Thursday, December 11, 2008

Hi - a bit more from me - Linda


What In The World Are You Putting On Your Skin?

Food Matters | Toxic Toiletries

Is your bathroom cabinet bulging with toxins? Is your make-up or toiletries bag a cocktail of chemicals that could do you harm? Yes is probably the answer to both questions. Check out the ingredients list on your bottles and jars: the higher up the list these 15 come, the greater the concentration.

Formaldehyde - Combined with water, this toxic gas is used as a disinfectant, fixative, germicide and preservative in deodorants, liquid soaps, nail varnish and shampoos. Also known as formalin, formal and methyl aldehyde, it is a suspected human carcinogen and has caused lung cancer in rats. It can damage DNA, irritate the eyes, upper respiratory tract and mucous membrane, and may cause asthma and headaches. It is banned in Japan and Sweden.

Phthalates hit the headlines last year for being "gender benders". They are a family of industrial plasticisers already banned in the EU from being used in plastic toys, but are still in hairsprays, top-selling perfumes and nail varnishes. They can be absorbed through the skin, inhaled as fumes and ingested from contaminated food or breastfeeding. Animal studies have shown they can damage the liver, kidneys, lungs and reproductive system -especially developing testes.

Parabens are listed as alkyl parahydroxy benzoates -butyll methyl/ethyl/ propyllisobutyl paraben on some toothpastes, moisturisers and deodorants. They are used as a preservative, but are oestrogen mimics. Research suggests that parabens in antiperspirant deodorants can cause breast cancer. Oestrogen-type chemicals have also been linked to testicular cancer and a reduction in sperm count.

Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS) is one of the major ingredients in nearly every shampoo, bubble bath, liquid soap etc. Why, when it is a known skin irritant, stops hair growth, can cause cataracts in adults, damage children's eye development and cause urinary tract infection?

Toluene is a common solvent found in nail enamels, hair gels, hair spray, and perfumes. It is a neurotoxin and can damage the liver, disrupt the endocrine system and cause asthma.

Propylene Glycol is a cosmetic form of mineral oil (refined crude oil) used in industrial antifreeze. People handling it are warned by the manufacturer to avoid skin contact and wear respirators and rubber gloves etc, and yet this is a major ingredient in most moisturisers, skin creams, baby wipes and sun screens. Why? It's cheap and gives the "glide" factor in body lotions - but is in fact robbing lower layers of skin of moisture. Lanolin and collagen also clog pores and cause skin to age faster than if nothing was used.

Talc is recognised as carcinogenic and has been linked to an increased risk of ovarian cancer and general urinary tract disorders. So don't dust it on your baby's, or anyone else's, bottom!

Parfum/perfume A typical cosmetic can contain up to 100 chemicals in the perfume alone! 95 per cent of these chemicals are synthetic compounds derived from petroleum -26 of which are on an EU hit list. Fragrances have been linked to allergies and breathing difficulties and they penetrate the skin.

Xylene is listed as xytol or dimethylbenzene on nail varnish bottles. It can damage your liver, is narcotic in high concentrations and causes skin and respiratory tract irritation.

Diethanolamine Also Tri and Mono (DEA, TEA and MEA) are absorbed through skin where they accumulate in products also containing nitrates, they react and form nitrosamines which are carcigonemic.

Aluminium is found in most deodorants and has been linked to Alzheimer's. If you want to stay alert, and still smell fresh and clean switch to a safer one.

Triclosan sometimes listed as 5-chloro-2 (2,4-dichlorophenoxy) phenol, is in deodorants, toothpastes, vaginal washes and mouthwashes. Toxic dioxins are produced during its manufacture or incineration. It is stored in breast milk and in fish, and can break down in water to create a member of the dioxin family.

For information on how to detox including a great detoxification program see The Food Matters Detox & Rejuvenation Guide

Watch this clip to find out more about the harmful toxins in our environment and how they could be harming you or your loved ones.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Sunlight:  Is It Good Or Bad For You?

Food Matters | Sunlight

(Compiled by Mike Adams, based on an interview with Dr. Michael Holick, author, The UV Advantage)

Vitamin D prevents osteoporosis, depression, prostate cancer, breast cancer and even effects diabetes and obesity. Vitamin D is perhaps the single most underrated nutrient in the world of nutrition. That's probably because it's free: your body makes it when sunlight touches your skin. Drug companies can't sell you sunlight, so there's no promotion of its health benefits. Truth is, most people don't know the real story on vitamin D and health. So here's an overview taken from an interview between Mike Adams and Dr. Michael Holick.

1. Vitamin D is produced by your skin in response to exposure to ultraviolet radiation from natural sunlight.

2. The healing rays of natural sunlight (that generate vitamin D in your skin) cannot penetrate glass. So you don't generate vitamin D when sitting in your car or home.

