Today's clothing (a $7 trillion/year industry) is manufactured using an astounding 8,000 synthetic chemicals.
Nowadays, clothes also contain toxins like formaldehyde, brominated flame retardants, and perfluorinated chemicals (Teflon) to provide "non-iron" and "non-wrinkle" qualities. Insecticides are even applied in the name of good health!
For half a century, skin and chemicals have been interacting… creating problems like infertility, respiratory diseases, contact dermatitis, and cancer.
The more synthetic clothing you wear, the greater your risk of absorbing toxic chemicals that harm your health.
The Problems with Synthetics…
When toxins are absorbed through your skin — your largest organ — they bypass your liver, the organ responsible for removing toxins.
You also may not realize that your skin keeps you healthy by venting toxins… up to a pound per day.
Petrochemical fibers restrict and suffocate your skin — shutting down toxic release. Meanwhile, they contribute to your total toxic burden and may become the "tipping point" for triggering the onset of disease.
Two contributing factors are (1) toxic buildup in your body and (2) multiple chemicals that interact together to create even worse problems than the individual chemicals by themselves.
Skin rashes, nausea, fatigue, burning, itching, headaches, and difficulty breathing are all associated with chemical sensitivity. If you have mysterious health symptoms that you can't seem to get control over, it's worth checking out whether your clothes could be the problem.
The Chemicals You Wear Every Day…
With a "mere" 8,000 chemicals used in clothing manufacture, it's a sure bet you're wearing many as you read this. Let's highlight some of the worst.
These kinds of fabric finishes "scream" chemicals...
Easy Care — Wrinkle free, shrinkage free garments release formaldehyde.
Water Repellent — Fluoropolymers (as in Teflon) are used to repel oil and water
Bacterial and fungicidal chemicals — Triclosan and nano-particles are used for this.
Formaldehyde is linked to a 30% increase in lung cancer, plus skin/lung irritation and contact dermatitis. It is found in fabrics claiming to be:
Anti-cling, anti-static, anti-shrink
Moth-proof and mildew resistant
It's also used in dyes and printing to fix the design and prevent "running".
Most governments restrict formaldehyde levels in clothing… but not the U.S. One of the worst offenders is China. Beware of "Made in China" labels.
Use of formaldehyde in clothing is extremely widespread. There have even been lawsuits alleging high levels of it in Victoria's Secret bras.
High temps and humidity make "poison clothes" even worse — they open your pores and increase chemical absorption.
And you absorb formaldehyde from multiple sources daily, so don't be fooled by manufacturers' reassurances.
Disperse Blue Dyes may look gorgeous — even regal — but they put you at high risk for contact dermatitis… especially dark blue, brown, and black synthetic clothing. It's important to note — laundering does not reverse that risk.
Worse… Disperse Blue 1 is classified as a human carcinogen due to high malignant tumor levels in lab animals.
Incidentally, you might be interested to know that this dye also shows up in cosmetics and semi-permanent hair dyes.
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lol shut up you have no idea what your talking about. i'm not that guy but wool isn't nearly as flame resistant as synthetic materials and wool is hot as shit. Plus if you get wool wet it weighs a lot and heat goes straight through it if it is wet. Next time you use an oven mit how about you get it wet first then try to grab a hot pan and burn your fucking hand. don't be ignorant.
only houses with synthetic materials start on fire these days. in oldy times it was houses only started on fire because candles, fireplaces, firestoves, weird gas lamps and oil lamps were so common. We don't have those often now, now only synthetic materials cause fires.
Its not the wool that is on fire it is the steaming water that burns, and if you are fighting fires you are constantly getting drenched with cold water.
also wool doesn't burn it chars.
Fire and burn hazards: The Marine Corps now prohibits troops in Iraq from wearing synthetic clothing while off base… after too many unfortunate burns from soldiers wearing polyester, acrylic, and nylon — which readily melts in high heat and fuses to the skin. (Dudes, what did you expect? The stuff is a first cousin to plastic. Both are products of the oil industry.)
Of course, that begs the question of whether flame retardants are safer…
Flame Retardant use began in 1971, when government required children's sleepwear to be self-extinguishing. The solution was to add brominated Tris.
Studies measuring urine samples showed that this chemical is readily absorbed.
Brominated Tris is a mutagen, and causes cancer and sterility in animals. (Mutagens cause inheritable mutations by damaging DNA.) They also cause testicular atrophy and sterility.
Tris was banned in children's clothing in 1977 (but lives on in upholstered furniture foam, baby carriers, and bassinets). Today most synthetic fabrics contain a new generation of flame retardants bonded into the fabric, which must survive 50+ washings.
you probably just need to take those because you wear synthetic clothes, so you could attribute the medication as another problem of synthetics.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission's National Burn Center, only 36 children a year suffer serious injuries from sleepwear catching fire. My heart goes out to these tragic victims and their families. But is the toxic contamination of millions of children worth protecting 36 children per year from burns?
