Cancer Prevention

Beauty products and cancer: Are you at risk?

Have you been unknowingly increasing your cancer risk for the sake of beauty? It depends on what products you use.

“There are concerns with beauty products that contain endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs). These chemicals may interfere with your hormonal system,” says Lorenzo Cohen, Ph.D., MD Anderson professor and director of the Integrative Medicine Program. 

“While a direct link between EDCs and cancer is not yet definitive, certain cancers are hormonally-driven,” Cohen explains. They include breast, prostate, ovarian and endometrial cancers.

The 10 Most Common Sunscreen Slip-Ups

Despite everything we know about the risks of sun exposure, skin cancer is still on the rise — big time. In fact, in the last 35 years, rates of deadly melanoma have tripled. And those applying sunscreen are not immune. Improper application, the wrong product, and even a few of your other summertime activities can render sunscreen virtually useless. Avoid these common culprits and get the most out of your SPF for risk-free fun in the sun!

Sun Safety: 10 Sunscreen Mistakes

Breakfast Bombshell: Vitamin Overload in Cereals May Be Making Kids Sick

The manufacturers of sugary cereals marketed to children sure know how American parents think. Although many of their products have as much sugar as a candy bar, somewhere along the line these companies figured out that labels that scream “fortified with vitamins” make Mom and Dad feel better about pouring a bowl of sweetened grain for Junior. Being jam-packed with nutrients must compensate for all that sugar, right?

Phthalates Are Out Of Children’s Toys, But In Your Food

Just when you thought that phthalates, chemicals added to plastics to make them more flexible, were off your radar, think again.

Back in 2008, after these chemicals were shown to disrupt the endocrine system, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission restricted six phthalates in children’s toys and childcare products.  Canadian authorities issued similar regulations the following year.

13 Dangerous Toxins To Avoid In Your Food

You can’t reach for a fork these days without hearing about one toxic food trouble or another. To take a significant bite out of the potential dangers on our dinner plates and avoid toxins in food, try reading labels, understanding food sources, and keeping the kitchen clear of the following unsavory ingredients. This is especially important for kids’ plates; pound for pound they take in more than adults do.

Here are some toxins to avoid:

1. Pesticides

14 Banned Foods Still Allowed in the U.S.

ou think the FDA has your back? Sure, they proposed two new regulations to up food safety measures, specifically how food processors and farmers can work better to keep their fresh products free of dangerous bacteria (remember that killer cantaloupe outbreak from 2011?). But while it may seem like the government is out to protect us from bad—even fatal—food-borne illnesses, which cause some 3,000 deaths a year, they don't completely have our best interest—or health—in mind.

7 Tips for Lowering Breast Cancer Risk by Balancing Blood Sugar and Body Fat Naturally

You Can Prevent Breast Cancer and Diabetes and Lose Weight Naturally. The Right Foods, Exercise, Herbs and Supplements for Managing Blood Sugar, Body Fat and Weight.  A recent study states Overweight, Insulin Resistant Women At Greater Risk Of Advanced Breast Cancer Diagnosis.*.  This means that the risk factors for Type 2 Diabetes are also risk factors for Breast Cancer, particularly more dangerous advanced and aggressive breast cancers.

7 Tips for Lowering Breast Cancer Risk by Balancing Blood Sugar and Body Fat Naturally

DIY Cosmetics Recipes

Show your face, your feet or your muscles some love with safe, natural, toxin-free spa concoctions and personal care products.

We’ve compiled some of our favorite safe cosmetics recipes below. The necessary ingredients are usually affordable and not hard to find in organic or natural form. The benefits of making your own cosmetics will be immediately evident: your new products will smell and feel good, and so will your skin.

8 Foods Even The Experts Won’t Eat

Food scientists are shedding light on items loaded with toxins and chemicals–and simple swaps for a cleaner diet and supersized health. Experts from different areas of specialty explain why they won’t eat these eight foods.

Is this the End of Diet Soda? Huge Study links Aspartame to Major Problems, Sales Drop...

As concerns about health epidemics plague the nation, demand and sales of diet soda have plunged as consumers try to make better choices. Aspartame–the main sweetener for diet soda–is one of the most dangerous ingredients used in our food supply, causing seizures and a host of other health issues.

In a new study done over ten years and sampling 60,000 women, it was shown that women who drink two or more diet drinks a day have much higher cardiovascular disease rates and are more likely to die from the disease.