ENVIRONMENTAL DETOX

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There are other places to detox other than one’s body.  Home is definitely a primary one.  Creating a healthy home with good         indoor airy quality is for everyone, especially for all with Multiple Chemical Sensitivity.   To create such a safe and healthy takes time, especially if resources are scarce; but the transition to a safe home is essential.

Things to consider, nonetheless, to ensure a “healty home, happy home.”  The enumeration is not a pretty picture to say the least.

  • Stain-and-water-resistant clothing in the closet and drawers are often coated with PFCs, the teflon chemical.
  • PFCs are also found in modern furniture and carpets, including formaldhyde.
  • Older thermostats may contain mercury.
  • Many television sets and foams for older cushions contain PBDE flame retardants.
  • Soft plastic toys made of vinyl often contain phthalates.
  • Nail polish, perfumes, colognes, and other scented beauty product often contain phthalates and other toxins.
  • Popular brands of laundry detergent and fabric softeners contain toxic chemicals.
  • Vinyl shower curtains are another source of phthalates.
  • Nonstick pots and pans are a source of teflon chemicals.
  • Most reusable plastic water bottles, food containers, and the lining of steel food cans contain bisphenol-A.
  • Though arsenic exists at safe levels in the ground, tap water may contain high levels of arsenic, including lead.
  • Arsenic may leach off of older pressure-treated wood decks and rails.
  • Lead from old paint and Roundup can be found in the soil and absorbed by plants in the garden.
  • Though arsenic at safe levels exist in the ground.

home dangersResources:

Eco-Healthy Homes (from Oregon Environmental Council):  Checklist

Oregon State Univeristy, “Home Indoor Air Quality Checklist”:  http://mcsliving.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Healthy-Home-Checklist.pdf

Environmental Working Group Healthy Home:  Checklist and Printout version

World Health Organization (W.H.O.):  http://www1.paho.org/English/AD/DPC/CD/healthy-homes.htm

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