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Toxic Childhood: The Real Dirt on Clean

Did you see the recent CNN expose on Toxic Childhood? If not, listen up…I’m about to give you the real dirt on cleaning products that we’re exposing our families to in our very own homes.

Have your kids every had respiratory problems or a cough that just wouldn’t go away? Have they been labeled with asthma or ever been on a nebulizer?

Unfortunately, I can answer yes to all of the questions above.

When my daughter was 6 weeks old, the first of many horrible hurricanes hit our home in Florida and the doctor put her on a nebulizer. Ever since, she and my son have been on and off of it. As a person who is not a fan of popping pills, I struggled with giving my kids cough syrup, but then the cough would worsen and I would be forced to either put them back on the nebulizer or give them antibiotics.

Would you believe I may have actually been the cause for their continued respiratory issues?

Listen to these startling facts:

* 90% of all poisonings occur within the home.

*The air inside our homes contains 2-5 times more pollutants than the air outside.

*Women who work at home have a 54% higher death rate from cancer.

*80,000 new chemicals have been introduced in the last 30 years (many of which are used in household cleaners), yet only 20% have been tested by the EPA.

Think that’s bad? Here is a list of just a few of the chemicals the EPA does recognize as harmful to human health:
-Sodium Hydroxide
-Hydrochloric acid
-Butyl Cellosolve

Guess what contains these items?
Toilet bowl cleaner, window cleaner, laundry detergent, fabric softener, dishwasher detergent, spot cleaner, oven cleaner, all-purpose cleaner, scouring powder… basically everything we use to clean our home.

Our home should be the safest place in the world, and yet we are literally poisoning our children (and ourselves!) everyday just by trying to keep our home clean.

In the CNN special report “Toxic Childhood,” Dr. Sanjay Gupta examined the large number of chemicals our children are exposed to — even before they’re born — and assessed what we know and don’t know about their impact on our children’s health.

One of the many things they found from their investigation was that in the past, assurances that certain chemicals are completely safe have often turned out to be false.

In the same report on CNN, I heard that even though the current administration will now be reviewing the chemicals that have been introduced without inspection, it will take YEARS before findings are released and acted upon.

So what can we do about it?Get Clean!


Shaklee’s Get Clean Healthy Home starter kit has everything you need to get those toxins out of your home while helping the earth at the same time. For only $176 (and thanks to the super-concentrated formula), you:
–get the equivalent of $3400 of store-bought cleaning products
–eliminate 248 pounds of greenhouse gases AND
–eliminate 108 pounds of waste

Have a minute? Watch this amazing summary of Shaklee’s Get Clean Starter Kit as featured on the Rachael Ray show:

Have a little more time? Watch the entire series of “The Real Dirt on Clean” (created by a mom whose son ended up in the ER because of his respiratory issues linked to home toxins):

Watch “The Real Dirt on Clean” Part 2
Watch “The Real Dirt on Clean” Part 3
Watch “The Real Dirt on Clean” Part 4

In our family’s total effort to get healthy, we recognize health goes beyond our bodies and also includes our home. The Get Clean system may just be the best investment you make in the health of your family too.

What is your family worth to you?