Hair Dye Colors

Hair Dye Colors

How Safe Are They?

All Hair Dyes and Hair Dyes are mutagenic and carcinogenic. Even the so-called “natural” products that use plant pigments also have harmful chemicals that can impair your health.

Hair Dye & Color Chemicals With the Greatest Risk:

p-phenylenediamine (PPD or PPED) or 2-nitro-p-phenylenediamine – causes cancer, allergies & immunotoxicity, organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), irritation (skin, eyes, lungs)

hydrogen peroxide causes cancer, allergies & immunotoxicity, organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), irritation (skin, eyes, lungs), neurotoxicity

ammonia peroxide causes cancer, organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), irritation (skin, eyes, lungs)

lead acetate – causes cancer, allergies, immunotoxicity. developmental / reproductive toxicity. Lead is prevailent in hair dyes with striking colors like blue, pink and metallic colors.

coal tar (formaldehyde) causes cancer, allergies, immunotoxicity. developmental / reproductive toxicity, organ system toxicity (non-reproductive). Allergic reactions to dyes include itching, swelling of the face, and even difficulty breathing.

alkylphenol ethoxylates (APE’s), which are found in spermicides and pesticides and affects the body’s reproductive system.

Quaternium-15, a formaldehyde releaser; Diethanolamine; and Phenylene-Diamines.

If you have a box of haircolor under your bathroom sink, I encourage you to look up some of the ingredients for yourself using the Skin Deep cosmetics database to check if the contents of any personal care products are safe to use.

Hair Colors & Health Risk

hair dye color chemicals - dangers of pictureIn 2006, 22 of the chemicals that are in most haircolor products including PPD were banned in Europe. These “hair care” products are not regulated by FDA in the USA so claims of its safety are also not regulated either. In 2008, the WHO (World Health Organisation) said that there is evidence that hair dyes can increase the risk of bladder cancer for male hairstylists and hair colorists.

Reports suggest women who regularly use hair colors have a higher chance of many cancers including cancer of the blood, bladder and lymphatic system.

Women who use hair dyes for more than 20 years may nearly double their risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis.

Other risk factors of hair color are non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, multiple myeloma and perhaps leukemia and breast cancer.

Hutchinson’s melanotic freckle melanoma are associated with non-permanent hair dyes.

Allergic reactions to hair color are a common complaint not just at the time of the application of the dye but also days after its use – particularly scalp itchiness resulting in scalp sores and other related problems.

Types of Hair Dyes | Colors

Hair Dyes | Colors can be divided into five categories,each with a specific composition and action mechanism:

Gradual or Progressive hair colouring (using metallic dyes such as salts of lead, bismuth or silver).

Progressive hair dyes change the color of hair gradually from light straw color to almost black by reacting with the sulfur of hair keratin as well as oxidizing on the hair surface.

Plant-based hair colors (such as henna) marketed as natural hair color. So-called ‘natural’ hair dyesHerbatint, Naturtint and HennaPlus all contain man-made chemicals.

black henna with ppd chemicals resulted in scars this person pictureHenna is a plant that is also used for ayurvedic hair coloring. Henna should not be used on gray hair, as it turns it orange. Henna is derived from the leaves of the shrub Lawsonia inermis, which grows in India, North Africa and Sri Lanka; lawsone is the active dye ingredient. The major disadvantage of henna is it cannot be used to lighten one’s natural hair color.

Temporary Hair Dyes (water-soluble dyes that withstand only one shampooing),

Semi-permanent dyes penetrate into the hair shaft and do not rinse off with water like temporary colorings. However, many men’s semi-permanent products use lead acetate and work in ways similar to progressive permanent dyes. Temporary hair dyes can trigger allergies. Semi-permanent dyes will withstand only 4–5 shampooing), and

Permanent or Oxidation hair colours, the most important category. Most permanent hair dyes rely on a dual component system.

Permanent hair color are applied directly to the scalp, nearest to the root. Permanent dyes not only penetrate deeply into the hair shaft, but get locked within it due to a series of chemical reactions that occur while the dye is applied.

Permanent hair dyes use chemicals that strip the hair of its natural color and replace it with another color — a permanent dye.

Metallic hair dyes, which contain lead compounds, can give startling colors —a vivid red, a violent purple, a sober green or a dashing violet.

Bleaching – involves the use of hydrogen peroxide Relaxers – are also known as hair straighteners and involve a variety of chemicals.

Dark hair dyes are believed to come with the greatest cancer risk. Dark hair dyes are of particular concern because they contain a much higher concentration of chemicals than the lighter dyes.

