Research Reveals the Importance of Nutrition for Fathers-to-Be

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PORTLAND, OR–(Marketwired – January 03, 2017) – While the importance of nutrition to a pregnant woman is widely known, the fathers’ choices receive far less attention. However, according to nutraceutical company Kirkman®, research is making it clear that environmental exposures and nutritional choices of a father-to-be can have profound effects on reproductive outcomes, from failure to conceive to birth defects.

Smoking and excessive drinking are likely the most common (and most commonly recognized) reproductive hazards and both can lead to reduced sperm counts.1 But there are other common exposures, including many encountered in workplaces, that can have detrimental effects on fertility.2

Millions of chemicals are commonly in commercial use. According to the CDC, more than 1,000 of these have reproductive effects on animals, but few have been studied in humans. Several of those that have been studied have been shown to lower sperm count and/or deform sperm shape (which can reduce the ability of the sperm to “swim” effectively).

Lead, for instance, has been linked to both of these negative outcomes. Exposure to other heavy metals has also been linked to negative effects on sperm production. Potentially damaging chemicals used in workplaces include bromides (used in dyes, disinfectants, and insecticides), styrene (used in plastic production) and tetrachloroethylene (used in dry cleaning).

Body weight has been linked to low sperm counts, both oligozoospermia, which simply means a lower-than-average count, and azoospermia, which indicates a sperm count so low that sperm is actually undetectable. For both underweight and overweight men, there is a slightly increased chance of azoospermia or oligozoospermia. Those deemed “morbidly obese,” however, have twice the odds of low sperm counts.3

Research on the impact of diet on male fertility is still at an early stage. Some studies have merely confirmed that generally nutritious diets lead to better outcomes, but others have narrowed their focus to look at specific nutrients. One found that vitamin E and selenium supplementation both increased motility and reduced the concentration of malformed sperm.4 Another found significant count and motility improvements following regular, high-dose intake of vitamin C.5 High doses of vitamin B-12 were found to increase sperm counts for both humans6 and rats.7

Moral of the story, limit your exposure, replace products and take care of you if you want future generations to be happy and healthy.

References:
  1. DeNoon, Daniel. Study: smoking degrades sperm protein needed for fertility, embryo survival. Accessed 12/27/16 from: http://www.webmd.com/smoking-cessation/news/20100910/smokers-sperm-less-fertile
  2. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. The effects of workplace hazards on male reproductive health. DHHS (NIOSH) Publication Number 96-132. Accessed 12/27/16 from: http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/96-132/
  3. Sermondade, N. BMI in relation to sperm count: an updated systematic review and collaborative meta-analysis. Human Reproduction Update, Jun;19 (3): 221-31. doi: 10.1093/humupd/dms050.
  4. Moslemi MK, Tavanbakhsh S. Selenium–vitamin E supplementation in infertile men: effects on semen parameters and pregnancy rate. International Journal of General Medicine. 2011;4:99-104. doi:10.2147/IJGM.S16275.
  5. Akmal M, Qadri JQ, Al-Waili NS, Thangal S, Haq A, Saloom KY. Improvement in human semen quality after oral supplementation of vitamin C. J Med Food. 2006 Fall;9(3):440-2. Accessed 12/27/16 from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17004914
  6. Moriyama H, Nakamura K, Sanda N, Fujiwara E, Seko S, Yamazaki A, Mizutani M, Sagami K, Kitano T, [Studies on the usefulness of a long-term, high-dose treatment of methylcobalamin in patients with oligozoospermia]. Hinyokika Kiyo. 1987 Jan;33(1):151-6. Accessed 12/27/16 from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3107356
  7. Watanabe T, Ohkawa K, Kasai S, Ebara S, Nakano Y, Watanabe Y. The effects of dietary vitamin B12 deficiency on sperm maturation in developing and growing male rats. Congenit Anom (Kyoto). 2003 Mar;43(1):57-64. Accessed 12/27/16 from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12692404
Source: http://www.marketwired.com/press-release/research-reveals-the-importance-of-nutrition-for-fathers-to-be-2185988.htm

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Show us your SPRING Clean!

