A Senior Moment: What are we really using?

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After a recent expose’ of the evil additives in a tub of rice pudding and strawberries, your trusty scribe has been peering into the perils of everyday products we take for granted.

Do we know, do we really know, what we are shovelling into and onto our bodies daily? Do we ever bother to read the miniscule print that tells us we are about to pop into our mouths a mixture - amongst other things, of Hydrated Silica, Sorbitol, Sodium Sulphate, Xanthan Gum, Acrylates, Carrageenan and Titanium Dioxide? That’s toothpaste to us mere mortals and as I know for certain sure, Titanium Dioxide is used in white paint, it makes you think doesn’t it?

Then there are all those potions and lotions we bung onto our bodies. Just look at this lot. Sodium again and lots of it, Cocamidopropyl – whatever that is, ditto Xylenesulfonate, Dimethicone, Methylisothiazolinone and Meththylchloroiso-thiazolinone. Try saying that lot with your teeth out! It’s shampoo would you believe, and part of “an advanced formula” designed to bring out the shine, boost volume, moisturise, condition and uplift your hair – oh and by the way, it washes too.

I noticed one shampoo contains “Australian hops extract” and as it depicts jumping kangaroos on the bottle I couldn’t help but wonder if this was a joke or whether it did indeed include some unmentionable extract from that iconic Aussie animal!

And washing up liquids are no better with ingredients like Dipropylenediamine to protect our skin whilst dazzling the dishes. If truth be known, I reckon Fairy Liquid would not only clean our crocks but wash the socks, clean the car and soften the baby’s bathwater! I bet there are plenty more lulus out there in the kitchen cupboard so why not let me know what you can find. Well, it passes the time doesn’t it?

Back to what we eat and here’s more food for thought. What about all those seeded breads and biscuits. Deliciously tasty it’s true but are we not running the risk of growing a miniature rain forest in our tums? Perhaps that‘s the reason for our expanding waistlines. You never know.

Moving from the ridiculous to the sublime, I was saddened to read the letter from Fiona Ruddle of Ketton (Mercury, May 16), whose dog Mischief was run over and killed on the A43 near Wothorpe Woods recently. Any animal lover will know how devastating it is to lose a pet even from natural causes - let alone circumstances like this and it’s only natural to blame others for the tragedy. But this lady has not only taken time to thank the young man who stopped to help but also express sympathy for the lady driver involved who - to use her own words, “was not to blame.”

A truly magnanimous reaction - rarely seen these days. If there were more people in this world like Fiona, it would be much better place!