The modern world is a chemical soup—and the impact it has on our kids is especially infuriating.
Children are exposed to thousands of chemicals every single day. This exposure can trigger allergies, rashes, and other serious complications.
And according to a recent report, presented at the World Congress of Dermatology late last year, these chemicals lurk in some unlikely places—including products that most parents assume to be perfectly safe…
From the medicine cabinet to the toy box
We all know that products not designed for children can put them at risk.
Just think of those brightly-colored detergent pods that look like candy to tiny eyes. Yes, there have been plenty of reports of children eating them (and no, not just because of those ridiculous “Tide PODS® challenges”).
But what you may not know is that they can also damage your skin. In fact, if these detergent pods explode, they can lead to serious burns.
Of course, even if you go out of your way to keep your kids out of the laundry room, that doesn’t guarantee their safety. Because the truth is, we just don’t know much about the chemical make-up of a lot of substances that make their way into children’s hands—much less, about the consequences they carry for kids’ health.
Even products pitched directly to children pose a danger. For instance, glittery temporary tattoos have actually been linked to allergic reactions—and in some cases, permanent skin damage. Yet you’ll be hard pressed to find details on allergens and irritants, even in medical products (like those Band-Aids® with cartoon characters on them).
Then you have popular “toys” like slime—which, as you may already know, is often made with Borax.
Borax is a common mineral-based household cleaner, so naturally, parents assume it’s safe. But here’s the thing: Excessive exposure can cause burns and vomiting.
To make matters worse, other ingredients (like glue and detergents) can strip the skin of its natural barrier and open the door to irritation and infections. Making slime—even the homemade kind—concerning…especially for kids who play with it often.
What we don’t know is hurting us
You’re not going to find a lot of information about risks like this in scientific journals. (Though consumer watchdogs have plenty of reports on record.)
So there’s a fair chance that even your pediatrician isn’t aware of the scope of the problem. Especially considering how slow mainstream medicine is to connect these dots. (They’d much rather dismiss them as unrelated factors and solve the problem with a prescription pad.)
But I know from experience how allergies (and I don’t just mean rashes, but the seasonal kind, too), asthma, and other seemingly unrelated conditions are all interconnected. (In fact, I wrote a whole book about it, called The Allergy and Asthma Cure.)
And you better believe that environmental toxins play a role, too.
Here’s the bottom line for me: When it comes down to it, we really don’t know what dangers lurk in everyday products—and what we don’t know is hurting us. Because the one thing we do know is that consumer products are a prime source of indoor pollution.
Chemicals from these products can contaminate the air of our homes, and potentially linger for years. These toxic, hormone-disrupting chemicals are tied to issues from asthma and birth defects to reproductive issues and cancer.
And there’s little question that these toxins are contributing to neurodevelopmental and behavioral problems in our kids, too. In other words, skin irritation is only the tip of the iceberg.
So you can see why it’s such a serious issue for me. And it should be for you, too, whether you have kids or not. Because the simple fact is that pollution poses a risk in every form—whether it’s slime or smog.
And as recent research shows, that risk is a potentially lethal one. Stay tuned for more on that tomorrow…
P.S. Find out how to protect yourself from these everyday toxins in the April 2019 issue of my monthly newsletter, Logical Health Alternatives (“Staying healthy in a polluted world: How to protect yourself against the dangerous toxins you come face-to-face with on a daily basis”). Subscribers have access to this and all of my past content—so click here to sign up today!
“Harmful Chemicals in Children’s Products.” Medscape Medical News, 06/14/2019. (medscape.com/viewarticle/914441)