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Instrument Adjusting Research part 2: Force Frequency

Posted by on Nov 29, 2016 in Blog, instrument adjusting, research | Comments Off on Instrument Adjusting Research part 2: Force Frequency

Validation of the force and frequency characteristics of the activator adjusting instrument This study uses an accelerometer to measure the force frequency which just means we can measure spinal motion based on the strength of the Activator Adjusting Instrument OBJECTIVE: To determine the dynamic force-time and force frequency characteristics of the Activator Adjusting Instrument and to validate its effectiveness as a mechanical impedance measurement device; in addition, to refine or optimize the force frequency characteristics of the Activator Adjusting Instrument to provide enhanced dynamic structural measurement reliability and accuracy. METHODS: An idealized test structure consisting of a rectangular steel beam with a static stiffness similar to that of the human thoracolumbar spine was used for validation of a method to determine the dynamic mechanical response of the spine. The Activator Adjusting Instrument equipped with a load cell and accelerometer was used to measure forces and accelerations during mechanical excitation of the steel beam. Driving point and transfer mechanical impedance and resonant frequency of the beam were determined by use of a frequency spectrum analysis for different force settings, stylus masses, and stylus tips. Results were compared with beam theory and transfer impedance measurements obtained by use of a commercial electronic PCB impact hammer. RESULTS: The Activator Adjusting Instrument imparted a very complex dynamic impact comprising an initial high force (116 to 140 N), short duration pulse (<0.1 ms) followed by several lower force (30 to 100 N), longer duration impulses (1 to 5 ms). The force profile was highly reproducible in terms of the peak impulse forces delivered to the beam structure (<8% variance). Spectrum analysis of the Activator Adjusting Instrument impulse indicated that the Activator Adjusting Instrument has a variable force spectrum and delivers its peak energy at a frequency of 20 Hz. Added masses and different durometer stylus tips had very little influence on the Activator Adjusting Instrument force spectrum. The resonant frequency of the beam was accurately predicted by both the Activator Adjusting Instrument and electronic PCB impact hammer, but variations in the magnitude of the driving point impedance at the resonant frequency were high (67%) compared with the transfer impedance measurements obtained with the electronic PCB impact hammer, which had a more uniform force spectrum and was more repeatable (<10% variation). The addition of a preload-control frame to the Activator Adjusting Instrument improved the characteristics of the force frequency spectrum and repeatability of the driving point impedance measurements. CONCLUSION: These findings indicate that the Activator Adjusting Instrument combined with an integral load cell and accelerometer was able to obtain an accurate description of a steel beam with readily identifiable geometric and dynamic mechanical properties. These findings support the rationale for using the device to assess the dynamic mechanical behavior of the vertebral column. Such information would be useful for SMT and may ultimately be used to evaluate the [corrected] biomechanical effectiveness of various manipulative, surgical, and rehabilitative spinal procedures. PMID: 10073622 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]      Keller TS, Colloca CJ, Fuhr AW.    Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Vermont, Burlington, USA.     Erratum in: J Manipulative Physiol Ther 1999 Jul-Aug;22(6):367 BREAKING NEWS: I’ve started a podcast.  The following is the description.  If you are interested go ahead and click that link and check out the website and listen to an episode.  If you would like to be...

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Adjusting Instrument Research part 1: Impulse and Activator Preview

Posted by on Nov 22, 2016 in adjustment, instrument adjusting, research | Comments Off on Adjusting Instrument Research part 1: Impulse and Activator Preview

