It’s no secret that human beings have adopted a lifestyle that doesn’t really take health into consideration, especially when we are talking about the large number of products that we choose to surround ourselves with on a daily basis, many of which have serious health concerns associated with them. What’s even more troubling is the fact that these products are still approved as safe by government agencies despite all of the evidence clearly showing serious cause for concern.
The list of concerning items can indeed be a long one, and again, when we are talking about disease, there is a general and growing consensus in the scientific community that many of these products are responsible for the exponential rise in various diseases that plague us today, including cancer.
Here is a list of 10 things you should eliminate from your life for better health.
1. Artificial Sweeteners
Artificial sweeteners are everywhere, and two of the most common ones are aspartame and sucralose (Splenda). These products have been linked to a number of diseases, such as diabetes, heart attacks, strokes, and Alzheimer’s disease. They also promote obesity and disease by disrupting your intestinal microflora. (source)(source)(source)
One of the largest studies of its kind recently examined the link between diet drinks and cardiovascular issues, like heart attack and stroke, in healthy, postmenopausal women. The research took place at the University of Iowa, and the findings were presented at the American College of Cardiology’s 63rd Annual Scientific Session in Washington, D.C.
60,000 women participated in the study, and it found that women who consumed two or more diet drinks a day are 30 percent more likely to experience a cardiovascular event, and 50 percent more likely to die from a related disease. (source)
A study out of Arizona State University, published in the Journal of Applied Nutrition, determined that Aspartame causes brain damage by leaving traces of Methanol in the blood (source). Another study published in the U.S. National Library of Medicine determined that long-term consumption of Aspartame leads to an imbalance in the antioxidant/pro-oxidant status in the brain (source). Another study published by Washington University’s Medical School outlines a possible connection between aspartame and brain tumors. (source)
For more CE articles on Aspartame, please click here.
2. Electronic Devices
Electronic devices and the radiation emitted by them is everywhere. It’s not uncommon for people to engage in activities (like smoking) and then decades later, become aware of the consequences, and electronic devices like cell phones and WiFi signals are another great example.
This is what the world would look like if cell phone radiation was visible.
Dr. Martin Blank, Ph.D., from the Department of Physiology and Cellular Biophysics at Colombia University, has joined a group of scientists from around the world who are making an international appeal to the United Nations regarding the dangers associated with the use of various electromagnetic emitting devices, like cell phones and WiFi.
Below is a video of him outlining the various dangers associated with these devices.
Multiple studies have revealed that cell phone radiation can cause cancer. Did you know that The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classified radio frequency fields (including those from cell phones) as a possible carcinogen in 2011 (source)? The dangers of cell phone use gained a lot of mainstream credibility in 2011 when the World Health Organization (WHO) admitted that cell phone radiation may cause cancer. The statement was based off of a cumulative decision made by a team of 31 scientists, from 14 different countries, after reviewing evidence that suggested this to be the case. You can read more about that here.
We recently published an article titled A Pregnant Woman Eating Organic Vs. Eating Conventinal: It’s Time To Think About Your Baby.
In the article, we explain the difference between organic food and conventional food, as well as provide a number of sources and studies showing clear concern about the pesticides sprayed on our food and in the surrounding environment.
These chemicals have been linked to birth defects, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, autism and more. Using the Bradford Hill Criteria, the results of multiple studies indicate that we have nudged ourselves into quite the dilemma.
Again, you can find all of the health concerns that are associated with the chemicals sprayed on our food in the article linked above, and that doesn’t even include the environmental concerns.
This is precisely why multiple countries have completely banned these pesticides from being sprayed. In fact, 19 countries in Europe just banned Genetically Modified Crops from being grown in their country, and that includes the pesticides that go with them.
4. Personal Care Products
Unfortunately, many personal care products are a terrible idea, and putting these products on our skin makes absolutely no sense. For example, if we look at cancer, it’s caused by physical carcinogens, chemical carcinogens, and biological carcinogens, all of which we surround ourselves with on a daily basis, and all of which are in various personal care products, such as many deodorants.
We recently wrote an article on how to prevent breast cancer through an armpit detox. The article goes into detail about concerns with regard to aluminum, and how substances put on our skin do not take long to penetrate and find their way into the bloodstream.
When it comes to cosmetics, there are thousands upon thousands of chemicals that are “okayed” by corporate manufacturers, and considered safe. This is all that is needed; there is no approved regulatory process for these chemicals and the potential harm they may cause.
