With more than 20 years working as a nurse in hospitals and doctor’s offices, I have heard my fair share of old wives’ tales, fads and passing trends on how to stay healthy. With smartphones, search engines and countless health and wellness apps, parents are inundated with information on the best way to maintain their family’s health and safety – it’s hard to discern hype from fact-based.
Myths About Everyday Chemicals
Since we are talking about safety and protecting your family, I wanted to break down some of the myths that have been created around chemicals. Just because you read something while scrolling through Facebook, or hear it from a celebrity, doesn’t mean it’s true. Take some time to read the facts, before worrying about you and your family’s health.
Below see a few myths about chemicals that have been disproven.
BPA is Harmful and Should be Avoided
This is one of the biggest things I have seen people going on long rants about, as well as seeing BPA free labels. But those rants should turn into relief because in February of this year, the FDA announced the initial findings of the largest study ever conducted on BPA, which found no adverse health effects from exposure to BPA at levels found in consumer products. In fact, some electronics, food containers, safety helmets, and even parts on cars contain BPA.
Organic Food is Healthier for You Since it’s not Treated with Chemicals
If you didn’t realize, organic farmers also use pesticides just like other farmers. They use a natural rather than a synthetic pesticide, but it is still very similar. Farmers are legally required to comply with EPA regulations, so they wouldn’t have allowed synthetic pesticides to come into contact with our food if it wasn’t safe for us to eat. Pesticides help protect crops and ensure the growth and quality of food. Natural or synthetic, pesticides are still in your food. Thank goodness—now that organic options are out of the way, all you have to worry about is choosing between fat-free, 1%, 2%, Half & Half or whole milk!
There are Thousands of Untested Chemicals
No new chemicals come into the market without an EPA review. So, this myth is also, not true. There is a new law requiring EPA to evaluate chemicals to protect the health and environment of everyone. The EPA wouldn’t allow chemicals in products if they truly hurt us, because chemicals are an essential part of the products we use on a regular basis, such as sunscreen, crayons, car parts, cleaning products, and make-up. Look around, because chemicals are everywhere, even in your own body.
You can learn so much more about the myths and truth behind chemicals over at ChemicalSafetyFacts.org.