PESTS THAT MAKE US SICK - PRODUCTS OF HOUSEHOLD CHEMICALS
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There are many common chemicals that we use or are exposed to in our daily lives. Over time, they wreak havoc on our health. Many of them are so deeply ingrained in our culture and lifestyle that you may never have thought about their safety or long-term health effects. One of the most insidious and harmful groups is what Anthony William calls "Household Chemicals". This collection of toxic chemicals affects each and every one of us. While we cannot always avoid exposure to these chemicals outside the home and around other people, the good news is that there is much we can do within the home environment to reduce or prevent them from entering our home and daily lives.
The disgusting nature of these toxic chemicals, which each of us has been exposed to throughout our lives and usually continues to be regularly exposed to in one way or another—for example, in offices, restaurants, doctors' offices, and public places or when we are around other people— means that each of us carries within us these toxins that must be cleared from the body. These insidious toxins do not leave the body on their own, not with the high-fat diets that almost everyone has been subjected to for most of their lives, and with the pathogens and other toxins that most of us carry around. You need to know exactly how to support your body and liver in the right way so that it can do the hard work of cleansing you of the toxins that are deep in your liver and cells. You will find this vital information in the pages of Anthony William's book Cleanse for Health .
Even if you don't believe you've been exposed to toxins, chemicals, or pathogens, or if you're not currently struggling with symptoms or conditions, your health will inevitably be affected in one way or another in the future. It is now almost impossible to avoid developing symptoms or conditions at some point in your life with everything we face these days. The way to prevent or reduce the risk of this, or the way to recover from already experienced symptoms or conditions, is to know how to properly cleanse and heal your body.
Household chemical products are only one group of the causes of problems that can make us sick. Let's look at the pests in this group:
- Air fresheners and aerosols
- Cologne and aftershave
- The usual cleaning products
- Ordinary hair dyes
- general detergents, fabric softeners and dryer sheets;
- Simple makeup
- Body lotions, creams, sprays, shower gels and deodorants with different fragrances
- Regular scented shampoos, conditioners, gels and other hair products
- Chemicals for dry cleaning
- Chemical nail products (such as polish, nail polish remover, glue)
- Contact air fresheners
- Scented candles
- Tan sprays
- Aromatic sprays
Below in the article you will find an excerpt from Anthony William's book "Cleaning for Health" which is specific to some of these household chemical products.
Air fresheners, scented candles, conventional detergents, fabric softeners, perfumes, colognes and aftershaves
"We all think it's normal and actually nice to be surrounded by synthetic chemicals with pleasant fragrances. Who does it really please? If no one actually likes the smell of cologne - neither the wearer nor the people around them, why so many people use it? Just five people wearing cologne in a room of a hundred people and the air will be saturated with the fragrance.
Do not underestimate the toxic levels of products in this category. Just because these products have scents that we've been taught to identify as pleasant, whether they're in our home or on our bodies, doesn't mean they're safe. These are some of the most dangerous chemicals that threaten our health.
For example, we think that by using an air freshener, we are creating a more pleasant environment. However, as soon as we activate the air freshener from the outlet, our sense of smell is instantly dulled. When you live in a home, work in an office, or other environment with an air freshener on that releases chemical-filled fumes into the air, you may not even be able to smell them anymore. After plugging them into the wall, many people forget the air fresheners are there and don't notice when they're done because the walls, bedding, pillows, furniture, vents, and blinds are saturated with its scent. And until we clear our sense of smell of that scent, it's almost impossible to smell anything else.
These chemically flavored and vaporized poisons harm the lungs – their waxy, oily residue accumulates in the lung alveoli. If you are a non-smoker but still love electric air fresheners, you would be better off ditching the air freshener and starting smoking. That's right - you actually have a better chance of long-term health and complication-free vitality if you smoke cigarettes than if you breathe in the fumes from electric air fresheners day in and day out. Does that give you a clear picture of things?
