Saturday, July 18, 2020

Healthy Home, EPA deregulation and Dark Waters

Did you know that many of the products we bring into our homes are harmful to our lungs?  This is particularly alarming given the impact of COVID19 on persons with compromised lung capacity.  Just this past week the Trump administration rolled back the Clean Air Act  and EPA regulations limiting toxin levels we are exposed to by just breathing. It is very important for each of us to be our own watchdogs. 

The interests of large corporations are for the bottom line not the well being of the consumer if there is a way to cut costs.   Under our system of government lobbyist are able to appeal regulatory oversight commonly risking the interests of the consumers.  This is increasingly a growing concern since the many rollbacks of the current administration.  A Globe article I read awhile back shared tips on selecting safer building materials for homes.  I recently saw the movie Dark Waters which followed the trial against Dupont Corporation's use of toxic chemicals resulting in an increase in cancer victims for decades as uncovered by Attorney Robert Billot.  We are surrounded by harmful chemicals in many of the products we use, however big corporations care more about their profit than the impact these have on the end consumers.  

Deregulation is not just limited to building materials.  There are many consumer products that have been submitted and approved for deregulation under the current administration (for a list click here.)  For example,   I was curious to see how deregulation impacts our daily life and was surprised to see this resource put together by the Brookings Institute.   

Fearful of adding additional risk in my own house,  I began to research products that would limit exposure to toxins.  Since the pandemic I have been using disinfectants constantly to clean every surface I go near.  Although mitigating the risk of the virus though I feared I may be increasing the risk of breathing toxic chemicals.  I was recently introduced to household cleaning products by the company Melaleuca.  One product in particular that I want to share is their disinfectant Sol-U-Guard Botanical Disinfectant Spray.   Studies have shown this to be effective and approved by the EPA as a disinfectant when used properly against Corona virus.  As with their other products this is plant based without the harmful toxins found in commercial products.  I am attaching a link here to share information about this product.

I started to use Melaleuca product for my own home and have found their cleaning products to be highly effective in getting the job done.  Jill Becker, MD recently introduced me to this product line since I am a  Realtor.  She suggested I explore as a welcome gift idea for a client's housewarming.  Although I admit I was hesitant at first, I have since learned more about the product line and agreed to collaborate with her to provide information to anyone who may be interested in learning more.  If you do have interest I am happy to host a Zoom session with her.  Please click here to set up a preliminary time and I will confirm..

As I have mentioned and share on my website my greatest passion in life is connecting people with the right resources.  In this time of great concern about pandemics and deregulation of products that may harm each of us or the environment where we live and breath each day I feel this is one small step to mitigating inherent risk.

Wendy is a Realtor with Coldwell Banker Needham.  She enjoys coffee, walking her dog, theater/arts, reading, writing, travel and meeting new people.  She always welcomes the opportunity to have a virtual coffee now that we are amidst the “new normal”.  Check out her website at or her fb page @wendybcb as she posts up to date content to meet the ever changing marketplace.

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