Research time again and this time its about adjusting instrument activator and impulse IQ Let’s see if vertebral motion is restored with spinal manipulation via adjusting instruments. For the following 4 weeks I will be posting a couple abstracts of research performed on the Activator and Impulse Adjusting Instruments. All of these can be found on Pub Med. I also have a 3 ring binder full of fun and riveting full length research papers on the efficacy of spinal manipulation in the treatment of the disorders we claim/and treat each and everyday. Spoiler Alert — here are the four topics– Translation Hand Held Adjusting Instrument Comparison of mechanical force of manually assisted chiropractic adjusting instruments Validation of the force and frequency characteristics of the activator adjusting instrument: effectiveness as a mechanical impedance measurement tool Three-dimensional vertebral motions produced by mechanical force spinal manipulation. Increased multiaxial lumbar motion responses during multiple-impulse mechanical force manually assisted spinal manipulation. #spinalManipulation with #adjustinginstruments #research next  4 weeks Click To Tweet DUDE i am excited, are you? Get your dictionary, your best Scholarly accent, and lets read some High Tech Research papers. BREAKING NEWS: I’ve started a podcast.  The following is the description.  If you are interested go ahead and click that link and check out the website and listen to an episode.  If you would like to be notified of the latest episodes, as well as be the first to know when Justin’s 2 book go on sale   then take 15 seconds, and fill out the form when it pops open. For doctors who want a thriving practice and abundant home life, listen as your host dr justin trosclair goes behind the curtain and interviews doctors and guests about real world triumphs, struggles, practical tips, and entertainment on this episode of  A Doctor’s Perspective...

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Could this new drug be the key against heart disease?

Posted by on Nov 18, 2016 in heart, medication, research, stress | Comments Off on Could this new drug be the key against heart disease?

Can a new drug protect you against heart disease better than aspirin What if i told you doing good can also lower depression and heal quick too New Drug just as good or better than aspirin to protect against heart disease. Better health and a longer life by Kisten Finello Woman’s Day Dec. 1, 2009 “Doing good is actually good for you,” says Robert Grimm, director of research and policy development for the Corporation for National and Community Service in Washington, DC. “People who volunteer regularly-an hour or two a week-tend to live longer, have lower rates of depression and recover more quickly from illness.” In fact, states with high volunteerism have lower rates of mortality and incidences of heart disease. Just how powerful is this health payoff? “Doing good deeds protects overall health twice as much as aspirin protects against heart disease. If giving weren’t free, pharmaceutical companies could herald the discovery of a stupendous new drug called ‘Give Back,’” says Stephen G. Post, PhD, coauthor of Why Good Things Happen to Good People. doing good= lower #depression,2x protection of #Heart DX Click To Tweet BREAKING NEWS: I’ve started a podcast.  The following is the description.  If you are interested go ahead and click that link and check out the website and listen to an episode.  If you would like to be notified of the latest episodes, as well as be the first to know when Justin’s 2 book go on sale   then take 15 seconds, and fill out the form when it pops open. For doctors who want a thriving practice and abundant home life, listen as your host dr justin trosclair goes behind the curtain and interviews doctors and guests about real world triumphs, struggles, practical tips, and entertainment on this episode of  A Doctor’s Perspective...

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L carnitine therapy for autism spectrum disorders?

Posted by on Nov 15, 2016 in children, nutrition, research | Comments Off on L carnitine therapy for autism spectrum disorders?

L carnitine, can it help with autism spectrum disorders? One paper says L Carnitine improved hand muscle strength of autism children. A prospective double-blind, randomized clinical trial of levocarnitine to treat autism spectrum disorders. Geier DA, Kern JK, Davis G, King PG, Adams JB, Young JL, Geier MR. The Institute of Chronic Illnesses, Inc., Silver Spring, MD, U.S.A. and CoMeD, Inc., Silver Spring, MD, U.S.A. BACKGROUND: L carnitine was proposed as a potential treatment for patients diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder to improve mitochondrial dysfunction, but no prior randomized controlled trials have been conducted. MATERIAL/ METHODS: Thirty subjects diagnosed with an ASD were randomly assigned to receive a standardized regimen (50 mg L carnitine/kg bodyweight/day) of liquid L carnitine (n=19) or placebo (n=11) for 3-months. Measures included changes in professionally completed Childhood Autism Rating Scale (CARS), hand muscle testing, and modified clinical global impression (CGI) forms; parent completed Autism Treatment Evaluation Checklist (ATEC), treatment adherence measurement (TAM), frequency and intensity of side effect rating (FISER)/global rating of side effect burden (GRSEB)/patient report of incidence of side effects (PRISE) forms; and lab testing. RESULTS: Significant improvements were observed in CARS (-2.03, 95% CI=-3.7 to -0.31), CGI (-0.69, 95% CI=-1.1 to -0.06), and ATEC scores. Significant correlations between changes in serum free-carnitine levels and positive clinical changes were observed for hand muscle strength (R2=0.23, P=0.046), cognitive scores (R2=0.27, P=0.019), and CARS scores (R2=0.20, P=0.047). Study subjects were protocol-compliant (average adherence was >85%)and generally well-tolerated the L carnitine therapy given. CONCLUSIONS: L carnitine therapy (50 mg/kilogram-bodyweight/day) administered for 3- months significantly improved several clinical measurements of ASD severity, but subsequent studies are recommended.  L #Carnitine improved #hand #musclestrength of #autism Click To Tweet PMID: 21629200 Med Sci Monit. 2011 Jun 1;17(6):PI15-23.   REMEMBER: you should never self diagnose or self medicate, even with nutrition. Seek medical advice before doing anything. BREAKING NEWS: I’ve started a podcast.  The following is the description.  If you are interested go ahead and click that link and check out the website and listen to an episode.  If you would like to be notified of the latest episodes, as well as be the first to know when Justin’s 2 book go on sale   then take 15 seconds, and fill out the form when it pops open. For doctors who want a thriving practice and abundant home life, listen as your host dr justin trosclair goes behind the curtain and interviews doctors and guests about real world triumphs, struggles, practical tips, and entertainment on this episode of  A Doctor’s Perspective...

