Thursday, March 22, 2012

Could our homes be toxic waste dumps? part 3

Many hand lotions and shampoos contain toxic chemicals that pose danger to unborn children
• Scientists at The University of Pittsburgh have indicated that some unborn babies could be at risk from shampoos and hand lotions containing Methylisothiazoline if their mothers use them during pregnancy.
• Methylisothiazoline (Mit) is a common ingredient in many shampoos and hand lotions.
• Researchers found that the chemical undermined the growth of structures in the immature nerve cells of unborn rats.
• The researchers believe Methylisothiazoline might also affect the developing nervous system of unborn humans.
• Team leader, Prof. Elias Aizenman, said more research needs to be carried out.
• This chemical is being used more and more extensively, yet there have been no neurotoxicity studies in humans to indicate what kind and at what level exposure is safe.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Could our homes be toxic waste dumps? part 2

• Anything ending in “-cide” is a long lasting chemical.
• New carpet in your home or workplace might be making you sick because of the glue used to put it down. This substance, contains the human carcinogen benzene and xylene (a neurotoxin) which is one of the unhealthiest chemical combinations you can be exposed to.
• Toilet-cleaning crystals off-gas chlorine, a carcinogenic chlorine gas.
• Showers also present a little-known, yet very high, risk of chlorine exposure through inhalation of chlorine gas released from hot water treated with the potential carcinogen. If there is asbestos or lead plumbing parts those particles become airborne too.
• Researchers that have found that the chemical triclosan, which is found in many antimicrobial soaps and toothpaste products, can react with chlorine in the tap water. Guess what you get? (This is the horrifying part.) Chloroform. This is a toxic chemical that can give you cancer! If you and your kids are brushing your teeth with toothpaste that has triclosan in it, and you are rinsing with tap water that has chlorine in it, you are getting a little chemical reaction right in your mouth. Learn about “edible” dental products, for adults and kids.
Triclosan is put into these products for the convenience of the manufacturers. It will stop their product from going bad, and it allows them to make ridiculous claims on the label. For example, a label may say, “Proven to kill 99.99 percent of bacteria.” This sells products, yet it isn’t based on any kind of science whatsoever.
Researchers from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University tested 16 household products, including lotions, soaps and body washes. All the products containing triclosan, they produced either chloroform or other chlorine byproducts when exposed to tap water. They found that people using these products would be exposed to chloroform levels 40 percent higher than that found in tap water.
Triclosan, the leading germ-fighting compound in antimicrobial soaps, acts by destroying enzymes in bacteria cell walls so they cannot replicate; it targets the same enzyme as the antibiotic isoniazid, used to treat tuberculosis. There is a safer and better choice.
• In the United States, 75 percent of liquid soaps and nearly 30 percent of bar soaps now contain triclosan and other germ- fighting compounds, whose prevalence can foster the growth of bacterial resistance. Young Living has bar soaps that have therapeutic grade essential oils in them, they’re safe, smell fantastic, non-drying, and are long-lasting.
• Microbes on your countertop are not giving you the flu – we poison our bodies with toxic products, metabolic disrupters in the food supply and poor nutrition. These poisons create a weak body and weakened immune system, allowing opportunistic bacteria to replicate that wouldn’t stand a chance if we had a healthy immune defense in the first place. Those chemicals in those chemical products people buy are actually “depressing” their immune systems.
• There is NO science anywhere showing that a wood cutting board has any more harmful bacteria than a plastic cutting board. There are tests that have shown the natural oils in wood provide protection from many bacteria. So, buying and bringing those plastic cutting boards into our homes is a very bad mistake!
• Check to see if your “soft-gel” supplements contain “partially hydrogenated soybean oil” – many supplement companies use this as a filler to add bulk to their product. You can find it in vitamins and supplements in health food stores, grocery stores, price discount warehouse clubs, retailers and pharmacies all over the country and around the world right now. Hydrogenated oils are extremely toxic. We know that, long-term, they will lead to cardiovascular disease and heart attacks.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Could our homes be toxic waste dumps? Part 1

Some of you may have heard this… “women who do NOT work outside the home are 54% more likely to get cancer than those who work outside of their home.” This statistic makes me wonder… what are the numbers on “other” common conditions of today. Anyway you slice it, it’s not good.
This is a BIG wake-up call! It’s telling us very clearly that the personal care and cleaning products we bring into our homes and use are having a huge impact on our health. Imagine what it’s also doing to the health of our kids and pets!
Home pollutants can be broken down into three basic categories:
1. Small airborne particles. Lint, dust mites, human skin, pet dander, and mold spores. The danger with these is that their size enables them to get into our lungs, where they lodge themselves too deep to be coughed up.
2. Biological. These are bacteria and viruses which attach themselves to “airborne particles,” increasing the likelihood of lung infections. Mold is also in this category and, despite popular belief, mold is common even in dry climates because indoor humidity can be high even if outdoor air humidity is low.
3. Products. These include the products we “bring” into our homes in an attempt to improve the look and smell, and perform other actions (such as laundry and dryer sheets). Dryer sheets actually put petroleum and potentially dangerous artificial fragrances on clothes, and air fresheners also contain these fragrances, which may interfere with hormone communication systems. Learn how diffusing therapeutic grade essential oils can clear odors, germs, and make your house smell amazing!
Laundry washed in detergent loaded with chemicals and fragrance chemicals (YES, those brands claiming they’re all-natural with essential oils are not even real essential oils, they ARE fragrances and this is deceptive advertising due to the lack of government regulation). Then people run around in these clothes and sweat, which helps the toxicity absorb into the skin and bloodstream where it promotes cancer.
As consumers we need to start reading the ingredients in these products. Take a look at some better alternatives.