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Are soap and shampoo really necessary?

Postby Scepcop » 18 Sep 2012, 17:59

Are soap and shampoo really necessary?

That might seem like a stupid question, but believe it or not, there are a lot of people out there saying that they are cleaner, healthier and odor free after NOT using soap and shampoo for a few months. They claim that soap and shampoo take away your body's natural oils, forcing your body to work harder to replenish these oils to protect your skin, which is not natural to your body. If you stop using them for a few months, using only hot water to wash yourself, your body will adjust its oil secretions back to normal levels, leaving you cleaner, healthier and odor free. They say that you only need soap for your hands and private parts. The rest of your body doesn't really need it, and in fact it interferes with your body's oil production.

Here are testimonials from many people claiming this.

http://boingboing.net/2011/01/04/i-have ... oap-i.html

http://featuresblogs.chicagotribune.com ... soap-.html

http://www.ethericwarriors.com/ip/viewtopic.php?p=8846

What do you think? Could they be right? Are soap and shampoo really unnecessary? Would this work for everyone?

One person even said that washing your clothes without detergent produces the same result as with detergent, and that its the agitation in the washing machine that gets the clothes clean, not the detergent.

What do you think? Are our assumptions about soap and shampoo all wrong? Have we been duped and misled by their manufacturers? Most people would probably never have the gall to try something like this though.
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Re: Are soap and shampoo really necessary?

Postby Scepcop » 18 Sep 2012, 18:53

Is toothpaste bad for you too? Check this out. It claims that you can regrow your teeth and make the fillings come out too! Do you believe it?

http://www.curebum.com/20/how-to-regrow ... naturally/

Do you think this is true?

http://www.ethericwarriors.com/ip/viewt ... 8808#p8808

Oli you might want also stop brushing teeths with toothpaste, I just discovered that a week ago (I don't use tooth paste) but I read somewhere that toothpaste coats the teeths with glycerine and other things and that it takes ages to go away, you would need to brush everyday for 2-3 weeks heavily to get all these coatings of the teeth! And the amazing part of the stories I read, is that teeth can repair naturally, they just need the proper nutrients (by coating them with the normal toothpaste stuff, we prevent teeth from reparing naturally, because they cannot absorb nutrients). So actually brushing with a homemade paste could make the teeth all better. People in these stories said they had fillings repairs that just fall off because the teeth were regrowing naturally. I am gathering all I need to make that paste, I have a broken tooth (I broke as a kid) and some fake coated teeths (braces and I never really brushed my teeths..), I will let you know what happens.
That story is just amazing, even better than repair! A guy made a new tooth grow back a third time... just massaging the area apparently promotes tooth grow.
http://hubpages.com/hub/Regrow-Teeth
And that's for the tooth paste
http://www.curebum.com/20/how-to-regrow ... naturally/
I would personally add pressed cucumber skin (which is made mostly of silicate... yeah there is silicon in almost every vegetable, cucumber has a lot in the skin, and why it's actually used for beauty treatements... well it can be used for teeth it seems)

I'll try stopping all soap and shampoo forever, to see how it changes, thanks for the info

Talking about brushing your teeth, I had a colleague who came from the islands tell me that they don't have toothpaste there. They simply dip the brush in a little salt and brush with that. Though I still use toothpaste I've tried the salt and it does leave your mouth feeling really clean and your gums feel great. Since salt is alkaline and since bacteria (almost all of them) can't survive in an alkaline environment, the salt also does a number on any odors from your mouth.
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Re: Are soap and shampoo really necessary?

Postby NinjaPuppy » 18 Sep 2012, 20:21

Scepcop wrote:Are soap and shampoo really necessary?

Necessary for what? If you want to look and smell acceptable in today's society, yes they are necessary. They are also necessary for basic hygiene such as removing germs from your hands. Do we need the 5 aisles full of body washes, body scrubs, and whatnot with all the extraneous crap in them, no.

Scepcop wrote:One person even said that washing your clothes without detergent produces the same result as with detergent, and that its the agitation in the washing machine that gets the clothes clean, not the detergent.

Not true. Absolutely, positively not true. Have you personally ever tried to get a 8 year old boy's clothes clean without detergent?

Scepcop wrote:What do you think? Are our assumptions about soap and shampoo all wrong? Have we been duped and misled by their manufacturers? Most people would probably never have the gall to try something like this though.

The additives and chemicals don't do us humans any good, and the whiteners and brighteners probably don't do much at all either. That's all marketing.
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Re: Are soap and shampoo really necessary?

Postby Scepcop » 19 Sep 2012, 01:37

Thanks Ninjapuppy.

I wonder who has had the guts to stop using soap, shampoo and detergent for a while. lol. Most probably wouldn't.

I LOVE your new avatar. It's hilarious! The best avatar I've ever seen. I've never seen a puppy dressed like a ninja before. lol Where did you get it?

I ought to find some dog avatar too, so I can fit in with all of you. lol
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Re: Are soap and shampoo really necessary?

Postby NinjaPuppy » 19 Sep 2012, 05:12

Scepcop wrote:Thanks Ninjapuppy.

I wonder who has had the guts to stop using soap, shampoo and detergent for a while. lol. Most probably wouldn't.

Most people would have the guts, it's the people who have to be around them that would lose their lunch. :cry:

Scepcop wrote:I LOVE your new avatar. It's hilarious! The best avatar I've ever seen. I've never seen a puppy dressed like a ninja before. lol Where did you get it?

Thanks. I found it laying around on the internet so I took it. I can't take any credit for it.

Scepcop wrote:I ought to find some dog avatar too, so I can fit in with all of you. lol

I will look for one for you that fits your personality. I don't know if I'll find one, but I'll look.
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Re: Are soap and shampoo really necessary?

Postby NinjaPuppy » 19 Sep 2012, 05:27

I'm liking this one-
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Re: Are soap and shampoo really necessary?

Postby Scepcop » 26 Sep 2012, 19:52

Hey that's a great avatar Ninjapuppy. How do I use it? Don't I have to resize it? Is there an easier way? How did you upload your avatar? Did you download and resize it?
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Re: Are soap and shampoo really necessary?

Postby Scepcop » 26 Sep 2012, 19:58

Ok I figured out how to do it. However, the dimensions on mine are too small that you can't even read the text. I will try increase the avatar size limitations a bit so that the text can be read.
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Re: Are soap and shampoo really necessary?

Postby Scepcop » 26 Sep 2012, 20:05

Ok done. I increased the avatar limitations to 200x300 and my new avatar to that size as well. Now the text is readable. If you all wish to increase the size of your avatar too, feel free to do so in your user profile control panel. Click the User Control Panel link at the top and then Profile and then Edit Avatar and then specify the dimensions of your avatar.
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Re: Are soap and shampoo really necessary?

Postby NinjaPuppy » 26 Sep 2012, 20:19

Looks good!
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