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The New York Poison Control Center reports that 85% of product warning labels were either inadequate or incorrect for identifying a poison, and for first aid instructions.
Formaldehyde, phenol, benzene, toluene, xylene are found in common household cleaners, cosmetics, beverages, fabrics and cigarette smoke. These chemicals are cancer causing and toxic to the immune system.
Chemicals are attracted to, and stored in fatty tissue. The brain is a prime target for these destructive organics because of its high fat content and very rich blood supply.
The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health has found more than 2500 chemicals in cosmetics that are toxic, cause tumors, reproductive complications, biological mutations and skin and eye irritations.
Side effects of Chemical exposure can contribute to fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, arthritis, lupus, multiple sclerosis, circulatory disorders, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's disease, irritable bowel syndrome, depression, and Hormonal problems. Pesticides only have to include active ingredients on the labels, even though the inert (inactive) ingredients may account for 99%, many of which are toxic and poisons.
Most air fresheners interfere with your ability to smell by coating your nasal passages with an oil film, or by releasing a nerve deadening agent. Known toxic chemicals found in an air freshener:
Our homes should have a complete change of air 3 or 4 time a day. New homes are built so air tight that it is impossible to get a complete change of air. We should leave our windows open on each side of our house for better cross ventilation.
Bleach is a strong corrosive. It will irritate or burn the skin, eyes and respiratory tract. It may cause pulmonary edema or vomiting and coma if ingested.
If you mix bleach with ammonia it may cause fumes which can be DEADLY.
Most laundry detergents on our shelves contain Lye and it is the #1 polluter of our nationís rivers, lakes, streams and oceans. It is also a carcinogen.
According to the U.S. National Research Council, no information of toxic effects is available for 70% of the more than 48,500 synthetic chemicals listed by the Environmental Protection Agency. Less than one-tenth of these chemicals have been tested for chronic, reproductive, or mutagenic effects.
When phenol touches your skin it can cause it to swell, burn, peel, and break out in hives. Can cause cold sweats, convulsions, Circulatory collapse, coma and even death
Most Furniture Polish contain Petroleum Distillates: Highly flammable, can cause skin and lung cancer. Phenol: (see Air fresheners, Phenol.) Nitrobenzene: Easily absorbed through the skin, extremely toxic
Anti-bacterial Cleaners. may contain: Triclosan: Absorption through the skin can be tied to liver damage.
Lice Shampoo is a pesticide and is especially vulnerable are children. It contains Lindane and Inhalation, ingestion, or ABSORPTION through the SKIN causes vomiting, diarrhea, convulsions and circulatory collapse. May cause liver damage, stillbirths, birth defects and cancer.
A women's fertility has also been negatively affected by the increase use of chemicals. In 1934 only 21 cases of endometriosis existed in the entire world. Today over 5 million women have this condition, which causes infertility in the US alone.
ďIndoor air pollution is a suspected culprit in sudden infant death syndrome, which will take about 5,000 U.S. lives this year. The incidence of SIDS is higher in the winter, perhaps because decreased ventilation in the cold months traps air indoors, where contaminants become concentrated. Itís no coincidence that SIDS was recognized after the introduction of synthetic chemicals,Ē according to Nancy Green Sokol the author of Poisoning Our Children (Noble Press 1991).
Unless a physician is one of those few thousand out of a half million doctors in the United States who has had special training in environmental medicine, he or she probably has little knowledge of the relationship between sickness and the toxins in our environment.
Each day , Americans pour more than 32 million pounds of household cleaning products down the drain (thatís almost 12 billion pounds per year).
Note: One other aspect to consider - and it not a minor one at all - is the high probability that women who wear a bra (and synthetic underwear in general) continually wear a TOXIC SKIN PATCH! Now that is a daring statement and we explain...
Most modern laundry detergents are still alkaline-based with fancy ingredient names such as washer protection agents, processing aids and brightening agents. Simply put, however, the main ingredients are salt, sand and acid.
The water softeners are aluminosilicates which are aluminum-based salts. Aluminum has been identified as a likely contributor to breast cancer!
Frequently-found "processing aids" are sodium sulfates which are a salt derived from sulfuric acid - an effective drain cleaner. That is why washer protection agents such as sodium silicate is included because it protects your machineís porcelain and metal from being eaten up by the "processing acids".
Now, imagine what is happening to your clothes. Rinse water cannot be 100% effective in removing these toxic ingredients because some of them - such as fabric brightening agents - are formulated so that they canít be rinsed out! Since your clothes are in direct contact with your skin, whatever they contain can be transferred into your body through the skin and that is why clothes become a big, toxic dermal patch throughout your entire life!
What can one do about this? The first step would be to either change to a different, less toxic, laundry detergent or to eliminate detergents...