Are Detergents, Shampoo's and Soaps Causing Infertility and Hair Loss in Men, and Breast Cancer in Women?
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Are Detergents, Shampoo's and Soaps Causing Infertility and Hair Loss in Men, and Breast Cancer in Women?

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and its close relative Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) are used in many soaps, shampoo's, detergents, toothpastes, engine degreasers and solvents among many other things for its foaming and degreasing properties which are also known as solvents. Once SLS is absorbed into the skin, it mimics and acts like the hormone Oestrogen or Estrogen. When the fine hormonal balance within the body is upset, many symptomatic diseases can occur that can be mild to severe and can even be fatal if left untreated.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and its close relative Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) are used in many soaps, shampoo's, detergents, toothpastes, engine degreasers and solvents among many other things for its foaming and degreasing properties which are also known as solvents. They are esters of Sulfuric Acid and are known by over 150 different names. It is commonly mixed with and contaminated by Doixane which is a known carcinogen ( cancer causing agent ). Not only is it easily absorbed through the skin, but it also strips layers of the skin and leaves the skin vulnerable to other toxins and environmental contaminants that could also easily be absorbed into the skin.

SLES cannot be metabolized by the liver. So what that means is that if ingested into the body, or if absorbed through the skin, it can be toxic to the liver and other organs that remove toxins from the body. For example, toothpaste contains several chemicals and ingredients that are harmful if swallowed, SLS being one of them, and people should contact their local Poison Control Center as soon as possible if potential ingestion occurs. According to the National Institute of Health in regards to the Household Product Directory, it is shown that some products contain up to 30% of SLS or SLES in their listed ingredients.

Products commonly found to contains Sodium Lauryl Sulfate or SLES are:

  • Soaps
  • Shampoos
  • Bubble-baths
  • Tooth paste
  • Washing-up liquid / dish soap
  • Laundry detergent
  • Children's soaps / shampoos
  • Stain Remover
  • Carpet Cleaner
  • Fabric glue
  • Body wash
  • Shave cream
  • Mascara
  • Mouthwash
  • Skin cleanser
  • Moisture lotion / Moisturizer
  • Sun Cream

Once SLS is absorbed into the skin, it mimics and acts like the hormone Oestrogen or Estrogen. When the fine hormonal balance within the body is upset, many symptomatic diseases can occur that can be mild to severe and can even be fatal if left untreated.

Side effects of fluctuations in the hormone Oestrogen vary. For men, one of the biggest risks is infertility. Higher estrogen levels in men produce hair loss as well among many other things. Estrogen's are prescribed for women in birth control regimens. They are also prescribed for hormone replacement therapy during natural or surgically induced menopause. Transgender persons who undergo sex change operations from male to female will also be prescribed Estrogen to encourage a reduction in facial hair, deeper voice and the change in breast tissue to grow larger breasts. Estrogen's occur in both men and women but women have a significantly higher percentage compared to men. Similar to the ratio of how men have a much more significant percentage of Testosterone than women.

More and more women are now being diagnosed with Breast Cancer and when we take a look at the percentage of growth in female cancers, including Cervical Cancer, which can be linked back to the chemical contamination of SLS, SLES and products including Aluminum such as commercial deodorants, it is alarming to see how toxic these products are to the human body. When a woman already has a normal and abundant percentage of Estrogen's in her body, it becomes dangerous when additional hormones are added to her Endocrine system because Breast Cancer relies on an abundance of Estrogen to continue growth. 

Young children are also at risk. We are seeing a higher percentage of young children developing breasts, menstrual cycles, and inconsistency of hair growth and volume as a direct result of exposure to these products. On September 9th, 1993, the FDA concluded that not all topical products were safe for use due to being misbranded with the exclusion of information regarding hormone containing chemicals that are both organic or chemically derived.

The best first step to avoiding exposure to these chemicals is to use products that are labeled as SLS or SLES free.

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Comments (4)

Oh my! scary.

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I know, right? I would be curious to find out if this is also partly why there are now so many physiological changes in sexual function as well as the complex issue of gender identity. So much more to explore on this and to think that this is just ONE chemical mixed with a whole lot more that are just as dangerous to the human body and environment, it makes me wonder how any of these things were ever approved for uses such as this.

Thanks for this post on detergents. Thank u also for the comment for my article on walnuts

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You're welcome Paulose, you are a great resource of wonderful information!

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