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When I first start to think about having this website I have one thing that sticks in my mind the whole time, the experience that I have had many years ago. When you are living a situation that things are going bad day by day, and finally you are not in the situation any longer and you look at the past, the hard and difficult times, it seems that it didn’t happen to you. The pain is gone, all the things that used to bother you, are no longer a threat, it looks like it has happened to someone else, indeed. It still, you, one way or the other went through that hard time. You have to remember because if you want to take that as a face value, using that experience to learn and help anyone else to prevent it from happening to them, you have to remember, even if it is hard for you to cope with it again, to live it all over again in order for you to give someone that experience, to testify that in an awareness to everyone else on the planet. We assume that the products that we use in our home for cleaning and do anything else like to improve the place we live, are harmless. Think again. They are not harmless, on the contrary, they are deadly. Most of the popular household cleaners are very dangerously toxic.You hear a lot of stories about of diseases that people get from contact toxic chemicals that are very bad for your health. There is no Federal Regulations of chemicals in household products. Rebecca /Sutton, Ph.D., a senior scientist at the Environmental Working Group (EWG), explains, “In terms of household cleaners,  neither ingredients nor products must meet any sort of safety standards, nor in any testing data or notification required before we bringing a product to market. The average household contains about 62 toxic chemicals, say, environmental experts. We are exposed to them routinely. From the phthalates in synthetic fragrances to the noxious fumes in oven cleaners. Ingredients in common households products have been linked to asthma, cancer, reproductive disorders, hormones disruption and neurotoxicity. We can’t stop exposure to toxic chemical altogether, but we can reduce it if we want too. We can change the products that we use and use better and safe product that is made without the chemicals. We can also use products that we make at home, like DIY works and are definitely non-toxic and it will take care of the problem. Either way, the choice between one or another depending on availability of time, whatever suits the household, it will eliminate the use of the ones that are so harmful to you and your beloved family. You can also share this article and bring awareness about the use of toxic products to your friends and acquaintances. Why not? I did a lot of research. The solution for the problem was plain and simple, changing the way you live your life, your surroundings, etc… Take a look at under your sink in the bathrooms, take a look at under the sink in the kitchen, bedrooms, and everywhere in your garage also. Now, read the ingredients in the products that you use almost every day. Sometimes only couple times a month, they are harsh enough to hurt. I know that you think that the institutions that are in the government are supposed to watch all this stuff. Not really. They don’t. There are a lot of high interests involved and the ball will roll to the camp that pays better. I know that for a lot of people it is hard to believe that these organs are doing such thing. Check out for yourself and after that tell me about it… Down are 8 Hidden Toxins: Whats Lurking in your Cleaning Products, by Jessie Sholl/October 2011:

1. Phthalates

Found in: Many fragranced household products, such as air fresheners, dish soap, even toilet paper. Because of proprietary laws, companies don’t have to disclose what’s in their scents, so you won’t find phthalates on a label. If you see the word “fragrance” on a label, there’s good chance phthalate are present. Health Risks: Phthalates are known endocrine disruptors. Men with higher phthalate compounds in their blood had correspondingly reduced sperm counts, according to a 2003 study conducted by researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Harvard School of Public Health. Although exposure to phthalates mainly occurs through inhalation, it can also happen through skin contact with scented soaps, which is a significant problem, warns Alicia Stanton, MD, coauthor of Hormone Harmony (Healthy Life Library, 2009). Unlike the digestive system, the skin has no safeguards against toxins. Absorbed chemicals go straight to organs. Healthier Choice: When possible choose fragrance-free or all-natural organic products. Greer recommends bypassing aerosol or plug-in air fresheners and instead using essential oils or simply opening windows to freshen the air. Besides causing more serious effects like endocrine disruption, “Aerosol sprays and air fresheners can be a migraine and asthma triggers,” she says. Also, consider adding more plants to your home: They’re natural air detoxifiers.

