We’re Not Getting Any Younger?

In a report put out by the Greater Boston Physicians for Social Responsibility, “Environmental Threats to Healthy Aging”, the authors have indicated ways to reduce exposure to some of the toxicants in our every day lives. – Exposures to some environmental chemicals can increase the risk of a number of different diseases, including chronic pain, chronic fatigue, inflammation, as well as diabetes, obesity, hypertension and the list goes on and on and when gathered from different resources it is mind-numbing at the least and can’t fit all in one blog.

There is some very clear direction in this same piece however on how to reduce the exposure to toxicants. It is suggested we take a multi-level approach to reducing exposure to toxic chemicals and substances such as pesticides, metals and solvents.

They first recommend you consider the following:
• Where you can be exposed – such as home, school, daycare facilities, workplace, and sadly to say hospitals and care facilities.
• How you can be exposed by food, air, water & soil
• When you can be exposed, including seasonally
• What products you purchase that may result in exposure – including cleaning, personal care, lawn and garden maintenance.

Here are some steps you can take to address major potential routes of exposure:
• Inventory your home for hazardous materials – including cleaning, maintenance, lawn, personal care, and pet care – Dispose of these products properly (call your local waste disposal company and/or landfill to confirm what and where you can legally dispose of them), and replace them with less-toxic (non-toxic) alternative products or processes. (Note a previous blog – Bleach is NOT a non-toxic alternative).
• Assess your drinking water quality and filter it as necessary. The appropriate approach to filtration will be determined by the actual contaminants found in your water source.
• Eliminate or reduce pesticide use in the home and lawns & gardens, or they recommend adopting an “Integrated Pest Management” approach that includes several different measures to prevent or eliminate pests.
• Reduce consumption and waste, recycle materials and always conserve energy.
• Last but not least, it is recommended that you work with the appropriate people to reduce the use of toxicants where you gather most often, including your workplace, school, community and care centers.

There are many ways we can take care of each other – We’re NOT getting any younger!


2 responses to this post.

  1. Glenda,
    Great food for thought in your article. I think it’s the “call to action” that sometimes we forget. Sure, many schools are recycling, but are they using non-toxic cleaners? What about the carpeting in the media center? I bet something’s hiding in there that isn’t pretty.


    • Posted by Glenda on July 14, 2010 at 6:42 am

      You’re right – The call to action really is to Bring Change to every venue in your life! Real, substantial change to protect your family, your co-workers and our environment. And I do work with and for the BEST company that will bring in safer, non-toxic products that can make a HUGE change in Your home and Our world! Only an email/phone call away! My hubby is the 5th-8th grade teacher at our small private school Pleasantview in Phoenix and I do all I can to keep these safer products in their cleaning supply closet! – One life at a time, right?


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