Cancer Prevention

10 Things to Throw Away for Better Health

By Dr. Mercola

Each and every day, you come into contact with a large number of items—many of which have health risks that can accumulate over time. Many chemicals appear safe yet aren't, and are not likely to be suspected when your health starts failing.

But other items that are part of the "standard" of contemporary living—such as electronics and even your office chair—can also do more harm than good in the long run. 

Consumer Reports: Too many sodas contain potential carcinogen

A chemical found in many sodas may be dangerous to your health, Consumer Reports says. And no, it's not sugar (this time).

The golden-brown color of many soft drinks comes with a dose of the chemical 4-methylimidazole, or 4-MeI. On U.S. product labels it appears simply as "caramel coloring."

Those who say the chemical may possibly cause cancer include the World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer and the state of California, which now limits manufacturers to 29 micrograms of exposure for the average consumer per day.

10 Cancer Symptoms Most People Ignore

When it comes to aches, pains and other health problems, just because something seems minor doesn't mean you shouldn't take it seriously. In fact, new research finds that even common ailments can actually be the first warning signs of cancer. In a survey of 1,729 adults over the age of 50 in the U.K published in PLOS ONE, respondents evaluated how serious they perceived a list of 17 ailments—10 of which were actually indicators of cancer. They also indicated whether they'd experienced any of these symptoms recently and if so, how they actually handled it.

5 Painless Ways To Detox Your Home

I've met my share of chemical zealots—people who shudder at the sight of disposable plastic and haven't scrubbed their countertops with anything but vinegar in decades. (Check out all the different uses for vinegar.) You might even think I'd be one of them: As an environmental reporter, I frequently read studies linking chemicals in our homes with frightening health issues. Yet the impact of that on my behavior has been, for the most part, minor.