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Beware of these 6 common household items that cause cancer

2/2/2015 - Most people probably live under the assumption that their place of dwelling is a safe haven from all the dangers that lurk "out there." But little do they know that many common household products contain deadly chemicals that are known to cause cancer, reproductive harm, birth defects and other health...

Five common household chemicals to avoid

1/28/2015 - The modern world is full of environmental toxins. It is estimated that there are over 80,000 toxic chemicals used regularly in the US. There are over 500 chemicals stored in our body and the average individual has at least seven pesticides tested in their urine. It is imperative to minimize our exposure...

Chemicals used in common household disinfectants significantly impair reproductive health

9/1/2014 - Two chemicals in a class of compounds commonly added to household cleaning and disinfectant products have been determined to cause reproductive damage in laboratory animals, according to a new study. Researchers from Virginia Tech found that mice handled by laboratory workers who used cleaning products...

Common household items contain toxins known to cause birth defects, rashes and even death

8/8/2014 - All the dusting, vacuuming and countertop cleaning in the world doesn't make a house a healthy home. In fact, according to numerous experts, even simple, non-cleaning related activities, such as sitting down on a carpet or storing food, may wreak havoc on our health. Cancer survivor Kris Carr's website...

Five surprising household uses for vinegar

7/4/2014 - It would be difficult to find a household in the United States that does not contain at least one bottle of vinegar. Indeed, this strong-tasting liquid, which comes in many varieties but is primarily made from acetic acid and water, has been considered an essential ingredient in food preparation for...

Warning to all police, firefighters, schoolteachers: Most government pensions to be confiscated within a decade

7/21/2013 - Last week, Detroit declared bankruptcy, becoming the largest city in U.S. history to take such drastic action in the face of financial insolvency. A declaration of bankruptcy isn't what most people think it is, though: it's not just a statement of "we're broke!" It's actually a way for the city to clear...

Antibacterial agent in common household products shown to weaken the heart and muscles

5/27/2013 - Found in a variety of soaps, hand sanitizers, fabrics, toothpastes, mouthwashes and even tap water, researchers have discovered triclosan is far from harmless. Linked to heart failure and decline in muscle strength, the agent has come under scrutiny due to its widespread use in common household products....

Radioactive recliner chairs, apartment buildings and household goods are not as unusual as you may think - and it's about to get worse

3/17/2013 - The American government has developed a solution for all the excess radioactive metal from the medical industry and military: Make it into belt buckles. Or forks. Even cheese graters are fair game. The stainless steel beverage cups used to avoid the dangers of BPA? Those are threatened with radioactivity...

Household chemicals cause cancer, birth defects, wide range of health issues, WHO study admits

2/25/2013 - 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...

Huge numbers of Americans opting out of banking system - and the media says that's bad!

9/22/2012 - Across the United States, more and more people are opting out of the banking system, according to a report from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. According to the report, 821,000 households (approximately 17 million people) were without a single bank account from 2009 to 2011. Those numbers place...

CDC now calling U.S. households and demanding child immunization records as part of vaccine surveillance and tracking program

9/28/2011 - The U.S. Centers for Disease Control, which has been comprehensively exposed as a vaccine propaganda organization promoting the interests of drug companies, is now engaged in a household surveillance program that involves calling U.S. households and intimidating parents into producing child immunization...

Get rid of pesky household gnats with a safe and easy to make gnat trap

7/13/2011 - With warm weather comes a bounty of fresh fruit and vegetables. Sometimes, the produce bounty can also bring an unwanted bounty of annoying gnats swarming around the produce and other food items. Once gnats arrive, they may reproduce seemingly forever unless we take the right steps to get rid of them. Gnats...

Deter household pests the natural way

3/1/2011 - Environmental pollution levels, both air and water, are vastly affected by household chemical pesticides. By using natural alternatives such as herbs or essential oils to deter common household pests, you can make a difference to the environment. Citronella oil is the most commonly used essential...

Scented household cleaning products filled with hazardous toxins

11/30/2010 - Consumer cleaning products like laundry detergents, all-purpose sprays, dish soaps, and scrub sponges often smell like pleasant things found in nature, but their ingredients typically tell a different story. According to a new study out of the University of Washington (UW), many scented cleaning products...

