Household toxins are very often more dangerous than we think.
Karen Thomas has written a great blog post discussing the danger of household toxins.
She tells us that fetuses, infants, and young children are the ones that are the most susceptible due to their immune systems not yet fully developed yet, and so aren’t able to detoxify properly.
She tells us how the toxins are endocrine disruptors which create hormone imbalance and they are also disruptors of the digestive system. They are known to increase bad bacteria in the gut.
Did you know that there are 84,000 chemicals, but the EPA only requires testing on about 200?
Here is a list of the most harmful and dangerous ones:
BPA is a very dangerous chemical found in plastics like drinking bottles, baby bottles, toys, dental sealants, and the linings of food cans.
Also, interestingly, receipts are often coated in plastic which is absorbed into the skin as a toxin.
Most diseases are linked to BPA’s and phthalates They are known to disrupt the function of the gut. They also cause asthma and autoimmune disorders.
PVC is another potentially very harmful compound that may also contain polychlorinated biphenyl also known as PCBs. PCBs are synthetic, organic chemicals and are commonly found in toys, vinyl flooring, countertops, and shower curtains.
There is research to validate that nursing kids take in about fifty times the daily amount of the synthetic, organic compound polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) of adults.
Both PCB and PVC are known to disrupt the hormonal system, and are linked to premature puberty, asthma, allergies, irregular menstrual cycles, breast cancer, and prostate cancer.
Thomas says that one study done in 2009 found that those who lived in homes with vinyl floors were twice as likely to have a child with autism.
PFCs, the polyfluorinated chemicals, are known to be toxic and are used in the coatings of nonstick cookware, stain repellents in carpeting and clothing, and grease-proof paper used in the linings of packaging for certain food items such as popcorn bags.