At the weekend another headline stated, ‘Hidden dangers of air fresheners, faulty boilers and household cleaning products.’ It went on to report that tens of thousands of deaths are caused by indoor air pollution.
A report to be published this week by the Royal College of Physicians, and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, will warn that these products contribute to poor indoor air quality, and may cause or contribute to over 99,000 deaths annually across Europe.
Every day household heating, cleaning and freshening products can damage our hearts and lungs, and the report also noted that certain furniture, furnishings and insulation have also been shown to be harmful to our health. The results from this research which highlight health hazards caused by both outside pollution, and indoor modern living, are perhaps a wake-up call to encourage us to go back to basics.
It has been suggested that diseases such as dementia, asthma, diabetes and cancer, all of which are on the increase, come as a result of contamination we face daily. These were not present in such quantities or at all, in years gone by, and they can tip the balance of the chemical composition of our brains and other finely tuned organs.
It seems the modern world is not improving our health or life expectancy. We should consider reverting to traditional wooden furniture, upholstery made from natural materials, and clothes which are made from natural fibres, and avoid synthetics and chemicals which are now shown to be deadly.
This would also be better for the environment, as furniture and clothing would be bought for life, not to be dumped or abandoned upon a whim to change our décor or fashion. It seems the good old fashioned methods taught to us by our mothers and grandmothers, such as not being wasteful, boiling everything, and using natural products in our homes, will keep us healthier and help save the planet.
The Prime Minister has fired the starting gun for the run up to the referendum. Ahead are now months of debates, discussions, falling outs, mini wars, claims and counter claims, and no doubts outright lies and fantasies.
“If you argue for leaving the EU, you don’t love Britain”, were the words used by David Cameron on Sunday. What I find hard to understand is that he also repeatedly said that Britain would be better off in a reformed EU’. He is probably right, but what is certain is that for all his late night negotiations in Brussels, he has not reformed the EU one jot.
He has so far not explained what reforms he has achieved regarding migrants for example, or confirmed that these reforms are now enshrined in EU law.
On the contrary, recent judgements on freedom of movement rights in the European Court of Justice, strongly suggest that all migrant benefit concessions in the so called ‘deal’, are open to immediate challenge in the ECJ, and are likely to succeed.
Mr Cameron has spent the past weeks telling the other 27 leaders of EU states, that no matter what he achieved or failed to, during his negotiations, he would persuade the British public to vote to remain within the EU. This rather gave the game away that he is more in love with the EU, than he is with Great Britain.
When Scotland held their referendum last year, it was disturbing to see the animosity between the two sides. I am disappointed to hear that some seasoned MPs who should know better, and behave with rather more dignity, are already turning their spite and aggression on some new MPs who have taken what they consider a principled decision to campaign to leave the EU.
I wonder if these so called ‘honourable’ Members, are moreconcerned about their political careers, or ensuring their leader hands them a peerages when they retire at the next election. What a pity they are so unprincipled, but at least we know who they are!