3. It is nearly impossible to get adequate amounts of vitamin D from your diet. Sunlight exposure is the only reliable way to generate vitamin D in your own body.

4. A person would have to drink ten tall glasses of vitamin D fortified milk each day just to get minimum levels of vitamin D into their diet.

5. The further you live from the equator, the longer exposure you need to the sun in order to generate vitamin D. Canada, the UK and most U.S. states are far from the equator.

6. People with dark skin pigmentation may need 20 - 30 times as much exposure to sunlight as fair-skinned people to generate the same amount of vitamin D. That's why prostate cancer is epidemic among black men -- it's a simple, but widespread, sunlight deficiency.

7. Sufficient levels of vitamin D are crucial for calcium absorption in your intestines. Without sufficient vitamin D, your body cannot absorb calcium, rendering calcium supplements useless.

8. Chronic vitamin D deficiency cannot be reversed overnight: it takes months of vitamin D supplementation and sunlight exposure to rebuild the body's bones and nervous system.

9. Even weak sunscreens (SPF=8) block your body's ability to generate vitamin D by 95%. This is how sunscreen products actually cause disease -- by creating a critical vitamin deficiency in the body.

10. It is impossible to generate too much vitamin D in your body from sunlight exposure: your body will self-regulate and only generate what it needs.

11. If it hurts to press firmly on your sternum, you may be suffering from chronic vitamin D deficiency right now.

12. Vitamin D is "activated" in your body by your kidneys and liver before it can be used.

13. Having kidney disease or liver damage can greatly impair your body's ability to activate circulating vitamin D.

14. The sunscreen industry doesn't want you to know that your body actually needs sunlight exposure because that realization would mean lower sales of sunscreen products.

15. Even though vitamin D is one of the most powerful healing chemicals in your body, your body makes it absolutely free. No prescription required.

On the issue of sunlight exposure, by the way, it turns out that super antioxidants greatly boost your body's ability to handle sunlight without burning. Astaxanthin is one of the most powerful "internal sunscreens" and can allow you to stay under the sun twice as long without burning. Other powerful antioxidants with this ability include the superfruits like Acai, Pomegranates (POM Wonderful juice), blueberries, etc.

Diseases and Conditions Caused by Vitamin D Deficiency:

·  Osteoporosis is commonly caused by a lack of vitamin D, which greatly impairs calcium absorption.

·  Sufficient vitamin D prevents prostate cancer, breast cancer, ovarian cancer, depression, colon cancer and schizophrenia.

·  "Rickets" is the name of a bone-wasting disease caused by vitamin D deficiency.

·  Vitamin D deficiency may exacerbate type 2 diabetes and impair insulin production in the pancreas.

·  Obesity impairs vitamin D utilization in the body, meaning obese people need twice as much vitamin D

·  Vitamin D is used around the world to treat Psoriasis.

·  Vitamin D deficiency causes schizophrenia.

·  Seasonal Affective Disorder is caused by a melatonin imbalance initiated by lack of exposure to sunlight.

·  Chronic vitamin D deficiency is often misdiagnosed as fibromyalgia because its symptoms are so similar: muscle weakness, aches and pains.

·  Your risk of developing serious diseases like diabetes and cancer is reduced 50% - 80% through simple, sensible exposure to natural sunlight 2-3 times each week.

·  Infants who receive vitamin D supplementation (2000 units daily) have an 80% reduced risk of developing type 1 diabetes over the next twenty years.

Shocking Vitamin D Deficiency Statistics:

·  32% of doctors and med school students are vitamin D deficient.

·  40% of the U.S. population is vitamin D deficient.

·  42% of African American women of childbearing age are deficient in vitamin D.

·  48% of young girls (9-11 years old) are vitamin D deficient.

·  Up to 60% of all hospital patients are vitamin D deficient.

·  76% of pregnant mothers are severely vitamin D deficient, causing widespread vitamin D deficiencies in their unborn children, which predisposes them to type 1 diabetes, arthritis, multiple sclerosis and

·  schizophrenia later in life. 81% of the children born to these mothers were deficient.

·  Up to 80% of nursing home patients are vitamin D deficient.

What You Can Do:

Sensible exposure to natural sunlight is the simplest, easiest and yet one of the most important strategies for improving your health. I urge you to read the book, "The UV Advantage" by Dr. Michael Holick to get the full story on natural sunlight. You can find this book at most local bookstores or through,, etc. Note: This is not a paid endorsement or an affiliate link. I recommend it because of its great importance in preventing chronic disease and enhancing health without drugs or surgery. This may be the single most important book on health you ever read. If more people understood this information, we could drastically reduce the rates of chronic disease in this country and around the world. Sunlight exposure is truly one of the most powerful healing therapies in the world, far surpassing the best efforts of today's so-called "advanced medicine." There is no drug, no surgical procedure, and no high-tech procedure that comes even close to the astonishing healing power of natural sunlight. And you can get it free of charge. That's why nobody's promoting it, of course.


