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!

Autism and Cleaning Products

The Impact of Get Clean Laundry Products on an Autistic Child

from  professional Nedra Sahr, MS . . .

   A number of year ago a young family I was working with, who had a 6 year old autistic son (Rick), asked if there was anything they could do to help him.  I said yes, we could work on nutrition, but before we start on that, we need to clean up his home environment.  I asked them to wash all of his sheets, pillowcases (and the pillows), pajamas–everything–with the Get Clean laundry products.  The mom agreed and called me up at 9 the next morning.  “Nedra, I can’t believe that stuff!  Last night was the first night in his 6 years of life that Rick slept through the night, so it was also the first night in 6 years that I had a full night’s sleep.  You’ve already given us a gift that I just can’t believe!”  I said it wasn’t me, it was those great laundry products.  Why?: because products that have bleach, nitrates, various chemicals etc. in them will outgas.  Rick was one of those who was extremely sensitive, but what’s this doing to the rest of us?  To our children, who may not yet show it on the outside, but may have neurological damage on the inside, and to us adults as well.  –Thanks! to Nedra Sahr, MS, Nutrition & Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist, Maine   

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