In my latest blog, I reported on the top holistic and
wellness news for May 2014. In this blog, I wanted to update you in the latest
news regarding how our environment affects our health in order to provide you
with knowledge and tools to optimize your well-being. I hope you find it
17 to Avoid
A paper in the journal of Environmental Health
Perspectives listed 17 chemicals for women to avoid because they have been
found to increase a women’s risk of breast cancer. These chemicals can be found
in the environment such as from diesel fumes, charred foods, cleaning solvents,
pharmaceuticals, personal care products, stain-resistant textiles, tobacco
smoke, and other exposures.
It’s best to reduce your exposures to harmful
substances and replace cleaning products and personal care products with
environmentally safe ones.
AFP. Study lists dangerous chemicals linked to breast
cancer. MSN.com. May 12, 2014.
Pesticides and Cancer
Another recent paper on how
pesticides harm health was released. It consisted of a systematic review and various
meta-analyses of epidemiologic research that explored the relationship between
non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) and occupational exposure to agricultural pesticide.
The paper showed associations to active ingredients and chemical groups of 21
pesticide chemical groups and 80 active ingredients using 44 papers. (See below on how to avoid pesticides).
Schinasi L, Leon ME.
Non-hodgkin lymphoma and occupational exposure to agricultural pesticide
chemical groups and active ingredients: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2014 Apr 23;11(4):4449-527. doi:
The 2014 Dirty Dozen List Released
The Huffington Post reports
on the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) latest release:
The Dirty Dozen, part of the EWG’s yearly Shopper’s
Guide to Pesticides in Produce, is compiled from U.S. Department of Agriculture
data on 48 fruits and veggies with pesticide residue data. About 65 percent of
the produce samples test positive.
That’s bad news for a few reasons: Pesticides have
been linked to developmental problems in children, and may act as carcinogens
or throw off the endocrine system, according to the U.S. Environmental
Click on the link below to
find a resource from the EWG to avoid the dirty dozen.
Klein, S. EWG’s Dirty Dozen Report Lists The Most
Pesticide-Heavy Fruits And Veggies Of 2014. HuffingtonPost.com. May 1, 2014.
in Your Breakfast Bowl?
According to Greenmedinfo.com, your breakfast cereal
may be more harmful to your health beyond the sugar and carb content than you
been estimated that mycotoxins infect around 25% of the world’s cereal crop.
Mycotoxins include over 300 toxic compounds produced when certain molds or
fungi infect crops. A new study shows that breakfast cereals can be a
significant source of these toxins.
Solution: Eat whole foods and consider making your own
breakfast cereal with organic, gluten-free oats or quinoa. You can also add
some cinnamon and ginger for blood sugar balancing, antioxidant, and
King, M. Deadly
Mycotoxins Found In Breakfast Cereals. GreenMedInfo.com. April 27, 2014.
Iqbal SZ et al, Assessment of
aflatoxins, ochratoxin A and zearalenone in breakfast cereals. Journal Food
Chem. 2014 Aug 15;157:257-62. doi: 10.1016/j.foodchem.2014.01.129. Epub 2014
Feb 19. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/24679779
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