Hidden Toxins in Our Homes

Do you, or do any of your loved ones, suffer from any of the following?

These conditions may appear because of, or be exacerbated by, chemical toxicity in our bodies:

  1. Poor sleep
  2. Waking unrefreshed
  3. Low energy / vitality
  4. Poor immune system
  5. Migraine
  6. Period Pain
  7. Allergies
  8. Skin rashes
  9. Bloating
  10. Asthma
  11. Learning difficulties
  12. Poor / occluded teeth
  13. Osteoporosis
  14. Diabetes type II
  15. Heart Disease
  16. Cancer
  17. Joint aches, pains
  18. Excess weight
  19. Eczema
  20. And there are many more…

If your physical health is less than what you desire, then it is entirely possible that you are living in a manner that saturates your body with toxic chemicals. Lurking within the products we use on ourselves and in our homes is a staggering number of compounds that react unfavourably with our biochemistry thereby creating and exacerbating illness. However, you can take action to address the issue in your own home.

Perhaps the best place to begin this article is at the Liver. This wonderful organ works to keep our body’s inner environment clean, safe and properly balanced. It is the largest gland in the body, it plays a role in blood glucose level balancing, is involved in immune system function, recycling of blood cells, cleansing of the blood, fats metabolism and most importantly, it can safely metabolise an amazingly diverse range of compounds considered toxic to our biochemistry. It is the great alchemist of our body, performing some amazing chemical reactions, the instructions for which are all stored in our DNA. “A healthy liver equals a healthy body”, as one of my previous teachers, a qualified Naturopath, Acupuncturist, Chinese Herbalist and Kinesiologist, used to say.

Let’s explore the process of detoxification. The liver, using vitamins, minerals, enzymes and anti-oxidants metabolises toxins to create safe water-soluble forms of the toxic compounds that can be released into the blood and excreted by the kidneys. Massive chemical load in our bodies creates a proportional increase in the use of the various minerals, vitamins, anti-oxidants, enzymes etc in order to keep the liver working in top order and keeping our body safe. Obviously there is a balance required between the nutrition and the toxins we put in our body to maintain optimal health. There is a wealth of information available about the benefits of eating organic and bio-dynamic foods and drinking good water that attests to the good nutrition side of the balance, so I won’t go into that here. However, when the chemical load in our body outweighs the liver’s capability to deal with it, deteriorating health results as these toxins begin to build up in the other tissues in our body. This can occur even if your nutritional intake is optimal, if you have enough toxins present in your environment.

How does this apply to me? You may ask. Well, to start, here is a short list of common sources of toxins in our everyday lives:

Food (non organic and/or processed)

  1. Herbicides
  2. Insecticides / Larvacides
  3. Synthetic fertilisers
  4. Heavy metals (e.g Cadmium)
  5. Anti-biotics
  6. Hormones
  7. Heavy Metals (e.g. Mercury)
  8. Other pharmaceuticals
  9. Preservatives
  10. Artificial Colourings & Flavourings

Environmental Toxins – Skin, Lungs

  1. Air pollutants, e.g. Car exhaust
  2. Personal Care products
  3. Cosmetics
  4. Cleaning products
  5. Pharmaceuticals
  6. Solvents
  7. Plastic packaging & toys e.g. BPA (Bisphenol A, phthalates)
  8. Construction materials, i.e. “Sick Building Syndrome”

That is an incredible chemical load that our liver has to deal with everyday. Take a look at the three items in bold in the environmental list: Cosmetics, Personal Care products and Cleaning products are amongst the most common sources of environmental toxins for us all. We are poisoning ourselves in the name of the modern lifestyle. I am aghast that there is so little control placed over the compounds that are used in these products.

Recall how I mentioned earlier that the liver metabolises toxins in our body? Well guess what? Those toxins we put on our skin, or enter via our mucous membranes (e.g. mouth lining, lungs) have already bypassed the liver and are actively working within our tissues. If you think your skin is an impermeable barrier, think again. It’s not – it’s water-proof, but very porous. Medical science knows this and uses these facts to its advantage, e.g. transdermal hormone creams that allow the active ingredient to enter the bloodstream without being processed and changed by the liver.

Our physiology is hundreds of thousands of years old. We are not designed to properly deal with toxic substances entering through our skin, mucous membranes and lungs (what caveman used lotion, or had anything more dangerous than smoke to breathe in?) Bear in mind also that most of these chemical compounds are not found in nature, but created in a lab and therefore have been in existence less than one hundred years. Where in our DNA are the instructions to metabolise these new chemicals? Now, every day, we put soaps and lotions, cosmetics and deodorants, shampoos and conditioners, all containing toxic substances on our skin. We clothe ourselves with garments washed in toxic chemicals, eat from plates and cutlery cleaned in the same way, and live in environments saturated by “anti-bacterials”, cleaning goods, automatically dispensed fragrances (or worse, insecticides) and force our precious children to do the same. It is not a recipe for long lasting health and quality of life.

