This isn't a pleasant topic...but it's one of the most important things you could possibly know about. If you knew what I knew...you wouldn't be able to NOT talk about it. I can't help it. My heart is for the world, especially Americans, to stop being poisoned by the products on the store shelves.
Chemicals have replaced bacteria and viruses as the main threat to human health...the diseases we're beginning to see as the major causes of death in the latter part of the 20th century and into the 21st century are diseases of chemical origin - Rick Irvin, Toxicologist Texas A&M University source
You might think this ironic seeing as we are in the middle of a pandemic of a viral nature...but if you knew what I have learned, you'd understand why I'm concerned about the damage that people are doing to their bodies by the overuse of chemical-filled cleaners than even this virus.
You think I exaggerate? Dr. Paula Baillie-Hamiliton, an Oxford-educated physician in Britain and one of the leading authorities on food-borne toxins, states
We are so contaminated that if we were cannibals, our meat would be banned for human consumption. source
We are CONSTANTLY being inundated with toxic, cancer-causing, and DNA-altering chemicals that are stealing our health, our longevity, and the future of our children. And this begins before our children are even born!
In July 14, 2005, EWG (Environmental Working Group) wrote on a benchmark study they performed testing the umbilical cords of 10 babies. It was the first test of its kind ever to be performed. What they found was shocking. Two hundred and eighty-seven industrial chemicals, some of which are banned, were identified in the cord blood samples.
Of the chemicals detected, 180 are known to cause cancer in humans or animals, 217 are toxic to the brain and nervous system, and 208 cause birth defects or abnormal development in animal tests. On average, they found that each of the babies had been exposed to 200 chemicals and pollutants. source
Babies are quite literally being born pre-polluted. No mother would ever knowingly put these chemicals into their child...but that is the problem...they don't know that the products they are using are so full of toxic chemicals that that is exactly what these poor mothers are doing. I did it too. There is no judgement from me...I only wish to alert you to the dangers presented to you on the grocery store shelves. Almost all of the cleaning products and body products should be labeled with a poison symbol...if they were correctly labeled.
“Many of the carcinogens this study documents in people find their way into our bodies through food, air, water and consumer products every day. Dozens of them show up in human umbilical cord blood—which means Americans are exposed to carcinogens before they’ve left the womb,” said EWG President Ken Cook. “We should focus on preventing cancer by preventing human exposure to these chemicals.” source
Approximately 100,000 chemicals synthetic chemicals have been unleashed on this planet worldwide with more than 1000 new chemicals entering the market-place every year. No one knows how these chemicals interact with each other synergistically. Chemicals interact with each other in the lab and they also interact with each other in our bodies. We just have no idea how. Sheldon Krimsky, Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Community Health at Tufts University School of Medicine wrote in 2008,
with up to 100,000 synthetic chemicals (approved for consumer use), the potential number of synergistic combinations becomes mind-boggling. It could take over 1000 years to complete a chemical by chemical testing program... source
There are at least 11 chemicals that we know are mutating our DNA and affect our children for the 3rd and 4th generations and beyond. The things we choose to use today really do affect our children and our grandchildren and even our great-grandchildren. I cannot even express to you how important this is to realize. This is an excellent article to read to learn how they discovered that this was even possible. Also, check this out for additional reading.
The 11 chemicals that we know for sure are changing our DNA are: source
- Permethrin - Insecticide
- Deet - Insect Repellant
- Bisphenol A - Used in Plastics
- Phthalates - Used to Soften Plastics
- Dioxin & PCB's - Chlorine Processing Chemicals
- Jet Fuel Mixtures
- Tributyltin - Paint on Boats
- Nicotine - Tabacco
- Methoxychlor - Insecticide
- Vinclozin - Fungicide
- DDT - Insecticide
Can you really avoid enough chemicals to make a difference? I do believe that you can. You cannot possibly avoid all of them...they are on your furniture, on your walls, and in industrial buildings...but the chemicals that you have the largest exposure to are the things you use daily in your home and on your body.
I can tell you from our own experience that going chemical-free in our home was a huge-turning point for our health. It doesn't have to break the budget but I promise you, it is 200% worth every single penny. This is our story.
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