I used a lot of talcum powder from Johnson & Johnson (marketed as baby powder) on my children. I used it myself for years. It was quite shocking to find out that this company knew about the asbestos in their products for a very long time and still kept the product on the market. Asbestos has been known to cause some forms of cancer.
According to http://www.cancer.org, In its natural form, some talc contains asbestos, a substance known to cause cancers in and around the lungs when inhaled.
It becomes even more disturbing when I consider that I sprinkled this on my children, from newborn to toddlers, on a daily basis.
Approximately a decade ago I switched to pure cornstarch powder. I like it. However, if you will be using any form of powder on yourself or your children, it is wise to do your own homework.
The skin is the largest organ of the human body. Wikipedia states that for the average adult human skin measures between 16.1-21.4 square feet. That’s a lot of square footage to absorb toxins!
Parabens. Synthetic colors. Fragrance. Phthalates. Triclosan. Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS)/ Sodium laureth sulfate (SLES). Formaldehyde. Propylene glycol….these are present in many of the personal care products that we buy. They are considered toxic to the human body.
The products that we apply to our faces and smear on our bodies go farther than skin deep – these chemicals get absorbed internally, contributing to your “toxic load.”
When you think about decreasing our body’s toxic load what do you think of first?
The foods we eat that are sprayed with pesticides? Do you choose to eat organic food wherever possible? That is super! However, this is only one piece in a giant, confusing jigsaw puzzle.
Have you considered the shampoos and conditioners, the moisturizers, deodorants and antiperspirants, the makeup, and the toothpaste that sits on our shelves and in our bathroom drawers…some of which could survive the next ice age, as being toxic?
How often do you succumb to the latest commercial from a well-known cosmetic or hair care company and buy a bottle of their product because the model looks great and it is on sale at a big box store for $2.99? How often do you buy personal care products at discount stores, from companies that you haven’t heard of before, but take them home and use them because they cost $1?
How often do you take a bubble bath and soak for an hour in these products?
Man ‘o man, it is like a minefield out there…
I am happy to say that we are slowly living into the spirit of the warrior in this regard. The modern consumer is wiser than we were decades ago. We know more about cost-cutting practices and slick marketing programs. We know about class action lawsuits and coverups. We know we should educate ourselves. We know we should be reading every darn label that comes into our home, before a person we love, especially a child, uses it.
Take a trip to your local health food store. Ask the staff for healthy, non-toxic alternatives and suggestions for decreasing both yours and your family’s toxic load in this area.
Your body will thank you for it.