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5 Things You Need To Know About The Cancer Causing Chemicals In Everyday Life

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Photo Credit: “a p p l i e d” by Jesse Wright

What are carcinogens?

Carcinogens are substances or exposures that cause or aggravate cancer.

Where can I find them?

Carcinogens can be found in foods, beauty products, or even cell phones. It was also recently reported that carcinogens were being found in Brazilian blowouts, a popular salon hair straightening process.

Do carcinogens cause cancer immediately?

Generally, no. But different carcinogens have different cancer-causing potential. Some may cause cancer quickly while others require more prolonged exposure.

What are some known carcinogens?

  • Naphthalene, found in tanning beds, mothballs, and coal tars.
  • Formaldehyde, found in many beauty products.
  • Aspartame, found in soft drinks as an artificial sweetener.
  • o-Nitrotoluene, found in dyes.
  • Aluminum, found in antiperspirants.

For a full list, check out Cancer.org.

What can I do to limit my exposure?

Eat organic foods and choose organic or natural hair products. Read ingredient labels and become educated about what you’re putting on and into your body.

Src: http://www.epa.gov/OCEPAterms/cterms.html

5 Things You Need To Know About Genetically Modified Foods Or You’ll Die Twice

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Photo Credit: “Pannocchia sgranata” by Luigi Chiesa

  What are GMOs? 
GMO stands for genetically modified organism. It is any organism that has been altered genetically, usually through the transfer of DNA from another organism. It may also be called a GEO, genetically engineered organism or just GM for genetically modified.

Are GMOs bad for you?

There are several reasons GMOs are bad for you. One is Continue reading

5 Things You Need To Know About Plastic Bottles Or You’ll Die Twice

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Detail at actual size: Plastic Bottles, 2007 by Chris Jordan

The photo above is by Chris Jordan. It is a close up of a photo that “depicts two million plastic beverage bottles, the number used in the US every five minutes.”

Why are plastic bottles in the news anyway?
Plastic bottles are everywhere in today’s society, but they were not just a few decades ago. Bottled water is an very popular product worldwide which is extraordinary considering bottled water as we know today didn’t exist as a product 30-40 years ago.

What’s wrong with plastic bottles?
They are everywhere now and don’t seem to be hurting anyone but their impact can be felt in many ways. Making the plastic bottle requires pollution producing energy. So does the rest of the packaging, shipping, shipping packaging and recycling. Many plastic bottles don’t end up recycled. Instead they are thrown in the garbage or somehow end up in the ocean, and even in the fish we eat. On top of that some plastic bottles contain harmful chemicals called BPA that leaves the bottles and gets into your drink.

What do these harmful chemicals do?
BPA or bisphenol A is considered an is an endocrine disruptor, meaning it messes up your hormones may be the cause of abnormal sexual development or even learning disabilities. This is of great concern for babies because BPA was found in many baby bottles. Continue reading