Is This Cancer Agent in Your Home?!
You’ve heard the saying, it’s like putting lipstick on a pig.
I can’t think of a better way to describe some of the most common household products.
Sure, they look good – they even smell good, too – but studies show that they could be DESTROYING your health.
Yet every single one of them has gotten the stamp of approval from the Environmental Protection Agency. (So much for “protecting!”)
But I’ll give you the information they won’t about these household toxins…
And the easy steps you can take to keep your family safe.
Artificial scents are everywhere.
You wash your hands, and the soap smells like apples.
Wash your hair, and it’s vanilla coconut.
Plug in an air freshener, and it’s lemon breeze.
Antibacterial wipes can even smell like a field of lavender.
And most of us don’t give them a second thought because instead of smelling like heavy chemicals, they smell, well, delightful!
But the next time you walk into a room and breathe in a waft of cinnamon apple, picture breathing in the exhaust fumes from the Holland Tunnel.
Because that’s pretty much what you’re doing!
You see, these sweet-smelling air fresheners are a chemical cocktail of hundreds of toxins, including carcinogens (they can cause cancer), endocrine disruptors (they mess up your hormones), neurotoxins (they destroy brain cells), and respiratory irritants.
Even the EPA acknowledges that there are no safe levels of some of these chemicals, but at the same time, they:
1). Allow them to be put into these products
2). Don’t require the manufacturers to tell you about it!
In a recent study published in Air Quality, Atmosphere and Health, researchers conducted a survey of over 1,000 adults to determine the side effects of scented products.
Thirty percent of the people reported breathing difficulties and headaches as a result of air fresheners.
Other negative effects included congestion, rashes, muscle cramps, nausea, irregular heartbeat, and immune system problems.
And some of the most alarming studies have linked them to cancers in both adults and children.
So does that mean you should just throw out most (or all) of your household products?
Anything that has an artificial scent is guaranteed to be loaded with chemicals. At the very least, opt for unscented options.
But to take it a step further, I recommend the Environmental Working Group’s website (www.ewg.org), which lists thousands of products that receive a rating based on their toxicity level.
There’s always a safer, less toxic option out there.
Now it’s up to you to go find it.