But don’t mistake that to mean that coloring your hair once every four to six weeks is safe. Your scalp has a very rich blood supply that is more than capable of transporting the toxins in hair dyes throughout your entire body.

For instance, one study of nearly 900 people found that women who used permanent hair dye at least once a month were twice as likely as women who did not use permanent hair dye to develop bladder cancer.

Don’t let your chemical romance with sexy colored hair and hair highlights put your health at risk!

More than 75 million women color their hair regularly. One in 12 men colors his hair regularly. Permanent hair colors are the most popular hair dye products. Permanent dyes make up about 80 percent of the market. Commercial dye-makers sell over $7 billion dollars worth of hair dyes worldwide every year. When it is a big business, consumers must do the necessary research and take the necessary precautions to protect themselves from quality and health deficiencies issues related to the business.

If you must use hair dyes, here are some tip on how you can minimize the risk of haircolor toxicity and other health risks:

  1. Steer clear of the darkest shades. Although all of the shades use essentially the same chemicals, there’s quite a lot more of them in dark brown and black shades than there are in blond, red or lighter shades. It is worthy to note that the lovely Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, who regularly dyed her hair black, died of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
  2. Avoid permanent hair color, as they’re the most toxic. Semi-permanent and temporary colors are less so.
  3. Look for natural brands of hair color that use henna, herbal dyes and vegetable dyes as primary ingredients. These are likely to be much less toxic than the average hair color.
  4. If you go to a hair salon, choose one that is chemical-free, odor-free, herbal or caters to people with multiple chemical sensitivity and allergies. These salons tend to use less toxic products. As an aside, if you are a woman under 40 and have prematurely gray hair, it is usually a result of hypothyroidism. If you fall into this category, it would be wise to learn about these natural methods to help restore your thyroid imbalance.
  5. Never mix different hair dye products, because you may cause potentially harmful reactions.
  6. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, staying away from hair dye is particularly important because of the impact it could have on your unborn child (i.e. a 10-fold increase in cancer risk in the child)
  7. Take lots of good quality antioxidants to strengthen your immune system. Check out Isagenix’s powerful antioxidant system which can boost your body’s immunity against any toxic material (not just hair dye colors) that you may intentionally or unintentionally consume or be exposed to.
Best Organic Hair Permanent Color Dyes -  No Ammonia  No Hazardous Fumes  No Burn or Itch  No Banding  No Hot Roots No Brassing  No Animal Testing  No Animal Products  No Parabens  No Plastics  No Thioglycolates
Best Organic Hair Permanent Color Dyes – no parabans, No Ammonia, No Plastics No Thioglycolates



These are some of the better organic hair colors currently (2013) available in the market. I’m sure there are lots more permanent hair coloring systems . hair dyes with No Parabans, No Ammonia, No Plastics,  No Thioglycolates in the market – some you can buy on online sites like Amazon & eBay.

We suggest you try out one to see if:

  • the hair color effectively covers grays
  • the color fades after a few showers
  • it causes allergic reactions
  • it is affordable to you
  • it is truly organic hair colors. Check out the ingredients to see if they meet to your standards of “Organic
  • hair dyes color shades are the one you want (eg. henna in general, tends to be reddish)

So check them out and see which hair color systems meets your needs.

  1. Surya Brasil h=Henna Cream dark brown
  2. Tints of Nature 6N natural dark Blonde
  3. Hennalucent Semi Permanent hair color
  4. Naturtint Permanent
  5. Herbatint Permanent light blonde
  6. Aubrey Organic, Color Me natural
  7. CHI Organics Tone & Shine Color Silver Minx for gray and white hair
  8. Light Mountain Natural color the gray
  9. Rainbow Research hair color
  10. Morrocco Method Simply pure henna


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Reasons Why We Die of Heart Disease

Reasons Why We Die of Heart Disease

According to the US Surgeon General, heart attacks and strokes are highly preventable. In fact, seven of ten Americans who die each year, die of a preventable chronic disease such as heart disease and diabetes [1]. A former US Surgeon General, David Satcher, said, “Currently, 95 percent of the health care dollars in the US are spent on treating disease, with relatively little attention paid to preventing disease, which should be a national priority [2].”

Here are seven reasons why we die of heart disease7 reasons why we die of heart disease

We Smoke

The risk of dying of a heart attack is four times higher in people who smoke than in those who don’t smoke. Many of us are under the impression that the major danger from smoking is cancer but that’s not quite true; smoking is the major risk factor for heart disease, stroke, and cardiovascular disease. In fact, about 40 percent of deaths caused by cardiovascular disease are due to smoking.

