Finally, what is common knowledge to those who suffer from chemical sensitivities is coming to light.
Recent research published by the Air Quality, Atmosphere and Health Organization shows that laundry vents emit hazardous air pollutants when people use popular fragrance laundry detergents and dryer sheets.
In fact, when the air from dryer vents was studied, they found more than 25 volatile organic compounds lurking there including seven hazardous air pollutants.
Two of the chemicals that were found are acetaldehyde and benzene, which are classified as carcinogens by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
But it doesn’t stop at laundry products.
What about all of the hazardous chemicals that are found in pesticides, or new textiles and products used in home construction and renovations?
Then add on top of that your perfume, deodorant, shampoo, makeup, soap, or sunscreen that you put on your skin that are being directly absorbed into your bloodstream.
Unwittingly, we are immersing ourselves in a toxic stew on a daily basis.
So you’re probably thinking that if all of these products were really that horrible, they would be pulled from the shelves.
Well, let’s think back to how long it took the government to admit that smoking was hazardous to our health.
In more recent years, seemingly innocent wares such as plastic baby bottles (bisphenal A) and certain children’s toys (lead) have joined the list of products that contain chemicals that are hazardous to your health. Who knew?
Awareness is growing but the government agencies in place do not have enough resources or time to study the thousands of chemicals that are found in products that we commonly use in our day to day living.
Nor would they be able to conduct studies that would show the accumulative effect when combining so many different chemicals.
So why is this information so important?
Accumulation of chemicals causes toxic trauma to the brain and body.
It affects the cells ability to protect itself, to manufacture energy, absorb nutrients and eliminate waste products.
Toxic trauma also affects brain function and triggers a primitive, self protective mechanism in the brain and an inflammatory response.
It’s like an emergency alarm switch gets turned on and gets stuck in that position. The resulting neural damage or disorganization of neural networks from toxic trauma results in a hyper vigilant and maladapted stress response that exhibits in an array of physical, psychological and emotional symptoms.
And many of the associated symptoms of toxic trauma are also the most common reasons why people visit their doctor.
Perhaps you are already suffering and don’t realize it. Do you suffer from unexplained headaches or joint and muscle pain? Ongoing anxiety or depression?
Or have you noticed that you have problems concentrating or have a poor memory? How about rapid heart rate? Are you sensitive to certain perfumes or other scented products?
Or perhaps you’re just really fatigued or you have problems sleeping, you have restless leg syndrome, or are just sick and tired of being sick and tired.
We are now finding ways to rewire the disorganized neural networks in the brain that are associated with toxic trauma; however, this does not replace the need for environmental awareness and common sense.
Creating awareness and making healthy, informed choices is a wise and proactive way to prevent illness.
Please visit www.ewg.org the Environmental Working Group whose company mission is to use the power of public information to protect public health and the environment.
This is a very powerful web site that will assist you in creating wise and healthier choices that will not only protect your own health, but the health of your family and all of the creatures who share our beautiful planet.
Annie Hopper is a limbic system neuroplasticity specialist in Kelowna.