Monday, October 16, 2006

Did you know? Women who work at home have a 54% higher death rate from cancer than those who work away from home.

This from a 15-year study presented at the Toronto Indoor Air Conference. The study concluded that this was a direct result of the increased exposure to toxic chemicals, many of which are found in common household products.

More than 9 out of every 10 suspected poison exposures occur at home with household products. Source: Barefoot's NEW Clean site.

Safe? There really is a big deal about toxins and you can read all about it at the CLEAN site. Find out where they are in your home and more importantly, how to replace them.

Effective? Chances are the CLEAN products beat out what you are using. Check out the results of the testing.

Economical? You bet. The CLEAN kit is comparable to $3,400.00 (yes that's the right figure) worth of 'other' brands of products.

CLEAN products use biodegradable cleaning agents, which means they break down easily instead of hanging out in the ground for hundreds of years. They also have no phosphates, borates, nitrates, or other stuff the planet doesn't appreciate. And by making them superconcentrated, you just add water - subtract waste. This has tons of implications. Literally. Less weight to ship. Less products to use. Less packaging to throw away. So you can get that clean feeling about your house, knowing you're keeping the planet clean too.

When you buy some common cleaners, a lot of what you're buying is water. CLEAN products are more economical because they are concentrated, an awesome value for you the consumer. Smaller bottles should not fool you. There's a whole lot of CLEAN in there saving you money, ounce for ounce. You might be willing to pay extra for safe, powerful, green cleaners. But it's nice to know you don't have to, and that you are actually making a positive impact on your budget as well as the planet.

Worth taking a look? YOU BET!!! Shaklee Distributors won't be the only excited users! You can buy CLEAN online.

Monday, October 09, 2006

The Chemical's Within Us.. Great Article Review

Have you had a chance to get the Oct. issue of National Geographic yet? I just picked up several copies yesterday....WOW! You can read some of the pages at:

On page 116 there is an article called The Chemicals Within Us. A National Geographic writer named David Ewing Duncan did this major article.

Check out page 129 and see if the half page picture of a women walking down the supermarket household products aisle with a protective mask over her mouth doesn?t just say it all. The caption on the picture reads? A whiff of household products sends Betty Kreeger into fits of wheezing, nausea and confusion. Like other people who say they suffer from multiple chemical sensitivity, she flees fragrances when she can and dons an air-filtering mask when she can't.?

Learn more about envronmentally safe chemical free cleaners.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Can chemicals in our home cause deformities?

Growing numbers of boys are being born with malformed genitals. This condition is called hypospadias - a birth abnormality where the hole in the penis lies underneath the shaft, or in more severe cases, at the base of the penis or underneath the scrotum. In some cases the penis is very bent and will grow back on itself, in the shape of a doughnut. In severe cases, it is difficult to identify a penis at all. At best the problem is largely cosmetic and can be rectified in a single operation.

At worst boys are left infertile and unable to have sex. Of every 150 to
200 boys born in the UK, one will have hypospadias - and doctors believe
that cases have doubled over the past 25 years. It happens during the
first three or four months of pregnancy and is a result of incomplete
masculinisation. During the development of babies with hypospadias,
something disrupts the hormonal changes a foetus goes through to become

Research in Denmark points to a group of chemicals - phthalates -
found in objects such as plastic, carpets, fabric, make-up, food
packaging, perfume, cosmetics, milk, vegetables, pesticides and sun
cream. They are known as endocrine disrupters and are believed to upset
the balance of hormones during the early stages of pregnancy. Professor
Richard Sharpe of the Medical Research Council’s Human Reproductive
Sciences Unit suggests that there’s a link between incidents of
hypospadias, undescended testes, low sperm-count and testicular cancers.
“We don’t yet know the exact cause of these problems, but they are all
inter-related. It seems that the increase in these abnormalities is to
do with environmental and lifestyle factors. It is something that has
only happened recently,” Sharpe says.

Aivar Bracka, a consultant genito-urethral plastic surgeon at Russells
Hall Hospital in Dudley, operates on hundreds of cases of hypospadias
every year and says that he would be surprised if there was not an
environment cause for the condition. “In particular, it explains cases
of identical twins where one is born with hypospadias and the other
isn’t. This means that genetics doesn’t account for everything.”

Although hereditary factors do, however, play a part in some cases. It
is not unusual for more than one male in a family to have hypospadias.
Studies have shown that boys with hypospadias tend to have a slightly
lower sperm-count and 1 in 10 boys are also born with undescended
testicles. If one testicle descends there is, again, a small but
significant increase of infertility.

If both fail to descend, that likelihood shoots up to 80 per cent.
The European Parliament will be
finalising legislation this autumn on the use of toxic chemicals in
household products. Greenpeace wants to see the use of phthalates, a
group of chemicals that may be responsible for disrupting hormones
during pregnancy, restricted and safer ones used. It also wants the
chemical content of products to be clearly stated on labels so that
consumers know what to avoid. Even if Greenpeace succeed in their bid,
it is unclear whether the rise in conditions such as hypospadias can be
reversed. But it does seem clear that some lifestyle and environmental
factors must be addressed.
The Independent News, 12 September 2006

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