Dr. Carolyn Chambers Clark, Award-Winning Author and Wellness Nurse Practitioner

Environmental Toxics - Selfcare and Wellness Approaches

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Most of us never think about how our actions can ruin the environment, not to mention come back to haunt us in the form of skin problems, allergies, asthma, cancer, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer's and more…


Here are some things to consider:


*Plastics have been linked with cancers. Plastic can migrate into your food. If you eat food that’s been covered with plastic wrap, you’re eating plastic and may be starting the cancer process. Use waxed paper instead. Don’t use aluminum wrap because aluminum is linked with brain dysfunction like Alzheimer’s.


*Use alternatives to cleaning products, oil paints, pesticides, auto products, art and craft supplies, wood furnishing materials, personal care products and food and beverages that are linked to cancer. See THE SAFE SHOPPERS BIBLE by David Steinman and Samuel S. Epstein, MD for ideas. Or Mary Kerney Levenstein’s EVERYDAY CANCER RISKS AND HOW TO AVOID THEM.


* Sewer, pesticide, and fertilizer drain-off is on the increase as population increases and has now been correlated with red tide explosions which kill fish and destroy underwater vegetation. Pesticides are also correlated with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Use a septic tank (that converts wastes into organic materials and stays in your yard). Avoid putting in grass. Instead, grow flowers, trees and ground covers in your hard  and compost so you don’t have to fertilize and use dangerous chemicals.


*Avoid taking drugs whenever you can. All take their toll on your liver and kidneys, two organs that help detoxify you from environmental hazardous things.


*Avoid taking iron supplements. Cancer cells need iron to grow.


*Drink distilled water or reverse osmosis filtered water. Everything from drugs to urine and hazardous materials have been found in tap water.


*Radiation is correlated with cancer. Avoid microwave ovens (low-level radiation leakage), and sitting closer than 8 feet to a television set, and tension lines and cell phones (unless you use a head set), and X-rays or CAT scans unless you’ve broken a bone or they’re absolutely necessary. Ditto with dental X-rays.


*Obesity and overweight are correlated with many physical conditions from diabetes, to heart conditions, to cancer. You know what to do.


*Cancer is correlated with being a couch potato or computer potato. Get daily exercise.


*A high-fat diet is correlated with cancer. Check labels, avoid fried foods and sugary high-fat foods.


*Breastfeeding is negatively correlated with leukemia in kids. Breastfeed your kids and encourage your daughters to breastfeed as a cancer preventive.


*Fresh fruits and vegetables, especially organically-grown ones, can help you fight off cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and more. Eat 5-10 servings a day.


*Smoke from cigarettes, cigars, etc. is correlated with lung cancer. But you don’t have to smoke to get lung cancer, just inhaling someone else’s can put you on the road to it.


*Estrogen and oral contraceptive and high sugar intake have been linked to breast cancer.


*Excessive consumption of caffeine and/or artificial sweeteners have been linked to cancer of the bladder and/or kidney.


*High-fat diets and not enough fiber (eat more fresh and uncooked fruits and vegetables, and whole grains) are linked to cancer of the colon.


*Cancer of the lung is linked to exposure to pesticides and herbicides, radioactive materials (sometimes used in medical tests), asbestos, and other dangerous chemicals.


*Permanent and semi-permanent hair dyes have been linked to cancers. Use non-petroleum, organic hair colorings or henna.


To stay well, eat fresh and untainted foods and drink untainted water only (also use it for cooking), exercise, and stay away from the risks above.


For more specifics, go to http://www.preventcancer.com/consumers/


Think positive and you'll be positive!

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