Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Poll answer...

My last poll question asked "which is the most common form of poisioning...ingestion, inhalation, or absorption through the skin?"  All votes said ingestion...

Answer: Inhalation!
Most people think of "ingestion" when they think of poisoning. Although this is common, poisoning by inhalation is actually more common. I was surprised to learn this!

When something harmful is swallowed, the stomach actually begins breaking down and neutralizing the poison before it is absorbed through the blood stream.

But when you inhale toxic fumes, the poisons go directly into the bloodstream and quickly travel to organs like the brain, heart, liver, and kidneys. We breathe 10-20 thousand liters of air every day! Many products in the stores give off toxic vapors that can irritate your eyes, nose, throat, and lungs, give you headaches, muscle aches, and sinus infections.

Scary--especially when you think that the cleaners & disinfectants we use can leave lingering toxins in the air for days...sometimes weeks...after we use them!  Check out the warning on the back of a Cascade dishwasher detergent bottle--it says "do not breathe fumes."  So the steam coming out of your dishwasher carries the toxins in the detergent into your air, which you & your family then inhale!  Scary!

Isn't it time to make your home a healthier home?

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