HEALTH EDUCATION: Cancer-Causing Products Found Inside Your Home And The 4 STEPS TO HELP PREVENT CANCER

HEALTH EDUCATION: Cancer-Causing Products Found Inside Your Home And The 4 STEPS TO HELP PREVENT CANCER

Cancer is a fearful disease that we try to avoid as much as possible. Many people have changed their life style, have adapted certain diets and quit vices  to prevent or stop having cancer cells in our bodies.

Though we make some alternations, it is shocking to find that common household items  contain chemicals known to cause cancer. We thought that they are safe because after all, we have government agencies to oversee these things. Wouldn’t they ban their sale if they were dangerous?

There are literally thousands of chemicals and the FDA or EPA simply doesn’t have the manpower to do independent testing. They generally allow the companies that make these products to conduct testing and simply submit results saying that they have been found safe. There are no tests done regarding accumulation in the body, and no tests done about chemical interactions. Tests are performed on animals (which do not always translate to safety for humans) until they find a dosage where the animal shows no sign of damage. They then cut that dose by a certain percentage and say that number is safe. If this process doesn’t scare you, it should.

Many of these common household items have been scientifically linked to hormone disruption, asthma, neurotoxicity, reproductive problems, and cancer.

Although it’s nearly impossible to avoid all toxic chemicals in today’s modern world, you can greatly lower your risk of developing chronic disease or cancer. Once you identify the dangers, you can eliminate them from your home and use natural, non-toxic alternatives. Cancer Prevention Coalition (CPC) and Ralph Nader have released a “Dirty Dozen” list of consumer products used in most American homes, and manufactured by giant U.S. corporations.

The “Dirty Dozen” products contain a wide-range of carcinogenic and other toxic ingredients and contaminants to which most of us are exposed daily.


Talcum Powder– (Johnson & Johnson. Inc.)


Labeled Toxic Ingredient:
TALC, Carcinogenic and a risk factor for ovarian cancer; lung irritant.

Cover Girl Replenishing Natural Finish Make Up (Foundation) (Procter & Gamble. Inc.)

Labeled Toxic Ingredients

BHA, Carcinogenic.
TALC, Carcinogenic; Lung Irritant.
TRIETHANOLAMINE (TEA), Interacts with nitrites to form carcinogenic nitrosamines.
LANOLIN, Often contaminated with DDT and other carcinogenic pesticides.
PARABENS, Contact dermatitis.
FRAGRANCE, Wide range of unlabeled, untested, and toxic ingredients; contact dermatitis.

Crest Tartar Control Toothpaste
 – (Procter & Gamble. Inc.)

Labeled Toxic Ingredients:
FD&C BLUE #1, Carcinogenic.
SACCHARIN, Carcinogenic.
FLUORIDE, Possibly carcinogenic.

Alberto VO5 Conditioner (Essence of Neutral Henna)

Labeled Toxic Ingredients:
FORMALDEHYDE, Carcinogenic; neurotoxic; contact dermatitis and sensitizer.
POLYSORBATE 80, Generally contaminated with the carcinogen 1,4-dioxane.
FD&C RED #4, Carcinogenic.
FRAGRANCE, Wide range of undisclosed ingredients; contact dermatitis.

Clairol Nice ‘n Easy (Permanent Haircolor) (Clairol. Inc.)

Labeled Toxic Ingredients:

QUATERNlUM-15, Formaldehyde-releaser; carcinogenic; neurotoxic; contact dermatitis and sensitizer.
DIETHANOLAMINE (DEA), Carcinogenic; also interacts with nitrites to form a carcinogenic nitrosamine.
PHENYLENE-DIAMINES, Includes carcinogens and other ingredients inadequately tested for carcinogenicity; contact dermatitis.
PROPYLENE GLYCOL, Contact dermatitis.
FRAGRANCE, Wide range of undisclosed ingredients; contact dermatitis.

NOTE: Also evidence of causal relation to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, multiple myeloma and other cancers.



Ajax Cleanser (Colgate-Palmolive. Inc.)

Unlabeled Toxic Ingredients:

CRYSTALLINE SILICA, Carcinogenic; eye, skin and lung irritant.

NOTE: Carcinogenicity of silica is admitted in 1994 Material Safety and Data Sheet (MSDS).
(Manufacturer claims to have reduced silica levels since 1993.)

Zud Heavy Duty Cleanser (Reckitt & Colman. Inc.)

