For the past 5 years, I’ve been on a mission to teach women about how to detox their homes. I’ve recently met an amazing women called Dr. Sherrill Sellman, who has written an extremely informative book called, “What Women Need To Know To Protect Their Daughters From Breast Cancer” and “The Hormone Heresy.” After I read the books, I realized that we are on exactly the same page. Dr. Sellman has so much wisdom to share, and here are some concerns that she has about indoor air quality, which I think is important since we are heading into winter where our energy-efficient homes hold in more than just the heat. How Toxic is your home? I think the big takeaway here, is getting rid of all indoor and outdoor pesticides. That, is at least, a good start.
1. Solvents like benzene, Xylene, toluene and styrene, can lower testosterone and sperm levels, contribute to abortions, birth defects, asthma, nose congestion and adversely affect the blood and heart.
2. Studies indicate chemicals in moth balls and deodorants (dichlorbenzene,) were found in the urine of 96% of children in Arkansas.
3. Leukemia is several times more likely in children if pesticides are used in and around the home.
4. A non-occupational exposure study showed household contained 5-20 different pesticides. This does not include the other chemicals in the air.
5. The level of of pesticides in the air is nearly four times greater at 5 to 10 inches above the floor, than it is at 24 inches. This puts toddlers at risk.
6. Chemicals released from hot Teflon pots, microwaved foods, disinfectants, deodorizers, oven cleaners, carpet cleaners, foods and cooking odors, hair or ironing sprays etc. all can contribute to indoor air and body pollution.
7. The Consumer Product Safety Commission reported 150 common household chemicals have been linked to allergens, birth defects, cancer and psychological abnormalities.
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