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Toxic Ingredient of the Month

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate

by ZaKaiRan

 

I offer you the “Toxin of the Month”, as a divine service, to educate yourself about the toxic ingredients that are routinely used in body, skin, oral & hair care products, cosmetics & food products. Profit driven companies who produce most of the products that people routinely purchase and use daily across the world, are not particularly interested in creating products that are actually good for you, because to make good quality, healthy, beneficial products, costs too much money. So, typically, body care products are made from synthesized chemicals, that give the appearance of helping, when in fact, many or most of these chemicals are low or high level toxins. These chemicals might be carcinogenic (cancer causing), mutagenic (damaging DNA), teratagenic (causing birth defects), toxic (poisonous), or at the very least irritant, are not regulated by the health “authorities”. And due to “greenwashing”, many consumers think they are buying a quality “organic” product, when in fact it is not.

(Greenwashing - Deliberately misleading consumers through false advertising using health oriented catch phrases, such as “natural” and “organic”, or including a microscopic amount of natural or organic ingredients, so that health oriented people will purchase the product, even though the product may not be healthy or organic at all).

Profit driven industries rely upon people’s gullibility, complacency and lack of prosperity orientation to sell their cheap products. Your personal empowerment and ability to affect planetary change, is in your hands, based upon your desire to educate yourself about what you purchase, what you put in and on your body, and what you take from and put on the earth.

Blessings of divine health, prosperity and empowerment!

ZaKaiRan



Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)

What products are you using that contain this chemical?

It may be in your shampoo, bubble bath, liquid soap, toothpaste, shave cream, cosmetics…


Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) is a foaming agent and one of the most commonly used chemicals found in shampoos, bubble baths, liquid soaps, toothpastes, shave creams & cosmetics. It is also an industrial degreaser, used in car washes, garage floor cleaners and engine degreasers, and in 90% of products that foam.

There are literally hundreds of scientific articles highlighting its toxicity. It readily penetrates the dermis [skin layers]. SLS is an animal teratogen (causing birth defects). Animals exposed to Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and Ammonium Lauryl Sulphate (ALS) experience eye damage, central nervous system depression, laboured breathing, diarrhoea, severe skin irritation, and even death.

Health hazards caused by SLS include tissue damage that could result in liver, brain, heart and lung damage in the long term; eye damage; degradation of the immune system; severe skin irritation; hair loss and eczema. When absorbed through the skin SLS maintains residual levels in the heart, liver, lungs and brain.

The skin is most vulnerable to SLS, as skin tissue, especially in the region of the mouth, readily absorbs it. (note: SLS is used in most toothpastes). Many products containing SLS are products that are applied directly onto the skin. When combined with the fact that SLS remains in the biological system for up to 5 days, it is obviously a chemical to be avoided.

SLS causes skin reddening, and at concentrations of greater than 0.02% is cytotoxic (“kills cells”). (SLS irritant effects are probably caused by its capacity to denature proteins (break the bonds that hold protein chains together). If applied thickly, at concentrations of 1-2%, sodium lauryl sulfate may cause erythema, swelling, blistering and pustules.

A major health concern with SLS is the damage it can do to the eyes. SLS is rapidly taken up and accumulated in eye tissue where is retained for up to 5 days. Exposure to the chemical when released from a cleaning agent may cause eye tissue malformation and possibly cause damage to the protein formation in the eyes of young children and infants. Multiple exposures to SLS-containing cleaners and personal care products can also cause improper eye development and delays in the healing process of the cornea34. In animal studies, the adverse effect on eyes is greatest in younger animals. Sodium lauryl sulfate has also been associated with the development of cataracts if it gets into the eye. SLS and ALS may also damage the skin's immune system by causing layers to separate and inflame. It is frequently disguised in semi-natural cosmetics with the explanation "comes from coconut", or “derived from coconut”, or “naturally derived from coconut oil”.

SLS is used in toothpaste to create bubbles or lather. It causes microscopic damage to the mouth tissues, providing a protein-rich food source for bacteria which can lead to an increase in gum disease. The denaturing effect of SLS on the protective mucous layer in the mouth exposes underlying tissues and can cause recurrent mouth ulcers. Denaturing also leaves the gums and cheeks vulnerable to the irritant acids in food. The trial of a toothpaste made without SLS resulted in a 60% reduction in mouth ulcers. Injury to the protective mucous membranes in the mouth may increase their permeability to other compounds, resulting in more ulcers and also allowing a greater absorption of other toxins, such as fluoride.

On the scalp, long-term exposure to SLS can cause hair loss due to corrosion of the hair follicles, as well as dandruff, a problem which is often treated with the use of more frequent shampooing. SLS is often added to give the impression that the shampoo is thick, rich and worth paying a high price for.

The table below gives an indication of the degrees of irritation caused by various surfactants, as reported in one study. On a scale of 0 - 8:

Ammonium Laureth Sulfate @ 15%
CHEMICAL         DEGREE OF IRRITATION
Ammonium Lauryl Sulphate @ 2 % 5.3 - Extremely irritating
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate @ 2% 5.2 - Extremely irritating
Sodium Olefin Sulfonate @ 15% 5.33 - Extremely Irritating
Sodium Laureth Sulfate @ 15% 4.3 - Severely Irritating
Laurainide DEA @ 15% 3.75 - Severely Irritating
Ammonium Laureth Sulfate @ 15%

3.23 - Severely irritating

These surfactants may also be contaminated with 1,4 dioxane, a carcinogenic contaminant of cosmetic products, which produces cancer of both liver and nasal turbinates in rodents, and easily penetrates human skin and caused systemic cancer in skin painting study.


References:

Dangerous Beauty - Cosmetics & Personal Care - By Peter Dingle & Toni Brown
Available here  or  Peter Dingle’s Website

And Toxic Ingredient Directory

How safe are the ingredients used in your current brand of skin care products?
How certain are you that they do not contain chemicals that could be harmful to you and/or your children?

If you are not sure, use this toxic ingredient directory http://zakairan.mionegroup.com/en/toxic and find out for yourself.

This information has been sourced from Material Safety Data Sheets (or MSDS), which is recognised as the international standard for providing safety information about chemical ingredients used by humans.

Note: If you cannot locate a particular chemical ingredient on this list or would like to research more ingredients, you can utilize the "SIRI MSDS" online chemical database search facility by clicking this link: http://ull.chemistry.uakron.edu/erd/

 

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