Environmental Health News: Toxins among us. Are you exposing your kids to cancer causing PAH's?
I think people used to hate coming over to my house when my youngest daughter was just beginning to crawl. I aways made people take off their shoes. I had read some article or heard something on TV about
children's health that explained how all of the toxic pesticides from outside get tracked into our homes on the bottom of our shoes. Then, when little ones crawl and play on the carpet, they are exposed to all of the harmful pesticides left behind from the shoes.
I remember one Christmas, in particular, where there were a few people who were not too happy about having to take off their shoes. When they asked me why they had to go shoeless, I got the impression that they were even more upset at having been impositioned because of such a ridiculous reason. I always knew I was doing what was best for my child's health but now, I find that I was also protecting her from the cancer causing toxic chemical used to seal pavement, driveways and parking lots.
A new study by scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has found that small particles of coal tar sealant which have "extremely high concentrations of PAHs (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons), likely are tracked indoors by residents after they walk across the parking lot". PAH's are both an environmental health risk as well as a human health risk as PAHs are considered to be potential cancer causers and they are toxic to fish and other aquatic life.
Let that sink in.
I know you are busy, but this environmental health information is valuable, solid and provides you with a way to actually protect the ones you love from a potential cancer causer. Knowledge is where your power rests. With knowledge you can take action. This is going green.
I really feel like the there is a significant segment of the scientific community which is collectively on a path to bring us the solid studies and information which will link together a path of human and environmental health destruction from all of the chemicals and additives in our past. I am hopeful that we will find the knowledge we need to rid ourselves and our earth of these toxins. Perhaps we will find that things like artificial food additives, mercury in our food and vaccines, aspartame in everything, BPA's, Phthalates, parabens in our paersonal care products, petroleum based products, SLS, cell phone use and more have led us to a world of rising childhood and adult cancer, Autism, ADD, Alzheimer's and asthma in our lives today.
I believe that we are on the precipice of finding that it is not just one thing that is causing our human health and environmental health problems. There is a toxic synergy that exists which we must first identify and acknowledge before we can save our health and the health of our planet by converting that synergy to a more sustainable way of life.
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