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If only I had known

If only I had know

If only I had known

If only I had known. This statement comes from many people reaching out to me for help. Cancer and other health problems have come to the forefront of their lives.

One doctor mentioned recently to one of my clients that the toxins in the environment are the leading cause of the increase in ‘rare’ cancers, especially breast cancer.

Yet, there are three things we can do when it comes to the environmental toxins around us.

First – our lawns – everything put on the lawn can impact health. I personally have a well that is our water source. Because of this, we don’t use any chemicals on the lawn or near the home. The run-off can easily get into our shallow well.

This also means our lawn may be green but not because of grass. We have the healthiest weeds ever! I have a constant supply of dandelion greens for salad and roots for tea.

With Trixie running all over our land we have been very cautious to avoid toxic chemicals. Dogs are being diagnosed with cancers at an alarming rate also.

So, think twice about using chemicals – especially Round-Up or Weed Be Gone, on the lawn. The chemicals can be tracked into the home and babies can get them in their mouths from playing on the floor.

Second – Home Cleaners

I am not in favour of using vinegar for cleaning because of the smell, but I do have vinegar in my prepper supplies in case I need to revert to this process.

Instead, I use very safe effective cleaners. In the Treasures of Health Nutrition Manual, I have outlined all the hazards of cleaners in the home and the health affect this causes. This is not something to take for granted.

Numerous auto-immune issues, hormone disruption, and even endocrine disruptors are caused by home cleaners.

Yet, today there are numerous options for a clean safe home without costing too much.

As I mentioned vinegar and baking soda are perfect options and they are the least expensive option.

Branch Basics is a brand I have been using for the past year. I love condensed products that I can refill as needed. The dishwasher tablets are excellent. They also have the main concentration that can be made using the different bottles. Everything you need to replace dozens of toxic cleaning products. And the products are economical!

Third – Water Purifier Heavy metals are toxic to the body. Even cleaned water supplied by the county of your home will be repopulated with bacteria and toxins by the time it reaches your home. The land is being fertilized by human biosolids. Human biosolids are exactly what you are thinking. This includes pharmaceuticals and other chemicals. This leaches into our water supply.

To provide safe water for the family a good purifier is necessary.

There are good options on the market.

These filters remove:

  • Carcinogens
  • Heavy Metals
  • Lead
  • Arsenic
  • Fluoride
  • Chlorine (we are on a well, so this is not an issue)
  • Agricultural run-off (chemicals)
  • Bacteria


Three ways you can prayerfully never say “If I had only known” Because the more we are preventative the more we are enjoying our days.

Cancer grows for up to 20 years before it shows as a diagnosis. When we test regularly with blood work as I have shared numerous times and when we make sure to decrease the toxic load on our body, we are giving our body a break to prevent tumours a chance to thriving.

My personal goal to you is to help you finish this race well – to hear God tell you: Well Done!

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What’s in your Cleaning Products?

What's in your cleaning products?

What’s in your Cleaning Products?

What’s in your Cleaning Products?

When consumers buy commercial cleaning products, we expect them to do one thing: clean! We use a wide array of scents, soaps, detergents, bleaching agents, softeners, scourers, polishes, and specialized cleaners for bathrooms, glass, drains, and ovens to keep our homes sparkling and sweet-smelling.


But while the chemicals in cleaners foam, bleach, and disinfect to make our dishes, bathtubs and countertops gleaming and germ-free, many also contribute to indoor air pollution, are poisonous if ingested, and can be harmful if inhaled or touched. In fact, some cleaners are among the most toxic products found in the home.


In 2000, cleaning products were responsible for nearly 10% of all toxic exposures reported to U.S. Poison Control Centres, accounting for 206,636 calls. Of these, 120,434 exposures involved children under six, who can swallow or spill cleaners stored or left open inside the home.


Cleaning ingredients vary in the type of health hazard they pose. Some cause acute, or immediate hazards such as skin or respiratory irritation, watery eyes, or chemical burns, while others are associated with chronic, or long-term, effects such as cancer. The most acutely dangerous cleaning products are corrosive drain cleaners, oven cleaners, and acidic toilet bowl cleaners, according to Philip Dickey of the Washington Toxics Coalition.


