Toxins can derive from chemical pollutants, heavy metals, pesticides, drugs, alcohol, active/passive cigarette smoking, and food additives. However, toxins can also come from normal metabolism and intestinal build-up of unhealthy bacteria within your own body.
Toxins damage cells, disrupt our endocrine systems, and impair the body's ability to absorb nutrients and heal itself. When it comes to exposure to toxins, the body cannot metabolize most of the poisons to which it is exposed.
The typical American home contains 3-10 GALLONS of toxic materials - everything from glass and bathroom cleaners to garden pesticides and fertilizers.
Health effects of ingredients in common household products include:
The (EPA) reports that the air inside the typical home is 2-5 times more polluted than the air immediately outside - and in extreme cases, 100 times more contaminated
According to the Environmental Working Group's Skin Deep: Cosmetic Safety Reviews, research studies on SLS have shown links to: Irritation of the skin and eyes, organ toxicity, developmental / reproductive toxicity ,neurotoxicity, endocrine disruption, ecotoxicology, and cellular changes, possible mutations and cancer.
The average family washes approximately 80 pounds of laundry per week. This means that 17.5 billion cups of laundry detergent are being used every year in the U.S. alone. Not only can you come in contact with caustic chemicals via laundered clothing, but you can breathe them into your lungs once they become airborne when you do your laundry.
Dioxane (also called 1,4-dioxane) is a byproduct of an industrial process used to make cleaning ingredients, and can contaminate your personal care and cleaning products.
Dioxane is a byproduct of ethoxylation, "a cheap shortcut process companies use to provide mildness to harsh cleaning ingredients." Since it is a byproduct rather than ingredient, it doesn't have to be listed on product labels. But you really DON'T want to have your skin coming into contact with this agent, byproduct or not. 1,4-dioxane is considered by the State of California to cause cancer. It has been found to be potentially toxic to your brain and central nervous system, kidneys, liver and respiratory system, according to the CDC.
EPA reviews an average of 1,700 new compounds that industries are seeking to introduce. The 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act requires that they be tested for any ill effects before approval only if evidence of potential harm exists -which is seldom the case for new chemicals. The agency approves about 90 percent of the new compounds without restrictions. Only a quarter of the 82,000 chemicals in use in the U.S. have ever been tested for toxicity.
The immune system causing an increased tendency to allergies and recurrent respiratory (nose, sinus or lung) or ear infections.
The defense systems of both animal and human bodies making them prone to cancer (infants and young children, as well as adults, are presently developing cancer at an alarming rate).
The brain and nervous system causing headaches, difficulty thinking or remembering, inexplicable emotional ups and downs, inconsolable depression, irritability, moodiness, aggression, hyperactivity or extreme fatigue.
The reproductive system causing a wide variety of sexual problems and infertility.
The endocrine system contributing to illnesses such as Diabetes, Thyroid Disease and weakened adrenal glands.
The muscular system causing twitches, tics, muscle pains or weakness, in time possibly leading to Fibromyalgia, Multiple Sclerosis, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis or Parkinson’s Disease.
The skeletal system causing chronic swelling and stiffness that eventually leads to pain and permanent joint deformities.
The heart and circulatory system causing high blood pressure or irregular heart beats.
The blood vessels causing abnormal bleeding into the skin, joints, breasts, urine and elsewhere.
The following is a partial list of chemical poisons found in products that are absorbed, ingested or inhaled by the body before you even eat breakfast. These lists DO NOT even include the use of common household cleaners!
Alcohol, Acids & Alkali: anemia, cancer, coughing, cramps, death, depression, disorientation, dizziness, fatigue, headaches, heart damage, muscle weakness, nerve damage, organ damage, rashes, respiratory problems, sleeping problems, vision problems and more.
Bleaches & Chlorines: anemia, child development problems, cancer, diabetes, gastrointestinal cancer, gland cancer, headaches, heart disease, immune system breakdown, mental function difficulties, organ cancer, pulmonary edemas, severe eye problems, urinary tract cancer and more.
Detergents & Emulsifiers: allergic reactions, blindness, cancer, cataracts, interference with nutrient absorption, loss of hair, organ damage, problems-behavioral and emotional, reproductive damage, scalp eruptions, skin irritation, strips skin of protective oils and more.
Dyes & Fragrances (Synthetic): ADD, allergic reactions, cancer, convulsions, depression, dizziness, headaches, Hodgkin’s, hyperactivity, irritability, Leukemia, muscular aches and pains, organ damage, problems-behavioral and emotional, reproductive damage, skin rashes, stomach upsets, vertigo, violent coughing and sneezing, tumors-multiple and more.
Heavy Metals (Toxic): abdominal cramps, Alzheimer’s, brain disorder, cancer, emotional and immune system disorders, genetic damage, hyperactivity, motor skill difficulties, mouth sores, muscle weakness, nausea, pain in your bones and your joints, reduced intelligence, short attention span and more.
Fungicide, Insecticide & Pesticides: ADD, birth defects, cancer, death, dizziness, fatigue, flu-like symptoms, genetic mutations, gland tumors, insomnia, memory loss, muscle weakness, nausea, nervous system disorder, pain in your bones and your joints, organ damage, stomach cramps, swelling of body parts and more.
Petrochemicals: allergic reaction, asthma, cancer, depression and fatigue, headaches, inhibits skin functions, intestinal gas, immune system disorders, premature aging, pimples, rashes, respiratory failure, sensitivity to the sun, splitting of your finger and toe nails and more.
Preservatives (Synthetic) & Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s): asthma, cancer, cramps, digestive problems, eye and organ damage, headaches, mental confusion, muscle weakness, pain in your bones and your joints, reproductive damage, respiratory problems, skin rashes, tumors and much, much more!!
Pesticides and other chemicals in animals and/or humans have been reported to alter systems.
Toxins are altering the development of the unborn leading to miscarriages, stillbirths, birth abnormalities and delays in normal development.
At least two million children presently suffer from developmental, learning and behavior difficulties.
Air fresheners are made from neurotoxic solvents and synthetic fragrances that can cause headaches, mood swings, memory loss, and chronic fatigue.
Prepackaged lettuce is washed in a chlorine solution twenty times more concentrated than that found in an average pool.
Mouthwash containing alcohol is associated with an increased risk of throat and mouth cancers.
Microwave popcorn contains a flavoring chemical that is a relative of paint stripper.
Aspartame, the artificial sweetener, breaks down into carcinogenic formaldehyde during storage in the body.
Flea and tick control products can expose people to pesticides five hundred times greater than the recommended safe limits.