“The Superfund legislation set up a system of insurance premiums collected from the chemical industry to clean up toxic wastes. This new program may prove to be as far-reaching and important as any accomplishment of my administration. The reduction of the threat to America’s health and safety from thousands of toxic-waste sites will continue to be an urgent but bitterly fought issue-another example for the conflict between the public welfare and the profits of a few private despoilers of our nation’s environment” – President Jimmy Carter, Keeping Faith Memoirs of President (1980), 591.
Are you “Tox-Sick”?
In the book “Tox-Sick”, Suzanne Somers write about the toxins in our body, diseases caused by toxins and the doctors who can help. Author Somers identifies six areas of toxic that are listed below:
- Plastic and other Chemicals
- The low fat food movement and other processed, sugar-filled foods
- Toxic mold
- The overuse of pills
- GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms)
- EMFs (Electric and Magnetic fields) and Cell Phones
Chemicals in textile and clothing falls in first category.
Suzanne Somers mentions her personal life events in the book to explain how deadly toxins are. The goal to write “Tox-Sick” is to identify the toxic threats, one by one, and dismantle them.
I have similar goal, “To reach as many people as possible, and let them know about the toxins in the clothes they wear”.
I want to let the consumers know, that they have a choice, to wear toxins or to wear healthy. I want to share information on textile and clothing industry and the facts underlying “Resistance”, “Retardant”, and “Repellent”. The various chemicals that are applied on our clothes under the names of various finishes. To name a few: flame resistance, stain resistance, bug repellent, water repellent, crease resistant, wrinkle resistant, mosquito repellent, soil resistance, light resistance, antimicrobial finish, moth proof, temperature regulating finish, moisture management, easy care finish and list goes on.
Although the research and experiments on synthetic fibers was going on from long, Rayon was the first artificial textile fiber, introduced in 1924 for commercial production. Since it is a man-made wood based compound, the true first synthetic fiber was nylon, its petro- molecule source being toluene, was introduced in 1939 for commercial production and used for mass production of parachutes for use in World War II. It was a less expensive alternate to silk. DuPont chemist Wallace Hume Carothers is generally credited for the inventor of Nylon.
Then came Acrylic and modacrylic, wash and wear fabric in 1950, which replaced wool in sweaters. Wool is expensive but nothing keeps body warm as wool as it is natural. Acrylic can create skin sensitives. Next time while buying a sweater, put the fabric between your teeth. If you get a crackling feeling, like fire hissing, its acrylic. Same it does to your skin. It crackles and hisses on your skin and lets the chemicals rub on the skin.
Polyester and Spandex followed in 1950s. They are made from xylene, ethylene and olefin, produced by cracking petroleum molecules into propylene and ethylene gases. There are many more toxic fibers which I’ll keep writing about in my next articles.
My Blog articles are written with the idea and goal of creating awareness about a subject that is barely talked. The point is to reach out to various communities and let them have a healthier choice of clothes.
It’s not that people don’t understand. They are just busy with their work and priorities. They may have bigger concerns and issues. The prime subject of safety from toxins is food, and it should be. People read so much about food toxicity. Health conscious people read about food to eat and to avoid, on daily basis. After all, we intake food numerous times a day, at numerous places.
New recipes are made by restaurant and food industry, every single day. There are healthy and there are unhealthy food places. Most of the fast food restaurants are simply unhealthy. There are better restaurants out there, but they might not be as careful with the calorie count of every food they make. How can you find out? Ask the server about calorie count of your food, before ordering, in a restaurant. Ask for each of the drink and food consumed, and them sum it up. You will be surprised.
When you keep reading about the subjects that matters and concerns your life, there is more to learn. It’s a daily practice. Industry’s job is to keep making new recipes every single day, whether it is in a restaurant or in a textile lab. Recipe for new “repellent” on your clothes. It’s our job to keep protecting ourselves from “bad recipes”. Good for their profit, bad for health. These are recipe for fast food and fast fashion. You don’t want to be get caught in the fast lane that goes to drug store.
I know, by experience, that usually one food item served by restaurants, is a little too much to eat all at once. At least it’s true for me. I knew this “problem” for long. Usually we do eat what we can and take the leftovers as carry out. But as long as the plate stays on the table, we keep eating. Especially when we are with family and friends, busy talking, to the point that we stuff ourselves to our fullest desire. When our overburdened stomach screams no, then we take the leftover to go. With alcoholic drinks its worse. I’ll tell you a small trick to save yourselves from this situation. When you know the food you are about to order, is going to be too much for you, ask the server to serve you half and the second half to be packed, to go, even before it reaches your table.
Now while we keep educating ourselves on the presence of toxins in clothes, let me tell you three tricks on how to start acting today, and save your skin from toxicity.
- My recommendation is not to wear polyester. If you “have to”, wear a light color 100% organic cotton t-shirt underneath. Don’t let petrochemical made shirt touch your skin. Let natural organic cotton shirt hug your body. Wear light color as it has less weight of synthetic dyes and chemicals. This can be done for all synthetic tops you “have to” wear.
- Wash your new clothes before you wear. Many clothes come with various garment washes (chemicals), to make them look “silkier and softer”. That means after the garment is sewed and all ready, it goes to wash factory to get some “chemical finish on it”. There is lot of handling by bare hands, before packing. Garments are touched by garment workers and handlers before being packed. Workers go to lunch room and then pack the garments, they go to rest rooms and then pack the garments and they do whatever they want to do and then pack the garments. Garment packing is later opened up in stores and touched by handlers and people who hang them in the stores, tag them etc. Then touched by dozens of people who try those clothes. No one cares to wash their hands for 20 secs before doing that. This brings not only a load of chemicals on each piece of cloth, but germs too. Wash in warm water with mild soap before wearing. It makes a big difference.
- Never, ever, wear synthetic and super tight undergarments. Synthetic clothes do not breathe and raise the temperature around the body parts leading to heat and sweat. Hence infections can be caused. Wear loose organic cotton underwear. There is a reason some parts in your body are kept hanging by nature.
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Be smart, wear healthy!
- “Killer Clothes” written by Anna Maria Clement, PhD, NMD, LN and Brian R. Clement, PhD, NMD, LN
- “Tox-Sick” written by Suzanne Somers
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