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NFL legend endorses chiropractic care

Posted by on Nov 11, 2016 in adjustment, athlete | Comments Off on NFL legend endorses chiropractic care

Most professional sports players have a chiropractor on staff. Those who use chiropractic adjustments tend to stay healthy and recover better after a game. This is pretty cool.  One of the greatest football players in NFL history has decided to publicly endorse his support for chiropractic care and the chiropractic profession. Jerry Rice, one of the best wide receivers to ever play in the NFL, and also a star on the popular television show “Dancing with the Stars” has teamed up with the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress to let the public know about the positive benefits of chiropractic care. Check out some of Jerry Rice’s comments: “My first experience with chiropractic care was right before the 49ers were to play the Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl XXIII in 1987.  A couple of our key players were injured and a chiropractor turned things around.  I quickly became a believer and ever since I have had the benefit of chiropractic care.” “Football is a very rough and vicious sport.  I took some vicious hits from players nearly twice my size.  Thankfully, I had the durability to withstand these tackles or I would have never succeeded or lasted as long as I did.  Chiropractic was the key to keeping me in the game.” “Dancing with the stars was every bit as exhausting and challenging – though not nearly as brutal as football.  It required many hours of practice.  I had aches and pains that I never had before.  Again, chiropractic made the difference – and kept me dancing and in competition.” If you’d like to see the video of Jerry Rice talking about chiropractic care, it’s on YouTube.  Just Click the link below to watch: http://www.youtube.com/results?search_type=&search_query=jerry+rice+%2B+chiropractic+care&aq=f Did you know that most professional athletes receive chiropractic care on a regular basis to keep their bodies healthy and performing at their best?  It’s true. most pro #athletes get #chiropractic care Click To Tweet And even though none of us are professional athletes, that doesn’t mean that we don’t suffer from stress, aches and pains, stiffness, fatigue, soreness, or other problems. The cool thing is chiropractic care will improve our quality of lives and keep our bodies healthy just like it does for pro athletes.  I hope you understand that chiropractic care is for much more than just pain.  It can keep your body healthy and functioning at its best. The patients we have in our office that include regular chiropractic adjustments as part of their overall health plan are happier, less stressed, don’t get sick as much, sleep better, are more productive at work, and don’t have as many aches and pains. The days of chiropractic care being thought of as a treatment only for back pain are over.  That thinking is severely outdated.  Chiropractic care has been proven to do much more than that, so please take advantage of all of the benefits that chiropractic care can offer you. Have a great day! Dr. Justin Trosclair dc Serving Arnaudville, Breaux Bridge, Cecilia, Parks, Lafayette, and St. Martinville...

