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Tuesday, April 1, 2008

10 Everyday Pollution Solutions

Here are some easy to incorporate ways to reduce your intake of load of toxins.

  1. Use cast iron pans instead of nonstick. Read about Teflon health concerns.

  2. To avoid chemicals leaching into food, go easy on processed, canned or fast foods and never microwave plastic. Read about Bisphenol A, a toxic food-can lining ingredient associated with birth defects.

  3. Buy organic, or eat vegetables and fruit from the "Cleanest 12" list. Find out more about the "Dirty Dozen."

  4. Use iodized salt to combat chemical interference from the thyroid. Read about rocket fuel's effect on the thyroid.

  5. Seal outdoor wooden structures. Order a test kit to find out if your wooden deck, picnic table, or playset is leaching arsenic.
  6. Leave your shoes at the door. This cuts down on dust-bound pollutants in the home.
  7. Avoid perfume, cologne and products with added fragrance. Search for personal care
    that are fragrance-free, or check the products you're already using.
  8. Buy products with natural fibers, like cotton and wool, that are naturally fire resistant.
    Use our list of products and manufacturers to avoid the chemical flame retardant PBDE.
  9. Eat low-mercury fish like tilapia & pollock, rather than high-mercury choices like tuna &
    swordfish. Check our Safe Fish List to see which fish to avoid and what's safe to eat.
  10. Filter your water for drinking and cooking. How does your tap water stack up? Search our
    tap water database to see what you're drinking.

SOURCE: Environmental Working Group
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Judith said...

Great list, including a couple of things that are not usually mentioned such as wooden furniture leaching arsenic. I also really approve of number 7, the fragrance pollution. I find it quite nauseating at times, to be inundated with competing cheap pongs from soap, deodorant, shampoo, skin lotion etc. etc. Apparently they can readily detect fragrance in the snow in the Scandinavian Artic. Plus phthalates which are nasty are often used to fix the scents.

Susan & Scott Anderson said...

Thanks for stopping by Judith! I do agree with you about the #7..it instantly brings to mind one woman I come in contact with for work related purposes on occasion who wears a fragrance that is nauseating to me.

I have such little tolerance anymore for artificial scents these days…esp the so called air fresheners… besides the health implications, there really stink!

Zoli said...

Wonderful blog with great informations. Keep this blog up! Congratulation!

Susan & Scott Anderson said...

Thanks for visiting and the kind words!

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