Who can you trust?

Not Johnson and Johnson despite the fact that my doctor recommended their baby shampoo to wash my eyes for a condition I have.  It was a bit of a tipping point for me, finding out a short time later that Johnson and Johnson baby shampoo was going through litigation after a class action lawsuit claiming that one of the ingredients in the shampoo is carcinogenic.

Furthermore, the company which has been one of the most trusted healthcare companies in the world for decades, has been caught up in a lot more than just the baby shampoo litigation according to USA today:

As J&J’s profits last year swelled to a record $13 billion, the company has been found liable or reached settlements totaling $751 million in taxpayer health care fraud claims; paid $70 million to settle foreign bribery charges; been sued by consumers who say J&J’s hip replacement devices failed inside their bodies; and seen the shutdown of a major plant that produces Tylenol and other best-selling pain relievers because it failed to meet federal safety standards.

And that was just for the last two years.

The company also faces the prospect of paying millions or more to settle outstanding government fraud claims stemming from what the government says is J&J’s questionable marketing of at least one brand-name drug.

It really made me think about the products that my family and I are using.  Chemicals, possibly carcinogenic, are all throughout my house and I’m supposedly fairly “green”.  I looked at the “green” bathroom cleaner, Clorox green works, under my sink and found this article:

CLOROX Green Works Natural All-Purpose Cleaner
“Hazardous ingredients” listed by manufacturer: Like Ecover, it contains corn-based ethyl alcohol and a coconut-based cleaning agent called alkyl polyglucoside, a “non-ionic surfactant.” (Read the non-hazardous ingredients here.)

Observations: “They seem to be going down the right path,” says TURI’s Marshall. Ethyl alcohol is what people drink. “Is it without harm? No, because if you drink too much of it, things can go wrong,” Marshall says, but of course people don’t drink cleaners. Note: The Sierra Club logo on the label doesn’t mean the group endorses the product; it just means the manufacturer supports the Sierra Club. Also, the “Design for the Environment” logo shows the product is part of that program, but the program isn’t as exacting, green-wise, as the preferable Green Seal, which tests products to ensure they work and are green. A complaint we heard from a representative of Women’s Voices for the Earth is that this shows Clorox knows how to make a green product, so why doesn’t it make all Clorox products green?

So, bottom line for me is that I’m going to do what I can to make better decisions when it come so chemicals and my family.  Less is more.


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