I learned this rule nearly 30 years ago, and yet I am still discovering that many people do not realize that it is in place and what it means.
The Citizens of the United States of American may bring anything they wish into their homes.
Recently this rule is getting more scrutiny and definition. In my state we regulate the keeping of wild animals in your home, if you have bomb making supplies they may not be fashioned or stored as a bomb, and rules for keeping urban chickens. This is not all of the new rules, but my point is that there are new rules.
When I home schooled my children, there were several science experiments that did not turn out properly. I called the folks who wrote the book and we finally figured out that I was using a plastic ware container that was designed for home use which outgases at room temperature or when used for heating food. To run the experiment correctly I needed to use industrial designed plastic ware, which had more stringent regulations, or professional science glass beakers.
I threw out all the plastic ware containers I had in the house. I researched my cooking pots and my food storage materials and set different criteria for my household use. The national news has been telling us about how dangerous water bottles are which are made of plastic.
I am allergic to most detergents on the market and it took me a long time to find something that did not destroy the salmon runs and got clothing clean. Remember we can bring most everything into our homes for home use that we wish.
Also product manufacturers are able to have “priority” ingredients which do not have to be put on labels, in order to protect their patents enabling them to use “secret” and “cheaper” ingredients.
I used vinegar, lemon juice and baking soda for years to clean, only to discover I was making my allergic child sicker and sicker. 17 sneezes announced her morning wake up routine.
I switched to tea tree oil cleaning products and laundry soap and I no longer had an itchy, sneezey crew; everything was clean and fresh and the fish and wild life were not bothered.
I stopped having to boil the sheets every morning.
Last week, I returned to swimming as my main exercise routine and decided I could go an hour later, as my torn muscle is not ready for weight lifting yet. What a toxic surprise.
At 5:30am there are just a few women in the locker room in the swim area, but by 7:30am the locker room is crowded with women getting ready for work. The smell of laundry soap, fabric softener, bleach, hair spray, perfume, makeup and shampoos was overwhelming. The young girl next to me was slathering on a body lotion that is very popular but is a known carcinogen. I did not know whether to say something or not?
A personal trainer came in and switched on the fans to draw off some of the smells and orders. It was already too late for me. I figure I was in the locker room for 6 minutes when the crowd of smells overwhelmed me – now I am not a canary in the coal mine; my immune system is just low ebb right now while I heal. I gathered and bundled all my gear and went out to the entry area to put on my socks, shoes, coat and stuff my gear bag. It was already too late.
My left eye wept all day attempting to clear, and my right eye was swollen shut by the time I got home. My esophagus felt dry and itchy and I iced and drank fluids to find reconciliation.
The fellow at the front desk said yes, I would need to come earlier if I wanted to avoid that problem and they had installed the fans just for that reason. Nearly 1/3 of the members of the gym are sensitive, but those folks who want to use toxic products are allowed to in their home and to wear those smells to the gym.
Just a cautionary note: folks are allowed to bring almost anything into their homes they wish, whether it is toxic or not. Reading the labels is not always helpful because of the secret ingredients. I wish I still had the name of a book that a nurse/chemist wrote with the straight skinny – I’m sorry.
I don’t think it is a matter of “well, everything causes cancer these days”, I think for me it is more a matter of respecting the self and communicating honestly and truthfully about what we are doing in our own homes and to our own bodies.
What do you think? I don’t think we need more laws and rules, but I do think learning more is vital? I like to vote with my pocket book, how do you make your opinion known?
Please do not forget about the writing contest and remember it does not need to be your story, you can write about someone else’s story so you do not need to be married to write for this event.