Hi from Linda

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Fw: FW: MELAMINE (Read to the end with the country BAR CODES)



(Read to the end with the country BAR CODES)






Make sure you read to the very end – very interesting –

perhaps the best way to tell where things are made….  

China milk poisoning incidents make everyone afraid to look at the daily news report.

Everyday, the reports are changing. No one can clearly tell us what to eat and what not to eat.

What really is poisoned milk?

It is milk powder mixed with 'MELAMINE'

What is Melamine used for? 

It is an industrial chemical used in the production of melawares.

It is also used in home decor - i.e.kitchens.

We all MUST understand that Melamine is used in INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION 

  - - - - - it CANNOT be eaten.

2.Why is Melamine added to milk powder?

The most important nutrient in milk is protein.

And, Melamine has this same protein that contains 'NITROGEN'

Adding Melamine into milk reduces the actual milk content required,  

and therefore it is cheaper than all milk.   So it lowers the capital required 

in the production of milk products.  Therefore it earns the business man more profit!

Below is Melamine; doesn't it look like milk / milk powder?
It doesn't have any smell, so cannot be detected.

3.When was it discovered that it had been added to milk products?

In 2007,  US cats and dogs died suddenly. It was  found that their pet food from China contained Melamine.

Early in 2008, in China , an abnormal increase in infant cases of kidney stones was reported.

In August 2008,  China Sanlu Milk Powder tested positive for Melamine 

Sept. 2008
,  the New Zealand government asked China to investigate this problem
Sept. 21, 2008
, they found that many food products in Taiwan tested for Melamine

What happens when Melamine ingested and digested?

Melamine remains inside the kidneys. It forms into stones blocking the tubes. 

Pain will be imminent and the person cannot urinate. Kidney(s) will then swell.

Although surgery can remove the stones, it may cause irreversible kidney damage.  
It can lead to the loss of kidney function, which will require on-going kidney dialysis; or lead to death 
because of uremia.

What is dialysis?  In fact, it should be called 'blood washing'; it is filtering all of the body's blood into 

a machine and then returning the blood back to the body.

A dialysis machine

The whole process takes 4 hours; and it is necessary to have dialysis

once every 3 days for the rest of your life.

Below:  A dialysis center

Why is the contamination much more serious in babies?   

A baby's kidneys are so very small and they drink a lot of milk powder. 

China currenty has 13,000 infants hospitalized

It does not matter how much Melamine a human being ingested (ate) (took). 

The important point is:    'MELAMINE CANNOT BE  EATEN!'

5.What foods are to be avoided?

Foods from China that contain dairy products should be avoided.

Anything chinese-looking and milky/creamy (as above)

6.Which companies are affected?

Hereunder are the companies affected with Melamine.


7.What do we do next?

Avoid the above foods for at least six months.
If you own or operate a snack bar, a restaurant, or a coffee shops, etc.,

stop selling dairy products for the meantime.

If you have infants at home, change to mother's milk or find other substitutes.

Finally, share this information with friends so they will understand the risk of milk poisoning. 

The whole world needs to know of  "Made In China" 'black-hearted' goods.


Do you know how to tell which products are made in

the USA, or in the Philippines, in Taiwan, or in China?

Here's How: 

The first 3 digits of the barcode identify the country code

wherein the product was made. 

For Example:   ALL barcodes that start with 690, 691, 692,  etc. up to and including 695 are all MADE IN CHINA.
Barcodes starting with 471 are on products Made in Taiwan. 

Taiwanese barcode

You have a right to know.  But government and related departments

never inform or educate the public. Therefore we must educate ourselves,

be vigilant, and RESCUE ourselves.

Today, Chinese businessmen know that consumers will not select products

'Made in China'.  So, they make every effort not to show or state the country

of origin on their products.   However, you can now refer to the barcode.  

DO remember if the first 3 digits are one of those between 690 and 695 inclusive then it is a product Made in China . 

00 ~ 13 USA & CANADA 
30 ~ 37 FRANCE
40 ~ 44 GERMANY
49 ~ JAPAN
50 ~ UK
57 ~ Denmark
64 ~ Finland
76 ~ Switzerland and Liechtenstein
628 ~ Saudi-Arabia
629 ~ United Arab Emirates 
740 ~ 745 - Central America

All 480 Codes are Made in the Philippine

Please inform your family and friends.   

Be aware!  And help others to be aware!
















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Thursday, November 13, 2008

Acidic or alkiline foods?