2. Perchloroethylene or “PERC”

Found in: Dry-cleaning solutions, spot removers, and carpet and upholstery cleaners. Health Risks: Perc is a neurotoxin, according to the chief scientist of environmental protection for the New York Attorney General’s office. And the EPA classifies perc as a “possible carcinogen” as well. People who live in residential buildings where dry cleaners are located have reported dizziness, loss of coordination and other symptoms. While the EPA has ordered a phase-out of perc machines in residential buildings by 2020, California is going even further and plans to eliminate all use of perc by 2023 because of its suspected health risks. The route of exposure is most often inhalation: that telltale smell on clothes when they return from the dry cleaner, or the fumes that linger after cleaning carpets. Healthier Choice: Curtains, drapes, and clothes that are labeled “dry clean only” can be taken instead to a “wet cleaner,” which uses water-based technology rather than chemical solvents. The EPA recently recognized liquid carbon dioxide (CO2) as an environmentally preferable alternative to more toxic dry-cleaning solvents. Ask your dry cleaner which method they use. For a safer spot remover, look for a nontoxic brand like Ecover at a natural market, or rub undiluted castile soap directly on stains before washing.

3. Triclosan

Found in: Most liquid dishwashing detergents and hand soaps labeled “antibacterial.” Health Risks: Triclosan is an aggressive antibacterial agent that can promote the growth of drug-resistant bacteria. Explains Sutton: “The American Medical Association has found no evidence that these antimicrobials make us healthier or safer, and they’re particularly concerned because they don’t want us overusing antibacterial chemicals — that’s how microbes develop resistance, and not just to these [household antibacterials], but also to real antibiotics that we need.” Other studies have now found dangerous concentrations of triclosan in rivers and streams, where it is toxic to algae. The EPA is currently investigating whether triclosan may also disrupt endocrine (hormonal) function. It is a probable carcinogen. At press time, the agency was reviewing the safety of triclosan in consumer products. Healthier Choice: Use simple detergents and soaps with short ingredient lists, and avoid antibacterial products with triclosan for home use. If you’re hooked on hand sanitizer, choose one that is alcohol-based and without triclosan.

4. Quarternary Ammonium Compounds, or “QUATS”

Found in: Fabric softener liquids and sheets, most household cleaners labeled “antibacterial.” Health Risks: Quats are another type of antimicrobial, and thus pose the same problem as triclosan by helping breed antibiotic-resistant bacteria. They’re also a skin irritant; one 10-year study of contact dermatitis found quats to be one of the leading causes. According to Sutton, they’re also suspected as a culprit for respiratory disorders: “There’s evidence that even healthy people who are [exposed to quats] on a regular basis develop asthma as a result.” Healthier Choice: You don’t really need fabric softener or dryer sheets to soften clothes or get rid of static: Simple vinegar works just as well. “Vinegar is the natural fabric softener of choice for many reasons,” explains Karyn Siegel-Maier in her book The Naturally Clean Home (Storey Publishing, 2008). “Not only is it nontoxic, it also removes soap residue in the rinse cycle and helps to prevent static cling in the dryer.” White vinegar is your best choice for general cleaning; other types can stain. Alternatives to chemical disinfectants abound, including antibacterial, antifungal tea-tree oil. Mix a few drops of tea-tree oil and a tablespoon of vinegar with water in a spray bottle for a safe, germ killing, all-purpose cleaner. Add a couple of drops of lavender essential oil for scent.

5. 2-Butoxyethanol

Found in: Window, kitchen and multipurpose cleaners. Health Risks: 2-butoxyethanol is the key ingredient in many window cleaners and gives them their characteristic sweet smell. It belongs in the category of “glycol ethers,” a set of powerful solvents that don’t mess around. Law does not require 2-butoxyethanol to be listed on a product’s label. According to the EPA’s Web site, in addition to causing sore throats when inhaled, at high levels glycol ethers can also contribute to narcosis, pulmonary edema, and severe liver and kidney damage. Although the EPA sets a standard on 2-butoxyethanol for workplace safety, Sutton warns, “If you’re cleaning at home in a confined area, like an unventilated bathroom, you can actually end up getting 2-butoxyethanol in the air at levels that are higher than workplace safety standards.” Healthier Choice: Clean mirrors and windows with newspaper and diluted vinegar. For other kitchen tasks, stick to simple cleaning compounds like Bon Ami powder; it’s made from natural ingredients like ground feldspar and baking soda without the added bleach or fragrances found in most commercial cleaners. You can also make your own formulas with baking soda, vinegar, and essential oils. See the “DIY Cleaners” sidebar for a list of clean concoctions.

