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Thursday, September 15, 2011

9 Scary Products: What to Eliminate In Your Home!

Eliminate It: Antimicrobial Chemicals

Triclosan, the chemical used in hundreds of germ-fighting products, may damage the liver and disrupt thyroid hormones. These products contribute to drug resistance, and people using antimicrobial soap get sick as often as regular suds users, a review in the American Journal of Public Health finds. Toss triclosan. Got to sanitize? Opt for alcohol-based gels.

Here’s what I use from my Health & Wellness Store:
Antibacterial liquid soap and Sanitizing Gel made from naturally derived ingredients with the highest standards of safety, health, and wellness in mind.

Eliminate It: Cigarettes
Tobacco smoke contains ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde and 50 chemicals known to cause cancer. "Plus, smoking damages your lungs, kidneys and liver, the body's detoxifiers, which protect you from other chemical exposures. Just quit!

Eliminate It: Oil-Based Paints
"Fresh" paint smell signals volatile organic compounds, solvents that can trigger breathing issues, headaches and dizziness, and that research links to reproductive problems and birth defects, says Gina Solomon, M.D., senior scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) in San Francisco. Use: low- or no-VOC paints from brands such as Benjamin Moore have a similar texture but less toxicity.

Eliminate It: Room Fresheners

"Essentially, they're air pollution. Up to 20 percent of all people (and 34 percent of asthmatics) say they've had headaches, trouble breathing or other problems after inhaling room sprays, says researcher Anne Steinemann, Ph.D., professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Washington in Seattle. Air Fresheners: Most contain carcinogens. They chemicals actually coat your nasal passages or release a nerve deadening agent to stop your nose from smelling. Lysol contains phenols and dioxin (Agent Orange).
Fungicides used on fruit trees in the Okanagan, BC and in south-western Ontario have been found to cause babies in both areas being born with no eyes or very tiny eyes.

In 1901, cancer was rare: 1 out of 8,000. Since the Industrial Revolution, the cancer rate today has risen to 1 in 3 and by the year 2002, it will be 1 in 2.[Source: The American Cancer Society]

Here’s what I use from my Health & Wellness store:

Home & Linen Spray, it’s not an aerosol, 100% recyclable, and contains NO chlorofluorocarbons! Natural Disinfectant Kill 99.9% of common household germs* Powered by citric acid and thyme oil

Regulate It: Canned Food
BPA, the synthetic estrogen linked to cancer and abnormal brain development, is in the lining of most food and beverage cans, and it can leach out. Whether the food is organic doesn't matter, USDA tests show. When possible, buy fresh or frozen items; there's no BPA in plastic freezer bags, says Sarah Janssen, M.D., senior scientist at the NRDC.

Eliminate It: Toxic Household Cleaners

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. Never mix bleach with acid toilet bowl cleaners or ammonia. These mixtures may produce fumes which can be DEADLY. CHLORINE: The first agent of chemical warfare was chlorine. WWII ended with an abundance of this cheap chemical. In the name of huge profits, it was added to our water supply and many other products. Chlorine is the number one cause of breast cancer and can be lethal. Scientists won't handle chlorine without protective gloves, facemasks, and ventilation, yet it is in most store-brand cleaners, including dishwasher detergents. The harmful effects are intensified when the fumes are heated, as in the shower. It is in our drinking water, swimming pools, Jacuzzis, and more. One million poisonings in Canada each year are due to household cleaner ingestion. Some are fatal. Thousands of children and adults are permanently disfigured or injured through contact with chemicals in the home each year.

What I use from my Health & Wellness Store:

My Sol-U-Mel is a natural cleaner, deodorizer, and a amazing stain remover. I even works on permanent marker! My Tough & Tender is an all purpose cleaner. And I use my Tub & Tile on everything in my bathroom, even my toilet. These cleaners are so safe they don’t require safety caps and you can mix them together and won’t cause a Toxic brew like most cleaners. They use naturally derived ingredients with no chlorine bleach, ammonia, or formaldehyde.

Eliminate It: Toxic Laundry Cleaners

Laundry detergent and especially the dryer sheets coat all your clothes with a layer of toxic chemicals. When you wear those clothes, your body moisture causes those chemicals to come into contact with your skin and be absorbed directly into your bloodstream. It's an easy way to poison your system with cancer-causing chemicals. Manufacturers are not required to disclose the ingredients used in fragrances or laundry products, according to a University of Washington press release. Analysis of captured gas from laundry dryers found more than 25 volatile organic compounds, including seven hazardous air pollutants, coming out of the vents. Among the pollutants were the carcinogens acetaldehyde and benzene.

What I use from my Health & Wellness Store:
Exceptional cleaning power that are safer for your home and environment. No caustic chemicals or unnecessary fillers pH-neutral, as gentle on clothes as tap water. Concentrated to save money and reduce plastic waste.

Eliminate It: Toxic Personal Care Products

You'll be surprised at the amount of toxins that can enter your body through your skin, especially through cumulative, daily exposure to toxic ingredients found in personal care products such as shampoo, toothpaste, cosmetics and lotions. Women are especially at high risk of this kind of toxic overload. If you use make-up on a daily basis, for instance, you can absorb almost 5 pounds of chemicals into your body each year! You know that gentle baby shampoo is not what it seems; lots have formaldehyde, and dioxins.

 What I use from my Health & Wellness Store:

I love my natural based ingredients in my products. It has made such a huge difference in my house hold. It has cleared up my psoriasis, my son’s eczema, he no longer needs an inhaler for his allergies. It makes me happy as a mother to be able to provide my family with safer products. They manufacture and sell over 350 of the world's leading wellness products for your home and family.  They carefully craft products you use every day with the highest standards of safety, health, and wellness in mind.

