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How to detox your home

 

This week we are talking about where we live. Your home is the place you spend probably half your time. Between, sleeping 6-9 hrs., preparing food and eating 1-2 hrs. and other home activities you can see we spend much of our lives in the home.

So, how clean is your home? Is it toxic? Do you even know what things in your home are toxic? Do you care? If you don’t or never have thought to check it out whether your home is toxic or becoming toxic, you should! This week we are going to talk about the toxins that can be found in most homes and how to get rid of them. Let’s start with what you clothing you put on each day. Your Body is the Your house you live in! You need to keep it clean.

The religious belief that our bodies are our personal temples that our spirits and souls live in, is based on the following Scripture:

Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.” II Corinthians 3:16-17

The Genesis II Church of Health and Healing is vehemently opposed to any toxin or poison being introduced into the body, “our temple,” by any means!

Question: What are you putting on your bodies?

 

 

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How is the body being DIS-EASED?

 

By Clothing

What you put on your skin can be absorbed by the skin as well as breathed into the lungs. Many of the chemicals used in the production process can “gas off” and be introduced to the body through the lungs. The clothing industry is one of the dirtiest and toxic industry with no standards in many areas of the world. The toxins that come out are absorbed in the body. The chemicals used in production are toxic to the environment as well that affects us all. There are some good articles I found in research that gives you all enough information to see that much of the clothing of this world is toxic so if you want to be healthy you need to make some changes. There have not been a lot of studies which show the effects that chemicals contained in a fabric have on humans as a result of using that fabric, perhaps because there are no interested parties other than universities and government entities. But there are numerous studies which document the effects which the individual chemicals have on humans – perhaps because the textile industry is so fragmented that the few really large corporations with the resources to do this kind of research tend to finance research which supports new products (such as DuPont’s PLA fibers or Teijin’s recycling efforts).  But there have been some, and we found the following:

  • Formaldehyde is used often in finishing textiles to give the fabrics easy care properties (like wrinkle resistance, anti-cling, stain resistance, etc.).  Formaldehyde resins are used on almost all cotton/poly sheet sets in the USA. Formaldehyde is a listed human carcinogen.  Besides being associated with watery eyes, burning sensations in the eyes and throat, nausea, difficulty in breathing, coughing, some pulmonary edema (fluid in the lungs), asthma attacks, chest tightness, headaches, and general fatigue, as well as well documented skin rashes, formaldehyde is associated with more severe health issues:  For example, it could cause nervous system damage by its known ability to react with and form cross-linking with proteins, DNA and unsaturated fatty acids. These same mechanisms could cause damage to virtually any cell in the body, since all cells contain these substances. Formaldehyde can react with the nerve protein (neuroamines) and nerve transmitters (e.g., catecholamines), which could impair normal nervous system function and cause endocrine disruption.

In January 2009, new blue uniforms issued to Transportation Security Administration officers gave them skin rashes, bloody noses, lightheadedness, red eyes, and swollen and cracked lips, according to the American Federation of Government Employees, the union representing the officers.

In 2008, more than 600 people joined a class action suit against Victoria’s Secret, claiming horrific skin reactions (and permanent scarring for some) as a result of wearing Victoria Secret’s bras.  Lawsuits were filed in Florida and New York – after the lawyers found formaldehyde in the bras. Contact dermatitis is a well-known condition, and there are many websites which feature ways to get help. A study by The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health found a link in textile workers between length of exposure to formaldehyde and leukemia deaths.

  • Dioxins: Main uses of dioxin in relation to textiles is as a preservative for cotton and other fibers during sea transit, and in cotton bleaching. It is also found in some dyestuffs.  Dioxin is known as one of the strongest poisons which man is able to produce. It causes cancer of the liver and lung, and interferes with the immune system, resulting in a predisposition to infectious diseases and embryonal mis growth.

Studies have found dioxin leached from clothing onto the skin of participants: It was shown that these contaminants are transferred from textiles to human skin during wearing. They were also present in shower water and were washed out of textiles during washing. Extensive evidence was found indicating that contaminated textiles are a major source of chlorinated dioxins and furans in non-industrial sewage sludge, dry cleaning residues and house dust.

Perfluorocarbons (PFC’s) break down within the body and in the environment to PFOA, PFOS and similar chemicals. (Note: the chemistry here is quite dense; I’ve tried to differentiate between the groups. Please let me know if I’ve made a mistake!) They are the most persistent synthetic chemicals known to man. Once they are in the body, it takes decades to get them out – assuming you are exposed to no more. They are toxic in humans with health effects from increased cholesterol to stroke and cancer. Although little PFOA can be found in the finished product, the breakdown of the Fluor telomeres used on paper products and fabric treatments might explain how more than 90% of all Americans have these hyper-persistent, toxic chemicals in their blood. A growing number of researchers believe that fabric-based, stain-resistant coatings, which are ubiquitous, may be the largest environmental source of this controversial chemical family of PFCs.

PFC’s are used in stain resistant finishes/fabrics such as Scotchgard, GoreTex, Crypton, Crypton Green, GreenShield, Teflon:

PFC’s cause developmental and other adverse effects in animals.

According to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the more exposure children have to PFC’s (per fluorinated compounds), the less likely they are to have a good immune response to vaccinations (click here to read the study).

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, PFC’s:

  • Are very persistent in the environment.
  • Are found at very low levels both in the environment and in the blood of the U.S. population.
  • Remain in people for a very long time.
  • Cause developmental and other adverse effects in laboratory animals.

The levels of PFC’s globally are not going down – and in fact there are places (such as China) where the PFC level is going up. And as there is not a “no peeing” part of the pool, the exposure problem deserves international attention.

Rest of the article found here:  https://oecotextiles.wordpress.com/2010/11/10/how-to-get-rid-of-chemicals-in-fabrics-hint-trick-question/

 

Is Your Clothing Toxic?

Clearing our kitchens, makeup bags, and medicine cabinets of toxins has opened our eyes to many of the ways we’re inadvertently exposed to carcinogens and endocrine disruptors on a daily basis, from cleaning products, to perfume and personal care. And as it turns out, we also need to look inside our closets.

It’s not a small problem: Clothing manufacturers coat their wares in seriously toxic chemicals at several different stages, from coloring fabrics to finishing pieces, explains clean-fashion pioneer Marci Zaroff. (Never mind the significant environmental impact, or the human cost of underpaid workers in factories where most clothing is made.) Zaroff explains that the systemic nature of toxins in clothing often means that trying to wash them out of the clothes we buy is like trying to “wash” pesticides out of conventionally grown strawberries: Practically impossible.

The fashion space lacks a unifying regulator, like the USDA or the FDA, and the process of making clothes is complex and layered, so there are plenty of places it can go wrong (and frequently does, Zaroff says). That said, there are a lot of manufacturers getting things right, and a few certifiers making bold stepsbelow, Zaroff outlines the good, the bad, and the really really badand how to clean out your closet for real:

Zaroff outlines the good, the bad, and the really really bad of clothing manufacturing

 

Q&A with Marci Zaroff

Q

What toxic chemicals should we be most worried about in our clothes?

