Creating A Healthy Healing Environment
Reduce toxins inside your home
Did you know that chemical pollutants in the air inside your home can be 10 to 70 times higher than outdoor air? You might feel the health affects from toxins in your work or home environment immediately, or it may take years before you feel the effects. Chemicals found in common cleaning products, new furnishings, laundry detergent, fabric softeners, deodorizers, and new construction materials are some of the biggest culprits. Understanding and controlling your exposure to toxic sources will help you make healthier decisions. Ensuring healthy indoor air quality will assist you in your recovery process.
Protect your health and your children’s health.
Switch to Healthy Cleaning Products
Many common household cleaning products contain chemicals that can have adverse health effects. These chemicals can affect the brain, the reproductive system, interfere with lung, respiratory and heart function, affect endocrine function (hormone production), irritate the skin and cause cancer.
Asthma and traditional cleaning chemicals
The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology reports that one in twelve people (about 25 million, or 8% of the U.S. population) had asthma in 2009, compared with 1 in 14 (about 20 million, or 7%) in 2001. The incidence of asthma in children is one in ten. (2009)
Children are especially susceptible to the potential harm presented by cleaning chemicals. A child’s developing body is less capable of metabolizing and excreting the toxins contained in traditional cleaning chemicals — which increase the risks to their central nervous system, reproductive organs, immune system, and lungs. Less-toxic products will help keep your home clean and safe. They can even work better than more-toxic traditional cleaning products.
Shop for products that are:
- Plant-or bio-based, not petroleum-based
- Packaged in pump-spray bottles, not aerosol cans
- Packaged in recyclable containers
Feeling Overwhelmed and Don’t Know Where to Start?
The Environmental Working Group is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to protecting human health and the environment. Their mission is to empower people to live healthier lives in a healthier environment. They have a huge database of research to assist you in evaluating the safety of the products that you may currently use and can guide you in creating healthy choices for you and your family.
- Go here to complete your Healthy Home Checklist http://www.ewg.org/research/healthy-home-tips/tip-14-your-healthy-home-checklist
For more information about:
- household cleaners, please visit http://www.ewg.org/guides/cleaners
- laundry products, please visit http://www.ewg.org/guides/categories/9-Laundry
- Cosmetics – please visit http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/
- Choose organic fruits and vegetables for your family whenever possible. They have been shown to have less pesticide residue.
- Rinse all fruits and vegetables thoroughly to remove fertilizer residues.
- Please avoid warming up food or cooking food in the microwave. If you do use the microwave, don’t microwave foods in plastic containers. Chemicals from the plastic container can become absorbed by food during microwaving. Cover with waxed paper or paper towel instead of plastic wrap to keep food from spattering.
Building and remodeling
- When building or remodeling your home, ask for building materials and supplies that have the least amount of formaldehyde and other volatile organic compounds. VOCs have been shown to cause cancer or developmental problems. Toxic fumes can come from unexpected sources like new carpet and cabinets.
- Choose no- and low-VOC paints and varnishes when finishing walls, floors and furniture. Make sure you have proper ventilation.
Monitor Electro Magnetic Field (EMF) exposure:
Chronic and cumulative exposure to EMF’s can cause many symptoms that affect brain function, sleep, energy, inflammation, detoxification and also have an adverse affect on mood, memory, learning and stress.
Ten Easy Ways to Reduce EMF Exposure
- Do not use your cell phone as an alarm clock – consider using the old alarm clocks with a battery. (You wouldn’t want a mini microwave beside your head all night long)
- Use a head set or use the speaker when you do talk on your cell phone (the greater the distance from the phone, the better)
- Talk less and text more
- Don’t carry your cell phone in your pocket
- Make your bedroom an electronic free zone – no electronics two hours before bedtime
- Ensure that your wireless router is not located in your bedroom
- Unplug the wireless router at night
- Replace cordless phones with a corded land line (the base for recharging your cordless phone is constantly sending signals)
- Don’t use your laptop on your lap
- Monitor use of electronics (instead of spending hours surfing the internet, scanning Facebook, playing video games, or working on the computer, try going for a walk or having an Epsom salts bath instead)
For more information about safer cell phone usage please visit The Environmental Working Group http://www.ewg.org/research/cellphone-radiation