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HOUSEHOLD PRODUCTS. FACTS. HEALTH ISSUES. (Health Letter – April 2012)

HAZARDOUS household products
HOUSEHOLDS. Health Issues. ASTHMA Statistics.
1. Approximately 20 million Americans have asthma.
2. The prevalence of asthma increased 75% from 1980-1994.

CHILDREN
1. Nine million U.S. children under 18 have been diagnosed with asthma.
2. Asthma is the most common serious chronic disease of childhood.
3. An average of one out of every 13 school-aged children has asthma.
4. Asthma is the third-ranking cause of hospitalization among children under 15.

AFRICAN AMERICANS
1. Asthma prevalence is 39% higher in African Americans than in Caucasians.
2. African Americans have highest asthma rates of any racial/ethnic group. Compared to Caucasians.

WOMEN
1. The prevalence of asthma in adult females was 42% greater than the rate in adult males according to a 2004 survey by the Center for Disease Control.

HOUSEHOLDS. Vulnerability of CHILDREN.ASTHMA and household cleaning
1. Children are highly vulnerable to chemical toxicants. Pound for pound of body weight children drink more water, eat more food and breathe more air than adults.
2. Carcinogenic and toxic exposures sustained early in life including prenatal exposures appear more likely to lead to disease than similar exposures encountered later.
3. Faster metabolisms in children speed up their absorption of contaminants.
4. Babies don’t excrete contaminants or store them away in fat in the same ways that adults do, making the poisons more available to affect rapidly growing bodies.
5. Children exposed in the womb are at greatest risk of all.

HOUSEHOLD CLEANERS and ASTHMA.
1. Common household cleaners and appliances give off fumes, which can potentially increase the risk of developing asthma in children.
2. Environmental exposures early in life, including the womb, may influence the development of wheezing and asthma.
3. Strong links have been found between the use of domestic and industrial cleaning products and the risk of asthma.
4. Using household cleaning sprays and air fresheners as little as once a week can raise the risk of developing asthma in adults.
asthma and toxic cleaning

ALL PURPOSE CLEANERS

Many all-purpose cleaners contain neurotoxins and nasal irritants that can be absorbed through the skin or inhaled. Synthetic solvents may cause hormone disruption. Maternal exposure to toxic chemicals during pregnancy can disrupt development or even cause the death of the fetus. Effects can include birth defects, low birth weight, biological dysfunctions, or psychological or behavioral deficits that become manifest as the child grows.

Sources: Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (1998). Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (1999); Scorecard (2007).

Butyl Cellosolve

(2-butoxyethanol, 2-butoxyethanol acetate or Ethylene glycol monobutyl ether)
Butyl cellosolve is a high volume chemical with production exceeding 1 million pounds annually.
  • The general population is exposed to 2-butoxyethanol and 2-butoxyethanol acetate mainly by breathing air or having skin contact with liquids, particularly household cleaners, which contain these compounds.
  • Butyl cellosolve is a toxic glycol ether chemical used in cleaning solutions. Material Safety Data Sheet reports potential irritation and tissue damage from inhalation, ingestion, cutaneous, and/or ocular exposure.
  • People who swallowed large amounts of cleaning agents containing Butyl cellosolve experienced breathing problems, low blood pressure, low levels of hemoglobin, acidic blood, and blood in the urine.
Butyl Cellosolve may be also contained in jewelry and electronics cleansers, all purpose cleaners, carpet stain removers.

 

Formaldehyde

Formaldehyde is a preservative found in many household products.
Formaldehyde is an anticipated carcinogen.
  • Low levels of formaldehyde cause irritation of the eyes, nose, throat, and skin.
  • People with asthma may be more sensitive to the effects of inhaled formaldehyde.
  • Drinking large amounts of formaldehyde can cause severe pain, vomiting, coma, and possible death.
  • In animal studies, rats developed nose cancer from formaldehyde.
Formaldehyde may be also contained in body washes, hand soaps, and baby products.

LAUNDRY DETERGENTS
toxic laundry detergents and health effect

 

Monoethanolamine (MEA)
  • Very hazardous irritants to eyes characterized by redness, watering, itchiness and inflammation.
  • Inhalation may produce severe irritation and tissue damage to eyes, mouth and respiratory tract.
  • Linked to ASTHMA.
  • Ingestion may cause chemical burns or mouth and esophagus, dizziness, vomiting & COMA.
  • Leads to kidney and liver damage.
  • Skin contact may produce pain, swelling and burns.
Monoethanolamine (MEA) may be also contained in all-purpose cleaners, window cleaners.