Hi - it is important that we try and keep our bodies as alkiline as possible to avoid many modern day  diseases (including arthritis, cancers etc) - I had a test recently and was bang on even though I drink a coffee a day - so you dont have to be holier than though but be aware of your acid alkiline balance and yes get as many vegies into your body as you can!
(NaturalNews) Maintaining a balanced PH is one of the most important things we can do to enjoy vibrant health and avoid disease. Unfortunately, most people are far too acidic, which creates an environment open to unwanted invaders and ill health. The incredible rise in modern day diseases is a symptom of our overly acidic diets.

In fact, many claim it is almost impossible to get cancer when our bodies are consistently alkaline. Furthermore, eating from a list of alkaline foods keep us vibrant and younger looking.

Fortunately, becoming more alkaline is not as difficult or as technical as it sounds. Balancing our PH can be done simply by consuming more foods and drinks which have an alkaline effect on the body.

Here is a list of Alkaline foods for Optimum health:

* Alfalfa

* Barley Grass

* Beets

* Broccoli

* Cabbage

* Carrot

* Cauliflower

* Celery

* Collard Greens

* Cucumber

* Dulce

* Eggplant

* Garlic

* Green Beans

* Green Peas

* Kale

* Lettuce

* Mushrooms

* Onions

* Parsnips

* Peas

* Pumpkin

* Radishes

* Spinach

* Spirulina

* Sprouts

* Sweet Potatoes

* Tomatoes

* Watercress

* Almonds

* Grapes

* Amaranth

* Apples

* Apricots

* Kiwi

* Artichokes

* Leeks

* Asparagus

* Limes

* Bananas

* Mangos

* Olive oil

* Berries

* Onions

* Brussels sprouts

* Oranges

* Buckwheat

* Okra

* Pears

* Pineapple

* Quinoa

* Fennel

* swiss chard

* Flaxseed oil

* Wheat grass

* Grapefruit

* Watermelon

Some of the most acidic foods are:

* White flour

* sugar

* artificial sweeteners

* ready made meals

* processed meats

* alcohol

* carbonated drinks

* cakes

* ice cream

* cheese

* milk


Some of the healthiest acidic foods are brown rice, oats, fish, beans and lentils.

Most experts suggest eating four times more from the list of alkaline foods than from the acidic foods. Don't get stressed if you don't achieve this, it's an ideal to shoot for.

The most important thing we can do is to ensure that the majority of foods that we eat are fruits and vegetables.

Lets eat chocolate!

Chocolate is actually one of the healthiest foods on the earth! Research is continually proving that chocolate is actually a super food. The problem is that most chocolate has been highly processed and heated, stealing all the nutrients.

Further, Many ingredients are added to chocolate which have a negative impact on our health. Sugar, for example, destroys the immune system, and causes diabetes, premature aging and other serious health complaints. Studies show that adding milk to chocolate cancels out all of the goodness. In addition, researchers have found that commercial chocolate can be contaminated with extremely high quantities of the toxic metal lead.

You may be asking yourself what is left if you can't have milk chocolate, dark chocolate or any sort of processed chocolate. Fear not, the absolutely delicious raw chocolate is taking the world by storm. You don't need to avoid chocolate this holiday season because you can have raw chocolate.
Raw chocolate is chocolate that has not gone through any sort of heating or processing, so all of the nutrients are still in tact.

So What are the Nutrients?

Chocolate contains more magnesium than any other food. Magnesium is the number one mineral deficiency in the west. It is the most powerful stress relieving mineral. It also relaxes the muscles and builds strong bones and teeth.

Chocolate is also power packed with antioxidants, which protect us from aging and disease. The following is a list of the foods with the highest ORAC values (the number given to foods based on their antioxidant activity):

•Unprocessed Raw Cacao - ORAC 28,000
•Acai Berries - ORAC 18,500
•Dark Chocolate - ORAC 13,120
•Prunes - 5,770
•Goji Berries - 3,472
•Pomegranates - 3,307
•Raisins - 2,830
•Blueberries - 2,400

Amazing! You can see that even heated dark chocolate has a high antioxidant level. Unfortunately, most dark chocolate has sugar added to it.

Chocolate is actually higher in the antioxidant resveratrol than red wine. The media have been giving red wine a lot of attention over the last few years because it is rich in this antioxidant, which is know for protecting cells from free radical damage and inhibiting the spread of cancer. It is also know to your lower blood pressure and normalize your anti-inflammatory response.

Chocolate is also rich in sulphur, which is the beauty mineral. Sulphur is essential for gorgeous skin, lustrous hair and strong nails.

Chocolate is one of the only sources of PEA, which is a compound that increases the serotonin levels in the brain, which increases joy. No wonder people are so attracted to chocolate!
Yum - I am for the dark chocolate even though it is cooked!  Linda
More Benefits of Chocolate

Chocolate may help prevent cardiovascular disease in diabetics because of their high levels of flavanol. Research has shown that people with diabetes that drank flavanol rich cocoa for one month showed dramatic improvements in their blood vessel function. In fact, the improvements they noticed were as high as those found in taking drugs. Chocolate is an amazing super food for keeping your heart healthy and for improving elasticity in your blood vessels.

