Is Your House Hazardous to Your Health?

Chemicals from everyday products can make you sick. In my case it was a tumor in my chest the size of a tennis ball.

by Beth Greer, Super Natural Mom

Chemicals are invisible …you can’t see them on a piece of fruit or in carpet, nail polish or soap… but they can wreak havoc on our immune systems. Studies are coming out constantly about how chemicals from everyday products are resulting in health problems like learning disabilities, autism, infertility and cancer.

In my case it was a benign tumor in my chest the size of a tennis ball.

About seven years ago, just before my 50th birthday, I thought I was leading a healthy lifestyle. I ate fruits and vegetables, didn’t smoke, and watched my weight. The pain that began in my shoulder was so painful that I needed sleeping pills at night and pain killers during the day. The pain ran down my arm into my hand and my fingers were starting to get numb.

I saw three top surgeons, who wanted to remove it but couldn’t agree how. One said he would make an incision under my collar bone, the next wanted to go in from my arm pit, and the third wanted to cut me on my back and remove one of my ribs.

“I will heal you,” he said.

I decided to heal myself.. I took an inventory. First, what went in my body? Let’s see…I ate food with additives, colorings, preservatives and trans fats… yes, on occasion I ate Krispy Kremes.

So I decided to eat only unprocessed food…actually, nothing with a label. I drank lots of filtered water and pure vegetable juices. In just a few days I noticed that the pain in my shoulder was lessening.

Next, what went on me? Our skin is a not a true barrier, it actually allows microscopic chemicals to pass through it.

I realized that my makeup, toothpaste, deodorant and body lotion contained synthetic chemicals that caused cancer in laboratory animals. I switched to all natural products.

But I didn’t stop there. I looked at what surrounded me. I replaced my mattress with a natural one because the one I slept on contained flame retardants called PBDEs and stain-resistant chemicals that are recognized carcinogens. I switched to nontoxic household cleaners and got rid of my non-stick pans.

Within a few months the pain was gone. A year later a scan showed the tumor had completely disappeared!

Often, the impact chemicals have on our bodies doesn’t show up for decades, plus, no one has done research on the types of synergies than can occur when chemicals combine, or what happens when we come into contact with different chemicals from lots of different sources.

Don’t wait until you get sick to make small changes in your life. The good news is there are easy things to do, and the first action is not even a physical one…it’s becoming aware of what goes in you, on you and surrounds you every day.

Get curious about what’s in your food (even where it’s grown); read the labels on your makeup, deodorant, soap and shampoo. Become aware of the fabrics you chose to wear and the furniture you have – these can also negatively impact your health.

Then begin the process of making new, safer choices. By easily upgrading and eliminating toxins in each room of your house, you can enhance your health and well-being and have greater vitality.

I’m happy to report that making small changes in my life was easy and very rewarding. My home is no longer hazardous to my health. Click here to find out five ways you can eliminate dangerous toxins in your home.

Beth Greer, Super Natural Mom™, is the bestselling author of Super Natural Home as well as a radio talk show host and impassioned champion of toxin-free living who busts open the myth that our homes are safe havens. Follow Beth on Twitter. Become a fan on Facebook.

(Photo: George Eastman House Collection)

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Beth Greer

Beth Greer, Super Natural Mom™, is an award-winning journalist, holistic health advocate, impassioned champion of toxin-free living, and radio talk show host, who busts open the myth that our homes are safe havens.  Her bestselling book, Super Natural Home: Improve Your Health, Home and Planet…One Room at a Time (Rodale, 2009), endorsed by Deepak Chopra, Ralph Nader, Peter Coyote and others, shows how food, cosmetics, personal care products, household cleaners and furniture are making us sick.

Formerly President and Co-Owner of The Learning Annex, the largest private alternative adult education company in the U.S., Beth has helped thousands see new possibilities and feel empowered to make changes in their lives. Beth currently hosts her own national show "Your Super Natural Life"  on Clear Channel Radio's Green960 where she shines the light of truth about what goes in us, on us and surrounds us and gives insights on how to live a safer, less toxic, and more natural life.

She’s written for the San Francisco Chronicle’s Home Section and US magazine and blogs on her website and She has appeared on ABC-TV's The View from the Bay and At Home with Lisa Quinn with segments on How to Turn your Bedroom into a Safe, Healthy Haven and How to Create a Safe, Healthy Kitchen.

Beth was named a recipient of the “100 Magnificent Marin Women Award” by Search for the Cause, a non-profit organization that investigates how exposure to chemicals in our daily lives increases the risk of cancer. 

Beth is a testament to how making small lifestyle shifts can make a huge difference in one’s health. By using alternative methods of healing, eating a diet free of pesticides and avoiding hazardous chemicals in her personal care and household products, Beth eliminated a tumor without drugs or surgery.

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