Kids who eat one hotdog a week double their risk of brain tumor; ten a month increases their risk of leukemia nearly ten times.
Women who have one or more servings of dairy a day have a 44% greater chance of invasive ovarian cancer than women who have less than three a month. (Family Practice News 2000)
A vegan diet is better than the American Diabetic Association diet at controlling diabetes and the increased risk of heart disease in type 2 diabetics. The vegan diet is better at improving blood sugar control and lowering LDL or "Bad" choleseterol. (Diabetes Care 2006)
A meta-analysis of placebo-controlled studies on garlic for people with high blood pressure found that garlic reduces both the systolic and diastolic blood pressure significantly better than a placebo. In fact, the study's authors say that the effects of garlic are comparable to the effects of blood pressure medications. (BMC Cardiovacular Disord 2008)
Antibiotics cause asthma. An analysis of seven studies found that antibiotics in first year of a child's life more than doubled the chance of asthma. The risk rose 16% for each additional course of antibiotics in the first year. (CHEST 2006)
Antibiotics are associated with increased risk of breast cancer and of death from breast cancer. (JAMA 2004)
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), like aspirin, kill 16,500 Americans every year.
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), like aspirin,make osteoarthritis worse because they inhibit cartilage repair and accelerate cartilage destruction; they also kill the COX 1 enzyme which is your stomach mucosal lining protector. (Lancet J Rheumatol 1982, J Reuhmatol Supl 1991, J Rheum Inflam 1993, Osteoarthritis Cartilage 1999)
Aspirin causes gastrointestinal bleeding even at low doses. (BMJ 2000). 28% of people taking low dose aspirin for heart disease get an ulcer. (Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics 2005.)
Tylenol is the #1 cause of actue liver failure. (Hepatology 2005)
Chronic use of corticosteriods, like prednisone, can cause diabetes. Taking the mineral chromium can prevent this side effect. (J Trace Elem EXp Med 1999).
Milk does not prevent osteoprosis. (AM J Public Health 1997). Ulcer meds called proton pump inhibitors increase your risk of breaking a hip by at least 44%. (JAMA 2007).
Conscious Shopper Ingredient List
Harmful ingredients are found in many everyday personal care products and cosmetics. Be informed of ingredients that may be harmful to your body and the environment. By avoiding the ingredients on this list you can protect your family from many potentially harmful ingredients and make more informed shopping decisions.
Did you Know?
- The average person used 9 different personal care products every day!
- The average product contains 14 different ingredients.
- 2/3 of all ingredients are synthetics.
- Many of these chemicals are also very harmful to the environment as well.
- Approximately 6000 tonnes of chemical sunscreen is washed into our oceans annually...that's 13.2 million pounds!
- 89% of more than 11,000 ingredietns in personal care products have not been evaluated for safety by Health Canada, CIR or the FDA.
- Paraben preservatives (methyl, propyl, butyl, and ethyl)
Result: hormone disrupter, estrogenic (mimics natural estrogen), linked to breast cancer, skin rashes.
Used for: germicide (anti-microbial), perservative
Found in: conditioners, hair styling gets, nail creams, foundations, concealers, mascara, facial masks, skin creams, and deodrants, sunscreen, hair-colouring.
Banned in: Japan and Sweden and are under review in the UK.
- Phthalates (DEHP, BBP, DBP, DMP, DEP)
Result: an endrocrine-disrupting chemical, has been linked to sperm damage and infertility, they can also be hiddin within the lables as "fragrance". Exposure to phthales during pregnancy is linked to development defects in male children.
Used for: makes pastics soft, flexible and pliable, helps hold scents in perfume, polishes, hair spray and deoderant.
Found in: many plastics as well as cosmetics and personal care products.
Banned in: Europe
- Propylene/Butylene Glycol (PG)
Result: linked to possible brain, liver and kidney abnormalities respiratory and throat irritation, central nervous system depression, pulmonary edema, brain damage, hypoglycemia, skin rashes and dermatitis, neur-toxin that weakens protein and cellular structure.
Used for: cheap substitute for glycerin, Humectant (retains moisture)
- Found in: deodrants, body lotions, body washes, hair conditioner, hair gel, creams, hand-wipes, lipsticks.
- Banned in: Europe
- Sodium Lauryl sulfate (SLS), Sodium Laureth sulfate (SLES)
Result: suspected carcinogen linked kidney and liver damage, nervous system disruption, damage to eyes leading to cataracts, eczema and dermatitis, known to inflame skin layers.
Used for: foaming agent and emulsifier.
Found in: toothpaste, shampoo, bath salts, body and shower gels.
Banned in: Europe and Central America
- Formaldehyde (also knows as: Diazolidiny urea, 3-diol imidazolidinyl urea, DMDM hydanoin, Quaternium-15, Nitropropane-1, Formalin, Methanal, Mehtyl adehyde, Methylene oxide, Morbicid acid, Oxymethylene)Result: carcinogen, causes allergic reactions and contact dermatitis, headaches, irritates mucous membranes, damaging to eyes, linked to joint and chest pain, depression, headaches, fatigue, dizziness and immune dysfunction.
Used for: disinfectant, germicide, fungicide, defoamer and perservative, cheap and mixes easily in water.
Found in: Shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, liquid antiseptic hand wash, skin lotions, bubble bath, hair care prodcuts, antiperspirants, nail polishes, talcs, mascara, mouthwash, make-up remover, baby bath products.
Banned in: Europe.
References: Environmental working group, Cosmeticsdatabase.com, DavidSuzuki.org, healthycommunications.com, Greenbeaver.com.