Your House May Be Trying to Kill You: Threats Within Your Home

Threats Within Your Home

Growing up, you’re always told to be wary of strangers, drive carefully, don’t jump in front of trains or from the tops of tall buildings, and swimming in water with a strong undercurrent might be a bad idea.  

So many external dangers loom, but what if the biggest threats lurk inside your home?  

I started reading about canned tomatoes, and it spiraled into chemicals, toxins, pesticides. Now I’m fairly certain I should pack myself an organic lunch and live in a cave somewhere because my home will probably be the death of me. 

Here are just a few of the worst offenders:

Canned Tomatoes

Canned Tomatoes have a lining in the can that contains bisphenol-A (BPA). We all know how bad BPA is (but just in case you don’t, think cancers, infertility, miscarriage, heart disease). Learning this made me sad because I like the convenience of cooking canned tomatoes. But now I’m too scared.  

Plastics

Plastics also contain the dreaded BPA. Even products containing alternatives to BPA might not be safer and may still leach chemicals. Frightening. My solution is glass and more glass for food storage.

Non-Stick Cooking Pans

These pans often contain perfluorinated compounds (PFCs), which are linked to numerous cancers and lower birth weights. I promptly donated mine to Goodwill and purchased stainless steel. Although I did feel some guilt… like I was passing along something toxic to other people by donating…

Deodorant

Not something you might think about!? But aluminum is an ingredient in most deodorants, and aluminum can be toxic at certain levels and has also been linked to Alzheimer’s. 

Luckily, there are aluminum-free deodorant brands. Interestingly, it takes the body some time to adjust to the difference). Reducing exposure to aluminum overall would be the ultimate goal. 

Sunscreen

The more I read about sunscreen, the more alarmed I am. Not only that, I become more irritated that the FDA does not regulate sunscreen at all. Sunscreen has not been shown to prevent skin cancer, and there is even some evidence that sunscreen use can increase the risk of melanoma. WHAT?! One report shows that 75% of sunscreens are toxic. A vast majority of chemicals that may cause hormone disruptions in the body. 

The best solution out there is a mineral-based sunscreen or doing without sunscreen (while still being careful to not get too much sun exposure or burn). There are many benefits to a healthy dose of Vitamin D each day from the sun’s rays!


Short of my original plan to live in a cave in the wilderness, all I can do is reduce my exposure to toxins and other chemicals. Though I’m not sure a cave in the wilderness would serve me well, as I would probably accidentally eat some poisonous berry…