A

Conventional cotton is grown with genetically modified seeds and sprayed heavily with Roundup (in which the primary ingredient is glyphosate, linked to cancer) and other toxic pesticidesand these persist in the fabric even after manufacturing. Many textiles also contain chlorine bleach, formaldehyde, VOCs (volatile organic compounds), PFCs (per fluorinated chemicals), ammonia, and/or other harmful chemicals. Add to that heavy metals, PVC, and resins, which are involved in dyeing and printing processes.

CHEMICAL

USED FOR

FOUND IN

CONCERNS

Glyphosate

Herbicide in cotton growing

Cotton textiles

Carcinogenic; potentially
linked to autism

Chlorine Bleach

Whitening and stain removal

Natural fiber/cotton
processing (like denim)

Asthma and respiratory
problems

Formaldehyde

Mainly used for
wrinkle-free; also, shrinkage;
carrier for dyes/prints

Natural fabrics like
cotton, or anything
that’s been dyed
or printed

Carcinogenic

VOCs

Solvents used in all parts
of textile supply chain,
particularly for printing

Finished textiles,
especially printed
(natural and synthetic)

Off-gassing, which is a huge issue for workers. VOCs cause developmental and reproductive system
damage, skin/eye irritation,
and liver and respiratory
problems. Some VOCs are
carcinogens.

PFCs

Creating durable water
resistance; as stain repellant/
manager

Finished textiles,
especially printed
(natural and synthetic,
especially uniforms and
outdoor clothing)

Carcinogenic,
bio-accumulative (builds up
in bloodstream),
persistent, and toxic in the
environment

Brominated
Flame Retardants

Used to stop clothes from
burning

Required on children’s
clothing

Neurotoxins, endocrine
disruptors, carcinogens,
bio-accumulative

Ammonia

Provides shrink resistance

Natural fabrics

Absorbed into lungs;
can burn eye, nose, throat

Heavy metals
(lead, chromium
VI, cadmium,
antimony…)

For dyeing; chromium VI is
used in leather tanning and
antimony is used to make
polyester

Finished textiles,
especially dyed
and/or printed
(natural and synthetic)

Highly toxic; can cause
DNA/reproductive issues,
damage blood cells, kidney, liver;
environmental damage

Phalates/
Plastisol

Used in printing

Printing inks/processes

Endocrine disruptors

Data from: Greenpeace Detox Campaign; European Chemicals Agency; Chemical Safety Facts

Q

Are certain fabrics more or less problematic?

A

There are toxic chemicals behind treatments that make clothing wrinkle- or shrinkage-free, flame-resistant, waterproof, stain-resistant, mildew-resistant, or cling-free. All fabrics can accept these toxic finishes, so to avoid them, you need to specifically select products that haven’t been chemically finished.

Toxic surfactants called NPEs (nonylphenol ethoxylates) are commonly used as detergents in textile processing. When you wash these clothes, NPEs are released into the water, where they break down into nonylphenolsendocrine-disrupting chemicals that you are exposed to, and then which accumulate in the environment via the water supply and are highly toxic to fish and ocean wildlife.

My favorite fabrics are GOTS-certified organic cotton and woolfree of pesticides, herbicides, NPEs, and GMOs, and dyed without harmful chemicals such as chlorine bleach, formaldehyde and heavy metals.

I also love Tencel (which I have renamed “ECOlyptus”), which is made from the cellulose extracted from eucalyptusa renewable resource. The eucalyptus is broken down using a non-toxic, recycled solvent, then manufactured in a closed-loop system (where all by-products are used in the process). Always choose Tencel over rayon or bamboo textiles, both of which are created using heavily toxic chemicals and processes, leaving just traces of the original fiber source.

Q

How are these chemicals regulated? Does regulation differ for allergens versus generally recognized toxins?

A

Not enough! The magnitude and multitude of toxic chemicals in the fashion and textile industries is out of control. Even though some carcinogens are regulated (for example, formaldehyde, linked to cancer, is regulated in the US), most brands are still manufactured overseas, where regulation is far behind. And only the most toxic chemicals are regulated in the US, which means there are a huge number that are unregulated but likely to cause allergic reactions.

Chemicals are regulated at the federal and state levels. TSCA (Toxic Substances Control Act), which has recently been reformed, regulates across the country, but state regulations vary widely. Since federal regulation is lacking on most levels, some states have chosen to enact dramatically stricter chemical regulations. In California, for example, Prop 65 and the Safer Consumer Products Regulations go much further than federal rules to protect safe drinking water and encourage manufacturers to find safer alternatives to harmful chemical ingredients.

How Toxic Uniforms Sent American Airlines Employees to the Emergency Room

The effects of toxins in clothing are real: Late last year, American Airlines pilots and flight attendants got new uniforms made by Twin Hillmade with fabrics that left thousands of them with severe reactions: Employees displayed debilitating autoimmune symptoms and severe skin rashes that kept them home from workand several flight attendants ended up in the emergency room with life-threatening illnesses. Passengers complained of bloody noses, and in one instance, a baby developed a rash after being held by a flight attendant. Literally thousands of cases were reported. Because the worst reactions are thought to be caused by combinations of chemicals (and no two fabrics have the same chemical makeup), finding treatments has been complex. Despite the huge number of claims (which continue to grow), and the fact that many employees have experienced reactions even when they are in proximity to coworkers wearing the uniforms, the company has refused to issue a full recall.

TAKE ACTION: Call American Airlines (800.433.7300) and let them know you’re concerned about the well-being of their employees, and of your own safety on a plane with unidentified toxins.

Q

Are there any certifiers of note that police this?

A

BlueSign and OEKO-TEX are standards that address and help to eliminate the harmful substances in textiles, increasing environmental health and safety. Both focus specifically on toxic chemicals that are added to many garments during the manufacturing process. Many brands also self-police, and issue their own restricted-substance lists.

While OEKO-TEX and BlueSign are making great progress on the toxicity front, the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) takes things a step further by considering the fiber source and other layers of productionit’s really the platinum standard for a truly sustainable textile, from the farm to the finished product.

Q

How can we avoid purchasing and supporting companies that use toxic chemicals to treat their clothing?

A

Look for GOTS, OEKO-TEX and Cradle to Cradle Certified products. Cradle to Cradle, an initiative that came out of William McDonough’s now-classic book, measures material health, as well as social justice, material reuse, renewable energy, and water stewardship, and they have a fashion-specific vertical.

Also look at brand websites to understand their chemical policies. This year, Target released a chemical-reduction policy with the goal of full ingredient transparency (including fragrances) for beauty and cleaning products by 2020; by 2022 they will remove PFCs and flame retardants across their product lines. Other mission-driven brands that are very active in pursuing safer and more ethical manufacturing practices include Outerknown, Stella McCartney (both Kering brands), Patagonia, Mara Hoffman, Eileen Fisher, Prana, and Coyuchi. Truly transparent companies will make their fiber and chemical strategies easily available on their websites.

Q

How important is it to wash your clothes before wearing them?

A

It is very important! What we put on our bodies is just as important as what we put in our bodies, and many of the dyes and finishes added to conventional textiles contain chemicals that are known skin irritants. Many people think of cotton as “natural,” but between the pesticides and herbicides, chlorine bleach, and toxic finishes, even “natural” fiber clothing isn’t so natural. Formaldehyde (it’s in much of the clothing made overseas) is a known carcinogen (and less critically but significantly, it’s also a skin irritant). Consumers are particularly susceptible to rashes from harsh chemicals used in making athletic clothing, underwear, and socks because sweating is involved, opening the pores and allowing the body to absorb more chemicals.

