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Friday, December 10, 2010

My journey

For 10 years now I have been on a mission. A mission to educate people about toxic chemicals in their homes.

Most of the time when we hear "toxic chemicals" we think of things we find in the garage. We don't think of personal care products, cleaners and laundry soap.
My journey started in July of 2000. 2 years before that my oldest son was diagnosed with reactive airways disease. This is a form of asthma brought on by allergies. He was a very sick little guy. As a mom there is nothing worse than your child not being healthy.

I did everything I was supposed to do... got rid of stuffed toys, ripped up his carpet, sprayed his room daily with Lysol, washed his bedding every other day in Tide w/Bleach and installed HEPA filters. Nothing helped. He was still in and out of the hospital getting ventilin treatments and pneumonia.

I didn't know what to do. I was working outside the home at the time and was being reprimanded for the amount of time I was taking off work.

Since I was a baby, I had always suffered with horrible eczema and of course the more stressed out I got, the worse the eczema was.

My manager approached me one day and asked if I'd ever done research on chemicals in my home. I thought she was crazy. She explained that in so many everyday products, there are toxic chemicals that can trigger asthma and eczema... and many more health issues.

That night I started researching. I started in the bathroom, pulling every bottle out to investigate the ingredients. I was shocked to say the least.

Shampoo (including baby shampoo), body wash, toothpaste, bubble bath, makeup... all filled with chemicals. WHY?? Formaldehyde??? It's a cheap preservative... that's why.

We trust manufacturers. We assume that if a product is on the store shelf, it's safe, right? Never assume anything.

There is no regulation of personal care products, cleaners or laundry products.

Manufacturers use whatever chemicals and fillers they want. This way they can make the product for as cheap as possible and mass sell them in stores like Wal-Mart.

Commercials and advertising campaigns are there for what purpose?? To sell the product. They market their products as safe... but do we actually know that is true?

I was so naive. From the day my baby was born, I trusted the manufacturers that promote their products as safe, gentle and natural for baby. Ok... then explain quaterniun-15. This is formaldehyde. In BABY products??

After I went through the bathroom, I pulled out cleaners and laundry products. It didn't get any better. Wow. How?

Why is it that in the UK if a product contains a toxic chemical it has to have a warning on the label, yet here in North America...nothing.

Society is so concerned about disinfecting homes. Having our homes hospital-strength clean. But have we ever really thought about what we're doing to our health?

Look at the rise in asthma. Then there's ADD/ADHD, auto-immune disorders, cancer... the list goes on and on and on.

When we find out we're pregnant, we want to the best. We want our baby to be safe. We research cribs, car seats, high chairs, toys... etc... But why don't we look at what we're bathing baby in? Washing clothes in? Cleaning with? Very scary.

I found a manufacturer that makes only safe, non-toxic products. They work better than anything I'd ever used in the past... and they were less expensive than the garbage I was buying before.

Within 6 days my eczema cleared for the first time in 27 years! Within 2 weeks my son wasn't needing his steroids. All from switching stores and getting rid of all the chemicals.

Anyone can switch stores and have a healthier home. It's simple. It just takes research.

1 comment:

  1. Great post! Once someone starts to research and actually learns about the food they are eating or the chemicals they are cleaning with, it is shocking! We are so trusting! We have to educate ourselves and take our well being into our own hands. Once we know better, we can do better!