Your Toilet Paper Can Be
A Health Hazard...
We use it every day and assume that toilet paper contains no
harmful chemicals. It’s white after all. In most cases, though, there’s
no such thing as a completely non-toxic toilet paper.
As you know, toilet paper manufacturers use chlorine to bleach the paper to make it snowy
white, resulting in the creation of an even more toxic chemical: dioxin.
The US Environmental Protection Agency estimates that dioxin is 300,000 times more
carcinogenic than DDT, which makes dioxin one of the most toxic man-made chemicals.
Traces of dioxin can be found on toilet paper bleached with chlorine. It’s a lifetime of use
that could present problems…
Exposure to even low levels of dioxins has been linked to hormone changes, immune
system disruption, birth defects reduced fertility and other reproductive problems. A
growing body of research indicates that chronic, low doses of many toxins can be quite
Dioxins accumulate in our body over time because they cannot be excreted.
Bisphenol A (BPA) is also found in toilet paper especially those made from recycled paper
tainted with micrograms of BPA from other paper sources like most cash register receipts.
BPA is easily absorbed into the body through contact with the thin anal skin. So when you
wipe with BPA-laden toilet paper, the toxin goes right into your bloodstream. Yes, it is minute
amounts, but used every day, it accumulates.
BPA is a chemical that disrupts the endocrine system and actually mimics the female
hormone estrogen. It may be responsible for an increase in fertility problems among women
and prostate enlargement and sexual health problems including lower sex drive in men by
affecting testosterone levels.
Toilet paper also contains formaldehyde. In addition to being a skin irritant, formaldehyde is
a known cancer-causer.
All these chemicals are used to make toilet paper whiter, softer, and stronger by improving
its wet-strength. But they are all known to be carcinogenic.
For women, many vaginal rashes could be explained by reactions to the chemicals in toilet paper rather than being a yeast infection.
And colored and scented toilet paper are even worse than white because of the added chemicals.
Bottom line on your bottom: the less toilet paper you use the better.