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Friday, December 10, 2004
Brain Cell Killer in Shampoo?



This is something for all you shampoo users to think about. Okay, a study recently carried out on RATS has shown that an ingredient in shampoo, methylisothiazolinone (MIT), causes neurons aka brain/nerve cells to die. MIT is found in shampoos, hand lotions and paints.
According to the National Institutes of Health, popular brands containing MIT include the shampoos Head and Shoulders, Suave, and Clairol, as well as Pantene hair conditioner and Revlon hair color.
MIT, belongs to a class of compounds called biocides. These are used in the manufacture of many common household products and industrial water cooling systems to kill bacteria. So it can be expected also to kill other cells.
According to lead researcher Elias Aizenman, a professor of neurobiology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, said that of particular concern is that chemicals like MIT are not subjected to neurodevelopmental testing. He is concerned that without such testing it is not known if, for example, a pregnant woman who is exposed to MIT could put her fetus at risk for abnormal brain development. People working directly with MIT are those most at risk, he added.
In earlier experiments with rat brain cells, Aizenman's team found that direct exposure to MIT in concentrations like those found in hand cream was enough to kill neurons. In the current series of experiments, also with rat cells, the researchers found that a long exposure to low concentrations of MIT caused a malfunction in the ways neurons communicate with each other.
So the next time you use your shampoo or hand lotion just check out whether the contents include MIT.
If you want to know what others have to say regarding Aizenman's studies, check out this article


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