Unlabeled Toxic Ingredient:

CRYSTALLINE SILICA, Carcinogenic; eye, skin and lung irritant. (Carcinogenicity is denied in Material Safety and Data Sheet.)

Lysol Disinfectant Spray (Reckitt & Colman. Inc.)

Labeled or Unlabeled Toxic Ingredient:
ORTHOPHENYLPHENOL (OPP): Carcinogenic; irritant. (Carcinogenicity is denied in Material Safety and Data Sheet.)

Zodiac Cat & Dog Flea Collar (Sandoz Agro. Inc).

Labeled Toxic Ingredient

PROPOXUR, Carcinogenic; neurotoxic.

Ortho Weed-B-Gon Lawn Weed Killer (Monsanto Co.)

Labeled Toxic Ingredient

SODIUM 2,4-DICHLOROPHENOXYACETATE (2,4-D), Carcinogenic with evidence of casual relation to lymphoma, soft tissue sarcoma and other cancers ; neurotoxic; reproductive toxin.


Beef Frankfurters – (eg. Oscar Mayer Foods Corporation)

Unlabeled Toxic Ingredients
DACTHAL, Carcinogenic (can be contaminated with dioxin); irritant; strong sensitizer.
DIELDRIN, Carcinogenic; xenoestrogen.
DDT, Carcinogenic; xenoestrogen.
HEPTACHLOR, Carcinogenic; neurotoxic; reproductive toxin; xenoestrogen.
HEXACHLOROBENZENE, Carcinogenic; neurotoxic; teratogenic.
LINDANE, Carcinogenic; neurotoxic; damage to blood forming cells.
HORMONES: Carcinogenic and feminizing.
ANTIBIOTICS: Some are carcinogenic, cause allergies and drug resistance.

Labeled Ingredient
NITRITE, Interacts with meat amines to form carcinogenic nitrosamines which are a major risk factor for childhood cancers.

Whole Milk – (eg. Borden or Lucerne)

Unlabeled Toxic Ingredients
DDT, Carcinogenic; xenoestrogen.
DIELDRIN, Carcinogenic; xenoestrogen.
HEPTACHLOR, Carcinogenic; neurotoxic; reproductive toxin; xenoestrogen.
HEXACHLOROBENZENE, Carcinogenic; neurotoxic; reproductive toxin.
ANTIBIOTICS: Some are carcinogenic, cause allergies and drug resistance.
RECOMBINANT BOVINE GROWTH HORMONE and IGF-1: Also, risk factor for breast, colon and prostate cancers.

Safer Alternative:
rBGH-free Organic skim milk

Current product labeling provides no warning for cancer and other chronic health risks. Food is labeled for cholesterol, but not for carcinogens. Cosmetics are labeled for major ingredients, but not for those that form carcinogens or contain carcinogenic contaminants. Except for pesticides, household products contain no information on their ingredients.

Cancer rates are skyrocketing. Currently, more than one-third of all of us will develop cancer in our lifetime, and one-fourth will die from the disease. Many cancers are due to avoidable exposures to industrial carcinogens in the food we eat, and the cosmetics and household products we use.



1. Candles

Image result for scented candles picturesImage: Hayward Score Most scented candles use lead wicks, while lead is one of the most disastrous things for your health. It is used to make the wicks last longer and burn more steadily, but lead is a deadly toxin that provokes behavior problems and hormone disruption. Even though the U.S. Consumer Council has banned the sale of lead wick candles, you should still check the item you are going to purchase. Hold the wick and try to use it to draw a line on the paper. If you cannot see a smudge or line, your candle probably does not have a lead wick.

Paraffin wax also creates highly toxic compounds. Toluene and benzene are both known carcinogens that are released into the air anytime paraffin wax candles are burned. Some candles also use artificial colors and artificial fragrances, which you inhale whenever you burn one of these candles.

2. Tartar Control Toothpaste

Image result for toothpaste tartar control picImage: Beautyheaven Some of the most trusted name brands of toothpaste that you would assume are safe contain terrible ingredients that you don’t want near your family. Read the labels carefully.

Many products, especially tartar control toothpastes, contain saccharin, which is a known carcinogenic; dyes FD&C Blue #1 (and sometimes other artificial colors), which are linked to behavior problems and certain types of cancer; and also large amounts of fluoride, which has been linked to heart disease, lower IQ levels in children, and is believed to calcify the penal gland.

Try making your own safe and natural toothpaste by mixing coconut oil, baking soda, and a few drops of peppermint essential oil.

