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A Chemical A Day

A Chemical A Day

Repeated exposure to some or all of these chemicals can lead to chemical sensitisation

What is chemical sensitisation?

It means that the exposure to certain chemicals (found in the spray) experienced by people (especially children) leaves them susceptible to these chemicals in everyday cosmetic and food preservatives, which results in allergic like adverse health reaction, as the body can no longer tolerate the level of chemical intake.

1. Propylene glycol


· Irritation to skin, eyes and mucous membranes.

· Aggravation of kidney disorders.

· Some evidence of liver damage in laboratory tests.

· Damage to intestines.

· Reproductive effects.

· Effects on red blood cells: decrease their life span; also other blood effects (increased osmotic pressure).

· Nodules in spleen.

· Has been associated with deafness- Martindale recommends that it is not used in ear drops.

· Depression of central nervous system, especially in children:

· Very little inhalation data available, but it appears that it may be more toxic by inhalation than oral ingestion.

Where found:

· Propylene glycol is used in antifreeze formulations, heat exchangers, and brake and hydraulic fluids. It is also used in the manufacture of resins, as a solvent in pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and inks, as a food additive and plasticizer for resins and paper, and as a humectant in textiles and tobacco.

· Propylene glycol is absorbed completely from the gastrointestinal tract and partly via the skin and the lungs.

· Food Code number = 1520

· Many cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, food preservative.


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