Holy Hormones Journal Do you get home after a long day at work – start feeling ill, lethargic or experience a headache? If so, you are one of millions who chalk off the feelings to an ‘over-tiring’ day at work. But did you know – that the real problem may be the chemicals lurking in your furniture? At home, in the office or at school? Or in the waiting room in the doctor’s office? “Home, sweet home” takes on another whole meaning – especially when all you want to do is lie on the couch or sit in the recliner.
But what about our babies? We go out and buy new furnishings for the nursery not realizing that we are exposing our infants to poisons in their first days of life. Toxic exposure that may affect their quality of health for a life time.
Perhaps it is best that you hold off on buying that new furniture during the winter… wait until spring or summer and open the doors and windows…
Brings a whole new meaning to ‘going green’. And just in case you were wondering – your new car – end-of-the-year deal is another toxic hot box. And no, the chemical smell in a new car… or those plush leather seats and their earthy smell aren’t any good for you either. Just in case you were wonderin’.
So imagine, years and years of exposure – the fumes wear off – but the chemicals are still in your body wreaking havoc with your – endocrine system; your hormones, and then one day – the diagnosis: breast cancer, or reproductive issues…. and you wonder – where did that come from? I eat well; have an organic garden – a healthy lifestyle… and never make the link to those beautiful furnishings in your beautiful house – which in actuality is a gas chamber.
Infertility, Thyroid Issues, and Cancer: What You Need To Know About The Chemicals In Your Furniture
by Jeff Roberts
Like most people living in a bustling downtown core, I live in a high-rise condo. And like many other down-town condo-living natives, I live on a budget. Therefore, when it came to furnishing my condo IKEA was really the only option, because let’s face it, IKEA is affordable, and for the most part, trendy.
What I wasn’t aware of when buying my furniture was a hidden toxin that had been sprayed all over it. In fact, most of us in the Western world are probably being exposed to these elusive toxins right now. I’m talking about flame retardants.
Not Just Around Us…
Dr. Mercola explains,
“While odorless, flame retardants such as polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) are far from innocuous. These chemicals were recently identified as 1 of 17 “high priority” chemical groups that should be avoided to reduce your breast cancer risk.”
Previous studies have shown that over 75 percent of people have flame retardant chemicals in their system already, making this a pertinent issue worth looking into for most.
Recent tests also revealed that most people have no less than six different flame retardants in their system. The most shocking of all was chlorinated tris (TDCIPP), a chemical that was phased out of children’s pajamas decades ago.
When I read about these chemicals being found rampant in our common household items, it suddenly all clicked. I remember the headaches that I endured after initially setting up my condo with the new IKEA furniture. I also recalled the chemical smell that lingered for months after. Could this have been due to flame retardants and other toxic volatile chemical sprays?
Flame Retardants: A Quick History
In his article, Americans Have More Toxic Flame Retardants in Their Bodies Than Previously Thought, Dr. Mercola explains how flame retardants were initially used in furniture manufacturing to prevent cigarette fires.
Flame-retardant chemicals were developed in the 1970’s, when 40 percent of Americans smoked and cigarettes were a major cause of fires. The tobacco industry, under increasing pressure to make fire-safe cigarettes, resisted the push for self-extinguishing cigarettes and instead created a fake front group called the National Association of State Fire Marshals.