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Is Your Shampoo Slowly Killing You?

It’s no secret: Big Business and the FDA are in bed together.

So, it comes as no surprise to learn that the FDA has been allowing dozens of companies to basically get away with murder.

How? They’ve been slipping cancer-causing carcinogens into some of our most common household products.

The FDA has been turning a blind eye toward one particularly deadly chemical for years, putting us all at risk.

Now there may finally be hope for a ban… but only if we act fast.

Carcinogens are substances that cause cancer… and they’re everywhere.

It’s the FDA’s job to weed out these deadly materials wherever they may be. And then get them off the market.

But, clearly, the FDA hasn’t been doing its job.

The substance 1.4-dioxane is a known carcinogen that has been infiltrating our homes for years.

Not only our homes, however, but our bodies, too.

1.4-dioxane has been found in more than 8,000 personal care products from shampoos to hand soaps and shower gels – anything that makes suds.

Research has shown that exposure to 1.4-dioxane is most dangerous for infants, teenagers, and pregnant women.

Organizations like the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the International Agency for Research on Cancer, and the U.S. Department of Health have all labeled 1.4-dioxane as a human carcinogen.

But it does more than cause cancer. 1.4-dioxane has also been linked to liver and kidney damage, respiratory problems, and eye irritation.

And even though the FDA knows that 1.4-dioxane is an incredibly toxic chemical, it doesn’t even require manufacturers to list it as an ingredient on these bottles – much less eliminate it from the products, themselves!

This is because 1.4-dioxane develops during the manufacturing process when ethylene oxide (another carcinogen!) is mixed with other chemicals to make them less harsh. Since 1.4-dioxane is “unintentional”, companies don’t have to disclose its presence.

But two New York Senators, Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles Schumer, are standing up to the FDA and Big Business, demanding a nation-wide ban on 1.4-dioxane.

Schumer has explained: “The fact that 1,4-dioxane… is hiding out in everyday products expected to make us clean is very disturbing. And to make matters worse, carcinogens like this one can be even more harmful to kids.”

The legislature asks the FDA to require manufacturers to remove 1.4-dioxane from all products.

Additionally, it petitions the EPA to conduct regular tests on the New York water supply to make sure that 1.4-dioxane does not end up in the water.

Because this carcinogen forms as a reaction between other chemicals, it acts as a contaminant.

It’s already been detected in many water sources across the U.S. In 2010, 1.4-dioxane was found at 67 sites in the state of New Hampshire, alone.

The spread of 1.4-dioxane is a real threat because it is highly soluble and quickly spreads to groundwater. And it is resistant to naturally occurring biodegradable processes!

Not even Mother Nature can fight this one off.

It’s crucial that the FDA finally does something to protect us from this deadly chemical. Even if it pisses off their buddies in Big Business.

But we can start that fight at home by avoiding all products and companies that allow 1.4-dioxane.

The simplest solution is to choose organic bath alternatives which have no chemicals at all! Not to mention, these tend to be better for your health and body, all around.

These can be found at your local drug or grocery store alongside shampoos and soaps that contain carcinogens. Just be sure to read the label!

You can also reach out to your government officials and ask them to join Senators Schumer and Gillibrand in the fight for better FDA regulations against these deadly chemicals.


[1] Senators ask FDA to ban cancer-causing chemical from bath products

[2] Known and Probable Human Carcinogens

[3] 1,4-Dioxane

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