Chocolate helps people to feel amazing. Besides PEA, the rich creaminess of chocolate has been known to boost sex drive and make us feel alive. And the good news is that it doesn't have to contain milk, sugar, aluminium, or any other ingredients that may have a negative impact on our health. Raw chocolate can be combined with other super foods so that we can indulge our sweet tooth and improve our health at the same time.

Cell phones

A Dangerous Call - Is Your Cell Phone Frying Your Brain?

Food Matters Cell Phone

They are both fashion accessories and an essential part of our lives. Yet since they first became widely available in the 1990s, there have been nagging doubts about just how safe mobile phones really are. Could they cause cancers in the brain? Does living near a mobile phone mast raise your risk of other cancers?

Professor Denis Henshaw, head of the Human Radiation Effects Group at Bristol University, says: "We are steeped in denial over the safety of mobile phones and related technologies." He points, as an example, to a recent Austrian study which found a raised risk of breast cancer near phone masts. "We have emission levels in the UK similar to those in Austria and yet there is no warning to people of possible dangers."

Contrast the UK position with that in other countries, where at the very least they take the approach that when it comes to this new technology, its better to be safe than sorry. The German government has taken a more cautious line over wi-fi. Last September, the German environment ministry recommended that people should keep their exposure to radiation as low as possible by replacing wi-fi with a cabled connection. Three years ago, the Vienna Chamber of Doctors put up more than 21,000 posters in surgeries and other places with very specific warnings about mobile phones, such as: "Use your phone as little as possible" and "Men - never keep a phone in your trouser pockets as it can reduce fertility."

A study last month reported that out of 360 men attending an infertility clinic, those who used their mobile the most had the poorest sperm quality. Last October, two Swedish professors pulled together the results of 11 studies involving people who had used mobiles for more than a decade and found they were 20 per cent more likely to develop a benign tumour in the inner ear, and 30 per cent more likely to develop a type of brain tumour known as a malignant glioma.
Last month, the Irish Doctors Environmental Association said that the current thermal-based guidelines were clearly no longer appropriate and called on the government to "immediately start research into the non-thermal effects of exposure to electromagnetic radiation". "There is absolutely no doubt these effects exist," says Dr Andrew Goldsworthy, a biologist and expert in low frequency microwave radiation, and honorary lecturer at Imperial College in London.

"For instance, we've known for more than 30 years that electromagnetic fields affect the behaviour of calcium in living cells." He claims that this could explain the symptoms reported by people who say they are affected by pulsed microwave radiation - the sort emitted by mobile phones. "The textbook symptoms of too little calcium - such as fatigue, muscles cramps, irregular heart rhythm and gut problems - are very similar to those reported by people who say they are affected by microwave radiation," he says.

"Mobile phones and the rest aren't going to go away, but could we do more to acknowledge the possible problem so people can make an informed choice about using them and can learn to deal with the effects?"

Red Cabbage


Hi Guys - a little info about Red Cabbage - it grows easily in the garden and I slice it and put it in the salad - the colour is great!



Red Cabbage Found To Contain 36 Anti-Cancer Properties

Food Matters Red Cabbage

Red cabbage contains 36 different varieties of anthocyanins, a class of flavonoids that have been linked to cancer protection, according to a new study conducted by researchers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.

Anthocyanins are naturally occurring pigments that give fruits and berries their red, blue and purple coloration. A variety of studies have shown that in addition to protecting against cancer, anthocyanins can improve heart health and brain function. Another recent laboratory study by the ARS found that some varieties of anthocyanin have twice the antioxidant effect of vitamin C. The effects of those different antioxidants in the human body have not yet been tested.

In the current study, researchers fed 12 volunteers a carefully controlled diet that contained either 2/3, 1 1/3 or 2 cups of cooked red cabbage per meal. The volunteers ate two meals per day for three days. The researchers found that participants absorbed the most anthocyanins when eating the largest serving of cabbage. In addition, they identified 36 different varieties of the chemical in the vegetable, eight more than were previously known.

