Everything in my house is trying to kill me. At least that’s how I felt after I opened the can of worms of researching household toxins. We, as 21st century westerners, generally believe we are safe and protected by rules and regulations put in place by the government and various oversight institutions. Unfortunately, this simply isn’t true. A vast majority of the goods that are manufactured today use materials that lack safety studies, particularly longevity studies and their effect on human health and the planet over a lifetime of exposure.
While sickness due to infectious diseases has significantly decreased in developed countries over the past century due largely to sanitation, chronic illness, including cancer, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, and autism, has exploded.
A large number of people are becoming increasingly aware of what we put into our bodies, which has sparked the organic food movement. However, many fail to realize how much is absorbed into our bodies through our skin and lungs. Various toxins in a majority of household goods include:
- Pthalates: Found in most plastic products. Linked to early puberty, autism, obesity, and birth defects.
- Parabens: Found in nearly every cosmetic, mimics estrogen and may be linked the hormone disruption and breast cancer
- Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDEs): Flame retardant found in mattresses, furniture, automobiles, and more before being phased out due to evidence of toxicity. Associated with hormone disruption, hyperactivity, and neurodevelopmental delays, including lowered IQ.
- Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs): Used in wide range of household, craft, and industrial products. Includes formaldehyde.
It is reasonable to desire to detoxify your home, and completely practical if you start small. While it would be ridiculous and wasteful to clear out your home and start completely from scratch, I would urge you to start here:
Research everything you add to your home before you buy. Know what it’s made from and where it comes from. Let this be the guideline for each purchase.
In this guide, I will walk you through detoxifying every room of your house. For each room, I’ll include suggestions that range from immediate, which are cheap and easy enough to do today, to long-term, which may require planning and saving but are so worth it!
Lastly, it can be tempting to start living your life as if everything is trying to kill you. This thinking can make you anxious and paranoid, but this is not healthy. The good news is this: health is not our hope. Jesus is our hope. Eliminating toxins is not the goal. Running the race marked out for us is the goal. Live your life as if this body is on loan–respect it and take care of it, but know it’s not forever. All that’s asked of us is to do our best with the information and resources available to us.
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