Q

Do these chemicals persist over time? Should we be worried about them in vintage clothing, for example?

A

In many ways, buying vintage is the best way to attack the problem of waste in fashion—the most sustainable piece is one that doesn’t have to be made in the first place. Additionally, most older clothes are much less toxic than what’s being produced today—chemical use in textile manufacturing wasn’t as ubiquitous until the last fifty years or so. That said, germs and bacteria (including mold) can collect on old clothing, so stick to vintage that’s well-preserved, and clean it before you wear it, like everything else.

People often ask me if clothes that are made conventionally become safer after many washes, and to some extent that’s true, since you scrub toxic finishes off of fabrics every time you wash them. But beyond the obvious problem that those chemicals are then released into the environment, there are many toxins that are embedded in the fiber in a systemic way that you can never truly be rid of. It’s sort of like thinking you can wash the pesticides off of conventionally grown strawberriesthe story is much more complex.

Q

What’s the role of organic textiles in this conversation?

A

Organic textilesspecifically GOTS-certified, meaning organic from farm to finished productare a huge part of the solution. The methodology of organic fiber agriculture, like that of organic food, builds and protects our earth’s ecosystems, and benefits consumers, farmers, and manufacturing workers. It also supports practices to reduce climate change. Certified organic cotton is grown GMO-free, is never treated with fungicides, synthetic pesticides, or fertilizers, and uses 71 percent less water and 62 percent less energy than conventionally produced cotton. Conventional cotton represents less than three percent of the world’s agriculture, yet accounts for 25 percent of the most harmful insecticides and 10 percent of the most toxic pesticides used on the planet. Sadly, in China, where many of today’s textiles are produced, you can often tell what colors are being dyed in the local factories by the colors of the rivers nearby. In fact, 20 percent of freshwater pollution globally comes from textile treatment and dyeing. Most consumers also don’t realize that 60 percent of a cotton plant goes back into the food stream as feed for dairy or for oils for many packaged products. If a product is GOTS-certified, it is also free of heavy metals, chlorine bleach, formaldehyde, and aromatic solvents, making it free of carcinogens and other toxic chemicals, as well as many allergens.

Q

What are the most important ethical and environmental changes we should demand from our favorite brands?

A

The worst and most hazardous chemicals are used in conventional textiles, so buying certified GOTS, Cradle to Cradle, and/or OEKO-TEX are the best ways to take action. It is imperative that we encourage our favorite brands and retailers to build chemical reduction strategies (with the support of OEKO-TEX and/or BlueSign if needed), especially in their dyeing and processing supply chains. Encourage brands to find ways to reduce chemical-, energy-, and water-use in manufacturing, and to collaborate with one another to eliminate hazardous chemicals before they get into the supply chain.

Source: http://goop.com/wellness/food-planet/is-your-clothing-toxic/

The Environment

 

In theory, we have government regulation to alleviate this concern by banning anything that can harm us. Unfortunately, that's not the reality we live in.

 

Source: https://www.alternet.org/environment/toxic-fabric-our-clothes

 

 

Stay away from polyester and all synthetics

This is a FACT:

Clothing made from synthetic fibersrayon, acrylic, polyester, spandex and olefin, for example  – contains toxic chemicals that pose serious risks to your health.

Until the beginning of the 20th century, all clothing was made from natural fibers. But today, manufactures are making toxic clothing, using over 8,000 synthetic chemicals to produce the garments we wear on our bodies.

“The use of manmade chemicals [in clothing] is increasing,” says Dr. Richard Dixon, Head of the World Wildlife Federation (WWF) Scotland, “and at the same time we have warning signals that a variety of wildlife and human health problems are becoming more prevalent.”

Some of the toxins found in clothes with synthetic fibers include:

  • Formaldehyde
    • Brominated flame retardants
    • Per fluorinated chemicals (Teflon)

Many of these synthetic chemicals are geared toward keeping clothes wrinkle free so that people won’t need to iron. But are wrinkle-resistant clothes worth the risk of serious health problems when these toxic chemicals penetrate our skin?

Health complications associated with skin contact with the toxic chemicals in synthetic clothing include infertility…respiratory diseases…contact dermatitis…and cancer, to name just a few.

One of these thousands of chemicals used to produce synthetic fabric is formaldehyde – and this single chemical has been linked to a 30% increase in lung cancer.

Formaldehyde can be found in fabrics that are labeled as:

  • Anti-cling, anti-static, anti-shrink
    • Waterproof
    • Perspiration-proof
    • Moth-proof and mildew resistant
    • Chorine resistant

Most governments regulate formaldehyde levels in the toxic clothing we all wear; however, the United States government does not.

In the absence of governmental protection, health conscious consumers must take their own precautions. Be aware of the adverse effect that these multiple chemicals might have when interacting with each other and your skin.

When you can, choose clothing made from natural fibers such as:

  • Cotton -preferably organic, though less than 1% of worldwide cotton production meets the organic standard.
    Flax-one of the strongest fibers found in nature.
    Hemp-some say its fibers are 4 times stronger than cotton!
    Silk-but be extra cautious about synthetic agents used to dye silk.
    Wool-if it’s not organic wool, it’s most likely contaminated with chemicals from the pesticides used to kill parasites.

Source: http://undergroundhealthreporter.com/toxic-clothing-synthetic-fibers-hazard-to-health/

What to do?

  • Buy natural organically grown fabrics. My favorite is hemp and muslin cotton.
  • The clothing industry is actually one of the most polluting industries on the planet, and the textiles they produce may be laced with irritants and disease-causing chemicals, which is one of the reasons why it's so important to wash new clothes before wearing them.
  • Looking for clothing made from organic cotton is an excellent start to finding safe, nontoxic clothing (for you and the environment). Natural fiber clothing may also minimize the shedding of microfibers common to synthetic fibers.

 By the Skin

When it comes to living a healthy and natural lifestyle, what you put on your body is just as significant as what you put in your body. Your skin is the largest organ of your body and since it is porous, it absorbs whatever you put on it.

The rule of thumb for what you put on your skin is: If you can’t put it in your mouth, then DON’T put in on your skin! That is a good way to look at what you put on your skin. If you don’t believe that the skin absorbs, then consider this. Aren’t there products called patches for different medications, like morphine, nicotine and even birth control? You have to watch what you are ALLOWING to be absorbed through your skin. Chemical toxins are now being found in fetuses and umbilical cords of newborn babies. How are they getting there? Things the mother has put on her skin could be a major contributor to toxins in the baby’s blood. Some of the toxic chemicals detected in the bodies of those tested are common ingredients in mainstream personal care products.

In 2005, the Environmental Working Group published a combination of two studies that found toxic chemicals in the umbilical cord blood of newborn babies born in the U.S. in the fall of 2004. They screened for more than 400 chemicals, and an astounding 287 toxins were detected within the umbilical cord blood of these newborns. Of these 287 chemicals, 217 were neurotoxins, and 208 are known to damage growth development or cause birth defects. These toxins included mercury, polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), polybrominated and polychlorinated dibenzodioxins and furans (PBCD/F and PBDD/F), perflorinated chemicals (PFCs), organochlorine pesticides like DDT and chlordane, polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), polychlorinated napthalenes (PCNs), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), and many others. These study results have been largely ignored by the media.

