cream, and on and on—comprising a mix of some 126 ingredients. This leads to a potentially toxic “cocktail effect”.

The Independent lists some known toxins in personal care products. It contains such comforting sentences as, “Conventional toothpastes often contain irritating detergents like sodium lauryl sulphate, which can cause sore gums and mouth ulcers, and abrasives like hydrated silica, which can erode tooth enamel.”


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