We Don’t Walk

Over the past 50 years, health professionals have examined the association between physical activity and the risk for heart disease. The findings consistently reveal that people who are physically active have half the risk for heart attacks than people who are not active. Those studies show also that at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity, such as brisk walking, on most days of the week, is sufficient to reduce the risk of heart attack [3].

We Eat Too Much Saturated Fat

There’s a reason why health authorities advice us to limit the consumption of saturated fat:

  • Saturated fat is the most rigid of all fats and is solid at room temperature. Solid fats are hard to dissolve and can easily get stuck in your arteries.
  • When you eat too much saturated fat, your liver keeps producing cholesterol and you end up with much more cholesterol than you need.

Limit saturated fat consumption to less than 10 percent of the total calories ingested per day.

We Ingest Too Many Foods Containing Hydrogenated Oils or Trans Fats

Hydrogenated oils or trans fats as they are usually called, are produced artificially by injecting molecules of hydrogen in vegetable oils, a process called hydrogenation. Through this process, the oil, which is liquid at room temperature, changes its original form and becomes solid. In other words, it becomes saturated fat. In addition, the unnatural shapes of trans fats cause our cells to become malformed and to malfunction. And that includes the cells of the heart and the arteries.

Read the food label and avoid products which contain trans fats or hydrogenated fats.

We Don’t Eat Enough Fruits and Vegetables

We know that people who consume plant foods regularly have a lower incidence of heart disease than those who don’t include them in their diet.

Fruits and vegetables contain phytochemicals, non-nutritive chemicals found in plant foods that protect their host plants from infections and microbial invasions. However, phytochemicals are also crucial in protecting humans against many diseases, including heart disease.

Limit saturated fat consumption to less than 10 percent of the total calories ingested per day.

We Ingest Too Many Foods Containing Hydrogenated Oils or Trans Fats

Hydrogenated oils or trans fats as they are usually called, are produced artificially by injecting molecules of hydrogen in vegetable oils, a process called hydrogenation. Through this process, the oil, which is liquid at room temperature, changes its original form and becomes solid. In other words, it becomes saturated fat. In addition, the unnatural shapes of trans fats cause our cells to become malformed and to malfunction. And that includes the cells of the heart and the arteries.

Read the food label and avoid products which contain trans fats or hydrogenated fats.

We Don’t Eat Enough Fruits and Vegetables

We know that people who consume plant foods regularly have a lower incidence of heart disease than those who don’t include them in their diet.

Fruits and vegetables contain phytochemicals, non-nutritive chemicals found in plant foods that protect their host plants from infections and microbial invasions. However, phytochemicals are also crucial in protecting humans against many diseases, including heart disease.

We Have Too Much Stress

Eighty percent of the population suffers from some kind of symptoms caused by stress which many times end up in illnesses such as high blood pressure—a risk factor for heart attack.

One of the reasons why you succumb to disease easily is because tension reduces your capacity to adapt to today’s changing environment.

And the 7th reason why we die of heart disease is…….

We Drink too Much Alcohol

Avoid high alcohol consumption. 5 to 7 percent of the hypertension we see in people is due to high alcohol intake. The Health World Organization estimates that almost 2/3 of strokes and 50 percent of heart attacks are caused by high blood pressure.


10 Things Every Woman Should Know About Heart Disease

Under Pressure High blood pressure can increase your risk of heart attack and stroke. A higher percentage of women have high blood pressure after age 55 than do men.

Watch Your Waistline Being overweight, especially around the waistline, increases your risk of high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

Keep Moving Lack of exercise increases your risk of heart attack and stroke. Aim for at least 30 minutes of physical activity on most days of the week.

Keep Cholesterol in Check The higher your LDL cholesterol level, the greater your risk of coronary heart disease.

Manage Diabetes Diabetes increases your risk of heart disease.

Butt Out Smoking increases your risk to coronary heart disease.

What’s Up Doc? Be sure to visit your doctor for a check-up annually.

Age Gracefully As women grow older, their risks of heart disease and stroke begin to increase and continues to increase with age.

What to Watch The most significant symptom of heart attack is pain or pressure in the chest. However, the warning signals of heart attack can be different for women than for men. Often, women also experience shortness of breath, fatigue, anxiety, nausea or vomiting, and back or jaw pain.

You’re Not Immune Heart disease affects women of all ages, races and economic levels. It can happen to you!

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10 Deadliest Drugs

10 Deadliest Drugs

Approved by the FDA—but are your meds safe? Critics claim tragic failures like the approval of the painkiller Vioxx, which may have caused up to 100,000 heart attack and stroke deaths, are a direct result of prioritizing speed over safety reviews. So what can you do in the meantime to minimize risk from medications like the 10 Deadliest Drugs mentioned below?

