A “Dirty Dozen” list of consumer products, often used in most American homes, has been released by Ralph Nader and The Cancer Prevention Coalition.
There is no doubt that you are exposed to a wide array of toxic chemicals every day. That’s not all, most of these chemicals are found in your home.
In fact, The “Dirty Dozen” products possess various toxic ingredients and carcinogens to which most people are exposed each day:
– Artificial Sweeteners
Even though there are various all-natural sweeteners, the artificial sweeteners are more harmful than sugar.
You should avoid using any of these artificial sweeteners:
- Sorbitol is partially digested in the intestines, thus leading to gas, diarrhea, and bloating.
- Saccharin is indigestible, so that the liver can excrete it in unchanged form. It can increase the risk of bladder cancer.
- Aspartame can elevate the risk of skin cancers. This artificial sweetener can be deadly for those suffering from phenylketonuria.
- Acesulfame K is a possible carcinogen, which can result in tumors. It can also have a negative effect on pregnancy.
You should substitute these artificial sweeteners for the following ones:
- Yacon syrup could feed the beneficial bacteria in the intestines and prevent constipation.
- Xylitol has an ability to enhance bone density, thus lowering the possibility of tooth decay.
- Erythritol does not have a negative impact on the cholesterol, blood glucose, or insulin levels.
- Stevia helps regulate blood sugar and blood pressure levels.
– Non-Stick Cookware
Most Americans use non-stick cookware, regardless of the fact that it can have a negative impact on their health. Moreover, the non-stick cookware has been found to release toxic ingredients into food during cooking. In short, when it is heated up, then its coating starts breaking down at a molecular level.
It can release fluoride-based gasses and many toxic particles that may be carcinogenic. So, you should replace non-stick cookware with ceramic or glass pans and pots, which do not release toxic fumes.
– Air Fresheners
You probably think that air fresheners can eliminate the noxious gas as well as pungent odors from your house. But, it has recently been found that air freshener cans emit fumes that are more harmful than cigarette smoke. Furthermore, it has also been found that these fumes can lead to these health issues:
- Hormone imbalance
- Respiratory problems, including asthma
- Many types of cancers (According to a study, the most common air fresheners possess a “considerable” formaldehyde amount. This ingredient is known to be a human carcinogen. Moreover, air freshener overexposure has been associated with an increased risk of throat and nose cancer.)
You should use essential oils instead of commercial air fresheners since they are a safer and healthier alternative to air fresheners. They can create pleasant aromas as well as provide a wide range of therapeutic effects. Namely, inhaling rosemary oil may enhance your mood and boost your nervous system.
You can use essential oils as a powerful air freshener by adding 10-15 drops of essential oil into a spray bottle. Make sure you also add a cup of distilled water. Then, simply spray it around your house.
– Plastic Food Containers and Bottles
Eating food or drinking liquid from plastic containers can have a negative impact on your health. The chemicals present in the plastic may leach into the food and ultimately get digested in your body. In addition, Bisphenol A is one of these chemicals. It is typically used to harden plastic in many different products, including water bottles.
A great number of studies have associated Bisphenol A with having negative health effects. According to the FDA, this toxic ingredient has an adverse effect on the behavior, brain, and prostate glands in young children, babies, and fetuses.
Therefore, you should replace disposable plastic water bottles with reusable glass or metal ones. Also, you should do the same when it comes to using food containers.
– Store-Bought Cleaning Products
Most households have various cleaning products for different purposes. Even though cleaning substances can eliminate harmful bacteria from your house, almost all store-bought cleaning products have been associated with a number of health issues, including:
- Respiratory problems, like asthma
- Hormone disruption (Researchers have proven that store-bought cleaning products possess dangerous substances, like BPA, phthalates, triclosan, and parabens.)
Fortunately, both baking soda and vinegar have all-natural antimicrobial cleaning properties that do not come with the same side effects as store-bought cleaning products. Baking soda and vinegar can fight bacteria, such as E.coli, staph, and salmonella.
A lot of people use mothballs in order to keep moths at bay. But, mothball have been found to be extremely toxic! They possess Naphthalene, an toxic ingredient that can lead to:
- Hemolytic Anemia
- Liver and kidney damage
- Cancer in animals (You should keep mothballs away from your pet!)
This ingredient is also considered to be a human carcinogen. However, there are not any scientific evidence that mothballs are associated with cancer in humans.
– Talcum Powder
It contains talc, which can contribute to lung irritation. This harmful ingredient can also increase the risk of ovarian cancer.
The Lancelet journal published a study suggesting that most ovarian tumors contained particles of talc.
Another study published in the journal Cancer found a connection between ovarian cancer and the powder.
The journal Cancer Prevention Research published the results of 8 research papers, which included about 2,000 women. Researchers concluded that 20-30% of women that used talcum powder for intimate personal hygiene had a higher likelihood of developing ovarian cancer.
What’s more, many other studies showed similar findings.
Did you know that many types of anti-dandruff shampoo, including Head and Shoulders “Dry Scalp 2-in-1” product possess methylchloroisothiazolinone. This ingredient is a possible mutagen. What’s more, these products also possess ammonium laureth sulfate. Even though this ingredient will not result in any health issues on its own, it may be contaminated during the production process like 1,4-dioxane. Additionally, rat studies showed that this ingredient could contribute to cancer. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, this ingredient is also considered a human carcinogen.
Your regular toothpaste may contain Fluoride and Saccharin, which are possible carcinogens.
- Fluoride is a human carcinogen. This ingredient can contribute to cavities, damage your thyroid, and more.
- Saccharin is an artificial sweetener, which is 350 times sweeter than sugar. It is another human carcinogen that should be avoided.
You should use coconut oil because it is a safer and healthier alternative to commercial toothpaste.
– Tick and Flea Repellents
Are you familiar with the fact that tick and flea repellents could do more harm than good? Lab tests have found a correlation between the ingredient known as Fipronil present in many liquid tick and flea repellents and various health problems. The use of tick and flea repellents can contribute to:
- Mild skin irritation
- Diarrhea or vomiting
- Dizziness and seizures
Also, it is known to be a possible human carcinogen.
– Deodorants or Antiperspirants
An oncologist at the University of Reading in the United Kingdom, Dr. Philippa Darbre, has published nearly 30 research papers on the ingredients present in underarm deodorant and other personal care products. Most of these ingredients can have adverse health effects, including increasing the risk of breast cancer.
– Antibacterial Soap
Although antibacterial soaps are labeled as being able to remove nasty germs and bacteria, the FDA has conducted recent studies showing that these soaps possess Triclosan that can:
- Stimulate drug-resistant bacteria growth
- Negatively affect hormone levels in animals
- Elevate the likelihood of early puberty, infertility, and even cancer.
So, you should replace these antibacterial soaps with natural and safer varieties.
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