In 2013 the World Health Organization warned that many synthetic chemicals found in household products are endocrine (hormone) disrupters and may be causing cancers, birth defects, and other developmental disorders. They urgently called for more research to better understand what hormone-disrupting chemicals are doing to our health. Entering the search term "endocrine disrupters" in Google Scholar brings up 69,200 results. Scientists are definitely concerned.
Earlier this year a study found that common household chemicals lead to birth defects in mice. This article explains that results in mice "raises a big red flag that these chemicals may be toxic to humans as well." The chemicals in question are quaternary ammonium compounds, otherwise known as "quats" and are commonly used in disinfectants, laundry detergents, fabric softeners, and some hair care products. The researchers discovered that birth defects occurred when either parent was exposed, not just the mother, drawing attention that birth defects can also come from a father's chemical exposure.
Most of us are aware that spending too much time in the sun or using indoor tanning beds raises our risk for skin cancer. And some of us are aware that excess UV radiation also contributes to wrinkles and looking older than our age. But few of us realize that excess UV exposure causes uneven skin pigmentation and enlarged blood vessels.
Did you know that most weather apps show the current UV index? Sun-protective practices include seeking shade and wearing protective clothing when the UV index is moderate to intense. We can add protection to our skin by applying and reapplying a broad-spectrum UVA, UVB sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.
During World War II a bottle of tea tree oil, also known as Melaleuca oil, was standard Government issue in the Australian Army and Navy first aid kits, especially for those soldiers serving in tropical countries.
The Melaleuca Wellness Guide recommends tea tree oil for over 120 conditions and problems. T36-C5 Melaleuca Oil is a "first-aid kit in a bottle" and so much more.
Minor Cuts and Abrasions
A cut or abrasion may seem like a small thing, but if antibiotic resistant Staphylococcus aureus enters the skin through a wound it can cause a life threatening infection.
Many of us carry, without illness, staph bacteria in our nose. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tell us that about one in three (33%) people carry staph in their nose, and two in a hundred people carry MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus).
According to the American Mosquito Control Association over one million people die from diseases transmitted by mosquito bites.
Insect Repellent Warnings
Medline Plus warns that breathing or swallowing DEET bug spray can cause poisoning. And even pyrethrins bug sprays can cause problems. We also learn that DEET is especially dangerous to small children.
Another term for hay fever is allergic rhinitis and, although hay and fever are in the name, most people are not allergic to hay and it does not cause a fever. Allergic rhinitis can make you feel miserable: sneezing, stuffy nose, red-itchy-watery eyes, headache, earache, fatigue, and more sneezing.
An allergic person has an immune system that mistakenly identifies pollens, molds, and pet dander as harmful offenders. In response, your body releases histamine, causing an inflammatory reaction. The sneezing, stuffiness, and watery eyes are evidence your body is trying to eliminate the offending allergens. Antihistamines work to cool the histamine reaction. Some foods and supplements with anti-inflammatory properties may help prevent or reduce symptoms.