13th Sep 2017

Common household cleaner linked to a fatal lung disease

Common household cleaner linked to lung cancer
Leon Della Bosca

You may think that cleaning your bathroom with this common household cleaner is good for your health and hygiene, but it could be causing fatal lung disease.

A 30-year study by Harvard University and the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research (Inserm) revealed that using bleach just once a week led to a 32 per cent increased chance of developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

The research investigated the incidence of COPD in more than 55,000 nurses in the US. The disease is linked to lung conditions such as asthma, emphysema and chronic bronchitis.

Although disinfectants had previously been linked to respiratory problems, this study is likely the first to identify a link between COPD and quaternary ammonium compounds (quats).

“The potential adverse effects of exposure to disinfectants on COPD have received much less attention, although two recent studies in European populations showed that working as a cleaner was associated with a higher risk of COPD,” said Inserm researcher Orianne Dumas.

“To the best of our knowledge, we are the first to report a link between disinfectants and COPD among healthcare workers, and to investigate specific chemicals that may underlie this association.

“Some of these disinfectants, such as bleach and quats, are frequently used in ordinary households, and the [full] impact of domestic use of disinfectants on COPD development is unknown,” said Ms Dumas.

“Earlier studies have found a link between asthma and exposure to cleaning products and disinfectants at home, such as bleach and sprays, so it is important to investigate this further.”

The findings highlight the need for health guidelines for cleaning products and disinfectants.

Do you ever notice difficulty breathing after using bleach as a cleaning product? What alternative cleaning products do you use?

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13th Sep 2017
Back in the 70s my Dad had to return to his work place after hours he found the cleaners all "drunk". However they weren't at all. They were polishing the lino floors and were all intoxicated from the fumes. Needless to say things changed after that!
13th Sep 2017
They have only taken out the additives that we know are harmful and replaced them with ones we don't know anything about.
I can't tolerate most of the added perfumes. They are usually created by chemistry anyway. Toilet paper, dish washing liquid, laundry detergent, shampoo, easy off cleaners, sun screen, disinfectant, nearly all yuck for me. Every time I have to change a brand its a research project.
13th Sep 2017
Many years ago after using Domestos my doctor advised me that the membranes in my nose were damaged. Have never used it again.
13th Sep 2017
these toxic cleaning products also harm our enviroment after they go down the drain. the discarded empty containers also increase waste.

to clean drains i sprinke some bicarb soda, then ordinary white vinegar, then some boiling water. leave for about an hour. works really well.

there are plenty of good web sites if you search for 'natural cleaning products' and you can make nearly all of them yourself with safe products. cheaper too.
13th Sep 2017
We use a lot of chemicals every day that are harmful to our health and hip pocket Laundry pw powder detergents for washing dishes shampoos and toothpaste. Better to go natural if you can or make your own non toxic cleansers. A cleaner used bleach and it made me really sick. I advise that one in all natural cleaners are better for your health hip pocket and the environment.
13th Sep 2017
So how does this report work in regards to the well used Milton for babies bits and bobs? I always use it on the dark stain tea manages to leave on bone china
14th Sep 2017
Funny how the gradual increase in the use of household cleaners and detergents is mirrored by the gradual increase in the incidence of cancer. Use rubber gloves and cover your mouth, nose and arms. If you can smell it you're breathing it in.
23rd Sep 2017
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26th Sep 2017
I was not really having a problem breathing at first. My throat was burning; I thought I had strep throat. I had pain in my neck, and there was swelling around my collar bone. The first doctor I went to said he did not know why there was swelling. He gave me antibiotics and told me that if the swelling was not better to come back in two weeks. I went back in two weeks and he said he did not know what was wrong. Since I do not have insurance, I went to a hospital emergency room, and they said I have COPD.The disease does not improve. My "good days" are far and few these days. My dad and his dad died from this. I am only writing this to inform others that nothing was really working to help my condition.I started on COPD herbal formula i ordered from Health Herbal Clinic,i read reviews from other previous patients who used the herbal formula, my symptoms totally declined over a 5 weeks use of the COPD natural herbal formula. i am now doing very well, my lungs are totally repaired!! Visit there website www. healthherbalclinic. net or email Info@ healthherbalclinic. net
13th Feb 2018
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