Again, chemicals are very effectively absorbed through your skin. For example, the Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Manitoba, Canada, conducted a study to quantify how many sunscreen agents penetrate the skin after it is applied. The results demonstrated significant penetration of all sunscreen agents into the skin. We are talking about multiple chemicals entering multiple tissues within the body. (source)
When it comes to women, they tend to use several different products on a daily basis that can contribute to an overload of toxic chemicals. Make-up is a huge source for heavy metals. In the report Heavy Metal Hazard: The Health Risks of Hidden Heavy Metals In Face Make-up, Environmental Defense tested 49 different make-up items, including foundations, concealers, powders, blushes, mascaras, eye liners, eye shadows, lipsticks and lip glosses. Their testing revealed serious heavy metal contamination in virtually all of their products.
- 96 percent contained lead
- 90 percent contained beryllium
- 61 percent contained thallium
- 51 percent contained cadmium
- 20 percent contained arsenic
The Environmental Working Group has a great database to help you find personal care products that are free of potentially dangerous chemicals. Better yet, simplify your routine and make your own products. A slew of lotions, potions, and hair treatments can be eliminated with a jar of coconut oil, for example, to which you can add a high quality essential oil to for scent.
5. Commercial Cleaning Products
Having commercial cleaning products in your home is not a smart idea. Combined with the rest of this list, it’s not hard to see how all of these products are associated with the dramatic rise in disease we’ve seen over the past few decades.
We’ve covered this topic before, and outlined why these products are dangerous and what alternatives you can use instead. Why We All Need To Stop Cleaning With Bleach is a great example, so check it out if you’re interested to see where we are coming from.
Alternatives include baking soda, white vinegar, lemon juice, hydrogen peroxide, liquid castile soap, organic essential oils, mixing bowls, spray bottles, microfiber clothes and more.
Why is it that these products could be manufactured to be much less hazardous, and in some cases cheaper, but aren’t? It’s not hard to see why so many people believe that these corporations have no problem in contributing to the decline of human health. A scary thought? Yes, but there are things to do and preventative measures/ lifestyle changes you can make.
We are always talking about raising money and finding a cure for cancer, without a word mentioned regarding cancer prevention.
6. Air Fresheners
When it comes to health, air fresheners are probably some of the worst products you can have in your home. These commonly contain 2, 5-dichlorophenol (2, 5-DCP), a metabolite of 1.4 dichlorobenzene. This stuff is present in the blood of nearly all Americans, has been linked to lung damage, and has been known to cause organ system toxicity. (source)
“Air fresheners have become a staple in many American homes and offices, marketed with the promise of creating a clean, healthy, and sweet-smelling indoor atmosphere. But many of these products contain phthalates (pronounced thal-ates) – hazardous chemicals known to cause hormonal abnormalities, birth defects, and reproductive problems. NRDC’s independent testing of 14 common air fresheners, none of which listed phthalates as an ingredient, uncovered these chemicals in 86 percent (12 of 14) of the products tested, including those advertised as “all natural” or “unscented.” – National Resources Defense Council (source)
7. Plastic Food Containers & Bottles
Not long ago, German researchers discovered endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) that could adversely affect development and reproduction, to be contained in 18 different popular bottled water products. Of the 24,520 suspect chemicals found to be present in bottled water, the one that showed consistent results and illustrated anti-androgenic and anti-estrogenic activity is di(2-ethylhexyl) fumarate (DEHF). Endocrine disruptors are chemicals that can interfere with the hormone system, they can cause cancerous tumours, birth defects, cardiovascular disorders, metabolic disorders and as mentioned earlier, other developmental disorders. (source)
There are other concerns, most notably bisphenol-A (BPA), bisphenol-S (BPS), and phthalates.
Here are some related CE articles on that topic with more information in them:
Your best bet here is to avoid plastic containers, and replace them with glass bottles and containers. It would be wise to choose glass baby bottles as well.
8. Avoid Processed Meats
Apart from the obvious heart-breaking treatment, abuse and murder of billions of animals raised for slaughter every year, The World Health Organization recently linked processed meats to cancer, and recommended reducing processed meat intake to reduce the chances of contracting cancer. (source)
“Eating processed meat such as sausage and bacon can cause cancer in humans, the World Health Organization’s cancer agency says. Monday’s official designation from the France-based International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), part of the WHO, places processed meat in the Group 1 list as “carcinogenic to humans.” The agency said it based the classification on sufficient evidence for colorectal cancer.” (source)
This came after years of multiple researchers making this link. Whether you believe it or not, or don’t see it as alarming, the fact remains: reducing your meat intake (specifically processed meat intake) is a great path towards a healthier life.
