Are you the kind of women that finds relaxation includes lighting candles in all rooms around the house? You stop and think, what a wonderful ambiance & aroma. Somehow, over the years you have fallen intoxicatingly in love with candles. And now you may find yourself unaware of the significant damage these seemingly innocent scents can cause.
Did you know, Paraffin candles can cause liver damage, leukemia and neurological problems? Over time, the smoke from the candles can damage our heart and lungs. Dr. Ruhullah Massoudi, lead author of the study, found that after just six hours of burn time, a paraffin candle releases a significant amount of dangerous fumes such as alkenes which are poisonous. Benzene and Toluene, are also found in the residue from burning toxic candles. Benzene is cancer-causing and toluene affects the central nervous system.
Toxic candles are made from the delightfully camouflaged byproducts of the oil refineries. They release carcinogenic chemicals when burned. In fact, candle smoke laced with toxins can be as dangerous as cigarette smoke.(1)
So how about that special candle you are buying as a gift this year? Yes, you too can be breathing formaldehyde and not know why you are getting those headaches or migraines.
Some may ask, how can scents be so toxic? In the U.S. fragrance formulas are considered trade secrets. The fragrance industry “self regulates itself”. This means companies do not have to tell anyone, including the FDA what is in those formulas.
Toxic candles may be keeping your heart sick. According to a new study in Environmental Health Perspectives, a daily squirt of air freshener or a few hours around a burning scented candle every day could be doing irreparable damage to your heart. The findings were based on a long-running Swiss study on air pollution, and lung and heart diseases that involved adults over age 50. The 581 adults involved in the study filled out questionnaires based on their use of cleaning products, air fresheners and other household products, and then underwent 24-hour electrocardiograms so the researchers could monitor something called heart rate variability, a marker of cardiovascular health.(4)
Endocrine Disruptors are in our homes, masquerading as toxic scents. Exposure to high amounts of lead from toxic candles has been linked to hormone disruption, behavioral problems, learning disabilities, and numerous health problems. Air fresheners, perfumes, household detergents, dryer sheets, and candles are just a fraction of that list. Xenoestrogens are synthetic chemicals that mimic or interfere with estrogen in our bodies. They form a subset of a broader group of chemicals known as endocrine disruptors. Exposure to xenoestrogens, have been linked to obesity, breast, colon and ovarian cancers and to decreased testosterone levels, prostate cancer, and lowered sperm count in men.
Phthalates are Endocrine disruptors. Using these products can interrupt our ability to loose weight.(3) They are chemicals found in cosmetics, scented candles, and plastics and can increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. According to a 2012 study, individuals with higher phthalate levels had roughly twice the risk of developing diabetes compared to those with lower levels.(2)
There are well-known carcinogens, reproductive toxins and neurotoxins, in cosmetics. Recent Reports advise us, “makeup, shampoo, skin lotion, nail polish, and other personal care products contain chemical ingredients that lack safety data!”(5) In fact, applying perfumes to our skin may cause contact dermatitis.
It is common to find formaldehyde in cosmetic formulations such as shampoo, sunscreen, mouthwash, perfume, antibacterial hand soap, nail polish, and even products designed for children such as bubble bath. Formaldehyde is banned from cosmetics and toiletries in both Sweden and Japan and generally recognized as safe (GRAS) in the U.S. Formaldehyde is a known carcinogen.
Conclusion- Choose to live without toxic scents. Avoid cheap and expensive perfumes, candles and non-organic skin care products posing as having therapeutic properties. Your wellness is determined by far more than your genes.
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