Green Goes With Everything!
With Earth Day coming up on April 22nd, many people are focusing on ways to limit their exposure to toxins. But before we even get started on what’s lurking in your own home that could be causing your family’s health to go downhill, I have some questions for you to ponder…
How many families do you know that have:
- Developmental delays?
- Reading/math difficulties?
- Migraines or frequent headaches?
- Irritable bowel syndrome?
Did you know that researchers are looking into the possible causes being antibiotics and hormones in meat?
Do you know where your food comes from? There are pesticides in your foods and you may not even know it.
The Industrial Revolution
The industrial revolution in the 1930’s and 40’s was good for a lot of things…unfortunately it exacerbated our level of pollution. 75,000 new chemicals have been introduced in the last 50 years…only a few of them have been tested for toxicity.
There’s been a recent study done on birth defects linked to air pollution. http://scopeblog.
The Real Dirt on Clean
You know that good, healthy feeling you get when you’ve just cleaned your house? Sorry to spoil it for you, but you’ve just made your home dirtier. Think of it this way…You wouldn’t want your kids to play with toxic chemicals, so why would you let your baby crawl over a floor that’s just been wiped with them? That’s much more dangerous than the orange juice that was just spilled there. How dangerous? Just take a look at these statistics…
Some statistics pertaining to toxins in the home:
- Over 90% of poison exposures happen at home
- Chlorine bleach is the #1 household chemical involved in poisoning
- Organic pollutants found in many common cleaners and even AIR FRESHENERS, are found at levels 2 to 5 times higher inside you home than out
- A person who spends 15 minutes cleaning scale off shower walls could inhale 3 times the “acute one-hour exposure limit” for glycol ether-containing products set by the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment
- Common cleaners give off fumes that can potentially increase the risk of kids developing asthma, the most common chronic childhood disease
- 1 in 13 school-aged children has asthma. Rates in children under five have increased more than 160% from 1980-1994
- Children are highly vulnerable to chemical intoxicants. Pound for pound of body weight, children drink more water, eat more food, and breathe more air than adults. The implication of this is that children will have substantially heavier exposures than adults to any intoxicants that are present in water, food, or air.
- If your home is anything like the average US home, you generate more than 20 pounds of household hazardous waste each year (the EPA designates toilet cleaners, oven cleaners, and bleach as hazardous waste).
While it’s impossible to remove every toxin in your environment, here are some things you can do to limit the number of toxins you expose yourself to.
- Pay attention to where you are getting your fruits and vegetables. I recommend having your own garden if you can…but supporting local organic farmers is another good idea…the main reason is that there’s less chance of pesticides being on them if they are grown organically. If you buy from the grocery store, choose organic if you can.
- Wash your produce before eating it, by using an eco-friendly, safe, biodegradable fruit and veggie wash.
- Try to avoid processed foods (there are toxins in processed foods that we don’t even know about yet).
- Protect your immune system…and especially your families’ brain development by supplementing with quality natural vitamins and supplements that have been scientifically tested in medical journals… (double-blind studied and peer-reviewed by a medical and scientific board of credible professionals…the brand I use has over 100 peer-reviewed studies in medical journals). Quality control tested and proven safe and effective.
- Eliminate traditional cleaners from your home and use natural cleaners. It actually saves you money especially if you use the products I use. For example, what I use to scrub my bathtub is made from ground up cherry pits. The safe, eco-friendly, biodegradable cleaner I use to wash my fruits and vegetables is the same thing that I use to clean my counter tops. Very effective and inexpensive.
- Recycle your plastics, paper, cardboard, electronics, etc…anything that has the recycle symbol…please recycle it.
- Get an air purifier for your home.
- Use a water filtration system, or a good water pitcher with a recyclable carbon filter.
I have just scratched the surface in this area, but I hope it’s enough for you to begin taking notice of your environment…inside and out. If you need more ideas or resources, I find the following book by author, Sloan Barnett Green Goes With Everything: Simple Steps To A Healthier Life And A Cleaner Planet very helpful to me because Sloan gives info on chemicals, but also gives ideas and companies/places to shop that have made a commitment to use non-toxic materials in their products. This book is the featured picture at the beginning of this blog post.
I love to hear from you. What are you doing to limit your family’s exposure to toxins? Are there any resources that have been helpful to you? Share what has worked for you.
Your Resident Health Nut,