Everyday Household Products to Avoid

Here are some tips from “Anti-Cancer- A New Way of Life” (2009) by Dr. David Servan-Schreiber to help you identify and resolve some common toxic conditions.

When I read this article I think about the many days my dad worked outside on his car repair business that was near a dry cleaners that was pumping out plumes of fumes, probably toxic fumes, into the air daily. My father passed away in 1996 from pancreatic cancer.

I think of the many incidences in the past where I was working with solvents and did not use protective gloves.

I think of stories I’ve heard of guys who didn’t think radioactive water was harmful to them because it looked harmless, and then to prove their “bravery” put their arms in it.

I think of all the fumes, both commercial and personal products, we’ve had to tolerate because we needed to be at work in it.

While I cannot draw any direct connection between cancer formation and a mist that you could smell as it drifts softly down upon your work area, like what was going on at my dad’s shop many years ago, it would benefit you to be aware of the many environments that people in the past just accepted that are now known cancer causing related conditions.

Certainly, if you must be in a toxic environment, take relief measures, many of which involve cranking up your healthy diet with powerful foods proven to be strong anti-cancer agents (which I will further document in future posts).

Let’s move on now to the tips from “Anti-Cancer”… 

Note: the tad bit of sarcasm that is used in item #4 by our good doctor. Somewhat rustic, though appropriate.

Getting some fresh air is a nice detox routine

Getting some fresh air is a nice detox routine

Everyday Household Products to Avoid
Avoid as Much as Possible

1. AVOID: perchloroethylene/tetrachloroethylene in dry cleaning

REPLACE with:  air out dry-cleaned garments in fresh air for several hours before wearing,  employ wet cleaning, liquid CO2 or silicone

2. AVOID: deodorants and antiperspirants containing aluminum (especially for women who shave their armpits, which facilitates penetration of aluminum)

REPLACE with: natural deodorants without aluminum

3. AVOID: cosmetics, shampoo, lotions, gels, hair dye, nail polish, sunscreen containing estrogens or placental products (common in hair products for Afro hairstyles), or with paragons or phthalates. Phthalates to avoid include: BBP and DEHP.* Parabens to avoid include, methylparaben, polyparaben, isoparaben, butylparaben

REPLACE with: natural and organic products free of parabens, phthalates, and estrogens. Many “organic” cosmetics are free of parabens and phthalates. Some companies, such as Body Shop or Aveda, make products without phthalates.

4. AVOID: perfumes containing phthalates (nearly all of them do)

REPLACE with: no perfume, or wear only toilet water (which contains fewer phthalates)

5. AVOID: chemical household pesticides and insecticides

REPLACE with: use insecticides made from essential oils or boric acid, or diatomaceous earth. See complete list of alternative remedies to most suspect pesticides and insecticides on http://www.panna.org

6. AVOID: heating foods or liquids (coffee, tea, baby formula) in plastic containers made with PVCs (which are liberated into the food when heated), polystyrene, or Styrofoam

REPLACE with: use glass or ceramic containers (including when using a microwave oven)

7. AVOID: preparing food in scratched teflon pans

REPLACE with: flawless Teflon, or else non-Teflon pans, such as stainless steel 18/10

8.  AVOID: common cleaning products such as liquid detergents, disinfectants, toilet bowl sanitizers with alkylphenols (nonoxynol, octoxynol, nonylphenol, octylphenol, etc)

REPLACE with: green or European Ecolabel products. Or replace with white vinegar (for counters and floors), baking soda, or white soap

9.  AVOID: excessive exposure to electromagnetic fields of cell phone

REPLACE with: reduce use of cell phones with an air-tube headset

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* BBP=benzyl butyl phthalate; DEHP=di (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate.

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What can you do today to reduce the toxic effects on your environment?

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