Knowledge: Top 12 Cancer Causing Products in the Average Home

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Top 12 Cancer Causing Products in the Average Home

Among many other cancer causing products commonly found in the home, this dirty dozen list has made it to the Hall of Shame. The Cancer Prevention Coalition (CPC) and Ralph Nader have released a “Dirty Dozen” list of consumer products used in most American homes, and manufactured by giant U.S. corporations.

The “Dirty Dozen” products contain a wide-range of carcinogenic and other toxic ingredients and contaminants to which most of us are exposed daily.


1. COSMETICS AND PERSONAL CARE PRODUCTS

Talcum Powder- (Johnson & Johnson. Inc.)

Labeled Toxic Ingredient:

TALC, Carcinogenic and a risk factor for ovarian cancer; lung irritant.

2. Cover Girl Replenishing Natural Finish Make Up (Foundation) (Procter & Gamble. Inc.)

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Labeled Toxic Ingredients

BHA, Carcinogenic.
TALC, Carcinogenic; Lung Irritant.
TRIETHANOLAMINE (TEA), Interacts with nitrites to form carcinogenic nitrosamines.
LANOLIN, Often contaminated with DDT and other carcinogenic pesticides.
PARABENS, Contact dermatitis.
FRAGRANCE, Wide range of unlabeled, untested, and toxic ingredients; contact dermatitis.


3. Crest Tartar Control Toothpaste – (Procter & Gamble. Inc.)

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Labeled Toxic Ingredients:

FD&C BLUE #1, Carcinogenic, SACCHARIN, Carcinogenic, FLUORIDE, Possibly carcinogenic.

4. Alberto VO5 Conditioner (Essence of Neutral Henna)

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Labeled Toxic Ingredients:

FORMALDEHYDE, Carcinogenic; neurotoxic; contact dermatitis and sensitizer.
POLYSORBATE 80, Generally contaminated with the carcinogen 1,4-dioxane.
FD&C RED #4, Carcinogenic.
FRAGRANCE, Wide range of undisclosed ingredients; contact dermatitis.

5. Clairol Nice ‘n Easy (Permanent Haircolor) (Clairol. Inc.)

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Labeled Toxic Ingredients:

QUATERNlUM-15, Formaldehyde-releaser; carcinogenic; neurotoxic; contact dermatitis and sensitizer.
DIETHANOLAMINE (DEA), Carcinogenic; also interacts with nitrites to form a carcinogenic nitrosamine.
PHENYLENE-DIAMINES, Includes carcinogens and other ingredients inadequately tested for carcinogenicity; contact dermatitis.
PROPYLENE GLYCOL, Contact dermatitis.
FRAGRANCE, Wide range of undisclosed ingredients; contact dermatitis.

NOTE: Also evidence of causal relation to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, multiple myeloma and other cancers.

HOUSEHOLD PRODUCTS

6. Ajax Cleanser (Colgate-Palmolive. Inc.)

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Unlabeled Toxic Ingredients:

CRYSTALLINE SILICA, Carcinogenic; eye, skin and lung irritant.

NOTE: Carcinogenicity of silica is admitted in 1994 Material Safety and Data Sheet (MSDS).
(Manufacturer claims to have reduced silica levels since 1993.)

7. Zud Heavy Duty Cleanser (Reckitt & Colman. Inc.)

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Unlabeled Toxic Ingredient:

CRYSTALLINE SILICA, Carcinogenic; eye, skin and lung irritant. (Carcinogenicity is denied in Material Safety and Data Sheet.)

8. Lysol Disinfectant Spray (Reckitt & Colman. Inc.)

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Labeled or Unlabeled Toxic Ingredient:

ORTHOPHENYLPHENOL (OPP): Carcinogenic; irritant. (Carcinogenicity is denied in Material Safety and Data Sheet.)

9. Zodiac Cat & Dog Flea Collar (Sandoz Agro. Inc).

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Labeled Toxic Ingredient

PROPOXUR, Carcinogenic; neurotoxic.

10. Ortho Weed-B-Gon Lawn Weed Killer (Monsanto Co.)

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Labeled Toxic Ingredient

SODIUM 2,4-DICHLOROPHENOXYACETATE (2,4-D), Carcinogenic with evidence of casual relation to lymphoma, soft tissue sarcoma and other cancers ; neurotoxic; reproductive toxin.