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A common question I get from patients

Posted by on Nov 8, 2016 in elbow, knee, shoulder, sport injury | Comments Off on A common question I get from patients

A common question from patients can be, can you help a shoulder, wrist? Their surprised answer back, and hips and knees too, wow The other day a patient asked me a question about chiropractic and I wanted to email both the question and the answer to all of you who receive my emails. Here was the question… “Can chiropractic care help with shoulders?” In fact I get all of these questions too… “Can chiropractic care help with wrists?” “Can chiropractic care help with ankles?” “Can chiropractic care help with knees?” And the answer is of course! Sadly enough, I assumed most people knew that chiropractic care is great for not only the back and neck, but also the other joints of your body. I adjust patient’s ankles, knees, wrists, and shoulders all of the time. The fact is, many of you don’t realize that there are chiropractic adjustments for areas other than the back and neck and hips. #shoulder #wrist #KNEE #hip are all treatable by #chiro Click To Tweet So I wanted you to know that chiropractic care is capable of helping people who have problems with other areas of their body besides their back and neck, and I also wanted you to know that the adjustments work great in these areas too. So if you know someone who’s suffering with wrist pain like carpal tunnel, or knee pain, etc., let them know that chiropractic care is a great way to fix the problem naturally and I’d be happy to help them. We use the most effective low force, high speed, best direction adjustments via instrument adjusting, Impulse IQ and Activator. Have a great day and I’ll talk to you soon. Sincerely, Dr. Justin Trosclair, chiropractic Serving Arnaudville, Breaux Bridge, Cecilia, Parks, Lafayette and St....

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75 to 90% of all MD visits don’t require what for your problem?

Posted by on Nov 4, 2016 in adjustment, headache, medication, pain, stress | Comments Off on 75 to 90% of all MD visits don’t require what for your problem?

Take drugs for you minor ache and pains and you notice the problem is still there. Maybe the MD’s should refer you to chiropractic and get to the root of the problem, drug free option. Did you know that between 75% to 90% of all visits to the medical doctor don’t require any drugs at all? You already knew that, didn’t you? Deep down in your heart you sensed your body could heal itself, if you just knew how. But that’s not the bad news. The really bad news is American medical doctors are not equipped to help you. They try their best. But because they utilize a biochemical model of the body, all they can offer you are drugs like Vicadin, Prozac, Lipitor, and Celebrex. Now don’t get me wrong. Medical doctors are AWESOME at a lot of stuff. But when it comes to the everyday wear and tear, the everyday aches, strains, stress, and pains, the only option they have for you is drugs. The problem with this is… Drugs treat the symptom, not the real problem #Drugs treat the #symptom, not the real problem Click To Tweet The reason this approach fails is simple. If taking drugs isn’t fixing the problem, and it’s only treating the symptoms, then what happens? That’s right, the problem slowly gets worse. People slowly become lose their health, even if the drugs they take make them feel better for a little while. What’s causing our bodies to break down and lose health? Stress Your body and mind are bombarded by stress on a daily basis. When your body’s under too much stress, it’s an all our attack on your health and quality of life. The stress in your life is breaking your body down. And when your body breaks down, you become unhealthy. Modern medicine isn’t equipped to handle the cause of our health problems. They are not trained to handle stress. They are trained to handle your symptoms. And when it comes to fighting the devastating effects that stress has on your health, prescription drugs do not produce results. the reason Y the pain comes back, bc the problem was masked by #pills Click To Tweet You’ve got a headache? Ok, take these pills and call me in the morning. Your back hurts? Alright, take these pills…hopefully the drug will numb you and make the pain go away for awhile. You feel depressed? Don’t worry, take these magical pills and everything will be better. Sound familiar? That’s how most people handle their problems, isn’t it? Unfortunately, even the most sophisticated medicine falls apart. Let’s face it. If the drugs actually fixed the problems, wouldn’t you be able to stop taking the drugs? Think about it Why doesn’t chiropractic care need drugs to create well-being? Chiropractic is not based on the modern technique of popping pills. Chiropractic focuses on getting your body back in balance. Chiropractic care eliminates the effects stress has on your health. Chiropractic is based on listening to how the body communicates with itself. Your body speaks a language. Chiropractic understands that language. Imagine being able to understand what your body is telling you! When you awake to what your body is saying, you can answer back, providing what it needs to support you fully. It’s such fundamental...

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Can Chiropractic care lower blood pressure?

Posted by on Oct 27, 2016 in adjustment, cervical curve, heart | Comments Off on Can Chiropractic care lower blood pressure?

