How anything thats not natural and organic is not good for those with ms and trying to treat their ms symptoms and disease.

Is whats in your shampoo hurting you?

Ever wonder whats in your shampoo bottle? If you have ever read the side of the bottle you may have noticed this one ingredient “Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) If you don’t see it then it means your shampoo is  sulfate free. Usually you won’t even have to look for it would be mentioned in big bold print on the front of your bottle…By now you should have heard the hype from your hair stylist about using sulfate free shampoos… maybe you’ve wondered what exactly is the big deal about sulfate free shampoo and using it as a cleansing agent for my hair?

I know I did after being diagnosed with MS. I was taught how important it was to watch now what I put on and in my body and after a bit of research, I’m glad that I now use sulfate free shampoo. Sometimes I wonder if MS has taken or saved my life.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) is a very inexpensive, but a rather powerful, oil cutting agent that also helps aid in the foaming of soaps and shampoos. It’s been used for years in all types of soap and soap products from our shampoos to body cleaning products. Its also used in heavy degreasing agents that mechanics and the commercial industries use to clean their shop floors. So to break it down into lamen terms, SLS is the soapy in your soap. We like to put two and two together and think well soap plus bubbles equals clean right? Whats wrong with that?

This is a great ingredient in my shampoos too, right? I need my shampoo and soaps to be full of soap bubbles and able to cut the over abundance of oil I have. This is the best kind of clean right?…The huge issue here is that, even in diluted minute quantities, SLS can be irritating to the head and scalp, as well to your skin. Have you ever gotten that dreaded  shampoo in your eyes? Burned like hell already right? SLS is likely the cause of your now burning, reddened, tear draining eyes. As if this shouldn’t be enough to make one want to use a SLS free shampoo. The primary reason that I’m not a fan of and do not use SLS, is because it has been studied and shown to damage and to be toxic to the hair follicle. Damaged hair follicles can cause the hair to not grow, to fall out, and to produce weak and thin hair.

Eek! I already have hair loss right along with thinning hair! I’m trying to grow it, not to make it fall out even more here.

Additionally, there seems to be data from studies that show sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS)  can also cause cancer in people, immune system damage (With MS I think I have plenty of that), and its toxic and causes great damage to the skin. Debate over this issue has even been the pic of subjects over an urban legend investigating to see if is real or just a rumor or scare put into us. As of now, SLS or Sodium Lauryl Sulfate has not been ordered to be removed from our shampoos and other body and cleaning agents by the FDA as unhealthy or a cancer causing shampoo ingredient. With all the date one has to wonder why that is….shampoo


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I have MS but it doesn't have me. Each day I fight MS and my ms symptoms but doing the organic and natural thing. Treating the body and soul, along with the mind is essential for overall health. So creative art is a biggie for me along with my spiritual belief in God.

3 thoughts on “Is whats in your shampoo hurting you?”

  1. Great post!

    I don’t understand why Sodium Lauryl Sulfates have not been removed!

    Reading the ingredients in our products is so important. Even one of my favourite “natural” beauty stores has SLS in their shampoo and it drives me mad. They say there isn’t any evidence suggesting that it’s negative…

    Anyway! I found a decent drugstore shampoo with no SLS or parabens and then I alternate that with an all natural shampoo bar that I bought from a seller on Etsy. She started making her soaps because of all the reasons you listed above.

    I have very sensitive skin with a bit of eczema and my scalp was always a mess but since I’ve switched my shampoos I’ve seen a very positive change in the health of my skin.

    I’m enjoying your blog very much! Keep up the good work 🙂



    1. Thanks Britney!

      I started my blog because I have MS…after my diagnosis I started paying attention to what I put on and in me. With MS about anything can pass my blood brain barrier going straight to the brain. So I try to do everything organic as much as possible…I do my own soaps and cleaners and buy those that I can’t make cheaply. I also do the essential oil to treat both me and my family regardless if it’s a cold, or if its treating a scrape or a rash! For my eats I do the organic thing but I do the “Trim Healthy Mama” life style. It shows you how to eat healthy while at the same time walking away full and satisfied. Its eating all the foods we love just in a healthier way. Instead of using things like sugar or even man made sweetners we use natural Stevia. I eat all food groups and the recipes are sooo tasty but again healthy and not high in all the nasty carbs etc. Its the best way to maintain a healthy weight or to get down to one and feel good at the same time…its crazy at what we eat also is poisoning us! You should go google Trim Healthy Mama I think its right up your alley! If you decide you like let me know…I know where I can get you the ebook really really cheap;)

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      1. Thank you for the great info! I’ll have to look into it 🙂

        Our bodies are so important and it’s great to hear how you’ve taken the strides to try and make whatever you ingest/touch as healthy as possible!

        I look forward to reading more from you!

        Enjoy your evening,


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