By themselves, no single chemical would be very dangerous, because their minute quantity would have little effect on our bodies. However, being exposed to so many toxic substances can certainly be lethal in the long run, causing cancer, birth defects, and developmental disorders
And unfortunately, the number of chemicals that may be lurking in our homes are too numerous to count. Most estimates put the number at around 50,000, of which only a small percentage have ever been tested for safety. Future generations will look back on this time period, and wonder how our bodies held up for so long under this chemical onslaught.
Fortunately a little knowledge can go a long way in preventing exposure to the toxins that we face everyday. While it would be impossible to learn about ever dangerous substance that lingers in our homes, and how to avoid them, we can still achieve a basic understanding of what we’re faced with. If you’re just starting out on the road towards better health for you and your family, here’s a quick rundown of the toxic elements lurking in your home, courtesy of the Environmental Defense Fund.