New research is emerging that confirms the negative impact of environmental chemicals such as dioxins, phthalates and parabens which are found in on our foods, household products and cosmetics. However, cleaning products, pesticides and cosmetics are not the only culprits. Now more evidence is being brought to light that shows other things that we may be exposed to every day can increase the risk of cancer. The following are 3 things that you may not have thought can cause cancer until now. I recommend to avoid them if all possible.
1) Artificial turf on sports fields: Ever noticed a strong smell when stepping onto an artifical sports field, especially on hot summer days. I recently read an article that has called into question the safety of these fields. There has been a reported increase of cases on lymphoma in young athletes using these fields. The little black particles are actually made out of synthetic fibers and scrap tire which can contain benzene, carbon black and lead, among other potential toxic substances. Athletes are covered (and may even swallow) the black dots, especially soccer goaltenders. Interestingly enough the company Monsanto developed the substance in the 1960s as a way to reuse old tires. Even governmental agencies are saying "we need to do more research" but clearly we don't want to be eating or playing on rubber tires so my recommendations is to avoid these fields if possible and ask your local government to change the fields or better yet not install them in at all.
2) Syrofoam containers: This one may not be new to you but its seems that BPA and other chemicals get more media attention. Syrofoam cups and food containers contain the molecule styrene that causes DNA damage which can lead to cancer formation. A 2014 report release by the National Research Council in the U.S stated that styrene can be 'reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen.' This is made worse when they contain hot items such as coffee. Avoid all theses containers if possible and use ceramic, paper, glass or metal when storing and consuming food.
3) Rice: Yup, I said it and it won't make many nutritionists or NDs happy. Unfortunately, a number of reports are showing that rice grown in North america may have high amounts of arsenic. A Consumer Report in 2012 showed independent laboratory tests that found inorganic arsenic, a known carcinogen, in 200 rice products purchased in grocery stores across the United States. I didn't want to believe this at first since rice is a great gluten free option but when I read that some rice is grown in flooded fields that were formerly cotton plantations I became concerned. These plantations were heavily sprayed with arsenic containing pesticides years ago and the rice can absorb this metal still left in the soil. There is arsenic in most vegetables but eating lots of rice (especially when doing a detox or gluten free diet) you may be getting higher levels which may cause damage to your cells.
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Did you know: Another source of arsenic in your environment is pressure treated wood. That greenish chemical that makes the wood more resistant to water contains arsenic. Avoid walking or laying on it especially when brand new or if you have young children (who are more vulnerable to the effects of heavy metals.
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