Did You Know........

• A majority of all cancers (80-90%) are triggered by exposure to hazardous substances in the environment. (As reported to the President by the Toxic Substances Strategy Committee in 1980)
• Because of common household chemicals, the air found in the average American household is 3 to 70 times more hazardous to your health than outdoor air pollutants. (Environmental Protection Agency)
• Women who stay at home have a 55% greater risk of developing cancer than women working outside the home. (Result of a 10 year study reported at Indoor Air ’90 conference in Toronto)
• There’s a suspected link between the environment and the astonishing increase to childhood cancer, learning disorders and childhood asthma in the last 40 years. (Centers for Disease Control)
• Indoor air pollution is a suspected culprit in sudden infant death syndrome which will take about 5,000 U.S. lives this year. (PoisoningOurChildren’s Nobel Press; 1991)
• Seventy thousand new chemicals that have been introduced since World War II were developed out of the extensive research in chemical warfare. Now thousands of these chemicals are appearing on the shelves of your grocery stores – to clean your clothes, your floor, your hair, your teeth, and your oven. (The California Public Interest Research Group)
• Of chemicals commonly found in homes, 150 have been linked to allergies, birth defects, cancer and psychological abnormalities. (ConsumerProductSafety Council)
• That formaldehyde (in toiletries, cosmetics and cleaning supplies) is a potential carcinogen; it is also suspected of causing birth defects and genetic damage. It can be hidden under 27 different names. (NationalInstitute for Occupational Safety and Health)
• That the FDA requires labeling for cholesterol, but not for carcinogens.The Safe Shopper’s Bible
• That 30 of 55 toxic chemicals – many carcinogins – were found in more than 50% of human body fat samples. (EPA)
• “More children under the age of four die of accidental poisonings at home than there are accidentally killed with guns”. (National SafetyCouncil)
What about your family? Are you ready to eliminate the probable health hazards of the toiletries, cosmetics, and household products your family now uses?

Why would anyone use unsafe products if they knew there was a safe, cost-effective alternative?


Toxic Chemicals and The Human Body

Your body is a very complex, very fragile system of chemical reactions and electrical impulses. When you consider a single cell breathes,uses energy, and releases waste much like your whole body does, you can begin to understand how even small amounts of harmful chemicals can affect the performance of the body's processes. Chemicals enter the human body in three ways: ingestion, inhalation, and absorption.

Ingestion: brings to mind the image of a young child opening the cabinet under the sink and drinking something deadly. Well, each year nearly 1.5 million accidental ingestions of poisons are reported to U.S. Poison Control Centers. The majority of the victims are under the age of twelve and have swallowed a cleaning or personal care product. It amazes me how many deadly chemicals are stored under sinks or on bathroom counters and bathtubs within easy reach of young children.

Inhalation: It may surprise you to learn that poisoning by inhalation is more common and can be much more harmful, than ingestion. When something harmful is swallowed, the stomach actually begins breaking down and neutralizing the poison before it is absorbed into the bloodstream. However, when you inhale toxic fumes, the poisons go directly into the bloodstream and quickly travel to organs like the brain, heart, liver and kidneys. Many products give off toxic vapors which can irritateyour eyes, nose, throat and lungs, and give you headaches, muscleaches, and sinus infections. The process of releasing vapors into the air is called outgassing. Outgassing occurs even when a chemical is tightly sealed in its container. If you doubt this, simply walk down the cleaning aisle at your local grocery store, and notice how strongly it smells of toxic vapors, even though the containers are sealed tight.

Absorption: Most people never guess this. Finally, you need to realize the potential threat absorption poses. One square centimeter of skin (less than the size of a dime), contains 3 million cells, four yards of nerves, one yard of blood vessels, and one hundred sweat glands. We've all heard the ads for nicotine patches and analgesic creams. These medicines work by being absorbed into the bloodstream through the skin. Even some heart medicines are administered through transdermal (through the skin) patches. Any chemical that touches the skin can be absorbed and spread throughout the body. This can even happen when you come in contact with a surface that was treated with a chemical days or even weeks earlier. I had no idea that my children could be harmed by crawling across the kitchen floor we had just cleaned. I thought that we were being conscientious, not reckless.

Switch stores and eliminate the threat to your precious loved ones, and yourself.


What I Do

"I market products for people who are concerned about the fumes they breathe when they clean, like I used to be."

"Before I found these products, I'd been earning my living as a housekeeper. One day one of my clients told me to add bleach to my amonia water because it would clean better. Oh, it cleaned better - it cleaned us both out of the house with the fumes it created! That got me to thinking about all the chemicals I was exposed to on a daily basis, which might explain why my eyes burned and watered, and my nose, throat and skin were so dry."

"I told a friend about what had happened, and she told me about some products that - that would never happen with, because they were completely non-toxic and contained no chemicals."

"Right away, I decided to get my hands on some. I've been using them for over a year now, and my customers are happy; my eyes, nose and throat are back to normal and my skin is no longer dry."

"Do you know anyone who might like to know about products like that?"


Protect Yourself From Household Toxins

There are basically three ways that toxic chemicals can enter your body: by swallowing, by breathing, or by contact with your skin or eyes.

Most consumer products that we all use every day are filled with toxic chemicals, many of which would require special handling if used in a chemical laboratory or in the workplace. In industry, workers are required to wear special gloves, goggles, and even respirators when using the exact same chemicals found in just about every home. Yet, we use products containing these same chemicals at home with no protection at all, and with no ventilation.

Most poisionings happen slowly, over a long period of time, as toxins slowly build up in our bodies, having entered by gradual skin absorption or by daily exposure to toxins we breathe in the air.

The suggestion to remove all the chemicals we expose ourselves to daily, seems like a huge undertaking, when in fact, all that is required is a bit of coaching and a new store to shop at.

Why risk the very real probability of long-term illness or fatal poisioning from these products, when there are safe, effective, affordable alternatives available?

While cleaning and personal care products are not the only source of toxic chemicals in our homes, they are among the most toxic and deadly. Fortunately, they are also the easiest to replace.

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