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Toxic Chemicals in Our World

Can you believe there may be between 25,000 & 80,000 (in 2014) chemicals created in labs that are now in our environment? Is this true? says there were only 8700 in 2014 because many of those 80,000+ include duplicates and chemicals no longer used.  Of those 8700, how many are toxic?  How are they affecting us? How many more since 2014? And importantly, how does it affect our household and kids?Every parent wants the best for their children. However, little do they know that the products used to protect them from sickness can often cause it. Did you know that there re high rates of are facing of asthma, birth defects, and cancer and scientists feel that toxic chemicals play a big part? Childhood cancer incidence rates have had a steady increase over from 1976 to 2016. This increase amounted to an average of 1 percent per year, or almost 60 percent increase over 41 years (NYS DOH). And children in special education programs increased 191% from 1977 to 1994 (GBPSR, 2000).

Dr. Phillip Landrigan of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City says, “Of the 3000 high production volume chemicals in use in this country today, only 43% have been even minimally tested.” While you may be wondering why this issue is becoming more prevalent, I will answer that with this. According to UNEP 2013, chemical sales globally have increased by a factor of around 25 in 1970 from $171 billion to $4.1 trillion. Also, we are replacing natural materials with chemicals, an estimated 96% of chemicals are used in manufacturing materials and products (ACC 2014).  Think about the potential effect of chemicals entering the body through the skin or as inhalants.

We can do preventive measures to help minimize the effects.  I have been using Shaklee environmental products for over 30 years. I feel safe using them in my home because of Shaklee’s commitment to not using hazardous chemicals. They see the importance of not using ammonia, acids, and so much more! Ask me for more information on what these toxic chemicals are causing in our health and risk levels.

I implore you to look beyond the brand to the label and see if you are putting your family at risk.

For a list of toxic chemicals to be aware of and for information on Shaklee’s non toxic home care and personal care products, go to or text me at 503-698-9493.

Have a healthy, non-toxic and green day!!       Joan


Do Shaklee Get Clean products work?

Do the Get Clean products work, as well as, keep the toxic chemicals away from your home?

Read Maureen’s story:

“As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve been a steady user of the distilled white vinegar/baking soda/salt/lemon approach to cleaning for many years. But I recently decided to try the new line of Get Clean household products from Shaklee.

With the arrival of the 2 boxes of Get Clean goods, I must confess, my first thoughts cast a shadow of doubt and concern:  Would all the packaging and shipping prove to be worthwhile? Were the clean, fresh impressions that I gleaned from their website an accurate depiction of the actual goods? Happily, the answers are Yes, and without a doubt  I am truly amazed by their effectiveness and eco-friendlinessGet Clean not only gets the job done — but it’s a true green find — an entire line of nontoxic cleaners that won’t pollute the air you breathe, or cause harm to Mother Earth.

The Get Clean Starter Kit contains a nifty array of practical solutions; each item packs a concentrated punch of cleaning power and each package and dispenser is attractive and well designed…

With further digging, I also discovered that Shaklee also has an impressive history. Founded in 1956 by Dr. Forrest C. Shaklee, they launched one of the first nontoxic, biodegradable cleaners in the 1960s. A decade later, one of the first biodegradable laundry detergents without phosphates, nitrates or borates was introduced, followed by one of the first official Earth Day products in 1970. And in 2000 Shaklee was the first company in the world to obtain Climate Neutral certification and totally offset its CO2 emissions, with a net zero impact on the environment.

Shaklee’s environmental stewardship and social responsibility creates an attractive business opportunity. 12,000 new entrepreneurs sign up every month. I like what they’re all about: health, harmony with nature, shared dreams, a better world, and doing it right.”


Get Clean link




Are Household Cleaning Products Dangerous?

I saw this story and thought, “No wonder people are not worried that they may have toxic chemicals all over their homes.”

Household cleaning products may [?] be dangerous
Reported by Monica Robins
CLEVELAND — A local woman was surprised to find out that what was making her young son sick was common household cleaners.

At first, Karen Brown couldn’t understand what was making Mitchell sick.

“He started with congestion, a runny nose,” said Brown. “And when he was sleeping at night, he was really congested and we’d hear labored breathing.”

Repeated visits to the pediatrician couldn’t find a cause. Finally, the pediatrician told Brown to pay attention to cleaning around the house. That’s when she noticed Mitchell’s symptoms worsened.

“I was actually using a window cleaner, just spraying it on the front window, and I turned around and he started coughing,” Brown said.

She thought he might have just been allergic or sensitive. She looked down at the bottle to see what was in it, but no ingredients were listed. Some cleaning products list hazards, but not contents.


That’s when Brown started doing some research on the Internet. She went to Ohio State University’s website and got material safety data sheets with a lot of frightening information relating to chemicals in common cleaners that can cause reproductive disorders, blood and bone marrow damage, and can affect the central nervous system, the blood, kidneys and liver.

“I was upset because I was getting all my information from the commercials and I thought that if I bought it from the grocery store and it smelled good that it was okay to use,” Brown said.

Dr. Michael Reed, co-director of the Greater Cleveland Poison Control Center says he has the ingredients of every household cleanser at his fingertips. He says the danger is dependent on long term repeated exposure and improper use.

“It may smell bad, it may cause irritation,” said Reed. “That does not mean it’s getting into our body and rarely, if ever, does it.”  WHAT????  ABOUT 60% OF WHAT TOUCHES OUR SKIN GOES INTO OUR BODIES AND OUR BLOOD STREAM!!  I wonder who he is working for???

Reed says follow label directions and do not mix products. Also be sure to use them in a well ventilated area and wear protection, like gloves or a mask, if needed.  WHAT???  That already implies DANGER!  Why not go to natural products, like Shaklee’s Get Clean line and then you won’t have to worry!  [And they work]

“The real important issue here is following the instructions that are on these products,” said Reed. “These products, when used properly and as labeled, are safe.”  NO – Look up the chemicals and see what the effects of toxicity are – OR message me and I will share.  Some of the chemicals:  Hydrochloric Acid, Sulfamic Acid, Lye (Potassium Hydroxide),  Butyl Cellosolve, Sodium Hydroxide – you will be shocked when you see where you will find them!

Regardless, Brown says she switched to natural cleaning products and her son hasn’t sniffled since.  YES – YOU GO GIRL!!

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