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Toxic Hazards of Everyday Household Products

Posted by on Jul. 25, 2007 at 7:44 PM
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I have always been aware that certain household products were dangerous  bleach, ammonia, etc.  It was always important to keep household cleaning products out of reach of the kids.  But it is only lately that my undertanding of dangers of everyday household products has reached a new level.

Have you ever read the product label on Liquid Cascade Dishwashing Soap?  It is common sense that it is dangerous if ingested, but did you know the label says:

    Do Not Breathe Fumes
    Not for handwashing
    Do not let young children use bottle or touch product in dishwasher.
    Do not get in eyes
    Do not get on skin or clothing.
    Do not reuse bottle

This is just a fraction of the warnings, but these really surprised me.  Don't wash your hands with it?  Don't get it on your skin?  Don't let children touch it?  I thought it was soap just to wash the dishes, not a major health hazard.

I also learned that the government does not require full disclosure of all ingredients on these products, plus others like your toothpaste or shampoo.  Did you know that your toothpaste or shampoo very likely contains formyldehyde?  Did you know that when you wash your children's clothes or bedsheets that the residue left from the bleach or detergent lays against your child's skin and is abosrbed into the skin.  That is common sense, think about how smoking and medical patches work.

WARNING:  You can't trust warning labels!  

The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) analyzed 2983 chemicals used in personal care products.  The results were as follows:


884 of the chemicals were toxic
314 caused biological mutation
218 caused reproductive complications
778 caused acute toxicity
148 caused tumors
376 caused skin and eye irritations


Did You Know?


There are more than 3 million poisonings every year.

Household cleaners are the #1 cause of poisonings in children.

Regular shampoos often contain formaldehyde as a preservative

Since 1980 asthma has increased by 600%

Common household products have been identified as triggers of asthma

A 15 year study found that women who worked at home had a 54% highter death rate from cancer than women who had jobs outside the home.

Manufacturers ARE NOT required to list the exact ingredients on a label

Chemical names are often disguised by using "trade names", so you may not recognize the chemical for what it truly is

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.


 

Why Should We Worry About Toxic Chemicals?


According to the EPA, most homes have airborne concentrations of hazardous chemicals that are two to five times higher indoors than outdoors. 

According to the EPA, toxic chemicals found in the home are three times more likely to cause cancer than outdoor airborne pollutants.

The Consumer product Safety Commission connects 150 chemicals commonly found in our homes to allergies, birth defects, cancer and psychological disorders.

The National Cancer Institute has a list of twenty known carcinogens and over 2,200 chemicals that are probable carcinogens.  Many of these chemicals are in the cleaners and personal care products you buy at your local grocery store. 


What can you do?
  

There are many safe products on the market...  all you have to do is change brands of products.  Buy your products at a health food store, or order them from a reliable wellness company. 

Links about these toxins:

http://www.bygpub.com/natural/living.htm

http://www.nbc6.net/dianagonzalez/1822845/detail.html

http://consumerlawpage.com/article/household-chemicals.shtml

http://oprah.com/tows/pastshows/tows_2002/tows_past_20020531_c.jhtml
http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/spotlight/2001-11-08-chec.htm

http://www.checnet.org

http://www.childenvironment.org

http://danpatch.ecn.purdue.edu/~epados/waste/house/mainmenu.htm

http://www.rmbarry.com/toxindex.html

http://www.pbs.org/tradesecrets/

http://www.preventingharm.org/index.html

http://www.msnbc.com/news/547348.asp#BODY

by on Jul. 25, 2007 at 7:44 PM
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by Group Owner on Jul. 25, 2007 at 9:13 PM
Gosh i new a lot of that stuff but learned a bunch more. thank you for this valuable post. This post points out the danger of formaldehyde, we all know that it is something bad for our bodies, yet we do not consider the fact that when we are using sugar substitutes that we are actually ingesting formaldehyde. Our children are eating it, dipping their fruit pieces in it, have yogurt with it in it and many other things. A lot of the chemicals that are covered in this article that were tested and found so bad are in our food and drinks. Think about that!

Rene'  S.

Come visit my group! Learn how to keep your kids healthy. http://www.cafemom.com/group/healthykids 

organicgal
by Member on Jul. 25, 2007 at 11:54 PM
awesome post. i have new websites to visit. yippie!
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