3. Air Fresheners

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This is probably the number one product that average Americans have in their homes in one form or another. The Natural Resources Defense Council reported that almost all of the common air-fresheners, even those labeled as being “all-natural” contain chemicals with serious carcinogenic potential.

Many of these air fresheners do not clean the air as we believe they will, but they do exacerbate respiratory problems such as asthma. Most commercial air fresheners contain dangerous volatile organic compounds (VOCs) like  benzene, limonene,  formaldehyde, and petroleum distillates.Look at some of the common chemicals found in air fresheners: Acetaldehyde, Benzaldehyde, 1,3-Dichloro-2-propanol, 1,4-Dichlorobenzene and Methyl pyrrolidone .These chemicals cause asthma and other respiratory symptoms, eye irritation, bone damage and leukemia.

Almost all air fresheners contain dichlorobenzene, a chemical made of chlorine and benzene.  It is a known carcinogen, and an EPA-registered pesticide.  Animals exposed to it developed liver and kidney tumors.  It is found in the bloodstream of almost every American.

Did you know that air fresheners block your ability to smell? In fact, air fresheners were created as chemical numbing agents for the nasal area.  Spraying chemicals to suppress your senses is extremely  poisonous.

In 2007, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) tested 14 different brands of popular household air freshener products and found that most of them, even those labeled “all natural” or “unscented,” contained dangerous chemicals such as phthalates linked to hormone disruption and reproductive problems (

In 2007, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) tested 14 different brands of popular household air freshener products and found that most of them, even those labeled “all natural” or “unscented,” contained dangerous chemicals such as phthalates linked to hormone disruption and reproductive problems (

 As much as possible, choose fragrance free products and make your own homemade air fresheners to avoid phthalates.
Do This Instead: Buy an essential oil diffuser (this InnoGear diffuser is one of the best reviewed and most affordable) and add a few drops of your favorite essential oil.

Or Easy Baking Soda Air Freshener

Not only does it get rid of a pleasant aroma, but it absorbs all the smells too.


1/2 cup baking soda
1o drops  Essential oil of you choice
Mason jar

Add 1/2 cup of baking soda and essential oil into the mason jar. Add more essential oils until you find the level that works best for you. Shake it up and place around your home. Add more oils if needed every few days and shake the jar to revive the scent.

4. Hair Color

Image result for haircolor picImage: Matrix Many women (and a few men) wouldn’t dream of eating anything that isn’t natural and organic, but they have no problem putting cancer-causing chemicals on their heads once a month. Although ingredients vary, most home hair coloring kits contain quaternium-15 – a known neurotoxin, skin irritant, and formaldehyde releaser; diethanolamine (DEA) – a carcinogen that interacts with nitrites to form a carcinogenic nitrosamine; fragrances – a cause of contact dermatitis and a carcinogenic potential; phenylene-diamines and propylene glycol – carcinogens that can cause contact dermatitis.

There has also been an association between hair color and multiple myeloma, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and other types of cancer. Perhaps it’s time we decided to stop being partially “natural” and go all the way. Embrace the gray, and let’s age gracefully.

Living TraditionallyNatural methods of coloring sometimes don’t give a long lasting result, but at least they do not damage the hair and can even strengthen it. According to the National Cancer Institute there are over 5000 different chemicals used in conventional hair dyes, many of which are considered carcinogenic. Coffee is an absolutely natural product, which possesses beneficial properties.

Using this easy natural coffee mixture, you will get the desired shine, shade, and even promote hair growth. According to a study published in the January 2007 issue of the International Journal of Dermatology, coffee indeed helps with hair growth.

How to use coffee to dye your hair

  • Make really strong organic coffee ( I use this one) , preferably espresso.  Non organic coffee most likely contains some added chemicals.
  • Let your coffee cool down.
  • Mix 2 cups of leave in all natural conditioner with 2 tbsp. of organic coffee grounds and 1 cup of  cold brewed coffee.
  • Apply the mixture onto your hair and leave it in for about an hour.   It will give your hair a beautiful chocolate color without any damage.

Simple Coffee Rinse

Shampoo your hair first and then pour coffee over your hair. Leave it in for 20 minutes. Use apple cider vinegar to rinse the coffee out of your hair (it will help  seal in the color). Then rinse it off with warm water.