 

Sulfuric Acid
  • Low concentrations can cause dermatitis with repeated exposure.
  • High concentrations may cause redness, irritation and burns with prolonged skin contact.
  • Can cause severe irritation and burns, which may result in scarring to skin and eyes.
  • Can cause permanent blindness.
  • Extensive acid burns may result in DEATH.

 

AUTOMATIC DISHWASHER DETERGENTSAUTOMATIC DISHWASHER DETERGENTS hazardous Chlorine

 

Chlorine

Some products contain dry chlorine that is activated when it encounters water in the dish dishwasher. Chlorine fumes are released in the steam that leaks out of the dishwasher, and can cause eye irritation.

CARPET CLEANERS

Can be extremely toxic to children; who tend to play and crawl around on carpets. The fumes given off by carpet cleaners can cause cancer and liver damage.

Naphthalene

  • Possible human carcinogen found in moth balls and metal polishes.
  • Exposure to large amounts of napthalene may lead to hemolytic anemia.
  • Napthalene may cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, blood in the urine, and a yellow color to skin.
  • Mice that breathed naphthalene vapors daily for a lifetime developed lung tumors and some developed nose tumors.
Sources: Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (2005).

 

Bleach

The chemical known as hypochlorite in bleach causes more poisoning exposures than any other household cleaning substance.
  • May cause reproductive, endocrine, and immune system disorders.
Source: Annual Report of the American Association of Poison Control Centers’ National Poisoning and Exposure Database (2005).

 

DEGREASERS

Many degreasers contain petroleum distillates and butyl cellosolve.
  • Can damage lung tissues and dissolve fatty tissue surrounding nerve cells.
DRAIN CLEANERS
Often contain lye or sodium hydroxide
  • Strong caustic substances that cause severe corrosive damage to eyes, skin, mouth and stomach, and can be fatal if swallowed.
Also may be contained in vegetable rinses, baby products, hair sprays, skin creams.

 

GLASS CLEANERS
Ammonia
  • Exposure to high levels of ammonia in air may be irritating to your skin, eyes, throat, and lungs and cause coughing and burns.
  • Asthma sufferers may be more sensitive to breathing ammonia than others.
  • Swallowing concentrated solutions of ammonia can cause burns in your  mouth, throat, and stomach. Getting ammonia into the eyes can cause burns and even blindness.

 

OVEN CLEANERS

One of the most dangerous cleaning products, oven cleaners can cause severe damage to eyes, skin, mouth and throat.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry.

 

Sodium hydroxide
  • Very corrosive and can cause severe burns in all tissues that come in contact with it.

    CORROSIVE_FROM_TOOTH_PASTE

    Corrosive impact of a tooth paste

  • Odorless; thus, odor provides no warning of hazardous concentrations.
  • Inhalation of sodium hydroxide is immediately irritating to the respiratory tract.
  • Swelling or spasms of the larynx leading to upper-airway obstruction and asphyxia can occur after high-dose inhalation. Inflammation of the lungs and an accumulation of fluid in the lungs may also occur.
  • Cancer of the esophagus has been reported 15 to 40 years after the formation of corrosion-induced strictures.
  • Ingestion of solid or liquid forms of sodium hydroxide can cause spontaneous vomiting, chest and abdominal pain, and difficulty swallowing.
  • Corrosive injury to the mouth, throat, esophagus, and stomach is very rapid and may result in perforation, hemorrhage, and narrowing of the gastrointestinal tract.
  • Skin contact with sodium hydroxide can cause severe burns with deep ulcerations.
  • Sodium hydroxide contact with the eye may produce pain and irritation, and in severe cases, clouding of the eye and blindness.
  • Long-term exposure to sodium hydroxide in the air may lead to ulceration of the nasal passages and chronic skin irritation.
Sodium hydroxide may be also contained in all-purpose cleaners, stain removers, tooth pastes, disinfectants, water softeners, baby lotions, body soaps, teeth whiteners.

 

SCOURING CLEANERS

Some cleaners may contain sodium hydroxide (see above) or bleach that can irritate mucous membranes and cause LIVER AND KIDNEY DAMAGE.

 

SCALE OR LIME REMOVERS

These are products designed to remove mineral buildup like lime, scale and soap scum.
Source: ScienceLab.com.

Sulfamic Acid
  • Toxic to lungs and mucous membranes.
  • Direct skin contact with sulfamic acid is corrosive and causes irritation, dryness or burning.
  • Eye contact can result in corneal damage or blindness.
  • Inhalation of sulfamic acid will produce irritation to gastro-intestinal or respiratory tract with burning, sneezing or coughing.
  • Severe over exposure of sulfamic acid can produce lung damage, choking, unconsciousness or death.
Sulfamic acid may be also contained in dishwasher powders, coffee maker cleaners, scrubbing bubbles.

 

TOILET BOWL CLEANERS

Can contain chlorine and hydrochloric acid. Harmful to health simply by breathing during use.

Hydrochloride / Hydrochloric Acid (HCI)

  • Can cause severe damage to skin and eyes.
  • Brief exposure to low levels of HCI vapor causes throat irritation.
  • Exposure to higher levels of HCI can result in rapid breathing, narrowing of the bronchioles, blue coloring of the skin, accumulation of fluid in the lungs, and even death.
  • Exposure to even higher levels of HCI can cause swelling, spasm of the throat and suffocation.
  • Some people exposed to HCI may develop an inflammatory reaction called reactive airways dysfunction syndrome (RADS), a type of asthma caused by some irritating or corrosive substances.
  • Swallowing HCI causes severe corrosive injury to the lips, mouth, throat, esophagus, and stomach.
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  • Phthalates 1,4-Dioxane
  • Volatile organic cleaning compounds
  • Hydrochloric acid
  • Ammonia
  • Sodium hydroxide
  • Butyl cellosolve
  • Formaldehyde
  • Harmful fumes
  • and More
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  • Natural and naturally derived ingredients from sustainable sources
  • Packaging is free of bisphenol-A, phthalates, and toxic inks
  • Biodegradable surfactants
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  • No chlorine bleach, phosphates, nitrates, or borates
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Phthalates in Every-Day-Life Products: Safe or Not

I have known the fact of how dangerous phthalates are for quite a while. Watching it on the news today shook my peace, and I felt urgent to share facts about phthalates with you.” Nadya Tatsch

Phthalates are substances added to plastics to increase their flexibility, transparency, durability, and longevity.

phthalates in products

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How the Sun Affects Our Skin

Affect of Sun Bathing on Skin

Ultraviolet (UV) rays are the primary cause of accelerated aging, contributing to the discoloration, sagging and wrinkling that results from UV-induced damage to the surface of the skin as well as to the underlying collagen and elastin that give our skin firmness and structure.

We are exposed to UV radiation anytime we’re outdoors, even in winter or on cloudy days. Indoors, computers and fluorescent and halogen lights also add to our cumulative UV exposure. The amount of UV radiation reaching the earth is increasing each year as the ozone layer is depleted. Research shows that as UV radiation increases, so does the incidence of skin cancer, particularly life-threatening melanoma. And the combination of UV rays and environmental pollutants dramatically increases the total load of free radical attacks our bodies must cope with.

mountain and sun bathing affect on skin

Factors that Increase Risks of UV Exposure

Genetics. All types of skin cancer are much more common among individuals with lightly pigmented skin. Blondes and redheads are particularly vulnerable. And melanoma rates are 20 times higher in whites than in African Americans.

Time of Day. At noon, when the sun is overhead, UV radiation levels are 10 times greater than at either three hours before (9 A.M.) or three hours after (3 P.M.). An untanned person with fair skin can receive a mild sunburn in as little as 25 minutes at noon; at 3 P.M. the same person would have to stay in the sun for 2 hours to get the same level of exposure.

Geography. The sun’s rays get stronger as you get closer to the equator. Altitude is also a factor: exposure to UV radiation can increase by as much as 4% every 1,000 feet above sea level, putting mountain climbers, hikers, and skiers at higher risk.

Chronic Exposure. Most UV exposure occurs during everyday activities such as driving or walking to and from your car while running errands. Skin cancer occurs most often on the areas of the body most frequently exposed: the top of the head (particularly for those who are bald or have thinning hair), the nose, the tops of the ears, and the left arm and left side of the face among Americans who drive a lot (this risk factor shifts to the right side of the body in countries where you drive on the left side of the road). Some researchers theorize that the risk of getting age spots on the backs of your hands may correlate to the amount of time you spend driving with both hands on top of the steering wheel. Another important note: even someone sitting in the shade may still be exposed to one-quarter or more of the total UV radiation present. And up to 80% of the sun’s rays penetrate even dense cloud cover.

Apply UVA/UVB protection every day, indoors and out. Statistics prove that most UV exposure occurs when we’re not even thinking about it. Be sure to cover ALL areas of your body that will be exposed to the sun: remember the top of ears and forehead, bald spot, tops of feet when wearing sandals, and the back of neck and hands. The recommended daily precaution is SPF 15; use a higher SPF if you’ll be outdoors for two hours or longer.

Boost your skin’s natural defenses against environmental pollutants. Researchers agree that the same nutrients which protect your health also play a vital role in the vitality and appearance of your skin. Clinical studies show that Shaklee Vital Repair+™, the patented complex (U.S. Patent No. 6,036,946) integral to the Enfuselle skin care line, actually breaks each link in the chain of free radical damage on the surface of your skin.

How Do SPF 15 for Body and SPF 30 for Body Work?

Dermatologists know that an effective sunscreen must provide a high level of protection against ultraviolet radiation without irritating the skin. Enfuselle achieves that goal with two waterproof products to meet all your sun care needs. Quickly absorbed to lock in moisture without leaving a sticky finish. Ideal for sensitive skin.

Patented SPF formula (U.S. Patent No. 6,015,548) with broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protection shields skin from sun’s harmful rays to help prevent skin damage.

Patented Vital Repair+™ (U.S. Patent No. 6,036,946) breaks each link in the chain of free radical damage to defend against accelerated aging.

 By combining UVA and UVB sunscreen agents with the patented antioxidant protection of Vital Repair+™, Enfuselle SPF 15 for Body and SPF 30 for Body provide unique, patented, non-irritating and extremely effective sun protection while using the lowest levels of chemical sunscreens possible.

Shaklee Nutrition Therapy Skin Care System

Enfuselle: Nutrition Therapy Skin Care System

Clinical Proof

Extensive independent clinical testing has demonstrated:

• UVA and UVB (broad spectrum) protection helps inhibit the UV-induced accelerated loss of collagen and elastin.

• Provides both high-level and broad-spectrum UV protection without irritation.

• Very high protection against sunburn for blondes, redheads, and fairskinned persons.

• Diminishes the visible signs of aging such as fine lines and wrinkles.

• Oil free.

• Safe for sensitive skin.

• Waterproof and sweatproof.

• Won’t clog pores.

The Shaklee Unconditional Guarantee:

If for any reason a Shaklee product is not satisfactory, return it to your Shaklee Independent Distributor or Shaklee Corporation, or exchange or full refund. 

FAQ

What’s SPF?

SPF means sun protection factor. If you wear a sunscreen with an SPF of 15, you have 15 times the protection from the sun than you’d have if you weren’t wearing any sunscreen at all. In other words, if you would burn after 10 minutes in the sun with no protection, an SPF of 15 would allow you to stay in the sun for two and a half hours (10 minutes times SPF 15 = 150 minutes or two and a half hours) before burning. Keep in mind that you would still receive a burn! Sunscreens don’t give you license to stay forever in the sun. Also remember that sunscreens aren’t cumulative: if you combine a moisturizer with SPF 15 with a sunscreen product with SPF 15, your sun protection factor is still 15, not 30. Virtually all sunscreens protect against UVB radiation — in addition, some products screen out a small part of the UVA spectrum. Enfuselle’s patented sunscreen formula (U.S. Patent No. 6,015,548) provides broad-spectrum protection against both UVB and UV  radiation.

Why No Avobenzone?

A “new kid on the block” sunscreen ingredient, Avobenzone currently does NOT meet Shaklee’s strict standards for product stability — in fact, Avobenzone has shown a disturbing tendency to decompose when exposed to UV light …particularly unfortunate for a sunscreen! In addition to using low levels of chemical sunscreens,  Enfuselle’s patented formulas (U.S. Patent No. 6,015,548) provide broad-spectrum protection against UVA and UVB radiation without the need for Avobenzone. Additionally, the Enfuselle Time Repair A.M.™ SPF 15 incorporates ingredients that help screen out UVA wavelengths (zinc oxide and titanium dioxide). This means that these sunscreen products provide reliable, full protection against UV damage.

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