In fact, some experts are suggesting that going completely meat-free is a better option for those looking to optimize their health.
“Studies are confirming the health benefits of meat-free eating. Nowadays, plant-based eating is recognized as not only nutritionally sufficient but also as a way to reduce the risk for many chronic illnesses.” – Harvard Medical School (source)
It’s important to note that a very high and alarming percentage of Americans eat hardly any vegetables whatsoever. According to the Wall Street Journal in 2011, approximately 80% of Americans who ate meat rarely consumed vegetables at all. (source)
The American Dietetic Association weighed in with a position paper, concluding that “appropriately planned vegetarian diets, including total vegetarian or vegan diets, are healthful, nutritionally adequate, and may provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases.” (Journal of the American Dietetic Association, July 2009) (source)
If you’re going to eat meat, it’s best to make sure it is from an organic, free range grass-fed source.
9. Sitting In Your Chair
There’s a growing amount of research revealing that sitting in your chair (something many of us do at work, school, etc.) could have some quite dramatic consequences on your health. Prolonged sitting has been tied to a pre-curser for chronic disease and early death, even if you exercise regularly and are in good shape.
A study published in the British Medical Journal found that prolonged sitting can increase your risk of lung cancer by 50 percent (source). It’s also been found to increase your risk of death in relation to several health problems. (source)
10. Stress & Negativity
Science is starting to catch on to the idea that how you feel can directly alter your genetic expression. It’s not just the environment that your genes respond to, it’s also your conscious thoughts, emotions, and unconscious beliefs. Emotions can regulate genetic expression, and a great book recommendation to find out more about that is called The Biology of Belief & Spontaneous Evolution, written by cellular biologist Bruce Lipton.
Researchers at the HeartMath Institute are showing the same findings. They show how emotional information is actually coded and modulated into the heart’s electromagnetic field. They show that by shifting our emotions, we can change the information that is coded into these magnetic fields. Their research also sheds light on the fact that different emotional states are responsbile for creating different brain states. You can read more about that in an article we recently published here.
Furthermore, findings in quantum physics are showing how factors associated with consciousness can and do indeed have some sort of affect on our physical material world. You can find out more about that here.
There is also the case of neuroplasticity, which is the idea that the brain is changeable, adaptable, and malleable. It shows how the brain can change its structure by how we perceive the world around us.
“Human thoughts and learning actually turn on certain genes in our nerve cells which allow those cells to make new connections between them.” –Dr. Norman Doidge, MD, author of The Brain That Changes Itself (source)
There is also the idea of distant healing:
“Over the past thirty years, significant scientific research has been conducted on the potential effectiveness and value of distant healing practices. The practice of distant healing is drawing increased attention as an important component of integral medicine models that blend a range of approaches to health and healing. Many leading health professionals and spiritual leaders believe distant healing practices may significantly expand the capacity to facilitate healing.” (source) – Marilyn Schlitz, PhD, President of the Institute for Noetic Sciences (IONS)
You can view some of this research here.
Emotions and the way you feel are a huge part with regard to your overall health
Remember those milk commercials you used to see as a kid, claiming that milk “does the body good”? It turns out that might not be true at all. In fact, it could be the complete opposite. New evidence continues to emerge suggesting that drinking milk from a cow is not really natural, and not really good nor necessary for us at all. It’s not a coincidence that approximately 65 to 75 percent of the total human population on our planet have a reduced ability to digest lactose after infancy. In some countries, more than 90 percent of the adult population is lactose intolerant.
For more information on this section and why we believe giving up dairy products is a good call, you can refer to to this article we recently published:
Meat In General
There are several concerns that’ve been raised within the past few years regarding eating meat and human health. It’s well established in scientific literature that a meat-free diet, when done correctly, offers tremendous health benefits. The notion that meat is necessary for human health is a myth that continues to pervade popular culture, but public perception is slowly shifting, and new research is showing that those we closely genetically resemble from our past did not exclusively (or even predominantly) eat meat.
See article: New Information Has Some Experts Wondering If ‘Human Ancestors Were Nearly All Vegetarians
That being said I do believe our genetic connection to those who roamed the Earth in the past is a topic that’s still not well understood, and there is still a lot of information and factors to consider that aren’t really considered, but that’s another topic.
We’ve outlined multiple times why we have this stance on meat eating. Apart from our animal cruelty articles you can find on our site, we go into more detail in with this article:
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