Toxic Facts

Women who work at home have a 54% higher death rate from cancer than those who work away from home. The 15-year study concluded it was as a direct result of the much higher exposure rate to toxic chemicals in common household products!

—Toronto Indoor Air Conference 1990

The toxic chemicals in household cleaners are three times more likely to cause cancer than air pollution.

– Environmental Protection Agency report in 1985

Cancer rates have increased since 1901 from only 1 in 8,000 Americans, to 1 in 3 today! By the year 2010, this disease will afflict 1 of every 2 individuals!

—American Cancer Society

Of chemicals commonly found in homes, 150 have been linked to allergies, birth defects, cancer, and psychologicalabnormalities.

—Consumer Product Safety Commission

Cancer rates have continued to increase every year since 1970. Brain cancer in children is up 40% in 20 years. Toxic chemicals are largely to blame.

—NY Times, September 29, 1997

When combined, chemicals are even more dangerous. Deadly fumes result from mixing ammonia with bleach (both found in many household products) creating lethal “mustard gas”!

U.S. Government, E.P.A

More than 7 million accidental poisonings occur each year, with more than 75% involving children under age 6!

—The Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons

According to the U.S. Poison Control Centers, "A child is accidentally poisoned every 30 seconds at home..."

The Average American Uses about 25 Gallons of toxic, hazardous chemical products per year in their home... major portion of these can be found in household cleaning products.

-"Prosperity Without Pollution,"
by Joel S. Hirschorn and Kirsten V. Oldenburg, 1991

Only 1% of toxins are required to be listed on labels, because companies classify their formulas as "trade secrets."

Lorie Dwornick, researcher, educator and activist, 2002

·         The EPA tallied close to 10,000 chemical ingredients in cosmetics, food and consumer products. Very few of these chemicals were in our environment or our bodies just 75 years ago.

—Alexandra Rome, Co-director of
the Sustainable Futures Group
at Commonweal, a nonprofit health
and environmental research institute,
until 2000.

·         Within 26 seconds after exposure to chemicals such as cleaning products, traces of these chemicals can be found in every organ in the body.

·         More than 1.4 million Americans exposed to household chemicals were referred to poison control centers in 2001. Of these, 824,000 were children under 6 years.

·         At any given time, there is 3.36 million tons of household hazardous waste to contend with in our country.

Chec's HealtheHouse,
the resource for Environmental
Health Risks Affecting Your Children

·         In 1990, more than 4,000 toddlers under age four were admitted to hospital emergency rooms as a result of household cleaner-related injuries. That same year, three-fourths of the 18,000 pesticide-related hospital emergency room admissions were children.

·         Over 80 percent of adults and 90 percent of children in the United States have residues of one or more harmful pesticides in their bodies.

·         Petrochemical cleaning products in the home are easily absorbed into the skin. Once absorbed, the toxins travel to the blood stream and are deposited in the fatty tissues where they may exist indefinitely.

—"In Harm's Way," a study by
"The Clean Water Fund" and
"Physicians for Social Responsibility"
May 11, 2000

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