Your Toxic Home
We live in a toxic world. It is nearly impossible to avoid ingesting some sort of toxin in America today, but avoiding toxins altogether is a difficult task, for you have to learn to read labels, learn which toxins you need to avoid, and spend a little more money than families feasting on toxins.
The world of drugs and money want us to know that carcinogens are found in the foods we eat already. This way, adding a few more to your diet shouldn't be such a bad thing. The following is their list of toxins (carcinogens: chemicals that have been linked to the causation of cancer) occurring naturally in foods.
This list does not include those chemically altered (processed) foods, such as pickled foods and processed meats containing nitrates and nitrites, and foods containing artificial colors and flavorings. The above are all natural toxins. Avoiding them is possible, however, honey and yogurt can be beneficial. If you are maintaining a good diet of fresh organic veggies, drinking a little green tea (or cleansing with one of the detoxifying teas mentioned in Cleaning House), the above toxins will be neutralized. Also, you might consider supplementing with NAC (N Acetylcysteine); this helps neutralize many carcinogens. We order ours from Afterglow of Sedona.Top
It is hard to imagine that a nation such as ours would allow industry to poison its own people. Unless you have a pretty good imagination, that is. You see, there is a policy in America calledAcceptable Risk.
This policy states that it is all right for one person in a million to die from industrial or chemical (additives) toxins.
To me, as well as you, perhaps, this isn't all right, because what if it is your brother, sister, mother, father, child, or even yourself who turns out to be that one person? The business of America is business. The Acceptable Risk policy greases the wheels of business. Were this policy not in place, business would come to a halt every time it was suspected that someone died from toxic product, and we can't have that.
There is another problem with this policy: more than one in a million can die from a specific product or chemical, and business will continue as usual. Why? Because it is impossible to prove who died from what specific chemical when the figures are so small and we've all been ingesting hundreds and hundreds of a variety of toxins. Sure, if a new product comes out and people start dropping like flies: yes, then the government steps in. But in the real world, people are dying daily, and because our environment is brimming with toxins in the first place, who can prove what killed who?
The secret to a healthy terrain is simple (for more on this, read The Lost History of Medicine: alkalinity and a negative electrical charge. This is maintained by a healthy diet, a healthy mind, and a toxin free body, mind, and home.Top
In 1977, the General Accounting Office identified over 125 cosmetic ingredients suspected of causing cancer-along with a host of others known to cause birth defects. These chemicals are still in use.
Our nation hates germs. We focus on the outside germ and not the inside terrain and immune system. Because of this, in the sixties, families throughout America began fumigating with Lysol. Today we know that Lysol is a suspected carcinogen. And people still continue to use it. Bless us one and all.
Here are a list of toxins found in nearly all homes, your shampoos, conditioners, shaving lotions, cleansers, makeup, sprays, you name it, just check the label. (Some of you might live in a state/country where manufacturers are not required to list chemicals in their bath, body, and cleansing products. Lucky you.)
The rule should be, if you wouldn't put it in your mouth, don't put it on your body. Why? In 26 seconds whatever you put on your body is already in your blood stream.
Alcohol: Found in mouthwashes, hair products, skin products. Is a drying agent, can dry your skin. Has been linked to mouth and throat cancers.
Aluminum: Found in skin deodorants. Has been linked to nerve damage and brain disorders, such as Alzheimer's disease. When used as an aerosol, it is assumed to be even more readily absorbed into the brain through nasal passages. Keep in mind that when you use an aerosol, you are not just poisoning yourself but everyone else (including the animals) in your household.
Butane/Propane: Flammable aerosol propellants. In high doses they can act as a narcotic and cause asphyxiation.
Diethanolamine (DEA): Found in shampoos, conditioners, shaving gels/creams and soaps. It is a surfactant (a substance that reduces surface tension of fluids, making them easily absorbed by bodily tissues) used to increase the foaming action of a particular product. The US Dept of Health and Human Services determined in 1997 that DEA is a carcinogen that, when mixed with nitrites (found in most city water supplies), creates nitrosamines.It is found in over 600 cosmetics and personal care products.
