Household Toxins

Household toxic products

You may not be able to fully control the toxins in the world outside but you can control those in your house.

Watch out for harmful ingredients in your soap, shampoo (SLS (carcinogenic) or methylisothiazolinone (MIT), cosmetics, antiperspirant.

Avoid hair spray (glue), hair dye, skin cream, floor cleaner, kitchen and bathroom cleaners, various sprays etc..

Avoid using artificial air fresheners, fabric softeners or other synthetic fragrances as they can pollute the air you are breathing.

Use vinegar and other natural substances to clean.

Do not use products that kill 99.9% of all bacteria. Your body needs bacteria to be strong. Worry about the 0.01% bacteria that are not killed - Doctors re-introducing bacteria in the body when the immune system is weak..

Have your mercury fillings removed gradually

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Use organic food, grown without the use of harmful chemicals
Avoid processed food.

Do not use Microwaves for cooking or reheating. Especially do not use microwaves to reheat a baby’s bottle.

Do not use harmful chemicals in your garden
Stay away from high voltage cable, mobile phone masts

Protect yourself from radiation.
Use plants in the rooms in your house, including your bedroom

Toxins In The Home

Chlorine: This highly toxic, yellow-green gas is one of the most heavily used chemical agents. Risks: Sore throat, coughing, eye and skin irritation, rapid breathing, narrowing of the bronchi, wheezing, blue coloring of the skin, accumulation of fluid in the lungs, pain in the lung region, severe eye and skin burns, lung collapse, reactive airways dysfunction syndrome (RADS) (a type of asthma)
Major Sources: Household cleaners, drinking water (in small amounts), air when living near an industry (such as a paper plant) that uses chlorine in industrial processes.

Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS): Found in shampoos, hair conditioners, toothpaste's, body washes.  Strong detergent which can cause eye irritation, permanent damage to the eyes, especially in children, skin rashes, hair loss, flaking skin and mouth ulceration.
When combined with other ingredients, can form nitrosamines, which are carcinogenic.  Easily penetrates the skin and can lodge itself in the heart, lungs, liver and brain.

SLS can damage the immune system; causing separation of skin layers and inflammation of skin. -Journal of the American College of Toxicology; Vol. 2, No. 7, 1983
SLS penetrates into the skin and into the eyes, and is also held in the brain, heart and liver. A single drop stays in the brain and body for a few days - Doctor's worry: Is your baby safe? -By David L. Kern, New health and longevity
SLS is a mutagen. It is capable of changing the information in genetic material found in cells. SLS has been used in studies to induce mutagen in bacteria. -Higuchi, Araya and Higuchi, school of medicine, Tohoku University: Sendai 980 Japan
SLS is a potent carcinogen when contaminated with any nitrosamines. -FDA Report 1978
Industrial Use: Harsh Floor Cleaners; Engine Degreasers; Car Wash

Detergents; Laundry Detergents labels and the "skull and crossbones" symbols of potentially harmful ingredients, are still commonly used in personal care products such as shampoo, baby bath, cosmetics, lotions, treatments, etc. 
So why do they use such ingredients in our personal care products if they have been documented to be harmful? Mainly because they are cheap.

Fluoride - HEALTH WARNING: On a tube of toothpaste that is supplied abroad, there is the following warning in bold faced capitals:

Fluoride is linked to 10,000 cancer deaths yearly. Fluoridation is also responsible for 40 million cases of arthritis, dental deformity in 8 million children and allergic reactions in 2 million people." -Dr. Dean Burke and Dr. John Yiamouyiannis, National Cancer Institute, USA, 1997. "Research from St. Louis University, the Nippon (Japan) Dental College and the University of Texas show that fluoride has the ability to induce tumors, cause cancers and stimulate tumor growth rates." -from Spotlight, May 1992
"The NTP (National Toxicology Program) tests confirmed what the Burke - Yiamouyiannis tests showed - fluoride is carcinogenic. Fluoride causes bone cancer and increases the rate of oral cancer." -from Spotlight, May 1992

Chloroform: This colorless liquid has a pleasant, nonirritating odor and a slightly sweet taste, and is used to make other chemicals. It's also formed when chlorine is added to water.
Risks: Cancer, potential reproductive damage, birth defects, dizziness, fatigue, headache, liver and kidney damage.
Major Sources: Air, drinking water and food can contain chloroform.
Personal Care Products: Toothpaste; Shampoos; Body Gels; Bubble Baths; Facial Cleansers; Baby Wipes; Baby Shampoos & Bubble Baths

Propylene Glycol (PG): Material Safety Data Sheets warn users to avoid skin contact with this substance, and protective clothing should be worn at all times.  It is the cosmetic form of mineral oil found in automatic break fluid, hydraulic fluid and industrial antifreeze, yet is also found in make-up, hair and skin care products, deodorants, and aftershave.
Industrial Use: Anti-Freeze; Paint; Floor Wax

Talc: This is found in baby powders, face powders, body powders as well as some contraceptives such as condoms.  Talc is a known carcinogen and is a major cause of ovarian cancer when used in the genital area.  It can be harmful if inhaled as it can lodge in the lungs, causing respiratory disorders.

Isopropyl: This is a poisonous solvent and denaturant (alters the structure of other chemicals) and can be found in hand lotions, body rubs, hair color rinses, fragrances and aftershave lotions. 
Isopropyl dries hair and skin, creates cracks and fissures in the skin, which encourages bacterial growth and can cause headaches, flushing, nausea, vomiting and depression.

Alcohol: This is a colorless, volatile, flammable liquid that is frequently used in beverages and medicine.  When it is used in digestible products it may cause the body to be more vulnerable to carcinogens.

