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1 It’s legitimate to ask what else we don’t know! An Introduction to Healthy Home Environments for the Environmentally SensitiveWhen yesterday’s “Triumph of Modern Chemistry” turns out instead to be today’s threat to the global environment,It’s legitimate to ask what else we don’t know!Denis Hayes
2 We live in a toxic soup! 88,000 chemicals in common use 2,000 new produced each year- average 4-6 week testing prior to going into the marketplace.Typical carpet sample contains 120 chemicals, many known neurotoxins53 listed by EPA as PBT’s- persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic257 listed in 2007 as hazardous materialsBlood samples done on umbilical cords averaged 287 chemicals found. Passed on from the Mother. Mother’s breast milk passes on xenobiotics to nursing child- exp. mercury, dioxin, formaldehyde
3 Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MSC) or the twenty first century illness A condition in which various symptoms reportedly appears after a person has been exposed to any of a wide range of chemicals. The exposure may occur as a major event, such as a chemical spill, or from a long term contact with low level of chemicals. As a result of exposure, these individuals develop a sensitivity and have reactions to chemicals even at levels most people can tolerateWebMD.com10-20% of population in World is environmentally sensitive
4 Total Body Burden or Total Load Along with chemical sensitivity, often individuals demonstrate food sensitivities, electromagnetic frequencies (EMF), mold, pollen, and animal allergies/ sensitivity. The body is filling up with exposures and stressors so that one’s daily ability to tolerate exposures may fluctuate depending on how many exposures already have been endured on that day.The degree of ill effects depends on dose, duration, manner of exposure, biochemical individuality, genetic predisposition, diet, and stress levels.
5 MCS symptomsCan affects any bodily system, including respiratory, digestive, neurological, musculoskeletal, endocrinological, immunological and othersMost common symptoms are- tiredness/lethargy, difficulty concentrating, muscles aches, memory problems, long term fatigue, change in heart rhythm, rapid mood change, headache, itchy, sneezes, difficulty breathing and sore throat- With Children, consider learning disabilities, lethargy, mood swings or ADHD like symptoms.Common triggers are pesticides, formaldehyde, fresh paint, new carpets, diesel exhaust, perfumes, cooking gas, wood composites, glues, cleaning supplies and air fresheners.
6 Some physiologically based theories Systemic breakdown from long term- multi-generation exposure.Limbic kindling- Olfactory- limbic i.e. nose to emotionXenobiotic (foreign to body) detoxification pathways damaged or depletedImmunological damage- Helper cells fight pathogens or turn on immune response. To many helper cells cause autoimmune like conditionNeurogenic inflammationLong term exposure to solvents/ brain change i.e. Mad HatterCandidiasis/ often seen with mercury poisoningTrauma precursor- physical or mental
7 Toxic Metals Amalgam filling Vaccinations/ thimerisol, flu shots Pesticides, herbicides, fungicidesContaminated water, air borne- factory, incinerators, car exhaustContact lens solution, nasal sprays- read your labelsReplaces minerals in body necessary for enzymatic process or structure.Mercury, Nickel, Arsenic, Lead, Cadmium, Aluminum,Barium, Colbalt, Gold, Silver, Copper, Chromium, Iron, Manganese, Tin, Thallium, Titanium, Platinum, Palladium
9 FormaldehydeA immune system sensitizer which means that chronic exposure can lead to multiple allergies and sensitivities to substances that are unrelated to Formaldehyde (spreading phenomenon)Symptoms onset often flu like illness diagnosed as viral infection which leaves one with general malaise, fatigue and depression, brain fog, loss of memory, respiratory problems, neuropathy, sore throats, mood changes, etcWidely found in as wood preservative/ particle board, carpets, sprayed on clothes, new car smell, urea formaldehyde foam, flame retardants sprayed on upholstery, auto exhaust, disinfectants, cosmetics, fumigants, adhesives.Used also as an intermediate in synthesis of other chemicals.
10 Other possible exposures Mold, dust mites, ambient air pollution, soil contamination, water contamination, animal dander, decomposition of building materials, pollens, second hand smoke, PCB’s ( banned in found globally) pesticides/herbicides, EMF( Electro Magnetic Frequency)Found in Shopping malls, Schools, Homes, Highways, Factories, Airplanes, Trains, Cars, Grocery stores, Restaurants i.e. Urban and Agrarian ecologies
11 Children have increased susceptibility More vulnerable as they are growing and developing, higher rate of cell production, less developed metabolisms, higher rate of exposure/ body mass.Due to chemical load at birth many children have compromised digestive and immune systemsDelayed onset or early onset puberty from Plastics/endocrine disrupters.17% of kids in U.S. developmental disabilitiesOne of factors in ADHD, Autism, behavior disorders, low birth rate, cancer increase 1-2% yearly, asthma, heart problemsCell phone radiation 2” into brainAutism is now consider epidemic> outside influencesImmunization- Thimerosol/merthiolate/ mercury- preservative for injectable vaccinesToxic schools, toxic homes, increased risk in congested areas
13 Here comes the real work BREATHE Become a detective into your own life!
14 For example- Is this You? Do you become ill from odors in malls, restaurants, churches, schools, hospitals etc.Do you become ill after putting gas in your car or heavy traffic, or driving on new asphalt.Do you can’t read certain book with shiny smell paper or fresh ink.Do you crave certain odors or aromas or detest certain odors.At first, is there is a marked increased sense of smell, which later on can result in a loss of smell.Do you become mentally foggy, nose stuffy or itchy in a new or remodeled building especially with new carpet and particle board cabinetry.
