Removing Household Toxins-
Breathing toxin-free air is something we all yearn for. Perhaps that is why the great
weekend exodus to mountains, forests and lakes or oceans! While we cannot totally
mimic those ultimate pristine locations, we can make a relatively small investment in
some special air filtration systems. We have found the room devices manufactured
and sold by Sharper Image to work great for us partly because they are so very
easily cleaned. Dr. Mercola also offers one on his website. But do your own
comparison shopping. Of primary importance is removing drapes, carpeting and
fabric upholstery all of which both hold on to and promote various toxins such as
molds, fungi, mites, animal parasites, etc. Far more preferable is to go with natural
solid-surface flooring (be careful of vinyl out-gassing), window blinds and leather
upholstery plus a good vacuum! Changing air/heating duct filters frequently is also
of great help.
Water is used in every aspect of our lives and is frequently the most insidious toxin carrier. Ideally one would purchase a whole-house filtration system. here that is impossible, at least get one each for the kitchen sink and tub/shower since toxins are absorbed through the skin as well. Both distilled and Reverse Osmosis fliters are very effective, especially during cleanses, but they do leave the water "dead" and acidic, meaning that beneficial minerals need to be replaced for at least the drinking/cooking water or else minerals can be pulled from the body. See my April 2007 Newsletter for some alternatives.
Perhaps the most abundant toxins are in our cleaning products. For years I used
only vinegar, and some tea tree oil or peroxide, even lemons, to clean everywhere.
For suggestions on making your own Non-Toxic Cleaning Kit, please click on http: //www.care2.com/greenliving/make-your-own-non-toxic-cleaning-kit.html.
Another area of toxin contamination is in our personal care products. The
ingredients in most are an exercise in chemical jargon and the latest research is showing that a woman using daily make-up can absorb up to 5# of toxins through her skin. That's just the make-up! Best to use natural herbal products only. One enterprising woman, www.evansgarden.com, carries a line of her own superb, handcrafted personal care products including mineral-based make-up.
Yet another area to examine is cooking-ware. Avoid aluminum and teflon-coated anything, going instead for the highest quality stainless ware you can find and afford. Although this still can be involved in some heavy metal contamination, it's far better than the alternatives above. Perhaps best options of all are glass and porcelain-covered steel or cast iron. These are the least reactive of all cooking materials but can, especially for the cast iron, be too heavy for young or older hands to use safely. With all cookware, make sure the handles are flat; rounded handles can easily turn in your hand.
Many individuals concerned with removing all household toxins should also banish microwave ovens because of their inherent hazards including reversing electron spin on foods subjected to their radiation. To learn more about this invisible toxin, please click here. Dr. Mercola also offers a round, tabletop convection oven to replace the ubiquitous nuker.
ADDITIONAL TOXIN INFORMATION