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.
Exposure to chemicals found in drinking water after it has been disinfected with chlorine could be responsible for up to 1 in 20 cases of bladder cancer across the European Union.
A meta-analysis by Hiller et al, published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, suggests that spending greater than an hour a day in the sun during the summer months could decrease the risk of developing breast cancer.
Beyond Conventional Cancer Therapies (bcct.ngo) is a thorough, evidence-based resource for cancer survivors and those in the medical field to explore the best integrative approaches to cancer treatment that go beyond conventional cancer care.
A report from the Environmental Working Group shows that thousands of untested chemicals (an estimated 2,000, to be exact) are found in conventional packaged foods purchasable in U.S.
A study by Young et al, published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology, found that nail polish contains plasticizers to make it flexible and chip-resistant, but as endocrine disruptors, these chemicals–which can be absorbed into skin or inhaled–may adversely affect reproductive health, fetal development, and thyroid function.
The journal Chemistry World has published a great overall summary of the PFAS contamination problem and what is being done about it.
Women’s Voices for the Earth put out a useful infographic about fragrance that you can download and print.
“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.”
“Everything else has been done TO us. This is something we get to do for ourselves.”