7 Ways To Cancer Proof Your Home

7 Ways To Cancer-Proof Your Home
You want to do everything you can to avoid cancer but what do you do when it seems like everything around you is a risk? Here are the top 7 ways to reduce your risk at home.
1. Check Your Home For Radon
1 out of 15 houses, new and old, are contaminated with toxic levels of radon.You can’t see it or smell it but it could be in your home from a variety of sources.
Learn more here.
2. Replace Non-Stick Cookware and Avoid Stain-Resistant Fabrics
Cookware that has a non-stick coating releases toxic compounds into the air. You may have thought that the pan was safe as long as there were no visible chips in the coating. YOU ARE WRONG. When the non-stick coating is heated for more than 3 minutes 6 toxic gases are released. Research has revealed that these toxins can accumulate in your blood at an alarming rate and may lead to chronic disease over time.Read more here.
Avoid these products:
Non-stick cookware
microwave popcorn
packaging for greasy foods(including paper and cardboard)
stain-proof clothing
flame retardant products (kids pajamas)
stain resistant carpeting and fabric stain protectors
3. Clean Up Your Beauty Regimen
The daily use of make-up can accumulate 5 pounds of chemicals into your body each year. This is NO matter to take lightly. Putting chemicals on your skin is WORSE than ingesting them because they enter your blood stream directly without the help of the digestive tract to break it down. The toxins you put on your skin are going directly to your internal organs. 900 chemicals that are used in cosmetics are known to be dangerously toxic but the industry goes essentially unregulated. Using FDA certified organic beauty products will keep you free from worry about harmful chemicals.Read more here.
The Toxic 12
Benzoyl peroxide
DEA (diethonolamine), MEA (mono), TEA (tri)
DMDM hydantoin and imidazolidinyl urea
Synthetic colors and pigments
FEG (polyethylene glycol)
Phthalates Xenoestrogens
Propylene glycol and butylene glycol
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and Sodium Laureth Sulfate
Sunscreen chemicals like avobenzene, benzphenone and PABA
4. Avoid Canned Foods and Plastic Containers
BPA (Bisphenol A) is a widely used component of plastic container and food packaging. It is so pervasive that 95% of people tested have high levels of BPA in their bodies.
Avoiding canned foods is the best way to avoid BPA. Harvard School Of Health revealed that canned foods and beverages can increase your BPA levels by 1000% in a mere 5 days!
Tips to Avoid BPA
Use only glass baby bottles and dishes for your baby.
Use glass, ceramic or stainless steel coffee mugs.
Throw away plastic dishes and cups and replace them with glass.
Avoid plastic wrap.
Give your baby natural fabric toys instead of plastic ones.
If you use plastic kitchenware, get rid of the older, scratched pieces, don’t put them in the dishwasher and don’t wash with harsh detergents that can breakdown the plastic and cause more chemicals to leach into your food.
Use glass for food and beverage storage.
Avoid bottled water.
Don’t microwave plastic containers.
Avoid dental sealants that contain BPA.
Avoid plastic containers with the recycling label number 7, as these commonly contain BPA.
5. Clean Out Your Cleaning Products
Research has found that breast-cancer risk is twice as high among women who frequently use cleaning products and air-fresheners. It is well-known among researchers that cleaning products do cause cancer along with other side effects like reproductive problems and developmental problems in kids. Mold and mildew products and air-fresheners show the greatest correlation with breast cancer. Read this article for tips on safer cleaning products to choose.
6. Green Your Building Products and Furnishings
The building materials used in your home can be a major source of toxic exposure, from formaldehyde from pressed wood products, VOC’s from carpet and paint, just to name a few. Paint will release high levels of poisonous chemicals for at least 30 days from being applied. Lower levels will be released for up to a year.
Other household furnishings such as mattresses, upholstery, drapes and curtains are produced with flame retardant chemicals. Televisions and computers are also manufactured with these chemicals. There are healthier choices to be made for your home. I suggest starting with your mattress which can be the most toxic item in your home. Read here to learn more.
7. Eat Organic and Tend Your Garden Without Harmful Chemicals
Pesticides and Herbicides are carcinogenic (cause cancer) and you are exposed to them in the food you eat and the air you breath. The easy solution is to choose organically grown produce, pastured animal products and using organic gardening methods of your own. Use this list at the market to help you get the most bang for your organic dollar: