Is Cleaning Killing You?

Is cleaning killing you by giving you cancer, reducing sperm counts, causing lung, liver, and kidney damage, causing asthma, or disrupting hormones? Find out from this blog post from Shaklee’s Healthwise Blog. Dr. Jamie tells why it is so important to be careful about  “clean!”

Your health and the environment

Your health and the environment

You are committed to good health and have daily activities and routines you follow in order to support your health. On most days, you start your morning with a workout or a power walk, then make your high-protein smoothee, and take your supplements, and brush your teeth. Then, throughout the day, you try to make the right decisions about eating healthy, drinking plenty of water, wearing your sunscreen, and putting activity into your day.

All these small steps taken day in and day out lead to a stronger and healthier YOU!

To round out your daily health routine, I want to be sure you aren’t missing an important part of the health puzzle by being exposed to chemicals in your environment.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) tracks more than 84,000 chemicals used in commerce.  These chemicals, have worked their way into our everyday lives. Now, no matter how clean you try to live, it is impossible to escape exposure from these chemicals that may put an amazingly heavy burden on our liver and other detoxification pathways in our bodies. Chemicals are found in the food we eat, clothes we wear, personal care products we use, and even the very products that we use to keep our homes clean and safe.

Take a look at the chemicals found in common household cleaners:

Name Found in Potentially harmful effects
Phthalates Solvents used to make fragrances Endocrine disrupters: Men with high levels of phthalates in their blood have reduced sperm counts.
Perchloroethylene (PERC) Dry-cleaning solution, spot removers, carpet cleaners The EPA classifies PERC as a possible carcinogen and has ordered a phase-out of the chemical by 2020.
Triclosan An antibacterial found in dishwashing detergents and hand soaps Leads to drug-resistant bacteria and is a possible hormone disrupter.
2-Butoxyethanol Mostly found in window cleaners, is responsible for the sweet smell General irritant when inhaled, at high levels can damage lungs, liver, and kidneys
Ammonia Found in many cleaning products When inhaled, it can irritate the lungs and potentially worsen asthma.
Chlorine Another ubiquitous chemical, found in toilet bowl cleaner, mildew removers, laundry products, and even tap water Chlorine is very reactive and irritates skin and lungs. It may disrupt the thyroid.

While it can be daunting to think that we are surrounded by so many chemicals, the good news is that there are fantastic natural choices that will do the job these chemicals do just as well without exposing you and your family to potentially harmful fumes, solvents, and toxins.

Be sure you only have safe, green cleaners under your sink and in your laundry. Choosing green cleaners means that you are doing the best for your health, the environment, and your family’s well-being!

What is your favorite green cleaning tip?

Be Well!

Christmas Food Safety

One of the enjoyable parts of the Thanksgiving/Christmas season is the food.  Trying Grandma’s recipes, googling for a new idea on an old recipe, and making the old family favorites is a way to keep the joy of the season. If you have watched some of the documentaries on food preparation safety as I have, you might be scared out of the kitchen. Of course we don’t want to add chemical enemies like formaldehyde, ammonia, phosphates, chlorine, or butyl celloslove along with many others. There is bacteria everywhere even if we think we have cleaned well. Hopefully some good common sense and some great cleaning products will keep you in the kitchen making those family favorites.  So. . . we want our kitchens powerfully clean with products that work but are not scary!

Before baking and cooking, here’s a checklist for ideal sanitary standards:

Clean sponges. Sponges, when left out while wet, are breeding grounds for germs and bacteria. Make sure you´re using a strong, microfiber sponge.  If you are a member in my Shaklee family I will send you a sponge FREE, just ask.  If you join our Shaklee group with a FREE membership with Vitalizer, I will send you one also.

Wash burners and burner plates. Even though it´s unlikely that burners will ever touch your food, they will touch the bottom of your pots and pans. If those pans are removed from the burner and placed on a trivet or countertop, any unsavory mess stuck on the stove will find its way around the rest of your kitchen. Make sure all cleaning products have been rinsed from burners and stove before use, or better yet, spray with a safe cleaner so you don’t have to worry about that. (I’ll send you a FREE sample so you may try it.) Just ask!

Clean cutting boards. Slices in the surface of your cutting boards can house bacteria and germs for months if cleaned improperly. To prevent this, spray cutting boards with a distilled vinegar solution and let stand for 30 minutes. Rinse thoroughly and then clean with a naturally-based solvent. Leave out to dry before storing. Or use this suggestion to sanitize countertops and surfaces between food preps.

Wash your hands! Above all else, wash your hands often throughout the cooking process. After touching unwashed produce, meats and dirty dishes, head straight for the sink. Wash your hands for 30 seconds under hot water using a strong, safe hand soap.

By following these easy tips, your kitchen will be safe and clean. 10% off above Kitchen Kit in December.

Your Liver, Your Dishwashing Soap

The following was written by another Shaklee leader, Deb Villarese. With Earth Day just 2 days away, it gives great reasons for being careful about what we use in our homes and our bodies, both for ourselves and the earth.

“More than three decades after Chicago banned phosphate laden detergents to prevent foul smelling algae from choking lakes and rivers, dishwasher soap made with chemicals still dominates supermarket shelves.

Is Your Dishwashing Detergent SAFE? According to Hans Nieper, M.D., “Dishwashing detergents contain large polymeric compounds that are not completely removed from the dishes by rinsing with water. The liver CANNOT metabolize these large molecules sufficiently, and their accumulation leads to a build up of fat. This fat build up in the liver is STRONGLY ASSOCIATED WITH HEART DISEASE AND CANCER.” Dr. Nieper was president of the German Society of Oncology. He strongly recommends that people choose their dishwashing detergents very carefully, making sure they choose a toxin-free brand that will not cause unnecessary challenges to the liver and overall health.”

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Deb goes on to discuss how chemicals and toxins affect our health adversely. “Numerous studies have shown that our body is awash with chemicals that are toxic to our health as well as to the environment. These chemicals are found in personal care products such as shampoo, toothpaste, lotion, make-up, etc. Undesirable ingredients, such as talc, fillers, waxes, mineral oils occlusive oils, BHT (preservatives), fragrances, etc. are commonly found in personal care products. These chemicals according to Paula Ballie-Hamilton, M.D., Ph.D. have ‘switched our metabolism’, that is, chemicals prevent us from lossing the extra pounds and keeping it off permanently. Also, processed foods are loaded with chemicals that lengthen shelf life, but are hazardous to our health. Chemicals not only widen our girth, promote belly fat, but also cause inflammation. Inflammation is a major cause of many chronic degenerative diseases such as heart attack, stroke, Alzeheimer’s, and even cancer.”