FOOD

11. Beef Frankfurters – (eg. Oscar Mayer Foods Corporation)

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Unlabeled Toxic Ingredients

BENZENE HEXACHLORIDE, Carcinogenic.
DACTHAL, Carcinogenic (can be contaminated with dioxin); irritant; strong sensitizer.
DIELDRIN, Carcinogenic; xenoestrogen.
DDT, Carcinogenic; xenoestrogen.
HEPTACHLOR, Carcinogenic; neurotoxic; reproductive toxin; xenoestrogen.
HEXACHLOROBENZENE, Carcinogenic; neurotoxic; teratogenic.
LINDANE, Carcinogenic; neurotoxic; damage to blood forming cells.
HORMONES: Carcinogenic and feminizing.
ANTIBIOTICS: Some are carcinogenic, cause allergies and drug resistance.

Labeled Ingredient
NITRITE, Interacts with meat amines to form carcinogenic nitrosamines which are a major risk factor for childhood cancers.

12. Whole Milk – (eg. Borden or Lucerne)

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Unlabeled Toxic Ingredients

DDT, Carcinogenic; xenoestrogen.
DIELDRIN, Carcinogenic; xenoestrogen.
HEPTACHLOR, Carcinogenic; neurotoxic; reproductive toxin; xenoestrogen.
HEXACHLOROBENZENE, Carcinogenic; neurotoxic; reproductive toxin.
ANTIBIOTICS: Some are carcinogenic, cause allergies and drug resistance.
RECOMBINANT BOVINE GROWTH HORMONE and IGF-1: Also, risk factor for breast, colon and prostate cancers.

Safer Alternative:
rBGH-free Organic skim milk

“What is particularly galling about the “Dirty Dozen”, emphasized Ralph Nader, “is that these toxic chemicals don’t have to be there. Yet these corporations continue to expose people to health hazards unnecessarily”.

Current product labeling provides no warning for cancer and other chronic health risks. Food is labeled for cholesterol, but not for carcinogens. Cosmetics are labeled for major ingredients, but not for those that form carcinogens or contain carcinogenic contaminants. Except for pesticides, household products contain no information on their ingredients.

Cancer rates are skyrocketing. Currently, more than one-third of all of us will develop cancer in our lifetime, and one-fourth will die from the disease. Many cancers are due to avoidable exposures to industrial carcinogens in the food we eat, and the cosmetics and household products we use.

For more information, see: Steinman, D. and Epstein, S.S.

The Safe Shopper’s Bible, Macmillan/IDG 1995, New York, NY (800-434-3422)

Epstein, S.S. The Politics of Cancer Revisited, East Ridge Press 1998, Hankins, NY (845-887-6467).

Hopefully this has gotten the message across that just because these products sit on store shelves, do not guarantee it’s safe to use. These are 12 of the thousands of products that have not been tested alone or in conjunction. We’d like to add one more to this product hall-of-shame.


Most Brand-Name Laundry Detergents

Loaded with extremely toxic chemicals that could harm you, your family and the environment. Residues of these chemicals are left on your clothes and are absorbed by your skin and evaporated into the air where they could be breathed in. Most would be surprised to find that even ‘Green’ labeled detergents contain toxic ingredients.

Know the truth about Detergent

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Unlabeled Toxic Ingredients

Linear alkyl sodium sulfonates (LAS) or ‘anionic surfactants’, carcinogenic, reproductive toxins
Petroleum Distillates, carcinogenic, cause lung damage, lung inflammation and damage to mucous membranes.
Phenols, toxic to central nervous system, heart, blood vessels, lungs and kidneys.
Sodium hypochlorite (household bleach): When it reacts with organic materials in the environment, carcinogenic and toxic compounds are created than can cause reproductive, endocrine and immune system disorders.
Source: worldtruth

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2 Responses to “Top 12 Cancer Causing Products in the Average Home”

chitown22 said...
July 13, 2012 at 7:12 PM

Try Miracle II products. They are non-toxic and have many uses that replace many toxic products.


Michelle Tilley said...
March 15, 2013 at 6:26 AM

It's really awful. I clean with essential oils, water, baking soda, etc. I only use true 100% natural personal care products. Threw the air freshners away and use an essential oil diffuser. We NEVER get sick anymore! My kids can hug and kiss a family member with the flu and I am not worried because their immune systems are so strong.
Johnsons Baby Powder has talc. http://www.johnsonsbaby.com/products/johnsons-baby-powder


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