Johnson & Johnson plans to remove toxic ingredients from all of its products by 2015. Among the toxins are parabens and phthalates.
Parabens are “a group of compounds widely used as anti-microbial preservatives in food, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics,” while phthalates “are probable human reproductive or developmental toxins and endocrine disruptors,” according to safecosmetics.org. These and other toxins are in a lot of cosmetics. Just read the tiny print on your favorite products or search online.
I learned about toxins on natural hair sites and took action a while ago. I use simple solutions, make my own cosmetics, or buy from companies that have never used such toxins in their products. I’m sure other companies will follow the lead of Johnson & Johnson, but there’s little stopping any company from using another toxin we haven’t heard about or hasn’t been tested in their products. The regulations simply aren’t there.
At the end of the video above, Gayle King asks a doctor who studies toxins what he uses and he declines to answer her question on camera. He may not use any name brand products, and I can understand that he did not want to endorse any product on national television.
I wouldn’t be surprised if doctors have known and haven’t necessarily passed the information along to their patients. I know I haven’t received such information from any of my doctors. If they have known and not sounded the alarm, that is just as bad as the companies who manufactured the products and said nothing. I can only wonder what else we don’t know. One thing is for certain. We can’t rely on other people or the government to tell us. We need to use the research that is available and come to our own conclusions.