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Toxins in your bed, and a better mattress

Toxic chemicals are in your mattress (and there is a better way). Behold!:

I took notes. These are the points which I think are important in this video:

  • Lee Carter (in the video above) has received a legal letter to stop telling the truth about this topic.
  • Mattresses these days contain toxic chemicals.
  • All foam mattresses today are 100% polyurethane foam (PU).
  • Polyurethane (PU) foam is plastic, as stated by materials science engineer Thibaut Deveraux.
  • All “memory foam” mattresses have a law label, and it states “100% polyurethane foam”. This is 100% plastic.
  • Polyurethane foam (plastic) is used because it is dirt cheap.
  • Why this matters: Polyurethane foam (plastic) softens substantially with use and has a very short useful lifespan.
  • ALL warranties from polyurethane foam mattress companies DO NOT COVER softening of the mattress, and these companies know most consumers don’t read the fine print.
  • Polyurethane foam (plastic) mattresses will go flat (or sag in the middle) within just a few years of regular use, you can bet on it.
  • There are online-only mattress companies popping up all over the internet, and they all have one thing in common: 100% polyurethane foam (plastic).
  • These online-only mattress companies make huge profits because polyurethane foam (plastic) is so cheap, and the mark-up is so large.
  • These online-only mattress companies can afford to give you a 100-day trial (or longer) in your home because they know it’s not going to soften in that timeframe; it takes several years.
  • NeverTurn mattresses (I have one of these) use marketing gimics to promote half a mattress that you “never have to turn over”. They took out the expense of putting the upholstery on the other side and marketed it to you as a good thing, but now you’re only getting half a mattress; it’s all marketing bullhonkey.
  • “Foam Encased Wireless Edge” is a marketing gimic. Works great in the showroom, but that polyurethane foam soon softens with regular use (you might notice it in less than a year). The mattress company is really saving money by reducing the steel by 18% (plastic is cheaper than steel), but they are marketing it to you as a feature.
  • There seems to be a mattress store on virtually every corner. This is because mattresses these days don’t last like they used to, so people need to buy more of them to get a decent night’s sleep.
  • Latex rubber foam (sap-of-a-tree latex, not synthetic latex) is a superior mattress material, and lasts for many, many decades. Because it is extracted from specific trees, it is not cheap; it is expensive.
  • Synthetic latex does not last as long as the real stuff, the sap-of-a-tree latex.
  • Mattress companies who claim to sell real latex mattresses are encasing their latex (which is often synthetic) in polyurethane foam! In my view, this completely defeats the purpose of using latex in the first place, and it seems to me they are only trying to cut costs on their end, rather than sell a better product.
  • Lee Carter had to learn all this the hard way.
  • Lee Carter wanted it done right, so he did it himself and became a latex mattress manufacturer. He now produces and sells his own latex mattresses, only 100% natural latex, the sap-of-a-tree latex rubber, and not synthetic latex.
  • There are two different kinds of latex, and two different ways to manufacture it. The first is the “Dunlop” method, also known as the “primative” method. The second is the “Talalay” method.
  • The “Talalay” method is more technologically advanced, and is therefore more expensive. To offset the cost, they use a “synthetic blend” which is typically 70% styrene butadiene, and 30% sap-of-a-tree latex.
  • Synthetic latex does not hold up as well as natural sap-of-a-tree latex. Stay away from the “Talalay” method, as 99.9% of all companies who use this method use synthetic latex, and it will not hold up over time.
  • You may hear that the “Talalay” method is more consistent, but this is on the manufacturer’s end, not the consumer end, so it does not affect the consumer.
  • “ILD” = Indentation Load Deflection (foam firmness testing): https://acronyms.thefreedictionary.com/ILD
  • Regarding people who are allergic to latex: During the manufacturing process, the latex is baked. It starts out as a liquid and is processed and baked (this is a very simplified explanation). The protein which causes an allergic reaction in people is broken down and destroyed. Therefore, these latex mattresses cannot cause an allergic reaction.
  • Polyurethane foam / “Memory foam” (plastic) is very hot because it is a closed-cell material and does not breath at all.
  • Latex is an open-cell material (plus has a hole every inch), is not hot, and breathes very well.
  • Polyurethane foam / “Memory foam” (plastic) molds to the shape of your body and doesn’t want to let go, so it’s hard to get up or turn over.
  • Latex has “instant-recovery” and does not hold the mold you made in it with your body, so it’s easy to get up or turn over.
  • A “stretch-knit” cover over the latex mattress is best, not quilting it.

