According to a new study released, Americans are exposed to a variety of potentially dangerous chemicals and toxic dust in their homes from products such as computers, frying pans and shower curtains.
The study, called “Sick of Dust,” found 35 hazardous industrial chemicals in household dust samples from 70 homes in seven states, including Michigan and California. It was commissioned by nine environmental groups, including the Center for Environmental Health in Oakland and the Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition in San Jose.
“It literally brings home the fact that hazardous chemicals are in our daily lives,” said Beverly Thorpe, international director for Clean Production Action, one of the study’s sponsors. “We feel now is a prime opportunity to overhaul chemical regulation in the United States.”
The researchers tested the dust samples for six types of chemicals, including pesticides and flame retardants. All the chemicals are legal, but many are known to be harmful to immune, respiratory, cardiovascular and reproductive systems. They said infants and young children are especially vulnerable to exposure.
But the American Chemistry Council, which represents major chemistry companies, said that just because a substance is found in toxic dust or in the body at low levels doesn’t necessarily mean it causes health problems.
The study’s backers said they decided to test dust samples in U.S. homes after seeing similar studies that found high levels of toxic chemicals in households in Europe, where lawmakers are tightening regulation of chemical production.
They said they hope the test results will help prompt state and federal legislation to curb the use of dangerous chemicals in the production of household goods, ranging from furniture and clothes to carpets and nail polish.
Dr. Keith & Laurie Nemec comments on Toxic Dust and Mold Weaken Immune System:
Your home is your sanctuary and your bedroom is your inner sanctuary. Four things are major offenders of your health in your household environment.
4. Bacteria and viruses
As these studies have shown, the mold will weaken the immune system and trigger many types of immune disorders one being asthma. Toxic dust represents the chemicals in your house and the world. This study shows 35 hazardous industrial chemicals in household dust, some including pesticides, toxic chemicals, and flame retardants just to name a few.
Another study shows that common house dust aka toxic dust contained 33 chemicals that promote breast cancer formation.
What is the answer?
First purify your home environment by the following steps:
1. Never use standard cleaning supplies in your house, only all natural, nontoxic substances.
2. Remove all carpets as soon as possible. Carpets are loaded with chemicals, mold and toxic dust. Replace with hardwood floors.
3. Get rid of draperies, window treatments and any other dust collectors.
4. Purchase an air purifier which detoxifies chemicals, kills mold, bacteria and settles floating dust to the ground.