Did you know that asthma, birth defects, cancer, diabetes and infertility affect more than 100 million men, women and children? Scientific research shows that exposure to environmental contaminants may increase a person’s risk for these and other health concerns.
We are exposed to these contaminants by household products, the foods we eat, air pollution from vehicles or factories, hazardous waste sites and other sources.
There will need to be more research done to fully understand how all of these environmental contaminants affect human health, but there is enough evidence to show that we need better public policy to prevent exposing people to contaminants that are or may be harmful to people’s health.
We need to hold the government and industry accountable for protecting our health from environmental contaminants. While we work toward reform, we can take some simple actions to protect ourselves. We can use safer household products, eat organic foods or eat less pesticide-intensive food, and eliminate dust that may contain toxic residue.
We can’t just shop our way to a healthy environment. We need to make broader changes. We need to let our elected officials know that we want public health laws and regulations that protect us and our families. We need to become active in our communities, making sure our children’s schools are healthy places and that everyone has access to health care.
Things we can do:
Make your own cleaners
. It takes very basic ingredients to clean your house. Baking soda, Borax, Distilled white vinegar, Hydrogen peroxide, Lemons, Olive oil, Vegetable based soap, Washing soda are good choices. Here is a website for measurements and what cleaners to use for a particular job www.thegreenguide.com/home-garden/cleaning/diy-cleaners
Read your plastic bottles and labels. According to The Green Guide, it is best to avoid: Plastic #3 (found in some plastic wraps and food containers), Plastic #6 (found in Styrofoam, take out containers, Styrofoam cups, and egg cartons), Plastic #7 (found in some sport water bottles, some baby bottles, toddler drinking cups, 5 gallon water bottles).
It’s time for change. Let’s roll up our sleeves and get out there and get to work.
We invite you to look at the toolkit provided by the Women’s Health and Environment website. Please click on http://www.womenshealthandenvironment.org/article.php?list=type&type=64 for the tool kit. It is filled with very useful information on how to take a stand in changing the way we live in the world we have been given.
Have a wonderful and healthy spring.