5 Hidden Household Dangers

Discover five health hazards and learn how to create a safer, eco-friendly home.

© iStockphoto/ThinkstockIn his new book, The Healthy Home (March 22, 2011), expert microbiologist Dr. Myron Wentz discusses five potential health risks and how to create a safer, more eco-friendly home.

1. Teflon pots and pans release potential hazardous fumes and particles into the air such as toxic gases, carcinogens and global pollutants. Try using a well-seasoned cast iron skillet instead.

2. “Wrinkle free” sheets can expose you to the chemical PFC (perfluorochemcials) and is linked to reproductive and development toxicity, as well as cancers of the bladder and liver. Try using natural alternatives like cotton or linen.

3. Fluorescent light bulbs will make you feel drained. They contain a toxic gas known as mercury vapor. Instead try purchasing regular incandescent light bulbs.

4. Electrical appliances create EMFs (electromagnetic fields) which are similar to those found under power lines that were linked to cancer clusters. Make sure you unplug your appliances when they are not being used.

5. Take your shoes off before entering your home. We walk around unwittingly in car oil, pesticides, animal waste and toxins.

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