There are more chemicals in existance than I could ever count. They are found in literally everything we use on a day-to-day basis. But, the scary fact is that most of these chemicals have never been tested on human beings. The companies that manufacture these items tell us that their products are safe for us in tiny amounts, but they have no proof to either support or oppose their claims. They also can't tell us about potential long-term damages, because the products haven't been around long enough to know.
It seems like we hear studies coming out in the news every other day about recalls due to toxic chemicals or that suddenly a certain ingredient has been found to cause cancer or infertility. Remember what happened with DDT?
The problem is that while we may think that a little bit of a chemical sprayed on our apple or a tiny amount of a toxin in our laundry detergent isn't going to hurt anything, we are forgetting that we are constantly absorbing these chemicals into our bodies in one way or another all day long - without a break. What about the cumulative effects?
Think about your average day and look at just a small amount of your chemical exposure -
We wake up and brush our teeth in fluoride-filled water with chemical toothpastes and wash our faces with soaps full of parabens and sulfates. We shower in a tub cleaned with bleach, using chemically treated water and rub more chemicals into our skin and scalp through washing, shampooing, shaving, and conditioning. We then do our hair with more chemicals, inhale the fumes from hairspray, apply aluminum-filled deodorant, put on make-up, lotion ourselves with some more chemicals, spray ourselves and our lungs with some perfume and head to the kitchen for breakfast.This doesn't even begin to describe our chemical exposure in a normal day. Every new environment we enter, every surface we touch, everything we rub on our skin, every medicine we take, every food we eat - it all contains chemicals that our governmental agencies tell us are safe in small doses. But what about the cumulative effect of all of this chemical exposure?
That may be fine for you as an adult, and you may be healthy as a horse, for now. But what about a small child or even worse, a baby? Not only are their little bodies less able to handle a toxic overload, which can impact their development and some theorize could be causing the increase in things like ADD, ADHD, Autism, food allergies, etc., but their environments seem to be even more toxic.
Most babies spend 24 hours a day in a chemical-filled diaper, with chemical filled creams on their skin, sucking plastic pacifiers, drinking out of plastic bottles, sucking on plastic toys, and eating from plastic spoons. And whether you formula feed or breast feed, you are still exposing them to toxins, because most mother's milk that is tested contains high levels of chemicals and toxins, like Bisphenol A.
You may be thinking, well this is insane. You're just an alarmist (and believe me, I'm used to being told that). You're probably thinking that this is just the way our modern society is and if it wasn't safe, the government would be doing something about it, right? Well, what can they do? Our economy is based on the production and consumption of these things. What would happen if they no longer exist?
Experts agree that something has to happen. I recently watched a documentary called The Disappearing Male, which showed how fertility is on the rise. The sperm count of the average man is decreasing significantly and even the size of the average male baby's testicles is decreasing. This is due to the mother's exposure to plastics while the baby is in the womb and throughout childhood, which effect the endocrine system and reproductive growth. This problem has been observed in animals, specifically a group of alligators in a polluted area of Florida. You can watch the documentary here .
We tell pregnant women to limit their exposure to chemicals, because we know that these toxins can cause birth defects. We tell them not to clean with chemical cleaners, breathe in paint fumes, eat fish that contain high levels of mercury, take certain medications, etc. We know that it is dangerous for a fetus to be exposed to those toxins, but why would it be any different for an infant who is rolling around on a surface that was cleaned with bleach or playing in a house that is being painted? Couldn't the fish with high levels of mercury be affecting a school-aged child that has a compromised immune system? And what about adults - couldn't some of us be susceptible to damage too?
There just isn't enough testing done to know for sure. Why risk it?
It's time for us to change our environments - to protect our children from the toxins we surround ourselves with daily. Of course, we can't change all of our chemical exposure, but we can take steps to significantly decrease the amount. It as simple as