As our society continues to make significant advances, both scientifically and technically, we must not forget that our survival is rooted in what is natural and what comes from the Earth. Don’t get me wrong Science certainly plays a necessary role in our lives and should be respected, however, at what point to do we recognize how abusive it has become with the overage of chemicals and hormones in our food, water as well as personal care products (i.e. lotions, soaps, shampoo, cosmetics, perfumes, toothpaste, etc.)?
Today, these items contain numerous toxins which lead to severe side effects such as cancer and brain damage. “The scientist should not advocate the use of such poisonous chemicals as fluoride, chloride and sodium which may have a bad effect on our brains and our human reproductive organs”, says the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan in Part 37 of his 52-week series “The Time and What Must Be Done” (embedded below).
Yes, we have more “health food” stores and “organic” products, however, these terms are used very loosely. According to OrganicConsumer.org, the word “organic” is not properly regulated and can be placed on labels without much or any accountability or scrutiny. How are we supposed to protect ourselves if companies are able to do this without any consequences or repercussions? We have to be proactive in our purchases; read labels, call those 1-800 numbers, ask questions and equip ourselves with as much information as possible. More importantly, we must begin and continue to produce alternatives that are safe and free of harmful toxins!
What goes onto our skin goes directly into our bloodstream, including all these wonderful smelling lotions, shampoos, cleansers, toners, make up and perfume. Even if something says its “organic” you still have to read the label!
Well, after doing more of my own research for healthier personal care products, I came across this list of key ingredient to avoid as well as a video by a well known activist, Annie Leonard, who gives a very detailed account and animated story about cosmetics; the ugly side (pun intended) as well as other subjects such as the Story of Electronics, Bottled Water and Broke.
Along with the following list of ingredients and videos are books and alternatives that I know of that offer non-toxic, cruelty free ingredients. By all means, continue the search. The idea to be aware and knowledgeable about what you are putting on and inside of your body. You can consider this a life and death situation. It reminds me of the Batman movie featuring Jack Nicholson as the Joker, where the cosmetics and personal care products were killing everyone. The news reporters appeared on Television without make up to avoid the toxic ingredients. Could it be that a subtle yet profound message was within such a film?
I invite you to continue watching “The Time and What Must Be Done” for more information at noi.org/thetime.
Key ingredients to avoid, if you can even pronounce them:
DMDM hydantoin and Imidazolidinyl urea contain toxic contaminants and may cause allergies. They are found mainly in shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, and skin care products. According to PETA, Imidazolidinyl urea is potentially made in part from urine and bodily fluids. That doesn’t sound too appealing to scrub into our scalps!
Fragrance and dyes found in anything from lotion to perfume to hair dye can cause allergies, cancer, and nervous system damage. Not really worth the risk as there are many healthier alternatives that use essential oils instead of chemically infused fragrances.
Methylchloroisothiazolinone and Methylisothiazolinonecan cause allergies and nervous system damage. Along with being in our cosmetics, Methylchloroisothiazolinone can also be found in glue production, detergents, paints, fuels, and other industrial processes. Something to think about when putting that foundation on!
Parabens effect hormones and may be linked to cancer. They are found primarily in shampoos, commercial moisturizers, shaving gels, personal lubricants, topical pharmaceuticals, spray tanning solution, and toothpaste.
Sodium laureth sulfate or sodium lauryl sulfate contains toxic contaminants that can cause skin irritation, and are mostly commonly found in shampoo, soap, cleansers, body and face washes, and toothpaste. It’s not much comfort that this is also the same ingredient that goes into engine degreasers, floor cleaners, and car wash soaps (yes, at a higher concentration, but still…)
Triclosan and triclocarban can affect the thyroid and may be linked to cancer, along with effects on the environment. This chemical can be found in deodorant, toothpaste, shaving cream, mouth wash, and cleaning supplies.
Triethanolamine (TEA) can cause allergies and skin irritation, potentially linked to cancer, and contains toxic contaminants. Products containing this chemical include disinfectants, gels, and moisturizers.
The Story of Cosmetics with Annie Leonard
The Time & What Must Be Done Part 37
“Wicked Policy & America’s National Interest”
(A Non-Toxic & Cruelty Free Cosmetic Line)