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As we left off yesterday, I was about to delve into what phenoxyethanol does to your body and why it’s toxic.

This one ingredient was the one that sent me over my limit; I devoted most of last week to researching everything I could find out about it. And did I ever uncover a lot. First, let me introduce you to two different websites, www.thegreenbeautyguide.com and www.truthinaging.com. The greenbeautyguide.com is run by Dr. Zoltan Rona, M.D., M.Sc. who has been a doctor for 27 years and lives in Toronto, Canada. I’ve read up a lot about Dr. Rona and really like what I’ve found. He is a traditional doctor and incorporates the natural approach to healing people. He has written several books on fighting health problems all-naturally, including his book Natural Alternative to Vaccination, which I now need to buy. You can read a full interview that was conducted by www.naturallysavvy.com that reveals a good bit of background on Dr. Rona.

Truthinaging.com is a good site for articles and background on certain ingredients. While this site does give a lot of great articles on the toxic use of phenoxyethanol, it has some areas that I don’t fully agree with when it comes to other ingredients that they say are safe to use in products. Even though I may not agree with everything, the articles on phenoxyethanol are dead on when you read the papers the FDA has produced as well as the manufacturer’s own Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS).

Why is phenoxyethanol so harmful? According to truthinaging.com, it came to “…public attention in the US when the FDA issued a warning about its use in a cream, called Mommy Bliss, for nursing mothers. The FDA warned that phenoxyethanol can cause shut down of the central nervous system, vomiting and contact dermatitis.”  After reading this I searched and found the actual FDA warning. It even states, “Mothers and caregivers should seek immediate medical attention if their child shows signs and symptoms of decreases in appetite, difficulty in awakening, limpness of extremities or a decrease in an infant’s strength of grip and a change in skin color” all due to two ingredients in the product, one being phenoxyethanol. Then I found on a Utah healthcare website an article warning women to stop using the cream and that, “MOM Enterprises, Inc., is no longer marketing Mommy’s Bliss Nipple Cream, and anyone currently using the cream should immediately discontinue its use.” That article was released in May of 2008. With that being said, I decided to see if the company had truly stopped selling the product as it has been almost 2 years and many new moms may not have heard about this warning. Would you believe I found that Mommy’s Bliss is still making the product and selling it online! Not only that but the ingredients are listed with phenoxyethanol and chlorphenisen (the second ingredient is also warned against by the FDA)! I couldn’t believe what I was reading, but then I saw a small notation stating that some of the ingredients might be different and to check the manufacturer’s website directly. So I did.

Thankfully, I found that Mommy Bliss seems to have changed their ingredients and the two toxic items now do not seem to be in the product. This does pose a problem with the lack of consistent up-to-date information marketed to the public. I wouldn’t purchase from that online store in fear that they would ship me the old product. Who is to say that the old product isn’t still out there and unsuspecting new moms aren’t buying it?

What is more shocking is that the EPA and the MSDS papers both reiterate the same information. In the EPA’s second pdf link, on page 2 section B it states, “2-PE is moderately toxic by the dermal and oral routes; it causes mild irritation to the eyes and skin.” Then it goes on to state the amounts compared to weight ratio tested on laboratory animals and the results: “…oral doses of greater than 3g/kg caused 100 percent lethality in rats (Ref. 7).” It then concludes by stating, “When data are available upon completion of the testing planned by the ad hoc producers group, a complete assessment of further testing needs for 2-PE will be made,” which was in 1984. Since then, the FDA’s website shows other companies testing out phenoxyethanol and a link providing the results, but no definitive answer on the FDA’s website as to anything strongly conclusive. It leaves it up to consumers to read the reports and decide for themselves. Obviously, they seem to think it’s okay to use in amounts less than 1% even after they warned the public about its usage in 2008 with Mommy’s Bliss. A bit contradictory, I’d say.

To be continued…

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