15 How do you feel before and after exposure How do you feel before and after exposure? 10 minutes, 30 minutes, 1 hour, 24 hoursNote how you feel, behave and thinkAppearance, how do you lookCheck writing or drawing changesCheck breathe rate- faster or slowerCheck pulse rateUse this check list to begin to pinpoint specific causes of a reaction- Backtrack if necessary
17 How to Start? The process of elimination- or Onion analogy What are you bringing into your home?Cleaning SuppliesDetergentsNew clothesChildren’s toysElectronic gear ( lubricants, EMF’s)PesticidesKitchenwareCosmeticsFragrances
18 Healthier choices READ THE LABEL If you can’t pronounce the chemical, it’s not good for you Look for the label - No fragrance/ hyper allergenic for cleaning solutions, and body products.Debra Lyons Dadd’s- white vinegar, salt, borax, liquid castile soap.Wash clothes immediately after purchasing- use natural fabrics.No aluminum cookware, no heat in plastics, no heat in stainless steel bottles. Don’t leave water bottles out in heat. If it smells like plastic, you can absorb it.Beware of mold and use bleach (face mask and gloves) to get rid of. If large patch will require more extensive mitigation.Be aware of new upholstery and flame retardants. Ask what alternatives are available.*******Begin to read label on all purchases*******Wash any new appliance or electronics to remove residual oils left from manufacturing.Use natural cosmetics see list onDo your homework- Beware of green washing.Check out one of the natural food stores, and experiment with products.
19 Our Daily breadEliminate added chemicals from your diet- food dyes, preservatives, synthetic foods, trans-fatty acids.Shop the outside wall of the grocery storeGMO’S- Be wary of genetically modified foodsFood Sensitivities- Elimination diet to pinpointUse Organic Foods when possibleFresh foods, CSA’s (Community Supported Agriculture), Farmer’s market, Home gardensVitamin C and Omega 3,6,9- vital 2
20 A Deeper Level- Harder to fix Carpets-Average 120 chemicals in carpet plus adhesives. Carpet squares/Recycled Plastic? Best to use non synthetic throw rugs.Composite Woods- Adhesives and finishes are toxic. Use hardwood from responsibly harvested forests, recycled furniture, some new composites are non toxic. Research!Insulation- Foam- Adhesives- Solvents- Decking- What is it made of? Use non toxic alternatives.Paints- Use non Voc or low VOC. More intense the color higher VOC’sPoly-vinyl- Siding, molding, doors, flooring, windows- replace when you canAll of these products take on average 5+ years to off gasMSDS- Material Safety Data Sheet- Provides info. on chemical substances in a product, handling precautions, known health effectsBlack mold mycelium/ spores in wood- consider mitigation
21 Water Filters WHY NOT TAP? Get a sample of your water checkedChlorine / Fluoride- water treatment plantsHormone, antibiotic and pesticide- lack of filtrationBottled- plastic vs. glassReverse osmosisUltravioletDistilled Water- lack of trace minerals
22 Air purifiersGood for ambient air pollution, not long term solution for off gasing.Def. Off Gasing- How long it takes a product to release VOC. Heat increases.Can a building be toooo tight?HEPA filtersCharcoal FiltersOzone GeneratorsECOquest- air filter/ ozone generator
23 EMF www.electromagnetichealth.org EMF sensitivityCell phones- Increase in brain tumors2” penetration into brain. Those handy but damaging PDA’s. Use ear plug speakers. NO Bluetooth! Cell phone towers are multiplying rapidly- long term effects unknownDSL, CPU’s keep at distance from body 5’Wireless electronics - long term use? Keep away from areas of rapid cell growth in body.No electronics in bedroom-Use a battery operated clockNo electric blankets- bed warmers
24 The really deep work Living and Loving, Day by Day Detoxify- under medical supervisionDevelop a Safe Room where you can rejuvenateMeditation/ Breath workStress reduction techniquesYogaGet outside daily- bike, hike, walk, playFind a Creative outlet/ Passion/ Enjoy lifeBuild a support network, within and expanded out from the family.Nutrition counselingEnvironmental health consultantFamily counseling to assist with daily challengesExplain yourself to others in your life. Teachers, work associates, and partners, let them know the reasons why you are demanding a healthier ecology. Be contagious!
25 Remodel or Build from ground up “Green Building” Can be Costly… Prioritize!!!Bau- BiologieUS Green BuildingInstitute for the Built EnvironmentRocky Mountain InstituteBoulder Green GuildGreen Heart InstituteRedirect Guide
26 Favorite BooksPrescriptions for a Health House by Baker-Laporte, Elliott, BantaHome, Safe, Home by Debra Lynn DaddAllergy Relief and Prevention by Taylor, Krohn MD, LarsonIs this your Child’s World by Doris Rapp MDMultiple Chemical Sensitivity by Pamela Gibson PHDGreen from the Ground Up by Johnson and GibsonRadical Medicine by Dr. Louisa L. WilliamsSeeds of Deception by Jeffrey M. SmithArtists Beware by Michael McCann PHDDetoxify or Die by Sherry A. Rogers MDToxic Exposures/ Contested Illnesses by Phil BrownThe Secret History of the War on Cancer by Devra Davis
27 Web Sites www.Householdproducts.nlm.nih.gov www.Safecosmetics.org Debra Lynn DaddAmerican Academy of Environmental MedicineDr Louisa L. WilliamsDr. Doris RappDr. Dietrich KlinghartEnvironmental working groupEnvironmental Protection AgencyCenter for Health, Environment and JusticeCenter for Children’ Environmental Health
28 For more Information www.healthyecologies.com- Karen’s Blog . Creatively Hand crafted, Custom Furniturep#