Begin by thinking of your home as a toxic waste dump. The average home today contains 62 toxic chemicals – more then a chemistry lab at the turn of the century. More then 72,000 synthetic chemicals have been produced since WWII. Less then 2% of synthetic chemicals have been tested for toxicity, mutagenic and carcinogenic effects, or birth defects. The majority of chemicals have never been treated for long-term effects.
A.An EPA survey concluded that indoor air was 3 to 70 times more polluted then outdoor air.
B.Another EPA study stated that the toxic chemicals in household cleaners are 3x’s more likely to cause cancer than outdoor air.
C.CMHC reports that houses today are so energy efficient that “out-gassing” of chemicals has no where to go, so it builds up inside the home.
D.We spend 90% of out time indoors, and 65% of that time at home. Moms, infants and the elderly spend 90% of their time in the home.
E.National Cancer Association released results of a 15-year study concluding that women who work in the home are at a 54% higher risk of developing cancer than women who work outside the home.
F.Cancer rates have almost doubled since 1960.
G.Cancer is the Number ONE Cause of death for Children.
H.There has been a 26% increase in breast cancer since 1982. Breast Cancer is the Number ONE killer of women between the ages of 35 and 54. Primary suspects are laundry detergents, household cleaners and pesticides.
I.There has been a call from the U.S./Canadian Commission to ban bleach in North America. Bleach is being linked to the rising rate of Breast Cancer in Women, reproductive problems in men and learning and behavioral problems in children.
J.Chemicals get into out body through inhalation, ingestion and absorption. We breathe 10 to 20 thousand liters of air per day.
K.There are more than 3 million poisonings every year. Household cleaners are the Number ONE cause of poisoning of children.L.Since 1980, asthma has increased by 600%. The Canadian Lung Association and the Asthma Society of Canada identify common household cleaners and cosmetics as triggers.
M.ADD/ADHD is epidemic in schools today. Behavioral problems have long been linked to exposure to toxic chemicals and molds.
N.Chemical and environmental sensitivities are known to cause all types of headaches.
O.Labeling laws do not protect the consumer – they protect big businesses. The New York Poison Control Center reports that 85% of product warning labels were either inadequate or incorrect of identifying a poison, and for first aid instructions.
P.Formaldehyde, phenol, benzene, toluene, xylene are found in common household cleaners, cosmetics, beverages, fabrics and cigarette smoke. These chemicals are cancer causing and toxic to the immune system.
Q.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.
R.The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health has found more then 2500 chemicals in cosmetics that are toxic, cause tumors, reproductive complications, biological mutations and skin and eye irritations.
S.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.
T.Pesticides only have to include active ingredients on the labels, even though the inert (inactive) ingredients may account for 99%. Many of which are toxic and poisons.
U.The New York Poison Control Center reports that 85% of product warning labels are either inadequate or incorrect for identifying a poison and for first aid instructions.
V.Liquid dish soap is the leading cause of poisonings in the home for children under the age of 6 (2.1 million children are poisoned in the U.S. per year by dish detergent.
W.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.X.The following products are just a few that are so toxic they should be disposed in a toxic waste dump: Floor Care products, Window Cleaner, Furniture Polish, Nail Polish remover, Bug Spray.
Y.Fabric Softeners have 9 chemicals that have been linked to ADD, Alzheimer’s, MS, Parkinson’s, seizures, and SIDS.
Z.Pesticides only have to include active ingredients on the labels, even though the inert (inactive) ingredients may account for 99%, many of which are toxic and poisons.Awareness Is the First Step
Women who work in the home have a 54% higher risk of dying from cancer than women who work outside of the home because of their increased exposure to household chemicals. [Toronto Indoor Air Conference of 1990 from a 15+ year study]
150 chemicals found in the home have been connected to allergies, birth defects, cancer and psychological disorders. [The Consumer Protection Agency)
The EPA conducted a study that found that toxic chemicals in household cleaners are three times more likely to cause cancer than outdoor air pollution.
