Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Toxic Home Products

MyAchingKnees has written many times about the Chair of Health with the four legs a person has to maintain to have optimum health. Again, the most overlooked aspect of health is avoidance of toxins.

Common toxins in the home are getting more and more attention as evident by the following article from Forbes. But before you read this, I'm going to answer the question you already have. "What does this have to do with Joint Pain?"

There an unalienable fact that inflammation caused by oxidative stress and the resultant free radicals degrading the body at the cellular level can manifest itself in many different ways, hence increasing the list of degenerative diseases caused by oxidative stress and inflammation. See a pattern here? Like a cat chasing his tail. We have long preached that a comprehensive approach to your health is the foundation for addressing specific problems like chronic joint pain.

From Forbes.com
The Most Toxic Home Products

Flame-retardants are used in the foam found in products like cribs, high chairs, strollers and nursing pillows. The chemicals involved are PBDEs or other retardants with bromine or chlorine, which have been linked to sexual and neurological disorders.

Vinyl flooring and shower curtains
Phthalates are used to soften the plastic that goes into vinyl flooring and shower curtains. This chemical has been associated with causing harmful effects to growth and development in children, and impacting brain functions like learning, behavior and memory.

Nonstick pots and pans
There's some controversy over the effects of the coating on nonstick pans, commonly known as Teflon. The Teflon chemical, PTFE, is thought to be harmless. But non-stick pans heated past 500 degrees Fahrenheit, or that have started to flake, can emit toxic byproducts of PTFE that can cause flu-like symptoms in humans.

Consumer electronics
This category can be a toxic cocktail. Phthalates are found in the power cords of devices or controller cables of game consoles. Brominated flame retardants (BFRs), which have been linked to impaired brain development and cancer in humans, are added to circuit boards and plastic casings.

Hard plastic bottles and containers
Bisphenol A (BPA) is found in many plastic bottles and containers. Recent studies have shown that BPA could have effects on the brain, behavior and prostrate gland in infants and young children.

BFRs are added to housing insulation materials to meet fire safety codes. These chemicals can accumulate in the body over a long period of time and have been linked to impaired brain development and cancer in humans.

Air fresheners and cleaners
Sprays or even some scented candles that "freshen" the air often use phthalates to spread the fragrance.

Phthalates can also be found in perfumes, deodorants and hair sprays, as well as nail polish. Not to mention parabens and formaldehyde. In fact, roughly 200 chemicals found in cosmetics have also been found in the umbilical cord of babies.

One of the ways to protect yourself from toxins is to be informed. You still have to take action,...but you need to know what to take action on. We previously highlighted the publishing of a book, called The Healthy Home. It is now available.

The Healthy Home
Simple Truths to Protect Your Family from Hidden Household Dangers
by Myron Wentz, Ph.D. and Dave Wentz, with Donna K. Wallace

Book overview
In The Healthy Home, readers take a trip through the home of Dave Wentz, where the authors point out potential dangers of our modern living spaces. The book offers a common-sense approach to removing toxins from the environment where you live and raise your family. Throughout The Healthy Home, these hidden dangers are discussed in plain terms and elaborated on in a more scientific way by Dr. Wentz — allowing you to dive as deeply into the information as you want. The book also provides tips on minimizing the risks you may not have realized you were taking with your health.

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