Many people ask, “What causes cancer?” It’s often difficult to pin down an exact cause. Some blame it on genetics, but this is only true in 5% of cases. So what else is there?
Source: Spring Institute
Environmental toxins pose a great risk to human health and are being blamed for the rise in many chronic diseases, including cancer.
Toxins that cause breast cancer are found in common, everyday things. Make up, plastics (particularly if you’re heating them up in the microwave), drink bottles, and even the foods we eat may be responsible for instigating cancer development. There are several ways this can happen:
- Some chemicals mimic hormones like oestrogen (which is naturally inflammatory), and for oestrogen-dependent cancers like breast, ovarian and prostate cancer, this is very bad.
- Chemicals cause oxidative damage within the body, causing inflammation.
- They damage DNA, breaking the strands and denaturing proteins.
Some toxins are almost unavoidable – like car fumes, and chemicals used in furniture manufacture. There are lot of things that can be done to avoid at least some of these chemicals, particularly the ones in food. Buying organic fruit and vegetables, and organic meat and dairy products is a great way to avoid chemical overload.
Can they be avoided?
Some environmental toxins are almost unavoidable, but there are lot of things that can be done to reduce the impact of these chemicals, particularly the ones in food. Buying organic fruit vegetables, and organic meat and dairy products is a great way to avoid chemical overload.
Remove anything processed from your diet, particularly tinned, fried, or frozen foods. Regardless of what it says on the label, even if there is nothing added to the food, just the packaging itself can still contaminate it.
Be informed – investigate the cleaning products you use, check ingredients in cosmetics and other beauty products. You might be surprised to discover how many of them are listed as possible carcinogens!
A good website to visit to check out what’s in your cosmetics is “Skin Deep” – http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/