In the cover shot of the NYTimes.com article "Domestic Detox: Extreme Home Cleaning," Matthew Waletzke looks like he should be in a science fiction movie, not a customer's home. Waletzke does something like an "Extreme Home Makeover" for toxins. He's looking to remove or reduce anything toxic in your home. Just imagine someone treating your home in the same way that an expert might be called in to search a facility for "sick-building syndrome." He looks for potential health hazards like allergies to pillowcases, mold, indoor air pollution, household chemicals and many more things you've probably never thought were even harmful. Two of the worst ways that you or your family can be exposed to toxic chemicals is through the water you drink and shower in.
Waletzke recommends a brand of kitchen sink water filters for the countertop that costs less than $ 100; an under the counter system for less than $ 150; as well as a shower filter priced at less than $ 70. However, he states that "if I had to prioritize, I should pick the shower." The shower filtration system he refers to has won the Consumers Digest "Best Buy" award multiple times and has been endorsed by Dr. Ranya Alexander PhD., MD, and Dr. Alan Pressman of Health Talk Radio. Many experts are quick to point out that shower filtration in your home is as beneficial, or more so, than drinking water filtration.
In the article mentioned above, by Penelope Green, she writes, "Pollution, we're learning, is personal. Each year brings reports of a new domestic horror, from the medical waste in the municipal water to the carcinogenic bacteria sprouting in your shower head. " In her list of things that are prime candidates for a home detox, she could also list the hazards of cancer-causing chemicals like chlorine that may be present in your shower water.
Chlorine and other harmful chemicals like THMs (Trihalomethanes) vaporize in the air while you shower. It's been shown that more than double the levels of chlorine and other synthetic chemicals may be entering the body through inhalation and skin absorption of the shower steam, compared to drinking water. When it comes to detoxifying your home, a quality shower filter is considered a necessity more than a luxury.
Waletzke's main objective when beginning a home detox is to pinpoint the physical stressors in a house. While more and more people are enjoying the benefits of modern living, a great deal of the health threats we face stem directly from the growing number of toxic chemicals making their way into our water, and eventually, our bodies. For this reason, he recommends a kitchen sink water filter for the countertop or an under counter model. Although he might put a shower filter above a water filter for detoxifying your home, water filtration is absolutely crucial to a healthy home.
Testing your water is definitely on Waletzke's checklist and he spent a year training with the Institute for Bau-Biologie & Ecology, a Florida-based school that teaches its students how to test and prescribe a cure for toxins in water, as well as air and building materials. The negative press surrounding BPA plastics, chemicals like pesticides and rocket fuel in our water, polluted air, and so many other toxic products and effects, is mounting. And the need for a multi-stage water filter that can filter down to 0.5 microns, as recommended by Waletzke in "Domestic Detox: Extreme Home Cleaning," is a must. One added benefit of a water filter is that you also get water that is better than bottled water quality.
Services like a home detox are getting more and more popular as the presence of toxins in our homes grows each year. Some notable personalities that have in some way detoxified there homes, include Oliver Stone, Donna Karan and Gwyneth Paltrow. Paltrow also has been in the news for detoxifying her body with a diet based on the ideas of Dr. Alejandro Junger's book "Clean: The Revolutionary Program to Restore the Body's Natural Ability to Heal Itself." And you can bet she uses filtered water.
"Building biology" is one way to describe what Waletzke does. He charges $ 375 for a home evaluation, but that cost needs to be weighed against the peace of mind you receive from knowing just how toxic your home is. Remember, when it comes to home stressors, two of the big ones are removing chlorine from your tap water with a shower filter and drinking water filter. The systems are very easy to install and have start-up costs of less than one hundred dollars each.