Ten Tips For Cancer Prevention
This last Sunday, I participated group hike and fundraiser to benefit the Breast Cancer Fund . What an uplifting experience! It was a gorgeous day. The coastal fog burned off by mid morning and the views all up and down Mount Tamalpais were inspirational.
My big take-away was that plastics are evil. For food storage I use pyrex and stainless steel. However, the bottles that I have been filling with reverse osmosis water contain hormone disrupting phthalates (BPA). Check the codes on your plastic items to see if the plastic you’re using is safe or not. Here are the top 10 tips I learned while trekking on Sunday:
1). Know Your Plastics. Avoid clear, shatter proof plastic that contains BPA (usually code 7). This was the code on the bottom of my water jug. Safer plastics are coded 1, 2, 4, and 5.
2). Minimize canned foods. The lining inside of cans is coated with BPA (bisphenol A) which leaches into the food. Be especially careful with acidic foods such as tomatoes and pineapple which leach even more! Yes, this means coconut milk too. Thankfully, there is now coconut milk in cartons available for purchase.
3). Never microwave in plastic! (Try to minimize microwaving in general; plants watered with microwaved water will always die)
4). Use non-toxic cleaning products. You can use baking soda and vinegar for most cleaning jobs.
5). Eat hormone free meat and dairy. If the animal is given hormones and you eat it, you get hormones too!
6). Avoid “fragrance.” Those Glade type plug ins are bad news. Use essential oils instead which are non toxic.
7). Avoid the following hormone disrupting ingredients: DMDM hydantoin, imidazolidinyl urea, parabens, PEG, anything that ends with -eth, triclosan, triclocarban, triethanolamine (TEA), hydroquinone, and oxybenzone.
8). Avoid anti-aging creams that contain lactic, glycolic, AHA, or BHA acids.
9). Avoid slathering on sunscreen. Yep, that’s right. Most sunscreens contain cancer causing ingredients. Pretty ironic. Plus, making Vitamin D from the sun is one of the easiest and best cancer prevention strategies there is and sunscreen prevents you from Vitamin D synthesis. Do limit exposure and cover up during peak sun hours. Find a safer sunblock at: www.safecosmetics.org/skindeep.
10). Use a headset when talking on your cell phone. Or text instead of calling. The EMF’s that radiate from cell phones are creating health risks that are not yet well understood and may be causing hormonal disruptions.