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Common Household products can affect your health

Common household products can affect your health

Chatrlotte Meier gave me permission to share this post as a public health warning about common household products that can affect your health. I know from personal experiece with different allergies, it can be hard to identify exactly what is affecting you even with tests by doctors. So, it is always good to know what can affect you and how as well.

Common Household Products That Could Be Affecting Your Thyroid



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The thyroid is responsible for producing hormones that maintain our metabolism, so when something aggravates it, all sorts of side effects can occur which can creep into daily life and make it difficult to function normally. Unfortunately, there are many things that can affect the thyroid gland, and some of them include common household products.


It should be noted that many studies have been done regarding the changes that can occur when a person is exposed to these items, and some have been inconclusive. However, it’s important to understand the possible risks, side effects, and outcomes, especially if you have experienced any of the issues that others have reported having. This includes:


  • Extreme changes in menstruation

  • Trouble concentrating or issues with memory

  • Nervousness, anxiety, or racing heartbeat

  • Sudden weight gain

  • Body aches and pains

  • Unable to tolerate heat or cold


Here are a few of the most common items you might have in your home that could affect your thyroid.


Flame retardants


Flame retardant chemicals can be found on television and computer screens, carpet padding, and even children’s pajamas and other items of clothing. Several studies have found that these chemicals can disrupt thyroid function and cause behavioral problems.


Plastic bottles


Although many companies have made an effort to wipe out BPA (Bisphenol A) from their plastics, there are still some plastic water and juice bottles that contain the chemical. BPA is also found in the coatings on cans of food and, in some cases, has been shown to reduce thyroid function.


Antibacterial products


Soap, body wash, toothpaste, lotion, and hand sanitizer may contain antibacterial products. The chemical triclosan--the effective ingredient--has been shown in some studies to affect the thyroid as well as estrogen levels.




Repeated exposure to certain pesticides has shown to increase the likelihood of weight loss resistance and disrupt the thyroid, among other issues.


Discovering that your home may be making you sick can be devastating, especially if you love it and have plans to keep it in your family for years to come. When it comes to thyroid issues caused by chemicals, there is a some good news: once you’ve identified the chemical culprit, many of these chemicals can be completely eliminated from your home.


Remember that every person reacts differently to these chemicals, and ask your doctor if there is cause for concern. Certain tests can tell you if your thyroid gland is behaving normally or not. If you do discover that chemicals you’re using in your home are making you sick, it may be time to make a switch to chemical-free living. There are many all-natural substances available for sale today and instructions online for making your own so that you can eliminate harmful chemicals from your home, and keep your family happy, safe, and healthy for many years to come.


Charlotte Meier enjoys collecting resources and educational materials to share with people who wish to keep their homes safe. She operates Home Safety Hub, which provides resources on preventing injury and property loss. 



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Comment balloon 8 commentsNick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 • December 26 2016 10:38PM


Good morning, Nick & Trudy Vandekar that's an eye opening post.... thanks for sharing that information.... makes me want to filter through all of the cleaners I have in my home....

Posted by Barbara Todaro, Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) over 2 years ago

Nick & Trudy Vandekar We always thouth our homes are safe. This should send us to thinking of what could be harming us unknowingly. Thanks for the information.

Posted by Desare Kohn-Laski Skye Louis Realty, Residential Real Estate (Skye Louis Realty) over 2 years ago

Good morning, Trudy and Nick... I've had Hashimoto disease for going on 15 years now... thyroid disease is very common for women over 40 years of age. I was in my mid-50's when first diagnosed because I was experiencing many of the symptoms you noted. Fortunately all is under control. Interestingly, some of the causes you mentioned were not an issue in my home.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage ) over 2 years ago

Good morning Nick and Trudy! Will be doing some checking today! Thanks for the heads-up! Enjoy your day!




Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) over 2 years ago

Barbara Todaro we all use products we presume are safe, but as we know, things are not always what they seem and those responsible for checking are not always telling us what we really need to know.

Posted by Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400) over 2 years ago

Desare Kohn always good to look at things again.

Nina Hollander, Sorry to hear that. I am learning for my self that things affect us all in different ways. Look at those who smoke all their lives and never had a problem, and then those who suffered intolerably.

Wayne Martin, always good to check everything out.

Posted by Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400) over 2 years ago

Hello Nick & Trudy Vandekar, Maybe that is my problem with the weigh gain.  No just eating to much.  Make it a  great day!


Posted by Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!" (Hamm Homes) over 2 years ago

Will Hamm, I tried to give you an excuse, but your honesty prevailed. Here's to 2017

Posted by Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400) over 2 years ago

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