Household Dangers to Avoid

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As any parent knows, there are many dangers to guide your kids around as they grow up. Some dangers however are not so apparent. They can be disguised as common household items that over time can pose a significant health threat to your children’s health. Avoiding them is not terribly difficult; you just have to be aware of them.


Teaching your kids to swim is a priority; here are two other ways you can protect your kids from water. First, don’t let them drink bottled water unless you have no choice!

Plastic bottled water is a problem. It costs more, contains water of dubious quality and comes in plastic bottles that are made from the cheapest, dirtiest forms of plastic imaginable. Some of these cheap plastic bottles leak chemicals and feminizing hormones into the water they hold. Get them glass or stainless steel bottles to carry their water around in.

Second, always filter the family’s water.

Some authorities suggest that drinking properly filtered water is one of the most important cancer prevention measures. Even a jug filter like the ones made by Brita are better than nothing. The best option is a high quality water filtration system that is fitted under your sink to ensure clean water is delivered through your tap.

Hot Water: Drinking contaminated water is not the only way that dirty water can affect your health. During bathing or showering, contaminants in water can be directly absorbed through the skin. Without becoming too paranoid about it, reducing the temperature of the water and the duration of your kids bath or shower can significantly reduce the opportunity for high levels of toxic materials to pass through their skin.

Plastic Stuff

Plastic is made from chemicals, which can be bad for your family. The most well known chemical in plastic is BPA (Bisphenol A), which has been implicated in producing asthma, hormonal abnormalities and obesity in children. Never pack or leave food in plastic wrap unless you want the chemicals in the wrap to be part of your family’s next meal.


  • Heat food in plastic containers as it greatly increases the levels of plasticisers in the food
  • Put warm food into a plastic container
  • Use and especially re-use cheap plastic items

The cheaper or flimsier the plastic the more dangerous it is to your health.

Whenever possible, store your food in glass containers.


Sure, your kids need to brush their teeth, but are you aware that the toothpaste they use to do it is full of chemicals? The shopping list of chemicals in your kids toothpaste includes: sodium fluoride (lowers kids IQ’s), triclosan (pesticide), sodium laurel sulphate and other foaming agents (that may increase cancer risks).

Toothpaste is not seen as a hazard and many kids swallow it after brushing! The quantities they use can also be a problem. Warn your kids to limit the amount of toothpaste that they use when they brush their teeth. Make sure they know that need to wash their mouths out carefully after brushing and most importantly that they know that they should never swallow the stuff.

Mouthwash: The dangers of mouthwash are equal to those of toothpaste and the same rules apply to its use.

Table Salt

Yes, I know the medical & health media often warn about using too much salt. I think that they should rather concentrate on the type of salt people use, rather than the quantities. Did you know that common table salt can be full of chemicals?

Table salt usually has a number of anti-caking agents added to it to make it easy to pour. The common anti-caking agents can include calcium silicate and sodium alum inosilicate (contains aluminum).

Also when salt is iodised it usually has a potassium salt such as potassium iodide or sodium iodide added, along with some dextrose, to prevent the potassium iodide from oxidising.

This means that to protect your family’s health you need to use pure sea salt or Himalayan salt crystals instead of the white table salt we have become used to. Natural salt is not white!

Article courtesy of Dr Howard Rybko


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