Toxic substances are ubiquitous. Even with the most careful planning, it is possible to unknowingly expose yourself and your family to harm through contact with chemicals, mold, pesticides, and other toxins. Fortunately, these risks can be minimized through regular testing and by avoiding the worst offenders. These are some of the most common sources of toxic substances found in homesteads and steps to eliminate them.
Mold is pervasive in homes, especially older ones. The fungus responsible for mold thrives in dark, damp areas of homes with poor ventilation. The most concentrated mold colonies are typically found in basements, attics, and kitchens. Pregnant women, children, and the elderly are most susceptible to the harmful effects of mold. Some molds are more harmful than others, especially black mold, according to Mold Solutions. This type of mold attacks the nervous system and suppresses the immune system’s activities, which can result in deadly infections and which can cause an array of nasty symptoms. A specialist can positively identify black mold. If black mold is discovered in your home, the first step is to remove any items the mold has colonized. Strategically placed dehumidifiers starve the mold of the moisture it needs to reproduce. Regularly replacing air filters in HVAC systems keeps mold at bay as well. Most importantly, eliminate any leaking plumbing.
According to Robert Pahlke Law Group, people working on farms and ranches can risk getting cancer from toxins. Fertilizers used in agriculture are major sources of exposure. Sometimes, unethical farmers and ranchers even use raw sewage as fertilizer, endangering themselves and anyone on neighboring pieces of land. Toxic waste often leaks into groundwater, eventually making its way into the water you consume. The food supply is frequently affected as well. “Farmer’s Lung” is the colloquial term for workers who inhale toxic agricultural dust that penetrates deep into the lungs and causes severe damage to workers’ health.
Despite assurances from manufacturers, even legal pesticides commonly used in farming can injure and kill. The only way to definitively protect your family’s health is to avoid chemical pesticides. When chemicals like RoundUp were introduced to the market, most people even inside the industry were unaware of the long-term health risks, according to EcoWatch. Many natural alternatives for protecting farms and gardens from pests are effective. Neem oil, soap spray, diatomaceous earth, garlic spray, chili pepper spray, and others can keep insects at bay without jeopardizing human health.
Staying vigilant in terms of the toxic substances that may creep into your homestead is absolutely necessary for protecting yourself and your family.