In the USA:
* There are more than 3 million poisonings every year
* Household cleaners are the number one cause of poisoning of children
* Formaldehyde is one of the largest indoor pollutants in our homes - Symptoms caused by formaldehyde are allergies, cancer, immune system failings, asthma and ADD/ADHD
* Phenols are a major indoor pollutant. Phenols are absorbed by lungs, and skin. Symptoms include caustic burns, kidney and liver damage and hyperactivity.
When using bleach, antiseptics or chlorine in industrial areas, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration requires you to wear impervious protective clothing, hard hats, boots, gloves, apron or coveralls, chemical goggles or full face shield and use only in well ventilated areas. Bleach is being linked to rising rates of breast cancer in women, reproductive problems in men and learning and behavioral problems in children, including ADD/ADHD.
Today, the average home contains 62 toxic, unsafe chemicals, more than a chemistry lab at the turn of the century. More than 72,000 synthetic chemicals have been produced since WW II. Less than 2% of synthetic chemicals have been tested for toxicity, carcinogenic effects, or birth defects. The vast majority of chemicals have never been tested for long-term effects.
Do you know which products are safe and which may be harmful? Many items you buy every day contain ingredients that can cause allergic reaction, breathing difficulty, dizziness, cancer, birth defects, and other problems. Taken from the Safe Shopper’s Bible, here is a list of common household products that contain known irritants, carcinogens and/or neurotoxins. Carcinogens are chemicals that cause cancer. Neurotoxins are chemicals that adversely affect the nervous system reducing emotional well being, mental alertness, coordination and other functions associated with intelligence.
Health Effects of Chemical Exposure
Chemicals enter our body through inhalation, ingestion and absorption. However the chemicals find their way into our bodies they present a real danger to our health and well-being. Toxic chemicals found in many household cleaners, personal care items and cosmetics are the cause of many health issues.
* Cancer rates have almost tripled since 1960.
* Cancer is the Number ONE cause of death for children.
* There has been a 26% increase in breast cancer since 1982. Breast cancer is the number ONE killer of women between 35 and 54. Primary suspects are laundry detergents, household cleaners and pesticides.
Since 1980, asthma has increased by 600%. ADD and ADHD are epidemic in schools today. Behavioral problems have long been linked to exposure to toxic chemicals and molds. Chemicals are attracted to, and stored in fatty tissue. The brain is a prime target for these destructive organics because of its high fat content and very rich blood supply. Chemical and environmental sensitivities are known to cause all types of headaches.
Fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, arthritis, lupus, multiple sclerosis, circulatory disorders, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome, depression, and hormonal problems are diseases commonly related to chemical exposure. The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health has found more than two thousand chemicals in cosmetics that are toxic, causing tumors, reproductive complications, biological mutations and skin and eye irritations.
There IS something you can do about it.
Get rid of those toxic potions and lotions and buy safe, environmentally friendly products. You can get them from any supermarket, and you will find it easier to locate them in the generally healthier stores like Trader Joes and Wholefoods.
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