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Genital malformations such as undescended testicles and hypospadias in young Australian boys has increased by 20% in 20 years (Nassar et al, 2007)
Childhood allergies and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) have increased by 400% in the past 30 years
Autism incidence has gone from 5 in every 10,000 children in the 1970s to one in 68 (Wing et al, 1976; CDC, 2014)
Young girls are starting puberty as early as 8 years of age as compared to 16 in the early 1900s. This is a risk factor for breast cancer.
Sperm has dropped by 50% in the past 50 years (Sharpe et al, 1993)
There is a global epidemic of childhood neurobehaviourhal disorders such as autism, dyslexia and ADHD (Grandjean and Landrigan, 2014)
The radiation used in wireless technologies has been classified as possibly carcinogenic by the World Health Organisation (2011)
Fragrances and perfumes were voted Allergen of the Year by the American Contact Dermatitis Association
Between 2000 and 2008, there has been a 35% increase in brain tumours in Australian mobile phone users (Dobes et al, 2011)
There are 214 chemicals known to damage the human brain that are not regulated to protect children's health (Grandjean and Landrigan, 2014).
Over 90% of over 500 plastic products marketed as BPA-free released chemicals that, in some cases, had greater oestrogenic activity than the BPA-containing plastics (Yang et al, 2011).
Since 1970, the global sale of chemicals has increased by a factor of 25 from $171 billion to $4.1 trillion US dollars and this is expected to accelerate (United Nations Environment Programme, 2013).
The levels of polybrominated flame retardants measured in the breast milk and blood of Australians is twice as high as those found in Europeans (National Research Centre for Environmental Toxicology, 2006)
Most tinted lipsticks contain the heavy metal lead, even those certified as organic by reputable organisations
Children are more vulnerable to pesticides because they receive a larger dose per unit of body weight (London et al, 2012), they eat more pureed fruit and vegies, their breathing zone is closer to the floor, and the enzyme involved in detoxification is less active (Costa et al, 2005).
In the past 60 years, the exposure to manmade electromagnetic field has increased by the order of 1020 magnitude above the original background radiation (Nittby et al, 2009).
Children are uniquely susceptible to wireless technologies because their skulls are thinner (Wiart et al, 2008), they absorb twice as much microwave radiation (Christ et al, 2010), they are physically smaller in size, they have a longer lifetime exposure and they undergo rapid cell division and critical windows of development
Many BPA free plastics contain bisphenol S (BPS) which has been shown to be worse in its hormone disrupting effects
Australia has NO health based exposure standards to the radiation from wireless technologies
Genetics loads the gun and the environment pulls the trigger. (Dr. Francis Collins director of the US National Institutes of Health)
Only a small fraction of the almost 1,000 potential EDCs in commercial use have been investigated (World Health Organisation, 2012)
Australia’s exposure standards for mobile phone towers are one hundred times higher than what is allowed in France, Italy, India, Israel, China, Switzerland, Poland, Russia, Hungary and Bulgaria.
The most famous person to have Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity is Gro Harlem Brundtland former Prime Minister of Norway and retired Director of the World Health Organisation.
Cordless phones have a more than double risk of brain tumour (glioma) incidence when compared to mobile phone use (Prof Lennart Hardell)
The total amount of phthalate - a hormone disrupting chemical - contained in a plastic toy product can be up to 50% depending on the degree of softness required (Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, 2011)


Nicole’s 10 steps to a healthy home

Could these conditions be linked to the homes in which we live? YES.

If I was to sum up in ten steps how to create a healthy home, this would be it! 

1.    Take your shoes off before you enter the home as this will significantly reduce the dust load.

2.    Use a vacuum cleaner fitted with a HEPA filter and motorised head.  Vacuum cleaners that are not fitted with a HEPA filter will exacerbate exposure to allergens like mould, house dust mite and dander by causing them to become airborne. Investing in a good vacuum cleaner is important to establishing a healthy home for children and critical if anybody in the household suffers from asthma or allergies. Read more

3.    Air your home by opening windows as often as you can (unless you live near a major arterial route, near heavy industry or open cut mine or during crop dusting season). A healthy home smells like fresh air!

4.    Reduce the number of chemicals to clean your home. Damp microfibre cloths are great for dusting and to reduce the microbial load in the home. Read more… 

5.    Use the sun to air chopping boards, soft toys, pillows and mattresses, pet bedding and other fabric furnishings on a regular basis. 

6.    Store food and beverages in glass, stainless steel and lead-free ceramics. Avoid plastics, pewter, highly coloured ceramics, ceramics with a corroded glaze and leaded crystal. Read more

7.    Avoid air fresheners, pesticides and artificial fragrances in your home as many are lung irritants that may also contain hormone disrupting chemicals. Read more

8.    Ensure electrical appliances are at least 1 metre away from your bed, favourite couch and any other areas where you spend time in order to reduce your exposure to electromagnetic fields. Read more

9.    Chlorine and fluoride in drinking water are associated with health risks. Use a water filter. Read more

10.  Mould can cause serious health issues. Forget using bleach as it is a food source for some types of fungi. Instead focus on where the moisture is coming from such as roof and plumbing leaks, inadequate drainage, absent or damaged water proofing in wet areas of the home, garden beds butting up against the house, high humidity, flood and storm damage and condensation due to inadequate ventilation. Make sure the exhaust fans in the kitchen, laundry and bathroom are vented to the exterior, not just the roof space. Wipe existing mould with a damp microfibre cloth that has been soaked in an 80:20 solution of white vinegar to water. If the visible mould covers an area in excess of 3 square metres, get it investigated by an accredited mould remediator. Read more

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