Health Warning-9: "Dangerous Shampoo! Dangerous Toothpaste!!"

Two days back I received a mail from a friend in Dubai, forwarding material with the above caption. Though an infrequent user of shampoo, I was curious and went through the whole article. It was highly disturbing and so I alerted my people at home, who are regular users of shampoo. I am sharing the info with you and with a request to take care.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate or SLS is used as a floor cleaner. But it has come to light it is used in some shampoos and toothpastes also. Imagine what a floor cleaner can do to your hair and scalp or to your gums! It could damage the very roots of your scalp and the tender gums.

The forwarded note also warns all to ensure that the shampoos and toothpastes they use are SLS-free. It seems these are banned in Dubai and the friend has named a few shampoos. The names are:

Clear, Fructis, Vo5, Palmolive, Paul Mitchell, L’Oreal, Body Shop

However, we don’t have to take his word; it can be easily checked and verified if you surf the net. All you have to do is type ‘SLS Free Shampoo’ or ‘SLS Free Toothpaste’ in Google.com to get a list of companies selling SLS-free shampoos and toothpastes. But then I don’t know what these other so-called safe materials contain; what is the guarantee that they don’t contain some other equally noxious chemical if not some other worse chemical? I feel that it would be wise to avoid all these things and resort to some simpler material, especially home-made preparations which our grandmothers were making and using. ‘Simple Living and High Thinking’ is really a lofty ideal to follow.

If you have more info on this or some better idea that you could share with us, you are most welcome to mail it to me.

Update

After posting the above, I found time to browse to find out more about SLS. I could easily find some more info. SLS could be really harmful and is a real health hazard. It could cause skin irritation and skin corrosion, besides hormone imbalance and eye iritation. It is also a suspected carcinogen. Take care!

Thanks to Natural Health Information Centre.com. The link to this article is:

The site contains a wealth of wonderful health information. It also gives a useful list of various SLS-free and Chemical-free Cosmetics. Those who are interested, may take a look at it.

Grateful thanks to Natural Health Information Centre.com.

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Health Warning-8: "Laser Printers"

A new Australian study has shown that potentially harmful ultra-small particles are released by toners used in laser printers.

Courtesy: The Hindu, Madurai, February 15, 2009.

Detailed Wikipedia article on ‘LASER PRINTERS”:

Grateful thanks to The Hindu and Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Health Warning-7: "Vicks VapoRub and Children"

Harper’s Weekly reports quoting a study that Vicks VapoRub may cause bronchial inflammation and suffocation if used on children younger than two years.

Courtesy: Gemma Sieff, Harper’s Weekly, January 20, 2009.

Grateful thanks to Gemma Sieff and Harper’s Weekly.

Health Warning-6: "Chlorine Intake and Cancer"

Swimming regularly in chlorinated pools is not a good idea because you absorb more chlorine in one swimming session than by drinking chlorinated water for a whole week. Chlorine intake has been linked to cancer, birth defects, miscarriages and asthma.

Courtesy: Chennai Times, Supplement to The Times of India, Chennai, November 22, 2008.

Detailed Wikipedia article on “CHLORINATION”:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chlorinated

Grateful thanks to The Times of India and Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Health News-9: "World AIDS Day"

World AIDS Day, observed December 1 each year, is dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection. AIDS has killed more than 25 million people between 1981 and 2007, and an estimated 33 million people worldwide live with HIV as of 2007, making it one of the most destructive epidemics in recorded history. Despite recent, improved access to antiretroviral treatment and care in many regions of the world, the AIDS epidemic claimed an estimated 2 million lives in 2007, of which about 270,000 were children. The concept of a World AIDS Day originated at the 1988 World Summit of Ministers of Health on Programmes for AIDS Prevention. Since then, it has been taken up by governments, international organizations and charities around the world.

From its inception until 2004, UNAIDS spearheaded the World AIDS Day campaign, choosing annual themes in consultation with other global health organizations. In 2005 this responsibility was turned over to World AIDS Campaign (WAC), who chose Stop AIDS: Keep the Promise as the main theme for World AIDS Day observances through 2010, with more specific sub-taglines chosen annually. This theme is not specific to World AIDS Day, but is used year-round in WAC’s efforts to highlight HIV/AIDS awareness within the context of other major global events including the G8 Summit. World AIDS Campaign also conducts “in-country” campaigns throughout the world, like the Student Stop AIDS Campaign, an infection-awareness campaign targeting young people throughout the UK.

It is common to hold memorials to honor persons who have died from HIV/AIDS on this day. Government and health officials also observe, often with speeches or forums on the AIDS topics. Since 1995 the President of the United States has made an official proclamation on World AIDS Day. Governments of other nations have followed suit and issued similar announcements.

Excerpt from “World AIDS Day” from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
Grateful thanks to Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. for providing the above material under the GNU Free Documentation License.

Facts & Figures-54: "250,000 Women Die of Cervical Cancer!"

According to New York Times (nytimes.com), an estimated 250,000 women die of cervical cancer, mostly in poor countries!
Detailed Wikipedia article on “CERVICAL CANCER”:
Grateful thanks to the New York Times and Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Health Warnings-3: “Asbestos Roofing Harmful”

Some schools in the city have asbestos roofing. Asbestos exposure is prone to fatal diseases like mesothelioma or lung cancer. It is very dangerous for the children who inhale the asbestos dust. The time-limit between asbestos exposure and disease onset is longer in many cases. Although institutions are aware that asbestos sheets can be replaced with other substitutes like glass fibre, carbon fibre and organic fibre, the alteration is not done. The school authorities must take the matter seriously.

– K.Aravind, Pazhavanthangal, Chennai

Courtesy: “Vent Your Anger”, Deccan Chronicle, Chennai, July 28, 2008

A detailed article on “Asbestos” from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asbestos#Health_and_the_environment

Articles: “Stop Asbestos!”, “ILO to promote global asbestos ban”, “Breathtaking” and “Selling death” from Hazards Magazine. UK:
http://www.hazards.org/asbestos/

Article on “The Wittenoom Tragedy” from the site of Asbestos Diseases Society of Australia Inc.
http://www.asbestosdiseases.org.au/asbestosinfo/wittenoom_tragedies.htm

Article on “Asbestos is the UK’s biggest workplace killer” from the Trade Union Congress, UK, website:
http://www.tuc.org.uk/h_and_s/index.cfm?mins=262

Article on “Asbestos Deadly Serious – Prevent Exposure!” from
European Agency for Safety and Health at Work’s Website:
http://osha.europa.eu/en/campaigns/asbestos

Article on “Hazardous Materials: Asbestos” from the website of
Heggies Pty Ltd, Australia:
http://www.heggies.com/website/content/hazardous/asbestos.html

Article on “Asbestos Danger: Do You Have Zonolite In Your Attic?” from the website of NBC5.
http://www.nbc5.com/money/1993941/detail.html

Grateful thanks to Mr.K.Aravind, Deccan Chronicle, Hazards Magazine-UK; Asbestos Diseases Society of Australia Inc.; Trade Union Congress, UK; European Agency for Safety and Health at Work; Heggies Pty Ltd, Australia; NBC5; and Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.