Another recent study, conducted by Japanese researchers, found that anthocyanins modify the functioning of fat cells and may help fight the symptoms of metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of symptoms linked to cardiovascular disease and diabetes, including hyperglycemia, high blood pressure, central obesity, lowered HDL ("good") cholesterol and elevated triglyceride levels.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Toxic Free Homes

 Hi - here is an interesting report written by a New Zealaner whose children were getting sick and she investigated why - we have to question what we buy and why  - do we even need a cleaner on that floor ?  I mostly use water - I have so many people who come into the gardens and say they or their children are sick with cancer and they lead moderate lifestyles - this would be the reason - a constant drip of chemicals from our pillows (they contain a neuro toxin) to the makeup we put on our faces - there is alot we can do - it is about making the right choices - pick the eco tick or make your own cleaners


legal Stuff: This information is copyright © to ISherry Tyler, 1060 Paerata Rd, Pukekohe,

New Zealand. All rights reserved. No part of this document may be reproduced without

pThere are lots of hazards our kids have to face everyday such

as burns, falls, electrical shocks and choking. But there is

another hazard that you might not even be aware of. I know I

wasn't! That hazard is: toxic chemicals.

Scientists and doctors are discovering that there is a

connection between our health and the use of everyday

household cleaners and personal care products. If you have

a typical Kiwi home you've probably got dozens of them

already which you purchased from the supermarket, chemist

or department store. Just take a look under your sinks in your

laundry, kitchen or bathroom. They're all there…

But the fact is there has been very little actual testing done on

many of these substances especially when it comes to longterm


Did you know that according to the International Institute

for Children's Environmental Health, that there have been

about 80,000 synthetic chemicals developed for the world

marketplace since World War II? (1). And since then, about

1500 new chemicals are introduced annually (2). It's kind of

ironic how these products which were and are being developed

to help the world, could actually be contributing to the rise

of certain chronic health problems in children, like asthma,

eczema, learning problems and cancer.

To me it's easy to see why we haven't seen it coming. I believe

it's a combination of our commercial laws, the 'profit at almost

any cost' attitudes of the manufacturers and the fact that

many of the suspected diseases these products cause are

slow to show themselves. If a toddler drinks 'Janola' we know

she will get sick and we can take steps (if we're quick enough)

to prevent death or serious injury. But what about the longterm

health effects of a parent's regular use of the same

product? The answer is – nobody knows. There's just not

enough research available. And to me, it's not good enough.

we're poiSoning our KiDS

- without Knowing it!

Have we always been this sick? After World War II the death rate from cancer in New Zealand was

about one in thirty. Now, it's approximately one in four (3). The incidence of central nervous system

disorders like Alzheimer's and Multiple Sclerosis rises annually. Also on the rise are stillborn deaths,

birth defects, and infertility. Asthma was once a rare disease. Now it's common. It's the same with

eczema. Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) may affect between 4-6 children between 6-14 years of age

in New Zealand. The incidence of cancer in children in the US has jumped 26% between 1975 and

1988 (4). Although other factors are involved, more and more scientists are linking these ailments to

long-term chemical exposure.

breaSt cancer in new ZealanD

One in nine New Zealand women will get breast cancer at some

time during their lives. Considerable attention has been focused

on breast cancer over recent years, but almost all of this has

been done on early detection or on figuring out the genetic

factors that underlie a small percentage of cases (less than


Meanwhile the more than 50% of breast cancer that is explained

by known risk factors is ignored. According to Dr Meriel Watts,

Environmental Health researcher from Auckland, there has

been official silence on the likely environmental causes of

this epidemic in New Zealand despite scientific evidence that

implicates hundreds of chemicals in breast cancer. Many of

these chemicals are found in the average home and can be

eliminated from our immediate environment (5).

are our KiDS guinea pigS?

According to American Doctor Herbert L Needlemann M.D in his book Raising Children

Toxic Free, "only a fraction of new chemical compounds invented and dispersed into

our environment have been tested for human toxicity. We are by default conducting a

massive clinical toxological trial. And our children and their children are the experimental


Q: what iS the Source of chemicalS?

a: your home.

We spend most of our time indoors and most of that time at home. Because of

that, we are most likely to be exposed to toxic chemicals (6). Young children spend

even more time in the home than older children or adults.

In 1987 the US Environmental Protection Agency undertook a programme to

identify and compare the urgency of environmental problems. Among the top

hazards were those found indoors, including exposure to cleaning products (7).

Another study, conducted over a 15 year period found that women who worked at

home had a 54% higher death rate from cancer than women who had jobs away

from home. The study concluded that the increased death rate was due to daily

exposure to the hazardous chemicals found in ordinary household products (8).

Obviously the children in these homes are also exposed to the same chemicals,

with even greater risk of illness.

© Copyright – Sherry Tyler, 2006 Email: Web: 3

I have found it important to understand how toxic chemicals can enter a human body. It goes a long

way to realising how harmful products may be affecting your health or the health of your children and

to find safe alternatives to replace them.

There are 3 ways toxic chemicals can enter your body. By eating or drinking it, by breathing it and by

absorbing it through the skin.

ingeStion is eating or drinking something. Most accidental poisoning deaths occur this way.

