12 Toxic Compounds Hiding In This One Thing You Use Every Single Day

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2. Parabens

Parabens are chemical preservatives that are in shampoo and just about every other personal care product you use. Parabens have been linked to organ toxicity and damage to the reproductive system even at very low doses. In one study, inside the breast tissue of 40 women who had had mastectomies due to breast cancer, it was discovered that 99 percent of the cancerous tumors contained parabens. Parabens mimic estrogen and have been linked in studies to certain cancers that are fueled by excessive estrogen levels.

 

3. Diethanolamine

Also known as DEA, this chemical is used to give you that rich lather that most people expect in a shampoo. DEA is known to react with other chemicals to create a very dangerous and potent carcinogen called nitrosodiethanolamine, or NDEA. This cancer causing chemical is easily absorbed into the skin and has been linked to stomach cancer, bladder cancer, liver cancer, and esophageal cancer.

 

4. Sodium Lauryl Sulphate

Sometimes referred to as SLS, this compound is literally a detergent that is used to break down surface tension so shampoos can work better. This chemical has been linked to potent carcinogens called nitrosamines, which cause your body to absorb more nitrates. There are more than 40,000 studies listed in the PubMed science library that show that this compound is toxic and is believed to cause cancer.

 

5. Fragrances

Synthetic fragrances can contain hundreds, maybe even thousands, of chemicals, including dangerous phthalates. Since scents are a protected trade secret, companies do not have to disclose exactly what chemicals they are using to create these fragrances. Perfumes, fragrances, and scents are one of the major causes behind allergic reactions and asthma.

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