Here is a small summary of the chemicals that can be found in common household items and the effects they can have on your health *. Have a look at your own products and see how many of these are present. Bear in mind too, that this list is only ten of hundreds and hundreds chemicals that can be toxic to us.


Where Found

Example Products



Cleansers, Lotions

Nutrogena Deep Clean Gentle Scrub

Vaseline Aloe Fresh Hydrating Lotion

Human skin toxicant, sensitisation, wildlife and environmental toxicity. Parabens: Human skin toxicant, suspected sense organ toxicity, contact dermatitis and skin irritation in some, suspected endocrine disruption, environmental and wildlife toxicity


Cleansers, Lotions

Human skin toxicant, dermatitis, allergic reactions, interferes with gene expression

Disodium EDTA


Nutrogena Deep Clean Gentle Scrub

Allergic reactions, dermatitis, Skin and Mucous membrane irritation, penetration enhancement

Sodium Flouride



Suspected respiratory, cardiovascular, developmental, liver, musculoskeletal and neuro toxicity. Osteomalacia. Dental Fluorosis. Bone Fractures. Lower IQ in children.


Toothpaste, “Anti-bacterial soap”

Colgate Total

Skin, eye and lung irritation. Allergic reactions. Suspected immuno-toxicity. Thyroid toxicity. Wildlife and environmental toxicity.

Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS)

Toothpaste, Shampoo, Shower Gel, Cleaning Goods, Anything that needs to be foamy or sudsy.

Skin and eye irritation. Suspected liver toxicity, can cause or promote acne. Penetrates skin and accumulates in vital organs. Eczema. Toxic to aquatic organisms.Exposure may lead to hair loss, eye damage, skin irritations, and Kidney damage.

Has caused mutagenic (DNA mutation) and teratogenic effects (birth defects) on laboratory animals

Sodium Laureth Sulphate

Cleaning Goods

Earth Choice Dishwashing Liquid

Can cause or promote acne. Skin, eye or lung irritation. May contain trace amounts of ethylene oxide ( recognised reproductive toxicity and carcinogen, suspected respiratory, cardiovascular, developmental, kidney, liver, immuno- and neuro-toxicity, Skin and eye irritation, cataracts), Dioxane (Suspected respiratory, cardiovascular, neuro-, immuno-, skin and liver toxicity; blood disorders. Penetrates human skin. Probable human carcinogen. Mutagen and teratogen).

Propylene Glycol


Baby Wipes

Cetaphil Moisturising Cream

Penetration enhancement. Suspected neuro-, respiratory and immune-toxicity. Sensitisation. Eczema

Dimethicone, Dimethiconol


Cetaphil Moisturising Cream

Marked effects on Adrenal glands and liver. May be absorbed via the skin. Wildlife and environmental toxicity


Cleaning Goods

Earth Choice Dishwashing Liquid

Diethanolamine: Severe skin, eye and respiratory irritation. Suspected respiratory, cardiovascular, kidney, liver and neuro toxicity. Suspected carcinogen

Here are some eye opening statistics for you:

  1. Of the 2,983 CHEMICALS (used in Cosmetics)analysed by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH-USA), the results showed that 884 of the ingredients were found to be toxic in some manner

Of these:

  1. 314 can cause biological mutation (change in cells, DNA)
  2. 218 can cause reproductive complications
  3. 778 can cause acute toxicity
  4. 146 can cause tumors
  5. 376 can cause skin and eye irritations
  1. In 2003, the US the EPA found carcinogens are 10 times more potent to babies in the womb than adults – some chemicals are 65 times more potent in-utero.
  2. “Body Burden – The Pollution in Newborns” report by Environmental Working Group analysed umbilical cord blood of 10 ‘healthy’ newborns and found:

    1. 76 carcinogenic chemicals
    2. 94 neurotoxic chemicals
    3. 79 teratogenic (causes birth defects) chemicals
    4. Total of 287 chemicals, including 7 pesticides that had been banned in the US for 30 years.

As a father of one (and hopefully at least one more!), these last two points really scare me. I am extremely concerned by the effects all of these chemicals could have on my child. We haven’t discovered all of those effects yet either. Some of these chemicals are very new and it takes years to understand the effects of long term exposure. In 2009, I began investigating toxin free alternatives and providence led me to a number of viable solutions. There are books (available in the Qi bookstore) that teach creative use of vinegar, lemon juice and bi-carb of soda for cleaning your house. There are companies out there who specialise in creating personal care products, cosmetics and cleaning goods that are safe for use. There are simple, inexpensive actions you can take to, at the very least, make your own home a safe place to live.

For those of you who wish to learn more and take some action to reduce the chemical load in your own bodies and homes, I am most willing to share what I have learned. Please, if you would like to know more, email me at info@truepoint.com.au, or speak to me at Qi and I will happily divulge what I know.

* Sourced from “The Chemical Maze”, by John Statham.

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