Alert! Your Clothes Could Be Poisoning You!
I’m sure you’ve noticed – clothes today are absolute junk!
You used to be able to buy a sweater, or a dress, or a coat that would last you 10 years or more.
Now, stores are flooded with poorly-sewn, paper-thin garments that can barely survive the washing machine.
It’s bad enough that we’re getting ripped off… but these clothes are poisoning us, too!
Some of the clothes sitting in your closet RIGHT NOW may be covered in toxic chemicals that cause everything from allergic reactions to cancer.
There’s a good chance you’ve never been warned – but I’ll show you how easy it is to stay safe.
It seems like everything is made out of synthetic fibers these days.
That’s a big problem, because a lot of these fibers are practically drenched in poison.
And we’re being exposed to more of it than ever – especially through our clothes.
Polyester, for instance, is made from petroleum – the same kind of stuff you’d put in your car.
Then there are rayon, nylon, acetate, and triacetate, which are made from cellulose and then treated with caustic soda, ammonia, acetone, and sulphuric acid during processing.
These are all horrific irritants that are toxic if ingested, and can cause deadly allergic reactions.
Acrylic fibers are made with polycrylonitriles which, when inhaled, can have similar effects to cyanide, according to the EPA.
The factory workers who make acrylic fibers regularly suffer from anemia, nausea, leukocytosis, jaundice, and kidney problems.
But it’s not just the fibers you have to look out for. Clothes that come with special features tend to have even higher levels of toxins.
“No-iron” or “wrinkle-free” clothing is processed with perfluorinated chemicals which cause cancer.
“Moth-repellent,” “stain-resistant,” and “fire-retardant” garments use polybrominated diphenyl ethers, associated with hormonal imbalances, thyroid disorders, and problems with brain development.
And “pre-shrunk” clothing uses formaldehyde, which causes allergic reactions – specifically in newborns.
I’m sure you’re getting the picture…
But despite the toxicity of these synthetic fabrics, there are no strict labeling requirements for clothing in the U.S.
To reduce your risk, choose natural fibers like cotton, silk, linen, hemp, and wool.
Also consider “organic fabrics,” which use only fibers from farms without chemicals of any kind.
If you ask me, it’s worth a few extra bucks to avoid exposure to some of the most deadly poisons there are.
Fighting For Your Health,
Executive Director, Alliance For Advanced Health
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