As a parent and spouse, you try to ensure your family is healthy and happy, and you do everything within your power to keep them safe. It doesn’t cross your mind that the products that you are using to keep them safe may actually be placing them in harm’s way.
The truth is that there are a number of known carcinogens in our homes lurking in the shower, the toilet, the kitchen cupboard, and the rest of the house that have the potential to substantially increase the risk of you or your family developing cancer.
According to a report published by the Natural Resources Defense Council, many of the air-fresheners we use in our homes on a regular basis contain compounds with carcinogenic potential. The vast majority of air-fresheners, even some marked “all-natural” or “unscented,” contain compounds called phthalates.
Homemade air fresheners are one of the simplest products to make. Distilled water and a few drops of your favorite essential oils in a spritz bottle is all you need to keep your home smelling great. Shake well before each use and mist the spray around your home whenever you want to freshen the air. Or you can use it in an aromatherapy diffuser.
The other possibly dangerous and toxic product in your home could be hidden within your favorite scented candles. We all know that lead can be dangerous and lead poisoning can be disastrous for health, but when you see descriptions like essential oil and aromatherapy, you automatically assume that these products are healthy.
Shower Curtains and Other Plastics
The next danger comes from the plastic toxins that seem to be all over the house. You may recognize polyvinyl chloride by its abbreviation: PVC. PVC is the third highest produced type of plastic in the world. Although PVC may be harmless for certain applications, like sewer pipes for example, but when used in environments that can release the toxic carcinogenic compounds of PVC, this plastic polymer could become a ticking time bomb.
Carpet Cleaners and Fabric Shampoos
Many carpet shampoos and fabric cleaners that are designed to offer superior stain removal power use a product called perchloroethylene. Perchloroethylene, also called Tetrachlorethylene, has been linked to increased risks of developing lung cancer.
Baking soda is a great odor remover and white vinegar is effective for removing dirt and stains. If you want to get rid of your carpet shampoo, sprinkle your carpets with baking soda, add vinegar to your water to shampoo, and then wait for your carpets to dry.
Dry Cleaning Products
According to the American Cancer Society, another carcinogen hidden in your cupboards could be Tetrachlorethylene or Perchloroethylene that has been used on your dry-cleaned items. These chemicals are often included as solvents in products like dry cleaning products.
Insecticides and Pesticides
The term family usually extends to our furry friends. One would think that the products promoted as pet friendly would indeed be pet and human friendly. However, like your cleaning materials, there are a number of potentially carcinogenic chemicals in many of the tick, flea, and lice control products too.
We are often fooled into thinking that certain products are automatically safe. This is particularly true of products like antibacterial products that are supposedly designed to make our environments safer.
Dr. Philip Harvey, editor-in-chief of the Journal of Applied Toxicology looked into the ways cosmetics interact with your body. He says that wiping the chemicals found in deodorants under your arms and on the sides of your chest or breasts “could provide a route of almost direct exposure to underlying tissue containing estrogen receptors.”
According to the National Cancer Institute, excess estrogen plays a role in promoting the growth of cancer cells which is a great concern because of our daily exposure to deodorants. Harvey says that his calculations suggest these cosmetic chemicals may “significantly add to estrogenic burdens.”
There are opposing views about the connection between deodorant use and cancer. One medical study didn’t find a correlation between the use of antiperspirants and breast cancer. The FDA says “At this time, we do not have information showing that parabens as they are used in cosmetics have an effect on human health.”
But Dr. Philip Harvey says that “absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.”
Toothpastes containing triclosan
The use of a chemical called triclosan in top-selling toothpaste Colgate Total has provoked a lot of debate in the past. The toothpaste in question, which is made by Colgate-Palmolive Co., has been approved by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) in 1997.
What Is Triclosan?
Triclosan is a pesticide and resembles a major component of the Agent Orange chemical weapon sprayed during the Vietnam War.
The Research about Triclosan
Part of the problem is that when the FDA made the decision about Total, it only looked at research findings that came from the Colgate’s labs.
Studies that were showing fatal bone malformations in mice and rats, which could signal endocrine system disruptions, were dismissed as irrelevant.
