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A hidden cancer-causing petrochemical has been found in dozens of children's bath products and adults' personal care products, in some cases at levels that are more than twice the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's lenient recommended maximum.
The UK has become one of the first countries in the EU to issue draft proposals on enforcing the bloc's new chemicals controls law, due to add to the regulatory cost burden faced by industry.
The EU chemicals industry employs around 1.7m people directly plus another 3m indirectly. It generates around £238bn per year, resulting in a trade surplus of around £25bn. In the UK, it is worth £49bn per year with a trade surplus of £4.3bn.
FDA continues to monitor consumers' potential exposure to phthalates from the use of cosmetic products.
Assemblywoman Judy Chu believes some shampoos, deodorants and other everyday cosmetics are hazardous to your health.
Standing behind a lineup of beauty products Wednesday at the state Capitol, Chu said two ingredients - called phthalates - can lead to cancer, infertility and birth defects.
The European Union banned phthalates from cosmetics last year, and Chu, D-Monterey Park, wants to do the same in California. She submitted legislation Wednesday - AB 908 - that would prevent the sale and manufacture of products containing the chemical used to make nail polish flexible and keep skin moisturizer soft.
Chu tried to enact a phthalate ban last year, but her proposal was defeated when the Legislature's moderate Democrats would not support the plan. Her initial bill was blocked a year ago in the Assembly Health Committee.
The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health found that 884 chemicals used in personal care products and cosmetics are known to be toxic.13 In fact, many of the ingredients used in personal care products are the very same harsh chemical toxins used in Industry.
Sodium laurel sulphate and similarly, sodium laureth sulphate (SLS) are common detergents that are used in most shampoos, bubble baths, shower gels and other cleansers. SLS is also used to clean garage floors and to degrease engines. Dr K. Green has researched into the use of SLS, and found alarming results: the eyes readily absorb SLS, destroying delicate tissues there. This uptake is also greater in younger mammals.14 In short, it permanently impairs the normal functioning of eyes. Is it any wonder that so many children wear spectacles these days? In addition to these findings, the American Journal of Toxicology has found that SLS irritates skin tissue, corrodes hair follicles, and impairs the ability to grow hair. It also enters and maintains residual levels in the heart, liver, lungs and brain.15 Many sufferers of scalp complaints have eased their conditions simply by using a SLS-free shampoo.
Another such chemical is propylene glycol. Its industrial use is as anti-freeze, but it is also included in hair conditioners, deodorants, cosmetics, body lotions, skin creams and toothpaste. Increasingly, it is being added to human and pet foods because it acts as a humectant, helping to retain moisture. When used in skin creams it glides on smoothly, drawing moisture to the outer layers of the skin, giving the appearance of moisturising the skin.
Industrial alcohol is a major ingredient in mouthwash. The National Cancer Institute of America has found that mouthwashes with an alcohol content of 25% or higher have been implicated in mouth, tongue and throat cancers. The alcohol acts as a solvent in the mouth, making the skin tissues more vulnerable to carcinogens. Also, men had a 60% higher risk and women a 90% higher risk of these cancers compared to those not using mouthwash.
A teenager from Oldham died from deodorant fumes because of his obsession with personal hygiene.
An inquest heard that 16-year-old Jonathan Capewell had 10 times the lethal dosage of propane and butane in his blood.
He became obsessed with smelling fresh and would cover his entire body in deodorant at least twice a day.
The schoolboy died after suffering a heart attack. It is believed the gases built up in his body following months of repeatedly spraying himself in the bedroom of his home.
Jonathan's mother Louise called for better warnings on aerosols.
Come summer and you have people using deodorants to suppress odour and perspiration. But what they probably aren't aware of is that constant and indiscreet use of these can harm one's health. Deodorants are mostly combined with anti-perspirants - chemicals which attempt to prevent odour by sealing the pores on the skin and thus preventing perspiration. The sealing of pores hampers the elimination of liquid toxins. Normally, liquid toxins are eliminated through kidneys and skin. But when the skin is prevented from throwing out these toxins, it tends to become sluggish and in turn, the kidneys are overworked, leading to kidney disorders.