Your Skin: It Absorbs! How?

Here is what I pulled off the CDC’s site about “Occupational Skin Diseases” or OSD. So, it is proven that people that work in areas with toxins are having problems with the absorption of toxins into the body by dermal absorption.

Dermal Absorption

Dermal absorption is the transport of a chemical from the outer surface of the skin both into the skin and into the body. Studies show that absorption of chemicals through the skin can occur without being noticed by the worker, and in some cases, may represent the most significant exposure pathway. Many commonly used chemicals in the workplace could potentially result in systemic toxicity if they penetrate through the skin (i.e. pesticides, organic solvents). These chemicals enter the blood stream and cause health problems away from the site of entry.

The rate of dermal absorption depends largely on the outer layer of the skin called the stratum corneum (SC). The SC serves an important barrier function by keeping molecules from passing into and out of the skin, thus protecting the lower layers of skin. The extent of absorption is dependent on the following factors:

  • Skin integrity (damaged vs. intact)
  • Location of exposure (thickness and water content of stratum corneum; skin temperature)
  • Physical and chemical properties of the hazardous substance
  • Concentration of a chemical on the skin surface
  • Duration of exposure
  • The surface area of skin exposed to a hazardous substance

Research has revealed that skin absorption occurs via diffusion, the process whereby molecules spread from areas of high concentration to areas of low concentration.

1st

Three mechanisms by which chemicals diffuse into the skin have been proposed:

  1. Intercellular lipid pathway (Figure 1)
  2. Transcellular permeation (Figure 2)
  3. Through the appendages (Figure 3)

Figure 1: Intercellular lipid pathway

As shown in Figure 1, the stratum corneum consists of cells known as corneocytes. The spaces between the corneocytes are filled with substances such as fats, oils, or waxes known as lipids. Some chemicals can penetrate through these lipid-filled intercellular spaces through diffusion.

2nd

Figure 2: Transcellular permeation

As shown in Figure 2, another pathway for chemicals to be absorbed into and through the skin is transcellular, or cell-to-cell, permeation whereby molecules diffuse directly through the corneocytes.

 

3rd

 

Figure 3: Through the appendages (hair follicles, glands) As shown in Figure 3, the third pathway for diffusion of chemicals into and through the skin is skin appendages (i.e., hair follicles and glands). This pathway is usually insignificant because the surface area of the appendages is very small compared to the total skin area. However, very slowly permeating chemicals may employ this pathway during the initial stage of absorption.

Occupations at Risk for harmful exposures to the skin

Workers at risk of potentially harmful exposures of the skin include, but are not limited to, those working in the following industries and sectors:

  • Food service
  • Cosmetology
  • Health care
  • Agriculture
  • Cleaning
  • Painting
  • Mechanics
  • Printing/lithography
  • Construction

Dermal exposure to hazardous agents can result in a variety of occupational diseases and disorders, including occupational skin diseases (OSD) and systemic toxicity. Historically, efforts to control workplace exposures to hazardous agents have focused on inhalation rather than skin exposures. As a result, assessment strategies and methods are well developed for evaluating inhalation exposures in the workplace; standardized methods are currently lacking for measuring and assessing skin exposures.

OSD are the second most common type of occupational disease and can occur in several different forms including:

  • Irritant contact dermatitis,
  • Allergic contact dermatitis,
  • Skin cancers,
  • Skin infections,
  • Skin injuries, and
  • Other miscellaneous skin diseases.

Contact dermatitis is one of the most common types of occupational illness, with estimated annual costs exceeding $1 billion.

Source: https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/skin/

There are far too many toxics in consumer products to cover here, so we've decided to focus on the groups of harmful ingredients on our "Never List", which reads: "No Artificial Fragrances or Colors, MEA, DEA or TEA, Parabens, Phthalates, PEG compounds, Sulfates, Silicones, or any other petrochemicals". Here we go:

Artificial Colors
Function: Colorants. 
Found in: Tinted/colored products. 
Danger: Dyes are often derived from coal tar or other petroleum byproducts. 
How they’re listed: Usually as a color followed by a number (i.e., “Red 4”).

Artificial Fragrance
Function: Scent.
Found in: Scented products and perfumes.
Danger: The terms "Fragrance" (USA) and "Parfum"(EU) give no information about the ingredients in the scent, which may include many synthetic and potentially allergenic compounds (by law in the US, companies are not required to disclose the ingredients in their "fragrance" as it's considered a trade secret). If a product is in fact all-natural, "fragrance" or "parfum" should be followed by an asterisk on the ingredient list, with a footnote clarifying what the "fragrance" actually consists of (i.e., "composed of 100% pure essential oils.")
How they’re listed:
“Fragrance” or “Parfum” (without an asterisk).

MEA (Monoethanolamine), DEA (Diethanolamine), or TEA (Triethanolamine) derivatives
Function: Surfactants (foaming agents), emulsifiers (prevents separation of ingredients).
Found in: Face and body washes, shampoos, hair colors, and more.
Danger: Possible carcinogens, may result in contamination with nitrosamines. 
How they’re listed: Anything with MEA, DEA, or TEA.

Parabens
Function: Preservatives.
Found in: 75 to 90% of all cosmetic products on the market
Danger: Endocrine disruptors, possible carcinogens.
How they’re listed: Methyl/ethyl/butyl/isobutyl/propyl paraben.

PEG Compounds
Function: Humectants (attracts moisture), surfactants (foaming agents), emulsifiers (prevents separation of ingredients), penetration enhancers (increases product absorption into skin).
Found in: Lotions, soaps, shampoo, makeup, and more.
Danger: May be contaminated with carcinogens like 1,4-dioxane, can help carry these impurities through skin, may cause birth defects and infertility.
How they’re listed: Anything with “PEG” in the name.

Phthalates
Function: Plasticizers, fragrance solvents. 
Found in: Many perfumes and scented products.
Danger: Endocrine disrupters, respiratory toxicants, can cause birth defects and infertility in males, may lead to pregnancy loss in females, may alter childhood brain development.

How they’re listed: Commonly hidden under “fragrance” or “parfum”; Anything with “phthalate” in its name, or DBP, DEHP, DMP, DEP. 

Silicones 
Function: Emollients (seals in moisture), emulsifiers, texturizers. 
Found in: Lotions, soaps, shampoo, makeup, styling products and more.  
Danger: Though not associated with serious human health problems, silicones are environmental contaminants, non-biodegradable, and prohibited ingredients under the EcoCert certification. 

How they’re listed: Anything that ends in “cone,” “conol,” “col,” or “xane.”

Sulfates
Function: Surfactants (foaming agents), emulsifiers (prevents separation of ingredients).
Found in: Face wash, body wash, shampoos, soaps, toothpaste, and more.
Danger: Common irritants, penetration enhancers, may be contaminated with known carcinogens like 1,4 dioxane.
How they’re listed: Sodium lauryl/laureth sulfate, sodium dodecyl sulfate, sodium salt sulphuric acid, monododecyl ester.