This sort of regulation is a product of the "precautionary principle" — the notion that there should be no limit to the amount of money spent or the amount of inconvenience inflicted on millions of people when it comes to preventing rare dangers that affect a tiny number of people. The mania for making our society risk-proof and accident-proof actually increases danger in many cases.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission exempts certain sleepwear from flammability standards. Two companies selling kids' sleepwear without flame retardants are L.L. Bean and Lands' End.
But it's not just children's sleepwear…
Demand is high for fire-retardant uniforms and civilian clothing.
Lab studies show that flame retardants (PBDEs) can cause a slew of health issues — thyroid problems, brain damage, ADHD symptoms, and fertility problems.
The insecticide permethrin is now in civilian outdoor wear and military uniforms even though no long-term studies have assessed its safety.
Silver nanoparticles in name-brand clothing create anti-odor, anti-wrinkle, and anti-stain clothes.
"Nano" means "really tiny"… super-microscopic.
Nano-particles in clothing can create easily absorbed toxins that, due to their miniscule size, are transported into all your organs, including your brain… consequences unknown.
Other scary toxins include sulfuric acid, urea resin, sulfonamides, halogens, and sodium hydroxide.
The Health Hazards of Built-Up Electrical Charges…
Electrostatic charges accumulate in synthetic clothing. There are stories of shocking mini-explosions from mixing layers of synthetic clothing with synthetic carpeting.
And get this: synthetic undergarments contribute to infertility in men.
A 24-month study of male dogs wearing either loose-fitting polyester underpants or loose-fitting cotton ones showed that wearing polyester created significant decreases in sperm count and degeneration of the testes. The animals wearing cotton suffered no side effects. (And, please, no letters to the editor about dogs wearing underwear. I agree, it sounds silly.)
Scientists think polyester traps body heat, encourages chemical absorption, and creates electrostatic build-up… which all affect sperm count.
Is Tight Fitting Clothing a Problem?
The short answer is "yes".
We recently ran an article on the risks of wearing bras, especially tight ones (Issue #65).
Probably the most unsafe clothing item ever introduced in the name of fashion was the corset. It squeezed women's bodies and crushed their internal organs to the point of broken ribs.
Today, some scientists believe restrictive bras suppress the lymphatic system — which flushes toxins from your breasts and lymph nodes and helps prevent breast cancer.
Anna Maria Clement and Brian R. Clement, co-authors of the book Killer Clothes, recommend limiting bra usage as much as possible.
Your shoes might also fit the category of tight clothing. A 2009 survey of 2,000 people found that 40% of women buy and wear uncomfortable shoes to make a fashion statement. By contrast, just 17% of men did likewise.
Synthetics Hurt Athletic Outcomes…
Despite the wide appeal of synthetic athletic apparel, medical studies show that synthetic fibers cause muscle fatigue — which can mean the difference between winning and losing for competitive athletes.
In a study of 24— to 27-year-old men, natural linen long sleeved shirts were worn for five hours -- and then polyester ones were worn for another five hours. Their arms were monitored during both, with electrodes measuring skin temperature and velocity of the men's muscle tissue.1
No changes were measured when they wore the linen. But when they donned polyester they endured a range of muscle disruptions…
It's mostly women. They wear the cheapest shit they can get their hands on to look a particular way. A woman will absolutely destroy her feet wearing cheap heels as long as they make her ass look nice. Makeup is no different.
The Bottom Line…
It's important to realize that while individual chemicals might not endanger your health, the synergistic effect of multiple chemicals interacting can have unpredictable negative effects.
Natural and organic clothing is becoming more popular again. But it can still be a challenge to find it, and you may have to piece together items from multiple suppliers. Here's empowerment for the process…
Priority #1 — Choose natural fibers.
Cotton — preferably organic. It still remains the "king" of textiles. Organic accounts for less than 1% of worldwide production.
Flax — one of nature's strongest fibers.
Hemp — grows without any need for fungicides, herbicides, or pesticides because it's naturally insect-resistant. Its fibers are reported to be four times stronger than cotton. This is NOT the hemp known for its mind-altering properties!
Silk — known as the "queen of fabrics". Watch out for the use of synthetic dyes in silk.
Wool — most of today's wool is contaminated with chemicals, i.e., pesticides used to kill parasites. But organic wool is becoming more common.
Other — alpaca, angora, camel, cashmere, mohair, ramie, aluyot.
its pretty much everybody, because everything gets made in china.
they probably use synthetic dyes, because natural dies either fad, or have limited color choices.
