3. Re-think Your Laundry
Avoid detergents that contain phthalates, dyes, perfumes, and chlorine bleach. These dangerous chemicals in your laundry can be absorbed into your family’s skin and lungs and should be avoided. A common ingredient found in detergents is phthalates—chemicals that have been proven to interfere with hormonal systems, disrupt testosterone production, and have other adverse affects. Chlorine, another common ingredient in detergents, has been linked to breast cancer.
4. Know Your Plastic
By learning what plastics are safe for eating and drinking and how to care for them, you can reduce your family’s exposure to leached chemicals and dangerous toxins. Bisphenol A—commonly abbreviated as BPA—is a toxic chemical that’s everywhere, especially in our dishes. Many of the plates, cups, and bowls you’ve gathered contain BPA—even your Tupperware’s not immune. Always check the bottom of the dish to make sure the letters PC (polycarbonate) are NOT on the bottom. BPA is contained in these plastics.
5. Get Smart about Food
Milk and other dairy products can contain dangerous hormones, so understand how to read your labels to purchase healthier products. Also learn what produce contains the most pesticides and which you should always purchase organic whenever possible. When it comes to milk, raw varieties from grass-fed, antibiotic- and hormone-free cows are best. The safest milk to give to your children is unpasteurised and non-homogenised milk. The most pesticide polluted fruits and vegetables are: strawberries, celery, peaches, apples, blueberries and peppers.
Finally, limit children’s mobile phone use. A child’s brain absorbs twice the cell phone radiation as an adult’s. Health agencies in at least a dozen countries recommend limits for children’s cell phone use, such as for emergency situations only. Today the evidence is mounting that mobile phone usage causes a range of adverse effects in people. The most significant research shows the possible connections between frequent mobile phone use and neurological problems including an increased incidence of brain tumours. Other studies are also documenting higher rates of “head and neck cancers” which include mouth, nose, sinuses, salivary glands, throat, and lymph nodes in the neck.
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