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.

Foggy Beginning No Carb Loading for me!
It’s Wrong for my Metabolic Type….

 Sunny Ascent Relief Under Shady Redwoods…


From the Top! All Downhill From Here The Finish Line!

I support the Breast Cancer Fund because they are dedicated to education around cancer prevention. There are many environmental causes of breast cancer and we need to know what they are so that we can make healthier choices!

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. 

October is Breast Cancer Prevention Month. Please pass this information on to a friend…

Yours in Health,

Sylvie Nalezny, MA, CNE

About nutritionthatworks

Sylvie Nalezny has a Master's degree in Holistic Health Education and is a certified Nutrition Educator. She has worked as a Nutritionist specializing in weight loss and overcoming sugar addiction and as a Wellness Coach, helping people to create healthy habits.

3 responses to “Ten Tips For Cancer Prevention”

  1. annie says :

    Bravo, ma jolie ! Maman est très très fière de toi. Tout est très clair et facile à comprendre. Bon travail, qui va aider des tas de gens. J’espère que toutes mes amies vont lire ça, sinon , il faut que je le leur envoie.

  2. tony Fernandez says :

    Thank you for all the great tips. Really helpful information. Do you have a post of the best places to buy affordable and healthy meats?

    You’re welcome! I will work on that, what a great topic. Affordable is relative. You will pay more for the quality meats but think of it as health insurance, OK?

    Meanwhile, if you’re in Berkeley, you can get organic meats from Mi Tierra Foods on San Pablo and University. Whole Foods, of course is a good source and they regularly have specials. I like to stock up on ground, grass feed beef which is usually less expensive, and keep it in the freezer. Trader Joe’s now carries grass fed beef as well as organic and hormone free meats from Niman Ranch.

    Here are some great on-line sources for healthy meats:



    For some local flavor and amazing prepared food, visit the Three Stone Hearth Community Kitchen in Berkeley:


    Yours in Health,
    Sylvie Nalezny, MA, CNE

  3. Jewelry says :


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