(NaturalNews) As you may know, formaldehyde, a highly carcinogenic fluid, is used to embalm the dead and preserve the cadaver for viewing purposes, such as at open casket ceremonies or for anatomy, dissection and surgery classes. Ranked one of the most hazardous compounds to human health, formaldehyde can cause liver damage, gastrointestinal issues, reproductive deformation, respiratory distress and cancer. When a person dies, the first stage of decomposition is autolysis or self-digestion, because the active process of digestion of nutrients by live cells has ceased. Digestive enzymes therefore enter the cells and start breaking them down. Methods of preserving cadavers have changed over the past two centuries, but formaldehyde is the main embalming chemical used today. It’s a colorless solution that maintains that life-like texture of the body for an extended period of time, and this “fixation” of the cadaver terminates all ongoing biochemical reactions. Many people recall their first experience with formaldehyde in high school biology class, where specimens float in glass jars in an awfully stinky liquid called formalin, which is simply formaldehyde gas mixed with water. The smell alone is enough to send two out of every three people running out of the room. And now onward to the health discussion.
Little do most people know today that formaldehyde shows up where they least expect it, like in their food, clothing, cosmetics, vaccines and flu shots. Maybe they don’t know because they can’t smell it.
Many of today’s cosmetics and home-building materials contain and release formaldehyde, as do chemically-treated forms of cotton, silk and wool. Ever tried on new clothes and itched like crazy right away? Even lotions and deodorants can contain preservative molecules that react to become formaldehyde, a.k.a. “releasers” – that way the manufacturer can trick the consumer because they don’t have to list formaldehyde as an ingredient or chemical used to make the product or treat it.
Exposure to formaldehyde can cause contact dermatitis, allergic reactions, rashes and yes, leukemia. If you’re a woman who uses cosmetics or lotions with chemicals in them, they end up in your blood. If you’re a man who uses antiperspirant and deodorants with chemicals in them, they end up in your blood. What do you think happens when your clothing contains formaldehyde and you work out and sweat while wearing those “cotton” T-shirts, underwear and sweat pants? What about the sheets you sleep on? Is it time to demand organic clothing, linens and diapers? Cotton is a crop, don’t forget, which happens to involve 25 percent of the world’s pesticide use, including insecticide and fungicide. Did you know it takes about one-third of a pound of pesticide to grow enough cotton for one T-shirt? What do you get when you mix pesticide with formaldehyde and “consume” it? Ask a smoker.