If you ever doubted that your sweet smelling household cleaners that you have used for years may be affecting your health, there is now some pretty significant evidence. A 7 year study conducted in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, involving women with Breast Cancer concluded that “cleaning product use contributes to increased breast cancer risk.”
The study was conducted through telephone interviews with 787 women diagnosed with Breast Cancer. They were asked about product use, beliefs about Breast Cancer etiology, and established and suspected breast cancer risk factors. There was also a control group of 727 women.
Breast Cancer risk increased two-fold with combined household product use and air fresheners. In other words, the more chemicals, the greater the Breast Cancer risk.
Chemicals that increased mammary gland tumors in animal studies were compiled from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the U.S. National Toxicology Program (NTP), and other sources. In all, 216 chemicals have been identified that have been associated with increases in mammary gland tumors.
While I was on my own personal healing journey, I recognized that there were specific steps that could have a huge impact on Breast Cancer. I created The 7 Essentials, a step by step guide founded on evidence-based natural medicine. Essential # 2 for Healing and Preventing Breast Cancer Naturally is: Reduce Your Toxic Exposure.
Reducing your toxic exposure means making conscious decisions about the chemicals you have in your home and those you use on your body. Here is a partial list of toxic household cleaners found on the EPA’s web site:
Possible alternatives to these types of cleaning products are: baking soda, vinegar, lemon oil, essential oils and specific spices.
There are many products on the market that are effective, clean and harmless. Some of my favorite household cleaners are from Ava Anderson Non Toxic. They are simple and pure and get the job done. I love the smell of the peppermint oil when I wipe down my counter tops and clean the bathrooms.
Make conscious choices and informed decisions when it comes to your health. Be proactive with prevention by simply switching household cleaners and using non-toxic ingredients that can impact your health in a very positive way.