The first thing is to be an informed consumer and be sure that the 10 Deadliest drugs you take are necessary and have not been flagged as potentially problematic. For example, the mild opioid drugs Darvon and Darvocet have been found to be no more effective than aspirin—and they can cause heart damage.

These are the 10 Deadliest Drugs:

Rank – Drug —————– Type —————————- Deaths 1998-2005
1 – OxycodonePrescription opioid painkiller* – 5548
2 – FentanylPrescription opioid painkiller* – 3545
3 – ClozapineAntipsychotic3277
4 – MorphinePrescription opioid painkiller* – 1616
5 – AcetaminophenOver-the-counter painkiller1393
6 – MethadonePrescription opioid painkiller*/addiction medication1258
7 – InfliximabImmune-system modulating drug1228
8 – Interferon betaImmune-system modulating drug1178
9 – RisperidoneAntipsychotic1093
10- EtanerceptImmune-system modulating drug1034

Source: Moore TJ et al., Serious Adverse Drug Events Reported to the Food and Drug Administration, 1998-2005, Archives of Internal Medicine, Sept. 10., 2007; 167 (16): 1752-1759 —– (WXii, 24 March 20008)


How to Recognize a Stroke

How to Recognize a Stroke

If you think someone is having a Stroke, remember the 60 second test:

  • 1. Ask the individual to smile.
  • 2. Ask him or her to raise both arms.
  • 3. Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence coherently, like “It is sunny out today.”

NOTE: Another ‘sign’ of a Stroke is this: Ask the person to ‘stick’ out their tongue . if the tongue is ‘crooked’, if it goes to one side or the other, that is also an indication of a Stroke.


To help you remember this procedure, remember these 3 important words in STRoke. Ask the person (who you suspect is suffering from a stroke) to do the 3 STR described below:

  • S is for Smile
  • T is for Talk
  • R is for Raise both arms


IF THE INDIVIDUAL HAS TROUBLE WITH ANY OF THESE TASKS, CALL 911 IMMEDIATELY and describe the symptoms to the emergency ambulance personnel!

More information on how to recognize stroke risk factors, its symptoms, effects and what you can do to minimize its problems, visit: American Stroke Association website

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Do You Have A Cancer Personality?

Do You Have A Cancer Personality?

Cancer cells are always present in our bodies. All it needs is a stimuli to trigger vicious growth. Cancer cells are actually healthy cells that “go haywire” under certain conditions. This could be caused by a physical stimuli like the exposure to certain foods or substances. Or it could be emotional one. When almost all of the mind’s resources is diverted to coping with the emotional onslaught, it let’s up it vigilance in fighting or controlling cellular damage. If the mind provides scant resources to the body’s defense mechanism i.e. the immune system, disease will have a free reign to take over the body.

Studies have shown that People with the following Personality Traits or Background have a greater Risk of Cancer:

  • Suffers traumatic events like personal loss such as a death or a divorce, loss of a job or money, moving to another location etc;
  • Harbors long-suppressed toxic emotions such as anger, resentment and/or hostility. Typically the cancer-susceptible individual internalizes such emotions and has great difficulty expressing them;
  • Exhibits an obsessive tendency toward carrying other people’s burdens or trying to please or getting others’ approval;
  • Type A Personality i.e. one who reacts adversely to stress or gets easily upset, often being unable to cope with the stress. Blow off steam if you must, but don’t carry it around with you;
  • Inability to resolve deep-seated emotional problems and conflicts, usually arising in childhood, often even being unaware of their presence.
  • Unable to “move on” i.e. finding closure for long standing problems or unable to turn to grieve to relief themselves from their emotional problems;
  • Feel that they have lost control of their lives, feel helpless and are unable to cope with daily living, or have low self-worth;
  • Don’t have interesting things to look forward to each day;

These feelings or traits are often calls for help, warning signs, telling you to slow down and take stock of your emotional situation.

What you can do if you have a Cancer Personality:

  • Workout in the gym;
  • Don’t over-drink to cope with stress. Hiding your fears and grief in drugs, alcohol, sweet or fat foods will not relieve your situation, but will damage your body;
  • Walking or jogging;
  • Finding a friend you can confide in;
  • Hire a therapist who will listen to you;
  • Get an interesting hobby to take you mind off your own troubles;
  • Look at the brighter side of life;
  • Get a pet;
  • Do Charity or Community work like volunteer helping the sick, elderly, poor or the helpless;
  • Start an activity that you have always wanted to do but have put off;
  • Stay Positive like Randy Pausch. Be Yourself – just kick out the bad stuff.
  • Most importantly, take Anti-Oxidants – do you have a cancer personality?

