How to avoid toxic chemicals at home that risk the health of you and your child.
In the modern world it’s normal to have a toxic body.
Over the last few years, ordinary people, that is non-scientists like you and me, have become increasingly aware of the dangers posed by man-made chemical ingredients in products we use every day at home.
Two TV programmes screened in the UK , “How Toxic are You?” and “How Toxic are Your Kids?” have enhanced this awareness here and I’m sure that similar programmes have been screened in other countries too.
I want to share with you what I’ve learnt about these dangers and what we can do to remove most of them.
The main cause of body toxicity is harmful ingredients in products we use every day
I don’t think it’s too much to ask that the products sold to us for use on ourselves, our children and our homes should be safe products!
I say that they should not contain dangerous ingredients, nor even potentially harmful ones, that can accumulate in our bodies.
Is the risk real?
A 15 year study showed that “women who worked at home had a 54% higher death rate from cancer than women who had jobs elsewhere.”
In 1989 the US Dept of Occupational Safety and Health analysed 2,983 chemicals used in personal care products such as toothpaste, bubble bath, cosmetics etc.
884 were toxic.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Of these:-
778 were acutely toxic
146 were carcinogenic
218 caused reproductive complications
314 caused biological mutations
376 caused eye and skin irritation
The number of chemicals used in everyday products increases yearly.
Most chemicals remain untested by Regulatory Bodies
The number of synthetic chemicals has been doubling every 7 or 8 years since the 1930s – far too many to test.
Users rely on manufacturers’ own Material Safety Data Sheets.
By 18 months, babies have the “safe lifetime levels” of chemicals in their blood
In 2003, the ContamiNATION study – ( World Wide Foundation) – found:-
70 toxic chemicals in the blood of UK citizens
27 was the average number, with one poor man having 49
When they tested placentas and umbilical cords they found that babies were being born with as many as 20
A Royal Society study (UK) found that within 18 months they have accumulated the “safe lifetime levels”.
In December 2009 Dr. Mercola reported that the Environmental Working Group (USA) carried out tests on 10 randomly selected samples of umbilical cord blood.
9 tested positive for BPA (Bisphenol A) an industrial petrochemical which has been implicated in a lengthening list of chronic disorders, including cognitive and behavioural impairments, diabetes and obesity.
Air in the home can be up to 70 times more hazardous than the air outside
“Most homes have airborne concentrations of hazardous and toxic chemicals 2 to 5 times higher indoors than outside. Some homes are 70 times higher!”(US Environmental Protection Agency 1989)
Household products release toxic vapours even when they are not being used. Our noses tell us where the washing powders and cleaning products are in the supermarket, don’t they??
Vapours released by body warmth from night clothes and bedding are breathed in and can cause asthma, especially in children because of their small size.
Then there’s the air fresheners. Do you know it takes at least 100 chemicals to make a “perfume”? The “perfume” blocks the receptors in the nose. That’s why we have products which periodically spray again.
So… DO they neutralise bed smells or not?
Have you ever read the warnings on the back? Nasty!
Fire retardant chemicals in carpets and soft furnishings are another hazard.
The Bathroom is more dangerous than the Kitchen
The skin is the quickest route for absorption of chemicals into the bloodstream – undiluted – hence nicotine and HRT patches.
The main ingredient used to make brake fluid and anti-freeze is the most frequently used foaming ingredient in toiletries which foam.
CAP (Consumer’s Association of Penang – Malaysia) published a booklet detailing the findings of their ground-breaking study to reveal “Cancer-Causing Chemicals in Cosmetics and Daily Use Products.”
CAP’s study was prompted by a 496% increase in the number of reported cancer cases which rose from 6,254 in 1970 to 37,294 in 1996 – during which time Malasian society was becoming “modernised” in the mould of Western Societies. Their death rate from cancer had risen to match ours in the UK – 103 a day!
These are some of the chemicals they named which are common ingredients in toiletries, cosmetics and skin careproducts.
