March 16, 2010

Health is a Choice – Environmental Choices

The human body is a self-repairing, self-regulating system that will maintain good health if we properly support it. Almost all chronic illness can be prevented or put into remission by making different choices.

On the physical level, these imbalances are brought about by making inappropriate choices regarding our diets, environment, and conscious behavior. So in this post, let’s look at our environmental choices. When we think environment, we sometimes think outside the house, but our home environment is one of the most important areas to look to make healthy choices.

During this century, we have introduced over 100,000 man-made chemicals into our environment. We have little information on how these operate in the human body and almost no information on what happens when combined. We do know that many of these chemicals are toxic and that some are carcinogenic (cancer causing).

According to a 15-year study presented at the Toronto Indoor Air Conference, women who work at home have a 54% higher death rate from cancer than those who work away from home. The study concluded that this was a direct result of the increased exposure to toxic chemicals, many of which are found in common household products.

Toxic chemicals are things our cells don’t need because they jam the cellular mechanisms and interfere with normal cell function. It’s not always possible to completely avoid toxins because we have polluted the entire planet.

However, it is possible to minimize our toxic exposures. Begin making different choices with the things you use on your body such as toothpaste, soap, shampoo, etc. Most of these products, when you research the ingredients, contain toxic ingredients. The toxins go through your skin, bio-accumulate in your tissues, and eventually cause cellular malfunction. Avoid fluoride, mineral oil, phthalates, parabens, talc, collagen, BHT, formaldehyde, isopropyl palmitate, lead, mercury just to name a few.

Buy products that are safe for you and safe for the planet.

Use environmentally safe household cleaners. Avoid solvents and toxic chemicals such as kerosene,  phenol,  cresol,  lye,  hydrochloric acid,  sulfuric acid,  sulfamic acid,  petroleum distillates,  ammonia,  sodium hydroxide, sodium bisulfate,  butyl cellosolve,  phosphoric acid,  ethoxylated alcohols, formaldehyde, phosphates chlorine bleach,  morpholine, crystalline silica.

I have helped many kids over the years with their asthma, simply by helping their parents make different choices with their laundry detergent. I showed them one called Fresh Laundry Concentrate that Dr. Doris Rapp recommends that is non-toxic and therefore safe to breathe in. Result – no more asthmatic attacks at night.

There are many things we can do to make different choices around our environment. This blog just scratched the surface on a few ways to avoid toxins. In the current marketing environment it is sometimes difficult to distinguish between hype and good information. Making solid health choices is more than ever about becoming educated and connecting with reliable and trusted sources.

For more information on healthy safe products, check out the healthy home section at

Next week I will cover the behavioral choices that we can make for our health.

Stay tuned.

Charlene Day

About the author 


I’m a Canadian, gluten-free, tai chi loving, great-grandmother. I live in Ontario and love helping people get healthy again.   I use all the experience I have gained in the almost 5 decades to help you live a life full of vitality with great clarity and focus.

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  1. Exposure to indoor air pollution has been linked to the development of everything from infections to asthma to lung cancer. It can also cause less serious side effects such as headaches, nasal congestion, nausea, fatigue and dry eyes. Having a good air purifier at our home and office can definitely save us from many health hazards.

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