6. Ammonia

Found in: Polishing agents for bathroom fixtures, sinks, and jewelry; also in glass cleaner. Health Risks: Because ammonia evaporates and doesn’t leave streaks, it’s another common ingredient in commercial window cleaners. That sparkle has a price. “Ammonia is a powerful irritant,” says Donna Kasuska, a chemical engineer and president of ChemConscious, Inc., a risk-management consulting company. “It’s going to affect you right away. The people who will be really affected are those who have asthma, and elderly people with lung issues and breathing problems. It’s almost always inhaled. People who get a lot of ammonia exposure, like housekeepers, will often develop chronic bronchitis and asthma.” Ammonia can also create a poisonous gas if it’s mixed with bleach. Healthier Choice: Vodka. “It will produce a reflective shine on any metal or mirrored surface,” explains Lori Dennis, author of Green Interior Design (Allsworth Press, 2010). And toothpaste makes an outstanding silver polish.

7. Chlorine

Found in: Scouring powders, toilet bowl cleaners, mildew removers, laundry whiteners, household tap water. Health Risks: “With chlorine, we have so many avenues of exposure,” says Kasuska. “You’re getting exposed through fumes and possibly through the skin when you clean with it, but because it’s also in city water to get rid of bacteria, you’re also getting exposed when you take a shower or bath. The health risks from chlorine can be acute, and they can be chronic; it’s a respiratory irritant at an acute level. But the chronic effects are what people don’t realize: It may be a serious thyroid disrupter.” Healthier Choice: For scrubbing, stick to Bon Ami or baking soda. Toilet bowls can be cleaned with vinegar, and vinegar or borax powder both work well for whitening clothes. So does the chlorine-free oxygen bleach powder made by Biokleen? To reduce your exposure to chlorine through tap water, install filters on your kitchen sink and in the shower.

8. Sodium Hydroxide

Found in: Oven cleaners and drain openers. Health Risks: Otherwise known as lye, sodium hydroxide is extremely corrosive: If it touches your skin or gets in your eyes, it can cause severe burns. Routes of exposure are skin contact and inhalation. Inhaling sodium hydroxide can cause a sore throat that lasts for days. Healthier Choice: You can clean the grimiest oven with baking-soda paste — it just takes a little more time and elbow grease (see recipes in “DIY Cleaners” sidebar). Unclog drains with a mechanical “snake” tool, or try this approach from the Green Living Ideas Website: Pour a cup of baking soda and a cup of vinegar down the drain and plug it for 30 minutes. After the bubbles die down, run hot water down the drain to clear the debris.

Beware of Greenwashing

If a cleaning product at your supermarket proclaims itself “green,” “natural” or “biodegradable,” that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s nontoxic. In 2010 the environmental consulting firm TerraChoice Group produced a report called “The Sins of Greenwashing.” In it the group found more than 95 percent of so-called green consumer products had committed at least one “greenwashing sin,” like making an environmental claim that may be truthful but unimportant. “CFC-free,” for example, is a common one, since CFCs are banned by law. Donna Kasuska of ChemConscious offers this advice: “When gauging ecological claims, look for specifics. ‘Biodegradable in three to five days’ holds more meaning than ‘biodegradable,’ as most substances will eventually break down with enough time.”