One study showed the a chiropractic adjustment in the neck can reduce blood pressure. The blood pressure stayed lower for 8 weeks following the c1 adjustment. On March 25, 2008, a story broke on ABC’s Good Morning America about chiropractic care and blood pressure.   A study done in March of 2007 at University of Chicago Medical Center confirmed that specific chiropractic adjustments to the C-1 vertebra in the neck (that’s the first bone in your neck, right under your skull) can reduce blood pressure. According to lead author George Bakris, MD, director of the hypertension center at the University of Chicago Medical Center, unlike other vertebrae, which interlock one to the next, the atlas (also known as C-1) relies solely on soft tissue (muscles and ligaments) to maintain alignment; therefore is uniquely vulnerable to displacement.  Displacement of C-1 can occur without pain and thus, often goes undetected and untreated. Displacement of #C-1 can occur without #pain, often goes undetected & untreated. Click To Tweet The authors say the improvement in blood pressure following the specific chiropractic adjustment of the C-1 vertebra is similar to that seen by giving patients two different blood pressure-lowering drugs simultaneously. The reduction in blood pressure continued into the eighth week. reduction in #bloodpressure from #adjustment continued into the 8th week. Click To Tweet At this point the authors do not know why this improvement in blood pressure occurs.  My opinion is that any time the spine is misaligned, if it is compressing or irritating the nerves and blood vessels in that area, it can cause functional problems that negatively affect your health. Because of this study, the medical community is taking notice of how powerful chiropractic care can be.  A larger study is underway to confirm the findings of this breakthrough in reducing blood pressure. This is exciting news!  It not only shows how powerful chiropractic care is, but it also shows how your body can develop health problems when your spine is not healthy and in proper alignment. If you’d like to watch the video on ABC’s website, here is the link: http://abcnews.go.com/search?searchtext=chiropractic%20+%20blood%20pressure&type If you are unable to view the video, just go to www.abcnews.com and in the search box type in “chiropractic + blood pressure.”   Here’s the link at the University of Chicago Medical center: http://www.uchospitals.edu/news/2007/20070314-atlas.html   Have a great day! Dr. Justin Trosclair Chiropractor Serving Arnaudville, Breaux Bridge, Cecilia, Lafayette, Parks, St. Martinville and...

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Be careful with these food additives

Posted by on Oct 18, 2016 in detox, medication, nutrition | Comments Off on Be careful with these food additives

12 Food additives or preservative that should be avoided. They can be associated with high blood pressure, cancer, diarrhea and some are neuro toxins If you’re like most people, you probably try to eat healthy and pay attention to some of the ingredients that are in foods. Here’s a quick checklist of 12 food additives that should either be avoided completely or eaten in moderation to maintain optimal health. These assessments are by MSN Health and Fitness.  My comments are in parenthesis. Sodium Nitrate (also called Sodium Nitrite) This is a preservative, coloring, and flavoring commonly added to bacon, ham, hot dogs, luncheon meats, smoked fish, and corned beef. Studies have linked eating it to various types of cancer. (You can buy bacon and other meats that don’t contain sodium nitrite in it at the grocery store!) BHA and BHT Butylated hydroxyanisole and butylated hydrozyttoluene are used to preserve common household foods. They are found in cereals, chewing gum, potato chips, and vegetable oils. They are oxidants, which form potentially cancer-causing reactive compounds in your body. Propyl Gallate Another preservative, often used in conjunction with BHA and BHT. It is sometimes found in meat products, chicken soup base, and chewing gum. Animal studies have suggested that it could be linked to cancer. Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) MSG is an amino acid used as a flavor enhancer in soups, salad dressings, chips, frozen entrees, and restaurant food. It can cause headaches and nausea, and animal studies link it to damaged nerve cells in the brains of infant mice. Trans Fats Trans fats are proven to cause heart disease. Restaurant food, especially fast food chains, often serve foods laden with trans fats. Aspartame Aspartame, also known by the brand names Nutrasweet and Equal, is a sweetener found in so-called diet foods such as low-calorie desserts, gelatins, drink mixes, and soft drinks. It may cause cancer or neurological problems, such as dizziness or hallucinations. Acesulfame-K This is a relatively new artificial sweetener found in baked goods, chewing gum, and gelatin desserts. There is a general concern that testing on this product has been scant, and some studies show the additive may cause cancer in rats. Food Colorings: Blue 1, 2; Red 3; Green 3; Yellow 6 Five food colorings still on the market are linked with cancer in animal testing. Blue 1 and 2, found in beverages, candy, baked goods and pet food, have been linked to cancer in mice. Red 3, used to dye cherries, fruit cocktail, candy, and baked goods, has been shown to cause thyroid tumors in rats. Green 3, added to candy and beverages, has been linked to bladder cancer. The widely used yellow 6, added to beverages, sausage, gelatin, baked goods, and candy, has been linked to tumors of the adrenal gland and kidney. Olestra Olestra, a synthetic fat found in some potato chip brands, can cause severe diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and gas. Olestra also inhibits healthy vitamin absorption from fat-soluble carotenoids that are found in fruits and vegetables. Potassium Bromate Potassium bromate is used as an additive to increase volume in some white flour, breads, and rolls. It is known to cause cancer in animals, and even small amounts in bread can create a risk for humans. 11. White Sugar Watch out for foods with added sugars,...

