What’s in Your Shampoo?

Submitted by Angie Sat 07/24/2010

In general, articles that make you afraid of everything you own – from deoderant to bras and sunscreen make me weary. But when I was tryig to conceive, there was something comforting about reading an article about the dangers of X, then doing something about it. After all, I was out of control of most aspects of the process, but by golly I could change my drinking water. Today’s post is only for those who won’t use it to make themselves feel crazy and overwhelmed. If you want one more thing to do to make yourself feel better, then here you go. Researchers at the National Institutes of Health have found a correlation between an ingredient found in shampoos and nervous system damage. The experiments were conducted with the brain cells of rats and they show that contact with this ingredient called methylisothiazoline, or MIT, causes neurological damage. Which products contain this chemical compound MIT? Head and Shoulders, Suave, Clairol and Pantene Hair Conditioner all contain this ingredient. Researchers are concerned that exposure to this chemical by pregnant women could put their fetus at risk for abnormal brain development. In other people, exposure could also be a factor in the development of Alzheimer’s disease and other nervous system disorders. Spend a few bucks more and a few minutes at your local health store and check out some more natural alternatives.

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