Is my home making me sick??Common Toxins Found In The Home
1. Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)
VOCs are a group of chemicals that vaporize easily and bring gas pollutants into the home from a variety of sources. There are over 400 compounds in the VOC family which have been identified in the home and of these over 200 can be found in carpeting. According to the EPA, VOCs tend to be even higher (two to five times) in indoor air than outdoor air, likely because they are present in so many household products.
Sources: New carpets and home furnishings, interior paints, particle board, plywood and pressed wood products, new plastics and electronics, deodorants, cleaning fluids, varnishes, shampoos and cosmetics, dry cleaned clothing, moth repellents, air fresheners, and during the burning of wood stoves and tobacco products.
According to the EPA, 60 percent of herbicides, 90 percent of fungicides and 30 percent of insecticides are known to be carcinogenic. Alarmingly, pesticide residues have been detected in 50 to 95 percent of U.S. foods.
Sources: Food (some fruits, vegetables and commercially raised meats), household pest control products and sprays, and some chemical lawn treatments which drift or are tracked indoors.
3. Mold and Other Fungal Toxins
One in three people have had an allergic reaction to mold. Mycotoxins (fungal toxins) can cause a range of health problems with exposure to only a small amount.
Sources: Contaminated buildings, damp areas with frequent temperature changes, airborne particles from furnace blower or air conditioning unit.
4. Phthalates and PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride)
PVCs contain phthalates, a class of widely used industrial compounds known technically as dialkyl or alkyl aryl esters of 1,2-benzenedicarboxylic acid. There are many phthalates with many uses, and just as many toxicological properties. These chemicals are used primarily to lengthen the life of fragrances and soften plastics.
Sources: Plastic wrap, plastic bottles, plastic food storage containers, which can leach phthalates into our food. PVC in some consumer products such as vinyl flooring, drapes and wall-coverings, baby’s toys, shower curtains, blow-up air mattresses, cosmetics, home plumbing, outdoor furniture, and fixatives.
Chemical compounds formed as a result of incomplete combustion processes from commercial or municipal waste incineration, chlorine bleaching of pulp and paper, and from burning fuels like wood, coal or oil.
Sources: Animal Fats – Over 95 percent of dioxin exposure comes from eating commercial animal fats; 23% is from milk and dairy alone; the other large sources of exposure are beef, fish, pork, poultry and eggs. In fish, these toxins bio-accumulate up the food chain so that dioxin levels in fish are 100,000 times that of the surrounding environment. Cigarette smoke contains small amounts of dioxins. Small amounts of exposure occur from breathing air containing trace amounts of dioxins.
6. Heavy Metals
Metals like arsenic, mercury, lead, aluminum and cadmium, which are prevalent in many areas of our environment, can accumulate in soft tissues of the body.
Sources: Drinking water, some seafood, vaccines, pesticides, preserved wood, antiperspirant, building materials, dental amalgams, chlorine plants, lead paints.
7. Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDEs)
PBDEs are industrial toxic chemicals that have been used for over 30 years as flame-retardants. Although PBDEs are being phased out, many are still used in North America.
Sources: Some furniture and furniture cushions, drapes, mattresses, pillows, pet beds, carpet and carpet padding, and household electronics and appliances.
This colorless liquid has a pleasant, non-irritating odor and a slightly sweet taste, and is used to make other chemicals. It’s also formed when chlorine is added to water.
Sources: Chloroform forms when chlorine, which is used to disinfect public water supplies, mixes with organic matter in the water. Air, drinking water and food can contain chloroform.
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