Triclosan Free Products
Other companies don’t use triclosan in their oral care products. As the chemical is used in a range of other products too, following the debate, many companies have announced the arrival of triclosan-free range of products, for example pet-food dispensers.
Nonstick Cookware made of Teflon
Chemically, Teflon is known as polytetrafluorethylene. Teflon is made from perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), which has been associated with tumors and developmental problems in animals.
According to the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine there are a number of diseases linked to PFOA exposure:
- Diabetes (Type 2)
- Low birth weight
- Early puberty
- Infertility and reproductive disorders
- Autoimmune disorders
- Liver and kidney disease
- Thyroid disease
- High cholesterol
What can you do to reduce the risks associated with Teflon?
- Never preheat an empty pan.
- If you use nonstick pans, don’t go above medium heat.
- If you see your pan is chipped or otherwise damaged, throw it out. Nonstick cookware should be replaced every couple of years to avoid toxic leaks.
- Use chemical-free cookware. Go for clay and glass cookware, stainless steel and copper pans, and cast iron pots and pans. Cast iron and stainless steel are a good alternative to nonstick pans and are durable.
Alternatives to Teflon
Glass works great for baking, for example Pyrex dishes. They’re generally not meant for stove top use.
Cast Iron is perfect for oven or stove-top use. Cast iron is my personal favorite because it’s so versatile.
This might be a bit tricky as I find that food tends to stick to my stainless steel cookware but lots of people prefer to use it.
Don’t Take Safety for Granted
The above list of products is just a sampling of the potential dangers of the products we take for granted. You need to take an active interest in the products you rely on to keep your family safe. Research the products you use regularly and search the ingredients.
Warning signs That Wi-Fi / Cellular Radiation Affecting Your Health & How to Reduce Dangers of Wi-Fi
It’s pumped into our computers, phones, laptops, and tablets. It floats around our homes, workplace, trains, and even planes. Since its inception in the early 90s Wi-Fi has become a standard part of our everyday lives, but should we blindly trust it? Is Wi-Fi bad for your health?
Sure Wi-Fi is a miraculous convenience for the modern person. It is used by hundreds of millions of people on a daily basis to connect to the web. It helps us work, stay entertained, and connect with others. But is it good for our health?
Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity Syndrome (EHS)
Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity Syndrome, or EMS, is an issue that concerns people exposing themselves to electromagnetic fields. Studies are just now showing that this medical issue is far more credible than we might have thought.
Minor symptoms of EHS
You may be someone with EHS and not even realize it. Simply strolling around areas with heavy concentrations of EMFs might aggravate the following symptoms:
- Feelings faint, light-headed, or dizzy
- Itchy and burning sensations on your skin
- Spontaneous and stubborn headaches
- Pain, discomfort, and soreness in your muscles
- Feelings of nausea or sickness
- Lack of focus and clarity
More serious dangers of EHS
Some doctors believe that exposure to EMFs might also lead to more drastic problems in extra sensitive individuals. According to Dr. Rau the exposure to electromagnetic loads can contribute to the following medical issues:
- ADD and ADHD
- Chronic Migraine
- Parkinson’s disease
- Chronic Back Pain
It seems strange that a medical issue with such serious negative potential is receiving such little attention. How can such a convenient part of our everyday lives have these negative effects? Why isn’t more research being done?
7 Steps to Reduce the Dangers of Wi-Fi
Build up the strength of your immune system. This is the most important course of action because it will make your body more effective at rejecting radiation effects. A solid diet of organic foods, plenty of water, and the right amount of vitamins and minerals will do you good. You can also read my other post on how to boost your immune system naturally.
Keep laptops off your lap. I know the name of the device contradicts this concept, but portable computers are constantly receiving and giving off electric waves.
If you have kids keep them away from cell phones. Children with developing bodies are the most vulnerable to the mysterious effects of Wi-Fi and other EMFs. They may resent you for it, but it’s for the best.
We still are limited in our knowledge of EMFs, but why risk it? With speculation that it could act as a carcinogen and harm your DNA they clearly aren’t something to be reckoned with. If you take matters into your own hands and try to reduce exposure you could be setting up a happy and healthier future. Don’t think the world will be over either – humans got along fine without technology for thousands of years!