An Important Read

This is much different from what I usually share, but I feel strongly compelled to share this with you all this morning…

FYI: (As of 2009) Researchers have tracked the most significant sources of human exposure to one type of highly toxic flame retardant chemicals – polybrominated dipheylethers (PBDEs) – by using a new kind of portable x-ray analyzer that can detect bromine levels in household items, and topping the list of contaminated items were SLEEPING PILLOWS. Yeah, they are poisoning our bed pillows – those that are not filled with organic cotton or wool anyway.

In mattresses and mattress pads, they’re (whoever “they” are) using loads and loads of other highly toxic substances (as mandated by G.W. Bush in 2007), but as far as PBDEs are concerned, researchers have found that the mean bromine (PBDE) levels were substantially high in pillows made of polyurethane foam (3,646 parts per million), high in pillows filled with polyester fibers (107 parts per million), and were even 6 parts per million in feather filled pillows. In other words, it’s best to stay away from poly foam and poly fiber filled pillows and mattress pads if you can, as most all of them are treated with highly toxic flame retardants.

Do you kinda feel like someone has been slipping arsenic into your daily tea? In a way, they have been.

PBDEs are industrial toxic chemicals, used for more than 30 years to retard flame in consumer electronic plastics, furniture, and mattresses. There are three common mixtures of these chemicals — penta, octa, and deca. Penta and octal have recently been banned in the U.S., but millions of pounds still remain in homes, offices and the environment due to their extensive use in consumer products. Deca is still used widely today, with over 50 million pounds a year being used in the U.S in consumer products. Deca is also apparently still approved in the U.S. for use in residential upholstered furniture and mattresses to meet flame retardant standards. Deca has been shown to break down into penta and octal. This is really toxic stuff, folks.

Antimony (a heavy metal, believed to be as toxic as mercury and much like arsenic to the body) is used heavily today in consumer mattresses and mattress pads, this along with boric acid (also used as an insecticide) and formaldehyde (a proven carcinogen). They’re literally SATURATING our mattresses with this stuff, supposedly because they’re (whoever “they” are) highly concerned about us catching on fire while we’re smoking in bed (yeah, right).

Now, I’m not even here touching on the off-gassing of VOCs (volatile organic compounds) from the petrochemical foams that “they” are using in our bedding. Perhaps this at another time.

If any of you are interested, I know some people who are hand-making organic, toxin-free pillows. I also know people who hand-make fire retardant free, toxin free, petrochemical free mattresses, and I can put you in contact with them. We really need to get back to “the old paths.” This, of course, is just another way.

Here’s a little something for y’all on PBDEs…

Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDEs)

Here’s also something for you about the antimony, boric acid and formaldehyde that is being put in your mattresses, mattress pads and bed pillows…

Is Your Mattress Making You Sick?

Now, I don’t intend to dwell on this subject, but most people have been completely in the dark about these things, and they need to be made aware of them so that they can walk in wisdom, make informed decisions, and help others to do the same.  Here’s something else on this subject which y’all should probably read. Bless you.

Flame-Retardant Furniture May Leave A Toxic Legacy