Each year in New Zealand around 500 children under 5 are admitted to hospital overnight or longer for

a poisoning. About one child per year dies. Although hospital stays can be short, some of the injuries

caused by poisonings result in lifelong consequences. According to Emergency Dept data provided by

Kidzfirst Hospital in South Auckland, around three quarters of these poisonings occur in the home.

Of all children aged 5 or younger, the most common poisonings occur as a result of household cleaning

or personal care products (9).

Young children are curious and learn by putting things in their mouths. Unfortunately young children

can't read labels! Lemon scented furniture polish smells like lemonade. A mothball designed to kill

bugs looks like a mint lolly. You can take action right now by moving toxic substances out of reach

of children. Even substances like perfume, and mouthwash can be lethal if swallowed. The news

seems to be full of stories of toddlers who have their throats burnt away by caustic and toxic automatic

dishwashing formulations.

To me, having these products under a sink and accessible to young children is the same as having a

loaded gun in the same place!I

inhalation is breathing in something. Poisoning is more common than swallowing and can

even be more harmful. This is a gradual poisoning that happens over time as children breathe the

vapours from toxic chemicals. Toxic fumes can be released even when a container is tightly sealed.

Don't believe me? Just walk down the 'cleaning products' isle of your local supermarket. You can

immediately smell fumes! This is called 'outgassing'.

Did you know that when you inhale toxic fumes, the poisons go directly to your brain, heart, liver and

kidneys? This can immediately cause headaches, muscle aches and light headedness. All symptoms

of poisoning. Many products like shampoos give off toxic vapours that can irritate your nose, mouth,

throat and lungs and cause sinus infections.

Children can inhale toxic vapours while you are cleaning even if you keep the products out of their

reach. Toxic residues on bed sheets and pillow cases from everyday laundry cleaning products can be

inhaled throughout the night while children are sleeping.

abSorption occurs when a substance

is admitted through the skin. We all know that

Nicotine patches are very effective and work

because of the principle of absorption. So does

using a moisturiser. Well, the same thing applies

for toxic products. Although it's not often thought

of, the skin is permeable and very easily allows

toxic substances to enter our bodies.

Most people are not aware of absorption; for

example when cleaning the bathroom. Skin

absorption can even happen when you come into

a contact with a surface that was treated with

a chemical days or even weeks earlier. This is

especially a problem for children as they may be

touching or crawling around on recently cleaned

surfaces with toxic residues.

acute toxicity

This is basically a one-time exposure that leads

to life threatening effects or death. An example

would be a child swallowing a cleaning product

that was not kept out of reach. The national

Poisons Centre has been set up to handle calls

relating to this type of poisoning.

chronic toxicity

This form of poisoning is more insidious. This

occurs when we are repeatedly exposed to toxins

in small amounts over a long period of time. The

effects of these exposures can be cancer, birth

defects, and genetic changes which may not show

up for years.

If you smoke a single cigarette it will most likely not cause cancer, but

if you smoke then repeatedly over a long period of time, the chances

of contracting the disease are considerable. It's the same with toxic

cleaning products. Repeated use every day or week for years may

result in chronic poisoning except that now, your family or children are

also affected – not just you!

Studies also show how chemicals can become more harmful as they

combine with each other.

why ShoulD i worry?

Many people who are not sick may think 'Why should I worry?" Well,

they should worry because these products are universally injurious,

even to fit and healthy people. Should a teenager worry about the

long-term effects of smoking when he/she has only just started and

is in good health?

Of course! Remember, it took decades for scientists to work out the

link between smoking and cancer deaths in smokers.

Chemicals enter and can stay inside our bodies, particularly in our

adipose fat tissue. One study showed that 100% of the people tested

had toxic styrene in their fat from drinking from disposable plastic

foam cups or eating takeaways from foam containers. Number

two on the list, again found in 100% of the people tested, was

1,4 – Dichlorobenzene, a chemical frequently used in household

deodorizers! (10).

Children are particularly at risk from toxic chemicals because they have special vulnerabilities.

Their bodies are less developed. Children's bodies are far from being fully formed. Their immune

system is less developed and cannot protect against toxic exposure as an adult can.

Developing cells in children's bodies are more susceptible to damage than adult cells that have

completed development, especially for the central nervous system. During the development of

a child, from conception through to adolescence, there are particular windows of vulnerability to

environmental hazards. Exposure at these moments of vulnerability can lead to permanent and

irreversible damage. Even small doses of neurotoxins, which could be harmless in an adult, can

alter a child's nervous system development (11).

Proportional to their body weight, children eat, breathe and drink more than adults, and thus

take in far higher concentrations of the toxins in our environment. For example, proportionally

they drink seven times more water and breathe in twice as much air as adults (12).