Of 2,983 chemicals analyzed that are found in personal care products:
884 are toxic
146 can cause tumors
218 can cause reproductive complications
778 cause acute toxicity
314 can cause biological mutations
376 can cause skin and eye irritations
*The top 7 cancer causing products in the average home include the following:
#1-Johnson and Johnson Baby Powder with Talc
#2-Crest Tartar Control Toothpaste
#3-VO5 Hair Conditioner
#4-Clairol Nice N Easy Hair Color
#5-Cover Girl Makeup
(Source: The National Cancer Prevention Coalition)
*Over the last 20-30 years, as more toxic chemicals have been introduced in greater amounts, the level of toxins stored in adipose tissues (fat cells) of our bodies has risen. Bioaccumulation studies have shown that some toxins store in our bodies for life. Greater and greater amounts are being stored at younger ages. Diseases that used to occur later in life are now appearing at younger ages. Disease that used to be rare is more frequent. For example:
-There has been a 28% increase in childhood cancer since the addition of pesticides into household products (Source: National Cancer Institute)
-In one decade, there has been a 42% increase in asthma (29% for men; 82% for women – the higher rate for women is believed to be due to women’s longer exposure times to household chemicals)
(Source: Center for Disease Control)
*Due to the increase in toxic buildup in our bodies, including the toxic buildup of formaldehyde, dead bodies are not decomposing as fast as they used to.
(Source: National Institutes of Health)
-Bodies now start to decompose within 7 to 10 days after death
-During the Vietnam War, Vietnamese bodies started to decompose within 24-48 hours; Americans didn’t start to decompose for 4-5 days.
-Twice as much formaldehyde was needed to embalm a person twenty years ago compared to today.
*There is an increased risk for leukemia in children where parents have used pesticides in the home or garden before the child’s birth (Source: Journal of the National Cancer Institute)
*Over 150 chemicals found in the average home have been linked to allergies, asthma, birth defects, cancer, and psychological abnormalities.
(Source: Consumer Product Safety Commission)
*Some products release contaminants into the air right away, others do so gradually over a period of time. This is called Outgassing. Some stay in the air up to a year. These contaminants, found in many household and personal care products, can cause dizziness, nausea, allergic reactions, eye/skin/respiratory tract irritations and some cause cancer /tumors.
(Source: American Lung Association)
*The following products are just a few that are so toxic they should be disposed in a toxic waste dump:
-Floor care products -Furniture Polish -Bug Spray
-Window Cleaner -Nail polish remover
(Source: Water Pollution Control Federation)
*Phenol is a very common chemical that is found in household products.
Health effects from phenol include:
-Corrosive to any tissues
-Harm to the central nervous system
-Primary route of entry is through the skin
-Phenol temporarily de-activates sensory nerves, paralizing your sensors.
*Phenol is found in the following common products:
-Mouthwash & Toothpaste -Air fresheners
-Shaving cream -Carmex
-Blistex -Anti-itching & pain relieving lotions
-Chloroseptic throat spray -Feminine powders and sprays
-Furniture polish -Disinfectant cleaner/All-purpose cleaner
California is the 1st state to start passing legislation on products consumed in the home. This adopted legislation says that “Contaminants must be cut by 45% in the following products:
-aerosol hairspray -shaving cream
-window cleaner -floor wax
-furniture polish -air freshener
-laundry pre wash -nail polish remover
-hair mousse & gel -tile cleaner
*Fabric Softners- Have 9 Chemicals (neurotoxins that affect the CNS) have been linked to ADD, ALZHEIMERS, MS, PARKINSONS, SEIZURES, & SIDS.
Most people are uneducated in what ingredients are put in most laundry detergents. Ever wonder why you are not suppose to use them on brand new babies? Because of the chemicals that can harm their skin. Also, Tide is listed to contain 5 ingredients that are carcinogins!
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