Artificial Flavoring/Artificial Coloring: found in practically everything. Can cause changes at the cellular level, thus carcinogenic.
Fluoride/Sodium Fluoride: Found in toothpastes and most city water supplies. Interestingly enough, the American Dental Association's own papers show that fluoride is helpful only to little children with developing teeth. According to a study conducted by Dr Dean Burk and John Yiamouyianni, fluoride is a carcinogen. The study was immediately attacked and so they did it again and this time using the criticism of their peers, they covered all the bases and again it was shown to be a carcinogen and has been shown to cause behavioral changes, the most prominent change being lassitude. Because it crosses the blood-brain barrier, recent studies have shown that fluoride can combine with aluminum and aid the aluminum in crossing the blood-brain barrier...an Alzheimer's aid, in effect. The union of federal scientists who work with the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) has called and end to the practice of fluoridation. Don't look to the pharmaceutical industry for any help: because fluoride crosses the blood brain barrier, it is used to boost the impact of neuro-psychic drugs such as Prozac. According to Wm C Douglas, MD, this chemical was once classified as a toxic waste and the only approved uses were as an insecticide and rat poison (although the rat-poison claim is really exaggerated). He further points out that, "In one of the biggest studies ever undertaken on the subject (using data from 39,000 school children in 84 metropolitan areas around the U.S.), there was no statistically significant difference in rates of tooth decay between fluoridated and non-fluoridated water supplies."
Propylene Glycol: Found in shampoos, conditioners, shaving gels/creams, and deodorants. It is also found in pet foods and some specialty foods such as frozen Buffalo Wings. This is primarily an industrial strength anti-freeze, is also used in hydraulic fluids and can be used as a solvent and found in paints, floor wax, and laundry detergent. If you purchase a container of Propylene Glycol, there is a warning label on the container:Avoid Contact With Skin. from the Material Safety Data Sheets, we learned that Propylene Glycol is very irritating to the skin, inhibits skin cell growth, and has been shown to cause (besides dermatitis) liver and kidney damage. According to The American Academy of Dermatologists, Inc [Jan. 91], it was found to be "a primary irritant to the skin even in low levels of concentrations." I have even found a supposed health food company that uses Propylene Glycol in its products that are taken orally and spread on the skin. When shopping for food, processed foods, that is, read the labels.
Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) & Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS): found in most shampoos (no matter how much you pay), some toothpastes, and soaps. They are both very cheap foaming agents, and it seems that Sodium Laureth Sulfate is less dangerous than SLS, which, according to the Journal of the American College of Toxicology; Vol 2, No. 7, 1983, builds up in the heart, liver, lungs, and brain, retards healing, causes cataracts, roughens skin, and leads to improper eye development in children under the age of six. Ironically, both are caustic and corrode the hair follicle and impair its ability to grow.
One secret to avoiding these chemicals is to read labels. You might have one of these All Natural Stores in your neighborhood. Well, read the label first. Even they sell products with these chemicals in them.
Laundry detergents, on the other hand, have no ingredients listed. They are not required to list ingredients. Some laundry detergents have had fiberglass in them, to help scrub. The new alternative bleaches are not bleaches but rather chemicals that respond to light. Whites DO look brighter, even if they are not cleaner.
Keep in mind always that the cosmetics you pay $85 for usually contain the same harmful ingredients as the ones you pay $5 for. It's all in the marketing.
Another suggestion we have is to get yourself a copy of theSafe Shopper's Bible: A Consumer Guide to Nontoxic Household Products, Cosmetics and Food
If you have developed sensitivities or simply want to clean your house, your body, and your family of all the stuff making them sick, then this book is a must.
More Household Toxins
Not all products list their ingredients, therefore you must know that certain products are just silly to have in your home.