Springtime is synonymous with beauty, flowers, and renewal. I associate those things with cleaning because I find beauty in clean things and typically decorate my home with fresh flowers after I organize a have everything sparkling. While it might be tempting to spray your whole place with bleach or disinfectant spray (that make things “clean,” right?), a lot of common household cleaning products are actually pretty toxic to our health. Luckily, there are ways to keep things fresh and sanitary. Read on for the low-down when selecting better and safer products for you, your family and your home.

The Environmental Protection Agency ranks indoor air pollution among the top environmental dangers, and much of this pollution comes from common cleaning products (or what we’ll call “indoor pollutants”). Immediate effects of exposure to indoor pollutants can include headaches, foggy thinking, dizziness, fatigue, and irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat, as well as exacerbated symptoms of asthma and other respiratory illnesses. Long-term effects (following long or repeated exposure to indoor pollutants) include respiratory diseases, autism spectrum disorder, heart disease, learning disabilities, ADHD, cancer, infertility, hormonal imbalances, chronic fatigue, obesity, early puberty, immune system diseases and even cancer. Small particles of dust and toxins can infest your home. Be sure to stay informed about your house and learn about any contaminants that could affect your health. For example, asbestos is a mineral that was used in housing materials. Left alone, it is harmless, but damaged it could pose a serious health concern such as mesothelioma cancer. The indoor pollutants that can cause these reactions are so common that the EPA strongly recommends everyone improve the air quality of their home, regardless of whether symptoms are currently present. (See tips throughout infographic).

Be sure to change your air filter on the recommended schedule to reduce pet dander, dust, and other pollutants from circulating through your home. While cleaning may be more economical than replacing the shower liner in your home, if it is old, you may just need to replace it. Look carefully at the materials the new liner is made of so that you do not bring more hazardous chemicals to your home.  Beware of PVC-containing shower curtains which can emit 108 chemicals in the air according to studies by the Center for Health, Environment and Justice, CHEJ. Avoid their cousins made from PEVA or EVA, though less harmful, recent studies have proven them to be harmful nonetheless. Other PVC based products such as flooring can create further issues, so it considering a remodel be sure to consult an expert. Especially if your home was built prior to 1970, as it can contain asbestos. If you are still inclined to be a DIYer, be sure to wear protective masks, gloves and ventilate your home.

For those of us who do not want to spend money on an air purifier, NASA has provided us with great insight to plants, such as:

  • Garden Mum
  • Spider Plant
  • Dracaena
  • Ficus/Weeping Fig
  • Peace Lily
  • Boston Fern
  • Snake Plant
  • Bamboo Palm
  • Aloe Vera

All of whom will purify the air of the following pollutants, ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene and xylene. (Thanks to the greatist.com for this fantastic list!)

Don’t rely on the government to protect you when it comes to hazardous chemicals in cleaning products, DO YOUR RESEARCH! They don’t regulate or assess the safety (or even labeling) of the vast majority of cleaning products on the market. The EPA, meanwhile, only regulates cleaners that contain registered pesticides. This means that consumers are basically on their own when it comes to choosing safe cleaning products — a task that’s way easier said than done. (For reviews of the toxicity of household cleaners and even personal care products, check out the Environmental Working Group’s database at www.EWG.com).

Here are some facts about cleaning and cleaners that you may not be aware of:

  • There are over 80,000 chemicals in use in the US alone, over 11,000 of which are banned overseas.
  • Manufacturers of cleaning products and laundry detergents we use every day (unlike food, beverage and other personal care products) are not regulated by federal law to list their ingredients.
  • It takes approximately 26 seconds for any substance to be absorbed through your skin and enter your bloodstream or inhaled and entered into your lungs.
  • We are the first generation ever exposed to an unprecedented amount of toxic chemicals on a daily basis, a number which is on the rise.
  • Luckily, chemical-laden cleaning products aren’t the only means to keep a home sparkly. Before you purchase anything, arm yourself with information and research on the products you currently use.

Beware of the words Non-Toxic vs Toxic-Free, they mean two different things. While we may use them interchangeably, there is no regulation regarding the Non-Toxic term, even after passing the cut off where something could be considered Non-Toxic does not make it safe. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, who created The Federal Hazardous Substance Act, deems a product toxic if it can produce personal injury or illness to humans when it is inhaled, swallowed, or absorbed through the skin. In other words, if a substance kills ONLY 49% of the test subjects, could be legally labeled non-toxic. Makes you feel really safe, right? However, Toxic-Free cannot produce any reaction or harm their subjects in any way shape or form. The solution is to minimize what you can control and prevent exposure in the first place. The first place to start is in your home.

If you are looking for the best of the best, be on the lookout for products that have the Certified Toxic Free seal, like the ones found at www.MyToxicFreeClub.com, next look for EcoCert, Certified Organic, and USDA Certified Biobased. These certifications will insure that the products were produced by conscientious companies and guarantee that all ingredients have been researched, tested and do not cause negative health effects. A lot of us have made homemade cleaning products at some point thinking they are better for us or that they can help save us money and protect the environment; this may not necessarily be true. Research the ingredients first and make sure you will not end up with a worse product in comparison to a store-bought one.

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If you are still unsure of how to get started down the path to a healthier toxic-free lifestyle this spring season, feel free to drop me an email at dnp1515@gmail.com and I will answer your more specific questions. Thank you to the Mesothelioma Asbestos Awareness Center for this amazing infographic.

Happy Spring Cleaning!

Perla Middleton
*I was not compensated by maacenter.org for writing this article, however they gave me the rights to utilize this amazing infographic.

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The Toxic Truth™ Campaign: Kick Toxins to the Curb!

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The Healthy Home Company is committed to fulfilling our mission of making the home a healthier place by ridding homes of the products and chemicals that are harming families. That’s why we’re kicking off the New Year with the Toxic Truth™ Campaign, a collection of interactive tools and challenges, research, and information about toxic chemicals designed to help people decipher the dangers found in the products they use every day.

Take The Toxic Test™
As a nation, we believe that personal care, skin care, household, cosmetic and other industries have regulations that are responsible for providing us with products that are “safe.” But, the reality is that there are more than 80,000 chemicals in use in the U.S., and many are unregulated. As an example, the cosmetics industry alone (which is self-regulated) uses over 1,000 chemicals in cosmetics sold in the U.S. that are banned in Europe.

There are toxic chemicals hiding in the products you use every day on yourself and your children.

DID YOU KNOW…

  • It only takes 26 seconds for the chemicals from the products you use in your home to enter the bloodstream through your skin.
  • There over 80,000 chemicals in use in the US alone, thousands of which are banned overseas.
    Our children are at risk. Babies are born with 200 chemicals coursing through their veins.
  • Studies have found more than 287 chemicals linked to issues like birth defects, developmental delays, toxicity and even cancer.
  • Manufacturers of the cleaning products and laundry detergents you use every day to clean your home (unlike food, beverage, cosmetic and other personal care products) are not required by federal law to list their ingredients.

At TaketheToxicTest.com/502710, we’ve taken the guesswork out of exposing these chemicals, by providing you with an overview of the top Toxic Ten product categories found in the home (including toothpaste, soap and sanitizer, and kitchen cleaner) and outlining some of the dangerous chemicals they harbor.

Many household brands contain ingredients that can cause an array of health risks. TakeTheToxicTest.com/502710 provides information about some of the health concerns and effects associated with those ingredients, and where to find safer replacements.

Join Healthy Home in our mission to make your home a healthier place by logging on to www.TakeTheToxicTest.com/502710, taking the Toxic Test™ and investigating the products in your home. When you’ve finished, we hope you’ll consider purchasing safer alternatives for your family and encouraging your family, friends and loved ones to do the same.

Trash the Toxins Challenge
Once you’ve taken the Toxic Test™, we are going to challenge you to Trash the Toxins. So get your products together and take the test.  Challange will be announced soon so stay posted to this blog.

It’s up to us to protect ourselves and our families by alerting them to the Toxic Truth™. Together, we can share the message and make a difference—one home at a time!

Get started now by visiting www.TakeTheToxicTest.com/502710, to learn which toxic chemicals are found in products inside your home, then take the Trash the Toxins challenge, and kick toxins to the curb today!

*Article reposted from of Healthy Home. Image courtesy of Healthy Home.

Perla Middleton
Founding Member
Healthy Home Company

You are hydrating with what??

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Water is the body’s most important nutrient. We’ve been told to drink 8-10 glasses of water daily. But, what if the water we are drinking is full of toxic chemicals like pesticides, herbicides, chlorine, lead, rust and pharmaceutical drugs?

Check out Brittany Glynn’s latest ToxicFree® Blog post to learn more about how to protect your family: http://bit.ly/1txJLIR

Perla Middleton
Founding Member
Healthy Home Company dnp1515@gmail.com http://www.MyToxicFreeClub.com

Halloween may be over, but there are still lurking in the shadows…

In our cabinets lurks a danger we would never suspect.  Every day we are shown by ads and marketing agencies how impressive a product is in taking stains away or in removing odors but little do we know that the ingredients in those products are making us sick.

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Are you suffering from any of these, know someone who is?

  • Sleep disorders
  • Developmental problems
  • Weaker immune system
  • Reproduction problems, including infertility, endometriosis, polycystic ovary syndrome
  • Depression
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Heart disease
  • Autism
  • ADHD
  • Neurological problems
  • Cancer
  • Thyroid disorder
  • Not to mention that each of these creates a host of issues of their own…

Start by looking no further than the personal care products you have in your own home!  Research the products you use every day, ingredients in them could be disrupting your endocrine system, your body’s chemical messenger system.  Your endocrine system sends messages to your body to release hormones to digest your food, to bring you down from stress, to level your hormonal unbalance among a myriad of things.  When this system is messed with, all these messages get delivered incorrectly or not at all, thus why you have any of the issues listed above.

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Do you or have you come in contact with any of these items:

  • Bisphenol-A (BPA), found in plastics and in the lining of canned goods.
  • Triclosan, found in antibacterial soaps and other products.
  • Parabens, popular preservatives used in personal care products.
  • Phthalates, plasticizers found in hair spray, nail polish, plastic food containers, and vinyl.
  • Sodium lauryl sulfate, a harsh cleanser found in many personal care products.
  • Perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs), like Teflon, Gore-Tex, and other stain-resistant products.
  • Dioxin, a byproduct formed during the manufacturing process of many personal care products.
  • Fire retardants, found in foam furniture (like couches), carpet padding, and house dust.
  • Arsenic, a toxin lurking in some food and drinking water.
  • Mercury, a toxic metal found in some fish.
  • Pesticides, used widely in farming as well as in home gardens and lawns.

These are just some of the items and or ingredients that are endocrine disruptors.  Do a search of your personal and household care items through http://www.EWG.org and see how your product scores in a scale of 1-10 (10 being the worst) or A-F (F being the worst), also look for mentions of endocrine disruptors (see example below):

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The Endocrine Society published the following in their Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals An Endocrine Society Scientific Statement citing a number of studies:

  • Because of the shared properties of the chemicals and the similarities of the receptors and enzymes involved in the synthesis, release, and degradation of hormones, no endocrine system is immune to endocrine disrupting chemicals. (In simple terms this means that no hormone is spared from these synthetic chemicals).
  • The evidence for adverse reproductive outcomes (infertility, cancers, malformations) from exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals is strong, and there is mounting evidence for effects on other endocrine systems, including thyroid, neuroendocrine, obesity and metabolism, and insulin and glucose homeostasis. (Unfortunately this means just what it says, there is evidence that these chemicals lead to all the diseases listed above).
  • Furthermore, we now know that DES exposure in key developmental life stages can have a spectrum of effects spanning female reproduction, male reproduction, obesity, and breast cancer. (Same as above ).
  • They found a significant correlation between BPA concentrations in urine with cardiovascular disease and abnormal concentrations of liver enzymes.
  • Individuals and populations are exposed to ever-changing patterns of production and use of these compounds. They also tend to be released into the environment as mixtures, rather than individual chemicals.  Therefore, it is important to understand the effects of simultaneous coexposures to these chemicals, which may interact additively, multiplicatively synergistically), or antagonistically. (In simpler terms, we come in contact with so many products which have endocrine disruptors at any given time in different stages of our lives that it will be hard to fully understand the extent of the damage they are causing to our system for some time to come).

If you find that you have products which contain endocrine system disrupting ingredients, and we urge you to educate yourself and replace them right away.  Feel free to check out replacement ones at http://www.MyToxicFreeClub.com or look for better alternatives through http://www.ewg.org, but either way do something to change what you are using.  If I knew then what I know now, regarding endometriosis and how it can be aggravated by such ingredients, I would have made the switch to toxic-free a long time ago and would probably still have the ability to have children…

Perla

Perla Middleton
Founding Member
Healthy Home Company

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PROTECT YOUR FAMILY. PROTECT YOUR HOME.

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More than just a products company, Healthy Home is committed to fulfilling our mission to make the home a healthier place by taking a stand against the products and chemicals that are harming our families.

DID YOU KNOW?

It only takes 26 seconds for the chemicals from the products you use in your home to enter the bloodstream through your skin.
There over 80,000 chemicals in use in the US alone, thousands of which are banned overseas.
Our children are at risk. Babies are born with 200 chemicals coursing through their veins. Studies have found more than 287 chemicals linked to issues like birth defects, developmental delays, toxicity and even cancer.
The cosmetics industry is self-regulated and over 1,000 chemicals in cosmetics sold in the U.S. are banned in Europe alone.
That’s why we’re gearing up to Take on the Toxic Titans…but we need your help!

On Monday, November 10th, Healthy Home will be launching our all-new national branding and awareness campaign to take the fight to the streets with a powerful set of tools and training to “Trash the Toxins.”

JOIN THE FIGHT!

Email us at dnp1515@gmail.com to become part of our ToxicFree® Team.

Perla Middleton
Founding Member
Healthy Home Company
dnp1515@gmail.com
www.MyToxicFreeClub.com

Help Us Change 1,000 Lives This Week!

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Join Healthy Home co-founders Bill and Brittany Glynn tomorrow, October 23rd at 9PM ET/ 6PM PT, as they welcome you into their home for a Trash the Toxins live demonstration and filming.

This webcast demo will show you firsthand how to go home-to-home hosting Trash the Toxins meetings to light a fire in your community.

Join the Club Share the Cause – Register NOW to join the event! 

http://bit.ly/HH-TrashTheToxins

What do we Want You to do Tomorrow Night?

We want you to host a home meeting along with us tomorrow, so get your team together and film your audience for a chance to win. We want to have the largest group of people hosting simultaneous meetings across the country with Bill and Brittany. Let’s get the ball rolling together to take on the Toxic Titans. You will become part of changing the nation— we will share your video with the government and advocacy groups to show how America is Trashing the Toxins and making homes healthier places to raise our families!

How to Enter:
1. Invite your team and as many guests as possible to your home meeting for tomorrow night at 9 p.m. ET
2. Film your audience learning to Trash the Toxins
3. Send the video to contest@takethetoxictest.com

Win Big!—Submit your video by Tuesday, October 28th for a chance to win Healthy Home prizes and giveaways!

Perla Middleton
Founding Member
Healthy Home Company
dnp1515@gmail.com
www.MyToxicFreeClub.com