No I am not talking about terrorists. We've had them since Cain, and they will still be around after we are gone.
Let me name some that might drive you up a wall. But you can do something about them. I extracted these from National Geographic, October 2006, pages 134-135.
First though are your cars, etc. These I know from Detroit, and elsewhere. Newsmen tell people caught in their vehicle during snowstorm traffic to be sure and roll down a window and let in “pure" air to dilute the toxins percentage in the air. Automotive engineers advised me to always have a window at least cracked the year around. As you are driving along, and especially at traffic lights and stop signs the passenger cab is subject to greater loads of carbon monoxide, and sulfur compounds. When your car is parked all day in the sun the plastics in the dash and elsewhere may emit formaldehydes. Not pretty is it. But wait, the carbon monoxide and sulfur compounds are also being emitted into the air and help load it with toxins. Don't think so. Then ask your car salesman or mechanic if he will put your car in a free standing garage, close all the doors and windows to the garage, start the engine, and stay in there for any length of time, like an hour. Don't you try it for any length of time for you may be dead.
Now let us look in and around your house. These I took from National Geographic. Suppose we start with the bedroom and bathroom. PBDE's, polybrominated ethers, are found in foam pillows and mattress, carpet and carpet padding, chair cushions, hair dryer, television and computers, and pet beds. Antimicrobial soap, pet flea collars, and live flowers likely have pesticides. Phthalates are found in shower curtains, nail polish, shampoo, perfume, deodorants, lotion, soap, medicines, extension cords, vinyl wallpaper, and toothpaste.
How about the living room. Plastic baby bottles may have bisphenols. Pesticides may drift in the window, or be tracked inside. PFAs can be found in furniture fabric and microwave popcorn bags.
Ever wonder about your kitchen and dining room. There may be dioxins from fatty meat and dairy products. PCBs are possible from contaminated fish and game. Mercury can be found in contaminated fish. Bisphenols has been found in the lining of food cans.
What about the outdoors, your yard. Power plant emissions can drift into your yard and house if you live fairly near one. Pesticides can be from a neighbor or farm down the road or your own yard work. Old pressure treated wood may have arsenic and chromium in the wood. Lead may also be present in old paints.
Before you rush out and buy a tent and live in nature know that all these substances have limits on them. So let us look at one, carbon monoxide. The limit is 50 ppm in an eight hour period. That is a tiny amount. It is good. But realize this. Limits acknowledge that some, even though it may be very few, may die within those limits. Limits do not take into account health conditions of particular people. They cannot possibly address all health conditions. Nor do limits insure against incremental damage for either healthy people or those with health conditions. In addition to the good work OSHA and others have done, each individual, and each family, must add their own work for protection.
Cars can be handled by driving less, and rising gasoline prices may force that on us. When you go to your car after hours in the sun open doors and let it air out before getting in and starting the car. Keep a window cracked while driving or parked with the motor running.
Wear uv rated sunglasses for protecting eyes from possible cataracts, etc. Wear goggles when involved in any dusty work.
Go through the house and remove all chemical compounds from perfumes to strong cleaners that you can do without. Air the house out at least once a month by opening all doors and windows and maybe take a healthy walk around the block, summer and winter. When cleaning in the house with strong chemicals open doors and windows.
These are some things to think about and do for better health safety. Your family doctor, and others can give more good advice.
Have a healthy life !
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