Ever Wondered Where That New Car Smell Comes From-

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					The unmistakable smell of a new car -- a mix of fresh plastic, paint, and upholstery
may be linked to a toxic cocktail of harmful chemicals, prompting Japanese
automakers to attempt to tone down the smell. Their push to reduce cabin
concentrations of the fumes could spur similar action by U.S. and European rivals.


The new-car smell comes largely from chemicals known as volatile organic
compounds, or VOCs. These leach from glues, paints, vinyls and plastics in the
passenger compartment. They have been known to cause headaches, sore throats,
nausea, and drowsiness, and prolonged exposure to high concentrations can lead to

Sitting in a new car can subject riders to toxic emissions several times above the
safety limits. The problem tends to dissipate after about six months.

Matching Guidelines for Homes

Earlier this year, Japanese automakers agreed to cut cabin levels of 13 of the
compounds, including possible cancer-causing agents such as styrene and
formaldehyde, to match guidelines for air quality in homes. This marks the first time
automakers have adopted government guidelines on the matter.

U.S. Has No Regulations for Most VOCs

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency sets no guidelines for volatile organic
compounds in non-industrial settings. Formaldehyde, however, one of the potentially
cancer-causing substances present in new cars, is regulated by the Occupational
Safety and Health Administration.

 USA Today September 26, 2005

 Dr. Mercola's Comment:I've discussedVOCs beforeinthis newsletter-- they can be
emitted from many items found aboutyour home and inyour environment,
including:Solvents Paints Hobby supplies Floor adhesives Cleaning products Polishes
Room fresheners Fitted carpet

It's great that Japanese automakers are taking this initiative, and I hope the idea
spreads. After all, some of the VOCs -- such as styrene and formaldehyde -- can
potentially give you cancer.

Toxins are all around us and if you want to increase your awareness of the potential
dangers that you might not have known about I would encourage you to reviewthe 10
most common toxins that surround you and how to protect your family from them.
Some useful methods include:Buy and eat, as much as possible, organic produce and
free-range, organic foods. Rather than eating fish, which is largely contaminated with
PCBs and mercury, consume a high-quality purified fish or cod liver oil.Avoid
processed foods -- remember that they're processed with chemicals!Only use natural
cleaning products in your home. Most health food stores will have these available or
you can search on line for them.Switch over to natural brands of toiletries, including
shampoo, toothpaste, antiperspirants and cosmetics.Remove any metal fillings as
they're a major source of mercury. Be sure to have this done by a qualified biological
dentist.Avoid using artificial air fresheners, dryer sheets, fabric softeners or other
synthetic fragrances as they can pollute the air you are breathing.Avoid artificial food
additives of all kind, including artificial sweeteners and MSG.Have your tap water
tested and, if contaminants are found, install an appropriate water filter on all your
faucets (even those in your shower or bath).

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