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Cancer-Causing Chemicals in Baby Shampoo?

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Cancer-Causing Chemicals in Baby Shampoo?

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If you buy special shampoo for your baby, the last thing you’d expect it to contain would be known or suspected carcinogens…

But if you live in the U.S., this may in fact be the case.

For the past two years, health and environmental groups have been urging Johnson & Johnson to remove two potentially cancer-causing chemicals from its baby shampoo.

One of these ingredients is quaternium-15, which releases formaldehyde; a skin, eye, and respiratory irritant, and a known carcinogen (formaldehyde exposure has been associated with leukemia specifically).

According to

“The North American Contact Dermatitis Group considers quaternium-15 to be among the most clinically significant contact allergens in children.”

The other, 1,4-dioxane, is a “likely carcinogen,” and is present in Johnson & Johnson’s:

  • Baby Shampoo
  • Oatmeal Baby Wash
  • Moisture Care Baby Wash, and
  • Aveeno Baby Soothing Relief Creamy Wash

According to the CDC, 1,4 dioxane is “probably carcinogenic to humans,” and is toxic to your brain, central nervous system, kidneys and liver.

Why is Johnson & Johnson Dragging Their Feet on Removal of Toxic Ingredients for U.S. Lots?

On October 31, The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics sent Johnson & Johnson a letter signed by 25 environmental and medical groups, demanding they “commit to removing the chemicals from all of its products by November 15.” The Campaign also urges everyone to boycott Johnson & Johnson until it complies.

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Dr. Mercola has been passionate about health and technology for most of his life. As a doctor of osteopathic medicine, he treated many thousands of patients for over 20 years. In the mid 90ís he integrated his passion for natural health with modern technology via the internet and developed a website, to spread the word about natural ways to achieve optimal health.


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10:02PM PST on Feb 27, 2012

Not all that surprising. But what I do find unbelievable is how relaxed our own government regulations are. Look how many countries have banned these carcinogenic ingredients; why does the US not get a clue? I don't expect J&J to be as concerned about this; after all, a corporation's primary goal is to increase profits, not to be concerned about our health...especially given that they profit when our health is compromised anyway. And don't get me started on food dyes. Why is it that the same food products sold in the UK have naturally derived coloring agents such as beet juice instead of synthetically manufactured red dye? We obviously can't trust our government to be vigilant about our health. One would think our government would realize that disease prevention is cheaper in the long run than dealing with the high cost of a diseased populace. Oh I forgot for a moment that the US gov is tremendously near-sighted.

4:26PM PST on Feb 25, 2012

Why are we so surprised?

5:52AM PST on Feb 25, 2012

they also test on animals, just stick to all natural biodegradable products that has ingredients that you can recognize and that are cruelty free

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10:46AM PST on Feb 23, 2012

Suave products also contain dangerous chemicals. Some of these are banned in the state of California.

8:05AM PST on Feb 23, 2012

So bad to do this to our babies and our planet!!

4:16AM PST on Feb 23, 2012

Shameful !

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9:25PM PST on Feb 22, 2012


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