DIY Cleaners

Clean your home safely — and cheaply — with the following recipes: • Basic sink cleanser — Combine ½ cup baking soda with six drops essential oil (such as lavender, rosemary, lemon, lime or orange). Rinse sink well with hot water. Sprinkle combination into the sink and pour ¼ cup vinegar over top. After the fizz settles, scrub with a damp sponge or cloth. Rinse again with hot water. (From The Naturally Clean Home, by Karyn Siegel-Maier.) • Oven cleanser — Put a heatproof dish filled with water in the oven. Turn on the heat to let the steam soften any baked-on grease. Once the oven is cool, apply a paste of equal parts salt, baking soda, and vinegar, and scrub. (From Super Natural Home, by Beth Greer.) • Bathroom mildew remover — Good ventilation helps prevent mildew and mold. When they do occur, make a spray with 2 cups of water and 1/4 teaspoon each of tea-tree and lavender oil. Shake first and spray on trouble spots. The oils break down the mildew so there’s no need to wipe it down. (From Green Interior Design, by Lori Dennis.) • Carpet shampoo — Mix 3 cups water, ¾ cup vegetable-based liquid soap, and 10 drops peppermint essential oil. Rub the foam into soiled areas with a damp sponge. Let dry thoroughly and then vacuum. (From The Naturally Clean Home.) • Laundry soap — Try “soap nuts” made from the dried fruit of the Chinese soapberry tree. Available in natural groceries and online, the reusable soap nuts come in a cotton sack that goes into the washing machine with clothes. • Dusting — Skip the furniture polishes. Instead, use a microfiber cloth. Made from synthetic fibers that are then split into hundreds of smaller microfibers, they capture dust more efficiently than regular rags. If necessary, a little olive oil makes a fine polishing agent.  has written about health for a variety of publications. She is also the author of Dirty Secret: A Daughter Comes Clean About Her Mother’s Compulsive Hoarding (Simon and Schuster/Gallery Books, 2010). Photography by John Mowers Thank you. Warmly! Luzia Soares.

Better life free of Chemicals

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When I first start https://green-approach.com, the main reason on my mind was a website with the purpose of help people about living a chemical free life. That idea was born from this huge desire that I have in my heart to warn people, protect them against to all the sicknesses that a life with chemical would bring to them.

I went ahead and did a lot of research trying to put together all the articles, all the products that we could replace to a good, organic, non-toxic, eco-friendly, ethical made, getting a wonderful start line of products that would bring back safety and health.  At the same time I want to also bring an awareness about animal cruelty, animal extinction, and everything else that comes from the same territory, poachers, hunters, environment, pollution, our beautiful, perfect planet are going to the total destruction if we don’t take action and fight for our rights and keep our Earth safe, so, the children of our children will be able to enjoy Nature the same way we do today, still do, fortunately.

I know that we have about over 200 chemical agents in our home, any given time, these agents are hurting every one of us in our family, big or small, it hurts people differently. We are different from each other. In a family of 5 people, every one of this family has totally different strength. One can have a very strong immune system, when the small one, the younger one, may have a weaker immune system. For example, if we are in a family of 5 different human beings that will react to a chemical solution in ways that we would never expect. So, the solution would be, just don’t have chemicals in the house at all. Just eliminate it. Remember, we react differently, but, we will be hurt one way or the other, because chemicals are not good for anyone, no matter how strong your system is.

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Ok, easily said than done. We are all people of habits. There are things in our life that we have gotten on the habit to do. It is difficult that all of a sudden we will change a lifetime of addictions and habits that have been in our life since we were kids, it has come from our parents home in the first place. We need to do it, definitely, but, maybe slowly, patiently, but, certainly, with a huge conviction because we know for sure what is good for us and our environment. We can try to ignore it, we can try to put it off. neglect, postpone, but, we do know that time is running out and we have to start sooner than later. We owe it to our kids and to the generations that are coming.

We have some research made by the EPA, Environmental Protection Agency,  that are getting our attention to the fact about how bad are the chemicals we have in our home! I really wish that you read it, and find out for yourself what is scientifically proved that the chemicals we have gotten in our nest are really bad. Let’s have a look and try to take that into consideration because this is a very serious business. Sometimes we don’t understand why some families have some sickness, and others don’t. We have to look at the whole picture. We can take me for example:

It was one time in my life that I was fighting cancer. Cervical and breast cancer. On the cervical issue, I have had 3 surgeries and it kept coming back and eventually I have to have a hysterectomy. I was still in the hospital recovering when my doctor has found out that I have a little, tiny lump in my breast.  Come to find out a few days later, still in the hospital recovering from the hysterectomy, when I was diagnosed with a lump in my breast that was cancer. So, going on realizing that I better start to eliminate or change dramatically my lifestyle. The lump in my breast was removed, and fortunately, it didn’t spread. It was 2002 and after my recovery, I have moved from Massachusetts to Charlotte, NC. in 2007, since then I haven’t been in a hospital, I mean, not for being that sick.

