In the survey we ran last Monday, someone suggested that we go deeper into the other sources of toxic load our bodies are subject to in our modern world – aside from food or water.
Then, I read the report called “Toxic Free Home Guide” that Annmarie Skincare is giving away this week (when you grab one of their free sample kit HERE, shipped for free worldwide) and was completely shocked.
On page 6, Cate Leger, a green architect from Leger Wanaselja Architecture states:
“Essentially, we eat our buildings. They off-gas. They degrade. They rust. All of it comes off and settles into the dust on the surfaces all around us and some of it inevitably enters our bodies.”
And she goes on adding:
“The industry has very strong trade secret laws to protect product formulas — so that companies do not have to tell us what they are using…”
I had heard that some chemicals in paint and cleaning products can be harmful, but had never really looked into how polluted our inside air really is.
Then I found this report by the EPA, that says:
“While most people are aware that outdoor air pollution can damage their health, many do not know that indoor air pollutants can also do the same.
Studies of human exposure to air pollutants by EPA indicate that indoor levels of pollutants may be 2 to 5 times – and occasionally more than 100 times – higher than outdoor pollutant levels. Indoor air pollutants have been ranked among the top five environmental risks to public health.”
In other words… that smog you see outside and makes you cringe because you don’t even want to imagine what it’s doing to your body? Well, the inside air of some buildings are 100 times WORSE.
Annmarie’s report is 90-pages long, so it would be hard for me to tell you everything that’s in it. But at the same time, I don’t want to leave you with such a teaser.
So here are a couple of things from the report that you can apply to your life right NOW:
- Choosing the right chemical-free mattress (and sheets) is really, really important – for example, memory foam mattresses are found to emit 61 chemicals. Something to keep in mind once it’s time to change yours.
- Household Hazardous Waste Project says air fresheners don’t freshen the air at all… They mask one odor with another, while diminishing one’s sense of smell with a nerve-deadening agent. You should really trash your Febreeze and buy some essential oils diffusers instead.
- Any candle or product containing the ingredient “fragrance” is usually toxic. This word is used to hide a mixture of several dozen to several hundred chemicals, with many classified as toxic — none of which are required to be disclosed to consumers. Use natural candles made out of beeswax.
- Most antibacterial soaps contain triclosan, an endocrine disruptor (just like BPA in plastics) that can affect your thyroid. That’s why Governor Mark Dayton of Minnesota recently signed a bill legalizing a measure BANNING triclosan-containing products in the state. The law will go into effect January 1, 2017. Stick with natural soaps without that ingredient!
Seriously… this free report is better than most ebooks sold for $20-30 bucks these days.
It’s really just another reason you should really grab one of Annmarie Skincare’s sample kits on this page.
Have a great day!
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