It’s the Mid-week Reading Challenge (MWRC), this time with a little Lady Gaga and something that can give you “Bad Romance.” Yep, it’s all about Mouth Breathers!
Trying to get your tweens and teens to read more? Put a little “pleasure” back into reading by sharing the “Mouth Breathers” MWRC with them–any way you like! #ShareSomeReading to send a message that reading is enjoyable.
(Got a question about how to motivate your older child to read? Check out theAsk Tara! freebie Q&A.)
Or “Print and Pin” the “Mouth Breathers”graphic somewhere. The kids will notice. The kids will comment. And that could be the start of something great–if not this week, then next!
What is the one thing that harms your child everyday? Water. Find out about “vaporized chlorine” and how to prevent the damage to your children and family.
HOW ARE OUR KIDS EXPOSED
One primary way our kids are exposed to chlorine at home is through the tap water used for drinking and cooking. (If you’re not filtering your drinking water, use these three steps.) But even more dangerous than the chlorine exposure in drinking water is exposure to chlorine gas from other “personal uses” like bathing, showering, and use of the toilet.
Let’s look first at the bath. While it’s true that chlorine robs our skin and hair of moisture and elasticity, that’s just cosmetic. However, over time skin can become irritated from the chlorine, leading to “irritant dermatitis.” Also, chlorine has a drying effect on the eyes and can make them burn. (Can you imagine a child with burning eyes and irritated skin wanting to sit down and read? CONCERNED ABOUT YOUR CHILD’S READING? Use this 8-question reading skills diagnostic for the answers you need.)
All of these effects from bathing are bad, but showering is even worse. That’s for two reasons:
Chlorine vaporizes much faster than water, and it vaporizes at a lower temperature than water as well. This means vaporized chlorine (chloroform) builds up in the air inside your home. Dr Lance Wallace of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency concludes: “Showering is suspected as the primary cause of elevated levels of chloroform (chlorine gas) in nearly every home because of chlorine in the water.”
The heat of the water opens your pores, and that allows for accelerated absorption of this pesticide.
The bottom line: That steamy shower that feels so good is actually quite bad for your health. In fact, a ten-minute shower gives you the same chlorine exposure as drinking a gallon of unfiltered, municipal tap water. Unfortunately, children are in greater danger because of their smaller size.
Another often overlooked source of vaporized chlorine in the home is the toilet. Each time the toilet is flushed, chlorinated water comes into the bowl. It takes about thirty minutes for the chlorine in the water to vaporize into the air. Of course, this adds to the concentration of chloroform that is already in the air from showering. Couple this with the fact that many homes are sealed off much of the year (for heat in the cold weather and air conditioning in the hot weather) and the indoor air becomes very unhealthy, for adults and especially children.
INHALING CHLORINE GAS IS DANGEROUS
Inhaling chlorine gas is much more harmful than drinking chlorine in water. Why? Because when we inhale chloroform, it goes directly into our bloodstream. And kids, because of their smaller size, reach dangerous concentrations sooner. In fact, inhalation of chlorine is a suspected cause of asthma and bronchitis, especially in children. Also, there is a large body of research connecting chlorinated water use and many types of cancer. For example, one study found that “women with breast cancer have 50% to 60% higher levels of organochlorines (chlorination byproducts) in their breast tissue than women without breast cancer.”
HOW TO KEEP YOUR FAMILY SAFE
To keep your children and family safe from vaporized chlorine, REMOVE it and PREVENT it from accumulating in your home.
REMOVE the chloroform by airing out your house for 5-10 minutes each day. Allow cross-ventilation to flush the chloroform out of the air completely every 24 hours, no matter the temperature outside.
PREVENT it from building up by filtering your “personal use” water:
The best option is to install a “whole house” filter. This removes the chlorine from your indoor water supply. (You will still need a filter for your drinking/cooking water because the piping in homes contains contaminants (e.g. lead in older plumbing and plastics in newer PVC piping.)
If a whole house filter is not an option, install shower filters.
C. If your children still take baths, use bath filters.
What if your options are limited? Follow the experts’ advice. Dr. Mercola says, “If you can afford only one, get a shower filter.”Inhaling vaporized chlorine (chloroform) is more damaging than ingesting chlorine when we drink it in tap water–and is related to many health problems. To keep your children and family safe, REMOVE it and PREVENT it from building up inside your home. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Next up on the blog? AIR. Find out some little known research that will take your breath away about your child’s breathing. What you need to know for HAPPY and HEALTHY children, Today and Tomorrow…
“Splish splash I was taking a bath…” Check out this the MWRC in honor of BATH SAFETY MONTH! There’s champagne in the bath…and wild animals! Make sure you protect your family from vaporized chlorine.
