5 Deadly Killers In Your Home

We all use healthcare and hygiene products in our daily routine. But what you don’t know about them may kill you. Dead.

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How many deadly products are hidden in your home?

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)
  • NSAIDs

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.

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Jesse Cannone, CFT, CPRS, MFT

Jesse is the co-founder and visionary CEO of The Healthy Back Institute®, the world-leading source of natural back pain solutions. His mission as a former back pain sufferer is to help others live pain free without surgery and pharmaceuticals.

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2 thoughts on “5 Deadly Killers In Your Home”

  1. Sabata says:


    Then what does one use for bathing and cleaning up? It looks like everything available or known to most of us for use in personal hygiene and cleaning have one or most of the forbidden ingredients.

  2. Lorraine says:

    Goats Milk Soap is wonderful. Handmade bar shampoo gently cleans without stripping the natural oils from your hair leaving it healthy and shiny.. You’ll be truly pleased and amazed at the results! You may never want to use bottled shampoo again.

    To help remove residues, add shire, decrease tangles, balance the ph, and give you a healthier scalp; Add 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to a litre of water and use as a final rinse after shampooing (the vinegar smell will desappear when your hair dries). DO NOT USE apple cider vinegar if you have any irritation of the scalp.

    Keeping your shampoo bar on a draining dish allowing it to air dry between uses will extend its life. It will soften if allowed to stay damp.

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