Are Dangerous Toxins Lurking in Your Home?
For years, we’ve heard that no matter what we do, we can’t entirely escape environmental toxins. They are in the air we breathe, the water we drink and the food we eat. But we also encounter chemicals in our homes every day—in plastic bottles, food containers, cookware, cleaning items, electronics, cushions, mattresses. In other words, every room in our homes probably has at least one of these toxins, putting health in jeopardy. “There is growing recognition in the scientific community that exposure to even low doses of certain chemicals can disturb our hormonal, reproductive, and immune systems,” says the National Resources Defense Council, an environmental action group. Many scientists believe that toxic buildup in our bodies may increase our risk for some cancers, Parkinson’s, and other serious conditions. But there are ways to reduce your family’s exposure to toxic chemicals commonly found around the house. Here, some suggestions: