Monday, February 22, 2010

Fatally Clean

Well, its been awhile since I have had the time to place fingers on keyboard but sometimes an issue raises its ugly head that just needs to be commented on.

This weekend while watching the one eyed god in the corner I was stunned to see an advert for a washing powder that not only blasted stains and impregnated clothes with floral smells, but also killed the crap out of any micro-organisms that resided there. All this at an economically sensible low temperature that not only saved you money but saved the world as well.

It was as they say the final straw that has led to this article.

Every day we are bombarded with adverts trying to persuade us to purchase a kaleidoscope of chemical weaponry to remove every living thing from our homes bar us and higher life forms such as pets.
Air fresheners, bleaches, disinfectants, cleaning products that not only remove stubborn stains but also kill all carbon based organisms forms as well.
Couple this with the other substance in our homes such as plastics, food additives, polishes, soap, deodorants, window cleaner etc, you begin to wonder why mankind is becoming so ill.

Think about this.

The human body cannot build up immunity to something unless it is exposed to it. The human immune system cannot get stronger unless it is exposed to contaminants. So how does it benefit our children and us if we bleach the living daylights out of everything, removing that exposure.
Seriously, you can tell the difference in our local school between the children who live on farms and those that live on a local estate. When a bug goes round as it inevitably does in these plague pits, the farm kids rarely if ever suffer. Spending your youth up to your elbows in crap has its benefits it seems.

You have to ask yourself why the medical profession hasn’t made its voice heard concerning advertising companies peddling paranoia about the unseen. A paranoia that is 99% counter productive to health of the nation.
There is a vast difference between a bar of soap and the chemical flame-throwers that we now use.
Also, on a side note, what happens when what we are trying to kill becomes immune to what is being used against it? NHS and MRSA anyone?

Secondly and most importantly is this.

When you buy a cleaning product it is tested and found safe for domestic use within reason. When you buy an air freshener, it is tested and presumably found to be safe for the home environment. All these products must go through these procedures before being allowed on a supermarket shelf.
Yet, what is not made publicly available is how these products will react with each other.

If you buy all this crap you are turning your home into one big chemical reactor.

You do not know how the chemicals in your surface cleaner will react with the fumes from your air freshener. You do not know how the chemicals given of by your carpet and plastics around your home will react with the components in your deodorant. I bet you do not even consider that what comes out of a spray can, or perfume dispenser must settle somewhere such as on plates, cups and food in the process mixing with all the other toxic garbage you’ve used.
Each week millions of people purchase millions of chemicals, go home and mix them all up without thought for the consequences.

As food for thought.

From Wikipedia.

“plasticizers like adipates and phthalates are often added to brittle plastics like polyvinyl chloride (PVC) to make them pliable enough for use in food packaging, children's toys and teethers, tubing, shower curtains and other items. Traces of these chemicals can leach out of the plastic when it comes into contact with food. Out of these concerns, the European Union has banned the use of DEHP (di-2-ethylhexyl phthalate), the most widely used plasticizer in PVC. Some compounds leaching from polystyrene food containers have been found to interfere with hormone functions and are suspected human carcinogens.”

This also makes interesting reading.

This country and others are now becoming more and more concerned with the increasing number of allergy sufferers and asthmatics. I think ‘How Clean Is My House?’ is a really big clue.


Kristie Conner said...

Great post! Appreciate your passion and energy. I wish everyone had has much in regards to topics like this one.

Quiet Mind said...

:) Thank you for your comment. It has been a while and on re-reading I think the post needs some editing.

Does me good to shake the rust off though.

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