AIR FRESHENERS: A HIDDEN CAUSE OF INFERTILITY AND CANCER
By The People's Chemist - Special Alert!
I don’t f@#ck with scents, perfumes, or fragrances unless they come from essential oils. My favorites are patchouli, amyris, spikenard, cedar wood, and ylang ylang. Historically, these were used to embalm mummies, anoint soldiers, relieve stress, and ward off infection. Alas, they’re expensive and often hard to find.
Enter Big Pharma and petroleum-based perfumes and air fresheners. Dirt cheap and available everywhere, they can cover up the stench in your car, bathroom, and gym, while lowering your testosterone and putting you at greater risk for infertility and cancer.
Consumers have been misled into believing air fresheners are made from “natural” essential oils extracted from grasses, flowers, wood, spices, fruit, resins, roots, gums, or leaves. Nothing could be further from the truth. They come from chemists.
“Fragrance chemists” are scientists who use petroleum as the molecular foundation for air freshener products. Through processes known as “catalytic reforming” and “thermal cracking,” air fresheners are cheaply created out of petrochemical waste compounds.
To avoid the chemical onslaught, avoid all products that have “fragrance” on the label. By using that vague word, manufacturers can legally sneak 100s of hazardous, synthetic chemicals into your home. They attack you and your unsuspecting family, especially your kids, whose bodies are still developing. Since most scented plug-in oil warmers are made of 90-100% fragrance, rest assured you’re getting a heated petro-porridge, rather than a natural fresh scent. And it becomes addictive.
There’s a reason why drug addicts snort cocaine rather than eat it. The nose is the fastest and most direct route into the body, especially the brain. On average, we breathe in and out 20,000 cycles each day. In a room full of artificial “natural scents,” each breath delivers a chemical assault to the bloodstream within seconds.
When you inhale, sticky odor molecules travel through the nose. They go directly to receptor sites in the hypothalamus, hippocampus, and the amygdala. These are the parts of the brain that control blood pressure, emotion, breathing, memory, heart rate, and hormone balance.
As you, your family, and your holiday guests merrily breathe in the enticing, fake scent of Glade’s Merry Citrus Melody oil—courtesy of warmer plug-ins—hundreds of vaporized chemicals instantly coat your nose, pharynx, larynx, and trachea. They enter your bronchial tubes and penetrate the alveoli sacs in your lungs.
"Chemicals do their damage to our systems one molecule at a time. Even a limited exposure will cause some cellular damage requiring nutrients, time, and energy to heal. If repeated injuries occur at an interval shorter than that required for complete healing, there will be an accumulation of injury. This will eventually lead to organ malfunction and chronic symptoms."
― DR. JAMES MILLER, AMERICAN ACADEMY OF ENVIRONMENTAL PHYSICIANS
With each breath, you allow petroleum hydrocarbon molecules to enter the millions of alveoli (tiny sacs in your lungs), and spread throughout your capillaries into the bloodstream…then finally, into the cells of your body. It’s a cancer-forming orgy.
Once inside the cells, fragrance molecules disrupt your endocrine system. They wreck your hormone balance, output and sensitivity. In normal circumstances, your hormones regulate metabolism, brain function, genital formation, central nervous system operation, DNA integrity, and yes, reproductive system function. But all of this gets messed up, thanks to “fragrance” disrupting your hormones.
Good news is, you can avoid reproductive and other organ damage by REFUSING TO USE AIR FRESHENERS. Get back to the basics by using essential oils, chemical-free soap, and natural cleaning products. Make sure they’re fragrance-free.