5. Deodorants and Antiperspirants

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Breast cancer is more common in women however men are not free from this sickness too. Wash armpit with water and soap before bedtime. Image: Seattle Organic Restaurants Most commercial antiperspirant deodorant products contain extremely toxic chemicals and heavy metals that can cause severe harm to the human nervous system. Did you know that in the United States, the Food and Drug Administration classifies antiperspirants as over-the-counter drugs? Additionally, deodorants combined with antiperspirant agents are classified as drugs. Most commercial deodorants contain aluminum chlorohydrate and parabens. Aluminum in deodorants has been linked to a number of health effects, including impaired mental and motor function, Alzheimer’s and other brain diseases, and bone diseases.  Conventional deodorants also contain parabens. According to one study done in 2004, parabens have been linked to breast cancer.  They are found to disturb the body’s hormonal balance and to mimic estrogen, as estrogen is said to play a part in breast cancer formation.

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Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) is a very effective natural bacteria-fighting agent that has many vital minerals and trace elements such as potassium,  chlorine, sodium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, sulfur, copper, iron, silicon and fluorine that are vital for a healthy body.

The raw, unfiltered organic, un-pasteurization apple cider vinegar is natural antibiotic and antiseptic that digests the bacteria created under your arm, eliminating the odor. Apple cider vinegar causes our pH levels to become more alkaline; it reacts to some toxins in our bodies, converting them into less toxic substances.


Simply apply Apple cider vinegar to your underarms with a cotton swab to effectively eradicate odor-causing bacteria.  It dries quickly and it doesn’t leave white marks on your clothes!

6. Dog and Cat Flea Collars

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No one likes fleas, but the truth is flea collars only work around the neck area and are not effective repelling or killing fleas anywhere else on the body. In addition, many flea collars contain a known neurotoxin and carcinogenic compound called propoxur, which can harm your pet, your children, and yourself.

Get rid of fleas naturally by bathing your pet with a shampoo designed for them. You can also make your own flea-killing spray by mixing one quart of water with one cup of vinegar (either white or apple cider will work), then add 10 drops of lavender essential oil. Spray areas where your pet sleeps, plays, and any place else where your pet likes to hang out. You can also spray your pet with this mixture — just be sure to avoid the eye area.

7. Shower Curtains and Plastics


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Image: Shower Curtain Ideas Yes, your shower curtain or, more specifically, your plastic liner, is likely toxic. Most are made from PVC (polyvinyl chloride) and off-gas dangerous volatile organic compounds (VOC’s) like toluene and xylene. No other plastic contains or releases as many dangerous chemicals including: dioxins, hormone disrupting chemicals called phthalates, vinyl chloride, ethylene dichloride, lead, cadmium, and organotins into the air you breathe. These chemicals can damage the respiratory system, liver, kidney, central nervous system, and have been connected to diseases such as cancer. PVC-containing shower curtains can emit 108 chemicals in the air according to studies by the Center for Health, Environment and Justice, CHEJ. You can recognize this evil plastic (yes, I’m 100% comfortable calling it that), by locating the recycling number inside the triangle. PVC will always be a number 3 (not good for you or recycling). To get better equipped with the dangers to both your health and the environment, read our past posts: PVC? OMG? and PVC: THE POISON PLASTIC! Get Safer Supplies & Back to School Guides

But, back to your beloved bathroom and breathing easier! The good news is healthy alternatives to nasty PVC options do exist. We recommend hemp because it is naturally resistant to mildew and bacteria and can be machine washed. It also doesn’t require a plastic liner. Yes, they will cost you a bit more (but, you’re sooo worth it!). Here are some of our favorites.

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Choose shower curtains made from natural materials such as linen, cotton, birch, organic cotton, or hemp.

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International Conference Malaysia: Many people ask this question every time they’re about to take away foods packed in plastic containers. Even though the risk is quite low, there’s growing evidence that food can risk contamination from harmful chemicals from various plastics. Some of the foods mostly packed in these risky plastics include gourmet, cheese, fresh meat and other different kinds of foods. Some of the various ways in which food stored in plastic containers can pose certain health risks to humans. 1) Chemicals: DEHA and BPA are the primary chemicals used in the making of most plastic food containers. Research shows when food is stored in such bags, these chemicals can easily leach into the food and hence become ingested in the body. Over time these chemicals have been found to cause tissue changes, miscarriage, chromosomal errors, genetic and hormonal changes, congenital disabilities and more. Among children, chemical leaching can potentially alter their developing immune system, which can likely result in behavioral pattern problems and disrupted hormones. 2) Pest: Different studies show that food should be stored in airtight containers to stop pests, rodents, and bugs from getting inside. Don’t use plastic grocery bags to store foods because they’re not airtight and can, therefore, end up being attacked by pests. Use glass jars instead, as this will ensure no disturbing bugs and harmful chemicals get inside when storing food. And 3) Bacteria: When food isn’t stored properly, it can more likely grow harmful bacteria in it that can endanger your health. Food experts recommend food to be stored in airtight containers in refrigerators all the time to prevent breed of bacteria. Food that’s not wrapped well can become infected with bacteria from other foods nearby which have already spoiled. Make sure you always check any signs of plastic breakage when storing foods to ensure no potential leaks are within to minimize the spread of bacteria.

