TOXINS: 9 COMMON SOURCES
Toxins are a factor of life, and we need to identify their sources. When the body burden of toxins surpasses the body’s ability to handle them, sickness or death ensues.
Daily life is hectic and we are hard-pressed by deadlines, chores and family obligations. Where health is concerned, it is important to recognize where toxins are found and make adjustments to limit these where possible. These are 9 common sources of exposure which can be lessened by wiser choices and better safety precautions:
1) Body care products
We “smather” these with a smile”because we feel they are making us more beautiful. From toothpaste to body wash to shaving cream, hair color and cosmetics, they are all formulated with chemical ingredients. To help determine their safety factor, you can check the toxic chemical rating for the products you routinely buy on the Environmental Working Group’s cosmetic safety database website.
2) Household cleaners
Manufacturers convince you through advertising that their ingredients are necessary to destroy harmful germs and fill your rooms with pleasant fragrance. What is left unstated is how harmful they are to your health. These EPA issued warnings should alone be emough to have you rethink purchases and make wiser, non-toxic choices:
When combined, chemicals are even more dangerous. Deadly fumes result from mixing ammonia with bleach (both found in many household products) creating lethal “mustard gas”!”
—U.S. Government, E.P.A.
The toxic chemicals in household cleaners are three times more likely to cause cancer than air pollution.”
– Environmental Protection Agency, 1985
3) Home furnishings and accessories
Whether plug-in air fresheners, candles, furniture, mattresses, carpets, plastics or anything else that may off gas, they can expose us to toxic flame retardants, phthalates, BPA, BPS, and other toxins. It doesn’t take much effort to research these items and understand their harmful effects such as respiratory distress and hormone disruption.
4) Pest Control Products
Pesticides are sprayed inside the home, on lawns, gardens and roadways to control weeds. This is a category necessary to be studied and understood when it comes to harmful effects. I’ll never forget reading this page of martyrs who are no longer with us due to exposure to these toxic products.
Knowing what you’re eating is important. Food can be a major source of illness from toxic bacterial organisms such as botulism, salmonella, e-coli and listeria as well as parasites, viruses, pesticides and other toxic chemicals. Foods may contain varying degrees of toxicity from heavy metals and the risks and dangers of gmos.
6) Air, Water, and Soil
Pollutants are rampant due to human activity in combustion, mining, agriculture, construction and warfare. The major forms are carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, chlorofluorocarbons, hydrocarbons, MTBE, herbicides, pesticides, chlorinated hydrocarbons, radioactivity, untreated sewage, chlorine, petrochemicals and other chemical contaminants. For a better idea to see what’s in your local environment check the “scorecard” link at the end of this blog.
7) Clothing and Personal Accessories
This category is one you may not even have considered as a cause for concern. Most people purchase clothing and hang it right in the closet to be worn. Formaldehyde is just one toxic chemical common in new clothing. It is often measured up to 500 times the “safe dose.” Always wash new clothes before wearing, and refer back to #2 on what you use to wash them. Some clothing is treated with the pesticide permethrin as a perceived benefit for those wanting to repel insects outdoors.
8) Heavy Metals – Everywhere
Heavy metals are everywhere impacting everyone on the planet. They are found in toys, foods, hair dyes, drugs, cookware, deodorants, cigarettes, paint and a host of other manufactured products. They are cumulative.
9) Occupational Exposures
Another area where folks do not always connect the dots is exposure to toxins in the workplace. If one is working every day with and around chemicals, heavy metals, radiation, etc., the amount of exposure and safety measures taken are obvious concerns.
Why So Prevalent?
There are certainly other sources of toxins of great concern such as the radioactive fallout from Fukushima, toxicity of drugs, and industrial pollution. When you begin to question why this total massive toxic onslaught is upon us, one has to acknowledge there is greed for profits superseding health and safety. Obviously, short-sightedness, ignorance, apathy, and even evil intent are other reasons for their global presence. Become empowered with accurate knowledge to see the dangers from toxins. Make better choices for the preservation of you and your family’s health. No blinders can be your new mantra. It’s to your advantage to see what’s behind the curtain because many things are portrayed as beneficial and safe when they are not.
“Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain!”
― L. Frank Baum, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
Knowing these 9 sources of toxins and reducing their exposures will make a difference in your health. For further insight, check to see what is in your local area.