Corrosive chemicals can cause severe burns on eyes, skin and, if ingested, on the throat and oesophagus. Ingredients with high acute toxicity include chlorine bleach and ammonia, which produce fumes that are highly irritating to eyes, nose, throat and lungs, and should not be used by people with asthma or lung or heart problems.  These two chemicals pose an added threat in that they can react with each other or other chemicals to form lung-damaging gases.


Combining products that contain chlorine and ammonia or ammonia and lye (in some oven cleaners) produces chloramine gases, while chlorine combined with acids (commonly used in toilet bowl cleaners) forms toxic chlorine gas. Fragrances added to many cleaners, most notably laundry detergents and fabric softeners, may cause acute effects such as respiratory irritation, headache, sneezing, and watery eyes in sensitive individuals or allergy and asthma sufferers.

The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health has found that one-third of the substances used in the fragrance industry are toxic. Other ingredients in cleaners may have low acute toxicity but contribute to long-term health effects, such as cancer or hormone disruption.


When these substances come into contact with nitrites, often present as undisclosed preservatives or contaminants, they react to form nitrosamines – carcinogens that readily penetrate the skin. 1,4-dioxane, another suspected carcinogen, may be present in cleaners made with ethoxylated alcohols. Butyl cellosolve (also known as ethylene glycol monobutyl ether), which may be neurotoxic (or cause damage to the brain and nervous system), is also present in some cleaners.


Chemicals that are so-called “hormone disruptors” can interfere with the body’s natural chemical messages, either by blocking or mimicking the actions of hormones. Possible health effects include decreased sperm counts, increased rates of male birth defects such as cryptorchidism (undescended testicles) and hypospadias (where the urethra is on the underside of the penis), and increased rates of some kinds of cancers.


The alkylphenol ethoxylates (APEs) used in some detergents and cleaners have been shown to mimic the hormone estrogen; one APE, p-nonylphenol, has caused estrogen-sensitive breast cancer cells to multiply in a test tube study.

What's in your cleaning products?


After bubbly cleaning liquids disappear down our drains, they are treated along with sewage and other waste water at municipal treatment plants, then discharged into nearby waterways. Most ingredients in chemical cleaners break down into harmless substances during treatment or soon afterward. Others, however, do not, threatening water quality or fish and other wildlife. In a May 2002 study of contaminants in stream water samples across the country, the U.S. Geological Survey found persistent detergent metabolites in 69% of streams tested. Sixty-six percent contained disinfectants.

The detergent metabolites the USGS detected were members of a class of chemicals called alkylphenol ethoxylates (APEs). APEs, which include nonylphenol ethoxylates and octylphenol ethoxylates, are surfactants, or “surface active agents” that are key to detergents’ effectiveness. They are added to some laundry detergents, disinfectants, laundry stain removers, and citrus cleaner/degreasers. When discharged in municipal waste water, nonylphenol ethoxylates and octylphenol ethoxylates break down into nonylphenol and octylphenol, which are more toxic and do not readily biodegrade in soil and water. APEs have been shown to mimic the hormone estrogen, and their presence in water may be harming the reproduction and survival of salmon and other fish. For example, in Britain, researcher John Sumpter discovered that male fish exposed to APEs in rivers were producing female egg-yolk proteins. APE pollution may be threatening fish in the U.S. as well, for octylphenol and nonylphenol were the detergent metabolites that the USGS detected in 69% of streams tested here. Such ubiquity may not bode well for humans, either: the APE p-nonylphenol has also caused estrogen-sensitive breast cancer cells to proliferate in test tubes.

Another famous water pollutant is phosphates, water-softening mineral additives that were once widely used in laundry detergents and other cleaners. When phosphates enter waterways, they act as a fertilizer, spawning overgrowth of algae. This overabundance of aquatic plant life eventually depletes the water’s oxygen supply, killing off fish and other organisms. Although many states have banned phosphates from laundry detergents and some other cleaners, they are still used in automatic dishwasher detergents.

