Debates over the issue of chemicals have taken place for decades now
There are those who believe that you can describe everything that exists as a chemical. And they think that if everything is a chemical then everything can be bad for you.
Then, there are those who use a more realistic and scientific approach. Truthfully, however, all chemicals aren’t bad. In fact, chemicals completely surround us and we ingest quite a few safe ones on a daily basis. In fact, water is a chemical and we’d actually die without it.
But there are chemicals that are dangerous. A lot of these chemicals infuse the foods that we eat and several other items that we use.
So, to help you stay informed, we’ve created a list of dangerous chemicals that you need to keep away from. Interestingly, these chemicals are actually banned in Europe. Yet, somehow, they are continually added to products sold within the US.
So, the next time you’re out shopping for things, make sure you carry this list with you. Go through the list of contents in the product and look for anything that might match with the list. After all, it’s a matter of your own healthcare.
Talcum powder is something that we’ve all used, especially for babies with diaper rashes. However, it seems that the product may not be as safe as we think it is.
Apparently, talcum powder can contain asbestos. Cancers such as ovarian cancer, gynecological tumors, and mesothelioma show association to asbestos. Mesothelioma is cancer affecting the abdominal and lung tissues.
Europe banned the sale of cosmetic products including talcum. But, it’s still used in a lot of products sold in the US.
Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA)
This is a carcinogen and an endocrine disruptor. It is also known to cause toxicity in various organ systems. These include the reproductive system.
BHA is a compound and is often used as a preservative. You are likely to find it in food and personal care products. Products that include makeup, fragrances, deodorants, lip products, hair care products, and antiperspirants.
It’s completely banned in the EU, but the USA continues to use it as an ingredient.
Coal tar is a byproduct obtained via coal processing. So, it’s basically a carcinogen (cancer causing agent). It’s linked with cancers such as kidney cancer, digestive tract cancer, lung cancer and bladder cancer.
The European Union has banned its inclusion into products, but the US still continues its use. Coal tar is often found in rosacea medication, certain shampoos, dandruff treatment products, and hair dyes.
Also, coal tar itself houses other carcinogenic agents such as PAH or polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons.
Triclosan is a chemical used to fight bacteria. However, it’s known to cause damage to the immune system. It is bacterial disrupting and connected to skin cancer. It assists in the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The list doesn’t end here.
There are still studies taking place observing its toxic effects. So there could be other risks associated with it in the future. The EU has banned it, but the US continues with a partial ban.
The chemical is no longer added to soaps, hand washes, body washes, gels, and other personal care products. But it is still used in toothpaste.
There are various kinds of ethanolamines. Here is a small list to help you out.
- Triethanolamine (TEA)
- Cocamide DEA
- Oleamide DEA
- DEA Oleth-3 Phosphate
- Myristamide DEA
- Diethanolamine (DEA)
- TEA-Lauryl Sulfate Diethanolamine
- DEA-Cetyl Phosphate
- Cocamide MEA
- Monoethanolamine (MEA)
- Lauramide DEA
- Linoleamide MEA
- Stearamide MEA
The abovementioned variants of ethanolamines may cause toxicity within the organ system. They could also lead to liver tumors. Ethanolamines, when included in products with preservatives, they form nitrosamines, which are carcinogenic.
The European Commission banned Ethanolamines. However, the US continues to use them. They’re found in products such as hair conditioners, shaving creams, soaps, hair dyes, blush, and eyeshadow. Also waxes, mascara, fragrances, foundations, sunscreen, lotions, and household cleaning products.
Methylisothiazolinone, abbreviated as MIT, is a type of preservative. It is commonly found in certain brands of lotion, conditioner, hair color, baby shampoo, makeup remover, hairspray, mascara, and shaving cream.
Public outcry encouraged the European Commission to ban the use of the chemical. However, it still continues to be in use within the US.
The US believes it is safe as long as the levels remain below 100 parts per millimeter. So, leave-on cosmetic products, even in Europe, do use the chemical.
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Phenacetin is commonly known as a “human carcinogen”. In other words, it is specifically harmful to humans. It’s linked to the formation of renal pelvis tumors and mammary tumors. Other than that, it’s known to cause conditions such as anemia.
Most countries banned Phenacetin during the 60s. However, the US wasn’t, and isn’t, one of them. Therefore, facial bleach products, hair removal products, and hair color products still contain this chemical in the US.
Protecting Yourself From Banned Chemicals
Now that you are aware of such chemicals, it might be a wise idea to keep an eye out for them when buying certain products.
Don’t think you’re wasting time by going through product labels. You are protecting yourself from harmful chemicals and the dangers associated with them.
If you want more information, you can visit sites such as http://www.ewg.org (The Environmental Working Group) and http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/ (CDC’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health). These sites can provide you with more detailed information.
It is better to be safe than to be sorry. No matter what you use, be alert and always double check the list of contents.