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I am cancer free for over 16  years. I don’t have a cold, I don’t have the flu. I pray and thank God every moment of my life that is very blessed because I follow his teachings and respect Nature, loving it with all my heart. I have all the chemicals out of my home, out of my life. I have changed my lifestyle much more after all these and will continue on this path. At least I am giving myself a chance to change my life for the better.

There is one thing that I urge you to keep your eyes open too, the big industry behind natural and organic products. You have to do your research and make sure there is a place that you can trust too. There will be places that don’t have what they claim to have. You know that are good people and bad people in this world. Unfortunately, we are not all good. Some people will, without remorse, use people to their advantage, I really don’t like to say it, but, it is true, and we would rather not have to say it, it really sickens me to know that some people do things just like that and ruin it to everyone…

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God doesn’t want us to be victims of malicious people that has no integrity, and he will make sure that you will find the right people to deal with. Pray, keep your eyes open, do research and you will be fine. I, myself, have a list of companies that are all legitimate and will help you with a lot of information about their products and making sure you will be safe. The answer is information. The companies that are transparent and legitimate, will have a lot of information. That will pick the good from the bad, period.

I know for sure that everything that God has put in this Earth it is an extension of him that is reflected in Nature. Nothing that the men make to have an easier and fast life, and cheaper for him is good. We have to celebrate Nature and thank God for all the miracles that we have on Earth. He is the smartest being in the Universe, and men know nothing. The only thing that men know is breaking God’s law and destroy the perfection of Creation. When we protect the animals, Nature the way God has created, we are respecting God. God is Nature.

Thank you so much for coming to know my website. If you need anything, make any suggestion, and tell me anything that can help, I am here to listen to you and would love to hear your opinion immensely. Please, let us know what do you think, and what do you need?

Warmly!

Luzia Soares.

Let’s celebrate Life and thank God for all he’s Miracles. Amen!!!

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8 Shockingly Common Home Pollution Dangers

If you thought the secondhand smoke was a problem, wait until you read this.
By Cliff Weathers / AlterNet January 23, 2015, 10:31 AM GMT
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The Environmental Protection Agency says the air we breathe indoors can be up to five times more polluted than the air outside. And that is largely our fault as we unwittingly introduce products into our home that diminish the quality of our air. While we may know that secondhand smoke, radon gas and molds impair our indoor air quality, many sources of indoor air pollution aren’t so obvious.

Here are eight that might surprise you.

1. Candles. As much as you may appreciate the atmosphere they create, candles can fill up your home with harmful gases and sediments. It doesn’t always matter whether the candle is paraffin, vegetable oil, soy or beeswax based. During combustion, all candles release some soot carbon particles that become airborne and can lead to respiratory problems.

Paraffin comes with its own problems. It’s a byproduct of petroleum, coal or shale that’s whitened in industrial-strength bleach that infuses it with dioxins. Another chemical, acrolein, a compound linked to the risk of lung cancer from cigarette smoke, is added to the wax as a solidifying agent.

While the candle industry insists that the final product is inert, studies have shown that burning paraffin candles can release high amounts of benzene and toluene — both known carcinogens — into the atmosphere. And even if you buy a high-end candle, it doesn’t make it any safer. Candles from retailers like Bed, Bath & Beyond, Yankee Candle Store and Crate & Barrel are mostly made from paraffin.

Add to the mix the artificial dyes and synthetic fragrances often used in candles, especially those for aromatherapy. The recipe varies from candle to candle, but the fragrances and dyes often contain toxic plasticizers and solvents.

If you can’t live without your candles, consider those made of beeswax or vegetable oils, and with natural dyes and perfumes.

2. Dryer Sheets. Few scents are as comforting as warm laundry pulled from the dryer, thanks to the olfactory magic of fabric softener sheets. But have you ever wondered what’s in those dryer sheets? That waxy feeling when you touch them is a surfactant compound that coats your clothes to keep them soft. The compound is also positively charged, which helps remove static. It’s often comprised of a mixture of quaternary ammonium salt (which is linked to asthma), silicon oil or stearic acid (derived from animal fat). When these ingredients heat in the dryer, they liquefy, coating the clothes. In essence, your fabrics aren’t really softer—they’re just coated with a fatty film to make you think they are.

