In this Issue:
Nine Ways to Avoid Environmental Carcinogens
Sundance Award-Winner "Gasland"
Green Superfood for Detoxifying
9 Ways to Protect Yourself
from Environmental Sources of Cancer
According to a new report from the President's Cancer Panel, environmental toxins play a significant role in the formation of cancer. Research studies have found that children are born with nearly 300 industrial chemicals, pesticides and contaminants that have been found to cause cancer in their bodies.
Four of every 10 Americans will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetimes, and two of every 10 will die from it. Beyond lifestyle changes that are known to make a difference - stopping smoking, reducing drinking, losing weight, exercising and eating right - there are other things you can do to reduce your risk.
Here are some simple ways you can reduce your exposure to potentially cancer-causing chemicals:
1. Filter your tap water.
2. Seal outdoor wooden decks and play sets. Those built before 2005 are likely coated with an arsenic pesticide.
3. Cut down on stain- and grease-proofing chemicals. Fluorochemicals such as Teflon and Scotchgard are used in stain repellants on carpets and fabrics and in greaseproof coatings for packaged and fast foods. To avoid them, avoid greasy packaged foods and optional stain treatments in the home.
4. Keep your sun exposure moderate. To protect your skin from the sun's cancer-causing ultraviolet (UV) radiation, seek shade, wear protective clothing and use a safe and effective sunscreen if you're going to be out in the sun for more than an hour or so. You shouldn't avoid the sun completely - it's your major source of vitamin D.
5. Cut down on meat and dairy products. Cancer-causing pollutants like dioxins and PCBs are present in higher concentrations in animal fat than in any plant food.
6. Eat organic produce. This will help cut your exposure to toxic herbicides and pesticides.
7. Cut your exposures to BPA. Bisphenol A (BPA) is a synthetic estrogen found in some hard plastic water bottles and canned foods. To avoid it, eat fewer canned foods, breast feed your baby or use powdered formula, and choose bottles and cans free of BPA.
8. Avoid carcinogens in cosmetics. Most major brands of personal care products contain chemicals suspected to cause cancer.
9. Read the warnings on all product labels. Some products list cancer risks on the package.
You can get more details and useful information at the Environmental Working Group website.
Sundance Award-Winner "Gasland"
Josh Fox lives on 20 acres of land in a remote corner of northeastern Pennsylvania, in the Delaware River watershed. One day, he received an offer in the mail from a large natural gas company of $100,000 for the rights to drill on his land. He could hardly believe his good fortune; it was almost like winning the lottery.
He did think it was wise to investigate any potential downsides, but found it impossible to get any information from the gas companies themselves. Government agencies had already approved the operations as environmentally safe, but there had been numerous reports of complaints from landowners in his state.
He decided to go on his own to another town an hour away where there was already several dozen gas wells in place, and talked to the landowners there. The shocking stories he heard from them led him to a cross-country odyssey where he discovered the truth about natural gas exploration and the devastating effect it has on the local water supplies. This became the focus of his award-winning documentary, "Gasland."
With the recent concern about the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of the Mexico, proponents of alternative fuels have pressed for more utilization of our natural gas supplies. As it turns out, the US is a virtual Saudi Arabia of natural gas.
Natural gas deposits
can be found in 34 states,
nearly half of the entire land mass
of the United States.
Since new legislation passed in 2005 exempting natural gas drilling from clean air and water regulations, drilling for natural gas has been booming. There's currently a full-speed-ahead approach to natural gas drilling going on all over the country, with the same lack of regulation that we've seen lead to disaster in the oil industry.
Is Natural Gas Really "Clean?" We've all heard the promotions for "clean" natural gas. Unfortunately, although natural gas may burn clean, drilling for it is anything but. It may be hard to believe, but...
Natural gas production has
the potential to produce environmental damage
that would make the current oil spill
seem miniscule in comparison.
"Gasland" is currently being shown on HBO. It's a film you don't want to miss, especially if you live in an area where there's natural gas reserves.
Green Superfood for Detoxifying
Chlorella is a single-celled fresh water algae which can arguably be called the world's most nutritious food; its range of health benefits are truly astounding. Chlorella has many significant and unique nutrients. It contains 58 percent highly digestible, complete vegetarian protein. It's also a superior source of chlorophyll, vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients.
One of the most important property of chlorella is its ability to help rid your body of toxic heavy metals, especially mercury. Mercury can damage your brain, central nervous system and kidneys, and is especially dangerous for children, fetuses, pregnant and nursing women.
Much of the mercury you're exposed to comes from eating fish. The larger the fish, the likelier they are to have high levels of mercury. Predatory fish such as tuna, swordfish, shark and mackerel have the highest mercury concentrations. Amalgam dental fillings are another major source of mercury exposure, as well as pollutants from coal-burning power plants.
Chronic Symptoms of Metal Toxicity
Heavy metals accumulate in your body over time, leading to chronic symptoms that you may not know the source of. These symptoms include:
Chlorella is so concentrated
- digestive problems
- aching joints
- poor blood sugar regulation
- female reproductive problems
that just one teaspoon has the nutritional value
of 3 servings of green leafy vegetables!
Unfortunately, the strong algae taste of chlorella makes it challenging to find an appetizing way to take it. I like to add it to my daily smoothie that includes almond milk, a frozen banana, two raw organic eggs or protein powder, and a tablespoon of chlorella combined in a blender. Bananas seem to blend well with chlorella and take the bitterness down a bit; just make sure you use very ripe ones.
For more information on this fantastic green superfood, visit these pages on my website:
Health Benefits of Chlorella
Nutritional Content of Chlorella
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