Children put more foreign objects in their mouths. It's an essential part of learning especially for

babies and younger children. While protecting our children from bacteria may motivate parents

and day-care centres to use toxic cleaning products, the same chemicals may be causing chronic

problems for the child later in life.

how Safe are

houSeholD proDuctS?

The laws don't protect us. Most of us believe that the government has laws that protect us from

harmful products. Yes there are laws but they don't protect us very well.

Unfortunately, many products are assumed to be safe and are allowed to be sold in the marketplace

without adequate testing. Of the 17,000 chemicals that appear in common household products, only

30% have been adequately tested for their negative effects on our health; less than 10% have been

tested for their effects on the nervous system; and nothing is known about the combined effects of

those chemicals when mixed within our bodies (13).

cleaning proDuctS

Cleaning products are among the most hazardous substances you will find in your home. But did

you know there is no requirement for pre-market testing of these products? Manufacturers of these

hazardous products are not even required to list the exact ingredients on the label! You can't look at

a label and be sure, for instance, that a mould and mildew cleaner doesn't contain pentachlorophenol

– a substance that can kill. Some products are even protected by 'trade secrets'.

Here's a short list of some of the dangers associated with common household cleaning products.

air freShener – Toxic. May cause cancer. Irritates nose, throat and lungs.

all-purpoSe cleaner – Causes eye damage. Irritates nose throat and lungs.

bleach – Toxic by swallowing, vapours are harmful, causes central nervous system (CNS) disorders.

carpet Shampoo – Toxic. May cause cancer. Central nervous system and liver damage.

DiShwaSher Detergent – Toxic. Causes eye injuries. Damages mucous membranes and throat.

DiShwaShing liQuiD – Harmful if swallowed. Irritates the skin.

DiSinfectant – Very toxic. Causes skin, throat and lung burns, causes coma.

Drain cleaner – Toxic. Causes skin burns. Causes liver and kidney damage.

fabric Softener – Toxic. May cause cancer. Causes central nervous system disorders.

floor/furniture poliSh – Toxic. Central nervous system disorders. May cause lung cancer.

launDry Detergent – Toxic. Irritates the skin and lungs.

oven cleaner – Toxic. Causes skin, throat and lung burns.

Spot remover – Toxic. May cause cancer. Causes liver damage.

Stain remover – Toxic. May cause cancer. Vapours can be fatal.

toilet bowel cleaner – Very toxic. Causes skin, nose, throat and lung burns.

winDow cleaner – Toxic. Causes central nervous system disorders, liver and kidney disorders.

perSonal care proDuctS

Personal care products are designed to be applied to the skin. Because they can be absorbed into the

body, we need to be careful about the safety of these products. You would think these product would

be tested for safety according to regulations as strict as those for the food we eat. Unfortunately they

are not.

The law does not require that cosmetics be tested for safety before they are allowed to be sold. Only

AFTER harm has been done, enough complaints are received and after enough evidence is collected

can production of a harmful product be stopped.

Here's a short list of some of the dangers associated with common personal care products.

Shampoo – May cause cancer. Irritates eyes, skin and lungs.

DanDruff Shampoo – May cause cancer and organ degeneration, causes CNS disorders.

nit Shampoo – Toxic.

DeoDorant Soap – May cause cancer. Causes asthma. Irritates lungs.

bubble bath – Causes bladder & kidney infections. Irritates skin & nose.

mouSSe anD hairSpray – May cause cancer, causes lung disease, irritates the skin.

mouthwaSh – Toxic to children. May cause cancer.

breath Spray – May cause cancer.

coSmeticS – May cause cancer. Causes CNS damage, irritates skin and lungs.

perfume/cologne – Toxic. May cause cancer. One accidental swallow could kill a child.

about aeroSolS

Aerosol cans have extra danger apart from what toxic chemicals they may contain. The propellant gases

inside them are toxic. Common symptoms from exposure to these propellants include headaches,

nausea, dizziness, shortness of breath, eye and throat irritation and skin rashes. In the long term,

exposure can cause heart problems, birth defects, lung cancer and liver damage.

The fine mist that an aerosol dispenses can be easily inhaled and absorbed. If the product contains

toxic agents (which many cleaning and personal products do) it can leave a small residue of toxic

substances on surfaces where children crawl, play eat and sleep.

Given that most products that come in aerosol cans also come in a pump-spray or other device for

application, my advice is to not have aerosol cans in the house – especially if you have children.

the happy enDing

For every toxic household cleaning or personal care product there is a safe

alternative. A number of conscientious companies are now offering household

products that are safer and more natural. Now, there is really no reason to risk

your health and the health of your loved ones any longer.

Along with a few like-minded parents, I have spent time researching a host of

alternatives and look forward to sharing my findings with you in the near future.


• Debra Lynn Dadd, Home Safe Home

• Dr Meriel Watts, The Poisoning of New Zealand

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