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A Childs Health - Healthy, Safe, Smarter

The garbage-man WILL NOT take these types of items as they are considered HAZARDOUS WASTE. Check your local city by-law web page, you'll see!
There is only one question. Why are they in YOUR house and around your family? What could they be doing to your family's health!

I'm quite passionate when it comes to educating families about the dangerous toxins and chemicals that we're exposed to in our homes everyday and what they can do to the health of Your Family! Quite a few years ago, my son was suffering with allergies and eczema.   I started researching what was in my products at home and made a decision not to expose my family to anymore of them!

Meet my kids...They're my reason!
Shortly after removing the toxic products from our home, I noticed my son wasn't needing his inhaler hardly at all and we didn't need the steroid creams for eczema! I decided that if I could help even one family get relief from the same issues, I was going to make it my mission to do just that....and I have!

The show below originally aired over 10 years ago....what has changed? Nothing! However, there's a safe alternative I found over 15 years ago. I don't sell products but I sure love educating and helping others to make safer choices for their home and family! Be sure to Watch!

Healthy living should be easy and affordable for Everyone!

I hope you find this helpful!

How many people have this in their homes?
It's encapsulated so very difficult to get out of carpets and even drywall!

  1. The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) analyzed 2983 chemicals used in personal care products.  The results were as follows: 
    • 884 of the chemicals were toxic
    • 314 caused biological mutation
    • 218 caused reproductive complications
    • 778 caused acute toxicity
    • 148 caused tumors
    • 376 caused skin and eye irritations
    As a stay at home mom, I was alarmed to learn that a 15 year study found that women who worked at home had a 54% higher death rate from cancer than women who had jobs outside the home. 
According to the EPA, Indoor Air Pollution is one of the most important environmental health problems.  The Consumer Product Safety Commission says, Of chemicals commonly found in homes, 150 have been linked to allergies, birth defects, cancer, and psychological abnormalities.

There are basically 3 ways that toxic chemicals can enter our body: by swallowing, by breathing, or by contact with skin or eyes.

I think it's important to say that household cleaning and personal care products are not the only source of chemicals in our homes, but, as you will see, they are some of the most toxic and deadly.  Fortunately for us, they are also the easiest to replace! 

This site is not only meant to inform, but is also a call to action!  Knowing that the chemicals in your home can seriously harm your children, wouldn't it be better to get them out of your home?

There are alternatives and you have a right to know what they are! Ask me!

  • 89% of all poison exposures occur in the home?
  • Every 14 seconds poison control is called?
  • Household cleaners are the #1 cause of poisonings in children?
  • Regular shampoos often contain formaldehyde as a preservative?
  • The # of persons with asthma increased 2.9% each year, from 20.3 million persons
    in 2001 to 25.7 million persons in 2010
  • Common household products have been identified as triggers of asthma?
  • Manufacturers ARE NOT required to list the exact ingredients on a label?
  • Chemical names are often disguised by using "trade names", so you may not recognize the chemical for what it truly is? 

Why Should We Worry About Toxic Chemicals?

  • According to the EPA, most homes have airborne concentrations of hazardous chemicals that are two to five times higher indoors than outdoors. 
  • According to the EPA, toxic chemicals found in the home are three times more likely to cause cancer than outdoor airborne pollutants.
  • The Consumer product Safety Commission connects 150 chemicals commonly found in our homes to allergies, birth defects, cancer and psychological disorders.
  • The National Cancer Institute has a list of twenty known carcinogens and over 2,200 chemicals that are probable carcinogens.  Many of these chemicals are in the cleaners and personal care products you buy at your local grocery store.

Warning terms used on products are significant:
DANGER - Harmful or fatal if swallowed A taste to a teaspoonful taken by mouth could kill an average sized adult.
WARNING - Harmful if swallowed A teaspoonful to an ounce taken by mouth could kill an average sized adult.
CAUTION - Harmful if swallowed An ounce to over a pint taken by mouth could kill an average sized adult.


AIR FRESHENERS: Most air fresheners interfere with your ability to smell by coating your nasal passages with an oil film, or by releasing a nerve deadening agent. Known toxic chemicals found in an air freshener: Formaldehyde: Highly toxic, known carcinogen. Phenol: When phenol touches your skin it can cause it to swell, burn, peel, and break out in hives. Can cause cold sweats,convulsions, circulatory collapse, coma and even death.

AMMONIA: It is a very volatile chemical, it is very damaging to your eyes, respiratory tract and skin.

BLEACH: It is a strong corrosive. It will irritate or burn the skin, eyes and respiratory tract. It may cause pulmonary edema or vomiting and coma if ingested. WARNING: never mix bleach with ammonia it may cause fumes which can be DEADLY.

