It seems that most people are aware of this fact, but nobody really wants to gain the discipline or knowledge to do something about it. Literally everything is toxic: people say that to minimize the danger of one particular chemical, or say that everything is toxic and we’re still fine, but if you look close you’ll notice everything is not okay, and there’s a serious problem with everything being toxic.
Here are 10 household products you’ll really want to research further, linked to cancer and who knows what else.
1. Non-stick cookware
Do you know what non-stick cookware is actually coated with? The pans are coated with Teflon, or polytetrafluoroethylene, a polymer of plastic that actually releases extremely potent toxins when heated at 450 degrees Fahrenheit or higher.
It’s highly toxic to birds, and you can probably smell it in the air when you cook with those pans, particularly if you’re using an electric stove or a very big flame on a gas stove.
One study observed that heating cookware with Teflon coating for just two to five minutes on a regular stovetop can cause the coating to emit toxic particles and gases, causing the coating to break apart. Some people even get sick with something they call the “Teflon flu.” Some other chemicals contained within the coating are all considered probable carcinogens.
It’s best to stick to stainless steel cookware, despite it being seemingly more difficult to clean. Some things in life just have to be done the hard way. Steel is something that generally does not release anything into people when they consume things on it, a true cornerstone for eating like glass.
Most people have absolutely no idea what kind of chemicals are present in their shampoo, and in their hair at all times. Shampoos and conditioners often contain chemicals such as sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), parfum/fragrance, parabens, synthetic colors, and worse.
Parabens are known carcinogens, directly associated with various forms of cancer. For instance, a study found that 99% of breast cancer tissues tested contained parabens. It’s cornerstone solid evidence.
As dyes were historically made from coal tar, industrial waste products, some common ingredients in parfum or synthetic fragrances are derivatives of benzene, aldehydes, phthalates, and various other toxins associated with cancer, nervous-system disorders, birth defects, and allergies.
For example, the shampoo Head & Shoulders in particular contains that kind of fragrance synthetic colors, and SLS, along with much worse. Some of their products are known to contain a potential mutagen, try and pronounce this, methylchloroisothiazolinone.
3. Plastic food containers and bottles
BPA was probably the most famous example of a plastic leeching into people’s food, a carcinogen and endocrine disruptor, but most people fail to realize it is still present lining the inside of various canned goods, so when they eat canned goods they’re directly consuming a whole lot of BPA, directly inside the can.
It should be common sense that if you heat plastic in a microwave, or let a bottle of water sit in the hot sun, or even just drink normally from them you’re going to be consuming a certain, significant amount of plastic.
Hormone disruption occurs from several plastics, and some are worse than others. It helps to know the plastic numbers: look for a triangle shape and a number inside it on the bottom of your plastic product, and match it to the plastic number. Research the plastic and you’ll get a little bit of info on how safe your plastic is. However, realistically none of it is quite harmless to consume.
4. Artificial sweetener
People would be well advised to avoid artificial sweetener, especially Aspartame, at all costs. The chemical is linked to serious headaches, declining vision, and much worse.
Aspartame is often insidiously added to chewing gun, teas, energy drinks, protein shakes, juices, milk products, and other artificially flavored beverages, despite the fact that the FDA was extremely hesitant to approve it until it was forced through under the influence of two-time Secretary of State and Monsanto/Searle man Donald Rumsfeld.
It’s added insidiously because it’s often renamed on the package, “sweetner E951.” People have to look it up to know it’s dangerous, or just consume it anyway.
A 2007 study proved that aspartame can cause leukemias/lymphomas and mammary (breast) cancer.
5. Air fresheners
What, people thought these wouldn’t be toxic? Air fresheners can be found everywhere in the homes of people you know, from bathrooms, to bedrooms, to inside a person’s vehicle.
Typically, they are made with a synthetic fragrance, that stuff generally referred to as parfum. Parfum is basically an elegant name given to a cocktail of toxic chemicals. The blend of chemicals is a “trade secret,” very convenient excuse.
Essential oils and incense are a much more pleasant scent for some people, and some true essential oils are actually good for you.
6. Conventional cleaners
You really need that many chemicals to clean up a specific type of spill? Despite the fact that regular soap and water works better, and some carcinogens are also present in certain soaps, people feel the need to fill up entire shelves with different toxic cleaning products.
One study from Norway recently found that women who use cleaning sprays have the lungs of somebody who smokes multiple cigarettes every day.
The warning labels openly say they are dangerous, sometimes even corrosive. It’s obviously not good to breathe these fumes. Some common chemicals found within household cleaning products include 2-BE, which causes reproductive problems, and ammonia is associated with liver and kidney damage. The coal tar dyes within cleaning products also are known to cause cancer and harm the nervous system, according to the David Suzuki Foundation.
It is absolutely no joke that fluoride in toothpaste causes cancer, and fluoride has been proven to cause cancer.
Fluoride is absorbed sublingually, from the potent veins beneath a person’s tongue, when they let toothpaste sit there for a second. For a long time, fluoride has been proven to be toxic, with longterm ingestion of the toxin being linked to brain, bone, and heart issues among several others.
The story of Fluoride’s origin is in fact one that goes to show how a lot of things that are actually bad for us came to be. Sometimes one person lies, and the lie continues to live on.
8. Canned goods
Did you know that several canned goods are lined with BPA on the inside? If the can doesn’t specifically say BPA-free, you can bet there’s probably BPA right inside whatever you’re eating.
An organization called EWG conducted some analysis to help people know which brands used BPA, if the information isn’t by now outdated, in 2014. The analysis was conducted on 252 canned food brands, and these are the 78 brands they found were selling cans coated with BPA-based epoxy lining, for all their products.
Unfortunately despite how good it can feel to keep your hands clean, whether it’s hand soap, dish soap, or body wash, most conventional soaps are packed with a wide array of toxic chemicals.
Triclosan is one potential carcinogen contained in antibacterial soaps. They also of course often contain parfum or fragrance that is toxic.
10. Laundry detergent
Laundry detergent is actually some really toxic stuff for the most part, and so are dryer sheets. Detergents often contain phosphorus, ammonia, certain enzymes, naphthalene, sodium nitilotriacetate, phenol and other things known to cause itchiness, dryness, rashes and sinus problems.
The chemicals are extremely easily absorbed through the skin, from bed sheets, clothes, whatever you wash. It’s best to choose something natural.
11. Baby powder
Baby powder, talcum, is actually similar to asbestos and the stuff is so incredibly toxic, the pharmaceutical corporation Johnson & Johnson was sued for $70 million because their baby powder caused a woman’s ovarian cancer. Now, they have been ordered to pay a whopping $4.7 billion.
Talc in its natural form actually does contain asbestos, and it can cause cancer. The talcum powder that is baby powder is not very far removed from that at all.