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Originally published September 2 2010

Mercury and Mega-Toxins Found in Certain Body Care Products

by Anthony Gucciardi

(NaturalNews) Mainstream body care products are oftentimes loaded with synthetic chemicals that wreak havoc upon the body. Mercury has been found in some of these products at levels as high as 300,000 parts per million. Sodium lauryl sulfate and phthalates are present in most mainstream brands, despite being tied to a number of conditions such as cancer. The problem is that some "organic" brands really aren't very organic at all, and they contain these mega-toxins. It is important to know that your body care products really are free of toxic sludge.

Skin whitening creams have been found to contain up to 6,000 parts per million of mercury. Despite being banned in these creams by the FDA, mercury was found in the majority of them tested throughout multiple studies. In one such sample, a skin whitening product was found to contain 300,000 parts per million of mercury. This is in a product that is designed to be rubbed into the skin.

Women, who generally use more body care products than males, put more than 515 chemicals on their body daily through the use of such products. The majority of these chemicals are synthetic toxins, which are absorbed through the body. When a substance sits on the skin, the body readily absorbs it and it can easily enter the blood stream at this point.

The shower, in which many of these harmful products are used, has a similar effect. Polluted tap water from the shower will naturally begin to evaporate at higher temperatures, and the gas that it forms will then be inhaled. This can arguably have a worse effect than drinking a bottle of tap water. A shower filter can correct this problem.

Sodium lauryl sulfate has been linked to hair loss, skin conditions, cancer, and cataracts. It is an ingredient in floor cleaners and other cleaning solutions, and is clearly unfit for close contact with the human body. Nevertheless, it is found in most mainstream shampoos and toothpaste. Phthalates are used in the creation of shower curtains, vinyl flooring, detergents, and miscellaneous plastic materials. It is also found in shampoo, nail polish, and hair spray.

Phthalates have been linked to a reduced sperm count, liver cancer, and other reproductive disorders. In 2008, U.S. Congress passed legislation banning six types of phthalates from children's cosmetics and toys. This was in response to the overwhelming amount of evidence linking phthalates to disease.

Some manufacturers throw around the term "organic" as if it meant nothing. Many personal care brands oftentimes put the words "natural" or "organic" on the bottle without further specification. Unless it states that it is 100% organic, and free of any synthetic chemicals such as sodium lauryl sulfate, then you can not be sure that it does not contain any toxins.

Always check the ingredients label and research the product before using it. Avoid chemicals with the word "paraben" in them, and ensure your personal care products are paraben free and 100% organic.


About the author

Anthony Gucciardi is a health activist and wellness researcher, whose goal is centered around educating the general public as to how they may obtain optimum health. He has authored countless articles highlighting the benefits of natural health, as well as exposing the pharmaceutical industry. Anthony is the creator of Natural Society (, a natural health website. Anthony has been accurately interpreting national and international events for years within his numerous political articles. Anthony's articles have been seen by millions around the world, and hosted on multiple top news websites.

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