In today’s post we’re going to cover some of the industrial chemicals that we’re exposed to in our homes every day. Things like; common household cleaning products, water and oil-based paint, oven cleaners, flame retardants, air fresheners, cosmetics, plastics, weed killers, patio cleaners and insect repellent.
About 70,000 synthetic chemicals have been manufactured since WW2.
Believe it or not only a very small amount, about 2%, has been tested for mutagenic, carcinogenic effects or birth defects. Women on average use 12 of these everyday toxins a day, that means women are exposing themselves to 168 individual chemicals every single day. This is through cosmetics mainly, 1 out of 13 women are exposed to a known or probable carcinogen daily, it’s a little lower for the men at 1 in 23.
There are literally thousands of toxins in the home. Household cleaners are meant to give us a healthy home by killing germs, but do they really work? And is it worth having dangerous toxic chemicals loose in our homes? What price are we paying?
Well the price is all of the common health problems we see today.You don’t need to scratch too far below the surface to see what effects dangerous chemicals causing to public health.
Our endocrine system is a group of glands that produce hormones that go on to regulate important bodily functions like;
- Tissue Growth.
- Mood and many more.
So if this hormonal system is altered in any way the effect to the human body could be very problematic. It’s well known that many of these chemicals cause reproductive damage, mental changes and birth defects.
Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs) are in many products including; baking soda, nail polish, shampoo, non-stick pans and paints. They change normal hormone functions which then restricts reproductive ability or growth and development. EDCs mimic your endocrine system, literally.
So, where do we start to look, it’s a bottomless toxic pit. How did we get here? Who came up with the idea to live in a world that poisons us everyday?