Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Do normal household chemicals get into our bodies?

“I think that people have the idea that pollution is this thing that exists outside our homes, it’s kind of floating around in the air and that once we get inside our home, we are safe from pollution.”

According to Rick Smith and Bruce Lourie, authors of Slow Death by Rubber Duck, we need to be just as concerned with what is floating around within our own four walls as we are with the pollution that occurs outside our homes. (As it turns out, the President’s Cancer Panel, agrees).

In this video, Smith and Bruce lock themselves in an average apartment for two days and expose themselves to all the chemicals you would likely find in your own home. Things like:
  • Mercury
  • Non-stick chemicals
  • Pthalates
  • Tricolsan
  • Bisphenol A (BPA)
The lads compare the blood and urine samples that were taken before and after the experiment to find out what has entered their systems and to what degree. Even they are shocked by the results.

Watch the video above to find out what happens.

Want to reduce your toxic load in the home? Here are some ideas.

This article shows how easy it is to eliminate BPA from your home too.

Friday, May 7, 2010

President’s Cancer Panel comes around to WellBeing way of thinking

In a piece headed New Alarm Bells About Chemicals and Cancer, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof does the hard work for us and wades through the 200-page report released by the President’s Cancer Panel on May 5. Their main findings? That the amount of chemicals present in our lifestyle may be detrimental to our health.

WellBeing is one of many, many voices that have been saying precisely the same thing for more than a decade, quoting various studies and research findings to support our beliefs. So it’s not exactly new news, but it is wonderful news – to have such a well-supported and well-known research body reinforce our statements.

It also presents us with a great amount of hope; if the President’s Cancer Panel are advising us to reduce the number of chemicals in our homes (here’s how you can do that), eat organically (here’s why), protect our unborn babies from chemicals while in utero (this is a must-read for expectant mums & dads) and microwave our food in glass or ceramic (we’d also suggest eliminating BPA in other areas), then we as consumers will be presented with more, easier ways to make these changes.

The greater the number of people who become educated about, and convinced of, the risks of chemicals in our lifestyle, the louder will be the call for alternatives. The market place will respond and soon enough, living a healthier lifestyle will be so much easier for all of us. More importantly, it is likely we will see a reduction in the percentage of men, women and children diagnosed with cancer every year. That's something worth hoping and striving for.

Some salient quotes to leave you with:
“Noting that 300 contaminants have been detected in umbilical cord blood of newborn babies, the study warns that: “to a disturbing extent, babies are born ‘pre-polluted.’ ”

“Only a few hundred of the more than 80,000 chemicals in use in the United States have been tested for safety,” the report says. It adds: “Many known or suspected carcinogens are completely unregulated.”

“Some 41 percent of Americans will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives.” In Australia an estimated 114,000 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in 2010. Click here for more facts and figures.

You may also want to read:
Does technology cause cancer
Seven steps to reduce your cancer risk

You can read the full report here.