Do you ever wander through someone’s home and take notes of things that could possibly be dangerous to their health? There’s that fluoride filled toothpaste lying on their bathroom shelves or chemical-ridden detergents lurking in their cupboards, but, what if some of those things are sitting in your own home?
Most people have deadly products which are linked to cancer hiding in every corner of their homes, and often without even realising it.
It’s not like the labels on these products all have a huge warning sign that reads, I can cause cancer. Nonetheless, whether people consciously buy these cancer-causing products or not, we need to be educated on their potentially dangerous effects.
Shampoo is one of the most common items hiding in most people’s homes, particularly shampoos and conditioners, and some of the typical chemicals within conventional shampoos include sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), parfum/fragrance, parabens, synthetic colours and more.
Parabens are a known carcinogen, and they’re directly associated with different types of cancer. For example, one study found that 99 per cent of breast cancer tissues tested had parabens in them.
Some common ingredients in parfum/synthetic fragrances are benzene derivatives, aldehydes, phthalates, and countless other poisons linked with cancer, birth defects, nervous system disorders and allergies.
Head and Shoulders specifically contains fragrance, synthetic colours, and SLS, amongst a myriad of other chemicals in the deadly cocktail that makes up their shampoos and conditioners.
Some of their shampoo products also contain methylchloroisothiazolinone, a possible mutagen.
Non-Stick Cookware, everyone absolutely loves it, that was until we found out about the possible health hazards that come with cooking with these products.
The problem is that non-stick cookware is produced by using a synthetic coating of polytetrafluoroethylene, otherwise known as Teflon, a plastic polymer that will actually release toxins when heated at 450 degrees Fahrenheit or higher.
One investigation discovered that heating cookware covered with Teflon for only two to five minutes on a standard stovetop can cause the coating to break apart and release poisonous particles and vapours.
Even just breathing these once can cause people to become ill with what’s known as the Teflon flu, and some of the chemicals within that coating are also considered possible carcinogens.
Artificial Sweeteners are in so many products, and one of the most widespread ones used is aspartame. Aspartame is generally believed to only be in diet sodas, but it’s frequently added to teas, energy drinks, protein shakes, milk products, juices and other artificially flavoured beverages.
Aspartame has been linked to many health problems, including cancer, and there’s been a lot of debate encompassing the aspartame/cancer connection, and numerous companies that profit off aspartame have funded research in attempting to refute the causal link.
But, a study performed in 2007 revealed that aspartame can cause leukaemias/lymphomas and mammary (breast) cancer, and instead of using artificial sweeteners, try a natural option such as maple syrup, raw honey, Xylitol, Stevia, organic cane sugar, or dates.
Plastic Bottles and Food Containers
So much of our food comes in plastic bags, containers, and bottles. Even our fruits and vegetables are generally covered in plastic. Not only is this greatly wasteful and harmful for the environment, but it isn’t really good for our health, either.
And if you’re drinking from a plastic water bottle, the chemicals within that plastic that are touching your lips can actually seep into your mouth, particularly if your water has been sitting in the bottle for a while.
Has anyone ever left their bottle in a hot car? Well, that’s even worse because the heat facilitates the chemicals leaching. And you’ve probably seen more and more BPA-free labels on plastic bottles, and that’s because people have become increasingly conscious of how using plastic containers can harm our health, as many include BPA, which can cause cancer in people.
An easy solution is to use a refillable water bottle and glassware, which is not only better for your own health, but the health of the environment too.
Air Fresheners Well, this is a huge one because air fresheners are all over people’s houses, from bedrooms to bathrooms to cars, people love them, but they’re made with synthetic fragrance, otherwise known as parfum.
Parfum is essentially a cocktail of toxic chemicals, but instead of listing all of those chemicals on the back of the products, it’s conveniently identified as parfum so that companies can keep their signature fragrance a trade secret.
Sadly, this also enables the companies to hide toxic ingredients, many of which are known carcinogens in their products without the consumer even knowing.
For a more natural option, try brands like Saje Natural Wellness or DoTerra, or make your own using essential oils and water. You could even use natural disinfectants like tea tree or pine essentials oils.
Conventional Cleaners Well, most families have a whole shelf packed with toxic cleaners because companies persuade consumers they need different products to clean specific facades, and even though most of these products have toxic warning signs on them that explicitly state they’re poisonous and/ or corrosive, people proceed to, quite literally, buy into this corporate propaganda.
Not only are they breathing in these fumes while cleaning, but so are any of their household guests and/or children, and some of the common chemicals found in household cleaning products include 20-BE, which causes reproductive problems. Ammonia which is associated with kidney and liver impairment. Then you have coal tar dyes which can cause cancer and harms the nervous system.
Toothpaste essentially uses toxic substances as a means to clean your mouth as the ingredients in regular toothpaste can cause enamel damage, dental fluorosis, stomach ailments, skin rashes, and more.
One of the worst ingredients found in most conventional and dentist-approved toothpaste is fluoride, a known carcinogen.
Fluoride has been a known neurotoxin for a long time, but the government insists it helps our teeth, and in fact, it hasn’t actually been proven to stop the accumulation of unhealthy oral bacteria, however, it has been proven to be toxic, with long-term ingestion linked to brain, heart, and bone problems.
In point of fact, fluoride causes more human cancer mortality than any other chemical, but because the government have the power they don’t have to tell the truth, and that’s a rule that’s been working in this world for generations.
And there are a great many people who don’t tell the truth when they’re in power of administrative positions, and this amounts to public murder on a huge scale, and it’s a public crime.
Soap Whether it’s dish soap, hand soap, or body wash, conventional soaps frequently contain an extensive collection of chemicals, and antibacterial soaps regularly contain Triclosan, which is a possible carcinogen, along with various other ingredients frequently found in typical soaps. Conventional soaps also frequently contain parfum/fragrance.
The good news is that organic or all-natural soap is widely accessible, and Dr Bonner’s makes a great dish soap, as does Green Beaver, and there are tons of great body products made by all-natural brands like Andalous and Saje Natural Wellness.
Laundry Detergent frequently contain phosphorus, enzymes, ammonia, naphthalene, phenol, and sodium nitilotriacetate, all of which can cause rashes, itchiness, dryness, and sinus problems because these chemicals are quickly absorbed through the skin from clothes and bedsheets.
In addition, numerous conventional detergents contain artificial scents and fragrance, which is a code name for a sweet cocktail of dangerous chemicals and possible carcinogens.
Many baby powders are talc-based, meaning that they contain large amounts of talcum powder, and talc in its natural form contains asbestos which can cause cancer, but one of the most common baby powders used and is produced by Johnson and Johnson is talc-based, and the company has been sued numerous times and has paid millions of dollars to those who’ve claimed their baby powder caused their cancer.
A more recent case against Johnson & Johnson involved a California woman who was given more than $70 million in her suit against the company, as she claimed their baby powder caused her ovarian cancer, and Johnson & Johnson, like many other companies, has failed to disclose the hazards of using their products.
The great part about all of this is that there are unbelievable, all-natural options to all of these products, and you don’t need to be living in fear that you’ll get cancer because there are so many things you can do to stop it, starting with substituting these products with all-natural alternatives.