Protecting Our Children in a Toxic World

by Marcia F. Marks, ACSW, LCSW, Environmental Health Consultant

Daily news reports alarm us about the hazards of living in a toxic world. Parents sometimes feel helpless, yet they can do many simple tasks to protect their families.

Since the 1940‘s, the use of synthetic chemicals has escalated until they are hard to avoid in daily life. With the energy crisis of the 1970‘s, buildings were sealed tightly to conserve energy. The 1980‘s saw deregulation of consumer safety laws. We can no longer assume government protection. People must do research to make informed decisions.

People spend about 90% of their time indoors. It is important to protect your homes, schools, and workplaces and reduce the source of toxins. Here are some things to consider:

SUMMARY: Remember that exposures are cumulative from air, food, water, dust and all other sources. Be an informed consumer. Read all labels. If you don‘t know what the contents are, find out before using a product. Before conceiving a child, take care of your own health, drink uncontaminated water, eat organic healthy food, exercise, and clean up your personal environment. Finally, ask yourself if a perfect house and yard are worth the risk to the health of your family.

[Initially published in New Developments: Volume 3, Number 3 - Winter, 1997-1998]

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