Household Products and Cancer!

toxicI’m sure you already know that many of the household cleaners on the grocery store and hardware store shelves are toxic.  Surprise, surprise.  What isn’t toxic these days….I ask?  It is a crazy world we live in now.  We are bombarded by chemicals.

Look on the labels of some of your favorite cleaning products and realize that if there is a “hazard” symbol on it then it is probably not a good thing to spread around your living space.  Granted…it may clean the dust and grime away and leave your sink or appliance shining but it is entering your body through your skin and lungs and wreaking havoc on your cells.  And to top that off the World Health Organization is now suggesting that things that make up our living space such as flooring materials, paint, fire retardants on furniture materials etc. is “gender-bending” as the article below indicates.

Once again, I share a short article from Natural News sharing some more bad news about the environment we all live in.  Oh my goodness…..How do we get away from all of this madness?

The article starts here:

NaturalNews) A new landmark study by the World Health Organization says a  host of common, everyday household chemicals pose severe health problems  including cancer, asthma, reduced fertility and even birth  defects.

According to the study, WHO identified a number of “synthetic  chemicals” which the UN agency said had “serious implications” for health, even  going so far as to suggest that so-called “gender-bending” compounds found in  PVC flooring, kids’ toys and even credit cards should be banned in order to  protect future generations, recent reports detailing the findings  said.

The study said more research was likely needed to flesh out the  links between endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs), which are found in a number  of household chemicals, and “specific diseases and  disorders.”

‘Reasonable to suspect’ chemical substances are causing  harm

WHO researchers said they have discovered links between EDCs and  health issues including breast, prostate and thyroid cancers, testicular  problems, developmental effects on children’s nervous systems, and attention  deficit disorder and hyperactivity in kids.

Scientists at the UN agency  also said it is “reasonable to suspect” chemical substances called phthalates of  disrupting female fertility, and also linked the substances to rising rates of  childhood diseases such as leukemia.

Researchers labeled the study the  most “comprehensive” report on EDCs so far because it examined and evaluated  several chemicals and related evidence rather than just focusing on a single  element or compound. The study is titled, “State of the  Science of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals.”

The findings also raised  concerns over bispehnol A, a man-made compound found in many daily items such as  tin cans and sunglasses. The substance is believed to interfere with the natural  hormones that influence human development and growth.

WHO scientists also  said there was “very strong evidence” in animals that the substances can  interfere with thyroid hormones; that could lead to brain damage, loss of  intelligence, autism and attention deficit hyperactivity  disorder.

Regarding the incidence of prostate cancer,  “significant evidence” exists that suggests a link with agricultural pesticides,  according to a team of international medical experts which examined the data.  The UN agency also said wildlife was at risk.

“The diverse systems  affected by endocrine-disrupting chemicals  likely include all hormonal systems and range from those controlling development  and function of reproductive organs to the tissues and organs regulating  metabolism and satiety,” the report said. “Effects on these systems can lead to  obesity, infertility or reduced fertility, learning and memory difficulties,  adult-onset diabetes or cardiovascular disease, as well as a variety of other  diseases.”

The same report, published 10 years ago, found only “weak  evidence” that said chemicals could affect human health.

“The  latest science shows that communities across the globe are being exposed to  EDCs, and their associated risks,” said Dr. Maria Neira, WHO’s Director for  Public Health and Environment. She said the agency “will work with partners to  establish research priorities to investigate links to EDCs and human health  impacts in order to mitigate the risks,” adding: “We all have a responsibility  to protect future generations.”

‘We urgently need more  research’

The study backed similar warnings by the European  Environment Agency that were issued last year, warning items like cosmetics  and medicines containing EDCs could be harmful to human health.

Earlier, Natural News reported that EDCs identified in this study may have on the  body’s hormone system may have “significant health implications” for humans. (http://www.naturalnews.com)

According to a UN press  release, the report “calls for more research to understand fully the  associations between endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) – found in many  household and industrial products – and specific diseases and  disorders.”

“We urgently need more research to obtain a fuller picture of  the health and environment impacts of endocrine disruptors,” Neira said.

Learn more:  http://www.naturalnews.com/039259_household_chemicals_cancer_birth_defects.html#ixzz2M8R4auBJ

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