SODIUM LAURYL SULPHATE (SLS) SODIUM LAURETH SULPHATE (SLES) PROPYLENE GLYCOL MINERAL OIL FLUORIDE SACCHARIN ETHANOL FORMALDEHYDE ALUMINIUM SALTS PEGS
An added complication is Potentially Harmful chemicals. A lot of chemicals are safe UNTIL mixed with something else eg Triclosan and water = toxic dioxins (so why is Triclosan in toothpaste?) but the scary thing is that as tens of thousands have NEVER been tested, no-one knows whether they are safe or not.Be wary of products where ingredients are not listed on the product container.Also be aware that “natural”, “organic”, “herbal” does not necessarily mean SAFE because the base ingredients (the carriers) quite often aren’t.
Toothpaste warning label
This is on a tube of toothpaste I bought in the U.S.
It is a top seller in the UK too but it doesn’t carry the warning!
“Children under 6 years of age: Do not use unless directed by a dentist or a physician.”
Keep out of the reach of children under 6 years of age. If you accidentally swallow more than used for brushing, seek professional advice or contact a Poison Control Centre immediately.”
~~~~~ Toothpaste is poisonous?????
Personally. this makes me very angry.
The quickest way for us to absorb anything, is through the mouth.
Where do you put Angina pills? Under the tongue because they are absorbed in about 30 seconds!
Don’t you think children absorb toothpaste from under their tongues??
So how many exposures does your family have ?
When you count the number of toiletries and cosmetics a woman uses they add up to about 20 a day. If there are only 2 or 3 nasties in each product, it averages out at 50 a day – more than 18,000 every year.
Men now use moisturisers etc so their tally is now more than 6,000 a year.
Children are not far behind – about 5,000 a year – and we have to remember that their small size makes them extremely vulnerable.
Do your products pass the safety test?
Why not print off the ingredients listed above and check the labels on your favourite products?
If they fail the test you have a choice to make.
A) Do nothing.
B) Change your brand.
I can now hear you saying, “Yes, but I don’t have time to search and what about the ingredients not listed here? Are they safe?”
I felt the same way because I don’t have a degree in chemistry either.
Do you want some Good News now?
Just as not all natural substances are safe, not all man-made chemicals are harmful.
In fact, some are very beneficial.
The trick is knowing which is which.
Some time ago, someone I know told me about a company who Do know the difference.
So we can take out the guess work by transferring our current monthly spending on Personal Care, Skin Care, Cosmetics and Home Care to the company who, in 1987, pioneered the formulation, manufacture and distribution of products made only from effective ingredients known to be safe.
They currently avoid more than 3.000 commonly used ingredients because they are known to be harmful or they have a “question mark” over them.
They still work very closely with Dr. Samuel Epstein, founder and chairman of The Cancer Prevention Coalition and emeritus Professor of Environmental and Occupational Medicine at the University of Illinois Chicago School of Public Health.
He is an internationally recognised authority on avoidable causes of cancer, particularly – unknowing exposure to industrial carcinogens in consumer products such as food, cosmetics and toiletries. This is the only company he endorses.
This Safety-Conscious company is also endorsed Chris Woollams, founder of the charity CancerActive and Phillip Day of Credence.org
I have already transferred my spending to them. YOU can too.
You don’t have to go and find your products in the shops, pay Retail and carry them home.
You can order on-line, buying at Wholesale and they will be delivered to your door!
They are Effective, Safe, Economical.
Who is this Safety-Conscious Company?
They are called Modere
Based in Springfield, Utah, they operate in North America, UK/Europe, Asia and Australia/New Zealand.
Their mission began back in 1987 with the product concept – “products free from harmful ingredients” – then they looked for the best way to get them to people.
They currently have 13 powerful, unique product lines which provide our total health solution, using the Best of Science and the Best of Nature.
If you are eager to check out the products you can do so here.
Buy your month’s supply and receive a £10 Discount off your 1st order with free carriage if the total then comes to £79.
Look at “MODERE REWARDS” to see how loyal customers are rewarded!!
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