Why Home Environment Matters
Everyday consumer products—including mattresses, toys, candles, cleaners and pans—often contain harmful chemicals that slough off and are readily absorbed into your body. These seemingly innocent products are part of the reason indoor air is typically two to five times (and even up to 100 times) more polluted than outdoor air, according to the EPA.
Further, chemicals can change how a person’s genes are expressed, which can adversely affect your health. Research shows that everyday chemicals, in quantities commonly found in many people, are linked to a wide range of health conditions, including ADHD, cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, infertility and thyroid disease.
“What is concerning is the increasing number of epidemiological studies showing associations between the concentration of these chemicals in the general population and adverse health end points,” says Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D., the director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, which is part of the National Institutes of Health.
In addition, the burden of environmentally induced cancer has been “grossly underestimated,” according to the President’s Cancer Panel. The panel added, “The American people—even before they are born—are bombarded continually with myriad combinations of these dangerous exposures.”