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.
Endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) are chemicals that mimic, block, or interfere with hormones in the body’s endocrine system.
See here for information on formaldehyde.
On August 29, 2018, California voted to approve a bill banning flame retardants in children s products, mattresses, and upholstered furniture.
This study by Dodson et al, published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology, showed elevated levels of toxic PBDE flame retardants in the dust in California homes, even after these chemicals were phased out.
A study by Harley et al, published in Environmental Health Perspectives, enrolled 100 Latina girls in an intervention study to determine whether using personal care products free of phthalates, parabens, and other endocrine disruptors for 3 days could lower urinary concentrations.
This short report documents the concentrations of toxic PFCs in Maine residents.
This study by Corsini et al, published in the journal Toxicology Letters, suggests that PFCs (perfluorinated compounds) may be immunotoxic, meaning toxic to the immune system.
“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.”