We know it’s a lot to take in, and also a little scary! We don’t yet have perfect knowledge here, but we’re doing our best to find “the truth” – as much as that’s possible – and we’re committed to sharing our learning as we go.

Source: https://www.ursamajorvt.com/blogs/the-blog-cabin/17977869-what-are-toxics

 

Top 10 products/ingredients to avoid, scrutinize or reduce use:

  1. Talc-based powder
  2. Nail polish
  3. Baby shampoo: Do your homework well when choosing baby shampoo (and all baby products)! A chemical called 1,4-dioxane is all too common in most brands. Product tests released by author and researcher David Steinman found 1,4- dioxane in more than 12 different best-selling brands of both shampoo and bubble bath. And 1,4-dioxane is cited as a probable carcinogen by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and as an animal carcinogen by the National Toxicology Program. Unfortunately, this is a clear-cut example of the hidden dangers that lurk in your products that are not listed on the label. Because 1,4-dioxane is produced during manufacturing, the FDA does not require for it to be listed as an ingredient on the labels of products.
  4. Bubble baths
  5. Hair dyes
  6. Petroleum-based products
  7. Fragrances
  8. Deodorant
  9. Skin primers made with silicone or other cone products
  10. Baby wipes

Source: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/deborah-burnes/skin-care_b_1540929.html

A study published in the American Journal of Public Health looked into the skin’s absorption rates of chemicals found in drinking water. It showed that the skin absorbed an average of 64% of total contaminant dosage. Other studies found the face to be several times more permeable than broad body surfaces and an absorption rate of 100% for underarms and genitalia. And another peer-reviewed study showed 100% absorption for fragrance ingredients.

It is easy to see that what we use on our skin ends up inside our bodies. So it is important to pay close attention to the ingredients in our skin care products. If the products you use contain harmful ingredients such as harsh, toxic chemicals, colors, and fragrances, those ingredients make their way into your body, your blood and lymphatic system. The majority of mainstream body care products contain a cocktail of carcinogenic chemicals, allergens, and irritants.

To eliminate a lot of toxic chemicals, preservatives, and fragrances that are harmful to our bodies, choose certified organic and natural skin care products. It is important to read labels and become educated about what ingredients to avoid when selecting body care products. A good motto to go by is, if you can’t pronounce it or have only seen it in chemistry class, don’t use it! Petroleum derivatives, preservatives, synthetic fragrances and dyes go by many names. A few examples of common ingredients to steer clear of are Cocoamidopropyl Betaine, Olefin Sulfonate, Sodium Lauryl Sarcosinate, Potassium Cocoyl Glutamate, Sulfates, Parabens, and Phenoxyethanol. Following is an example of a mainstream product and the synthetic ingredients it contains:

Vaseline Intensive Care Dry Skin Lotion

Ingredients from packaging: ACTIVE INGREDIENT: ETHYLHEXYL P-METHOXYCINNAMATE (SPF 5). OTHER INGREDIENTS: WATER, GLYCERIN, STEARIC ACID, GLYCOL STEARATE, SUNFLOWER SEED OIL, SOYA STEROL, LECITHIN, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, RETINYL PALMITATE, DIMETHICONE, GLYCERYL STEARATE, CETYL ALCOHOL, TEA, MAGNESIUM ALUMINUM SILICATE, FRAGRANCE, CARBOMER, STEARAMIDE AMP, CORN OIL, METHYLPARABEN, DMDM HYDANTOIN, IODOPROPYNYL BUTYLCARBAMATE, DISODIUM EDTA, PG, BHT, TITANIUM DIOXIDE, YELLOW NO. 10.

Here is another product I remember using as a kid and even my wife used on our children. It is from Johnson and Johnson, a family company as the advertisement says. Johnson and Johnson was sued over baby’s talc powder! These are products for babies. I would like there to be a strong oversight on the safety of children, wouldn’t you? Well, you see what is ‘approved’ to be injected into children so NO surprise that the prostitutes in the FDA allow this. I say prostitutes because they do it for money. They are all paid off! Again, read the vaccine/medical time line in this book.

Johnson & Johnson ordered to pay $417m in lawsuit linking baby powder to cancer. This company wouldn’t pay that much money unless it was proven. The verdict marks the largest sum awarded in a series of talcum powder lawsuit verdicts against Johnson & Johnson in courts around the US - Aug 22, 2017 Associated Press, Los Angeles.

 

What about Sunblock and protection from the sun?

One thing people have been led to believe is that the sun will give you cancer. What a silly idea. For thousands of years people worked outside in the sun all day without cancer developing. In fact, you’ll see cultures that live in the desert and look at the type of clothes they wear. A couple layers of clothing or robes and hats to cover them.

I live on the beach and I walk in the sun every day for 30 minutes to one hour. I have people with skin cancer that come here and I have them in the sun BUT not from 11-2. They will go in the ocean from 9-10 AM or 4-5 PM to receive as much vitamin D3 production as possible daily. I’ve seen melanoma dry up and fall off with our Sacramental protocols. But, today there is a craze to be tanned. People spend hours in tanning salons and worse; spraying the body with paint to look tanned. The people that do this are absorbing all those toxins in the body.

Tomatoes will most of the time keep you from burning because of the lycopene. Also, you should be caring more for your inside health than outer appearance.

SUNBLOCK not only is poisonous but stops the production of Vitamin D-3.

The ingredients of most sunblock lotions are toxic to the body.

Sunscreen is Harmful!

Sunscreen use has risen in past decades, as media outlets and doctors tout the benefits of sunscreen for protecting against skin cancer and sunburn. The problem with this billion-dollar-a-year market is that not all sunscreens are created equal and in many cases sunscreen is harmful, not helpful.

Here’s why:

There are two ways that a sunscreen can protect the skin from sun damage: with a mineral barrier or a chemical one.

Mineral sunscreens typically include ingredients like zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, which create a physical barrier to protect the skin from the sun.

Chemical Sunscreens…

Chemical sunscreens use one or more chemicals including oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate and octinoxate.

With these chemicals, it is important to ask questions such as:

  • Will this cross the skin and get into other tissue in the body?
  • Does this chemical have the potential to disrupt hormones, especially in children?
  • Are there long-term or allergy reactions to these chemicals?

This new research by the EWG reveals that the chemicals commonly used in sunscreen are endocrine disruptors, estrogenic and may interfere with thyroid and other hormone processes in the body.

The most common sunscreen chemical, Oxybenzone, was found in 96% of the population by a recent study by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. This is especially alarming since oxybenzone is considered an endocrine disruptor, can reduce sperm count in men and may contribute to endometriosis in women.

The EWG warns against using oxybenzone, especially on children or pregnant/breastfeeding women.

Even more alarming?

Of the 1,400+ sunscreens tested by the EWG, only 5% met their safety standards and over 40% were listed as potentially contributing to skin cancer.

I explain the reason that sunscreen may actually lead to skin cancer in this post, but one of the reasons is that a Vitamin A derivative, retinyl palmitate, that is often used in sunscreens was shown to speed up the growth of cancerous cells by 21%.