Another environmental concern with cleaning products is that many use chemicals that are petroleum-based, contributing to the depletion of this non-renewable resource and increasing our nation’s dependence on imported oil.

The plastic bottles used to package cleaning products pose another environmental problem by contributing to the mounds of solid waste that must be landfilled, incinerated or, in not enough cases, recycled. Most cleaners are bottled in high-density polyethylene (HDPE, denoted by the #2 inside the recycling triangle) or polyethylene terephthalate (PETE, #1) which are accepted for recycling in a growing number of communities. However, some are bottled in polyvinyl chloride (PVC, #3). PVC, otherwise known as vinyl, is made from cancer-causing chemicals such as vinyl chloride, and it forms as a byproduct a potent carcinogen, dioxin, during production and incineration. As a final insult, most sanitation departments do not accept PVC for recycling; less than 1% of all PVC is recycled each year.

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Why the Demand for Environmentally-Friendly Products?

Why the Demand for Environmentally-Friendly Products?

Why the Demand for Environmentally-Friendly Cleaning Products and Services?

Environmentally-friendly cleaning creates healthier surroundings. Environmentally-friendly cleaning products help improve indoor air quality and reduce the health problems that traditional products cause.

Building occupants, visitors and cleaning staff experience fewer incidents of skin, eye and respiratory irritations or burns, allergies, multiple-chemical sensitivities, headaches, nausea or other gastrointestinal ailments, poisoning, cancer, reproductive hazards and/or damage to internal organs.

Healthier environments increase productivity and marketability. Healthier employees mean happier employees. Statistics show increased worker satisfaction, improved morale, reduced absenteeism, and increased productivity and efficiency. Employees and customers appreciate knowing that green practices and environmentally-friendly cleaning products are used in the building.

Going green helps you market your business as a socially conscious one. Green cleaning helps the earth. Implementing a green program can reduce the negative effect your cleaning and sanitary operations have on the environment. Using environmentally friendly cleaning products in the right manner helps decrease air pollution, water pollution, ozone depletion and global climate change.

Green practices also promote recycling, reduce the use of raw materials and minimize toxic products requiring disposal. Environmentally friendly cleaning reduces costs. Cleaning companies who are well-trained on environmentally-friendly cleaning practices and products can positively impact the facility’s budget.

An effective program can reduce costs to building management, tenants, and/or the cleaning company, including costs associated with sick leave, health care, productivity loss and litigation. In addition, environmentally friendly cleaning practitioners use energy-efficient equipment (e.g., vacuum cleaners) and perform preventative maintenance to reduce future expenses.

Why the Demand for Environmentally-Friendly Products?

The actual cost of environmentally-friendly cleaning products has become more competitive with the price of conventional counterparts, especially when other factors are considered in determining the true cost. For example, a conventional product that is extremely high in alkaline could burn a cleaner, which would result in additional medical and sick leave costs, and these increased operating costs may be passed on to the facility.

Going green increases the safety of the building and protects property values. While the crux of using environmentally-friendly cleaning products is about reducing health risks (for humans and other living things ), the process provides other benefits to the facility.

Green procedures, including proper use, storage and disposal of materials, actually reduce the likelihood and frequency of fires, explosions, spills and splashes. Environmentally-friendly cleaning products are less hazardous and reduce the risk that cleaners, the facility or an occupant will be harmed by the product.

An expert green cleaning company also trains their staff to use correctly diluted products and the right product for each job. This means, for example, that stains on carpets or upholstery are treated with the mildest, effective cleaner, thereby prolonging the life of expensive furnishings and reducing exposure to harsher chemicals. In addition, green programs focus on preventative practices that are environmentally friendly. Cleaning products can be used less frequently if the building stays cleaner to begin with, and well-maintained equipment is safer and works more efficiently.

If you desire to make your building more green, finding the right cleaning company will prove vital. Make sure that they don’t just boast of using environmentally -friendly cleaning products, but their entire approach to your facility should be considered.

The field of green cleaning continues to expand, and with the right partner, you can expect greater financial rewards and a happier, healthier environment for all.