Where ever you buy your products from, read labels, and learn what’s in them and what they mean. Unfortunately there is no labeling laws that make them put every ingredient. Try to use green, natural products but be careful there as well, just because they say it green doesn't means it all natural, read the label. If ever you would like information where I shop, don’t hesitate to email me at: jennmclennan@hotmail.com
I would love to show you where over 500,000.000 family shop every month, and we LOVE IT!

To your health and the health of your family!

1 comment:

  1. I didn't think they made oil based paint anymore. the fumes are so overpowering.

    Jen, thanks for joining our vB Christian Mom’s Blog Hop! I look forward to reading about your experiences a Christian Mom!
    Becky Jane


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Did you know.................
50% of all illness is due to poor indoor air quality (Source: 1989 State of Massachusetts Study)
AIR FRESHENERS: interfere with the ability to smell by coating nasal passages with an oily film, or by releasing a nerve deadening agent! Toxins in air fresheners include: Formaldehyde: highly toxic, known carcinogen. Phenol: can cause skin to burn, peel, and sweat. Can cause convulsions, coma, circulatory collapse and even DEATH!

LIQUID DISH-SOAPS: is the leading cause of poisonings in the home for children under the age of 6 (over 2.1 million accidental poisonings per year) (contains formaldehyde and ammonia in most brands) One Million poisonings in Canada each year are due to household cleaner ingestion. Some are fatal. The #1 cause of household poisoning is dish detergent. What kinds of chemicals are in those products? http://www.rense.com/general19/chemical.htm

AUTOMATIC DISHWASHING DETERGENTS: contain dry chlorine that is highly concentrated. #1 cause of child poisonings, according to poison control centers.

CHLORINE BLEACH: is a strong corrosive and can burn or irritate skin, eyes and the respiratory system. Can cause vomiting or coma if swallowed! WARNING! Never mix with ammonia as the fumes are very dangerous and can be DEADLY!

AMMONIA: is very volatile and damaging to the eyes, skin and respiratory tract!

FURNITURE POLISH: contains Petroleum Distillates, which are highly flammable and can cause lung and skin cancer!

DRAIN CLEANER: most drain cleaners contain lye, hydrochloric acid or trichloroethane, which are all very caustic. They burn the skin and eyes, and can cause liver and kidney damage.

OVEN CLEANER: contain lye, which is a strong caustic and irritant to skin and eyes. Can cause tissue damage if swallowed.

TOOTHPASTE: can contain a number of harmful ingredients, such as: ammonia, benzyl alcohol/sodium benzoate, colors, ethanol, flavours, fluoride, formaldehyde, mineral oil, plastic (PVP), saccharin. Formaldehyde, mineral oil, PVP, and saccharin are all classified as carcinogens or suspected carcinogen, as is fluoride, which has been banned in many European countries and is the subject of concern with regard to thyroid problems. In fact, as of April 1997, toothpaste is required to carry poison control information on the label as even a small amount can harm or kill a small child.

Occupational Safety & Health analyzed 2,983 chemicals used in personal care products. A personal care product is de-fined as anything we use to clean our bodies, or make ourselves look or smell good.
The results are as follows:
884 are toxic
146 cause tumours
218 cause reproductive complications
314 cause biological mutation
376 cause skin and eye irritations
778 caused acute toxicity

Over the last 20-30 years, as more toxic chemicals have been introduced in greater amounts, the level of toxins stored in adipose tissues (fat cells) of our bodies has risen. Bio-accumulation studies have shown that some toxins store in our bodies for life. Greater and greater amounts are being stored at younger ages. Diseases that used to occur later in life are now appearing at younger ages. Diseases that used to be rare are more frequent. For Example: There has been a 28% increase in childhood cancer since the addition of pesticides into household products. (Source: National Cancer Institute)

In one decade, there has been a 42% increase in asthma (29% for men; 82% for women-the higher rate for women is believed to be due to women's longer exposure times to household chemicals) (Source: Center for Disease Control)

Due to the increase in toxic build-up in our bodies, including the toxic build-up of formaldehyde, dead bodies are not decomposing as fast as they used to. (Source: National Institutes of Health)

There is an increased risk for leukemia in children where parents have used pesticides in the home or garden before the
child's birth (Source: Journal of the National Cancer Institute)

Over 150 chemicals found in the average home have been linked to allergies, birth defects, cancer and psychological
abnormalities. (Source): Consumer Product Safety Commission

In most cases, however, you won't find much information on the label. There are no requirements of manufacturers to actually disclose what is in a product, and there is no regulation or enforcement. All of it falls under proprietary trade secret legislation.

Today, cancer is the leading cause of death for women ages 35-74. In 1901 cancer was considered a rare disease. Statistics show that only 1 out of 8000 people had cancer. TODAY, according to the American Cancer Society, 1 out of every 3 people has cancer. TODAY, 1 out of every 2 people has been touched by cancer. The fear of cancer is on every-one’s mind these days. So many forms of cancer and they all had to start somewhere . . .

How Safe is My Family?
This is the question that every parent should be asking themselves.

We have no choice but to breathe the air, eat the food, and drink the water; but we DO have a CHOICE of what we put on our skin and what products we have in our homes.

I know that I personally do not ever want to believe that I caused harm to my family, when I had the choice to change it. I’d love to help ensure a safer home for your family.

For more information on how to make your home a healthier place for you and your family please go to my website and I will call you with the information. I would love to help you have a healthier safer home!
Jennifer McLennan


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