GREENING YOUR HOME
GREENING YOUR HOME
How Healthy Is Your House?
The Modern Home is No Haven, It's a Host for Hundreds of Toxic Chemicals
No doubt about it, home is where the danger is. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), 50 percent of all our illnesses can be traced to indoor pollution, which is 10 times more toxic than its outdoor counterpart.
Believe it or not, the average home today contains more chemicals than were found in a typical chemistry lab at the turn of the century. Worse, only one out of five of the four million household chemicals created since 1915 have been tested on humans for their health effects.
The average home stockpiles dozens of highly toxic, untested chemicals.
Debra Lynn Dadd, author of the book Nontoxic and Natural and now a consultant who specializes in domestic detoxification, says that every room in the house is full of "products made from materials and substances that can cause cancer, birth defects and changes in genetic structure." She warns that our exposure can "weaken the immune system and leave the body vulnerable to many kinds of diseases and infections." In the laundry room, she says, there's an average of six; in the kitchen, 30-plus.
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Article originally published in E/The Environmental Magazine
By Frances Sheridan
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