Along with the surfactant are fragrances which contain toxins and get into the air when released from dryer vent emissions. Because the fragrances manufacturers use are trade secrets, consumers have no way of knowing what they contain. Federal laws require only that cleaning products list the ingredients that are active disinfectants or known to pose hazards.

A study published in the August 2011 issue of the journal Air Quality, Atmosphere and Health, shows that scented laundry items often contain numerous carcinogens and toxins not listed on the packaging, including acetaldehyde and benzene. The University of Washington researchers called the air vented from machines that used scented laundry detergent and dryer sheets toxic.

It’s probably best to ditch the dryer sheets altogether. But if you insist on using them, stick with the less toxic options. Seventh Generation makes dryer sheets that contain no fragrances or masking agents. The company also discloses all the ingredients of the sheets, which includes a plant-derived softening agent.

3. Carpets. As much as you may love that “new carpet smell,” that famous scent is actually the off-gassing of hazardous volatile organic compounds (VOCs) including toluene, bromine, benzene, formaldehyde, ethyl benzene, styrene, and acetone. Routine exposure to these chemicals are known to cause headaches, throat and eye irritation, allergies, confusion, and drowsiness. Synthetic carpets that contain nylon and olefin fibers are typically the worst offenders.

Regular exposure to significant levels of these toxins can pose long-term problems, including learning and memory impairment, birth defects, decreased fertility, and diseases of the liver, thyroid, ovaries, kidneys, and blood. Benzene is a well-known human carcinogen and formaldehyde is a probable human carcinogen. Some new carpets also contain the moth-proofing chemical naphthalene, which is known to produce toxic reactions, especially in newborns. Also found in some carpets is p-Dichlorobenzene, a carcinogen also known to produce fetal abnormalities when tested on animals.

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But it’s not just new carpets that cause a problem. While older carpets no longer off-gas these chemicals, dust mites and their droppings begin to permeate the nap over time. The droppings cause severe allergic reactions in many people, and researchers are just beginning to correlate dust mite exposure to asthma. Household dust can also have high levels of lead, as the heavy metal still permeates our soil from the days of leaded paint and gasoline. We also add toxins into our carpets when we walk on them with our shoes, tracking in contaminated dirt and pesticides from the outdoors. Almost any toxic substance we use at home, from paints to bug sprays, to candle or fireplace soot, can settle into carpet fibers and later spread into the air.

Consider investing in a quality HEPA vacuum cleaner that can help remove many of the toxins without throwing them back into the air. You can also buy carpeting certified “Green Label Plus” by the Carpet and Rug Institute, which evaluates carpeting for low emissions of VOCs.

4. Kitchen Stove. We’re not advocating getting rid of your range, but a poorly ventilated kitchen can cause a great amount of air pollution in your house, regardless if you’re a culinary whiz or not.

Gas stoves are particularly worrisome as they emit more nitrogen dioxide, a highly reactive gas that’s created when fuel is burned at high temperatures. Nitrogen dioxide, a strong oxidizing agent, mixes with the air to create nitric acid and toxic organic nitrates. These can irritate the lungs and lower resistance to respiratory infections such as influenza. Frequent exposure to higher concentrations than normally found in ambient air may cause acute respiratory illnesses in children, according to the EPA.

The solution to minimizing exposure to nitrogen dioxide is simple. Make sure the kitchen is well ventilated during cooking and for several minutes after. Investing in a high-quality ventilation fan, particularly a range hood, can greatly improve air quality. You should use ventilation whenever you’re cooking, not just for those times you burn something. If fan ventilation isn’t possible, as in some apartments, try to cook with nearby windows open.

5. Cleaning Products. Cleaning your home is important to air quality, as it removes dust, mold and other particulates from the air. However, many conventional household cleaning products often include harmful chemicals.

Even cleaners labeled “green” or “organic” may contain ingredients that can cause health problems. Notably, natural citrus fragrances can react with the air to produce dangerous pollutants indoors.

