In the past twenty years childhood allergies and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder have increased by 400%, one in four children have asthma, breast cancer has more than doubled since the 1960s, the age of puberty is dramatically declining, sperm count has dropped by 50% and IVF is where you go to have children.
Could these conditions and hundreds more be linked to our homes? Could what we are unknowingly doing around and within the home be affecting the health of our families? Could what we bring into our homes add to the rapid increase in illness? The answer is a resounding: “YES!”
In this site we share information that is a compilation of over twenty years of research. Within this post you will discover how your home can affect your family’s health and, most importantly, what you can do about it. We uncover the sources of toxicity in our homes – mould, dust, electromagnetic fields, plastics, chemicals, even our everyday personal and home care products, the water we drink and bathe in. All these can be detrimental to your health. And you don’t justhave to believe us, this information is substantiated by credible sources such as the WHO, Cancer Prevention Coolition and many well known internationally recognised researchers and authors.
Did you know …?
- The food we eat often causes behavioural, neurological and physical problems due to the pesticides and herbicides used in their growth and storage phases.
- Toxic exposure and heavy metals are both linked to learning disabilities and adhd. “I’m not getting toxic exposure” you might say. But I’m talking about exposure to everyday items such as your tooth paste and shampoo!
- Indoor air is usually more polluted than outdoor air. According to the EPA, indoor air pollution is up to 70 times greater than outdoor pollution.
- Women who work from home, infants and the elderly, who spend the majority of their time in sealed toxic chambers (their homes) are at 54% more risk of cancer than those who spend their time out of the home, unless they take major steps to reduce their toxic exposure.
- “Everyday Products” around the home could be causing all sorts of ill health, illness and disease, including brain cancer and brain tumor, now the leading cause of death in children. Read What’s Killing Our Children?
- The prescription drugs you are using may be causing you harm? They can also cause side effects that mean other drugs are necessary. Always do the research yourself when on prescription drugs, to find out their side-effects. Your doctor is just too busy to keep track of your cocktail of drugs and what they might be causing.
- The average bed contains 2 million dust mites – a leading cause of allergies and asthma.
- Gas stove releases nitrogen dioxide into air. One study showed showed highest source of inhaled pollution is cooking with a gas stove. Always turn on your exhaust fan and open your windows when cooking.
- Secondhand smoke is just as bad as smoking. You inhale 4000 chemicals through secondhand smoke. If you smoke, “The Easyway to Stop Smoking” by Allen Carr is a must read.
How pollution Causes Stress & Anxiety
Air pollution causes depression anxiety in the same way allergies cause depression anxiety. How pollution causes depression anxiety is by triggering an immuno-inflammatory reaction, causing inflammation in the brain, resulting in depression and anxiety. When your immune system attacks these foreign air pollutants it causes inflammation, and in the process cytokines are released which enter the brain, and cause inflammation in the brain.
When inflammation occurs in the brain, specifically the hippocampus region responsible for learning, memory, and mood, your brain neurons can not communicate as effectively. You become slow, get brain fog, have trouble remembering, can’t concentrate, and get depression and anxiety symptoms.
In 2013 Canadian researchers discovered that emergency room visits for depression go up on days with high air pollution. Hospital visits for depression anxiety went up by as much as 20% on days with high amounts of air pollution. Air pollution not only causes depression anxiety. One Canadian study estimates 2 million deaths per year are caused by air pollution.
Toxins Found in “Natural Foods”
- The produce highest in pesticides are apples, bell peppers, celery, cherries, imported grapes, nectarines, peaches, pears, potatoes, red raspberries, spinach and strawberries. According to the EPA, the fruits with the highest amount of pesticides are nectarines, pears and peaches. Peel the skin before eating them!
- The vegetables with the highest pesticide content are spinach, celery and potatoes. So try to buy organic when buying the above produce. You can also use an all natural fruit/vegetable wash (talk to your Savvy Team contact for the best and most economical product on the planet) and scrub it with a vegetable brush.
- When buying non-organic produce make sure it is grown locally. Imported produce do not have to follow the same guidelines as domestically grown produce. Imported produce and produce grown across the country are picked before they are ripened and sprayed with chemical preservatives for the long trip.
- Do not eat farmed fish. They are fed pellets which are made of unwanted fish contaminated with many toxins. Farmed fish have 16 times more dioxin-like PCB’s than wild salmon. Make sure the fish you are eating is “wild.”
- Peanuts and raisins are high in pesticides
- Recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH) is injected in cows so they can produce more milk. This injected synthetic hormone often causes udder infections so the cows require more antibiotics and even results in pus in the milk. rBGH is banned in Europe and Canada but is not regulated in many countries. I recommend to find the right Tacoma dentist for your family to get a consultation on healthy nutrition and a happy smile.
Prescription Drugs and their “side effects”
- Cholesterol Drugs inhibit HMG which deplete Co-Q10 levels. Co-Q10 is an essential enzyme resposbile for energy production in muscle cells and are especially cocentrated in heart muscle cells.
- Diuretics / Water Pills: The reason why you retain water is because you are dehydrated. Instead of allowing water to flow naturally and eventually be excreted through your urine your now dehydrated body is forced to retain it since having dirty water is better than having no water at all. The worst thing you can do to a dehydrated body is flush out its remaining water by taking diuretics.
Let’s look at Dust Mites.
My daughter was diagnosed with an extremely high allergy to dust mites soon after birth. Sheets more than a day old would give her big, itchy welts that left her very miserable. This meant I had to wash her sheets every day, and when she wasn’t well (she underwent open-heart surgery at 3 months), I changed them twice a day.
So what are dust mites? They feed off dead skin cells and adults slough off 10 grams of dead skin cells a week. Dust mites also like to live in down/feather pillows, stuffed toys, piles of clothes, and couch pillows. Replace your pillows with synthetic fibers and get your pillows and mattress encased. 10 percent of the weight of a two year old pillow or as as much as two pounds can be composed of dust mites and their droppings. [A good dust mite encasement that does not create many sounds is a vinyl mattress protector]
If you live in a polluted environment, it’s impossible to avoid all of the pollution (although if you speak with whoever sent you to this site, they can help you reduce exposure in the home), you can’t avoid the drugs you are on and you can’t always eat organically. Don’t exacerbate the problem by smoking.
What you can do is most importantly, boost your immunity with Diet and Supplements. Our recommended diet contains immune boosting vitamins, minerals, and anti-inflammatory nutrients, which counteract the negative impact pollution has on your symptoms. Individuals on the Diet Plan have a higher pollution tolerance, and report tremendous changes in their moods, their weight, and general feelings of wellbeing.