Determining Whether Your Household Cleaners Are Increasing Your Risks of Chronic Disease Just Got a Lot Easier!

September 13, 2012

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I have received many e-mail messages in which readers ask me to identify the safest choices among cleaners and household products.  My response has always been, “I have listed the cleaners and household products I currently use in my Nurse’s E-Shoppe, but I am anxiously awaiting the release of the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) 2012 Guide to Healthy Cleaning database.”  Well, guess what, that day is finally here!  The database is now up and running!

Please visit the site and see how your current cleaning products are affecting your health.

Based on the information I have viewed thus far in the EWG’s 2012 Guide to Healthy Cleaning database, I will be making some changes to the cleaning products that are currently used in my home, and will update the cleaning products in my Nurse’s E-Shoppe accordingly.  Given that cleaning product manufacturers are not required by law to release their ingredient lists, I have long suspected that there is lots of greenwashing going on in the “green cleaner” niche, and I have tried to make my purchases from trustworthy companies.  The 2012 Guide to Healthy Cleaning database has confirmed my suspicions, and, unfortunately, it seems that not all of the companies I trusted were worthy of my purchases.

The 2012 Guide to Healthy Cleaning is to cleaning products what EWG’s Skin Deep database is to cosmetics and personal care products:  a huge part of the puzzle in keeping your family safe from many preventable chronic diseases.  Cleaning products can contain neurotoxins, carcinogens, allergens, immunotoxins, respiratory irritants, developmental toxins, endocrine disruptors, and chemicals capable of bioaccumulation (for explanations of the preceding read this article and this article), which can either cause disease directly, or, via a process called epigenetics, trigger changes in our genes that can activate disease.

Please use both of the EWG databases to your family’s advantage.  It has been widely recognized for many years that environmental exposures play a much larger role in the development of cancer than do genetics.  We know the preceding from extensive studies of concordance rates in large registries of identical twins, published in the most prestigious of peer-reviewed journals–here is a good one.  Remember, the autism epidemic has also been linked to environmental contaminants (see my previous article for more information).  Please take steps to protect yourself and your loved ones today:  rid your home of toxic cleaners!

 

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