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Published: Friday, March 7 2014 9:35 a.m. MST

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wd
Salt Lake City, UT

This is what had happened to Jett Travolta, cause of death was complications from Kawasaki disease. These cleaners can trigger the outbreaks of the disease.

Physics27
Cedar City, UT

As one that knows a little bit about chemistry, I find this an interesting article. There is likely someone trying to make money off of these studies by promoting their chemical free products. Someone else is likely to dismiss them because they make money on the other side of the argument. The truth is likely in the middle. Chemicals are everywhere. Some are harmful in small doses, most are not. It is good to be aware but you can believe everything you hear from a random doctor.

I know it. I Live it. I Love it.
Provo, UT

Physics27,

Knowing a little bit and being an expert are not the same.

I feel nauseous when I walk down the cleaning-supply aisle in stores. I have since I was very young. No amount of research changes how I feel. The fact is that chemicals affect. When they enter the body, it is either good for the body or it isn't.

* Valid & scientific approach: Asking how much quantity is needed to have a considerable impact.
* Invalid & unscientific approach: Dismissing studies you disagree with as commercial agendas.

Businesses pay for studies all the time. Who paid for a study doesn't make it true or not. The quality of the study does. I know little of chemistry, but I know that chemicals impact us. A specific one gave my father cancer. The doctors, even the people deciding whether to pay for his treatment, people who look at cases with a lens of scrutiny- all of them agreed with the findings.

Studies on -both sides- of every fence and study exist. Sometimes it's best to err on the safe side. Sometimes it's not important enough. I hope everyone would want the best option for children.

MIXX Modern
Denver, CO

It is true that businesses are making money creating and selling greener products that contain fewer harmful chemicals. Meanwhile, the American Chemistry Council reportedly spent $12.25 million lobbying Congress in 2013 to protect member companies' profits.

While some people suggest that small doses of chemicals are safe, the cumulative effects of these small doses over a lifetime, added with the multiplicity of chemicals we are exposed to, are cause for concern. Many of these chemicals persist in our environment well after they are proven unsafe.

Children are uniquely susceptible: the blood-brain barrier does not fully develop until about 6 months of age; infants can breathe about 2x the air adults do; and children's organs don't filter pollutants as effectively. So there is ample reason for parents to take what steps are within their control to minimize chemical exposures.

This is not a call for radical fanaticism, but for common sense. There are many steps parents can take to reduce chemicals in the home. The easiest one is recommended by both the EPA and the American Lung Association: avoid bringing chemical-laden products into the home in the first place.

-Trina Masepohl, REGREEN Trained, author of The Green Nursery

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