Five Daily Toxic Exposures You May Not Know About.
Environmental toxins are all around us and are associated with almost all chronic disease we suffer from as a country! From cardiovascular disease, autism, ADD/ADHD, diabetes, obesity, cancers, hormone issues to chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia, you can find environmental toxins as a root cause. The following results are from actual patients I’ve seen! There are a lot of well-known toxins but let’s talk about a few you may not have thought about!
Dry cleaning contains 1-bromopropane, a known neurotoxin that can cause headaches, brain fog and decreased overall brain function. Airing out dry cleaning a few days before wearing it will help reduce your exposure.
Crumb rubber play grounds are made from used tires. Tires are produced with a chemical called 1-3 butadiene, a known carcinogen and has been linked to cardiovascular disease and cancer. Typically, any soft rubber potentially contains butadiene and will have a mild gasoline like odor. Many indoor and outdoor synthetic athletic fields contain crumb rubber as well. And we put this on children’s play grounds
Styrene is used in the manufacturing of plastics, building materials and car exhaust. Styrene exposure can cause muscle weakness, fatigue, nausea, and brain fog. Styrofoam cups are known to leach styrene into hot water, so ditch the Styrofoam cups! As well many buildings use Styrofoam insulation and can off gas styrene.
Benzene is a common solvent that is extremely toxic that is known to cause cancer, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, depression and even death! It’s common in many industrial processes, gasoline, glues, solvents, paints and car exhaust. Try and stay away from tobacco smoke and car exhaust. Make sure car exhaust is well ventilated and use the recycle air button on your car when you are stuck in traffic. Air out new furniture, painted rooms, or anything that contains any type of solvent.
PCBs are a thing of the past, but they are still common in our environment. PCBs were used as a non-conductive lubricant years ago. It’s common in people who flip houses that were built prior to the 1979. These older houses can contain PCB contaminated electronics and wiring. You must be aware of this if you are renovating or flipping any house older than 1979!
If you suffer from any of these symptoms or want to possibly prevent issues down the road, we make these environmental toxin tests available through our store and office.