“Air fresheners are probably one of the worst things that have been invented.” Bill Statham
We place them on our skin; we clean our house with them; we saturate our air with them; we consume them and swath our children in them. Chemicals. They have long complex names and their reason for being in our cosmetics, household cleaners, foods are often a mystery and their effects are equally mysterious.
Bill Statham saw the harmful effects these mysterious compounds were having on the people he was treating (as a homeopathic physician). This concern over toxic exposure from chemicals compelled him to write the bestselling book The Chemical Maze. The Chemical Maze acts as a consumer’s shopping guide to help you and your family steer clear of nasty toxins.
We discuss the chemicals we definitely need to recognize and avoid and why. Particularly concerning are the chemicals that are commonly used and proven to cause reproductive harm. Chemicals (by mimicking estrogens) have already caused massive reproductive damage to amphibian populations. And showing similar effects on our human population. We think of our skin as a barrier but in reality it is a sponge. What are we absorbing, consuming and breathing that will harm us and our future generations? Find out during this information packed episode.
About Episode Guest
Bill Statham was born in Toowoomba in Queensland and grew up on a dairy farm on the fertile Darling Downs. When he was in his twenties he told friends that one day he would write a book. Twenty years later this pipedream became a reality when The Chemical Maze – Your Guide to Food Additives and Cosmetic Ingredients was first published. Little did he realise all those years ago that it would become a best seller and create an awareness that would change many people’s lives for the better.
In the ten years leading up to the publication of his first book in 2001, Bill studied and practiced homeopathy, both in Australia and in England. It was during this time that he became increasingly concerned about the detrimental effects on people’s health caused by synthetic chemicals in foods, cosmetics and personal care products. The Chemical Maze was born out of a need to make it simpler and easier for people to recognize chemicals as additives and ingredients that have the potential to be harmful to health.
The Chemical Maze is now in its 5th edition and has sold over 150,000 copies, mostly in Australia and N.Z. It is also published in the U.K. and North America and in six foreign languages – Polish, Latvian, Russian, Finnish, French and Italian.
In 2007 The Chemical Maze reached number 7 on the bestseller list in New Zealand.
Bill Statham lives with his wife and business partner Kay Lancashire in the picturesque Gippsland region of Victoria. He is a researcher and writer with an interest in health education and a commitment to making a positive difference to the health of people and the environment. Bill studied and practised homeopathy both in Australia and the UK for over ten years. During this time he became increasingly concerned about the detrimental effects on health caused by synthetic chemicals in the foods we eat and cosmetic products we use every day.