> It is formed in the metabolism of endogenous amino acids and is found in the bloodstream of humans and other primates at concentrations of approximately 0.1 millimolar
thats not much, but thats not the point. if I have high concentrations of calcium in my brain I'll probably get Alzheimer, despite calcium having purpose in bones, if it is in the wrong place it does the most damage, putting formaldehyde on your skin and in your lungs is not where it is meant to be, so it causes troubles.
but this is a potential issue with natural chemicals much more than with synthetics
if you're to bring up calcium and alzheimer's again, then it's much more dangerous to drink aquifer water than it is to drink 'artificially' filtered water from a waste treatment plant
Hippiecore isn't in tho and literally nobody gives a shit
Pic related: my immense disdain
Incidentally, the Organic Trade Association estimates that one non-organic cotton T-shirt uses one-third pound of pesticides and fertilizers. Cotton production uses one-fourth of all the world's fertilizers.2 It's another good reason to choose organic cotton to add to the ones above
Start small… Choose organic for clothing closest to your skin most of the time — underwear, sleepwear, camisoles, and the like… and then build as you replace items in your closet. Move in a healthier direction with your clothing to drastically reduce your chemical load.
they make sun glasses out of plastic, they said so on the fancy video on their website.
natural chemicals we have evolved to filter out in limited quantities. treated water can be bad too, with chlorine and fluorine , fresh glacier water is better, also aquafer have micro nutrition, also you can treat water so that you only get 100% h2o, but its expensive energy wise. Aquifers are dangerous now because of pesticides and industrial run off.
is that a brandname?
those photos are from aliexpress
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Heavy metals in your closet
Polyester has many hidden costs to your health and the environment. It starts off as ethane -- a gas byproduct from refining petroleum. Flash heating at a high temperature of 800 degrees Celsius, (1,472 Fahrenheit), a process known as cracking, transforms the gas into ethylene. When a heavy metal catalyst such as antimony is added, the ethylene turns into a goo that can be spun into fibers and eventually woven into material. The problem is that antimony is a recognized carcinogen, toxic to the heart, lungs, liver and skin.
Cold and dangerous sweat
According to a U.S. National Occupational Exposure Survey, 3,028 workers in the apparel industry were exposed to dangerous levels of antimony over a period of two years. There are no statistics for those working in overseas sweatshops, where regulations are even more lax. The Danish Environmental Protection Agency found that 10 percent of antimony in polyester (and PET) seeps out when the fabric comes into contact with sweat. This means that wearing a cotton/polyester T-shirt while working out can leave traces of antimony on your skin. No research has yet been completed to determine whether the antimony is then absorbed into the body through the skin, our largest organ.
More bad news
Discharge printing has been in use for around 25 years, but with the advent of digital technology it has gotten much more popular. It prints T-shirts faster than hand screening, with much more vibrant colours. Using the chemical zinc formaldehyde sulfoxylate (ZFP), it's possible to print light colours onto a dark shirt. But formaldehyde is known to cause certain cancers and is toxic to the liver, gall bladder and intestines as well as being an immune suppressant. Although discharged printed T-shirts look great, it's not a good idea to wear them during your work out or to sleep in.
Screen printing may seem like a more benign method but it isn't. The most common ink used in silk-screening is plastisol, a variation of polyvinyl chloride (PVC). PVC is considered one of the most hazardous compounds to ecosystems and human health. It's been banned for use in water pipes and is about to be prohibited in children's toys and clothing.
Colour comes with a price
Chances are that pure white T-shirt was steeped in chlorine to bleach out the natural colour. A known skin irritant also linked to respiratory problems, chlorine is also combined with various toxic substances such as chromium copper to create various colours. You also have to be careful with many so-called natural dyes, which are often mixed with Lheavy metals to prolong their colour. Most chemical dyes leave fabrics filled with PBTs (persistent, bio-accumulative, and/or toxic chemicals).
Learn to spot the natural
While the risk of getting ill from a formaldehyde-printed T-shirt or getting poisoned from jogging in a polyester shirt is very low, it's still best to avoid them whenever possible. Seek out healthier alternatives, like soy, bamboo, hemp and organic cotton T-shirts. Check to see if the dye used was from a natural source or stick to natural colours.
Organic cotton is a must
When choosing 100 percent cotton, it's especially important to buy organic. Cotton is one of the most pesticide-ridden crops. Seven out of the 15 most carcinogenic chemicals known to man are used to grow cotton and the amount makes up 25 percent of the worldwide total use for chemicals. Close to 99 percent of cotton farmers live in the developing world where safety regulations and protective gear are virtually non-existent. By buying organic cotton you are supporting the farmers and helping to protect the environment.
nigga i dont give a motherfuck about quemicals if i look good i look good i could give a fuck about my health u feel me
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Just in case there are "red pill" morons actually believing this unscientific drivel, it's pasta from a known scam.