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.
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.
A study released by researchers at McGill University in Montreal revealed that steeping a single silky plastic tea bag at brewing temperature (95C) releases approximately 11.6 billion microplastics and 3.1 billion nanoplastics (the latter are 150 times smaller than a hair, possibly small enough to permeate human cells) made up of nylon and polyethylene terephthalate (PET) into a single cup of tea.
A study by Flarend et al, published in the journal Food and Chemical Toxicology, found that a one-time use of aluminum chlorohydrate, found in many antiperspirants, applied to the skin is not a significant contribution to the body burden of aluminium.
This study by Fraser et al, published in the journal Environment International, found that polyfluorinated compounds, or PFCs, are ubiquitous in indoor environments and suggest that many PFCs may be higher in the dust of offices than in other microenvironments.
This study, published in Environmental Health Perspectives, reviewed the scientific literature about indoor exposures and asthma, found that multiple indoor exposures, especially dampness-related agents, merit increased attention to prevent exacerbation of asthma, possibly even in non-sensitized individuals.
“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.”