Toxins and their effects on women
Because of home exposure are women at greater risk?
The answer is YES! The reasons are as follows: We spend 90% of our time indoors, and 65% of that time at home. Mothers, the elderly and children spend 90% of their time in the home.
The National Cancer Institute released results of a 15-year study concluding that women who work in the home are at a 54% higher risk of developing cancer than women who work outside the home. Cancer rates have almost doubled since 1960. Cancer is the Number ONE cause of death for children. There has been a 26% increase in breast cancer since 1982. Breast cancer is the Number ONE killer of women between the ages of 35 and 54. Primary suspects are laundry detergents, household cleaners and pesticides in addition to genetic influences.
There has been a call from the U.S. / Canadian Commission on Chemicals to ban bleach in North America. Bleach is being linked to the rising rates of breast cancer in women, reproductive problems in men and learning and behavioral problems in children. Chemicals get into our body through inhalation, ingestion and absorption. We breathe 10 to 20 thousand litres of air per day.
Chemical and environmental sensitivities are known to cause all types of headaches. The effects of these Chemicals are cumulative. Just as one cigarette doesn’t give someone lung cancer, it would be false reasoning to feel that using these products for years and not being sick means they aren’t harmful!
Formaldehyde, phenol, benzene, toluene, xylene are found in common Household cleaners, cosmetics, beverages, fabrics and cigarette smoke. These chemicals are cancer causing and toxic to the immune system. Chemicals are attracted to, and stored in fatty tissue. The brain is a prime target for these destructive organics because of its high fat content and very rich blood supply. The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health has found more than 2500 chemicals in cosmetics that are toxic, cause tumors, reproductive complications, biological mutations and skin and eye irritations. Fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, arthritis, lupus, multiple sclerosis, circulatory disorders, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome, depression, and hormonal problems are diseases commonly related to chemical exposure.
Manufacturers ARE NOT required to list the exact ingredients on a label. Chemical names are often disguised by using “trade names”, so you may not recognize the chemical for what it truly is! A women’s fertility has also been negatively affected by the increase use of chemicals. In 1934 only 21 cases of endometriosis existed in the entire world. Today over 5 million women have this condition, which causes infertility in the US alone.
Note: One other aspect to consider - and it not a minor one at all - is the high probability that women who wear a bra washed in harsh detergents (& synthetic underwear in general) continually wear a TOXIC SKIN PATCH! Now that is a daring statement and we explain... Most modern laundry detergents are still alkaline-based with fancy ingredient names such as washer protection agents, processing aids and brightening agents. Simply put, however, the main ingredients are salt, sand and acid. The water softeners are aluminosilicates which are aluminum-based salts. Aluminum has been identified as a likely contributor to breast cancer!
Frequently-found “processing aids” are sodium sulfates which are a salt derived from sulfuric acid - an effective drain cleaner. That is why a washer protection agent such as sodium silicate is included because it protects your machine’s porcelain and metal from being eaten up by the “processing acids”. Now, imagine what is happening to your clothes. Rinse water cannot be 100% effective in removing these toxic ingredients because some of them - such as fabric brightening agents - are formulated so that they can’t be rinsed out! Since your clothes are in direct contact with your skin, whatever they contain can be transferred into your body through the skin and that is why clothes become a big, toxic dermal patch throughout your entire life!
What can one do about this? The first step would be to either change to a different, less toxic, laundry detergent or to eliminate detergents. One such company providing safe answers to these problems is “Caringformyfamily.co.uk” a national company providing a wide range of products that will protect the family and provide value for money alternatives to these potentially dangerous products. click here for further information about their products.
For a more comprehensive listing of dangerous additives go to our page on toxins and click on the download provided.