synthetic chemicals cause disease and disability

A recent article in Business Insider speaks of how “There is increasing and accelerating evidence that synthetic chemicals commonly found in the home contribute to disease and disability,” said Dr. Leonardo Trasande.

Chemical groups mentioned in the article include:

  • Pesticides
  • Phthalates
  • Bisphenol A (BPA)
  • Flame Retardant

Dr. Leonardo Trasande is not the only one warning of the dangers of synthetic chemicals in the household. Try typing into Google "toxic chemicals in your home" and look at a few of the 103 million results it retrieves. Google scholar produces 360,000 results on the health impact of pesticides, 26,000 results for Phthalates, 36,500 results for Bisphenol A and Flame Retardant 24,900. There is a lot or research happening in this area - not because researchers don't think there is a problem, but becasue they do.

Limiting our exposure

Limiting our exposure to these chemicals starts with eliminating them from our homes. Often this is difficult becasue in the case of Phthalates they are in almost everything including our food. Our food is processed using plastics, packaged using plastics and some Phthalates are readily absorbed by foods. Dr. Leonardo Trasande and others suggest avoiding foods packaged in products marked with "recycling-code-3" or that contain the generic term fragrance, as these most likley contain Phthalates.

To avoid BPA exposure microwaving plastic should be avoided, canned food's now lined with plastics should also be avoided, and plastic containers should be replaced with an alternatives like glass or stainless steel.

Exposure to flame retardants can be minimized by avoiding furniture and fabrics coated with flame-retardants. Flame retardants often end up as dust on our floors and on carpets so frequent mopping and vacuuming can help reduce the likelihood of inhaling dust containing flame retardant. Mattresses and children’s toys containing polyurethane are also a source and should be avoided.

An Article published by the Australian Wool Growers Association in 2016  warns against the dangers of Flame Retardant on furniture and furnishing materials. We need to check when we are buying these products to ensure they don't have flame-retardant materials or materials coated with flame-retardant in them.

The use of pesticides around the home should be eliminated. This will reduce significantly the impact of pesticides on those living in the home. If possible organically grown produce should be used further reducing the effect of chemical toxicity on our health.

Young Living has a huge range of cleaning products that have an organically grown plant base where pesticides have not been used on either the land used to grow materials or in the gowing or production of the products.

If you want a healthy life, this is a good place to start and may reduce some of the impacts you may be seeing in your life.


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