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“‘There are over one million poisonings a year in North America, and 60 percent are children under six, most of whom have eaten household cleaners,’ says Rob Grand, the owner of the green retail store Grassroots.  Cleaning products and services are the leading source of toxic air pollution in our homes, according to the Consumers Guide to Effective Environmental Choices, published by the U.S.-based non-profit Union of Concerned Scientists.” — “A Green Home Is Good Enough To Eat”, Toronto Star, Catherine Porter (Published August 10, 2007).

"Household cleaners . . . persist in the blood and make their way into women's breast milk.  Scientists and advocacy groups admit we don’t know for sure how bad these are for you.  Human tests have never been conducted on most of the 18,000 chemicals produced each year.  But evidence is mounting.  Some of the worst chemicals have already been banned, and states are looking at stricter regulations for others.  Many of these toxins are lurking just behind your front door.” — “Home toxic home”, Chicago Daily Herald, Susan Stevens (Published June 5, 2005).  

"The main reason why cancer is becoming a menace is the amount of toxins that accumulate in us throughout our lives. Although genes, hormones and infections contribute to certain cancers, the most important factor is the cumulative toxic damage to the cells."— "The Toxic Body", Art of Healing by Dr. Amir Farid Isahak (Published February 17, 2008).

"We will not be able to reduce the risk of breast cancer without addressing preventable causes, particularly exposure to chemicals."— Report by Professor Andreas Kortenkamp, the head of toxicology at the University of London's School of Pharmacy (Published April 2, 2008).

"'Our kids are the canaries in a coal mine,' says Dr. Kenneth Bock, author of Healing the New Childhood Epidemics: Autism, ADHD, Asthma, and Allergies. 'American children are growing up in a toxic environment, a chemical soup sensitizing them to even the common foods they need to grow and thrive.'  The chemical culprits that bombard our children’s immune systems are ubiquitous in American life. Yet these same toxins are responsible for spurring many children’s immune systems into overdrive, provoking maladies from asthma, eczema and allergies to autism and ADHD. The links are pouring in.  Diabetes was even tied to environmental pollution in a report published early this year in the respected British medical journal The Lancet.  What’s more, research published during 2006 in Environmental Health Perspectives suggests a potential association between autism and air pollution around a baby’s home." — "Toxic Tots:  Altered Lives", Dallas Child, Lisa Poisso (Posted March 31, 2008).

In an investigation of the ingredients in more than 23,000 personal care products, Environmental Working Group (EWG) found that nearly one of every 30 products sold in the United States fails to meet one or more industry or governmental cosmetics safety standards. They found nearly 400 products sold in the U.S. containing chemicals that are prohibited for use in cosmetics in other countries, and over 400 products containing ingredients that cosmetic industry safety panels have found unsafe when used as directed on product labels, including the U.S.-based Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR) and the International Fragrance Association.  Their analysis of ingredients in more than 23,000 products finds that 751 different products fail to meet one or more industry or government safety standards and 98% of all products contain one or more ingredients never publicly assessed for safety. — Environmental Working Group, Skin Deep (2007).

 


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