Some ingredients used in cosmetics today are toxic over a period of time, continious exposure, accumulative exposure and / or high concentrations.
Some of these ingredients are toxins in Johnson & Johnson products that are linked to cancer, hormone disruption, birth defects, diabetes, obesity and breast cancer, amongst many others.
We are all guinea pigs for toxins in Johnson and Johnson, so it will not be too long before we find out what else these toxic ingredients do to us ... and you are one of these guinea pigs unfortunately.
While you keep using brands like Aveeno, Neutrogena and Johnson's Baby Shampoo, toxins in Johnson and Johnson products slowly start to manifest themselves into life threatening diseases.
This is not an overnight process. It may take years, decades and even generations (many of these toxins are passed down from mother to baby). There have been reports that tests on umbilical cords have shown up to 200 toxins.
Manufacturers, such as Johnson and Johnson, claim that all these accusations are inconclusive or completely untrue. While there is some acknowledgement that some ingredients may have negative effects on the body, the quantities are so small that they will not have any lasting effect.
The commonly used example is lead in lipstick. Lead is naturally occurring and enters our body, naturally, in many ways, water is an example.
Based on this fact, makeup manufacturers use this as a loophole to justify the addition of lead to products, such as lipstick, to improve the quality and performance of the product.
However, lead in large quantities will kill humans. We all live in different parts of the world (Johnson and Johnson operate in 57 countries) and are exposed to different levels of lead. I may be exposed to more lead than you and together with lipstick, I increase my lead levels even more.
If we all lived in a test-tube environment then maybe it is possible to control the exact amount of lead intake levels. Unfortunately, this is not the case and because we don't walk around with personnel lead detection meters, we have no idea how much lead we are consuming.
Some of them are :
It is tempting to say "Ban Johnson and Johnson" from your shopping list but this is not solving the problem. Most cosmetic manufacturers do exactly the same thing so banning toxins in Johnson and Johnson from your shopping list, only leaves the door open for others.
The right thing to do is to remember the ingredients that are bad for you and simply avoid products that contain them.
If you happen to develop breast cancer or diabetes in 10 years time, you will not be able to prove that Johnson and Johnson caused the disease because so many of the cosmetics that you use today, contain these toxic ingredients.
This being the case, learn what they are and avoid them.
My mother had breast cancer, my aunt had breast cancer and we all used Johnson and Johnson products, as we did many other products too. Ten years ago, we did not have access to information that we do today.
Had we known that cosmetic products contain ingredients that caused cancer, maybe we would have used something else.
If you are reading this, then you are well ahead of where we were 10 years ago. You have an opportunity to learn about toxins in Johnson and Johnson products and toxins from other manufacturers.
Learn to identify and simply eliminate them from your life. Have fun with your years instead of sitting in doctors rooms or lying on operating tables.
Unfortunately, we don't have the advertising budget that companies like Johnson and Johnson have, so this message will only be seen by a few people.
Let your friends, family and colleagues know what you have just read. By spreading this information, you are already making a difference.
I am sure that my mother would have appreciated this information many years ago.
People that are aware of toxins in products that they use are making their feelings known. SC Johnson made an ad (see screenshot image below) where they talk about "transparency" of the ingredients in their products.
This ad was located in the "Press Room" of SC Johnson's website - click here to take you there.
The ad was the usual corporate green washing that really translated into meaningless conjecture.
A family picked up on this video and made their own, based on the conjectural nature of SC Johnson's version. It's an excellent parody of the official "transparency" advert.
This article does focus on toxins in Johnson and Johnson products but you need to know that many other large cosmetic manufacturers do exactly the same thing. Switching from one brand to another will not keep you away from these toxins.
Below is a short list of other, and equally guilty, cosmetic manufacturers that you need to be aware of :
Educate yourself, learn about the toxic ingredients, use your common sense and you will go a very long way to reducing these cosmetic toxins in your body.
Toxins in Johnson and Johnson products are not the only ones you should be looking out for. Toxins in your foods, such as pesticides, herbicides, fungicides and GMO's, are just as important.
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