Doctor's Worry: Is Your Baby Safe?
By David L. Kern, Editor, New Health & Longevity
Your children may be in danger from baby shampoos,
skin lotions, baby wipes and toothpaste. According to
doctors and medical researchers in the United States,
Japan, Switzerland and German; two common ingredients
found in ordinary shampoos and skin products may be lined
to cataracts, cancer, eye damage and even blindness in
Is Your Child at Risk?
The greatest concern of many scientists is sodium lauryl
sulfate (SLS), a detergent found in about 90% of shampoos.
This chemical has been shown to damage proteins in the
eyes of young animals. Some doctors think these chemicals
may cause eye damage and blindness in babies and young
SLS goes through the skin and builds up in the eyes of
young animals in clinical studies. It penetrates into the
eyes, and is also held in the brain, heart and liver. A
single drop of SLS stays in the brain and body for five
days. This means that if you wash your child's hair more
than once a week with a shampoo containing SLS, your
child has constant levels of this harmful chemical in his
eyes, brain, and body all the time. And since SLS is
absorbed through the skin, it does not have to enter the
eye directly. Anywhere it touches the skin it goes in.
According to the Medical College of Georgia. There is an
immediate concern relating to the penetration of these
chemicals into the eye and other tissues. This is especially
important in infants … Exposure to SLS results in
accumulating eye tissues, a process that could retard
healing as well as potentially having a long-term effects."
Researchers say that sodium lauryl sulfate causes
improper eye development in children. A trip to the
grocery store is proof the SLS is a main ingredient in
most shampoos. It is also a main ingredient in most baby
"Natural" Doesn't Mean "Safe"
Many Shampoos sold in health food stores; even ones
labeled "all natural" contain SLS. Don't be fooled by high
prices or "natural" on the bottle. You must check the
ingredients on the label if you want to avoid the harmful
effects of SLS for yourself and your children.
Toxins in Your Toothpaste
Unfortunately, SLS is as common as it is dangerous. It's
even in your toothpaste! We found only one major brand
that does not contain this ingredient (Sensodyne™ ). All
other toothpaste sold in our local grocery store - Crest ™ ,
Colgate ™ , AquaFresh ™ , Pepsodent ™ have SLS as a
major ingredient. You and your children are probably
putting this toxic chemical in your mouths every day.
Baby Wipes and Baby Lotion Dangers
Propylene glycol has severe adverse health effects. It
causes skin rash, deafness, kidney damage, and liver
problems in scientific and animal studies. This chemical
damages cell membranes, leading to rashes, dry skin and
surface damage of the skin. One researcher advises caution
when propylene glycol is used on the skin, even in the
laboratory. Another study warns that animals and humans
are both at risk when taking medicines containing
Why Haven't I heard about these Harmful Chemicals
Information on these damaging chemicals has been
available for several years, but it hasn't been
publicized outside the medical community. Your own
doctor probably doesn't know about this problem yet (you
may want to show him/her this flyer). Our research
indicates that it can take up to 20 years for scientific
health information to become general knowledge. Certain
companies are already taking steps (look for baby wipes
that have aloe, because many of these have no Propylene
glycol). You will be hearing about this problem. But you
don't have to wait to protect your family! There are safe
products you can buy right now. In some cases, the safe
products will even cost less. Don't wait for the evening
news in the year 2001 to warn you about this real risk to
your children's health. Safeguard yourself and your family
HOW CAN I KEEP MY CHILDREN SAFE?
What You Can Do Now:
Check your shampoos (including tearless baby
shampoo), , toothpaste, liquid soaps, lotions, sun-block
products, bubble baths and baby wipes for DEA, TEA,
Sodium lauryl sulfate, Sodium laureth sulfate, Propylene
glycol, Aluminum, Mineral Oil, Petrolatum, Talc, Alcohol,
Fluoride, Alpha hydroxy acids, Lanolin, fluorocarbons,
tallow, and artificial fragrances, colors, sweeteners, flavors.
Replace products containing these chemicals
with safer alternatives.
Are you putting your children at risk? Does your shampoo,
conditioner, toothpaste, mouthwash, liquid soaps, bubble baths,
sunblocks, deodorant, shaving lotion/gel, skin care products &
cosmetics, etc contain safe ingredients? For more information on
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