It's no wonder Americans continue to decline in health as industry advances. Gone are the days when most of our household products were carefully produced by hand from raw organic materials, and by organic methods. Instead, we see harmful substances such as formaldehyde surfacing in everything from building materials and cigarette smoke to the bedding you wrap yourself in every night! Formaldehyde is added to many of our bed sheets, comforters, pillows, blankets and other bedding to prevent excessive wrinkling—with successful results--but of what value is this small benefit when your own health and well-being are at stake? Barring other harmful chemicals, formaldehyde alone may account for respiratory illness, asthma attacks, increased risk for cancer, and other maladies. The International Agency for Research on Cancer has classified formaldehyde as a known human carcinogen, and research studies have suggested a link between nasopharyngeal cancer and leukemia and formaldehyde.
More alarming yet is the fact that chemical compounds in mattresses containing phosphorus, arsenic and antimony may be largely responsible for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome—commonly referred to as SIDS. These harmful substances are added to our mattresses to act as flame retardants, supposedly to protect our "well-being.However, a study conducted by a New Zealand scientist and chemist, Dr. Jim Sprott, OBE, indicates that when a certain fungus (known for its growth in bedding) interacts with these chemical compounds—it creates poisonous gasses which are heavier than the air surrounding them. These heavy gasses then remain concentrated in the area just above the mattress and may poison an infant during sleep if they are inhaled in lethal amounts. As evidence to support this research, when New Zealanders began to wrap their infant mattresses in a specially formulated polyethylene cover to block these poisonous gasses—their crib death rate dropped seventy percent!
Here is yet another crucial point to look at in light of the growing numbers of chemically sensitive individuals across the U.S. Many pesticides and herbicides are utilized in the growth of traditional cotton—about 350 million pounds annually. Much of this cotton is then used to produce our bedding. It is important to eliminate substances such as arsenic and formaldehyde from our bedding-- harmful chemicals which are actively introduced during the manufacturing process. But we must also insist that our bedding be produced from raw, organically grown materials if we truly wish to achieve a chemical free product. This is especially true for the chemically sensitive individual.
What does all of this mean for you, the modern consumer? Statistically, you are likely to spend at least a third of your lifetime behind bedroom doors. This is in fact significant considering that your body is dependent upon this percentage of time to restore itself as you rest. How can your body rejuvenate when you are breathing chemicals and absorbing them into your body? If you are experiencing chemical sensitivities or wish to prevent them and other illnesses, the first step on your road to good health is to get rid of your toxic bedding. Organic bedding items may be more expensive to purchase due to the pure and natural materials used to create them—but the investment is well worth the price! If you supply your body with a chemical-free sleep environment, not only will your body thank you—but you may also put your mind to rest. After all, who can regret making the right choice for the sake of good health and longevity? So be smart, take the plunge--and don't allow your toxic bedding to slowly, yet surely put you to rest for good!