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Poisonous Chemicals in our Food and Beauty Products!!


What is Propylene Glycol?

Propylene Glycol
Called a humectant in cosmetics it is really "industrial antifreeze" and the major ingredient in brake and hydraulic fluid. Tests show it can be a strong skin irritant. Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) on Propylene Glycol warn users to avoid skin contact as it is systemic and can cause liver abnormalities and kidney damage.

Propylene Glycol is a colorless, viscous, hygroscopic liquid. It serves as a Humectant - a substance that retain moisture content.  It makes the skin feel moist and soft and keeps products from drying out.   

Propylene Glycol is used in anti-freeze, brake and hydraulic fluid, de-icer, paints and coatings, floor wax, laundry detergents, and tobacco.   Along with   Cosmetics, toothpastes, shampoos, deodorants, lotions, processed food, candy, dog food, and many more personal care products.   
The MSDS (Material Safety Date Sheet) States: "Implicated in contact dermatitis, kidney damage and liver abnormalities; Can inhibit skin cell growth in human tests and can damage cell membranes causing rashes, dry skin and surface damage. "
Acute Effects:  May be harmful by inhalation, ingestion or skin absorption.  May cause eye irritation, skin irritation, exposure can cause Gastro-Intestinal disturbances, Nausea, Headache and Vomiting, Central Nervous System depression."  
The reason Propylene Glycol is used in our personal care products is that it is extremely cheap to use and has the illusion of being very effective.   In most cases the cap on the bottle costs more that the ingredients inside.

What is Ethylene Glycol?

Ethylene glycol is a colorless, odorless, sweet-tasting chemical found in many household products, including: antifreeze, de-icing products, detergents, paints, and even cosmetics. Ingestion causes poisoning, and it can also cause severe eye irritation on contact.

How can ethylene glycol and propylene glycol affect my health?

Eating or drinking very large amounts of ethylene glycol can result in death, while large amounts can result in nausea, convulsions, slurred speech, disorientation, and heart and kidney problems.

Female animals that ate large amounts of ethylene glycol had babies with birth defects, while male animals had reduced sperm counts. However, these effects were seen at very high levels and would not be expected in people exposed to lower levels at hazardous waste sites.

Ethylene glycol affects the body's chemistry by increasing the amount of acid, resulting in metabolic problems. Similar to ethylene glycol, propylene glycol increases the amount of acid in the body. However, larger amounts of propylene glycol are needed to cause this effect.


Why take a chance with your health or your families health?

Always read the ingredients of everything you buy and avoid those products that use Propylene Glycol and Ethylene Glycol.

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