How to protect yourself from toxins

I have the great privilege to still be friends with my girlfriends from high school. We’ve all grown up, learned new things, gotten married, survived heartbreak, moved around, had kids, tried different careers and learned a lot! I was having dinner with my wonderful friends G and B on Friday night and we started to talk about how you should begin to educate yourself around what you should and shouldn’t eat, the toxins you should avoid, etc. B has two little boys and she way saying that it feels stressful to try and work though all that stuff when you are busy, tired and working. We live in a time of immense education which can feel amazing and overwhelming at the same time.

I came across this CNN Health series around the ‘5 Toxics That Are Everywhere” which I thought did a really good job of breaking down some of the toxins we can try to avoid. We can’t be perfect – I think you’d have to live in a bubble! But taking small steps every day can make a huge difference. The 5 toxics the article discusses are:

  • BPA
  • Phthalates
  • PFOA — Perfluorooctanoic acid (also called C8)
  • Formaldehyde
  • PBDEs – Polybrominated diethyl ethers

Happy educating 🙂

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One response to this post.

  1. Hi – I applaud the idea of creating a safer home, and because there’s so much misinformation out there about Teflon, I’m not surprised there is concern. I’m a representative of DuPont though, and hope you’ll let me share some information with you and your readers so that everyone can make truly informed decisions.

    The “5 Toxins” article states that PFOA, a perfluorinated compound (PFC), causes cancer and is an EPA “chemical of concern.” It is important to note that no authoritative body has designated PFOA as a human carcinogen. In fact, the U.S. EPA concluded that it is premature to conclude that PFOA causes cancer. When the EPA announced the establishment of a “Chemicals of Concern” list, concurrent with its Chemical Action Plans, PFCs were not included on this list. For more information, please visit http://www2.dupont.com/PFOA2/en_US/pfoa_summary.html

    I’d truly be glad to share additional information if you are interested, and appreciate your consideration of this comment. Thanks, Ross.

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