To Heal our Earth
By Susan Steffen-Kraft
This is an issue that touches all political parties, religions, and cultures. We should all want a healthier earth and to be healthier ourselves. This is not a radical piece by someone who is a do good-er for the Greenie movement.
The chemicals are found in our homes, bodies, soil and in the air we breathe. Cleaning products for ovens, toilets, glass wood and metal are just a few examples. A few days after installation most new carpets start emitting volatile organic compounds.
I can smell the new carpets the minute I walk into a house and for that matter new paint. If possible the windows are opened when I am cleaning for someone at their home. That is not always an option, per example in the winter.
I hate the smell of bleach and it is quite toxic. If mixed with many other chemicals it can cause potentially toxic fumes. As I clean houses I should know what the chemicals smell like. Most of my clients cater to me by using natural stuff. Thank God!
The warning is to keep your use of chemicals in the home at a minimum. Also never mix chemicals that shouldn't be together because this can be fatal. Why has Al Gore and other Environmentalists not jumped on this with both feet.
Avoid chemicals that have "chloro" as part of their names including wood preservatives, herbicides and insecticides. Avoid chlorine bleach or as many put on the label; sodium hypochlorite. Be aware that other products use oxygen bleach also. Use unbleached paper products and avoid products made of and or packaged in polyvinyl chloride (PVC).
These are a few suggestions and I note in searching out various articles that Al Gore has not come out and given this advice. Of course maybe he figures he cannot make money off true planet health and care.
Disinfectant chemicals may kill germs in your home and prevent you from catching a minor illness but the drawback is that they accumulate in your fat cells and are hard to flush out.
"Different health effects can result from toxic chemical exposure, including allergic reactions, asthma, migraines, dizziness, nausea, eye, skin, and respiratory tract irritation, various forms of cancer, and even death". The effects to your health resulting from exposure will depend upon many different factors, which include how toxic the chemical is and the degree of exposure to you.
1. Herbicides, these are which used to destroy, prevent, or limit vegetation from spreading
2. Insecticides, these are used to destroy or prevent unwanted and harmful insects
3. Fungicides, these are used to destroy fungus or to regulate its effects
As for insects we have killed off or they are dying off; both the bad and the good. Honeybees and even ladybugs are susceptible. Milkweed is not as common and it is the food of the Monarch Butterfly Caterpillar. When I was a kid we never destroyed milkweed unless it grew in a place where we had or were planting a garden. It tends to spread so you must stay ahead of it but if you want the butterflies that is a good way to attract them.
PCBs are quite damaging. Many gallons of this dangerous oil leaked out. They are found in sea birds and mammals decades after they were no longer being manufactured here in the U.S. Gradually they are being phased out but it takes years to get them out of the environment. Thus they are nearly indestructible.
From the foods we eat to what we put in our bodies we are being damaged as is our earth. Let us look at cell phones and microwaves both of which I am sure Al Gore uses. I admit I have a cell phone and use a microwave a little. If I had a convection oven I would surely use it instead.
Many times I still heat water on the burner of the oven. But sometimes I am out of time so I do use the microwave. Radio waves are emitted from both when in use. A hand free cell device increases the distance that is between you and your cell phone and thus the radiation is decreased that reaches your body.
Hans Hertel a Swiss scientist states that:
“There are no atoms, molecules or cells of any organic system able to withstand such a violent, destructive power for any extended period of time, not even in the low energy range of milliwatts/
This is how microwave cooking heat is generated – friction from this violence in water molecules. Structures of molecules are torn apart, molecules are forcefully deformed (called structural isomerism) and thus become impaired in quality!"
I am touching on a several subjects briefly. I have not the room nor am I an expert in each area. But these brief things I touched on I know and believe. For further information you should check out different articles in books, magazines and the internet. Then choose to believe as you will. I am sure the Goresky does. Oh that would be Al Gore for those of you who do not get who I meant. Al only believes what his pocketbook tells him too.
Last but not least are parabens and other toxic chemicals we put on our bodies. Fake eyelashes, fingernail polish removers, faux tanning one does with tanning beds, etc., they all have those toxic affects. They cause damage to collagen and elastin fibers, dermal blood fibers and so on. Never assume that tanning beds are safe. Should you want your Vit. D go outside for 15 min. a day. It can be had through supplements and your diet.
Now for fingernail polish remover as another example. Inhaling acetone hard on the respiratory system and can give you a headache or cause you to cough. Methanol is even worse then acetone. These products are harmful to you and the environment. So ask yourself if the beauty of your fancy nails is worth it. My answer is not to me, but then again I think differently then most. I myself buff my nails and get a shine. Buying a buffer and getting an all natural shine is cheaper and safer then polish and remover.
In conclusion, I have touched on various things and you will choose to do as you will. Al Gore really does not care about this stuff. He is consumed with Global Warming and truly would be into warning about these problems if he really cared about Mother Earth. Of course he is not alone. Should they care so much they would be promoting Sustainable farming, Organic farming and so on. This would promote ecological safe farming through relationships and their environment and safe foods through organic means.
Until I hear Global Warming purists talking about these topics and what is safe for your home environment and what is in your food and work for safer stuff that you put on your body, they impress me not one iota. Should you have free choice about what you do. Yes!
However warning people about the stuff that is being put in these many things is not control. You can help yourself out by thinking carefully what you are doing to yourself and the earth.
Ask yourself why cancer is on the rise among-st other diseases and allergies. There are reasons and pumping people full of drugs to make money to fight what could be cured by simply not using so many chemicals in and on ourselves, our gardens, in the air, and so on would prevent so many of our health problems.
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