Thursday night's lecture kicks off the Westfield Green Team’s Earth Month celebrations, which will include activities and events to engage, educate the public throughout April.

WESTFIELD, NJ — The air you breathe can be one of the most toxic aspects your residence, a home environmental expert said.

Cleaning agents, air fresheners and other commonly used products may increase the incidence of asthma, sleeplessness and pulmonary disease, said Christine Dimmick, author of “Detox Your Home — A Guide to Removing Toxins from Your Home,” in an interview with TAPinto Westfield.

Sign Up for E-News

People can invest in air filtration systems, she said, but a moderated approach is to take a second look at those products used in your residence.

Dimmick got a personal wake-up call herself when she was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 44. She went through six months of radiation and today has a clean bill of health.

An increase in substances linked to cancer is to blame for higher cancer rates, said Dimmick.

“We’re lessening regulations,” she said. “We’re not increasing them so we’re seeing way higher rates of cancer and way higher rates of infertility.”

Dimmick pioneered the movement to combine natural ingredients in cleaning products over 20 years ago and has given lectures nationwide on the topic, her website states. She makes and sells natural home products.

On Thursday, Dimmick will speak in Westfield, giving advice on how to reduce toxins in residences, resulting in improved health and wellness.

The Westfield Green Team will host “How to Detox Your Home,” Thursday, April 4, at 7 p.m. in the community room of Town Hall, 425 East Broad St.

The free lecture kicks off the Green Team’s Earth Month celebrations, which will include activities and events to engage, educate and inform the public throughout April, the town announced.

It will culminate with a Free Market and Green Vendor Fair to be held on Saturday, May 4. Additional information on Earth Month events may be found on the town’s website, at westfieldnj.gov/earthmonth.

Email Staff Writer Matt Kadosh at mkadosh@tapinto.net; Follow him on Twitter: @MattKadosh

More Westfield News

MORE: Westfield Health Officials Back Bill to Cut Religious Exemptions on Vaccinations

MORE: Westfield Rescue Squad Honored, Seeks Donations, Volunteers

MORE: Westfield Teens Share Art With Senior Citizens