One of the scariest toxins that we are exposed to everyday is the dry cleaning chemical called tetrachloroethylene. “High concentrations of tetrachloroethylene (particularly in closed, poorly ventilated areas) can cause dizziness, headache, sleepiness, confusion, nausea, difficulty in speaking and walking, unconsciousness, and death,” according to the Agency of Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. The World Health Organization states that tetrachloroethylene is a probable human carcinogen.
You may have high levels of tetrachloroethylene in your home
Do you and your children go into a non-ventilated closet that is full of dry cleaned clothes still wrapped in plastic and giving off the smell of the dry cleaning chemicals? If so, you are being exposed to unhealthy levels of this toxic compound. When you wear dry cleaned clothing, you are being exposed in two ways:
- Absorption through your skin during contact.
- Inhalation while wearing the clothing, in the same way you were exposed to the chemicals when the clothing was stored in your closet. Think about that faint chemical smell. It is not only harmful to you, but also to the workers in the dry cleaning facility and to the environment.
- The EPA says that, “Breathing the chemical for short periods of time can adversely affect the human nervous system with symptoms ranging from dizziness, fatigue, headaches and sweating to lack of coordination and unconsciousness.
- The U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services adds that tetrachloroethylene damages liver and kidneys and affects reproductive organs.
- Tetrachloroethylene is an environmental hazard. According to Greenpeace, 70% of tetrachloroethylene winds up in the air or in ground water. The EPA says that it is during the cleaning, purification, and waste disposal phases of dry cleaning that these hazardous toxins can get into our air, water, and soil where we are all exposed to them.
- The problems with tetrachloroethylene are so well known that many banks will not finance the purchase of land if a dry cleaning establishment once stood there. California has banned the use of perchloroethylene (another solvent used in dry cleaning) statewide, and New York and Texas are considering similar bans.
Dry cleaning chemicals stop weight loss
Tetrachloroethylene is stored in fat cells and is slowly released into the bloodstream. Have you ever tried losing weight and all of a sudden your results come to a complete stop? You did not change anything in your program but you could not lose a pound once you hit a certain point. Did you also have an increase in symptoms such as fatigue, dizziness, headaches or sleepiness?
When fat cells begin to shrink, as they do when a person is losing weight, dry cleaning chemicals that have been stored in them are released into the bloodstream. Once the body begins to feel the effects of the chemicals released from shrinking fat cells, it will begin to lower body metabolism and bring all fat burning to a halt. The body is simply attempting to prevent the harmful toxins from entering the blood stream. It is trying to keep fat cells as they were so they can continue to hold the toxic chemicals.
The Ultimate Body Cleanse is designed to reduce the toxin load in your fat cells to enable you to reach your target weight. It is designed to allow your body to continue to burn fat even after the initial pounds have been shed. If you have been on a yo-yo diet program for decades only to be heavier now than you have ever been, it is time to change your approach. Complete the Ultimate Body Cleanse now to enable you to reach your goals.
Alternatives to tetrachloroethylene:
- Carbon dioxide: This process is expensive as it requires special machines that can apply liquid CO2 to clothing under high pressure. It is completely non-toxic.
- Water: Nearly all garments labeled “dry clean only” can be cleaned with water through a process called wet-cleaning. This takes time and skill on the part of the professional, so the cost is higher, but again, this method is toxin free.
- DF-2000: An alternative chemical solvent that is only marginally better than perchloroethylene and has many of the same environmental and toxicity concerns as perchloroethylene. Not a recommended alternative.
- “The Green Earth Method”: Uses a chemical called D5 or siloxane. This is a silicone based solvent. Dow Corning, D5’s creator, did a study that revealed it increased the risk of uterine cancer in exposed rats, which brought a warning from the EPA that it may be a carcinogen. Beware of “Green” advertising. Most of the products are petroleum based hydrocarbons and are anything but “green.”
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