Do you live in a new house? Have you recently gutted your house and added “all new” components? If so, you may have unwittingly exposed yourself and your family to an onslaught of chemicals. Neurotoxins, carcinogens, hormone mimics and reproductive hormone disruptors are but a few of the chemicals in building products. Formaldehyde is a common ingredient in many construction products. It, like all the other components in your “new” house or furniture, “outgasses:” evaporates into the surroundings. You are constantly being exposed to a myriad of chemicals.
Carpet backing and carpet padding, fire retardants in materials,formaldehyde in glues, coatings: the list goes on and on. Arsenic is another common ingredient in wood preservatives (think building products like pressure treated wood and composites). Glycol ethers are used in paint, solvents and – no surprise here: cosmetics!
Vinyl chloride is used in copolymers which are used in sealants, lubricants, plastic, and that TEFLON coating that your cookware is made out of! Yes — every time you turn on your stove and cook something in that pan you are ingesting chemicals along with your food.
Childhood asthma: it’s on the rise. Studies suspect that it’s from the continuous exposure to indoor chemicals as well as chemicals in personal care products, clothing and things that children are exposed to every day.
In-utero exposure to chemicals has been shown in thousands of published studies. For a rebuttal to those in the scientific community who see no correlation – or who are in the pockets of the chemical industry, a report published in the journal of The Endocinre Society, play out a very serious concern encompassing studies over past decades. The article is only a page long – an interesting read and well worth it.