Danger is all around us! We live in scary times, people! Staring at screens all day, breathing in pollutants, eating foods pumped with hormones…chemicals are founds in almost all of our household items and everyday products. Sure, they’ve made things easier on us. They hold our furniture together, keep our clothes smelling like flowery fields and make our lips kissable! Chemicals can be great BUT the dangers are real.
1) Big Macs
Big Macs might taste good, but a minute on the lips, forever on the hips, people! It’s not just full of fat, it’s loaded with delicious chemicals. Now, the amount of chemical ingredients are a small percentage, true, but why are they in there at all?! Something smells fishy! (Aaaahhh- it’s the Filet-O-Fish!)
And, of course, lets not forget the cancer connection…California McDonald’s are required to display a warning label that confirms the chain offers certain food products (including buns) that contain cancer-causing chemicals. Er, so why are we still eating this food?
2) Cell Phones
Many studies have confirmed the association between mobile phone usage and malignant brain tumors. Ever feel your phone get really hot? Then you put it right next to your head! That can’t be a good thing. Try using a hands-free device. It will lower your risk and exposure to any electromagnetic radiation your phone is giving off, and it’s safer if you’re driving. But if you’re walking around in public using a hands-free device or Bluetooth, just be aware that you do look like a crazy person talking to yourself.
3) Microwave Ovens
There was a study conducted recently wherein two plants were watered side by side, and their growth was monitored and recorded. Plant A was watered by tap water that had been boiled, while Plant B was watered by tap water that had been microwaved. That was the only difference. Plant A was healthy and growing normally. Plant B shriveled up and died. What does that tell you? Let me help you out, it isn’t good. In 1976, the Soviet Union outlawed microwaves. Outlawed them! Don’t put your health at risk for the convenience of a quick bite!
Pesticides are designed to kill pests. But that isn’t all they’re doing. They kills insects on our food, but then we eat the food. Several studies have linked the use of pesticides to Cancer. Worth it? Nope!
5) Lead Paint
Lead paint may be less common these days, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t still around and extremely toxic. It can still be found in many older homes, yard soil, household dust and even in your pipes!
Mold can grow in any damp area, especially if there is poor ventilation. It has been linked to many types of lung infection.
7 ) Moth Balls
Moths can cause serious damage to your designer digs, but the stinky repellant Moth Balls omit to kill these pesky insects is hazardous to your health. You do not want to inhale this scent when it’s converted from a solid to a gas. There’s even a warning label on Moth Ball packages urging you to “avoid breathing in the vapors.”
Studies show paradichlorobenzene, an active ingredient, can cause cancer in animals. Ummm… aren’t humans kinda like animals, too? I mean, not exactly but a little bit? Other types of Moth Balls use naphthalene, which after prolonged exposure can damage your red blood cells. If you must use mothballs, put them in a sealed container in an area with separate ventilation from the rest of your house. Cedar chips are good, too! And be sure to do your laundry before wearing those stylish Moth Ball outfits!
8) Carbon Monoxide
Common sources of carbon monoxide are water heaters, gas stoves, wood stoves and fireplaces. It’s an odorless gas and can give you little warning before making you extremely sick.
9) Wireless Internet
A New Zealand-based lobby group, Ban The Tower, is claiming that exposure to electro-magnetic fields at levels currently allowed by law could cause brain cancers. They fear that if we continue to expose ourselves to these high levels of radiation, we are risking being diagnosed with leukemia and/or cancer. It’s true we do not know the long term effects of Wifi, but there is yet another safety concern: location-based technology tracking. That is when companies use the GPS signal from a Smartphone to track your exact location to better target ads that might interest you. To some it seems harmless – maybe even helpful – but to others, knowledge is power and perhaps it’s better big companies don’t know your every move.
10) Plastic Bottles
Plastic bottles? Really? Are people still doing that? Yes, they are! But YOU shouldn’t and here’s why. Studies have shown that plastic bottles contain a trace amount of Bisphenol A or as it’s more commonly known BPA, which can really mess with your body’s natural messaging system. Also, plastic bottles aren’t good for landfills, which contribute to global warming and, eventually, our inevitable doom.
11) Indoor Carpeting
Hard wood floors are elegant and sleek, but sometimes it’s nice to have some comfy carpet beneath your feet. But at what cost? The glue and dyes used in most carpeting can omit Volatile Compounds that you’re breathing in every day. One way to avoid them is to ask your carpet retailer to air out any new carpeting prior to installation.
12) Gel Manicures
It looks pretty, but is it worth all the exposure to UV Rays? For only two weeks of cute nails, it’s probably best to just stick to regular polish.
13) Cosmetic Phthalates
Cosmetic Phthalates, also called plasticizers, are in several cosmetic products such as shampoos, deodorants, hair spray and perfumes. Who cares? It’s the price of beauty! Think again. These babies are linked to reproductive problems in animals and have been banned in Washington and California. So, if you’re not a West Coaster, beware!
14) Hand Sanitizer
You may think hand sanitizer is keeping you from getting sick, but it may prevent you from getting well. As more and more people use hand sanitizer and other anti-bacterial soaps, these products get into our water system and soon antibiotics will not be able to fight off any bacteria. Stick to regular soap and water. A little bacteria is good for you.
15) Coffee Creamer
Why doesn’t this stuff need to be refrigerated?! Pretty gross, don’t you think? Starting your day off with sugary corn syrup from a plastic bottle doesn’t sound appealing. Plus, it’s SO high in calories. Read your labels before gulping this stuff down!