But conventional cleaning products are still far worse, as they may contain alcohol, chlorine, ammonia or petroleum-based solvents, all which can have negative effects on health, irritating the eyes or the throat or causing headaches. Some cleaning products release dangerous chemicals, including VOCs that can contribute to chronic respiratory problems and exacerbate allergies, asthma and other respiratory illnesses. Products containing VOCs include most aerosol sprays, chlorine bleach, rug and upholstery cleaners, furniture and floor polish, and oven cleaners.

Chlorine bleach is particularly nasty. Mixing it with an acidic cleaner like ammonia or vinegar can create chlorine gas (yes, the same gas used in chemical warfare) which can cause immediate health problems, even death when inhaled.

If you want to keep your air clean while you clean, consider using less toxic, less expensive products such as hydrogen peroxide (for sanitizing, stain removal and bleaching), tea tree oil and water (for mold removal and as a disinfectant), and white vinegar (for cleaning glass, counters and tile).

These common household items work just as well as the high-end green cleaning products, if not better.

6. Paint. Even if you haven’t painted a room in years, the paint on the walls can still do some damage to your lungs, even your brain for that matter. People living in older homes may still have walls coated in lead paint, which was banned in the late 1970s. Lead can still be a powerful neurotoxin even decades after a room is painted, as the paint continues to chip, peel and flake off surfaces. Many of these chips break down and are pulverized to microscopic pieces that become part of the interior dust you breathe. If you’re worried about lead paint in an older dwelling, you should contact a licensed paint contractor to help you find ways of mitigating your exposure.

Newer paints also create some health risks in the home as many of them contain VOCs and can off-gas for weeks, even months after a room is coated. The short-term risks of these paint fumes are headaches, dizziness, nausea, asthma exacerbation, fatigue, skin allergies, confusion, and memory impairment.

When buying paint, look for brands that have lower levels of VOCs. Low-VOC and zero-VOC paints are just as good as standard interior and exterior paints. They also tend to dry much more quickly and they’re far better for you and the environment.

7. Air Fresheners. While they may cover up bad odors, air fresheners can actually make indoor air much worse by emitting toxic pollutants at levels that may lead to health risks. Many clean-air advocates compare their toxicity to that of secondhand smoke.

There’s plenty of research to back up those claims. Scientists at the UC Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory discovered that many top-selling fresheners contain significant amounts of ethylene-based glycol ethers, which are known to create neurological and blood effects, including fatigue, nausea, tremor, and anemia. These ethers are classified as hazardous air pollutants by the EPA and California Air Resources Board.

Many air fresheners also contain phthalates, a common family of household chemicals often used to soften plastics. You’ll find phthalates in many plastic household products and toys, but they’re also used in air fresheners to support the fragrance. As the manufacturers of air fresheners don’t need to disclose all their ingredients, it’s difficult to pinpoint which products contain them. Phthalates are known endocrine disruptors and can be specifically harmful to infants and children who do not have developed endocrine systems. Phthalates have notable effects on the developing male sex organs and are linked to abnormally developed male genitalia, poor semen quality, and low testosterone levels.

8. Air Purifiers. Knowing that the air in a home may contain dangerous pollutants, consumers have invested in air purifiers to remove the toxins. However, some air purifiers release large amounts of ozone into the atmosphere, which has a pleasant, sweet scent (similar to what you might smell after a thunderstorm).

Consumers shouldn’t be fooled by what their noses tell them; ozone is a potent lung irritant and consistent exposure to it has been linked to the exacerbation of chronic lung diseases like COPD and asthma. It can also be harmful to infants, even scarring their lungs during early development.

About a decade ago, Consumer Reports found that some popular air purifiers, notably those made by Sharper Image, released unhealthy amounts of ozone into the atmosphere. Since that time, the EPA has warned against using ozone emitters as air purifiers and California Air Resources Board has banned air purification systems that emit high amounts of ozone. However, you’ll still see some of these air purifiers for sale online and in stores.

This is not to say all air purifiers are bad; many actually do a great job at removing air contaminants and protecting your health. If you’re interested in buying an air purifier, we recommend you use Good Housekeeping’s guide to help you with your decision.

Cliff Weathers is a former senior editor at AlterNet and served as a deputy editor at Consumer Reports. Twitter @cliffweathers.

Thank you for your attention…

Warmly!

Luzia Soares.

