We will be posting highlights from the Convention 2018 General Sessions 1 & 2. Follow along and join the conversation.
A new, independent study based on 20 years of research reveals a sobering fact: cleaning your home with national brand cleaners significantly damages lung tissue. Nearly all of the national brand cleaning products you buy at the grocery store are made with a multitude of harmful chemicals. According to the study, some of the likely culprits are ammonia, chlorine bleach, and quaternary disinfectant compounds—among many others. The study also showed that cleaning with products that contain dangerous chemicals as little as once per week was as damaging over time to respiratory health as smoking a pack of cigarettes a day for 20 years!
When the study, which was conducted by 28 top researchers from nine countries was peer-reviewed and published in the American Thoracic Society’s American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, it drew international media attention.
Here is just a sampling of the many stories that summarized the study’s findings:
And, here is a link to the study itself:
Cleaning at home and at work in relation to lung function decline and airway
After a thoughtful review of the study’s conclusions, we’re convinced you’ll see the urgency in removing national brand cleaners from your home and replacing them with the safer, more effective alternative—EcoSense.
Generations have put their trust in common, well-known national brand cleaners made with dangerous chemicals, including ammonia, chlorine bleach, and quaternary disinfectant compounds. As it turns out, their health is at risk because their trust was betrayed.
The study confirms what Melaleuca has known for decades; toxic chemicals in national brand cleaning products pose dangers to the health of those who clean with them. That is why we are dedicated to creating non-toxic cleaning products! What is so horrible to realize is that the companies selling these toxic cleaning products have been aware of the dangers for decades! But they continue to sell those products anyway.
What could possibly motivate these companies to continue marketing these dangerous products? Money. It’s as simple and as shocking as that. Instead of taking their products off the market, they simply added cautions to the label as if that would make the problem go away. Their customers believed the labels’ implications that the products were safe to use if the warnings and cautions were followed. Now this new study reveals that’s simply not the case. It never has been. Toxins, even when used carefully, have documented unhealthy effects over time.
At Melaleuca, our motivation has always been the health and well-being of our customers. In fact, it’s in our name: The Wellness Company. Our scientists create cleaning products that use plant-derived and biodegradable ingredients such as thyme and citric acid. We do not use—and never will use—toxic chemicals like chlorine bleach, ammonia, formaldehyde, phthalates, or others. Our formulas are so safe, they don’t even need childproof caps!
Skip the grocery store with shelves filled with national brands that use dangerous chemicals like chlorine bleach, ammonia, and quaternary disinfectants and others in their formulas. Instead, start shopping at the online Wellness Store at Melaleuca.com where you will find everything you need to keep your home safe and clean with our 100% toxin-free EcoSense cleaning products.
For your own sake and for the sake of your family, go through your home and dispose of all dangerous cleaning products, then go online to Melaleuca.com and replace them with safer, more effective, affordable EcoSense products today. Don’t wait! Lungs—and lives—are at stake.
When the problem is toxic cleaning products, the solution is simple: Switch to EcoSense.
When you’re faced with greasy cleaning jobs, you don’t need to resort to heavy-duty cleaning products from national brands containing dangerous chemicals like chlorine bleach, ammonia, or quaternary disinfectants. You just need MelaMagic’s biodegradable grease-cutters for super-powered cleaning without endangering your family’s health or negatively impacting the environment.
In fact, it is now proven to be critically important to avoid all national brand cleaners and their use of dangerous chemicals. A recent study based on 20 years of research reveals that cleaning your home with common, well-known grocery store brand cleaning products significantly damages lung tissue. In fact, the study showed that cleaning with such products as little as once per week over time is as damaging to respiratory health as smoking a pack of cigarettes a day for 20 years!
With MelaMagic, you don’t have to wear gloves and a breathing mask and make sure the children and pets are well out of harm’s way as you clean. You can use MelaMagic without the worry of health concerns. Only the greasy mess will be worried—because it’s about to be history.
It’s easy to feel forced to choose a highly toxic heavy-duty cleaning product when baked-on oven spills defy your scrubbing and greasy dirt just won’t wipe away. But the good news is that you never need to tolerate harmful toxins in order to get your home clean! You can choose EcoSense cleaning products instead, even for the greasiest messes!
True to its name, MelaMagic’s abilities may seem like magic—effective on your greasiest messes, environmentally responsible, toxin-free—and yet no magic is involved. It’s Melaleuca toxin-free cleaning science at its very best! So don’t say “abracadabra”—just say MelaMagic and watch the grease disappear!
Dishwasher detergents like Cascade® with Clorox® use chlorine bleach—a viciously toxic substance—to get your dishes clean. When you use it not only is chlorine bleach spraying every plate, glass, cup, and piece of silverware your family will use at their next meal, but as your dishwasher runs through its cycles the fumes from the chlorine bleach drift out of the vents, tainting the very air your family breathes!
This is especially bad because a recent study based on 20 years of research reveals that cleaning your home with common, well-known grocery store brand cleaning products significantly damages lung tissue in women. In fact, the study showed that cleaning with such products as little as once per week over time is as damaging to respiratory health as smoking a pack of cigarettes a day for 20 years!
For generations dishwasher detergents used phosphates to soften the water. But after phosphates soften the water, they rinse into our waterways and disrupt our aquatic ecosystem!
Thank goodness for Diamond Brite! Diamond Brite is free of phosphates and chlorine bleach. It’s also made with 100% nontoxic ingredients—because what’s on your dishes can also go into your body.