Proper food storage habits are essential to keeping food safe for human consumption. Food that’s improperly stored carries the potential risk of making you sick, particularly those foods packed in plastic containers nowadays. Certain plastic containers have harmful chemicals, which contaminate food and end up making a person ill.

8. Art and Crafts Supplies

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Image: Google Sites You probably cannot imagine how something as seemingly harmless as a marker can be harmful to your health, but it’s true. Almost all glues, acrylic paints, and the solvents used in marking pens, contain toxic chemicals that have been linked to organ damage, allergies, and certain types of cancer.

Although federal law, entitled the Hazardous Art Materials Act, says that art supplies sold in the United States must have warning labels if they contain any type of dangerous toxin, however, they don’t need to actually list the ingredients by name. Because of this, you should only purchase products that have been certified by the Art and Creative Material Institute (ACMI). Products that have this certification mean that they have been independently tested so that they are safe enough even for small children.

9. Antibacterial Products

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Image: What do you think of when you see the words “antibacterial”? It makes you feel clean and safe, doesn’t it? Well, you might be clean, but safe? There is an ingredient used in many antibacterial products called triclosan, which has been banned by the European Union because studies have shown that this product is most likely a carcinogen, and there is no doubt that it is a hormone disruptor. Even the FDA has suggested that companies stop using triclosan in their products since the safety of this ingredient is in question.

Don’t wait for the FDA to make a decision. You can make natural soaps that have short ingredients lists. Don’t be fooled by “body washes,” as many of these contain no real soap, but are simply more chemicals. If you enjoy using hand sanitizers, use ones that contain alcohol, not triclosan.

10. Pesticides and Herbicides

Image result for pesticides and herbicides picImage: Guida, Slavich & Flores, PC Even if the bottles claim to be “environmentally” or “pet” friendly, the weed killers and pesticides are made to destroy weeds and bugs. This means they can also do serious harm to us! One of the famous herbicides has been shown to cause reproductive and kidney damage in mice. A popular ant and roach killing spray has been found to irritate the eyes and affect profoundly our central nervous systems. Pesticides might not show immediate symptoms but over time can lead to serious health problems, including cancer.

You don’t really need to buy any of these products. Pour boiling water on weeds growing in cement cracks or sidewalks. Spread boric acid safely into cracks to deter ants and cockroaches from making an entry. Plant chrysanthemum flowers in your garden to naturally deter fleas, mosquitos, spiders, and ticks.

11. Kitchen and Bathroom Cleaners

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Image: The Spruce You know those cleaners that are meant to scrub your sinks, tubs, and toilets? The ones that look like pretty sand and generally come in cardboard shakers? We don’t want to name names, but these are loaded with toxic ingredients such as crystalline silica, which is a known carcinogen as well as an eye, lung, and skin irritant. Silica is a known carcinogen as listed in the 1994 Material Safety and Data Sheet. Some of these cleansers also contain “parfums,” which, like air fresheners, contain carcinogenic phthalates.

For a disinfecting, natural cleanser :

Mix some vinegar and baking soda, or lemon juice and baking soda. These will neither endanger your home, nor scratch the surfaces!

12. Carpet Cleaners

Image result for carpet cleaner picImage: No one likes a dirty carpet or sofa, but many of these fabric cleaners that offer “super stain removal” use an ingredient called perchloroethylene, or tetrachloroethylene, which has been linked to an increased risk of lung cancer. Sometimes carpet cleaners use a compound called naphthalene, which is the main ingredient in mothballs and has been shown in many studies over the years to increase the risk of developing lung cancer or throat cancer.

Cleaning your carpet and sofa is as simple as walking into your kitchen. Baking soda is great at removing odors, and plain white vinegar can remove dirt and stains. Sprinkle your carpet with baking soda and allow it to sit for 20 minutes, and then vacuum. If you want to remove stains, add some white vinegar and water and scrub the affected areas. Allow to dry, then vacuum.

