The dangers of indoor chemical pollution
In 1962, Rachel Carson, scientist and ecologist, published an eye-opening work of non-fiction entitled Silent Spring, which described a near-futuristic society decimated by overuse of insecticides. The book not only so impressed President Kennedy that he introduced restrictions to regulate and curb the misuse of synthetic pesticides, but it was responsible for the banning of a widely-used pesticide, DDT.
Silent Spring, was, of course, viciously attacked by the chemical industry, which has an incomparable record of repeatedly demonstrating interests in profits over possible health consequences. Nonetheless, Carson charged on, even testifying before Congress in 1963, in which she called for new policies to protect human health, the food chain and the environment. (Rachel Carson died the next year after a long battle with breast cancer.)
Terrorists and enemies of the western world need not bother with trying to inflict chemical weapons upon us; we're allowing the real outlaws -- the chemical companies -- to kill us in all sorts of ways through mostly unregulated and unchecked indoor hazardous chemical exposure.
If you or someone you know suffer from headaches, fatigue, dizziness, lack of appetite, depression, anemia, hyperactivity or a host of other symptoms, the cause may be exposure to chemicals at work and in products used at home.
Everyone needs to develop a sense of awareness about what they're subjected to on a daily basis and -- especially at work -- demand that safety measures be established to minimize exposure to these hazards. Even if you may not be experiencing any adverse symptoms from chemicals, it's imperative that you educate yourself on the dangers that over-exposure to hazardous chemicals can have on your health. Just because you don't feel bad today that doesn't mean that you won't develop problems later on as chemicals that have been accumulating in your body slowly decimate your organs, glands, nervous system and even your bone marrow.
Beyond our own health concerns, the most important factor to realize is the skyrocketing rate at how much these indoor pollutants are used in nurseries and day care centers nationwide. Today, far more often than not, infants and children are subjected to a variety of chemical spray "air fresheners," chemical oil plug-ins and solid wick chemical fragrances, to name a few.
So there the babies lie and sleep; there the toddlers play; their developing lungs taking in a virtual toxic soup of vapors, fumes, sprays and mists. Could it be just a coincidence that since the introduction of so many chemicals into nurseries and day care centers, there also has been a skyrocketing rate of children diagnosed with ADHD, hyper-activity, learning disabilities and other behavior problems?
Moms-to-be who work in offices with a high rate of chemical fumes such as photocopiers may also be putting their babies at risk. As it is pointed out in the 'Photocopier' page, what Mom takes in, so does baby. Could this be a contributor not only to baby's future behavior problems, but also autism?
If you work in an office where photocopier fumes drift like the presence of a stale, dead ghost; if an exterminator has sprinkled moth balls in your attic to repel pests; if chemical "air fresheners" and chemical carpet "deodorizers" are used in your workplace, educate yourself not only with these products, but with your rights. And if you have a child in a nursery or day care -- even if it's only one day a week -- check out to see if any of these products are in place. And if they are, demand that the situation be corrected.
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You only have one body, and with it, just like your children, only one life to live. Nobody's going to take care of yourself but you, and nobody else but you is going to protect your children from these poisons. Make the most out of the precious gift of life:.
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