Careful with the chemical toxins that you use daily at home
By Penelope A. Domogo, MD
Can you imagine what life was like before roads reached our villages and before TV reached our homes? For us in Mountain Province, that would be before mid 1980s- there were roads but there was no television until electricity came in the mid 1980s and that was only in Bontoc. Although some villages still have no roads now, they have television or cellphones and the internet.
Before roads and television and cellphones and internet, people lived simply- eating what they produced, drinking spring water, breathing fresh air, walking to their farms or workplaces, mending torn clothes. In the 1960s, I can remember there was only one laundry bar soap, that was Perla, colored white and smelling like real soap, it was also our bath soap. We used burnt “gumang” (rice stalks) for conditioning shampoo – we placed in coconut shell and poured water into it and unto our hair. Those who were fortunate could access soil shampoo from the mountain. Later, I remember there were powdered detergents which were stronger, smelly and harsh on the hands- only two brands were there, Breeze and Tide. We also used toothpaste and the only brand I knew was Colgate. Except for these few chemicals from the factory, life was as natural as it could get. Those were the days.
Fast forward to 2019. There are more than 80,000 synthetic chemicals being produced by factories and there are at least “700 chemicals in our body that were not part of the human body chemistry before the 20th century” (the worldcounts.com). Many household products and personal care products contain harmful chemicals. For example, lead, although this is a natural element of the earth, it is a known carcinogen, if it accumulates in the body. Lead is found in almost 99% of cosmetics like lipsticks and hair dyes. Here are more examples.
Sodium lauryl sulfate can cause organ toxicity, lung and skin irritation. This is found in shampoos, soaps, dishwashing detergents, cleaning agents. Petrochemicals are found in many skincare and cosmetics, paints, textiles, etc. These are chemicals derived from petroleum and natural gas and can cause a lot of health problems. Petroleum jelly is a petrochemical and will suffocate your pores, thus the natural detoxifying ability of the body is hampered. Aluminum salts are the primary active ingredient in most underarm deodorants and has a possible link to breast cancer. Fragrance, which are synthetic scents found in almost all soaps, perfumes and all other things we use at home, can cause allergic reactions. Propane, a flammable gas commonly used as fuel for scented wall-plug-ins, can cause respiratory problems. Formaldehyde, present in most candles, air fresheners and in most building materials can cause cancer. Talc, which everybody loved in the past in baby powder, has been proven to cause ovarian cancer. This resulted in a famous multi-million lawsuit between Johnson and Johnson and an Australian woman.
The scary thing about all these toxins that we slather on our bodies and pour in our homes is that nobody is checking on their toxic effects, except for some concerned people and organizations who observe these after the disease is there. You google internet about these harmful chemicals and you will see why we should be alarmed.
These synthetic chemicals may not make you sick agad but they are absorbed in the skin, they are inhaled and absorbed inside and they can contaminate your hands and food so they get ingested. Our bodies are not designed to degrade all these toxins so these toxins accumulate over the years and later on manifest as a serious disease like cancer or other disease which we cannot understand and which there is no cure.
The good thing is that we don’t really need all these harmful chemicals. We have just been conditioned to think that these are desirable and “cool”. You don’t really need to make your clothes soft- they are not as hard as the bark that people used eons ago. We don’t need those synthetic perfumes- a newly-bathed person is so naturally fragrant. Foul body odors come from too much meat, milk, eggs- animal products. We don’t need a lot of detergent to wash our clothes and plates. Water is the best cleaner so if your dishes are not oily because you only boiled your vegetables, then just washing them with water is okay. Clothes don’t need a lot of soap especially if it is only sweat that is there. Before soap, people just washed clothes with water, and they didn’t get sick of anything. You don’t have to use a lot of toothpaste. We have been conditioned to think that bacteria or germs are bad. Nope, they are part of creation and they help digest our food, they make compost, they protect our skin and gut and many useful functions. God did not create them for nothing but for a good purpose. Let us not think we are better than God and try to eliminate those germs by using all those sanitizers, alcohol and supposedly germ-killing soaps. We cannot eliminate them, anyway.
Our homes and our gardens and our selves would be much healthier and happier if we eliminate all those synthetic harmful chemicals. So you ask, what will we use then? Good news! There are companies like Young Living, Human Nature, which give us organic personal care and household products. They are more expensive but then how much do we value our health? Changing our lifestyle to one that uses organic natural products is an investment in our health- for now and the future. Not only our individual health but that of our family, our community and Mother Earth.***
Psalm 104:24 “How many are your works, Lord! In your wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures.”