Spray sunscreens have become increasingly popular in recent years, but have additional dangers, especially if inhaled. Consumer Reports warns that spray sunscreens should not be used on children and that adults should exercise caution and make sure not to use on the face or inhale them.

Many sunscreens also contain methylisothiazolinone, which the American Contact Dermatitis Society named as its “allergen of the year.”

The EWG’s most recent report listed Neutrogena as the #1 sunscreen brand to avoid, citing high concentrations of oxybenzone and other hormone disrupting chemicals, and misleading claims about their SPF levels.

 

 Vitamin D Dilemma

We’ve already established that some sunscreen is harmful and may do more harm than good, but another important consideration that is often ignored: Vitamin D.

Most sunscreens completely block the body’s ability to manufacture Vitamin D. Statistically, 75% of us are deficient in Vitamin D and Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to higher risk of cancer and heart disease (which kill more people than skin cancer per year).

We might literally be cutting off our noses to spite our faces when it comes to sun exposure. We lather up with chemical sunscreens that have the potential to greatly increase skin cancer risk and reduce Vitamin D production in the name of avoiding skin cancer, and increase our risk of more widespread diseases related to Vitamin D deficiency.

Important Note:

The topic of if sunscreen is harmful is a loaded one. To be clear, I am NOT saying that we shouldn’t exercise caution in exposure (especially overexposure) to the sun, however, as more and more evidence emerges about the dangers of many sunscreens and their potential to increase rates of skin cancer, it is important not to depend on sunscreens or think that regular sunscreen use decreases the risk of skin cancer.

In fact, a study in the Journal of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics reports that:

Sunscreens protect against sunburn, but there is no evidence that they protect against basal cell carcinoma or melanoma. Problems lie in the behavior of individuals who use sunscreens to stay out longer in the sun than they otherwise would. Vitamin D inhibition is, at this stage, unlikely due to insufficient use by individuals. Safety of sunscreens is a concern, and sunscreen companies have emotionally and inaccurately promoted the use of sunscreens.

Despite the push for more awareness about sun exposure, and the advice to use sunscreen whenever we go outside, incidence of skin cancer, especially melanoma, is rising dramatically.

In fact, skin cancer rates are rising by 4.2% annually, despite the fact that we  spend less time outdoors and wear more sunscreen. Source: http://naturalsociety.com/

If you do get sun burned our G2 Sacramental Spray bottle protocol heals it quickly.

Get rid of your sunblock! Cover up your bodies if out in the sun from 11-2. I have seen so many parents think they are doing a good thing to their children by covering them with sun block, but think again!

Pay attention to what you apply to your skin! REMEMBER: If you can’t eat it, you shouldn’t put it on your skin!

 Inside the house (Where you live)

NOTE: You will read below about chemical toxins from cleansing products, toxic cookware, and fabrics we sit and sleep on, there is an EMF threat also. Wi-Fi modems, Cell Phones and T.V.’s. Our houses are full of electron magnetic frequencies bombarding us daily. Cell phone tower are putting out these disruptive frequencies as well. I’ve seen cancer tumors on the side of heads in the shape of phones! Turn off your electronics at night and move your WIFI modems away where you sleep.

 

Our Homes

They're our safe havens, but could our homes also be making us ill? We report on the alarmingly common Toxic Home Syndrome.

Household cleaning chemicals you should avoid

The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued a warning about early exposure to chemicals during childhood and one of the main sources is household cleaning products. Toxic Nation, an offshoot of Environmental Defense, has some helpful suggestions on how to clean out your house and find non-toxic alternatives. You can also learn more from the Canadian Partnership for Children's Health and Environment (CPCHE).

Here's a list of six household cleaners to avoid and alternatives to detox your home.

  • 1. Antibacterial cleaners
    It may be safer to take your chances with the germs. These cleaners contain triclosan, a form of dioxin, linked with weakened immune systems, decreased fertility, hormone disruption and birth defects. There is also a danger of triclosan mixing with the chlorine in tap water to form the deadly chlorinated dioxins.
    Alternative: Regular soap, which kills 99.4 percent of germs. Antibacterial soap kills 99.6 percent.
  • 2. Air fresheners
    Air fresheners actually stop you from smelling by coating nasal passages with an oil film or by releasing nerve deadening agents. One main ingredient, formaldehyde, is a carcinogen, causing allergic reactions, dermatitis, headaches, mucous membrane irritations, joint and chest pain, depression, fatigue, dizziness and immune dysfunction. Another main component, phenol, causes skin eruptions, cold sweats, convulsions, circulatory collapse and in extreme cases, coma.
    Alternative: Open the window or use an exhaust fan.
  • 3. Dishwasher detergent
    Dishwasher detergents are the number one cause of accidental child poisoning. They contain a dry form of highly concentrated chlorine that is poisonous and have been known to produce skin irritations or burns, and cause eye injuries and damage to other mucous membranes. Residue built up on dishes can transfer into your hot meal.
    Alternatives: Buy phosphate and chlorine free detergent.
  • 4. Oven cleaners
    Among the most dangerous chemicals in households, these cleaners contain sodium hydroxide (a derivative of lye) so corrosive it can eat through the top layer of skin and cause severe tissue damage. It's also caustic for eyes and lungs. Also contains benzene, toluene, xylene, methanol and ethylbenzene, which are all known carcinogens, damaging to the nervous system and unborn children. Residue can be released as toxic fumes into the air when the oven is heated.
    Alternative: Make a scrub of baking soda, salt and water paste.
  • 5. Carpet and upholstery shampoo
    Designed to knock the stain out, they may also take you out as well. The main ingredient, perchloroethylene (the same one used in dry cleaning), is a known carcinogen, damaging to the liver, kidney and the nervous system. Ammonium hydroxide, another ingredient, is corrosive, extremely irritable to eyes, skin and respiratory passages. Fumes are carcinogenic and known to cause dizziness, sleepiness, nausea, loss of appetite and disorientation.
    Alternative: Use a mix of baking soda and water. Salt will take out wine or fruit stains. Club soda will remove lighter stains. Baking soda and cornstarch will deodorize.
  • 6. Toilet, tub and tile bowl cleaners
    Highly toxic, bathroom cleaners are a source of many poisonings, particularly since they are used in small, often windowless spaces. Most contain hydrochloric acid (corrosive to skin and eyes, and damages kidneys and liver) or hypochlorite bleach (corrosive to eyes, skin and respiratory tract, and known to cause vomiting and pulmonary edema if inhaled). These cleaners also contain benzene, toluene, xylene, methanol and ethylbenzene, which are all known carcinogens that damage the nervous system and cause birth defects.)
    Alternative: Remove toilet bowl stains with pure vinegar. Dilute with water to remove soap scum. Washing soda or borax is also effective on tiles.

Source: http://www.greenlivingonline.com/article/six-household-chemicals-avoid

 

Top tips from My Healthy Home

  • Use eco-friendly cleaning products, which spew less toxins and pollutants into the air.
  • Make sure you have effective ventilation throughout your home.
  • Use roll-on deodorant or eco-friendly beauty products, rather than aerosol cans.
  • Consider wood flooring: carpets harbor dirt, dust mites, pet hair, fungus and other potentially harmful particles that can aggravate the lungs.
  • Switch off all technological devices by the wall when they're not being used.
  • Take your shoes off at the door so pollen, dirt, soil etc. from outdoors isn't spread around your home.
  • If you notice your health deteriorating, make sure your home is radon-free by getting it tested.
  • Make sure paint has properly dried before using a newly-painted room.
  • Dry washing outside, or make sure windows are open if you have to dry it inside.
  • If you have a shower curtain, change it regularly. Avoid vinyl shower curtains, as the material harbors water and creates mold.
  • For more information, visit www.myhealthmyhome.com.

