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Old 03-15-2013, 09:51 AM
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Exclamation What is Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) Exactly?

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Dr. Mark Burhenne DDS

March 15, 2013
“Say that again and I’ll wash your mouth out with soap!” Did you ever get this threat from your parents as a kid if you used foul language? The irony is, you’re likely already washing your mouth out with soap on a twice daily basis.
How is that possible? A compound called SLS, or sodium lauryl sulfate, lurks in not just your toothpaste, but almost all products coming into contact with your skin, scalp, and eyes: that includes eye makeup, hair sprays, lipsticks, sunscreen, toothpaste, laundry detergent, conditioner, perfumes, and shampoo. Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) is everywhere, and it’s not doing good things for our health.
The main takeaway is this: SLS is not added for any kind of benefit for the product or the user of that product (you). It’s added to aid the process of mass production.
But what’s wrong with SLS, exactly?


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As a dentist I recommend to my patients suffering from canker sores that they switch to an SLS-free toothpaste. Anecdotally speaking, they’re often using Crest or Colgate, which contain SLS, when I make this recommendation. After about a week, 50% of them tell me their canker sores have disappeared.
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The main takeaway is this: SLS is not added for any kind of benefit for the product ...
Yes. It is a foaming agent.

What's wrong with it? I've been avoiding it for years. Shampoos are among the most frequently reported products to the FDA. Reports include eye irritation, scalp irritation, tangled hair, swelling of the hands, face and arms and split and fuzzy hair. The main cause of these problems is sodium lauryl sulfate.

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Perhaps most worryingly, SLS is also absorbed into the body from skin application. Once it has been absorbed, one of the main effects of sodium lauryl sulfate is to mimic the activity of the hormone Oestrogen. This has many health implications and may be responsible for a variety of health problems from PMS and Menopausal symptoms to dropping male fertility and increasing female cancers such as breast cancer, where oestrogen levels are known to be involved.
https://www.natural-health-informatio...l-sulfate.html
And https://articles.mercola.com/sites/ar...l-sulfate.aspx
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Interesting, thanks Jim.

My toothpaste has sodium coco phosphate in it.
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It is a surfactant (basically a soap) and it is deadly to fish in very small quantities.
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