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 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.


3 thoughts to “Removing Toxins

  • Melissa

     If they did have knowledge of this issue, I don’t think doctors would have any reason to withold the information.  Speaking as a former health professional, I’m afraid they’re up against it just trying to make people aware of simple lifestyle changes they need to make, like stopping smoking, eating healthier and getting more exercise. It’s an uphill battle sometimes. 

    • Honeysmoke

      That’s a good point. It’s a shame doctors sometimes have to beg their patients to take care of themselves. 

  • Wendy

    Most doctors don’t know this type of stuff.  My cousin recently had a pediatrician mention that he had information about something called Celiac disease, like it was this cutting edge info.  And if you do ask them about something they haven’t heard of or researched, most tend to act like you’re naive or gullible, instead of thinking that you might know something they don’t.

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