Avoid Toxic Household Cleaners by Making Your Own for Pennies

10/19/2010 - One of the greatest exposures to toxic substances can be found in our homes. Many cleaners and solvents used on surfaces such as countertops, tubs and floors are filled with ingredients whose labels read CAUTION, POISON, WARNING, or DANGER. Thank goodness there are alternative cleaning possibilities...

Baking Soda is a Super Household Aid

10/2/2010 - Baking soda is a white crystalline powder, known as bicarbonate of soda or chemically known as sodium bicarbonate, and is very versatile and effective, yet gentle, environmentally safe, inexpensive and an economical non-toxic compound. It can be used as a more environmentally friendly replacement for...

Household Cleaning Products could be Making You Sick

8/26/2010 - Perhaps you have had a sudden headache or became nauseous for no apparent reason while cleaning and wondered why; perchance your body is trying to tell you something is wrong with the indoor air you are breathing. Indoor air is much more polluted than outside air. Doctors have finally realized that...

New Cancer Causing Agent from Household Products Found in our Water

7/1/2010 - Scientists have long known about carcinogens in common household items such as cosmetics and cleansers and the dangers they represented when people are exposed to them. Now, a new study is reporting that most of us are also being exposed to a new cancer causing compound in our water supplies which is...

Toxic Household Chemicals: Part I

2/3/2009 - The vast array of toxins and chemicals that are common to many households is cause for concern - both for the environment and for human health. These toxic chemicals can be reduced and even eliminated by first learning about the different chemicals and then learning about the many choices that are available...

Chemicals in Household Cleaning Products Linked to Asthma, Allergies

10/8/2008 - Exposure to household cleaning products during pregnancy and early life makes children more likely to develop asthma. Research has already proven that a young child's risk of acquiring asthma increases if their early life lacks viruses, bacteria and endotoxins (pathogen products). This is called the...

Study Finds Pets Suffer From Household Pollutants

9/3/2008 - A recent study performed by Environmental Working Group (EWG) proves our pets are exposed to chemicals and toxins in far greater amounts than people. In a ground breaking study, EWG found dogs and cats to be contaminated with 48 different chemicals –- 43 of which were at higher levels typically found...

Fragrances in Common Household Products Contain Many Toxins

8/15/2008 - Every day, we all try hard to do what is best for ourselves and our families, so it is very disconcerting and worrisome when we discover that everyday products such as laundry detergent, cleaning supplies, soaps and cosmetics, air sanitizers and sprays, etc. contain carcinogenic chemicals and harmful...

Household dust exposes families, children to toxic levels of brain-damaging flame retardants

1/31/2007 - The human body is able to absorb dangerous pollutants from household dust, according to an international study led by Boston University's School of Public Health. Researchers found a statistically significant correlation between the levels of polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) flame retardants...

Voluntary household interventions can reduce death and disease burden from pandemic influenza (press release)

10/4/2006 - A scientific study suggests that the number of infected individuals and deaths from influenza during the first year of a pandemic could be substantially reduced by a combination of voluntary household-based quarantine and isolation of actively infected individuals in a location outside the household....

Household cleaners + ozone --> new indoor pollution problem (press release)

9/22/2006 - Ground-level ozone pollution — a summertime problem in many urban areas — also may contribute to a previously unrecognized form of indoor air pollution, scientists are reporting. Ozone seeps indoors from the outdoor air. Ozone...

Cleaning Water at Household, Not Source, Is Best Diarrhea Prevention (press release)

9/21/2006 - Clean water can prevent diarrhea and save lives, but among the world’s most susceptible populations, it is cleaned best at its point of use rather than its source, researchers report in a large new review of studies. “While interventions to improve the microbial quality of drinking water are effective...

Investment in cleaner household energy yields major health and economic benefits (press release)

7/31/2006 - Every day for the next 10 years, 485 000 people would need to gain access to cleaner fuels in order to halve by 2015 the population relying on solid fuels. A new report from the World Health Organization, Fuel for Life: Household Energy and Health, demonstrates that investing in cleaner household fuels...

Highly toxic chemicals are found in laundry detergents, dryer sheets, deodorants, perfumes, soaps and other household products

5/17/2004 11:45:28 AM - As part of National Poison Prevention Week, health officials are warning parents to keep their children away from household poisons. That's good advice, of course, but sadly very little attention is paid to slow-acting poisons and toxic chemicals found in personal care products that slowly (but...

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