Home is where the heart is - but it may also be where the harm is.

It's estimated that 15.3 million UK households suffer from Toxic Home Syndrome, where occupants' health deteriorates as a result of poor indoor air quality. And while the most common effects are coughing, sneezing, watery eyes, fatigue, dizziness and headaches, a recent pan-European study found that exposure to indoor pollutants can also be linked to reduced life expectancy, and diseases including lung cancer, cardiovascular disease and asthma.

 

Cause for concern

My Health My Home, which is backed by the UK's electro technical industry body BEAMA, has been launched to draw attention to the problems caused by poor indoor air quality, and promote better home ventilation.

The initiative says 81% of people are at risk of suffering from a respiratory or dermatological condition because of poor air quality inside their home.

On average, Brits spend more than 90% of their time indoors, and indoor air can be up to 50 times more polluted than outdoor air, containing over 900 chemicals, particles and biological materials. And as well as the common effects of inhaling these chemicals, like sneezing and headaches, there can sometimes be more severe results, including eye irritation, rhinitis, fever or chills, rashes, hearing loss, muscle pain, nosebleeds and respiratory problems.

Better out than in

Indoor pollutants can be naturally occurring, such as mold spores from damp spots on walls and window frames, or even from decaying food. Mold is likely to cause more problems in homes with little or no ventilation, and My Health My Home says 58% of people have experienced mold or condensation in their home.

"Perennial allergens, such as house dust mites and mold within the home, are a major contributor to diseases like asthma and eczema, and rhinitis," says Professor Howarth, Professor of allergy and respiratory medicine at Southampton University.

"Surveys have shown a high percentage of UK homes have some evidence of visible mold, in rooms like the kitchen or bathroom, where there's the highest humidity, and the older the housing, the poorer the damp proof coursing, and the more likelihood for damp problems."

In addition, wet clothes dried indoors can increase moisture levels in the home, encouraging mold to grow.
Further indoor pollution may come from pollen brought in from outside either through open windows or on shoes and clothes, pet dander, or volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

Chemical nation

VOCs can be found in many everyday cleaning products including air fresheners, carpet cleaners, polish and oven cleaners, and can trigger asthma.

"There are varying reports as to whether VOC levels are raised within the home or not," says Professor Howarth, "but certainly higher levels can give rise to non-specific symptoms such as headache, stuffiness, itchy skin and not feeling quite right.”

"It's often things that aren't particularly striking - until you remove them and realize you haven't been quite so well."

Certain gases can also pollute indoor air. Radon, a natural radioactive gas emanating from soil and rock, can enter through cracks and gaps in walls and floors, and via the water supply. Carbon monoxide is another pollutant which can be found in homes with faulty heating or cooking appliances, and can build up from clogged chimneys and cigarette smoke.

 

Bricking it

Building materials can also adversely affect health – paint, for example, can contain lead and formaldehyde, which can lead to breathing difficulties, increased blood pressure and joint pain, among other things.

Asbestos, found in industrial or residential premises built before 2000, can become lodged in the lungs and cause serious problems.

"There's not much information available about the problem of indoor pollutants," says Professor Howarth, who stresses that good ventilation within the home is a vital part of tackling poor-quality indoor air.

"As new houses are built that are more insulated and airtight, there can be less air exchange within the rooms, so unless they're properly ventilated, humid rooms will build up condensation, which can be another source of mold within the home.

"As we move towards more energy-efficient homes and people are worried about their heating costs, the windows may be kept closed. But obviously, if you open the windows, you'll get good ventilation.

"I advise my patients to prioritize good household ventilation – assess the systems your home has in place and look to update them if they are faulty or out of date."

Source: http://home.bt.com/lifestyle/wellbeing/could-your-house-have-toxic- home-syndrome-11363969127470

 

 Banish These 12 Household Toxins from Your House

1.Coal Tar Driveway Sealant

If you plan to seal your blacktop driveway, avoid coal tar-based sealants. They contain polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, or PAHs, toxic compounds shown to cause cancer or other genetic mutations. When rainwater and other precipitation hit your driveway, the toxic chemicals run off into your yard and into your local drinking water supply. In fact, this situation has been compared to dumping quarts of motor oil right down a storm drain. The dust is often tracked into homes, too.

Better Alternatives for Coal Tar Driveway Sealant:

Gravel and other porous materials are best for driveways because they allow rainwater to sink into the ground, where it gets filtered and doesn't inundate water treatment plants. But if you do seal blacktop, pick asphalt sealant and stay away from any product that has coal tar in its name (or products simply called "driveway sealant"). Lowe's and Home Depot have already banned the bad stuff, but smaller hardware stores may still carry it.

2.Synthetic Pesticides

Chemical weed, fungus, and bug killers all fit under this category and should be avoided both inside and outside of your house. Researchers have linked these pesticides to various forms of cancer, including non-Hodgkin's lymphoma; insecticides have been connected to brain damage in kids. "This is a good time of the year to resolve not to use pesticides on lawns and gardens," says Phil Landrigan, MD, director of Mount Sinai's Children's Environmental Health Center. "A few dandelions or buttercups or other little flowers in the middle of the lawn are not unsightly."

Better Alternative than synthetic pesticides
Combating an indoor bug problem is as simple as cleaning up crumbs, sealing food in containers, and using wood shims and a caulking gun to fill pest entry points. If you're spending big bucks on chemicals for a turf-like lawn, reconsider. Pesticides and chemical fertilizers kill the health of the soil and create a lawn that allows for little rainwater absorption, which contributes to flooding. Try replacing some sod with plants native to your area; they don't require as much water and maintenance.

3.Antibacterial Soap

 The antimicrobial chemical triclosan, used in some toothpastes and antibacterial soaps, is believed to disrupt thyroid function and hormone levels in people; when it mixes into wastewater, it can cause sex changes in aquatic life. And health experts believe that overuse of this and other antibacterial chemicals is promoting the growth of bacteria that are resistant to antibacterial treatment.

Better Alternative for antibacterial soap
Good old-fashioned soap and warm water will kill just as many germs, studies have shown. If you must use a natural hand sanitizer, pick one that's alcohol based and doesn't list triclosan, triclocarban (another related antibacterial chemical) or other chemicals described as "antimicrobial" or "antibacterial" on the label.

  1. Synthetic Fragrances

Fragrance may be the most common type of chemical in your house. Used in laundry detergents, fabric softeners, dryer sheets, cleaning supplies, disinfectants, air fresheners, deodorizers, shampoos, hair sprays, gels, lotions, sunscreens, soaps, perfumes, powders, and scented candles—and dozens of other products you may not know about—fragrances are a class of chemicals that are well worth the time and effort to avoid. The term "fragrance" or "parfum" on personal-care-product labels can be a cover for hundreds of harmful chemicals known to be carcinogens, endocrine disrupters, and reproductive toxicants, even at low levels.

