Thursday, July 15, 2010

From One Concerned Mom to Another

We wouldn't dream of letting our children breath poisonous fumes intentionally, yet we do this every time we “protect” them by cleaning the house or using personal care products!

Important Things for All Moms to Know

  •  Chlorine Bleach can burn, irritate skin, eyes, and the respiratory system. It has been outlawed in much of Europe because it is HIGHLY suspected of also being a carcinogen. If used in a workplace OSHA regulates that it be treated as a "toxic chemical." ."
  • Ammonia can be damaging to the eyes, skin, and respiratory tract.
  • Air fresheners contain toxins that include Formaldehyde and Phenol.
  • Many personal care - bath and body products contain Q-15 (a formaldehyde releasing agent)
    • Dish washing detergents contain dry chlorine, which is the #1 cause of poisoning in children according to poison control.
    • Furniture polish contains Petroleum Distillates, which can cause skin and lung cancer.
    You can do an easy test with your household cleaners. Quite simply -- the stronger the smell, the more toxins that are present.

    "Most of the time we have no choice but to breathe polluted air, and eat chemical laden food, and drink water that is less than pure, but we DO have a choice of what we put on our skin and what products we have in our homes. Be sure the products you are using are free of cancer causing and toxic ingredients. "

    Links About Toxins in the Home

    1. “TRADE SECRETS: A MOYERS REPORT is an investigation of the history of the chemical revolution and the companies that drove it . . . ”

    2. “The Center for Children’s Health and the Environment (CCHE) is the nation’s first academic research and policy center to examine the links between exposure to toxic pollutants and childhood illness.”

    3. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention A-Z Index of Health Topics: This website contains in-depth definitions and resources on risk factors and prevention for a vast array of today's health concerns.

    4. Children's Health Environmental Coalition: “CHEC's mission is to inform parents . . . . about preventable health & development problems caused by exposures to toxic substances in homes . . . . ”

    5. “Environmental Defense is fighting to protect human health, restore our oceans and ecosystems, and curb global warming."

    6. Purdue Glossary of Household Products with Hazards from A to Z

    7. National Institutes of Health & National Library of Medicine's Household Products Database: “What's under your kitchen sink, in your garage, in your bathroom, and on the shelves in your laundry room? Learn more about what's in these products, about potential health effects, and about safety and handling.”

    8. Natural Resources Defense Council: “Every day we are exposed to thousands of chemicals, including hundreds known to cause serious harm to people and the environment. NRDC educates the public about the health threats posed by toxic chemicals.”

    My home is a cleaner, safer place for my family since I began using products with no harmful chemicals.  I feel good knowing that I am making every effort to make my home a safe haven for my family. I encourage you to consider making a difference in your family's health. Making a simple decision to switch stores has made our home healthier, safer and more frugal.

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