13. Hair Shampoos and Conditioners

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Image: YouTube This is a really hot topic as of late. Many people have been unaware of the toxins that are used in personal care items, even those that are labeled as being organic or natural. Read the labels and you will find chemicals such as polyethylene glycol (PEG), cocamide DEA, and sodium lauryl sulfate, which make cancer causing agents when they are used together.

You can make your own natural personal care products at home – there are dozens of recipes online that will tell you exactly how to make what you want and need with the ingredients that are readily available.

14. Whiteners

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Image: Almost every type of laundry whitener, toilet cleaner, mold remover, and scouring powder has chlorine bleach in its formula. Many municipalities even add chlorine to drinking water to kill bacteria. Although this sounds like a good way to kill bacteria, the effects can be acute. You are exposed to the fume, when you scrub, and later on when you shower or wash your hands. Chlorine affects the skin, gets absorbed into the blood, irritates the respiratory system, and is a major cause of thyroid dysfunction.

You don’t need chlorine bleach to whiten or kill bacteria. Plain vinegar will help whiten clothes in the wash, remove static cling, and clean and disinfect toilets. Baking soda will work as well as any cleanser. You can reduce your exposure to chlorine in your homes water by installing a whole house filter.

15. Antibacterial Fabric Softeners/ Cleaner

Image: Quats is the abbreviation used for the chemical Quaternary Ammonium Compounds. This is a long name for a dangerous toxin that is found in most cleaners that labels themselves as “antibacterial,” as well as fabric softeners, both sheet and liquid types.

Like chlorine, quats sound like a great way to kill bacteria; however the truth is that these types of antibacterial products are actually creating super resistant bacteria, known as “super bugs.” Quats are also linked to respiratory issues and skin irritation.

Studies show that these antibacterial compounds are no more effective at killing bacteria than plain soap. If you really want to kill bacteria, you can use plain white vinegar, or make a spray with 2 cups of water, 2 teaspoons of tea tree oil and a teaspoon of vinegar. This is a terrific yet completely safe way to kill germs and bacteria.

You don’t need to use fabric softeners to stop static cling or soften clothes. Adding vinegar to the rinse cycle is a nontoxic way to remove excess soap from fabrics and stop static cling in the dryer. 

16. Sunscreen

Image result for sunscreen picImage: The Cut Awareness about the risks of skin cancer and premature aging from exposure to the UV rays from the sun has increased the use of sunscreens. But their diabolical nature is under scanner now. Zinc oxide, a common ingredient in sunscreens is known to produce free radicals which can cause DNA damage and trigger cancer growth.

Benzophenone-3, also called oxybenzone, is another sunscreen ingredient that has a similar effect. Dermal absorption of this chemical is thought to be low, but it has been detected in the urine samples taken 5 days after use.

Although Sweden has put a ban on this chemical, FDA has only limited it to 6% and the European Union Cosmetic Directive allows up to 10% because of its effectiveness in shielding the skin from UV rays.

Do This Instead: Use Tropical Sands All Natural Sunscreen.

17. Granite

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Granite is a hardwearing stone that looks great when used for flooring, wall cladding or as countertops. When polished to a mirror finish, it is easy to clean and less likely to stain, compared to marble. These factors have made it popular in many modern kitchens. But granite is known to emit radon, a radioactive gas which is believed to increase risk of cancer. It is a decay product of radium formed when the uranium and thorium in bedrocks decay.

Granites come from many countries, and are available in many colors. Their radioactivity is also just as varied. Radon gas is colorless and odorless, which makes it impossible to detect with our senses. What makes it all the more dangerous is its high density.

When emitted by the granite inside homes, it remains close to the ground and accumulates, steadily releasing radioactive daughter elements and ionizing radiation. According to EPA, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer.

Testing for radon gas is the only way to detect its presence. Reducing granite use and providing active ventilation in the areas it is used may help cut down the risk of exposure.

18. Car fumes

Image result for car fumes picImage: CTV Kitchener – CTV News higher incidence of lung cancer in miners exposed to diesel fumes has made International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) issue a warning against the use of this fuel. Diesel engine exhausts have higher amounts of particulate matter known to cause asthma and lung cancer. But the truth is that not just diesel fumes, but all kinds of fossil fuel fumes contain several known carcinogens.

Diesel and petrol (gasoline), as well as airplane fuel, are derived from petroleum through a distillation process, but they are separated from crude oil at different temperatures. The main difference lies in their combustion inside the engines. Apart from airborne particulate matter, they all release toxic carbon monoxide and hydrocarbons including benzene.

