We see many patients at our Manhattan practice that have health problems due to chemical toxicity. Part of their treatment plan is to reduce or when possible, eliminate certain chemicals from their lifestyle. This may include eliminating certain skin care products and substances that may be polluting the air they breathe at home.

When it comes to air pollution, there is not much we can do about outdoor pollution, but we can take steps to reduce the pollution that exists inside our homes. Household cleaning products, furniture, carpets, mattresses, mold, disinfectants, paint, aerosol sprays, and air fresheners can all contribute to indoor air pollution.

You can immediately begin reducing pollution in your home by eliminating the use air fresheners. This includes sprays, plug ins, scented candles, and car fresheners. Many of them contain harmful chemicals which are carcinogenic (can cause cancer). These include formaldehyde, benzene, toluene, styrene, and phthalates. The EPA classifies them as suspected or known to cause cancer, reproductive problems, or birth defects. Manufacturers do not have to list these chemicals on product labels. They are instead allowed to use the term “fragrance”, which can represent any combination of chemicals. So, whenever you see the term “fragrance” on a label, be cautious.


Adverse Effects



linked to several types of cancer, including leukemia when repeatedly inhaled over a long period of time.

printing ink, photographic chemicals, preservatives in cosmetics and toiletries, treatments for warts and verrucae, throat

lozenges, cleaning products, vaccines.


linked to leukemia, lymphomas, and reproductive abnormalities.

Industrial pollution, industrial solvent, synthetic detergents, dyes, paints, varnish removers, adhesives, pharmaceuticals.


linked to kidney, heart, and neurologic damage.

solvent, dyes, glues, inks, paints, lacquers, perfumes, nail varnish, furniture polish, adhesives.


allergic reactions, nausea, and impaired balance and vision.

synthetic rubber, dental filling

component, food packaged in polystyrene, floor waxes,

paints, adhesives, putty, metal cleaners, cigarette smoke.


In women: endometriosis, menstrual cycles disorders, impaired ovary function.

In men: reduced testicle function, reduced semen quality, and infertility.

Vinyl flooring, food packaging, shower curtains, wall coverings, adhesives, detergents, personal care products, toys, PVC pipe

A recent article on Mercola.com lists steps you can take to reduce indoor pollution. These include:

· Use an air filter

· Install water filters for your drinking water and shower to reduce chlorine ingestion and inhalation.

· Grow indoor to purify the air

· Open windows. Even during the winter, opening your windows for 15 minutes a day can make a difference.

· Stop using harsh cleaning products. There are many green options available. You can also try using soap and water, baking soda, and vinegar

· Avoid using cleaning powders and personal care powders

· Clean your air conditioner

· When the humidity is high, use a dehumidifier

· Stop using non-stick cookware

· When shopping for furniture, upholstery, and building material, look for green options.

Dr. John W Phelts, D.C. tests his patient for chemical toxicity in his mid-town Manhattan practice. In addition, having his patients take steps to reduce their exposure to the chemicals, he also recommends supplements that help the body get rid of and detoxify those chemicals. If you are interested in being tested give us a call at 212-286-2012. Dr. Phelts is dedicated to serving the 10016 and 10017 zip code areas.

February 01, 2018