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I just finished reading Slow Death by Rubber Duck, the story two concerned men hoping to shed light on everyday toxic chemical exposure by experimenting on themselves. They focus on a new kind of pollution. We're not looking for external evidence in factory smoke stacks and slimy rivers; we're talking about insidious, internal pollution. A toxic soup within our bodies.
As a reader of this blog, you already know that studies showing that significant levels of toxic substances can leach out of commonplace items are piling up in record numbers. Authors Rick Smith and Bruce Lourie aim to tackle the question of how these chemicals find their way inside us and how they truly affect us. The accomplish this task by ingesting and inhaling a host of things that surround us all every day. They chose their list of chemicals based on those which are suspected of being toxic and posing long term health risks to humans. By revealing the pollution load in their bodies before and after the experiment, they tell the inside story of several common substances.
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Although obviously troubling, Slow Death By Rubber Duck offers hope with ideas for protecting you and your family. I was impressed by the book's easy to understand presentation, thorough histories of chemicals discussed and practical suggestions for simple changes. The book is right up my alley and it's a must read in my opinion!
The pollution inside us is insidious. We cannot see it; we often have trouble measuring it and it is very difficult assigning specific damage to chemicals that are so widely used. But the alarm bells are starting to sound. Doctors, nurses, mothers and community activists are questioning why these toxic substances can be put into products without our knowledge and with no evidence that they will not harm us and legislators are just beginning to listen.
Women's Voices for the Earth has released a report that debunks the myths surrounding the s0-called benefits of using disinfectants to clean our homes, daycares and schools. They discuss chlorine bleach, ammonia, triclosan and triclocarban, ammonia quaternary compounds and nano silver, explaining the true consequences of our cultural obsession with their routine use.
Powerful antimicrobial chemicals (also known as disinfectants) are increasingly found in household cleaners, from laundry detergent to kitchen cleaners to handy wipes. Yet research has shown that some of the most common antimicrobial chemicals used in cleaners could have serious health consequences. Exposure to these chemicals has been linked to potential health impacts from simple irritation of the skin, eyes, and respiratory system to hormone imbalance, immune system impacts, asthma, and potential reduced fertility. The overuse of disinfectant chemicals also contributes to the growing problem of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, more commonly known as “superbugs.”
The truth is that in most households, the need for routine disinfection is rare. Scientists agree that soap and water are effective for most routine cleaning jobs, and research has demonstrated that safer alternatives, such as vinegar and borax, have antibacterial properties that may be used in place of harsh chemicals. Also, other steps can be taken to prevent the need to disinfect in the first place.
The report offers recommended actions for reducing your exposure to these potentially hazardous chemicals, as well as information on non-toxic cleaners with antimicrobial properties.
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