I put a lot of effort into choosing and preparing really healthy food for myself and my family, and try to make sure that everyone gets fresh air and whatever sunshine there may be. I know I am not alone in this but suspect that through a lack of awareness that there aren’t as many people as aware or as vigilant as to what creates a less than healthy home?
Although opening windows is not something we feel like doing through the cold and wet winter months, it is a good practice to get into whatever the weather as even just an hour a day can really help clear that stale polluted air.
We breathe in between 10,000 and 70,000 litres of air every day, so we really want to make sure its the best quality air we can get into our lungs. It may surprise you to know that indoor air is more polluted than outdoor air and as the average person now spends around 90% of their time indoors, its pretty important to think about the air quality in our homes. The air inside our homes is 2 to 5 times more polluted than the average street corner. This would explain why cancer patients have been recommended to spend at least 4 hours a day outside to help build healing and their immune systems. And please don’t fall for the ‘air freshener’ trick, those things are ladened with nasty carcinogenic toxic chemicals such as formaldehyde and petrochemicals, which are constantly being released into the air in your home that you breath in 24 - 7. If you want to add some lovely smells then try essential oils instead, they are much cheaper to use.
There is nothing quite like having a debilitating illness like Chronic Fatigue to make you review your lifestyle habits. I started slowly with this idea a number of years ago on a mission to do all I could to help my health and I have to say the 2 things that went first were the microwave and the cordless phones.
How you cook your food is as important as what food you choose to eat. As with most things there is a price to pay for the convenience. Cooking or re-heating food in a microwave actually changes its chemical structure and if you’re heating your food in plastic or paper than the carcinogens that then leach into the food are a major risk to your health.
Think carefully about everything you bring into your home. I’ve made a pact with myself that for the next 12 months I am focusing on slowly changing anything in my home that may be less than healthy for me and my family to be around. I’ve always veered towards organic paint with low or no VOC’s* and am currently replacing any melamine/wood chip type furniture, which I thought served us well from a practical point of view when the kids were young, but I now know that they contain formaldehyde and other lovely toxic chemicals, great for the kids bedroom? I don’t think so! It’s cheap furniture for a good reason, there goes that convenience thing again. If you want to keep costs down then buy wood second hand furniture and it paint it with organic paint or just use natural beeswax for a natural finish, it works a dream.
Many of us are becoming savvier about the link between cancer and mobile phones but fewer of us are aware of the dangers of having a cordless phone in the house. When I used it I could feel my ear and head heating up and wouldn’t let the kids use it for fear of what it was doing to their brains too. Even though it is less convenient, not being able to wander around the house talking on the telephone at least I now never lose it!
I am like the veritable canary in the cage down the mine. I can feel when I am in a home with Wifi and strong EMF as I start to get a very particular kind of headache.
There is a very good reason that the Council of Europe has recommended banning all mobile phones and Wifi in schools. The cordless phone and Wifi go hand in hand when emitting electrical pollution. Yes I still have old fashioned wires running all over my floor instead of Wifi, but to me this is preferably to living in a home where myself and my family are being constantly subjected to EMF waves. I know you can’t control all EMF waves especially if you live in close proximity to your neighbours but in my next blog I’ll give you some great tips on how to minimise your risk.
How to work with me:
If you found this article interesting and informative then please share with your friends and family. Signing up for my fortnightly blog can be done here:
*VOC’s are volatile organic compounds and the long-term health effects of having them in your home are still in question. They are suspected carcinogens and are certainly not great for the environment
References and related articles you may find of interest: