By Dr. Aly Cohen
Dr. Cohen is a medical doctor, rheumatologist, environmental health specialist and book author. See her blog at thesmarthuman.com and follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @thesmarthuman to keep learning about toxins.
There are things you can do right now to reduce your exposure to toxic chemicals. Many of the products in your home are filled with fragrance chemicals, antibacterial chemicals like triclosan, preservatives and propellant chemicals, pesticides and nonstick chemicals. These chemicals are not tested for safety, and cleaning products in the US are not regulated for safety or toxicity. It’s a free-for-all. Even the word “fragrance” or “perfume” listed on a label is considered proprietary so you as the consumer are not allowed to know the actual ingredients.
Added fragrance can contain hundreds of harmful chemicals that get into the body and affect the normal workings of the endocrine and immune systems. They can even cause difficulty with breathing and trigger asthma attacks.
After an intravenous line into a vein, the second fastest route into the body is inhalation through your mouth and lungs, and then right into your bloodstream, like the oxygen we breathe. Synthetic chemicals that we breathe in are especially harmful for pregnant women and children. Being mindful of these toxic exposures can keep everyone in your household healthier.
We spend 12-18 hours a day inside our homes or workplace, so let’s try to clean up the air so we can all breathe easy and improve our health.
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