Heart Attack Prediction Tool

Heart Attack Prediction Tool

Find out if you are likely to suffer a serious heart attack which also entails a high risk of death* within the next 10 years with this heart attack prediction tool.

This Heart Attack assessment tool uses historical data of heart attack patients from the Framingham Heart Study. The heart attack perdiction tool is designed to estimate the risk in adults aged 20 years and older who do not have heart disease or diabetes.

Use the link below to assess the 10 Year Heart Attack Risk Calculator. The Risk Calculator Tool will ask you the following questions and provide an assessment of your risk to heart attacks within the next 10 years:

  • Your Age
  • Your Gender
  • Your Total Cholesterol Count
  • Your HDL Cholesterol Count
  • If You Are A Smoker
  • Your Systolic Blood Pressure
  • Whether You Are Doing Anything To Reduce Your High Blood Pressure

* Hard coronary heart disease (HCHD) i.e. myocardial infarction or coronary death.

Copy and Paste this link on your web browser URL:

Waist-Hip Ratio:

The Waist-Hip Ratio is another way of assessing the risk of heart attacks and diabetes. It is more accurate than the traditional BMI Index.

To calculate the Waist-Hip Ratio, measure the ratio of your waist circumference (the narrowest point on your abdomen ie at your navel) and your hip circumference (the widest point ie at your buttocks).

To find your Waist-Hip Ratio, divide the size of your waist by your hip size.

A ratio greater than 1.0 for a man (in other words your waist is bigger than your hips) or 0.8 for a woman suggests a higher risk of a heart attack and therefore you urgently need to reduce your weight and increase your levels of exercise.

If you are “apple” shaped (you carry extra weight in your stomach) it is a predictor that you are highly likely to suffer from a heart attack than if you are “pear” shaped (you have excess weight around your hips)

Furthermore, a recent study of 27,000 people showed that those who were obese as judged by the waist-to-hip ratio had substantially more heart attacks than those who were obese according to their BMI.

The bellweather BMI ratio is not considered accurate now as it fails to take into account muscle density and other relevant factors.

To check your BMI ratio, use the link below (Copy & Paste link to your web browser URL):

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Mobile phones: Health Risk

Mobile phones: Health Risk

Mobile phones could represent a public health risk akin to asbestos or smoking, according to a study by neurosurgeon Dr Vini G Khurana, a Mayo Clinic-trained neurosurgeon with an advanced neurosurgery Fellowship in Cerebrovascular and Complex Tumor Surgery from the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, Arizona, and a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

It suggests there is growing evidence linking excessive long-term use of mobile phones and certain health risks like brain tumors – reigniting a long-running debate about the safety of the technology. “There is a growing and statistically significant body of evidence reporting that brain tumors such as vestibular schwannoma (acoustic neuroma) and astrocytoma are associated with ‘heavy’ and ‘prolonged’ mobile phone use, particularly on the same side as the ‘preferred ear’ for telephony…

Children’s use of mobile phones carries a high health risk, (because of their thinner, undeveloped skulls) he claims, suggesting kids’ use of mobiles should be to emergency situations only.

Mobile phone radiation is a possible cancer risk, warns World Health Organisation (WHO) – 2011

Researchers in Sweden have found that just two minutes’ exposure to energy waves from a handset can disable a defense mechanism in the body designed to prevent harmful proteins and toxins in the blood from entering the brain.

In what is the latest in a series of mobile phone health scares, once the proteins enter brain tissue there is a higher risk of brain and nerve diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and multiple sclerosis developing.

Source: Mobile phone ‘brain health risk’- BBC News, 6 November, 1999

RADIATION from cellphones is too weak to heat biological tissue or break chemical bonds in cells, but the radio waves they emit may still affect cell behavior.

“Our study suggests that it is possible that mobile phone radiation alters the expression of some proteins in living humans,” says Dariusz Leszczynski at the Finnish Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority, in Helsinki.

Right now the world is in the state of denial as far as mobile phones’ health risks are concerned. Everyone does not want to give up the use of their mobile phones because it is such an all too convenient medium of communication. This will change when more statistics proving links between mobile phone usage and cell /brain damage are released in the years to come. It seems like an inexpensive way to communicate until you add up the future health costs!.

Don’t wait till there is a health problem before cutting back on mobile phone use. Use a wired headset (instead of a blue tooth wireless device) and cut calls and duration of calls to a minimum. Asking callers to sms their messages or use other forms of communications will also increase productivity. Think twice before making that next call on your mobile phone. Don’t be a slave and victim of your mobile phone.

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