I recently read an article titled “Why is Your Body Toxic?” I have always known that chemicals were bad for us but never really gave my cleaning products, shampoo and body care products or laundry products much thought as to what was in them and what harm they could be doing to me until my mold exposure happened and the domino effect it had on me and my new-found sensitivities to chemicals began. According to the article I read, about 1,000 new chemicals are registered with the U.S. government each year. It states that our bodies probably have hundreds of chemicals in them. In 2009 blood and urine samples from 2,400 people were taken and checked for chemicals. Researchers found 212 chemicals in the samples and the saddest and most frightening part was that 75 of the chemicals had never before been found in humans.
Some of these chemicals were Disinfection By-Products (Trihalomethanes) like Bromoform and Chloroform. Some of the Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) included Benzene, Ethylbenzene, Hexachloroethane and Styrene (no wonder look at all the styrofoam products we have used over the years).
Another sad fact that this article mentions and something that I have read about in other articles is the high number of chemicals that newborn babies are found to have. An average of 200 industrial chemicals were found in umbilical cords.
The article further talks about ways to reduce our exposure to toxic chemicals. Many of you may already know this or be doing these things such as buying organic food, purifying your home’s air and using natural cleaning products.
To read the article in its entirety,
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26 seconds from beauty products on skin to enter the bloodstream… very serious!
Learning about all this is sending me into an acute panic, I must say! I’ve been trying to dechemical my life as I prepare to start a family and I do not want my baby to have 200 chemicals in it at birth but I definitely feel like I’m fighting a loosing battle. 😦
I have a book that I bought when my daughter was first pregnant. The book is titled “Healthy Baby Toxic World”. It is just sitting on my bookshelf. If you would like it, email me privately and I will be glad to send it to you.
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