By Dan Shapley
The actual list will mean something to some people, with some now-recognizable chemicals like Bisphenol A and phthalates topping the list. Also on the list: dioxin, atrazine, perchlorate, fire retardants, lead, arsenic, mercury, perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs), organophosphate pesticides and glycol ethers.
More critical are the tips for avoiding each of these substances. As any consumer who has schooled herself on the subject of avoiding any one of these will know, however, the task is not easy. Here's a sampling of tips that will get you started:
- Eat fresh food, rather than canned.
- Avoid cash-register receipts.
- Avoid plastics marked with "PC" for polycarbonate, or recycling number 7. Don't store or cook foood in plastics of any kind, including plastic wrap made from No. 3 plastic.
- Eat less meat, fish, milk, eggs and butter.
- Buy organic produce.
- Choose a water filter that will remove atrazine, perchlorate, lead, arsenic and other chemicals.
- Avoid personal care products with "fragrance" in the list of ingredients.
- Be sure to consume the recommended amount of iodine, iron, calcium and Vitamin C.
- Use a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter.
- Don't eat fish high on the food chain, like tuna, swordfish and shark.
- Don't use non-stick pans, or products with stain- and water-resistant coatings.
- Don't buy cleaning products or other household chemicals that include the ingredients 2-butoxyethanol (EGBE) and methoxydiglycol (DEGME).