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Skin care ingredients to avoid…

Posted by on Oct 7, 2016 in overview, self help, skin care | Comments Off on Skin care ingredients to avoid…

Did you know that skin care is one of the most overlooked aspects of health? Take a look at your skin products to make sure they don’t have potentially harmful cancer forming or hormone disruption ingredients. It almost seems silly to think that we concern ourselves with our diets and what we “put in our mouths,” but don’t pay too much attention to what we “put on our skin.” Did you know that the fastest way to put something into your blood stream is through your skin?  And did you know that most of the skin care and cosmetic products that people use have synthetic and toxic ingredients in them that can harm you over time? When you have a minute, grab all of the bottles of skin care and cosmetic products that you and your family use, including the stuff you put on your children (if you have kids).  You might find that the products your family uses contain one or more of many potentially dangerous ingredients. Here’s a list of some common ingredients that you want to avoid… Mineral Oil, Paraffin, and Petrolatum Petroleum products that coat the skin like plastic, clogging pores and creating a build-up of toxins, which in turn accumulate and can lead to dermatologic issues.  Petroleum products also slow cellular development, which can cause you to show earlier signs of aging. It’s also a suspected cause of cancer and disruptive of hormonal activity.  By the way, when there’s an oil spill in the ocean, don’t they rush to clean it up – fast?  Why put that stuff on your skin? Parabens Parabens are widely used as preservatives in the cosmetic industry (including moisturizers). An estimated 13,200 cosmetic and skin care products contain parabens. Studies implicate their connection with cancer.  They have hormone -disrupting qualities – mimicking estrogen – and interfere with the body’s endocrine system. Phenol carbolic acid This ingredient is found in many lotions and skin creams. It can cause circulatory collapse, paralysis, convulsions, coma and even death from respiratory failure. Propylene glycol Propylene glycol is used as a moisturizer in cosmetics and as a carrier in fragrance oils. It has been shown to cause dermatitis, kidney or liver abnormalities, and may inhibit skin cell growth or cause skin irritation. Acrylamide This is found in many hand and face creams. It has been linked to mammary tumors in lab research. Sodium laurel or lauryl sulfate (SLS), also known as sodium laureth sulfate (SLES) This ingredient is found in car washes, engine degreasers, garage floor cleaners… and it’s in over 90% of personal care products!  SLS breaks down the skin’s moisture barrier, easily penetrates the skin, and allows other chemicals to also easily penetrate the skin.  Combined with other chemicals, SLS becomes a “nitrosamine”, which is a potent class of carcinogen (cancer causing).  It can also cause hair loss.  SLES is sometimes disguised with the labeling “comes from coconut” or “coconut-derived”. Toluene – Poison! Danger! Harmful or fatal if swallowed! Harmful if inhaled or absorbed through the skin. Toluene is made from petroleum or coal tar, and is found in most synthetic fragrances. Chronic exposure to toluene has been linked to anemia, lowered blood cell count, liver or kidney damage, and may affect a developing fetus. Butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) contains toluene. Other names...

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