Today, we have a guest post from author Alan Bell. Enjoy!
We are challenged with ways to protect our families. It can be overwhelming, with medical information constantly changing. As we are vigilant in protecting our children’s healthy sleep habits or safety around strangers. We should be wisely aware of hidden every day toxic chemicals lurking in our homes and schools.
When we reduce our exposure to harmful chemicals, we minimize our risk of disease, illness, and premature death. By decreasing contaminants in our environment, we not only help ourselves, but provide a better world for our children, the human race, and the amazing diversity of life with which we share the planet.
Learn how to avoid these common toxic household everyday chemicals because your life depends upon it:
– Primarily used in the defense and aerospace industries for rocket and missile production, it is also found in consumer items like fireworks and matches. Though it was once used to treat hyperthyroidism, it has since been deemed a contaminant. Water, milk, and high-water content vegetables are thought to be the main exposure source for humans. Both animal and human studies have shown that percholate inhibits thyroid hormone production.
– These industrial chemicals are used to make plastics flexible and resilient. They show up in many everyday products, including detergent, vinyl tiles, deodorant, garden hoses, plastic raincoats, and hairspray. They end up in the body when we swallow and inhale them, and less frequently, when our skin comes into contact with certain products. The health impacts of phthalates haven’t yet been measured in humans, but they cause reproductive and liver disease in lab rats.
Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDEs)
– Like PFCs, these chemicals are highly effective flame retardants and are used in plastics, wire insulation, and textiles. They’re also frequently found in furniture and mattresses. People are exposed to them by consuming fish, fatty foods, and breast milk. Once in the body, they accumulate in fat tissue and little is known about how they are metabolized. In animals, PBDEs adversely affect thyroid function, brain development, and reproductive organs. Scientists don’t yet know how PBDE exposure affects humans.
Short-Chain Chlorinated Paraffins (SCCPs)
– After discovering that manufacturers had been using SCCPs without governmental approval, the EPA decided to investigate these chemicals. They are frequently used in plastics like PVC piping, and as lubricants and coolants in metal manufacturing. SCCP levels have not been measured across the population, but according to the EPA, they have been detected in human breast milk and various Japanese and European food products. SCCPs have been shown to accumulate in animal tissue with a toxic effect.
If you aren’t building a new home, then you likely aren’t going to change your pipes; however, you certainly can be educated about the least toxic mattress and furniture purchases for your family. And if you are building your own home, then you can select an environmentally safe piping system!
Modify your lifestyle to minimize your risks. Remember to check labels for phthalates since they are commonly found in everyday consumer products.
Start the process to protect your family from everyday chemicals now, so that you and your loved ones can embrace every moment of a long and healthy life.
Former organized crime prosecutor, Alan Bell, almost died from an environmentally linked illness. He now devotes his life to raising awareness about environmental injury through public speaking and his book, POISONED, coming April 2017. Alan is a fierce advocate for those too weak or sick to fight for themselves.
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