CARPET AND UPHOLSTERY SHAMPOO: Most formulas are designed to over power the stain itself, they accomplish the task but not without using highly toxic substances. Some include: Perchlorethylene: Known carcinogen damages liver, kidney and nervous system damage. Ammonium Hydroxide: Corrosive, extremely irritable to eyes, skin and respiratory passages.

DISHWASHER DETERGENTS: Most products contain chlorine in a dry form that is highly concentrated.# 1 cause of child poisonings, according to poison control centers.

DRAIN CLEANER: Most drain cleaners contain lye, hydrochloric acid or trichloroethane. Lye: Caustic, burns skin and eyes, if ingested will damage esophagus and stomach. Hydrochloric acid: Corrosive, eye and skin irritant, damages kidneys, liver and digestive tract. Trichloroethane: Eye and skin irritant, nervous system depressant; damages liver and kidneys.

FURNITURE POLISH: Petroleum Distillates: Highly flammable, can cause skin and lung cancer. Phenol: (see Air fresheners, Phenol.) Nitrobenzene: Easily absorbed through the skin, extremely toxic.

MOLD AND MILDEW CLEANERS: Chemicals contained are: Sodium hypochlorite: Corrosive, irritates or burns skin and eyes, causes fluid in the lungs which can lead to coma or death. Formaldehyde: Highly toxic, known carcinogen. Irritant to eyes, nose, throat, and skin. May cause nausea, headaches, nosebleeds, dizziness, memory loss and shortness of breath.

OVEN CLEANER: Sodium Hydroxide (Lye): Caustic, strong irritant, burns to both skin and eyes. Inhibits reflexes, will cause severe tissue damage if swallowed.

ANTIBACTERIAL CLEANERS: may contain: Triclosan: Absorption through the skin can be tied to liver damage.

LAUNDRY ROOM PRODUCTS: Sodium or calcium hypocrite: Highly corrosive, irritates or burns skin, eyes or respiratory tract. Linear alkylate sulfonate: Absorbed through the skin. Known liver damaging agent. Sodium Tripolyphosphate: Irritates skin and mucous membranes, causes vomiting. Easily absorbed through the skin from clothes.

TOILET BOWL CLEANERS: Hydrochloric acid: Highly corrosive, irritant to both skin and eyes. Damages kidneys and liver. Hypochlorite Bleach: Corrosive, irritates or burns eyes, skin and respiratory tract. May cause pulmonary edema, vomiting or coma if ingested. Contact with other chemicals may cause chlorine fumes which may be fatal.


Where do I buy cleaning products that are safe for my kids and the environment and don't cost an arm and a leg? From a company that cares about all that I’ve written above and a whole lot more!

I’m not an expert, I’m not a scientist or a Doctor, but I’ve done my research and wanted to share what I’ve learned. I feel that this issue is too important and I just can't sit back and do nothing.

Lice Treatments...are Not Safe

Jesse's Story

When treating my child for head lice, I never thought about the harm it might be bringing to him. I felt only the anxiety all mothers feel when they discover bugs in their child’s hair. It never occurred to me that a physician-prescribed shampoo could be a dangerous and potentially fatal pesticide.

Telling our family’s story is extremely difficult for me. It requires me to confront my demons. It is agonizing to accept my role in my son’s pain and suffering. The memories are vivid and haunt me through the night. If I think about my role in Jesse’s pain and suffering, I’ll never make it through the day. I fought so hard to keep Jesse alive; it is a daily challenge to handle the reality that I may have contributed to his death.

Our nightmare began in 1984. There was an outbreak of head lice in our local elementary school. Several children were discovered to have lice, including Jesse’s older brother Jason. Our children’s pediatrician prescribed Kwell shampoo with refills. He never mentioned it being a pesticide product..advising only that it could cause skin and eye irritation. The doctor ironically suggested “just to be safe” I treat the entire family, even though Jason had been the only member afflicted. I followed his recommendation shampooing my husband, myself, Jason (age 7) and little Jesse (age 2). I repeated the application on the following day as the prescription instructed.

Approximately two months later, Jesse was playing “Superman” and fell to the floor with extreme stomach pain. I rushed him to the emergency room. My whole world changed that night. A liver and spleen scan revealed enlargement. Blood work indicated unusually high amounts of lymphocytes and white blood cells. Blast cells were also present. A bone marrow aspiration test confirmed our fears – A.L.L. – acute lymphobastic leukemia.

Jesse was hospitalized and received chemotherapy for six weeks until he achieved remission. During this time, the doctors asked many questions.. “Had there been a family history of Leukemia?” “What about chemical or electromagnetic field exposures?” There were no questions concerning head lice shampoo or anything similar. The connection never even crossed my mind.

