Actress Gwyneth Paltrow’s Web site Goop is causing a lot of controversy. The 36-year-old mom-of-two is now saying that shampoo is harming our children – causing cancer and other serious ailments. Do you think she’s right?
Paltrow writes that there is a link between the chemicals found in household products, including shampoo, that can be dangerous to our children.
“Fetuses, infants and toddlers are basically unable to metabolize toxins the way that adults are, and we are constantly filling our environments with chemicals that may or may not be safe,” Paltrow writes. “The research is troubling; the incidence of diseases in children such as asthma, cancer and autism have shot up exponentially and many children we all know and love have been diagnosed with developmental issues like ADHD [Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder].”
However, not everyone agrees with her, including Professor Hugh Pennington, leading bacteriologist, who advices Britain’s Food Standards Agency. He said, “It’s a load of nonsense. Shampoo is perfectly safe, unless you drink it in large quantities…It does annoy me when celebrities use their position to spout nonsense. They have a perfect right to their views, even if they are loopy, but they do hold a position of influence.”
Do you think there is any validity to what Gwyneth is saying? Do you use shampoo to wash your children’s hair,or do you believe it’s as harmful as household cleaning products?