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Berean Health & Temperance
9 Hidden Household Toxins
By Ed Cabil,
There are almost 80,000 chemicals in use today that didnt even exist before 1950, and research suggests they’re making their way into our bodies. For instance, 93 percent of Americans showed traces of BPA, a chemical in some plastics linked with cancer, brain damage, fertility problems – From 2004 study
1. IN YOUR BEDROOM
Polyester-cotton blends and permanent press linens have a finish that releases formaldehyde, which can irritate the throat and eyes—Use untreated cotton sheets
2. IN YOUR LIVING ROOM
Pressed-wood products are another source of formaldehyde, which Laura Beane Freeman, Ph.D., investigator with the National Cancer Institute, has linked to myeloid leukemia in factory workers. Shop for used pieces— They have already aired out!
3. IN YOUR GARDEN
Before dousing your lawn with chemicals, try TLC: Water with a soaking hose, add weed-inhibiting mulch to garden beds, - Weeds - Try herbicides made with corn gluten meal or vinegar.
4. AT THE MARKET
You can consume nearly 80 percent fewer pesticides by eating organic of the 12 most contaminated food items.
5. IN YOUR CUPBOARDS BPA
The synthetic estrogen linked to cancer and abnormal brain development, is in the lining of most food and beverage cans, and it can leach out. When possible, buy fresh or frozen items;
6. ON YOUR TABLE
Some fast food wrappers and bags, pizza boxes and microwave popcorn bags contain oil- and water-repelling chemicals that transfer to and metabolize in the body, forming likely carcinogens, says Jessica D’eon, Ph.D.
7. IN YOUR CLOSET
The dry-cleaning fluid perchloroethylene (PERC) can cause headaches and liver and kidney damage. “And a newer method swaps out PERC for D-5, which caused uterine cancer in lab animals,” says Gina Solomon, M.D., “Wet cleaning” or carbon dioxide methods are ideal.
8. IN YOUR JEWELRY BOX
In tests of costume jewelry with metal, mostly from China, 19 percent contained the carcinogen cadmium, reports Jeff Weidenhamer, Ph.D.,
9. AROUND YOUR HOME
Your Swiffer isnt organic, but it can reduce toxins. “Chemicals can piggyback on dust,” Dadd explains. Women whose breast milk contained the fire retardant Deca, which animal studies link to problems with memory and attention, also had Deca in their vacuum-bag dust, EWG found. Dust surfaces and floors weekly, take off your shoes and wipe pets paws at the door (so no one tracks in chemicals), and change filters in your central-air system at least once a year. Then breathe easy.
By Lucy Danziger