On toxic chemicals in your mattress:

  • In 2007, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) began requiring that all mattresses sold in the US must be flameproof. Sounds like a good idea, right? Sounds like they are trying to protect us from mattress fires, right? Negative.
  • The Consumer Products Safety Commission did this to make the chemical industry (and large mattress manufacturers) filthy rich.
  • We consumers are sleeping in toxic chemicals to make them rich.

Some chemicals put in mattresses today, and what the CPSC’s risk assessment report says about them:

  • Ammonium Polyphosphate: “There were no available data on subchronic or chronic exposures, pharmacokinetics, carcinogenity, or reproductive, developmental, or neurological effects.” Meaning, they have no idea.
  • Antimony Trioxide: “Antimony trioxide would be considered ‘toxic’ under the FHSA (Federal Hazardous Substance Act).”
  • Boric Acid: “Boric acid meets the definition of ‘toxic’ under the FHSA (Federal Hazardous Substance Act).” Personally, I’ve used boric acid to kill roaches and other unwanted bugs in my house by spreading it around in the back corners under the sink and behind the toilet and so forth.
  • Decabromodiphenyl Oxide (Deca for short): “Deca meets the definition of ‘toxic’ under the FHSA by virtual of its chronic organ system toxicity.”
  • Melamine: “Under the FHSA, melamine is considered acutely toxic…”
  • Vinylidene Chloride: “Vinylidene chloride is considered ‘toxic’ under the FHSA based upon the systemic toxicity from subchronic and chronic exposure.”
  • Formaldehyde is also used. It is a carcinogen, which causes cancer.
  • The “Risk Assessment of FR (Fire Retardant) Chemicals in Mattress Barriers” report, from the Consumer Product Safety Commission, states that three of these toxic chemicals are being absorbed by the person sleeping on the mattress: Antimony, Boric acid, and Deca. Read that again, let it sink in.
  • Lee reads a few of his many testimonials from people who have had very negative reactions to new mattresses.
  • The Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) could have required mattress manufacturers to state what is being put into their mattresses right on the law label, but the CPSA does not want consumers to know.
  • The CPSC claims they are requiring all these toxic chemicals in mattresses to enable consumers to escape a fire and not die from flames. Most people do not die from flames but smoke inhalation. Most fires do not start in the bedroom but a room with a heat source such as a shorting electrical connection. The mattress being flame retardant is not going to save you.
  • Also note that your sheets, pillows, and blankets are not required to be flame retardant. This doesn’t make much sense. What good is a flame retardant mattress if all those other items burn just fine before the fire ever reaches your mattress?
  • There is something fishy going on in the Consumer Products Safety Commission. What could be driving them to require toxic flame retardant chemicals in mattresses?
  • Large mattress manufacturers have a lobby group called International Sleep Products Association (ISPA). ISPA supported these new fire retardant regulations (back in 2007). This doesn’t make much sense either. Why would mattress manufacturers WANT this new requirement? Why would they want the additional trouble and expense making their mattresses?
  • Lee found a few articles which may suggest why they supported this:
  • 1) An article in Furniture Today, written in June 2007 (the new law went into effect in July 2007) stated that a top 100 store chain would have to close its bedding factory rather than make a “major expansion” in order to meet the new federal flammability regulations, then outsource all mattress manufacturing to International Bedding Corp., a top 10 bedding producer. Hummm… could it be that this new requirement is designed to cause the smaller mattress manufacturers to outsource their business to the larger mattress manufacturers, the ones who have a lobby group?
  • 2) NewsReview.com: posted an article on 2007-06-07, an interview with Richard Lash (who owns Square Deal Mattress Factory in Chilco California), which stated: “The new fire standard will cost mattress manufacturers more than $100 million per year to implement and is the most expensive change the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission has ever made, according to a report by ConsumerAffairs.com. The cost will be too much for some small companies to absorb, Lash said. He’s confident of his own factory’s survival, but he is concerned the codes will be the death of other small mattress companies. … There are currently only 600 mattress manufacturers in the U.S., and the new safety codes could eliminate a third of them.”
