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How Your Home is Making You Sick

We spend most of our time indoors and most of that indoor time is spent at home.  There is mounting evidence that the common household cleaners and body-care products we buy from the supermarket are contributing to the dramatic increases in Asthma, Allergies, Eczema, Dermatitis, Childhood cancer, Attention Deficit Disorder, and many hormonal and neurological diseases. This is directly related to product toxin content.  In fact, some of the most toxic exposure your body encounters is right in your own living room! From Brominated Flame Retardant chemicals found in your average carpet, to the Polyvinyl Chloride used to make computers, toys, and clothes these chemicals are toxic and contribute to everything from cancer and reproductive disorders to neurological and immunological diseases.

Step 1: Limit or avoid exposure to these items as best you can.

Step 2: If you find out you are being exposed, consider some powerful antioxidants to help your system more effectively detoxify them to limit their harmful effects.

Step 3: Consider the alternatives. 

Step 4: Have lots of house plants. House plants clean air by absorbing chemicals and converting them into food and energy. Top air cleaners include philodendron, Boston fern, peace lily and English ivy. I recommended that your home has 2–3 houseplants per 10 m2 (100 sq. ft.) of room space.

Item#1: Microwave & Mobile Phone & Wifi (Technology)

WiFi signals in your home, for example, are called information carrying radio waves. They are completely man-made, and since there’s nothing like it in nature, when sensors on a cell membrane recognize that radio wave, they interpret it as a foreign invader – like a virus or bacteria.  Cell membranes in your body close down pathways, known as active transport channels, in an effort to protect themselves. These are the same pathways that allow your trillions of cells to exchange nutrients and antioxidants.  When the information carrying radio wave is constant over a period of time cell membranes RE-configure and may remain in this state of lock down.  When that happens, nutrients cannot enter the cell and waste products cannot leave. The cell now becomes energy deficient and intercellular communication is compromised. When cells can’t talk to each other, they cannot function as tissues and organs and it can become a systemic problem for those people most sensitive.  The consequence of this systemic problem is a compromised immune system.

Item#2: Radon Gas
Radon is a cancer-causing radioactive gas, the product of the radioactive decay of radium within the earth. The gas normally percolates upwards and escapes into the atmosphere. But radon can easily collect in our constructed environments: our water supply, basement crawl space, brick or rock walls, slab joints, sump pump or floor drain. You cannot see it, smell it or taste it, but inhaled radon enters the lungs, where it undergoes further radioactive decay that can damage to your DNA. There are no immediate symptoms. It typically takes years of exposure before a fatal lung cancer may appear. The U.S. Surgeon General and Canadian Government has warned that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in North America today. Testing for radon gas is widely available either by using a radon detector machine or hiring a company to do it for you.

If Radon is detected at dangerous levels, increasing ventilation is often the solution 2) take alpha lipoic acid to reduce effects of radiation on your lungs

Item#3: Plastics
Plastics release some dangerous stuff, and many plastics are now implicated in causing cancer.

Plastics should not be heated nor kept near us, especially in the first days after purchase when they are “off-gassing.” Especially notorious and worthwhile avoiding altogether are the PVC plastics #3, #6 and #7 (the most notorious for BPA).  You’ll usually find the number grade on the bottom of the container. Alternatives such as stainless steel and glass can readily replace them—and these alternatives are finally making their way back into the marketplace due to public awareness and concern. If you must use plastic, then the following are the “better” plastics:
#1 Polyethylene terephthalate (PET or PETE), the most common and easily recycled plastic for bottled water and soft drinks, has also been considered the most safe. But if there is a hint of plastic smell or taste in your water, don’t drink it. Avoid exposing bottled water to heat, which enhances the leaching of plastic chemicals. Always ask your retailer how long bottled water has been sitting on the shelves and under what conditions and use the water you buy quickly: chemicals may leach from the plastic during storage. Slightly higher concentrations of PET have been found in still water as opposed to sparkling water samples, but no one yet understands why. The jury is still out on all plastics.
#2 High-density polyethylene.
#4 Low-density polyethylene.
#5 Polypropylene.

The potential dangers of plastics are to some degree recognized by government and industry, and plastics are categorized for recycling purposes. That’s the reason for the numbers on the bottoms of bottles of water and other plastic containers. Here are the seven standard codes.

#1 PETE or PET (polyethylene terephthalate): used for most clear beverage bottles.
#2 HDPE (high-density polyethylene): used for “cloudy” milk and water jugs and opaque food bottles.
#3 PVC or V (polyvinyl chloride): used in some cling wraps (especially commercial brands) and some “soft” bottles.
#4 LDPE (low-density polyethylene): used in food storage bags and some “soft” bottles.
#5 PP (polypropylene): used in rigid containers, including some baby bottles and some cups and bowls.
#6 PS (polystyrene): used in foam “clam-shell”-type containers, meat and bakery trays and, in its rigid form, clear takeout containers, as well as some plastic cutlery and cups.
#7 Other (usually polycarbonate): used in 5-gallon water bottles, some baby bottles, some metal can linings. Polycarbonate can release its primary building block, bisphenol A, into liquids and foods.

