We all use healthcare and hygiene products in our daily routine. But what you don’t know about them may kill you. Dead.
I’m not just talking about pain killers, either. Some are. But others are supposedly “safe” ingredients found in numerous bottles and tubes probably lining your tub and household cabinets right now.
That’s why today I’m going to give you a challenge that might just save your life. Take a look around your house, dig through your medicine cabinets, and get rid of these potentially deadly killers I’m about to tell you about.
Let’s start with the common pain rubs found in most homes. In 2007, a healthy 17-year-old girl died just from rubbing on too much topical sports cream. She didn’t eat it. She just rubbed it on like most of us do when we have sore muscles.
The offending ingredient is found in most over-the-counter rub-on pain relief creams. It’s even found in some mouthwashes. It’s methyl salicylate.
Absorb too much and it’s like getting a massive dose of aspirin. And your body doesn’t care whether it came in by mouth or through your skin. Too much will kill you, especially children.
The second ingredient to look for is Diazolidinyl Urea, often called “urea” or “Germaben” on product labels. Hidden in fragrances, shampoo, conditioner, pain relief rubs and ointments, Diazolidinyl Urea is linked to cancer and other health problems, and was recently reclassified by the International Agency for Research on Cancer to its highest toxic class, IARC 1 (a known human carcinogen).
The third culprit is another carcinogen cleverly hidden in shampoo, body wash, cleansers, bath oils and other products that are probably clustered around the edge of your bathtub. Cocamide DEA/Lauramide DEA, which is also called “Cocomidopropyl betaine” and “Sodium PCA,” has been known to form carcinogenic impurities called nitrosamines.
Number four on the naughty list is Triethanolamine (TEA), which often appears as “PH Balanced” or “PH Balancer” on product labels. Found in shampoo, lotions, creams, soaps and eardrops, TEA forms carcinogenic nitrosamines on the skin and in the body. (Who knew that those eardrops you were using to “clean” your ears were actually posing a health threat?)
The last — but definitely not least — dangerous product on your list are the NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) like ibuprofen, popular for “solving” everything from headaches to muscle pain to back problems. NSAIDs are proven to cause stomach ulcers, kidney and liver damage, strokes, and GI bleeds, yet many people continue to pop them like candy.
So are you ready to take the challenge — and possibly save your life? Here’s that scrub list again:
- Methyl salicylate
- Diazolidinyl Urea
- Cocamide DEA/Lauramide DEA
- Triethanolamine (TEA)
Yes, it may take a bit of effort to replace those dangerous products with ones with less harmful ingredients. It may even cost a bit more. But your health is worth it.
Written By: Updated: May 31,2011