The oily film from air fresheners does not only affect the lungs, but also reaches the liver through the bloodstream. In addition, when we inhale it through the mouth, it also enters the intestinal tract, from where it enters the bloodstream and is again directed to the liver. Air freshener residues in this organ can reduce liver function. If a truly inquisitive surgeon were to open up the body of a patient who had lived for years in a space heavily saturated with air freshener, he would smell the aroma of the air freshener that had seeped into the patient's blood and cells.
The chemicals in synthetic fragrances can quickly lower the immune system. What does this mean? It means that when the chemicals enter the bloodstream, our natural killer cells - lymphocytes and other white blood cells - absorb them and this immediately weakens our immune cells and even kills some of them. Our white blood cells need clean, fresh, oxygenated blood. Under the influence of chemical aromas, their number decreases. Exposure to large doses of air fresheners, scented candles, colognes, perfumes or other similar odors can lead to reduced immunity after only 3-4 days. Pathogens can take advantage of this and "raise their heads" - especially because the chemicals in synthetic fragrances feed viruses and bacteria, causing them to multiply and make illness worse. A person who has a urinary tract infection, sinus infection, or sudden flare-ups of fibromyalgia , ME/CFS , lupus, multiple sclerosis , eczema, psoriasis , or Hashimoto's thyroiditis may experience another flare-up after exposure.
Turning on a device that emits the smell of wildflowers may sound like a great idea, but after all, these aren't real fragrances. They are synthetic, manufactured in a factory, invented by a group of people who try different smells in a laboratory and choose the one they like best. Bottled air fresheners and scented candles are just as harmful. Don't be fooled by the "natural fragrances" label. It's a tactic like listing "natural flavors" on a food's ingredient list to avoid mentioning MSG. It's hard to find an enclosed space these days that isn't saturated with chemical scents. When looking for a new home, it is difficult to find an apartment or a house where the walls are not permeated with artificial fragrances. We are exposed to them in stores, malls, hotels, restaurants, offices, homes of friends and relatives, and public restrooms. If you get into a taxi or rental car, there will most likely be a freshener inside. We inhale it even just by being around a person whose clothes smell of it - in addition to the scented laundry detergent, deodorant, shampoo, hair product, lotion, aftershave, cologne or perfume they use.
We live in a world where chemical sensitivities are becoming more common. This means that this exposure to chemical fragrances is a nightmare not only for people who already suffer from sensitivities; they create new cases of chemical sensitivities for people who previously had none. Years ago, it was older people who complained about smells, saying, "I need fresh air," "Can you put that fire out?", "Please close the window," "Close the front door - dust is coming in." or "I don't like the smell of this cologne". They were the ones who had lived long enough to become sentient. Now that is no longer the case. Younger people are rapidly developing actual chemical sensitivities due to everything they are exposed to and the complaints of the older generations are nothing compared to what the younger generations are facing today.
Don't let all this scare you and confuse you. While we're out and about, we can do our best to take steps to avoid these scents. For example, we can choose not to walk past the perfume counter in the department store; to buy bath, body and laundry products that are unscented or scented only with pure essential oils and to find an alternative to the corner coffee shop that burns scented candles. But since we can't always avoid them – we can't ask the person sitting next to us on the train to go home, take a shower and wash their clothes with unscented detergent – we should at least transform our own homes, cars and places where we spend extended time, in oases inaccessible to these smells. If we have a say in our workplace, it would be best to insist that no synthetic fragrances be used. And since there's no way to avoid absolutely all exposure, cleansing is essential so that we can continually rid ourselves of what we accumulate."Proper cleansing is critical for anyone living on this planet these days. Anthony William's Cleanse for Health is your guide to effective cleansing. It gives you the knowledge and tools to help your body heal itself. Your body loves you and wants to keep you alive and well – it just needs the right support. At its core, Cleansing for Health is not only a healing book, but also a book to empower you to fight back. To fight back effectively, you need to know the truth about what you're up against and how to overcome it. We believe you will find the answers on these pages.
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