Tuesday I received a sneak peek at this week’s challenge at Reduce Footprints, I figured I had this challenge met, but Small Footprints had me, she added a twist to the challenge to make sure those of us who had already met the challenge would still have something to think about.
The Healthy Home by Dr. Myron Wente and Dave Wente.
I spotted this book at the local library and thought it might have something to teach me on how to green up my home. I already use natural products to clean with (baking soda and vinegar being my go to products), but I do live in an apartment which was built in the 1940s and comes with laminate cabinets, fiberglass vanity, carpeting, etc. I would love to rip out the carpeting for a natural flooring such as cork which also insulates the cold I would experience from tile, but that’s out of the question for now.
I didn’t find much I could use from this book. I already knew to look for natural and organic fabrics, the damage wireless objects can play on my health, I also found the book to lose focus. For example in a chapter on the bathroom, a discussion on the chemicals in toothpaste and how they can be absorbed through the skin in the mouth (regardless of whether you accidentally swallow it) morphed into the subjects of vaccines and how to control cholesterol. In the kitchen chapter the focus was mainly on diet.
That said I did learn a few new things.
- Detergents or fabric softeners labeled fragrance free or unscented are not actually fragrance free. They will contain fragrance-inducing chemicals which are intended to mask and neutralize odors. If you are sensitive to fragrances and have made a switch to unscented while still having symptoms this may be why.
- The chemicals used in dry cleaning can never be removed from fabrics. Also if you are exposed to fabrics which have been dry cleaned, the chemical known as perc used in the process is stored in your fat cells and is so dangerous it can be measured by a breathalyzer test, same one used for testing for alcohol consumption.
- Exposure to VOC (volatile organic compounds) found in paint, mattresses, and more can mimic a cold or hay fever. I wonder how many people believing they are experiencing allergic reactions end up taking constant medications when in fact all they need to do is clean up their home.
- On the subject of personal care products and the preservatives in them one paragraph stood out. “Preservatives are designed to kill cells. Yet …are added to all our products….By using these we are killing our skin cells….They will present a risk to the integrity of the skin cells. When absorbed into the blood stream preservatives will become a hazard to the rest of the body.” This led me to think of all the foods we are sold which contain preservatives and a comment I heard from undertakers who insist they no longer need to preserve a body as the organs are already preserved by the time we die. Now wonder our bodies are failing us.
- Anti-aging products contain chemicals that actually age us due to the skin cell damage.
- Mouthwash contains the same chemicals found in bathroom disinfectants including ethanol, yuck!
- Mercury in vaccines has been replaced with aluminum. Aluminum has been cited as a cause of neurological disorders such as dementia, Parkinson’s’, MS, and Alzheimer’s.
- The Safe Water Act of 1974 covers only 91 contaminants, yet an estimated 60,000 chemicals are used within the US. Now that’s scary. What chemicals, not covered aren’t being removed from my water by my filter? And what aren’t being looked for when having your water tested?
- Only Reverse Osmosis will remove fluoride from your water.
A final list of how to live healthy was presented as you can see it has less to do with a healthy home than a healthy lifestyle.
- Don’t mess with your skin.
- Lose the weight
- Open a window and breathe
- Fluoride kills, floss instead
- Replace your mercury fillings
- Remove shoes at the door
- Build up your immune system and avoid medications
- Get to know the way of life your parents had when they were kids
- Your car and home are polluted, you can change that
- Don’t use products that require labels.
Yet with all the bad news found in the book, here’s what I found to have the most meaning for all of us.
Don’t feel guilty for damages already done. Do one extra thing that brings health to your home and family.
So start small and work towards a goal of better health, it’s that easy.
Will you be partipating in the Ceiling fan challenge tomorrow?