Benzene is a known carcinogen that damages the bone marrow where blood cells are produced. Chronic exposure to this chemical is implicated in several types of blood cancers.


1. Hot tea

Related imageImage: The health benefits of tea are drawing people to the habit of drinking freshly brewed tea, which has been an age-old tradition in many communities across the world. While tea is packed with antioxidant power, drinking it piping hot may give you cancer of the esophagus.

Researchers have come to this conclusion because of higher incidence of esophageal cancer in Asian and Middle Eastern populations that habitually drink hot tea. Smoking and alcohol consumption are considered the main risk factors of this cancer in the US and Europe.

But its occurrence in females of these traditional communities – who generally don’t drink or smoke – has shifted the focus to tea drinking. Physical damage to the lining of esophagus is thought to be the risk factor here. So let your tea cool down before you sip it.

2. Burnt food

Image result for burnt food picsImage: Good Housekeeping When you grill food items, especially fish, chicken and meat, the slightly burnt and blackened areas provide a visual appeal as well as a smoky flavor that many of us find attractive. But they can increase your risk of stomach, colon, and pancreatic cancers.

When protein foods are browned, the amino acids that make up protein get converted to heterocyclic amines (HCA). Most of them are highly carcinogenic because they cause damage to our DNAs and induce mutations. Cooking meat and other animal foods on high heat, whether you fry them or broil them, can also produce HCA.

But grilling carries the most cancer risk as the fat dripping from the food gets burnt, releasing smoke that gets absorbed by the foods. This smoke, while enhancing the taste of the food, provides a good dose of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, many of which are carcinogens.

3. Microwave popcorn

Image result for microwave popcorn picImage: Allrecipes Although you can make popcorn in a frying pan or air pop the kernels, who can deny that making microwave popcorn is less messy? But this convenience comes at the risk of cancer. This time, the culprit is the waxy coating of the popcorn bags that produces perfluorooctanoic acid, a carcinogen implicated in prostate and liver cancer.

The risk was first pointed out over 10 years ago in the Journal of Occupational Medicine (1993), but it is a shame that we still continue to favor these all-in-one popcorn bags merely for convenience when healthier ways of popping the corn could give us the same results. Try the old fashioned way of cooking popcorn on the stove and use organic coconut oil and real butter for a delicious anytime snack.

5. Canned foods

Image result for canned food picImage: Northern Illinois Food Bank the convenience of canned goods may be hard to resist, they are not particularly healthy and maybe even dangerous. Vacuum sealing in metal containers lined with plastic coating allayed fears of contamination with heavy metals from the cans as well as the use of harmful chemical preservatives, but it has raised new concerns. The plastic lining of Bisphenol A is implicated in hormonal disturbances and DNA changes that resulted in breast cancer.

While some countries like Canada have already banned polycarbonate baby bottles on account of the cancer risk associated with BPA, others are in denial, probably because of pressure from industries. Sticking to whole foods is always best.

6. Diet soda

Image result for diet soda picturesImage: School Bites You might be avoiding sugary beverages for fear of weight gain and metabolic diseases, or you would have heard about the risk of pancreatic cancer. But if diet soda is taking their place, you are in no less risk of developing cancers. Artificial sweeteners become the villains here. Several studies have linked Saccharin and Cyclamate with bladder cancer, and Aspartame with brain tumors.

They have been banned and reinstated, and several governmental agencies, including National Cancer Institute, vouch for their safety. But aspartame is metabolized intoformaldehyde in the body and the fact that formaldehyde is a known carcinogen associated with breast and prostate cancers is conveniently forgotten.

7. Alcoholic beverages

Image result for alcoholic beverages picsImage:Sunrise House If you think alcohol consumption in moderate quantities is good for cardiovascular health, it has now been shown to increase your cancer risk. According to a research study conducted by the Boston University School of Medicine and Public Health, alcohol was responsible for over 20,000 deaths due to cancer in 2009.

The results published in the American Journal of Public Health (April 2013) shows that even a drink or two a day can increase the risk of cancers of esophagus, colon, rectum and breast.

Alcohol promotes the production of stomach acids that can damage the lining of the gastrointestinal tract. The effect is worse in people who already have problems like peptic ulcer. Ethanol in the alcoholic beverages gets converted to acetaldehyde, which causes DNA damage that triggers cancer. It also increases estrogen production and accelerates the growth of liver cells. These could be some of the reasons for the carcinogenic effect of alcohol.