Air Fresheners: Most contain carcinogens. They chemicals actually coat your nasal passages or release a nerve deadening agent to stop your nose from smelling.
Carpet (and Upholstery) Shampoos: Can contain perchlorethylene, a known carcinogen that can cause kidney and nervous system damage. Can also contain ammonium hydroxide, a corrosive agent, that is extremely irritable to eyes, skin, and respiratory passages. Kids and pets are very susceptible to chemicals in your carpet. So are you if you enjoy lying around on your carpet.
Dishwasher Detergents: Contain a dry chlorine product that is highly concentrated. It is the number 1 cause of child poisonings, according to poison control centers.
Drain Cleaners: Most contain lye, hydrochloric acid, or trichloroethane. All are very toxic and poisonous. Some new drain cleaners contain enzymes that are much less toxic.
Furniture Polish: Contains petroleum distillates that are highly flammable and have been linked to skin and lung cancer. Also contains phenol, which is very caustic to skin. Breathing it can cause cold sweats, convulsions, circulatory collapse, coma, and even death. Some also contain nitrobenzene, which is a known carcinogen and extremely toxic.
Oven Cleaners: Ok..have you ever smelled the stuff? Nuff said.
Antibacterial Cleaners: Triclosan is the main ingredient you want to avoid here. It is easily absorbed through the skin and has been tied to liver damage.
Toilet Bowl Cleaners: Contain hydrochloric acid and a form of chlorine called hypo chlorite bleach, which by itself is irritating, but mixed with ammonia will produce chlorine gas which is deadly.
Pesticides: This is a misnomer. There is no such thing as a pesticide. It is a biocide. It kills all life, eventually.
Lice Shampoo: Never use this stuff on your children. Contains lindane which can cause vomiting, diarrhea, convulsions and circulatory collapse. Has been linked to cancer, liver damage, birth defects, and still birth. Please read our article on Essential Oils and use a diluted form of oregano oil. Reports from friends in Australia, it worked miracles.
Car Polish: Contains petroleum distillates which are associated with shkin and lung cancer. Is an irritant to skin, eyes, nose, and lungs. Usually they are marked dangerous or harmful.
Few people live in locations where the air is clean and pure. Those who do, probably have an attached garage. Here's a common scenario: You drive into your garage, turn off the car as you close the garage door, get out, open the door to your home, and go inside. Did you know that you've just turned the air quality of your home into something akin to the air quality of Los Angeles county?
Now this might seem a bit paranoid, but if your immune system is struggling, why make it battle even more toxins and pollutants?
Find a good air filter. Indoor air can actually be worse than outdoor air.Top
It is that simple: You are what you drink. You can buy those filters advertised on television, the ones that fit on your faucet, but they are hardly high quality, no matter what the advertisers claim. The best water filters are either the reverse osmosis type or a water distillation system. However, since water is one of your author's personal interests, we will be listing at this site many more water products.
Keep in mind that the less that is in your water, the more it pulls from your body. So make sure you are getting your daily minerals!Top
Biodegradable detergents are okay, but even plastic is biodegradable...except that we're so impatient; just takes a little longer.
Environmental Illness, or Multi-Chemical Sensitivity, is a relatively new disorder. Some people are so sensitive to certain chemicals that they cannot live in a home built with man-made construction supplies: no plastics, no treated woods, no treated carpets. Some of these people, when smelling perfume, can go into shock or even a coma. This disease is a man-made disease. It is caused by our obsession with new and better everything: filled with dyes, irritants, carcinogens, you name it.
If your immune system is already bogged down, it's time to go back to the basics. Basic soaps, basic detergents, basic cleansers.
However, here's what you can do on your own:
Baking Soda: a wonderful abrasive for cleaning.
White Vinegar: a powerful cleanser.
Lemon Juice: another powerful cleanser.
Borax: a natural cleanser, boosts your laundry detergent (thus you use less).Top
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