I recently read a report that was very startling. I felt that it was very important information that I needed to share. Included in this article are segments of the article that I felt were the most vital to share:
Children are at highest risk from the effects of toxics, and we have a research report dedicated to children and toxics, but others at high risk include the elderly, pregnant women, those with chronic disease in any organ, cancer patients and those with allergies, migraines and asthma. The remainder of the population is also at risk when exposed to chemicals on a daily basis in their homes.
Most of us assume that if products are sold in stores, they are safe; and that our government has laws to protect us against harmful products. But, unfortunately, most of the chemicals in ordinary products that we use or are exposed to every day have not been tested for safety. What’s worse, for years the chemical industry has known the toxic effects of many chemicals used in products today, but never revealed their studies to the public or to the government?
www.WebMd.com cites a study that finds Common Household Cleaners Can Trigger Asthma. Levels of indoor VOCs (volatile organic compounds) were significantly higher in the children with asthma. Three VOCs in particular stood out: benzene, which had the highest risk, followed by ethyl benzene and toluene.
This study really hit home with me. For years, I suffered each winter with a bad asthma attacks. I was working in a daycare and it was hard for me for care for the children with my coughing episodes. Since leaving that position and changing my home for safer, cleaner products made a real difference in my health. I still have an inhaler, but I can’t remember the last time I used it.
The American Lung Association recommends, among other things, you check for household chemicals when investigating possible causes for indoor air pollution in the article: How to Know If There Is a Problem.
The article Keep Pollution Out Of Your Home suggests using cleaning products that are less toxic.
Julia Kendall*, Co-Chair, Citizens for a Toxic-Free Marin, compiled this list of principal chemicals found in fabric softeners and dryer sheets Chemicals found in fabric softeners by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Kendall has included information found in Material Safety Data Sheets that detail the effects of each of the chemicals. (*Julia Kendall died July 12, 1997 from Multiple Chemical Sensitivities and Leukemia caused by pesticide poisoning.)
This is an abstract of tests conducted by Anderson Laboratories to determine whether fabric softener emissions can cause acute adverse effects. Respiratory toxicity of fabric softener emissions
(Anderson Laboratories is an independent testing lab that specializes in biological effects of polluted indoor air.)
The bottom line if that we as consumers must be more vigilant in what we buy and how we expose others to common household products that we have in our homes and businesses. With asthma, learning disabilities, autism, and other health-related disorders on the rise; we must do all that we can to protect our indoor environment.Tags: parenting