Did You Know…
Research has revealed that toxic chemicals in our daily lives may play a role in the development of many serious health issues, including autism.
Research on umbilical cord blood has uncovered the fact that babies are being born with hundreds of toxic chemicals in their bloodstream.
Flame retardants are SO toxic and SO often overlooked by parents. Can you believe a child would have FIVE times the average level of exposure as their mother living in the same house? It’s shocking but true!
Synthetic musks, the ingredients used to make perfumes smell so sexy and primal, can interfere with proper functioning of the endocrine system in humans. Preservatives found in fragrances, such as parabens and phthalates, are also known to cause similar problems.
‘Fragrance’ is just a fancy term for ‘undisclosed, trade-secret chemical cocktail.’
It’s known that parabens disrupt hormone function, which impacts every system in our bodies. Additionally, these commonly used chemical preservatives have been linked to breast and other cancers, reproductive disorders, immune system function, and neurotoxicity ~ yikes!
Small children and pets are at higher risk from toxic exposure to household cleaners. By using toxic cleaners on floors and carpets you’re putting children and pets, who don’t always have the wherewithal NOT to lick the floor, at risk of ingesting harmful chemicals. Smaller bodies means that even small amounts of toxins can pose a threat to health and development.
Many cleaners contain toxic ingredients known to be dangerous to human health and development. Some, like 1,4-dioxane, are known carcinogens (e.g., cancer causing), while others like boric acid can disrupt hormone function.
As with cancer, researchers have identified numerous risk factors for autism and ADHD including family history (e.g., genetics), allergies, autoimmune diseases (e.g., thyroid disease, rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease), hormone disruption, and in utero toxic exposure (e.g., epigenetics).
One thing we know without a doubt is that when toxic chemicals in the environment interact with our genetic material (e.g., DNA responsible for running our entire physiology and immune / defense responses), our cells can be altered, damaged and put out of commission, sometimes permanently and for generations that follow. Depending on our individual genetics and the extent of damage done, we may or may not be able to heal completely – but many effects can be stalled and/or reversed.
Did you know that in 2003, the European Union had banned 1,328 chemicals from cosmetics while U.S. FDA had banned or restricted only 11? These numbers remain the same today.
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