Tagged : cancer

11 ways to avoid BPA and phthalates and why you should

March 7th, 2014

Reduce your exposure to estrogenic phthalates and BPA by avoiding synthetic fragrances and putting hot food in plastic containers. Here are more ways to lower your contact with these synthetic, endocrine-disrupting compounds.

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Meat and dairy consumption quadrupled the risk of cancer in middle-aged people, study found

March 5th, 2014

A new study showing that high protein intake during middle age quadrupled the risk of cancer raises big questions about the current paleo diet trend that greenlights meat while lowering carbs as a way to control weight and increase energy.

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Nuts, let us count the crazy number of ways they’re good for you

November 22nd, 2013

We already knew nuts were pretty good for us. This week we learned that people who regularly consumed nuts are less likely to die of cancer or heart disease, according to a major study by Harvard University researchers. Fortunately, this news arrives just as we’re ready to set the nut dish out for the holidays. Here’s our list of what to include.

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Men living closest to Canadian tar sands are more likely to get leukemia, Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma

October 31st, 2013

Living near oil refineries has never been good for your lungs. It may not be good for your blood either. Men living closest to the tar sands mining region of Canada are suffering from higher rates of leukemia and Hodgkins disease, according a new study.

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Cancer-free barbecue: All you need is this one cheap trick

June 7th, 2013

When I saw the headline “Cancer-proof your barbecue”– I couldn’t resist. I’m a sucker for cancer-free lifestyle tips (who isn’t?) and I’d been wondering if someone had solved that problem of cancer-causing compounds leaping onto your grilled meat when the fat hits the charcoal or the heating element. Now, after reading this article, and just in time for summer, I’m prepared to reveal the ONE trick you need to know. Read on. Really there’s nothing to buy.

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The Dirty Dozen updated: Apples top the list for pesticide residues

April 24th, 2013

Apples, strawberries, grapes and celery. All of these are healthy foods, but unfortunately they arrive at the grocery with the highest pesticide residues and top the latest “Dirty Dozen” list released by the Environmental Working Group. The other Dirty Dozen foods include some of the most delectable fruits and vegetables. You’ll just have to buy the organic versions if you want to avoid the trace pesticides that ride along.

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‘Mind the Store’ program wants to purge toxic chemicals from our household products

April 11th, 2013

There’s a new game in the battle over chemicals in consumer products and it appears to set titan against titan, by enlisting Big Box stores in the effort to get toxic chemicals out of cosmetics, furniture and household goods. The opposing titan is, of course, the chemical industry, which has fought strong government oversight for decades. Here’s how the Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families coalition hopes to win.

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The Safe Chemicals Act of 2013 aims to clamp down

April 10th, 2013

U.S. Senators today introduced the Safe Chemicals Act, designed to require stricter screening of chemicals to assess their safety before they’re approved for public use. The SCA also would give the EPA more authority to go after chemicals that have been linked to cancer and other health conditions.

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One cancer risk you can easily remove from your life

January 23rd, 2013

It’s a little like a storyline from those nuclear-age science-fiction movies from the 1950s. An invisible, insidious gas invades your home, poised to undermine your family’s health.
But this is no fiction. It’s radon, a gas that exists naturally in the earth, but can concentrate in homes raising the cancer risk for those who are exposed long term.

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Five fall foods that fight cancer

October 25th, 2012

Fall is a delicious time to eat seasonal foods, and not just the comfort carbs of Thanksgiving, but the many fruits and vegetables that are harvested at this time in the Northern hemisphere.

These foods can boost the health quotient of your autumn feast and provide snacks that keep the sugar monster at bay.

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Study shows that fat tissue enables cancerous tumors to grow faster

October 15th, 2012

Fat cells may facilitate the growth of cancer tumors by strengthening the blood vessels that supply the tumors, medical researchers in Texas reported in the journal Cancer Research.

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What you need for a greener kitchen: Healthy cookware

July 11th, 2012

Keeping it greener in the kitchen can mean many things. You may be using more fresh vegetables or local foods, literally adding greens. Perhaps you’ve switched to greener cleaners that don’t use bleach or ammonia.

Now it’s time to take stock of your cookware.

If you’re still using pans coated with Teflon or a similar nonstick surface, you’ll want to get familiar with — and then get away from — the polytetrafluoroetheylenes (PTFE) used in this old-style technology. When heated to high temperatures pans coated with this substance release fumes into the air that contain hazardous compounds called perfluorinated chemicals or PFCs.

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