Natural or Synthetic. You Choose.

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“Man-made fabrics? What provenance do they have? A squirt of gloop into a petri dish? Strands of plastic spun in sterile laboratories? They are but toxins made safe by men in white coats.”-  Fennel Hudson 


Synthetic is lab given and natural is nature given

Human skin, body’s largest organ, acts as a highly absorbent carrier for chemicals that come into direct contact with body’s “miracle garment,” as skin is often called. As Anna Maria Clement, PhD, NMD, LN and Brian R. Clement, PhD, NMD, LN, in their book Killer Clothes state that common chemicals that can regularly come into contact with your skin and be absorbed by body tissues include the ingredients in cosmetics and personal care products, as well as chemicals used in the manufacture of synthetic clothing.

What is synthetic clothing? Allow me to throw some light on synthetic clothing. Synthetic fibers, such as nylon and polyester, are produced entirely from chemicals. Synthetic fibers are made from synthesized polymers or small molecules. The compounds that are used to make these fibers come from raw materials such as petroleum based chemicals or petrochemicals.

These materials are polymerized into a long, linear chemical that bond two adjacent carbon atoms. Most common synthetics fibers are polyester, nylon, acrylic and polyolefin. These four dominate the markets. Others common synthetic fibers include modacrylic, rayon, spandex, modal and many more. A synthetic fiber, when magnified, looks like plastic spun together.

Also known as man-made fiber, its chemical composition, structure, and properties are significantly modified during the manufacturing process. Man-made fibers are spun and woven into a huge number of consumer and industrial products, including garments such as shirts, scarves, and hosiery; home furnishings such as upholstery, carpets, and drapes; and industrial parts such as tire cord, flame-proof linings, and drive belts.

Origin of synthetic fibers: Polyester (1953), Rayon (1894) artificial silk, Nylon (1931), Acrylic (1950), Spandex (1959)

Now the main question. Is synthetic fiber/fabric/clothing good for you? The answer is no.

What does synthetic clothes do to harm us?

Man-made petrochemical fibers restrict and suffocate the skin, our largest and most sensitive body organ, making it unable to breathe properly so as it can release toxins. Our skin is biggest eliminative organ in body.

If the toxins are not released from your body in a proper way as nature intends, it can result in a health issue. Toxins store in body fat and body organs. We don’t want that. That is a total no no for anyone, whether he/she is health conscious or not. We cannot move around with toxins stored in our body due to our own clothes. 

The main purpose here is, with help of my experience and study, to reveal the many ways that synthetic clothing and many other components used in their manufacture can cause acute health problems.

Let’s talk about the most popular fiber today, polyester. Everyone has some sort of polyester clothing in their closet. If you like fitness and working out, then I bet you’ll have tons of it. I know how hard it is to find fitness shorts made from natural fiber. If you love sports, you will have lots of polyester clothes.

Check your closet to find out how much synthetic clothing you got, you might be surprise. You might find even undergarments made with polyester. Bras, under wears, socks and even diapers and sanitary pads. All are loaded with polyester fiber. It’s around you, everywhere in your homes. Talk about home furnishing, that’s loaded with polyester or other synthetic fibers too.  Mattresses, upholstery, curtains and carpet. You walk everyday on synthetic fibers. I always wear cotton socks before my feet are about to hit synthetic carpet otherwise it seems like I am walking on a sandpaper. Synthetic fibers make up more than 99% of the fiber used by U.S. carpet industry. Just look at the labels.

There is no doubt polyester is very popular clothing choice, the most popular of all synthetics. Before mentioning on how polyester can harm us let us find out why is it so popular.

Polyester is extremely durable and possess the high tensile strength. It’s tough and rigid. Easily dyed, light weight, resistance to shrinking, stretching and creasing.

Polyester is soft, smooth supple- yet still a plastic. Studies point out again and again that plastics are no good for us. Biggest disadvantage of polyester that outweighs all its benefits is it’s bad for skin and ultimately for our health. It does not breathe. It hinders in body’s natural mechanism of throwing out toxins through skin. Imagine wearing a polyester shirt and shorts in fitness or while sports. That’s the time when your skin needs the most to breathe. We are in gym to stay in shape and get healthy and polyester actually stand in the way. Only reason why we don’t realize is because we don’t see the damage polyester does. Its hidden. Another big disadvantage is the environmental hazard polyester creates. That is for another day.

Polyester contributes to our body burden in ways that we are just beginning to understand.  And because polyester is highly flammable, it is often treated with a flame retardant, increasing the toxic load.  So if you think that you’ve lived this long being exposed to these chemicals and haven’t had a problem, remember that the human body can only withstand so much toxic load – and that the endocrine disrupting chemicals which don’t seem to bother you may be affecting generations to come.

Synthetic fibers, like polyester, can cause harm and when it is loaded with synthetic dyes and chemicals, just imagine how harmful it can be. I strongly recommend reading my forthcoming essays on dyes and chemicals. 

For today just try to look into your closet and see how many polyester clothes you have.

References

  • Encyclopaedia Britannica
  • Killer Clothes written by Anna Maria Clement, PhD, NMD, LN and Brian R. Clement, PhD, NMD, LN
  • https://oecotextiles.worcom/2011/10/13/polyester-and-our-health/
  • Main image courtesy Pixabay.com

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