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Harmful Chemicals in Everyday Products

By Daryl H. Bryant (469 words)
Posted in Living with MS on May 3, 2012

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It is common knowledge that living a healthy lifestyle requires people to eat healthy and monitor what goes in their body, but what about being aware of what goes ON your body? Regarding Multiple Sclerosis, it’s not just about what you do for your diet, but also about what you use when washing up in the morning, afternoon, or night. I would like to talk about three chemicals in particular that I be sure to avoid at all costs.

Sulfates and Sulfites

BubblesSulfates and Sulfites are found in foaming products such as soap, shampoo, deodorant, and toothpaste. These chemicals are the foaming agent that causes the reaction. It is much cheaper than chemicals used in the past, therefore companies are using them to help their bottom line. These same types of chemicals are the same ones used in many household cleaning products, so would you ever dream of rubbing your body with bleach used around the house? It is crazy to wrap my head around the fact that companies actually think it is ok for their customers to use these types of chemicals on their body, in their hair, and in their mouth.


Many of us have been taught all our lives that the liquid mercury in thermometers is highly toxic. The scary part is that mercury is in more things than you might think. Dentists use fillings that contain traces of mercury on patients. They were told mercury wouldn’t have the power to harm any humans. Years of research has made this argument less conclusive. I, personally, had my mercury fillings removed to be replaced by the more modern and advanced composite material fillings. Mercury has shown signs of damaging the blood-brain barrier. Using this as a lead point, mercury is the most common theory into what causes MS.Mercury


Similar to the sulfates and sulfites, aluminum is another chemical that is used in products we lather our shin with. Many deodorants commonly contain aluminum. The more this chemical is studied, the more potential harm it may incur. Aluminum has been linked to Alzheimer’s disease and Breast Cancer. Other brain related diseases are also included in this such as Multiple Sclerosis.

It is important to check the labels of the health and beauty products that you use soap to be sure you are buying chemical-free. The potential small extra cost will be worth it in the long wrong by having a much healthier lifestyle without these harmful products getting in your way.

I talk about these and other chemicals that should be avoided in my book, MS Living Symptom Free.

Comments (4)

Cindy posted on: May 4, 2012

Thanks for posting! I have believed for years that what we put in and on our bodies directly affects our health. I too had my fillings removed and replaced with composite ones AFTER my diagnosis with MS. So who knows what the results would have been if I never had the mercury fillings in the first place? Everyone should be more aware of what goes in their mouth or on their skin. There are safe alternative out there and although it may require a little research, the benefits are well worth it.

Martha Piro posted on: May 4, 2012

I have searched high and low for soap or body wash and shampoo without sulfates and sulfites with no luck. Can you suggest some brand names and where to purchase them!

I have MS and want to get rid of these poisons.

Thank you, martha

Emily posted on: June 11, 2012

Giovanni's 50/50 Balanced Shampoo which can be found at Whole Foods or online. Aubrey Organics is a good one too.

Karen Kady posted on: October 25, 2013

Try Melaleuca products they are the best in the world! And cheaper than what you can buy in markets.


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