Tons of pesticides used
Worldwide, this year
There is currently an estimated 79,788 artificial chemicals in the market today. And this number keeps growing.
We have toothpaste, cosmetics, processed food, pesticides, air fresheners, shampoo, soap and many other consumer goods that we enjoy. They’re everywhere! We live in a world of chemicals. Some of them are fairly safe but some need some careful handling - and some are really harmful!
Pesticides – are a class of biocide. It covers a wide range of products such as mosquito sprays, other insect repellents and even anti-microbial sanitizers. It can cause irritations to the skin, nose, eyes and throat when mistakenly sprayed directly. Low dose exposure to pesticides is not fatal, but over time, continuous exposure can lead to several diseases affecting the nervous and reproductive systems and your kidneys. According to the EPA, pesticides can cause Cancer.
Phthalates and PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride) – is a cheap and easy to use material. It is often used as construction materials and can be found in plastic products. When PVC is burned, it releases dioxin – one of the most toxic substances known. You can often find this substance in your blinds, flooring, PVC vinyl shower curtains, baby’s toys, cosmetics and most of the plastic products you have at home. Plastic food containers and water bottles can leak phthalates into your food and water, which caused endocrine system damage and is especially harmful to children and pregnant women.
Parabens – are used as a preservative in cosmetics and other pharmaceutical products. They are also used as food additives. Check the ingredients of your cosmetics and skin care products and you will find “paraben” somewhere there. It is said to cause breast cancer, since it mimics the hormone estrogen. It has also been blamed for decreased male fertility and endocrine problems.
More: Parabens and Cancer
Bisphenol A or BPA – is a chemical found in hard plastics and in the coatings of food and drink cans and in majority of the everyday products we use – baby bottles, water bottles, even dental fillings, household electronics and many more. BPA is an endocrine disruptor and can interfere in the behavior of hormones in our body. It causes reproductive disorders, male impotence, heart disease and asthma. It affects the quality of a woman’s eggs and can cause breast cancer.
A CDC study showed that 95% of human adult urine samples and 93% of children urine samples had Bisphenol A.
Ammonia – has been used in households for decades. It is used in cleaning products and can remove most tarnishes and mildew, hence its popularity. Direct exposure to ammonia can irritate your eyes and lungs and in direct contact with the skin, can cause burns or rashes. When mixed with bleach or other chlorine products – it can produce deadly chloramine gas.
Since chemicals have become so ingrained in our daily lives, it would be a challenge to eradicate them completely. Keeping your exposure to a minimum is the best you can do to protect your home from the harmful effects of these chemicals.