Guest Post - Toxic Top 5

“TOXIC TOP 5”, by Rathna Raju, MD

Toxic chemicals lurk everywhere in our environment, their effects range from no symptoms to severe disease. Extensive research has been done on toxic exposure with numerous studies concluding that 99% of people have been exposed to the chemicals in the house hold products discussed below. Additionally, over 200 chemicals have been found in infant cord blood. 

The chemicals in this list effect hormone balance, are linked to the growing obesity epidemic, autoimmune diseases, cancer, asthma like symptoms and neurodevelopmental disorders such as ADHD and Autism. Common symptoms of toxic exposure may include headaches, general fatigue, changes in mood, nausea, and dizziness.  If you experience any of these symptoms or think you could be at risk, reach out to your physician or contact for more information.

Here are the “Toxic Top 5” and ways to reduce your risk.

1.     Cook Ware – turn in your Teflon for stainless steel.  When heated, Teflon releases harmful chemicals into the air.

2.     Drinking Water- city and well water have concerns for various chemical.  Use a reverse osmosis system to minimize exposure.

3.     Mold or Biotoxin Exposure-  minimize with a dehumidifier or exchange ventilation system to purify indoor air.

4.     Cleaning and personal care products- use natural cleaning and personal products, do not use fabric softeners or air fresheners. 

5.     New Carpets and Furniture-  allow them to “off- gas” outdoors or with open air ventilation before bringing them into your home.  Alternatively use natural materials without flame retardants.  Using a charcoal air filter can help.

The Environmental Working Group put together a list of the “Dirty Dozen” the 12 most harmful chemicals in the environment and common household items.