Posted by Denise on 08 1st, 2010 | 8 responses

Do You Have a Toxic Home?

What are the risks from toxic chemicals in our homes?

  1. Synthetic chemicals are everywhere in our homes and environment.  The risks of some are known — others, nobody knows yet.
    • 75,000 synthetic chemicals are registered with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
    • 250 billion pounds of these chemicals are produced every year.
    • Only a fraction of these have been fully tested for human health concerns — according to the EPA.
    • The National Toxicology Program found that 150 chemicals present in the home and frequently found in household cleaners are associated with allergies, birth defects, cancer, and psychological or neurological disorders.
  2. These synthetic chemicals have been found in the blood of children and adults–even in the cord blood of newborns!

    • Analysis of cord blood of newborn babies at Mt Sinai Hospital found more than 200 chemicals already in the blood stream at birth!
    • A recent study on adults found a total of more than 200 synthetic chemicals in their blood — with an average of 67 different chemicals in each individual.
  3. Serious illnesses are increasing among children and adults.
    • Women who work at home have a 54% greater death rate from cancer, according to a 15 year study reported at the Toronto Conference  Researchers concluded that the increase resulted from increased exposures to toxins in the home.
    • 90% of poison exposures occur in the home.
    • There has been a 26% increase in the rate of childhood cancers.
    • 1 in 13 school aged children today has asthma.
    • The rate of asthma among children under 5 years of age increased more than 160% between 1980 and 1994.
    • The incidence of Attention Deficit Disorder, autism and other developmental/behavioral issues has increased substantially and the exact causes have not been determined.

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8 Responses to “Do You Have a Toxic Home?”

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