Not all plastic containers are labelled, but several of these categories deserve special mention.
PVC (the #3) is used in food packaging, including plastic trays for boxed cookies or chocolates, candy bar wrappers and bottles. Cling wraps, including the kind used commercially to wrap meats, cheeses and other foods, are often also PVC. These and other traces of toxic chemicals, including phthalates used to soften PVC, can leach into our food, especially fatty foods at higher temperatures. The result is that we are exposed to these chemicals every day. PVC is also commonly used in teethers and soft squeeze toys for young children, beach balls, bath toys, dolls and other products such as knapsacks, raincoats and umbrellas. Again, it’s the phthalates that are causing concern about the health of children playing with these soft PVC toys.
A recent study in Environmental Health Perspectives concluded that some styrene compounds leaching from polystyrene food containers (#6 PS) are estrogenic (meaning they can disrupt normal hormonal functioning). Worryingly, styrene is also considered a possible human carcinogen by the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer.
Ironically, many plastics regarded as “green” or “healthy”—those used in Nalgene bottles, big water bottles used for water coolers, Brita pitchers, Advent and other baby bottles, most plastics with recycling number #7 on the bottom, the lining of tin canned foods and the various dental “sealants”—contain a chemical called bisphenol A, a potential estrogen-mimicking agent and hormone disruptor. Some studies have suggested that bisphenol A may have a negative impact on our health even at the parts-per-trillion level—the equivalent of one drop of chemical in a lake. Such a finding is alarming since most chemicals are marketed as having a safe “threshold” for consumption. The plastics industry acknowledges that leaching can take place at parts-per-billion levels—leaching of most chemicals found in plastic is more likely to take place through heating or when the container is scuffed, scratched, old or worn—but disputes the claim that parts-per-trillion levels could be harmful. In 1998, the Japanese government ordered manufacturers there to recall and destroy polycarbonate tableware meant for use by children because it contained excessive amounts of bisphenol A. Health Canada announced further testing on bisphenol A—one of two hundred chemicals—in 2007, and took the first steps towards a ban on the substance in April 2008, labeling it toxic.

Item#4: Tap Water
Water is an essential resource for survival. NEED it to detoxify the body. If you don’t have a filter, you ARE the filter! We all expect it to be safe.  The definition of safe is absence of Ecoli and Coliform bacteria and meeting other stringent guidelines by filtration.  Some not so distant scares: Ecoli in Walkerton and Cryptosporidium (cysts) in Collingwood.

Guidelines always improving, general treatment is chlorine and sediment collection and controlling for microbiological contaminants. Water contamination is the number one health problem in the world today – 6000 people die every day (mostly children under 10) from contaminated drinking water. There is a difference between “Safe” and pure. A glass of water appears clear – but there is a difference.  Pure = H20 and requires reverse osmosis or distillation procedure.

Contaminants in city water may include: 50,000 known trace elements including bacteria, viruses, cysts, and heavy metals (lead, mercury, arsenic, aluminum).  Biggest challenge is testing – costly! City will test for lead, but only 3rd party will test for all other things.

Test: Maxxam Analytics (A 3rd party lab in St Johns Newfoundland). 

(BTW, there is a misconception about reverse osmosis is deficient of minerals. As humans we need ORGANIC minerals (not looking for the inorganic minerals that are taken out from water).  Both are taken out in R/O.
NOTE: Bring your prescription drugs that are expired to your pharmacy DON’T throw them down the drain!  Chlorine can mix with TrioHaloMethanes (THM’s) and can cause cancer.
Another issue is: Radionucleotides which result when nuclear reactors need to be rinsed to cool them down. This radioactivates water and can possibly harm us!

Brita Carbon filters/Pour through filters: address chlorine (filtered water and NOT pure water)

If you’re on a well system, you need a UV system above and beyond filtration, distillation or R/O

We absorb through our body too! 3-4x more through our pores than what we drink! Chlorine levels go up and down by the city depending on organic matter levels. (Chlorine and Sulfur smell).

Item#5: Fragrant plug-ins
Phthalates are found in cosmetics, toiletries fragrant plug ins and perfumes with synthetic fragrances and cause harm on the reproductive system of the human body. Scientific research has shown that phthalates disrupt hormones and can cause birth defects of male reproductive organs.

What measures or equipment is necessary to fix it or what natural medicine can you take to dampen its effects:

Chemical-free products manufactured by: Aubrey Organics; Avalon; Aveda; Burt’s Bees; Dr.Bronner; Druide; Ecco Bella; Jason; Kiss My Face; Mill Creek; Nature’s Gate. Zinc and Selenium can help the body rid of these toxins.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

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Coming Up

Mon 01 Barenaked Ladies & The Persuasions perform  
Tue 02 Veep actress Anna Chlumsky
Thu 04 Tommy Smythe tours architectural historic preservation projects