Better Alternative for synthetic fragrances

Go the unscented route whenever possible, especially with soaps and detergents. Avoid any kind of air freshener or deodorizer, including sprays, gels, solid disks, and oils, suggests Anne Steinemann, PhD, a University of Washington researcher who focuses on fragrances in consumer products. "These products do not clean or disinfect the air, but they do add hazardous chemicals to the air we breathe," she says. Use better ventilation and set out a bowl of baking soda or white vinegar to freshen up a room.

  1. Harsh Cleaning Products

Isn't it ironic that we actually contaminate our air when we use harsh disinfectants – some of which are known to cause cancerto "clean" our homes? Ammonia can trigger asthma attacks, and harsh oven cleaners and drain openers can cause respiratory damage or burn the skin of children who come into contact with them.

Better Alternative for harsh cleaning products
Save tons of money by turning to Grandma's homemade cleaning concoctions, including a general cleaning solution of one-part white vinegar and nine parts water. This will kill up to 90 percent of bacteria and many spores. Just spray it on and let it dry to a nice shine on its own. The best surprise about distilled white vinegar? You can buy a gallon for less than $2 and make more than 10 gallons of cleaning solution. When you're finished using a vinegar cleaning solution, dump it down your garbage disposal or toilet for bonus odor control.

  1. Nonstick Cookware + Bakeware

Is the convenience of nonstick worth it? That slick, shiny, enticingly nonstick surface is made from a synthetic material known as perfluoroalkyl acid, a class of chemicals that have been linked to ADHD, high cholesterol, and thyroid disease. They're also potent sperm killers and are suspected of contributing to female infertility.

Better Alternative NON-stick cookware + bakeware
opt for safer cookware like made-in-America cast iron, glass or stainless steel. If you already cook with nonstick pots and pans, replace them with safer choices when you start seeing scratches and chips in the finish.

  1. Roundup Ready Food

Roundup, the most widely used herbicide in the country, is sprayed on everything from cotton to canola, lawns to golf courses. So it stands to reason that the stuff winds up in our air and water. But when you're eating "Roundup Ready" food, as in, food that's been genetically modified to withstand all those Roundup applications, you're eating it too, according to plant pathologist Don Huber, PhD, professor emeritus at Purdue University. That's problematic because scientists are learning that Roundup affects defensive enzymes our bodies use to keep us healthy. Roundup also reduces a plant's ability to take up vital micronutrients that humans require for survival.

Better Alternative for Roundup Ready Foods
Corn, soy, and canola are common crops that have been genetically engineered to withstand heavy dousing of Roundup (or other glyphosate-containing chemicals), and foods containing these ingredients tend to contain higher levels of Roundup than other crops do. To avoid genetically engineered (GE) foods and Roundup in your food, buy organic.

  1. Vinyl

Some environmental health groups have dubbed vinyl the "poison plastic," due to its harmful production process and its effects on humans. Vinyl is laced with phthalates, chemical plastic softeners linked to hormone disruption, stunted growth, obesity, and other health problems, as well as low IQs.

Better Alternative for vinyl
When it's time to replace flooring in your home, opt for wood, bamboo, or cork that's Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified or for real linoleum, instead of vinyl. Avoid plastic shower-curtain liners, as well as fake leather furniture, clothing, and accessories, to cut down on phthalate exposure. (Try hemp or organic cotton shower curtains.)

  1. Flame Retardants

Flame-retardant chemicals can be found in electronics, carpets, carpet padding, and furniture foam. They've been associated with a wide range of health problems, including infertility, thyroid problems, learning disabilities, and hormone disruption. And the exposure to all these potential health threats could be for naught: Added to materials in the event they come in contact with a lit candle or cigarette, the chemicals only delay a fire, and for just a few seconds. When these flame retardants do burn, they release higher levels of carbon monoxide and soot, the two leading causes of fire-related deaths, than non-treated materials.

Better Alternative for Flame Retardants
When shopping for new furniture, call the manufacturer and ask if it contains flame retardants. If you see a tag that says "complies with California Technical Bulletin 117," avoid bringing home that piece of furniture. (California requires all upholstered furniture to be flame retardant, and nearly all furniture sold in the U.S. is made to comply with their law.) Take care when selecting electronics, too: The Environmental Working Group lists electronics that are free of flame retardants.

  1. Canned Food

Bisphenol A, or BPA, is a hormone-disrupting chemical linked to male infertility, diabetes, heart disease, aggressive behavior in children, and other ills. The chemical is used in some No. 7 plastic bottles and most canned-food containers, and although some manufacturers are phasing the chemical out of their cans, it's not clear that the replacements are totally safe either. In 2010, scientists also discovered that we absorb BPA from cash-register receipts through our skin.

Better Alternative for Canned Food
opt for fresh or frozen fruits and veggies, and bypass cans as often as possible. Don't store or microwave food or beverages in plastic containers. And say no thanks to receipts for minor purchases like gas and coffee, and at the ATM.

  1. VOCs
    Nasty indoor air-polluting culprits, volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, could be trashing your indoor air, especially in the kitchen, the basement, or even the laundry room. (Scented, petroleum-based laundry detergents contain high levels of VOCs.) These hazardous chemicals are linked to asthma and, in some instances, even cancer, and they add to indoor air pollution. Pressed wood and particleboard cabinets and other furniture are big emitters of the VOC (and carcinogen) formaldehyde in the home, too.

Better Alternative for VOC’s
Choose unscented, plant-based detergents, or go old-school and use castile soap or washing soda and borax to clean your clothing. For new paint projects, choose readily available no-VOC paint, and avoid storing paint in your garage or basement--fumes can escape even tightly closed lids and enter your home. Avoid plywood and particleboard when buying new household furnishings, and keep VOCs contained by sealing any plywood or particleboard furniture with a product like AFM Safe coat Safe Seal.

  1. Dry-Cleaning Chemicals

Sure, it's convenient to drop your clothing off with a dry cleaner, but the cleaning chemical of choice in this country remains perchloroethylene, also known as PCE, or perc. This chemical is classified a probable carcinogen and is linked to kidney,             liver, and central nervous system damage. It's not something you want to wear or have holed up in your home closet. Although many states and cities are phasing out perc, it's still among the most widely used dry-cleaning chemicals.

Better Alternative for Dry Cleaning
You can work around "Dry Clean Only" instructions on clothing tags. You just need to know how to treat different types of fabric. Read Dry Clean Only? Nah, there are cheaper, safer ways for instructions on cleaning delicates like wool, rayon, and silk.
Source: https://www.rodalesorganiclife.com/home/banish-these-12- householdtoxins-from-your-house?slide=1/slide/12

So, you can see we are surrounded by toxins and these toxins are putting the body in a state of “dis-ease. “BUT…….

The Good News is: If we stop the toxins from entering the body in various ways mentioned above and detox the toxins already in various parts of the body, we can enjoy a body where everything works correctly i.e. homeostasis – balance – health and protects us from dis-ease. You will learn how to detox the toxins already in the body to allow the body’s INCREDIBLE systems to do their job. Keep reading as we show you how the body works and how to support it to do its job and enjoy HEALTH!

 

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