by Elizabeth Renter
The National Cancer Institute estimates that more than 1.6 million new cases of cancer have been diagnosed in 2012 (pdf). It’s estimated the growing disease will kill about 1,500 each day this year. Sadly, many if not all, of these deaths are preventable.
Sure, we know that smoking causes cancer—that’s a fact even accepted by mainstream sources. But, other cancer-causing agents surround us—in our foods, water, air, and even our clothing. While it would be nearly impossible to avoid contact with all potentially carcinogenic agents, we can significantly reduce our exposure, thereby reducing cancer risk.
1. Filter Your Water
Typical tap water contains arsenic. Arsenic is a Category 1 carcinogen—this means it most certainly causes cancer. While the EPA has set an “acceptable” standard for arsenic, many water supplies exceed this limit. In addition to arsenic, your water contains fluoride and chlorine. A high quality water filter can eliminate these substances before they enter your body.
2. Unplug Your Microwave
They’ve been trying to convince us of microwave safety since the little food-warmers came on the market several decades ago. But, there are still many unanswered questions and serious doubts as to how radiation can be used to cook food without having ill-effects on the people who digest them. How these little convenience-machines cause cancer is complex. You can read more about it here, where Natural News contributor Paul Fassa explains how “human cells are forced from normal cellular oxidation into the anaerobic energy production of glucose fermentation”—a “cancerous condition”.
3. Put Down Conventional Deodorant
Traditional, store bought deodorants contain parabens, aluminum, and other harmful ingredients. Check out the NaturalSociety forums for a great homemade deodorant recipe.
4. Buy Organic
Conventionally grown crops contain a pesticide soup and these pesticides have repeatedly been linked to cancer, among other health problems. Grow your own or start buying organic to avoid these poisons.
5. Limit Cell Phone Use
A recent study in Sweden found that 10 years of cell phone use led to a 290% increase in the development of brain tumors. And the majority of those tumors were found on the side of the head the user put their phone up to. If you have to make calls, use your speaker option whenever possible. Shut off your phone when possible/practical and definitely don’t sleep with it next to your head.