Healthy Lifestyle, Home Care Products, Personal Care Products

Is your shampoo safe?

It seems like cancer of all types is on the rise. Hardly a week goes past when I don’t learn of another friend or acquaintance who is battling cancer. It always sets me to thinking about what factors contribute to the root causes of various types of cancer.

A person only needs to spend a few minutes looking up ingredients found in common personal care products to realize that we are subjecting ourselves to a plethora of dangerous chemicals on a daily basis if we are not intentional about the choices we make.

Recently I read an article that discussed an ingredient that is commonly found in shampoo. This ingredient is a class 2 carcinogen known as cocamide diethanolamine (cocamide DEA).

Let me take a small rabbit trail here! We should not confuse DEA, with DHEA (Dioscorea villosa), which is derived from wild yam and is a hormone precursor for progesterone. DHEA is commonly considered safe. On the other hand, DEA is “a viscous liquid and is used as a foaming agent in bath products like shampoos and hand soaps, and in cosmetics as an emulsifying agent” (Wikipedia).

So here is some information I found about DEA:

  • The Center for Environmental Health filed a lawsuit in 2013 against a number of companies that sell products containing DEA, stating “Most people believe that products sold in major stores are tested for safety, but consumers need to know that they could be doused with a cancer-causing chemical every time they shower or shampoo.” CEA found cocamide DEA in store-brand products purchased at Walmart, Trader Joe’s, Pharmaca, and Kohl’s. A list of products and brands can be found at this link.
  • CEH is not the only group concerned about DEA. The Environmental Working Group also classifies DEA as a possible human carcinogen and “expected to be toxic or harmful.”

Information like this is one reason I have come to trust and use products with a proven track record for their safety and commitment to my personal health and well-being. I have learned to gradually replace the dangerous products in my home with products that are safe and life-giving. I call it “Bottle Swapping.”

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I have access to an amazing recording called “Dangers of Chemicals” that really helped me understand just how important Bottle Swapping is. I would gladly share this recording with you if you are interested. Please send me an email and I can get you access to this private recording!


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