Sunday, October 16, 2011

Four Household Items that can Make You Sick

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The list of health endangering items commonly found in our homes seems to grow everyday.  Why don't we all just pack up and leave the city heading for parts unknown?  I say this because new and improved heating, insulation, plastics, medications, clothes, fumes, inhalants and other irritants all seem to promote cancer. And, most of these things are found in our homes.

Below, you will find a list with some household items that can prove hazardous to your health.  Let's do all that we can to eliminate their usage in our homes.

Four Potential Health Assasins

1. Teflon - You know that non-stick pan that you can even burn foods in and it won't stick? Hmmm, well that may be so but the gases released when the pans are heated to high temperatures can be toxic.  Many of these pans' chemically treated surfaces can come off into the food which can make us sick.  This coating, PFC, has been listed by the EPA as a potential carcinogen.

2. New carpetting -You know that brand new smell in carpeting and in a new car? Well, they contain chemicals that are dangerous to human health. Among other substances, these things contain Volatile Organic Compounds which are on the EPA's list of extremely hazardous substances. What's worse is that as our homes become air tight from new means to conserve energy, i.e. air-tight insulation, we are breathing stale, chemical laden air. So the quantity of irritant that we inhale increases.  Sadly, we are breathing these strong irritants directly into our lungs.  Is it any wonder that respiratory ailments abound?

3. Plastic Food  Containers -A few years ago the news was riddled with the reports of how many of our plastic water bottles and food storage containers contained bisphenol A.  When exposed to heat, the substance leaked into the food and water.  This chemical is believed to be associated with an increased risk for breast cancer, prostate cancer and diabetes.

4. Microwave popcorn - The trans fats in microwave popcorn are already deadly enough, but the fumes as well have been shown to be toxic.  The substance, diacetyl, which gives the popcorn its buttery taste, have bee associated with lung disease.


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