Jesse sailed through the last of his chemotherapy, and remained in remission. He had been off treatment for over a year, and cancer free for several years when he started elementary school. Our family and his doctors were feeling optimistic that he had beaten his cancer.

A note from the school nurse was sent home a few months into his first school year. There had been cases of head lice reported. My reaction was panic. “Not again!” I brought out the lice shampoo and treated my family…as the doctor had said, “just to be safe”. Two months later Jesse relapsed. I am very sad to say this scenario played out two more times within the next five years. The fact that I did not get the connection is the guilt I must live with the rest of my life.

Jesse’s final relapse occurred after a bone marrow transplant. When the doctor called, he had more than the gut wrenching news of my son’s relapse. The doctor explained that this relapse had been very abnormal and unusual. In fact, only a handful of similar ones had been documented world-wide. Jesse’s relapse had occurred within the new donor marrow. He had received marrow from his baby sister Bobbie Sue – her marrow was female XX chromosomes. This was leukemia in the new XX marrow. This was scientifically profound because relapse by definition is “reoccurrence of the original cancer cells not eradicated by chemotherapy, radiation, or surgery”. There was none of Jesse’s old marrow remaining. This was not the original cancer: it was a new cancer in the new marrow.

My reaction to this news was complete panic. My concerns were that my daughter now also had leukemia. The doctor assured me this was not the case at all – Bobbie Sue was fine. He went on to explain that this relapse, however, did strongly indicate an environmental trigger. He asked me to try and recall if Jesse had been exposed to any substance prior to initial diagnosis and relapse. The only commonality I could remember was I had used the shampoo before his diagnosis and each subsequent relapse. It was very hard for me to believe, however, that head lice shampoo was a carcinogen. I embarked on research to prove to myself that I could not have possibly done anything to harm my son. My heart broke when I discovered how this shampoo was a neurotoxin pesticide and inherently dangerous. There was evidence strongly suggesting a link between this pesticide product, cancer and neurological problems.

Armed with this knowledge, I was convinced we could win this battle. I would help Jesse get well and protect him from this dangerous trigger. Unfortunately, I was too late. He passed away September 11, 1993. Jesse was and remains my little soul mate. There is not a day that passes that I do not think of him and deeply miss him.

Our family has felt betrayed by a system we assumed would protect us. Prior to using these FDA approved pesticide shampoo treatments, all members of our family were healthy. Following the exposures, Jesse was diagnosed with acute leukemia and passed away 09-11-93, Dale (Jesse’s father) was diagnosed with chronic leukemia – he passed away 02-12-98 and Jason (Jesse’s brother) has a diagnosis of chloracne, a condition associated with pesticide exposure.

For years I was unable to do anything but grieve, but I now know that it is critical to get this information out to other families so they can make the safest choices possible. I made a decision not to focus on how differently the lives of my family might have been if this information had reached us sooner. After careful thought, I decided to take that energy and direct it towards trying to educate and hopefully protect other children and their families by working with the National Pediculosis Association to promote their message of pesticide-free manual removal of head lice and nits. Jesse would want it that way. 

Thank you so much for stopping by to take a look! 

CLOROX Green Works Material Safety Data Sheets

Children and Toxins Fact Sheets
In the article, Environmental Health Threats to Children: A Look at the Facts, Dr. Philip J. Landrigan, widely recognized as one of the nation's foremost experts on children's diseases and environmental exposures, notes that children's exposures to newly developed chemical toxins in today's society have replaced classic infectious diseases with chronic, complex, handicapping conditions that affect multiple organs. He says that in children, these diseases are largely unknown and have not been adequately studied, but environmental factors are strongly suspected to play an etiologic role.
In an interview with E Magazine, Dr. Philip J. Landrigan expresses concern that a "whole range of chemicals have the potential to get into the developing brain and cause damage. Chemicals can be toxic to the brain at a pretty low level." 
(Philip J. Landrigan, M.D., M.Sc. is a pediatrician and the Chair of the Department of Community and Preventive Medicine of Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. He also holds a Professorship in Pediatrics at Mount Sinai, and is Director of the Mount Sinai Center for Children's Health and the Environment. Dr. Landrigan is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, is Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Industrial Medicine and previously was Editor of Environmental Research. He has chaired committees at the National Academy of Sciences on Environmental Neurotoxicology and on Pesticides in the Diets of Infants and Children. Dr. Landrigan's report on pesticides and children's health was instrumental in securing passage of the Food Quality Protection Act of 1996, the major federal pesticide law in the United States.)

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