1,4 Dioxane is getting much publicity lately as this known carcinogen was even found in some natural personal care companies products.
What is 1,4 Dioxane? 1,4 Dioxane or just Dioxane in the industrial manufacturing world is used in solvents and as a fumigant in the automotive coolant. The fact that this chemical appears in personal care is of particular concern because it is believed to be a kidney toxicant, neurotoxicant, and respiratory toxicant.
Of equal concern is that 1,4-Dioxane is not biodegradable, does not readily bind to soils and is the number one leading groundwater contaminant. It is a byproduct of the cancer-causing petrochemical Ethylene Oxide. As mentioned Dioxane is a byproduct of the Ethoxylation process in cosmetic manufacturing, an example is the ethoxylation of sodium dodecyl sulphate to form sodium laureth sulphate, a foaming agent used in toothpaste, shampoos, and detergent.
How can we avoid this chemical? The Organic Consumers Association is the US recommends reading ingredient labels and avoiding products with indications of ethoxylation, which include: "myreth," "oleth," "laureth," "ceteareth," any other "eth," "PEG," "polyethylene," "polyethylene glycol," "polyoxyethylene," or "oxynol," in ingredient names.
I have never forgotten the study done by a gentleman named Cleve Backster reported in the International Journal of Parapsychology in the 1960s.
Mr. Backster who was a polygraph expert got the idea (likely from previous experiments done by the Indian scientist Sir Jagdish Chandra Bose) to attach electrodes to the leaves of plants in order to measure their electrical conductivity to certain stimuli.
He found the plants to be quite sensitive reacting to other cell tissue death, music and apparently even his thoughts. What I found most remarkable was the hypothesis that these plants may have a kind of memory. Backster had several people separately enter a room where the plants were placed, then had one of the participants attack some of the plants with a stick. Sometime later when the perpetrator came back into the room, the electrical resonance was off the scale in comparison to the other participants.
Subsequent tests of this nature have been conducted with varying results and it is obvious that this experiment would not be considered hard science however the idea that plants also have a vibrational life force that allows them to perform complex bio-communication amongst other plant and insect species may not be that far off.
Even on the most basic level, we can observe the intelligent and complex workings of plants from their brilliant colors, germination, adaptations, pollination techniques, and even something as simple as moving towards the sunlight or flowers opening and closing with daylight.