Instead of harmful phosphates, Diamond Brite uses a plant-derived water-softening agent. In place of chlorine bleach, Diamond Brite uses natural enzymes to break down food soils and stains stuck on dishes so they can be easily washed away. Not even burnt-on, baked-on, dried messes are a match for Mother Nature’s natural food removers! They work so thoroughly and efficiently you don’t even have to rinse the dishes first—just remove large food particles and put the dishes in the dishwasher.
When you open your dishwasher after all cycles are complete, one look at the freshly cleaned dishes will tell you how Diamond Brite got its name. Everything will sparkle with that wonderful, spot-free shine!
Diamond Brite contains no harsh chemicals. It’s pH-neutral and as non-caustic as tap water. Diamond Brite Gel doesn’t even need a childproof cap!
You’ll be amazed at the results you get with Diamond Brite. And by choosing an effective formula free of chlorine bleach and phosphates, you will have a conscience as clean as your dishes.
Take a deep breath. In. And out. That right there…is the essence of life.
You are completely dependent on your body’s ability to draw in oxygen and breath out carbon dioxide to go on living. Each breath draws in essential oxygen from the surrounding atmosphere and pulls it deep into your lung tissue. Large passageways branch into increasingly smaller and more intricate structures. Eventually, air is funneled into microscopic channels ending in specialized alveolar sacs that are surrounded by a complex network of interlaced capillaries. The surface of these little spherical bellows is where gas exchange takes place. The average human has about 700 million of these sacs that do this miraculous work.
And yet you probably never think about it. Why? Because it is automatic. Your pulmonary system is receiving instructions from a part of your brain that isn’t fully connected to conscious thought. And thank heavens! Who wants to remember to breathe when there are so many other things to think about? Or who could sleep if breathing were a conscious act?
Just because breathing is automatic doesn’t mean it should be forgotten. Healthy lungs lead to a long and healthy life.
So while you probably know a thing or two about keeping your heart healthy, what do you know about keeping your lungs healthy? Well, here are a few rules everyone should bear in mind…
1. Get Active
When you are at rest, your lungs are only functioning at about 50% capacity. Aerobic exercise like running, cycling, or swimming push your lungs to peak capacity and strengthen your diaphragm (the muscle responsible for drawing and releasing breath). Doctors also state that more intense activity helps counteract the buildup of pollutants, allergens, and dust in the lungs, helping them to cleanse themselves.
2. Breathe Deeply
Focused, deliberate breathing while at rest also benefits your lungs by expanding them to near full capacity. Mindful breathing starts with slowly inhaling through the nose, lifting your chest, and opening your ribcage. Then, exhale completely through the mouth, relaxing the chest, and pushing out as much air as possible. Good posture, and reducing total sitting time also assists with better breathing form.
3. Don’t Smoke
By now, just about everyone knows the dangers of cigarette smoke. It increases risk for lung cancer and other diseases by destroying lung tissue and introducing free radicals which can cause cell mutation. It constricts air passages and severely reduces lung capacity. It also creates a state of chronic inflammation within the lungs and throughout the body. If you do smoke, quitting isn’t easy, but the benefits are immense. It’s never too late.
4. Avoid Pollution
The tiny tissues deep in the cells of your lungs are actually quite delicate and vulnerable to damage if exposed to pollution and chemicals over an extended period of time. Avoid secondhand smoke, outdoor air pollution, and harmful chemicals at home and work.
5. Eliminate Grocery Store Brand Cleaning Products from Your Home
A recent independent research study has linked common household cleaners—the kind that that are found in grocery stores and big box retailers—to lung damage. The 20-year study found using these products as little as once a week can be as damaging to lungs as smoking a pack of cigarettes a day for 20 years. Researchers are learning that the damage can be extremely serious. What’s to blame? The study mentions common ingredients like ammonia, chlorine bleach, and quaternary disinfectants. But clearly, there may be other dangerous chemicals at work as well. Virtually every cleaning product you’ll find in the grocery store cleaning aisle uses these toxic ingredients. For a safer home, eliminate all such cleaners from your home now and replace them with the safe, yet effective EcoSense cleaners from Melaleuca.
6. Monitor Radon
Radon is a gas naturally found in some rock and soil. If a home is built on top of an area with radon, it can leak into a home through basement floors or foundations. Trapped inside, it can build up to unhealthy levels. Radon cannot be seen or smelled, and yet because it becomes radioactive as it decays, exposure to high levels can cause lung cancer. in fact, behind smoking, it is the second leading cause of lung cancer. To detect radon in your home, use a radon test kit which are widely available at home improvement stores.
7. Prevent Infection
According to the American Lung Association, colds and other respiratory infections can sometimes become serious. Though some illness is simply a fact of life, there are common sense measures you can take that will benefit your lungs, including:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water
- Use a hand sanitizer like Melaleuca’s Clear Defense when you don’t have access to soap and water
- Get your flu shot every year
- Minimize interactions with large groups during cold and flu season
- Keep up on your dental hygiene, including brushing, rinsing, and flossing
- Give your immune system a fighting chance by providing your body with the essential nutrition it needs for complete health; this includes a healthy diet and supplementation with Melaleuca’s Peak Performance Nutrition Pack
8. See Your Doctor Regularly
In addition to abiding by these rules, regular visits with your general healthcare provider can make sure you live a long, healthy life with a set of healthy, high capacity lungs.