Irritants to Avoid

Triclosan is an antibacterial and antifungal agent found in products such as soaps, detergents, toys and surgical cleaning treatments. Its effectiveness as an antimicrobial agent and the risk of bacterial resistance remain highly controversial. It’s commonly used in products for its advertising value­­–making us believe these products are more valuable than they really are. Avoid products that contain triclosan.

Sodium lauryl sulfate, also known as SLS, is another regularly used ingredient found in an array of products. It’s main purpose is to mislead us into believing the products are more effective than they actually are. Sodium lauryl sulfate is used in soaps, shampoos, toothpastes, cosmetics and laundry detergents. We’ve heard before how these products leave out mouths “tingly fresh.” We’ve been lead to believe that having heaps of foam and slightly raw feeling skin equates to being fresh and clean.

SLS is used for its foaming function and labeled as a hazardous material for skin contact (irritant), eye contact (irritant), ingestion, or inhalation.   Severe over-exposure can result in death. Those who come in contact with it are warned to use splash goggles, lab coats, a certified respirator or equivalent and gloves. Workers are cautioned to use process enclosures, local exhaust ventilation or other engineering controls to keep airborne levels below recommended exposure limits.

Inflammation is the cause that grows into the majority of disorders affecting individuals, including cancers to arthritis to dementia. The Center for Health Science offers a variety of anti-inflammatory products.

Many Evergreen formulas contain powerful anti-inflammatory ingredients that can help heal and control inflammation. Flex (Heat) helps heal soft tissue or joint inflammation with pain and redness. Traumanex is designed for inflammation and pain due to external injuries. Herbal ABX is used for moderate to severe cases of infection and inflammation.

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