I must admit that I was a skeptic when it came to warning signs, and scoffed at the words “that’s not good for you”, but over time I have become a tiny bit wiser and have discovered that sometimes the proverbial “they” are right. More and more we are finding that progress comes with a price. In order for your shampoo to lather better it will contain sodium lauryl sulfate, which is not good for you. According to a study in the Journal of American College of Toxicology, this ingredient was found to have a degenerative effect on the cell membranes because it breaks down proteins. It has also been found that using, sodium lauryl sulfate actually leaves a residue in the heart, liver, lungs and brain from skin contact. That means once it enters your body (which it most certainly does before you have time to rinse it off) some of it never leaves, causing a slow build-up of chemicals inside you.
This is a significant find especially for us women, even more so to those of who have not ended our reproductive span. Studies have also shown that many of the chemicals found in women have also been found in umbilical cord blood of newborns. A report by the Environmental Working Group found an average of 232 contaminants in the blood of newborns, the study was based on test samples of umbilical cord blood taken by the American Red Cross.
Small studies by other groups are also finding common household chemicals in babies. “We’ve measured hundreds and hundreds of toxic chemicals in the blood of babies that are still in the womb,” said Ken Cook, president of the Environmental Working Group, a non-profit environmental advocacy organization. “Flame retardants, the chemicals in consumer products like personal care products, makeup, shampoos. It’s a very long list.”
They are chemicals found in a wide array of common household products — a list that is as long as it is familiar — shampoos and conditioners, cosmetics, plastics, shower curtains, mattresses, electronics like computers and cell phones, among others.
The amount of chemicals measured in the cord blood of the babies seems to matter. The higher the concentration, the more the IQ among children seems to dip. The study is also being conducted among pregnant women in Canada, Poland and China, and finding similar results.
After going through my products with a tool provided by Mommy’s Club called “200 Dangerous Chemicals”, (of course as a skeptic I found others on the web to corroborate), I became a believer and became hungry for more information and decided to become a Member of MC and start replacing the products in my home as I discarded a few here and there. That is the glorious thing about this club, they have products I am already using, they are just safe… so I am not spending my money on useless Cheese of the month club, or any other nonsense; I am spending money I would have spent otherwise, just on products that are toxic free, organic and all natural not only for our family, but for friends who come visit. With allergies on the rise, it is comforting to know I have a product that is safe for anyone.
I invite you to do 3 things. Use the website above to check out which products you have on hand which contain dangerous chemicals, check out Mommy’s Club, and attend one of the many webinars you will see posted on this site, Pintrest, or Facebook, so you can see for yourself what I am talking about.
Excerpts were taken from a CNN Health report called “Toxic chemicals finding their way into the womb.” By Stephanie Smith, CNN Medical Producer