by Marj Melchiors
In the past few years, the alternative health community has become aware of the toxicity of isopropyl alcohol and other solvents used in body care products. This information was brought to our attention by books written by Dr Hulda Clark (The Cure For All Cancers).
Dr. Clark's theory is that isopropyl alcohol destroys the tough shell surrounding the intestinal fluke (flora), and allows parasites to migrate into the liver, prostrate, and uterus. In Dr. Clarks's opinion, this can be devastating to the vital organs and predispose one to cancer and other illnesses. There has been clinical research conducted by Dr Dietrich Klinghardt, MD PhD. He has found that Dr. Clarks' parasite/solvent theory to be valid. Dr. Klinghardt and staff found that after observing and testing hundreds of patients detoxing from isopropyl alcohol chemicals, the greatest injury occurs not to the parasite egg membrane but to the patient's own cell and nerve membranes. Isopropyl alcohol is lipophilic. In other words, it is attracted to the lipid layer surrounding the cells and nerves. It interferes with the messenger proteins that send information to the cells. The lipid fluids can not line up properly in the presence of these chemicals and can in turn cause neurological effects and damage to the cells. Dr. Klinghardt concluded that isopropyl alcohol has caused such symptoms as nausea, mental confusion, coma, and death through ingestion, inhalation, and skin absorption. One may wonder why these harmful chemicals are even used in so many products. The main reason is that they have antiseptic, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, solvent and skin penetration qualities. The second reason for their widespread use is that they are by-products of the petroleum industry. In other words, oil companies are getting paid for their “garbage”. There are safe alternatives to using isopropyl alcohol and its' components in body care products. Be a wise shopper and only buy products that are free of harmful isopropyl chemicals. Avoid products with words such as propyl, methyl, butyl, benzene, toluene, xylene, and styrene in their ingredient lising. These would signify that they are in the isopropyl alcohol family.
The following is a chart of common alcohol solvents and what products they are commonly used in.
Type of Alcohol/Use
Butanol/safety glass, hat and textile industry, shoes, cosmetics/p>
Ethanol/anibacterial agent in mouthwash, nail polish, astringents, perfumes, cosmetics
Isopropanol/rubbing alcohol, paint thinner,anitfreeze, medications, makeup, shampoo, lotions
Methanol/antifreeze, cosmetics, soft drinks, infant formula
Isopropyl Alcohol and Other Toxic Solvents: A Historical Literature Review, Dietrich Klinghardt, MD. PhD and Louisa Williams, MS DC ND, 1995
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