Dust turns out to be more toxic than we thought

Is the dust in your home slowly killing you?

According to a recent report, if you haven’t dusted in a while, you could be breathing the latest danger in right now.

It turns out that dust isn’t just a sign of a home that’s untidy. It actually might be turning your home into a toxic minefield – because it contains dozens of toxic chemicals that can cause some serious health problems.

There’s this myth that says dust is mostly comprised of bits of human skin – and maybe that would be true if you lived in a very dry climate and never let anything from the outside come in through the windows and the doors.

In reality, these fine particles can also be a combination of dirt, animal dander and fur, and even kitchen floor. Sounds innocent enough, right?

Well, a research team from George Washington University recently busted our notions about indoor dust by discovering more than 45 toxic chemicals in it.

And the biggest risk is posed by 10 of them, which were present in over 90 PER CENT of all dust samples collected.

Before you start hermetically sealing your windows and doors, note that the chemicals – like the villain’s phone call in a cheesy slasher film – are coming FROM INSIDE YOUR OWN HOUSE.

Items you use and are surrounded by every day – shampoo, cleaning products, electronics, and even flooring, blinds, and insulation – release toxins like phthalates and polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) flame-retardants that lead to cancer, reproductive issues and hormone disruption, as well as and nervous system problems like ALS.

According to lead researcher Dr. Ami Zota, these chemicals pose a threat because they’re “not bound to the products, so they can migrate out.” And then you can end up breathing them in.

Fortunately, you don’t have to sleep in HAZMAT pajamas or try to breathe through a gas mask. Instead:

1. Get a quality “true type” HEPA air filter: If you have a larger home, get two for the maximum reduction of dust. That same HEPA filter is also helpful in your vacuum, since it traps the dust and doesn’t just blow it around your home. Use the attachments to get those hard to reach areas and suck up all the dust possible.

2. Remove the toxic source: Check the ingredients of your shampoos and household cleaners and swap the chemical-laden ones out for natural alternatives. Get rid of furniture and rugs that have been treated with flame retardants (which have been shown not to actually reduce the severity of any house fire anyway).

3. Buy a houseplant: A study out of SUNY Oswego found that houseplants could actually absorb chemicals from the air.

Wishing you the best of health,

Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Editor
Nutrition & Healing
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Sources:

Toxic chemicals are hiding in your house dust, cnn.com/2016/09/14/health/toxic-chemicals-house-dust/index.html

Toxic chemicals in household dust linked to cancer and infertility, theguardian.com/science/2016/sep/14/toxic-chemicals-household-dust-health-cancer-infertility

The Dirt On Dust, npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=120252957

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  1. I think people in large cities are all more sick than others with all the toxins flying around and the pollution. Dust is the least of their problems.

  2. We live close a highway and I am sure this has an effect on my son’s psoriasis because it ahd gotten worse since we moved there and we have a lot of black dust in our house.

  3. I love your articles Dr. Rothfeld. Reading them feels like visiting an old-school doctor. he kind that still had a conversation with you instead of trying to push you out the door as soon as possible.

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