We want you to have the knowledge, tools and resources you need to make informed choices and use products that are healthier for you, your family and our environment. The Anticancer Environment section of our course rests on the Precautionary Principle, which means taking preventive action in the face of uncertain harm until a substance is proven harmless. This information for this section of the course is presented online, which you can find here. The online course is free and open to anyone, whether or not you are enrolled in the Anticancer Lifestyle Program.
In the online course, you will learn about: the types and sources of toxins in popular home cleaning, cooking, and personal care products; the links to various cancers and cancer risk; ways to control or minimize your exposure; practical solutions and healthy replacement options; how to do your own research, read and understand labels, search online databases, and so much more!
Over 87,000 chemicals are listed with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Only 200 have been thoroughly tested for toxicity safety for humans, and only 1350 have been tested as carcinogens (cancer causing agents). While it would be impossible to rid our lives of every known toxin, we can at the very least learn how to make wiser purchasing decisions with the goal of minimizing our exposure.
A group working with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has raised the alarm about styrene, a principal component of Styrofoam.
This article provides a great summary of the hazards of traditional risk assessment concerning environmental toxins, and the reasoning behind using the precautionary principle instead.
An analysis published in the journal Cancer has found that in US municipalities with a range of pollution and environmental degradation issues the total number of cancer cases was significantly above the national average.
Data shows a link between aluminum-containing antiperspirants and breast cancer.
The incidence of thyroid cancer has increased three-fold since 1975.
This book examines the history and changing landscape of our environment in the U.S.
We recommend avoiding nonstick pans, because of the toxic chemicals used to make up their coatings, which can offgas at high cooking temperatures and flake off into food when scraped.