This Environment Toolkit is meant to support the information and guidance you receive in the Environment Module of the Anticancer Lifestyle Program. The module and the resources included on this page will give you tools you can use to make informed and wise purchasing decisions, in order to reduce your exposure to toxins common to daily living.
Something to consider:
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 daily exposures. Knowledge is power.
Total pesticide bans remain the most effective way to prevent intentional or accidental exposure to highly hazardous pesticides.
PFAS chemicals are found in items like food packaging, non-stick cookware, firefighter foam, drinking water and in food.
Typically, scientists will test for the singular effects of individual chemicals.
About every three years, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) releases a list of known and suspected carcinogens.
In the United States alone, women spend well over $2 billion per year on feminine hygiene products, including tampons, pads, feminine washes, sprays, powders, and personal wipes.
“All plastic was kicked out of my home this past weekend—containers, plastic wrap, etc. I transferred most of my foods from plastic containers into glass. I will begin to freeze food using glass (mason jars). My cleaning products now consist of baking soda, white vinegar, rubbing alcohol, and Seventh Generation laundry and dish detergent. My life has suddenly gotten a lot simpler! I switched my personal skin care products to organic and chemical-free and my makeup is mineral-based. I can hear my grandmother applauding….”
“I stopped drinking seltzer from cans and now bring water to work in a metal water bottle. I picked one up for a colleague, too. A bunch of us have lunch together every day and I talk with them regularly about what I learned in the environment section of this course. I try not to be the queen angel of toxins, so I limit myself to discussing it twice a week.”
“I find it difficult to exercise when feeling achy from joint pain from the hormone therapy. Now my new pedometer counts my steps, encourages me to exercise and have fun doing it. We are also eating healthier and enjoy better tasting meals.”