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The History of Shampoo

Posted on 4 March, 2016 at 17:15 Comments comments (85)

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Shampoo is good for many things. It makes you smell good, it can give you an extra little bounce, and it’s a delightful substitute for bubble bath in a pinch. But where did this miracle stuff come from?

We owe a ton of gratitude to the people of ancient Egypt, who invented many of our favorite beauty products way, way back in the day — but shampoo got its start somewhere else...

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'Dirty Dozen' cosmetic chemicals to avoid

Posted on 4 March, 2016 at 15:45 Comments comments (0)

By Dr. David Suzuki

Some of the ingredients in beauty products aren't that pretty. U.S. researchers report that one in eight of the 82,000 ingredients used in personal care products are industrial chemicals, including carcinogens, pesticides, reproductive toxins, and hormone disruptors. Many products include plasticizers (chemicals that keep concrete soft), degreasers (used to get grime off auto parts), and surfactants (they reduce surface ...

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Proper Hand Washing Techniques

Posted on 4 March, 2016 at 15:35 Comments comments (0)

By Dr. Mercola

Hand washing is a simple way to reduce your exposure to potentially disease-causing germs and reduce your chances of getting sick. While not the only factor, it can drastically reduce the germs that get access to your body, especially when you do it at key times, such as before eating or touching your mouth, eyes, and nose, and after using the restroom or visiting public areas. You do NOT need antibacterial soap however, and this has actually ...

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Are You Brushing Your Teeth with Triclosan?

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Besides hand soaps and products specifically marketed as antibacterial, triclosan can also be found in a number of other household and personal care products, including cutting boards, toys, acne cream, and even toothpaste.

At present, Colgate Total is the only triclosan-containing toothpaste sold in the US, but it's a best-seller—chances are you have a tube in your bathroom right now. If you do, consider this: if triclosan can cause serious health problems...

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Triclosan Can Wreak Havoc on Hormone Function

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Endocrine-disrupting chemicals are a serious concern, as they can promote a wide variety of health problems, including: breast, ovarian, prostate, and testicular cancer, preterm and low birth weight babies, precocious puberty in girls, and undescended testicles in boys.

According to Thomas Zoeller, a biology professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst who specializes in how chemicals affect the endocrine system, triclosan is one of the top 10 ...

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The Many Health Hazards of Triclosan

Posted on 4 March, 2016 at 15:30 Comments comments (0)


As noted in the featured article in The Atlantic,8 the reasons for avoiding triclosan are far from few... This antibacterial ingredient has been linked to:

• Allergies

• Thyroid dysfunction

• Endocrine disruption

• Weight gain

• Inflammatory responses

Most recently, triclosan was found to aggravate the growth of liver and kidney tum...

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Harmful Effects of Triclosan

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Why Ditching Antibacterial Soap Is a Good Idea

By Dr. Mercola

Washing your hands is at the top of the list when it comes to effective contagious disease prevention, but many still make the mistake of assuming you have to use antibacterial soap to get the job done right.

The same goes for other household cleaning. Routinely disinfecting your body and surroundings may actually cause far more harm...

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