USE THE BATH TRIVIA TO PUT SOME LOVE INTO READING
And “Print and Pin” the BATH TRIVIA graphic somewhere. The kids will notice. The kids will comment. And that could be the start of something great–if not this week, then next! It’s the easiest way to put some LOVE into reading in your home!
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It’s easy to take water for granted, but we shouldn’t. We need it, and we need it to be clean. But the sad fact is that we get toxic tap water from so many of the public water supplies around the world. And it is up to parents to make drinking water safe for their children.
LESSONS LEARNED FROM THE FLINT, MICHIGAN WATER CRISIS
It’s been all over the news that families in Flint, MI were dealing with toxic water and had to fight to get their concerns addressed–concerns that were voiced by residents as early as the spring of 2014. Many months passed, and lots of finger pointing occurred before the toxic water supply was acknowledged by governmental officials.
We all want to trust that we have responsible public officials. But if you want to protect your family, the only safe course of action is to become your own steward. Learn what is in our water supply, and take action to ensure that your children have safe drinking water.
WHAT IS IN OUR WATER?
In our modern lives, there are many things that end up in our water. In fact, all of these toxins are found in municipal waterin varying levels:
VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds)
WE INTENTIONALLY ADD THESE TOXINS
That list of contaminants is bad enough. But it gets worse. Unbelievably, there are things we intentionally add into our drinking water–things that are known toxins!
FLUORIDE: It is touted as preventing tooth decay, but it is actually a known “endocrine disruptor.” In fact, it is used in Europe to treat people who have overactive thyroids (HYPERthyroidism). So obviously, fluoride affects the thyroid gland. But it also affects your bones and your brain, and even the blood sugar levels of children!
CHLORINE: It’s an inexpensive way to kill the microbes in the water supply–and has been the standard since 1904. Of course, the problem is that it doesn’t only kill the bad microbes. When we drink the chlorinated water, we kill the healthy bacteria in our gut as well. And that is a massive assault to the immune system.
WHY ARE THESE TOXINS SO HARMFUL TO CHILDREN?
Everyone is affected by these toxins in the water, but kids are particularly impacted. One reason is that because of their smaller size, kids have more concentrated levels when exposed. Another reason is that their developing bodies and organs are less effective at processing and eliminating toxins. The bottom line is that anything that affects a child’s overall health will unavoidably impact cognitive functioning as well. And while it may not be damaging enough to prevent a child from learning to read, it can diminish a child’s potential. (If you’re concerned, use this reading skills diagnostic for answers.)
HOW TO KEEP YOUR KIDS SAFE
There are things you can do! Follow these THREE STEPS to keep your kids’ drinking water safe for consumption:
Filter your water at home. There are many options. Since this fall, we’ve been
using the Berkey water filtration system with the optional fluoride filters. I had wanted an under-the-counter system, but my research showed it didn’t remove as many toxins as the solid carbon block technology of the Berkey. So I got the Berkey, and we all love it! One other consideration: if you have a direct water line to your refrigerator, that will need filtering as well.
2. Be mindful of your kids’ water consumption when they are not home.
Send filtered water to school each day with your child, especially if the building is not a new one.
Give your child filtered water for after-school activities.
When eating out, order bottled spring water–and make sure it comes from a glass bottle. (Those ubiquitous plastic bottles of water are not safe. During manufacturing, they are filled with HEATED water, and this causes plastic to leach into the water.)
3. Use glass or stainless steel bottles whenever you send your kids off with water.
There are things in our drinking water that make it toxic to our bodies, and our children are especially affected. Some of these toxins just end up in the water supply, but some are intentionally added to our drinking water. The modern-day reality is that it is our job as parents to keep our children’s drinking water safe, and fortunately, there are things we can do to let them be happy and healthy readers.
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And if you’re trying to get your tweens and teens to read more, put a little “pleasure” back into reading by sharing the “HOT TEA TRIVIA” MWRC with them–any way you like! #ShareSomeReading in some way to send a message that reading is enjoyable. (Got a question about how to motivate your older child to read? Check out theAsk Tara!freebie Q&A.)
And “Print and Pin” the HOT TEA TRIVIA graphic somewhere. The kids will notice. The kids will comment. And that could be the start of something great–if not this week, then next!
Get next week’s MWRC delivered to your inbox to keep the momentum!!
Why is FILTERED WATER so important? Because it is an unfortunate modern day reality that our tap water is unhealthy and particularly damaging to children.