8. Refined Sugar

Image result for refined sugar pictureImage: Diabetic Connect The biggest cancer causing food (by far) is high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and other refined sugars. Even brown sugar is highly refined white sugar with some of the removed molasses added back in for flavor and color. Refined sugars (and foods made with them) are the source of major insulin spikes and feed the growth of cancer cells. Since the majority of the sugar supply in the U.S. is made using genetically modified (GMO) sugar beets, a healthier option is organic honey, coconut sugar, or maple sugar. Now that oncologists are using diabetes medication to fight cancer cells, there’s no doubt (finally) that those mutated cancer cells love sugar.

9. Salted, Pickled, and Smoked Foods 

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The Truth About CancerThese products typically contain preservatives, such as nitrates, which are intended to prolong shelf life. The additives used in processed foods can accumulate in your body over time. Eventually, such toxins cause damage at the cellular level and lead to diseases like cancer. When smoked foods are cooked at high temperatures, the nitrates are converted to the much more dangerous nitrites. (Note: By pickled foods we don’t mean the fermented foods you make at home.)

10. Soda and Carbonated Beverages

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The Truth About Cancer: Sodas have been at the center of the health debate for two decades as a major cancer causing food. Filled with high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS), dyes, and a host of other chemicals, they are very bad for every aspect of your health. They provide zero nutritional value and rob your body of the nutrients you get from other foods. Adding “diet” to the label means you’re also likely consuming aspartame – which is no better than rat poison to human cells.

11. White Flour 

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The Truth About Cancer: When flour is refined, all nutritional value is removed. Then it’s bleached with chlorine gas to make it more appealing to consumers. The glycemic index for white flour is very high – meaning it spikes your insulin levels without providing nutritional fuel. Carbohydrates are converted to sugars by your body, so excessive products that contain white flour can lead to increased insulin resistance. Simple sugars (like refined carbohydrates) are the preferred fuel source for cancer.

12. Grilled Red Meat

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The Truth About CancerWhile grilled food can taste delicious, scientists have discovered that preparing meats in this way – especially processed meats like hot dogs – releases a carcinogen called heterocyclic aromatic amines. When you grill red meat to the point of well-done, it changes the chemical and molecular structure of the meat. You’re better off baking, broiling, or preparing meat in a skillet than on the grill.

13. Farmed Fish 

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The Truth About Cancer: Commercial fish farming involves raising an incredible number of fish (such as salmon), in a crowded environment. More than 60% of the salmon consumed in the United States comes from a farming operation where they are treated with antibiotics, pesticides, and other carcinogenic chemicals to try and control the bacterial, viral, and parasitic outbreaks that result from cramming so many fish in a small space. Farmed fish also don’t have as much omega-3 as wild salmon.

14. Hydrogenated Oils

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The Truth About CancerVegetable oils are chemically extracted from their source, chemically treated, and more chemicals are added to change the smell and taste. They’re packed with unhealthy omega-6 fats (that Americans already consume way too much of) and have been proven to alter the structure of our cell membranes.


Birth control

Image result for birth control picImage: Teen Health Source Birth control pills have been implicated in increased risk of breast cancer as well as cancers of the cervix and liver. But these findings were tempered by their effect of reducing the risk of ovarian and endometrial cancers. But birth control as a whole – as in not having children at all – also is a risk factor for breast cancer.

It would seem that female bodies are hard-wired for the biological processes of childbearing and breastfeeding. Having multiple pregnancies and childbirths, especially before the age of thirty, followed by breast feeding for a year or more significantly reduce breast cancer risks. It has to do with not only hormones but the development of breast tissue into a mature form that is more resistant to cancerous changes.


In addition to the 10 foods listed above, also be sure to avoid any food labeled as “diet,” “light,” or “fat-free.” In order to remove fat or natural calories, they are replaced with chemicals that are dangerous to your body.

Instead of consuming food products that manufacturers claim is “good for you” – follow these four anti-cancer diet tips to prevent cancer the easy way:

  1. Eat organic whenever possible.
  2. Choose raw or clean frozen if availability of fresh product isn’t good in your area.
  3. Fill half your plate each meal with non-starchy vegetables. If you eat animal products, make sure they’re pastured and grass-fed meats and dairy goods (including eggs). Use only high quality oils such as coconut oil, olive oil, ghee, or grass-fed butter.
  4. Cut back drastically on grains and sugars.

Not only will eliminating these foods lower your cancer risk, you’re going to feel (and look) better from the inside out. Now that you know what the top cancer causing foods are, what are you going to do about their presence in your kitchen and your daily eating plan?

Top Ten Cancer Causing Foods to Avoid


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