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As a society millions of us are unknowingly exposed to dangerous toxic chemicals on a daily basis. In fact you have likely been a victim of this dilemma since your childhood. These toxic chemicals are in our foods, homes, household cleaning products and personal care products, yet most people do not give them much thought.
The skin which lives and breathes, is the largest organ of our body. It makes up about 12-15% of our entire body weight and is like a huge sponge absorbing almost everything it comes in contact with. The average person will take between 10,000 to 20,000 showers or baths over a lifetime. Many of the products that we believe are beneficial for us, contain ingredients that may pose serious threats to our health. Products like dish soap, laundry detergent, cleaning products, body wash, shampoo, toothpaste and make-up usually contain cheap synthetic ingredients that can be harmful.The ingredients of our personal care products (shower gels, soaps & antibacterial soaps) determine the amount of chemicals which end up being stored in our body.
As parents we will always protect and teach our children about possible dangers. Child safety and our childrens health is always a priority. We place our trust in what we believe to be true but what if we have not been told the truth.
The Shocking Reason to Change!
Although we refer to them as soaps, regular soap is really a form of synthetic detergent products (chemicals). Many are marketed as “soap” but are not, in the common and legal definition of the word. Products identified as detergents contain ingredients such as petroleum by-products. Regular soap is created using mass produced manufacturing methods. The ingredients often include: Propylene Glycol, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, DEA, MEA, TEA, Glycerin, Isopropyl Alcohol, BHT, DMDM Hydantoin, Triclosan, Aluminum, Formaldehyde, Butyl, Ethyl, Methyl, Propyl Parabens, Phthalates, Toluene plus the list continues for antibacterial soaps, liquid hand soap and shower gels. Chronic use of chemical laden products will cause the body to store the chemicals in body fat or even in the brain. With enough accumulations of toxins, illness can occur.
Commercials for laundry detergent commercials show us fields of wild flowers, streams in mountains, tropical oceanic videos to have us think of the cleanliness, peace, tranquility, fresh air plus give us the impression of clean laundry. Most laundry detergents sold contain a combination of petroleum based and toxic chemicals. These chemicals pose a variety of minor to severe health risks which can include cancer, poisoning and neurological problems. While regular laundry detergents may smell fresh they leave a residue in your clothing each time they are washed and can be absorbed by your skin or released into the air you breathe, increasing your exposure to chemicals.
Is your laundry detergent toxic? Are there health risks to your families from the chemical residues? When your laundry is saturated with chemicals is it really clean? Here are some of the toxins found in typical detergents: Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), Dioxane (1,4-dioxine), Linear Alky Benzene Sulfonates (LAS), Petroleum distillates (aka napthas), Phenols, Optical brightners, Phosphates and Ethylene diamine tetraacetic acid (EDTA).
Once your fruits and vegetables were ready for harvest, they were handled by several different pairs of hands in the fields and orchards, then in the warehouses, and finally again in your grocery store. Bacteria such as Listeria, Salmonella and E. Coli may be lurking on your fruits and vegetables, whether they are organically grown or conventionally grown.
Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada estimate that every year between 11 and 13 million Canadians suffer from illnesses caused by foodborne bacteria. Although most individuals fully recover, foodborne illnesses can result in chronic health problems in 2 to 3 per cent of cases. Illnesses, such as chronic arthritis, and hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) leading to kidney failure, have long-term consequences for the affected individual and for the economy and society as a whole. Are we protecting our Children from the Unseen Dangers of Foodborne Illness & Health Risks. Learn More about Foodborne Illness
Health Risks from Cleaning Products
When it comes to purchasing household cleaners we typically choose products based upon whether or not it will do the job. We make the assumption that it must be safe for use in our homes because it is sold in the grocery store.What is the impact of cleaning products to our children or our families health? We know some of the short term effects from the labels, ie, skin, eye and/or lung irritation but are there long term effects or connections with chronic diseases?
Whose at Risk?
Typically speaking, "still today" women do most of the household cleaning meaning women have a higher exposure to toxic chemicals in cleaning products. Children's immune systems and organs are not fully developed making them more vunerable to the chemicals in cleaning products. Young children crawl on the floor and often put their hands in their mouths transferring chemicals from the floor, carpet directly into their mouths.
Learn about the chemicals in cleaning products and health risks associated with brand name products.
Dangers of Pesticides
Are you protecting your Child from the Unseen Dangers of Pesticides
Researchers at Purdue University in Indiana say it’s what you can’t see on the fruits and vegetables that’s most alarming. The report warns that many of the most popular items in the produce section are covered with pesticides. Keep in mind that pesticides are toxic, they are designed to kill things and most are not good for you.
Pesticide use is at an all-time high with 70,000 different pesticides being used throughout North America. Pesticides are the only toxic substances released intentionally into our environment to kill living. Pesticides pose several risks to children. They cause physical symptoms, impair mental function, disrupt hormone function and increase the risk of developing cancer. Physical symptoms of pesticide exposure include respiratory problems and asthma, headaches, nausea, skin rashes, genetic damage linked to neurological disorders and impaired immune function.
Every day nine out of ten American children between the ages of 6 months and 5 years are exposed to combinations of 13 different neurotoxic insecticides in the food they eat. One out of every four times a child age five or under eats a peach, he or she is exposed to an unsafe level of organophosphate insecticides. Thirteen percent of apples, 7.5 percent of pears and 5 percent of the grapes in the US food supply expose young children eating these fruits to unsafe levels of organophosphate insecticides. A small but worrisome percentage of these fruits 1.5 to 2 percent of the apples, grapes, pears and 15 percent of the peaches are so contaminated that the average 25 pound one year old eating just 2 grapes, or 3 bites of an apple, pear, or peach (10grams of each fruit) will exceed the EPA (adult) safe dosage of organophosphate insecticides. Learn More
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Ozone Technology & Safety Assurance
Unfortunately a large percentage of the population doesn’t know what ozone is and has limited knowledge regarding the number of years ozone has been used to benefit mankind. Also known as nature’s sanitizer.
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