Striving to Minimize the Exposure of Toxic Substances in our World Today
LEAST MERCURY CONTENT
Enjoy these fish as you desire …
Mackerel (N. Atlantic, Chub)
MODERATE MERCURY CONTENT
Choose to consume six servings or less per month of these fish:
Bass (Striped, Black)
Croaker (White Pacific)
Weakfish (Sea Trout)
HIGH MERCURY CONTENT
CAUTION: choose to e`at three servings or less per month:
Mackerel (Spanish, Gulf)
Sea Bass (Chilean)*
Tuna (Canned Albacore)
HIGHEST MERCURY CONTENT
AVOID! AVOID! AVOID!!
Tuna (Bigeye, Ahi)*
* These fish are low in quantity in our oceans and are caught using fishing methods that are not good for the environment.
** Careful in choosing farmed salmon as it often contains PCB’s and other chemicals with negative impact on the health of our bodies.
PFC’s are used in the making of materials that are water and grease resistant. This would be found in greasy fast food chains around a burger or fries. These chemicals are also found in substances that provide stain resistance.
AVOID PFC’s by using caution when obtaining greasy food. Often, it comes in a packaging that is treated with PFC’s. Any stain resistant fabrics and upholstery are also laden with PFC’s. Other places that provide PFC contamination to our bodies are Gore-tex fabric, Teflon pans or other non-stick pans, non-stick kitchen utensils and microwave popcorn bags. Also, choose beauty products labeled PTFE free.
PHTHALATES and DIETHYLPTHALATES (DEHP)
Phthlates are very common in industries that make any kind of PVC — PVC is a type of plastic that can also be used to make soft toys. They are also found in many solvents, fragrances, etc. DEHP is known to alter thyroid levels.
AVOIDING PHTHALATES — this can be done by looking out for Phthalates. Phthalates are often lumped in with any “fragrance” found on an ingredient label. If fragrance is listed as an ingredient you can be almost sure that phthalates are in there.Plastics are also a very common source of phthalates. Avoid heating food in plastic containers and if you can provide your little one with wooden toys or phthalate free you can rest assured they are not consuming phthalates. Some fabrics and things such as raincoats, umbrellas, rain boots and shower curtains also contain phthalates.
A group of chemical fire retardants. These are often found in foam products made with a base of polyurethane. Before 2005, most foam products including upholstered furniture, pillows, mattresses, couches, rug pads were made with PBDE’s. Many electronics also contain(ed) PBDE’s. This toxic chemical has been banned. However, many household items made before 2005 still contain them.
AVOIDING PBDE’s by avoiding foam products before the year 2005. Look for foam products made after 2014. It is nice to use a vacuum with a HEPA filter to get rid of particles that might be floating around. You can also check in with manufacturers about what they use in their products.
Triclosan is found in liquid hand soaps, dish soap and common personal care products. It is found in things labeled “antibacterial.”
AVOID TRICLOSAN by avoiding soaps that are not made with pure, natural ingredients. Also, stay away from anything labeled “antibacterial” such as cutting boards, some toys, etc.
This substance is used in many paints, detergents, body care products and detergents.
AVOID NONYLPHENOL BY checking the Environmental Working Groups list of safe cleaning products. Read labels very carefully to be sure nonylphenol is not listed.
Our world has become quite toxic these days (unfortunately). It is best to do what you can to avoid the above chemicals that have been linked to cancer.Chemicals to Avoid, Cleansing chemicals from your home, Fish mercury content, Healthy Living, Mercury in fish, Toxic Household Chemicals