Everyday Killers

Contributing Writer
Jeffrey Barkstrom

A recent study of baby’s found that the average American baby had 280 chemicals inside of it at birth. Many of these chemicals are known hormone and DNA disrupters. How did this happen?

Unfortunately, the use of chemicals in clothing, fragrances and household products is almost entirely unregulated. The Environmental Protection Agency that was put in charge of looking at chemicals, only uses information provided by the chemical industry for its guidance.

That leaves us with over 80,000 unregulated chemicals that are added to everyday products that we wear, smell, sleep in and sit on. We have become human guinea pigs in the biggest experiment in human history. Since the 1970s, the amount of chemicals used in products has grown steadily each year. At the same time, the rates of breast cancer, autism and many other diseases have grown in lock step with the increased chemical usage.

The problems of chemicals are not just an exposure to one chemical. The risks increase with the exposure to multiple chemicals and their interactions. The average male in one day alone is exposed to over 20 chemicals in body care products alone. The average female is exposed to over 40.

One thing to look for and avoid when you see it on a product label is the word fragrance. Whenever a product says the word fragrance, it is a legal way to hid whatever kind of chemical is in the product. For example recently, a set of girls pajamas’s, bought from a national chain, were tested for chemicals by an outside lab. The lab found multiple chemicals that were know hormone and growth disrupters. They also found a chemical that was banned 30 years ago for causing cancer in children.

When looking for products, look for ones that are certified organic. Organic products are held to a higher standard than normal products. Products listed as natural don’t offer the same degree of protection, because the word natural has no legal definition.

Finally, if you are interested in learning more, check out https://stinkmovie.com for a documentary about chemical use in the United States, http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ for ratings of different cosmetics and come to office for a workshop or give us a call at 71-665-5015.

Jeffrey Barkstrom has been helping people with health and weight loss issues for more than 12 years. He has spoken at colleges, businesses, non-profits, national conferences and on television about the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. He currently practices at Barkstrom Acupuncture PC, Natural Health Improvement Center in Jamestown, NY. Learn more at www.barkstrom.net or at www.jamestowngazette.com.