The Obsession With Natural: How We Can Tackle Chemophobia

In 2013, Johnson & Johnson announced they had met their goal in eliminating the formaldehyde-producing preservative, quaternium-15, from their baby shampoo and other products. This was following a rise in people concerned with formaldehyde and its link to cancer – in 1980 its vapour was shown to be a carcinogen in the nasal passages of rats, and since then there have been many studies looking to investigate its carcinogen status. This outcry occurred despite the levels of quaternium-15 being too low to be considered toxic, and despite formaldehyde already being present in blood, and in much larger concentrations in several fruits. Nevertheless, Johnson & Johnson spent millions reformulating their products to ease the mind of the consumer.

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A small update

Hello to the few followers who may read this!

You may or may not have noticed that I haven’t been posting very often, this summer has been busy (if you count the excessive do nothing breaks as keeping busy, oh and jaw surgery) but come October I’ll be in a regular routine, in my own life as well as blogging – that’s the plan anyway.

In October I’ll be moving to Durham to study Biosciences at Durham University, hence why the past month or so has been a little hectic. After I’ve settled, I (optimistically) want to be posting at least once a month, hopefully by next year this blog will have its own niche and my writing will be a lot better.

Thanks for sticking with me. For now, I’ll leave you with everyone’s favourite cat: Salem from Sabrina the Teenage Witch x

salem