Cleaning, Breathing and Drinking Toxicity

| 8/23/2013 11:17:00 AM

toxicity chartWith all this talk about toxins and toxicity in green living, I thought it would be a good idea to explain what toxicity means.  It’s not that you now have to jump onto a website like for toxic withdrawl or anything.  It is that more of the products that we know to clean our homes, drink our water or breathe into our lungs have toxins in them which can leave devastating effects.  So in essence going green on this issue is like going into recovery since these the toxins are in our body and we need to get healthy. 

In the year 1891, Nikola Tesla was busy spreading the AC current across the world, the telephone was gaining international popularity in Europe and the United States, and the first escalator was patented at Coney Beach in the UK. A spirit of innovation had swept the globe, and a Russian chemist named Aleksandr Dianin was about to make history.

By carefully combining different elements, he discovered the compound (CH3)2(C(C6H4OH)2, also known as Bisphenal A or BPA, a substance that has since become one of the most notorious and controversial compounds of our time. First used as an artificial growth hormone for the cattle and poultry industries as well as an estrogen replacement for menopausal women, this artificial estrogen was early identified as being capable of changing how cells grow and change. Considering what it is used for today, the history of BPA is shocking! You can protect yourself from this dangerous toxin by learning its history and what you can do to eradicate it from our society altogether.

Before BPA achieved such widespread infamy, it began being used in a way that was never intended: by the food industry. During the 1950’s industry leaders were becoming interested in developing a means of food preservation that would allow goods to safely last for longer on the shelves of stores and in homes. Even though BPA had been used for twenty years as a growth hormone in cattle and as an estrogen replacement for women, it began to be used in the lining of food containers and plastics to better preserve food and to form a barrier against bacteria and pathogens.

For example, the longstanding U.S. Toxic Substances Control Act is up for major renovation. Will lawmakers deliver what Americans need?

Writing in Ensia magazine, journalist Elizabeth Grossman states, "Synthetic chemicals permeate every aspect of our lives. Virtually every type of product we use — from personal care products to electronics, food packaging to building materials, clothing to furniture — is likely to contain materials that occur nowhere in nature. While it cannot be assumed that synthetics are hazardous or that naturally occurring substances are safe, we are now exposed to scores of synthetic chemicals throughout our lives. Many of these chemicals are in the food we eat, the water we drink and the air we breathe, both indoors and out. They are in our bodies and those of newborn babies."

Story link from Ensia Magazine

Unacceptable Levels

Unacceptable Levels, an award-winning documentary directed by filmmaker Ed Brown, will host its Chicago screening debut on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at the Museum of Contemporary Art.  Chicago is one of 13 locations included in the film’s summer tour.

7/8/2014 4:49:49 AM

it is real what you said, but sometimes we can not control these things, at least that is my personal opinion!

6/5/2014 4:42:48 AM

I know what you mean, it is easy to say it, but not so easy to do it, maybe a new set of laws can help.

5/29/2014 2:29:10 AM

we should protect the environment in one way or another, it is important to save the planet!

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