Clothing lays against the skin, which is your largest organ. It absorbs everything that comes in contact with it. Making shiny, wrinkle free, fire retardant, no-iron, static resistant, stain resistant and insect repellent clothing from polyester, nylon and rayon fabrics has been responsible for many negative consequences to human health due to the over 80,000 chemicals used in the manufacture of synthetic fabrics. Synthetic dyes, have been linked to cancer, hormonal dysfunction, behavioral problems and damaged immunity.
Polyester includes names like Terylene, Dacron, Lycra and Vycron. This petroleum based polymer is synthesized using ethylene glycol and terephthalic acid. Both are carcinogenic. These chemicals are trapped in the fibers during the manufacturing process and are not removed.
Polyester emits phytoestrogens, which act as endocrine disruptors, promoting skin and other cancers. In fact, cancer cells multiply more rapidly in polyester test tubes, than they do in glass test tubes.
Polyester clothing is responsible for acute skin rashes, redness, itching, dermatitis, chronic respiratory tract infection, reproductive disorders and behavioral changes. Known to generate an electrostatic field, they interfere with negative ions in the environment and leech negative ions from the body.
Rayon or Viscose is made from wood pulp, which is a natural material, but it is made into fabric by using chemical treatments; carbon disulphide, sulfuric acid, chlorine and caustic soda. Carbon disulphide is emitted from rayon fabric and causes restlessness, depression, nausea, vomiting, headache, chest and muscle pain and insomnia. Other symptoms of toxicity include necrosis, anorexia, polyneuropathy, paralysis and Parkinson’s disease.
Nylon is heavily treated with caustic soda, sulfuric acid, formaldehyde, bleaching agents, softener agents like chloroform, limonene, linalool, pentane, benzyacetate and terpineol.
Formaldehyde in fabric is emitted by body heat and causes skin allergies, watery eyes and is a potent carcinogen.
Fabric softener agents cause hyper skin pigmentation, dermatitis and central nervous system dysfunction.
The residues of these chemicals remain in the fabric after manufacture and numerous washings.
Cotton, linen, flax, wool and silk are safer, natural and healthy clothing materials.
Laundry detergents, fabric softeners, stain removers, and dry cleaning chemicals add to the toxic chemical load absorbed through your skin and they eventually make their way into tissues, organs and the brain.
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