Allergic to clothing?
First, have you ever considered that you might be allergic to what you are wearing?
Why do people think they can put synthetics and chemicals on their skin and not suffer some weird effect? I guess it’s because we aren’t aware that these things can penetrate the skin.
How is it then, we can put a patch on our body with something containing vitamins or substances to help us quit smoking and we fully expect it to pass into the body? Maybe it comes down to “how” it happens, and how small the molecules have to be before they can pass through our skin – the largest organ of the body.
NOTE: I originally published this article May 3, 2014 on Examiner.com and it was later republished without my knowledge or permission elsewhere. However, this is my original work. I’ve updated this article.
Natural skincare is taking over
Look at the natural skincare aisle at Earth Origins, Rollin’ Oats, Richard’s Foodporium, Whole Foods, or other health food stores. There are so many more natural skincare items available now. I think we’re finally waking up to that part–what lotions and creams we’re putting on our skin, but what about our clothes, or household furnishings?
If wearing fake stuff can affect our health, how about sitting, or sleeping on them?
I had been thinking of writing this article for some time, but when I saw this article, I knew I needed to put my thoughts to paper (well, internet).
Flame retardants, asthma, and synthetic materials
The state of California is moving to get cancer-causing flame retardants out of home furnishings.
So to back up a little bit. My mother was told by a chiropractor in the 1960s to put only natural fiber clothing, and shoes on me – no plastics! I had been diagnosed with asthma (around 1968) and it was this doctors understanding that in order to clear my body of illness I needed to wear natural fiber clothing (along with several other treatment offerings) this was basic to allow my body to heal naturally.
To my mom’s credit, she attempted this, making / sewing many of my garments for several years, and buying me only leather shoes. In high school I took four years of home economics classes and learned how to make my own clothes. However, with the advent of my mother needing to work outside the home, and my desire to get a job at age fifteen (perhaps also since my health had improved), along with the ease and cheap cost of manufactured clothing, slowly we started buying and wearing “anything and everything” sold in the big box stores.
I do recall also, that flame retardants were introduced on the fabrics. I am not sure we were following, at that time, why flame retardants could cause a health problem but some were banned in 1977 due to toxic effects. Now most Americans test positive for traces of flame retardants in our bodies. (See this wiki page for more information on this).
For a more broad explanation about why flame retardants and synthetics are bad for us – check out this video by Dr. Brian Clement of Hippocrates Health Institute regarding his book, Killer Clothes.
Wear organic fiber clothing
Dr. Clement states that it’s very important to buy organic cotton materials and clothing because cotton is one of the most heavily pesticide-sprayed crop!
For more than 14 years, I’ve been wearing cotton bras. I’ve also began wearing organic cotton shirts from Jiffy shirts with jeans, even under suit jackets with slacks to my professional office. I started checking the labels of my jeans and getting rid of the ones with the added stretchy material.
I believe the toxins put onto fabric is another very meaningful reason why manufacturers ask us to first wash clothing when we buy it and takeit home, BEFORE wearing. However, I have a feeling just washing is not enough to properly protect ourselves.
I am committed to buying and wearing organic cotton socks and underwear and buy these for my granddaughter and great-granddaughter from Ecoland. I have slowly changed out my wardrobe of office and casual attire to cotton clothing from Cotton Seed Casual Wear, Synergy Organic Clothing, and Oh My Gauze. They are super cute and comfortable clothes, easy-care (just wash and dry–no ironing), and they don’t shrink!
Alot of people with allergies do not even consider it could be the rayon, nylon, elastic, and polyester they’re wearing that is contributing to the problem.
I know the government passed a law about flame-retardant cloth years ago, but actually – there’s no law stating you have to wear it.
It can’t hurt to wear more natural, non-chemically treated clothing – can it? Unless you’re a fireman and need flame-retardant suits, I just can’t think of any other reason why its necessary to wear. Even so, they can wear cotton underneath all of that – so the chemically treated fiber is not laying against the skin.
Warning: Harmful chemicals
Watch out for “wrinkle free” or “no-iron” clothing because these are a warning for carcinogenic perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs) such as Teflon and Petrochemical dyes.
Black clothing and dyes for leathers often contain p-Phenylenediamine (PPD), which can produce allergic reactions.
There could be flame retardants in bedding and nightwear.
Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and bleach that produces dioxin are used by textile manufacturers.
For some reason many people think they need some authority (doctor or other) to tell them what to eat and drink! Bogus! Use your common sense! Look at history. People didn’t start having all the various ills people have today before processed foods, synthetic fiber, and chemicals were introduced into so much of our day-to-day lives! It just doesn’t pass the sanity test to think we can put crap into our body, wrap ourselves in synthetics and chemicals and yet experience vibrant health and longevity.
I am committed to help get the word out and show people what you put on and in your body makes a difference.
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