In a recent study, scientists tested the umbilical cord blood from infants. Up to 287 chemicals and toxins were found in the blood. These toxins came from the mother via personal care products, air, water, and food.
What is one way the chemicals enter the body? Through the skin. The skin is the body’s largest organ. It absorbs nutrients and chemicals through the air or by contact. After the skin is penetrated the chemicals go to the bloodstream and are carried to all parts of the body.
Now, I am going to expand this post from a previous post about toilet paper. Toilet paper made from wood pulp is treated and processed with harsh, dangerous chemicals.
- Ammonium Zirconium Carbonate (AZC)
- Anti-Foam/Defoamer (highly insoluble in water)
- Alkylphenol Ethoxylates
- Alkenyl Succinic Anhydride
- Caustic Lye or Caustic Soda or Lye
- Chlorine Dioxide
- Chlorine Gas
- Diethylene Triamine Penta Acetate
- Ethylene Diamine Tetra acetic Acid
- Sodium Hydrosulfite
BPA (Bisphenol A) is also found in traditional wood-based toilet paper. It isn’t often intentionally added, but is added when toilet paper is used with recycled paper and plastic products.
According to Medical News Today : “Bisphenol a is an endocrine disruptor – a substance which interferes with the production, secretion, transport, action, function and elimination of natural hormones. BPA can imitate our body’s own hormones in a way that could be hazardous for health.” (You can Google “BPA” and find dozens of health conditions that are caused by BPA.)
Now, think about how many times your skin comes into contact with traditional toilet paper during the day.
Unless you lived in a (BPA-free) plastic bubble, there is no way you could avoid all toxins. A great way to start, however, is by using hemp toilet paper, which is less chemically intensive in the processing and is cleaner and safer, for the body and environment. It is stronger than traditional wood-based toilet paper and less is needed.