By David Emery

The latest dire health warning to circulate by email claims that sodium laureth sulfate, a synthetic chemical found in brand-name shampoos, causes cancer.

I have read this article and the so called Hoax.

Both the replay from David Emery and the so called hoax letter are not given enough reason to believe or take one of them for real/truthfull. In both are statements that are not wright or seemes to be right.

I have contacted some companies/ experts.

David Emery states that SLES is not used in toothpaste. Sodium Laureth Sulfate is used and still will be used in Shampoos, toothpaste and soaps. I'm speaking of products in the Netherlands. Sodium Laureth sulfate is both. A synthetical chemical and also natural.

Beneath a reply email from Urtekram from Denmark.

We use Natrium Laureth Sulfat derived from palm oil and non-preserved.

Unfortunately it has the same chemical name as derived from petrochemicals + perservation.

Please check our website ( for more information.

Kind Regards
Ronnie McGrail Urtekram A/S

The only difference is that they use natrium instead of sodium. But I have seen both SLS and SLES in toothpaste and Shampoos.

I have the following question.

What is the difference between Sodium Laureth Sulfate and Natrium, Amonium and so on. What is the reason that companies are not given direct answer on my question about this sub

stance? Why are they using different names for the same substance?

In his article on David Emery says that the letter from Michelle is a Hoax.

I have done some investment but nobody is given a clear/direct answer. So who do I have to believe.

Beneath a quote from the article by David Emery on [UPDATE: As also commonly happens with chain letters, this one has picked up false "signatures" after the fact. This is usually the result of someone with an authoritative-sounding title forwarding the message with their .sig file attached, which then becomes a permanent part of the text. As near as I can determine, the name "Michelle Hailey" first began appearing on a version of this message in September 1998, approximately two months after the original (unsigned) version was first sighted. The "signed" version quickly surpassed the original in popularity, but Hailey denied authoring the email in an Oct. 20, 1998 article in the Daily Tennessean.]

Greeting Gerard.

The Hoax Letter Below ---

This is very serious read:

Please read the message carefully. Go home and check your shampoo. Change it before it's too late.

Check the ingredients listed on your shampoo bottle, and see if they have a substance by the name of Sodium Laureth Sulfate, or simply SLS.

This substance is found in most shampoos, and the manufacturers use it because it produces a lot of foam and it is cheap. BUT the fact is that SLS is used to scrub garage floors, and it is very strong! It is also proven that it can cause cancer in the long run, and this is no joke.

I went home and checked my shampoo (Vidal Sasoon); it doesn't contain it; however, others such as Vo5, Palmolive, Paul Mitchell, the new Hemp Shampoo from Body Shop etc . contain this substance.The first ingredient listed (which means it is the single most prevalent ingredient) in Clairol's Herbal Essences is Sodium Laureth Sulfate.

I also found it in Revlon Shampoo's Flex. So I called one company, and told them their product contains a substance that will cause people to have cancer. They said, Yeah we knew about it but there is nothing we can do about it because we need that substance to produce foam.

By the way Colgate toothpaste also contains the same substance to produce the "bubbles." They said they are going to send me some information.

Research has shown that in the 1980s, the chance of getting cancer is 1 out of 8000 and now, in the 1990s, the chances of getting cancer is 1 out of 3, which is very serious. So I hope that you will take this seriously and pass this on to all the people you know, and hopefully, we can stop'giving" ourselves the cancer virus.

This is serious, after you have read this, pass it on to as many people as possible, this is not a chain letter, but it is in deep concern with our health.

Michelle Hailey
Executive Secretary
University of Pennsylvania
Health System

sent in by Simon Gerard 12-19-00

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