Mouthwashes that have an alcohol content of 25% or more have been implicated in mouth, tongue and throat cancers. "Most popular mouthwash brands have a higher alcohol content than beer or wine and that can be dangerous, even deadly to small children that accidentally swallow mouthwash, now that's according to the Non-prescription Drug Manufacturers Association".  "Many of the top selling mouthwash brands have between 12.5% and 27% alcohol.  Now in alcohol terms that's from 25-54% proof."

Imidazolidinyl urea and DMDM hydantoin: Found in skin, body and hair products, antiperspirants and nail polish. These formaldehyde-forming preservatives can cause joint pain, allergies, depression, headaches, chest pain, chronic fatigue, dizziness, insomnia and asthma.  Can also weaken the immune system and even cause cancer

Personal Care Products

Toxic cosmetics

Personal Care Products such as Shampoos; Hair Conditioners; Hand and Body Lotions; Skin and Beauty Creams; Deodorants are implicated in contact dermatitis, kidney damage and liver abnormalities; can inhibit cell growth in human tests and can damage membranes causing rashes, dry skin and surface damage.
From Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS): "why a dollop of the wife's moisturizer makes light work of removing paint."

Daily Mail, October 14th 1999. "research has revealed that what may look like an innocent tube of white cream could in fact have unforeseen circumstances"  Propylene Glycol causes significant number of reactions and was a primary irritant to the skin in low levels of concentrations. -The American Academy of Dermatologists Inc, Jan 1991
May be harmful by inhalation, ingestion or skin absorption.
May cause eye irritation. Exposure can cause gastro-intestinal disturbances, nausea, headache and vomiting, central nervous system depression. -From Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)

Petrolatum & Mineral Oil: This is used industrially as a petroleum based grease component and is also known as liquid vaseline, mineral oil jelly, baby oil and in paraffin. 

This substance strips the natural oils from the skin and forms an oily film over the skin, which prohibits the release of toxins in the same way as Mineral Oil does.  It can also cause photosensitivity, chapping, dryness and premature ageing.   
"Mineral Oil has a tendency to dissolve the skin's own natural oil and thereby increase dehydration.  Mineral Oils have been found to be probably the single greatest cause of breakouts in women who use a new product."  Deborah Chase, 'The New Medically-Based No-Nonsense Beauty Book, 1989

Toxins Outside The Home

The following toxins are among the most prevalent in our air, water and/or food supply. This list is by no means all-inclusive, as thousands of other toxins are also circulating in our environment. Keep reading to find out tips to avoid these toxins as much as possible.

PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls): This industrial chemical has been banned in the United States for decades, yet is a persistent organic pollutant that's still present in our environment.
Risks: Cancer, impaired fetal brain development
Major Source: Farm-raised salmon. Most farm-raised salmon, which accounts for most of the supply in the United States are fed meals of ground-up fish that have absorbed PCBs in the environment and for this reason should be avoided.

Pesticides: According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), 60 percent of herbicides, 90 percent of fungicides and 30 percent of insecticides are known to be carcinogenic. The most dangerous of them all being Roundup from Monsanto.
Alarmingly, pesticide residues have been detected in 50 percent to 95 percent of U.S. foods. Risks: Cancer, Parkinson's disease, miscarriage, nerve damage, birth defects, blocking the absorption of food nutrients
Major Sources: Food (fruits, vegetables and commercially raised meats), bug sprays

Mold and other Fungal Toxins: One in three people have had an allergic reaction to mold.
Mycotoxins (fungal toxins) can cause a range of health problems with exposure to only a small amount. Risks: Cancer, heart disease, asthma, multiple sclerosis, diabetes
Major Sources: Contaminated buildings, food like peanuts, wheat, corn and alcoholic beverages

Asbestos: This insulating material was widely used from the 1950s to 1970s. Problems arise when the material becomes old and crumbly, releasing fibbers into the air.
Risks: Cancer, scarring of the lung tissue
Major Sources: Insulation on floors, ceilings, water pipes and healing ducts from the 1950s to 1970s.

Phthalates: These chemicals are used to lengthen the life of fragrances and soften plastics.
Risks: Endocrine system damage (phthalates chemically mimic hormones and are particularly dangerous to children)
Major Sources: Plastic wrap, plastic bottles, plastic food storage containers. All of these can leach phthalates into our food.

VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds): VOCs are a major contributing factor to ozone, an air pollutant. According to the EPA, VOCs tend to be even higher (two to five times) in indoor air than outdoor air, likely because they are present in so many household products. Risks: Cancer, eye and respiratory tract irritation, headaches, dizziness, visual disorders, and memory impairment
Major Sources: Drinking water, carpet, paints, deodorants, cleaning fluids, varnishes, cosmetics, dry cleaned clothing, moth repellants, air fresheners.

Dioxins: Chemical compounds formed as a result of combustion processes such as commercial or municipal waste incineration and from burning fuels (like wood, coal or oil). Risks: Cancer, reproductive and developmental disorders, chloracne (a severe skin disease, skin rashes, skin discoloration, excessive body hair, mild liver damage
Major Sources: Animal fats: Over 95 percent of exposure comes from eating commercial animal fats.

Heavy Metals: Metals like arsenic, mercury, lead, aluminum and cadmium, which are prevalent in many areas of our environment, can accumulate in soft tissues of the body. Risks: Cancer, neurological disorders, Alzheimer's disease, foggy head, fatigue, nausea and vomiting, decreased production of red and white blood cells, abnormal heart rhythm, damage to blood vessels
Major Sources: Drinking water, fish, vaccines, pesticides, preserved wood, antiperspirant, building materials, dental amalgams, chlorine plants

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