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Your face, like any part of your body, needs one crucial thing to behave the right way: NUTRITION. It’s all that we are about, be fed, be healthy, and that we get putting the right vitamins, minerals, etc… in our body. Over the years that have passed by, men have learned all the secrets about how to feed our body, how to combine nutrients, like vitamins, minerals, and any nutrients that our body needs to operate well turning out to be healthy and beautiful. Even knowing all these major information, we are still somehow neglecting our body of their important necessities. We still won’t give our body the utmost NUTRITION, that we really needed.

Top of that, these vitamins, minerals and all that should be done the right way. You have to know what the quantity, the quality, the interaction between one and another.  The whole process that it is done, have to be supervised by someone that knows the process well. Even the light depending on the nutrients, that would be a piece of major information that if you don’t have it, it should interfere with the way the potency of that particular nutrient works. Really this is not such a big obstacle. You can find where you can get these supplements, these superfoods, and skin care and everything that you are looking for with someone that works at that place will help to accommodate your needs and concerns, hopefully…

You don’t need to be a scientist to be able to get some crucial supplements and solutions in your body.  Usually, the places that you get these important solutions will definitely have a person that will orient you, indeed.

So, I have some good news. There are places that have what you need, for the part of your body that you need to nourish without all these skills that give the ability to figure out the science behind the simple act of get to nourish your body with the right nutrition, taking advantage of all the benefits that Supplements, Superfoods, and the right Skin Care, etc…  will have your body working in their prime, no matter how old you are. We are what we eat. I always believe that faithfully.

There is in this huge planet and universe, good people that are thriving to do the right thing. People that are sensitive to other people’s pain and suffering you can obviously believe that with your heart.

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I am my Healthy Advocate. I ask questions when I am across the desk from my doctor. Whatever doctor that there is, they are human beings, just like I am. They can also make mistakes and sometimes be arrogant, thinking that they know everything and I don’t know anything. I will not allow anyone to do that to me. I respect the years they have spent learning what there is to learn about the trade. But, one of the most important thing about learning anything, it is to know that you will never, ever know everything about anything.

Sometimes you can learn very important matters from someone that has never been in school in the first place. When we are willing to respect that, we are ready to be helping someone that needs our help. Drop the Almighty attitude, and come down from the Pedestal. Join me!

For over a year I have done all the research you can think about how to nourish your body-mind, and soul. I have a huge amount of information in the best way we can. I confess that I still have to learn more. About the right place to go, about the best-done products that are there to get. Being sure that I will be dealing with the right people, honestly, transparent, that knows a lot about the subject.

 

I also invite you to help, if you do have any information that will help with our research and clear things up, leading us to the right place, that will be welcome, anytime. indeed. I know, for sure, that we need our body, mind, and soul well to continue to go on this journey. I do have with me one conviction that we do need to nourish our body, mind, and soul to be able to go on with our life helping every living soul that needs it, just like we do. God has given us all the tools in order for us to be well enough to thrive on this planet and universe feeling our best and helping each other to get to the top. Not really in a selfish way, but sharing everything without exception. Being there for everyone.

God put NATURE to serve us, all of us.extension, just the way it was,  clean of chemicals and raw as it is. Everything we need, it is here. Let’s thank God for that and use it wisely. During my research I have found out about these brands that are excellent, made to perfection, with the best ingredients, nutrients, organically grown with all the specifics respect with NATURE, recyclability, no animals hurt in any process that follow the making of these wonderful products that is in accordance with  all the orders of humanity every step of the way!

You will find at the website, green-approach.com, all the Brands that you need to click on and get what you need. I would advise you to read the information, which I have in abundance, for your own good of so you will be able to make a clear decision. Please click on it and find out all about the supplements, superfoods, and solutions for your body that will help to keep your body, mind, and soul healthy and ready for thriving everyday respecting what has given to us to keep healthy and ready, indeed, my friend. If you need anything, please write back and let me know. Also, if you are looking for products to clean your home, for decor, or anything at all, please be free to browse around and take your time. If anything still is not clear enough for you, please let me know. I will be happy to assist you in any way I can. Please, leave a comment and let me know what is in your mind.

Thank you so much!

Warmly!

Luzia Soares.