  • The Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) doesn’t seem to care what is best for you, the consumer. The CPSC didn’t disclose what chemicals are being added to your mattress (wouldn’t you want to know?), or how toxic those chemicals are (wouldn’t you want to know?), or how they are being absorbed by you every night (wouldn’t you want to know this, too?), and they also did not give you a choice in the matter. That does not seem to benefit the consumer at all, but rather the large mattress manufacturing industry (the ones with a lobby group), and, of course, the chemical industry.
  • Lee spoke with someone from a chemical company who produces the chemicals which are now required to go into mattresses. This guy saw one of Lee’s videos and was trying to convince him that the chemicals weren’t all that toxic, reduce the perceived toxicity of the chemicals, and so forth. Turns out they were a member of the ISPA! Is this a conflict of interest of the most severe kind?
  • How many chemical companies are doing much better today because mattresses are required to be flame retardant? Investigative reporters: That might be worth looking in to.
  • The Consumer Products Safety Commission is bought and paid for, and they do not have the consumer’s best interests in mind when they set regulations.
  • There is a point here which is important: We have a system here where congress passes laws with representatives for the people. I know, it’s not a perfect system. But with the CPSC, there is no representation. The CPSC serves whoever is paying them, and it’s not us consumers (it’s the ones who are benefiting from all this nonsense). That’s called “Regulation without representation”.
  • A “CertiPUR-US certification” on a mattress is meaningless; they don’t put the toxic chemicals into the foam, they put them into a thin layer on top of the foam and under the top quilted layer.
  • CertiPUR considers 0.5 parts-per-million to be a safe limit for antimony. Lee’s tested sample from Rachel contained 1,750 parts-per-million!
  • The test from the top fabric of Rachel’s mattress contained 207 parts-per-million! That’s over 400 times what CertiPUR considers toxic!
  • The Consumer Products Safety Commission does not even regulate how much of these toxic chemicals a mattress company uses!
  • There is a loophole in the regulation of this toxic fire retartant chemical requirement in mattresses: It’s okay for a mattress seller to sell you a chemical-free mattress if your doctor prescribes it. Why put this loophole in the regulation if the toxic fire retardant chemicals are entirely safe?
  • Lee has a form to make this easy. He can fax this form to your doctor or chiropractor, they sign it and fax it back, and it’s then legal for him to sell you his all natural latex mattress, no chemicals at all. He ships all over the country, and shipping is free.

http://mattresseducation.net/
Lots of info on this site.

http://www.buildyourownmattress.com/
855-502-8453 (855-50-BUILD)

His mattresses are made from three 3-inch layers, with the two bottom layers the same firmness (ILD) for support, and the top layer a little bit softer for pressure-point relief.

His Perfection 40 mattress: the two bottom layers are 40 ILD, and the top is 30 ILD.
His Perfection 30 mattress: the two bottom layers are 30 ILD, and the top is 25 ILD.
His Perfection 20 mattress: the two bottom layers are 25 ILD, and the top is 20 ILD.
His Perfection 16 mattress: the two bottom layers are 20 ILD, and the top is 16 ILD.

I’m planning on getting one of these soon, and I’ll post here on how it goes.

On his buildyourownmattress.com site, he lists these varieties of mattresses:

  • Ultra Soft
  • Soft
  • Medium Soft
  • Medium
  • Medium Firm
  • Ultra Firm

AR: Arrangement Recommendation

  • AR 4: two bottom layers: ultra firm, top: medium firm.
  • AR 3: two bottom layers: medium firm, top: medium soft.
  • AR 2: two bottom layers: medium, top: soft.
  • AR 1: two bottom layers: med soft, top: ultra soft.

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