Friday, February 8, 2013
The Claim: According to article, no evidence has since emerged that either cyclamate, which is used in other countries, or saccharin causes cancer in humans, according to the National Cancer Institute. Although cyclamate is still banned, saccharin was taken off the government's list of possible carcinogens in 2000, the same year in which saccharin products shed the warning label. The sweetener aspartame has come under suspicion, but scientists have found no increased risk of cancer in humans.
Reality: The decision made by the former FDA Commissioner, Jere Goyan in 1980 upheld a ban set 11 years earlier that kept sodium cyclamate out of the country. Cyclamate is 30-50 times sweeter than sugar. It was not until the 1960s when controversy developed and several studies showed its toxicity later proving to cause cancer, and male reproductive effects.
Monsanto, the creator of Aspartame knows all about the dangers. They fund the American Diabetics Association, the Conference of the American College of Physicians and Congress. Many bills that have attempted to warn people about the dangers of aspartame have been killed off by the powerful drug and chemical lobbies, letting loose the hounds of disease and death on an unsuspecting public.
Before 1980 the FDA had refused to approve the use of aspartame. FDA toxicologist Dr. Adrian Gross testified to congress that aspartame caused tumors and brain cancer in lab animals and therefore violated the Delaney Amendment that forbids putting anything in food that is know to cause cancer. Aspartame also is blamed for the increase in diabetes as it not only can precipitate the disease but also stimulates and aggravates diabetic retinopathy and neuropathy, which, when interacting with insulin, can cause diabetics to go into convulsions.
The Claim: According to the American Dental Association, the evidence against mouthwash is weak simply because studies don't show, for example, that brands with higher alcohol content present a greater risk than those with lesser amounts.
Reality: Professor Michael McCulloch, chairman of the Australian Dental Association's therapeutics committee and associate professor of oral medicine at Melbourne University, said the alcohol in mouthwashes "increases the permeability of the mucosa" to carcinogens like nicotine. He added that a toxic breakdown product of alcohol called acetaldehyde that may accumulate in the oral cavity when swished around the mouth is also a carcinogen.
Prof McCullough said: "We see people with oral cancer who have no other risk factors than the use of alcohol-containing mouthwash...If you have a glass of wine, you tend to swallow it. With mouthwash you have a higher level of alcohol and spend longer swishing it around your mouth. The alcohol present in your mouth is turned into acetaldehyde."
The Claim: They point to a 2008 review of 15 clinical trials involving statins which cast doubt on the initial results; low LDL cholesterol levels, the reviewers found, were associated with cancer, whether or not participants were taking statins, suggesting that cholesterol levels, not the drugs, were to blame.
Reality: In 2007 researchers investigating the side effects of certain statins--lovastatin, simvastatin, pravastatin, fluvastatin, and atorvastatin--found that participants taking high doses were more likely to be diagnosed with various cancers, including those of the breast, colon, and prostate.
Presenting at the American College of Cardiology 2012 Scientific Sessions, an association was presented between serum cholesterol levels and cancer incidence which was first documented more than 30 years ago. A 2007 meta-analysis by Drs Alawi Alsheikh-Ali and Richard Karas (Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, MA) showed there was a "significant and linear relationship" between LDL levels achieved through statins and risk of new cancer cases. Another study published in 2008 by the same researchers showed a similar relationship between low LDL-cholesterol levels and incident cancer.
The Claim: The emphasis here was on a large study published in 2010, could neither confirm nor dismiss a connection between cell phones and cancer. Scientists tracked nearly 13,000 adults for a decade and found a slightly higher rate of one of four cancers--gliomas, a particularly aggressive variety of brain cancer--among frequent cell users. University of South Florida actually claimed that cell phone radiation protects against brain disorders rather than cause them.
Reality: Electromagnetic frequencies and radiation are emerging health problem of the 21st century. "Cells in the body react to EMFs as potentially harmful, just like to other environmental toxins, including heavy metals and toxic chemicals," said Martin Blank, PhD.
"Based on the existing science, many public health experts believe it is possible we will face an epidemic of cancers in the future resulting from uncontrolled use of cell phones and increased population exposure to WiFi and other wireless devices. Thus it is important that all of us, and especially children, restrict our use of cell phones, limit exposure to background levels of Wi-Fi, and that government and industry discover ways in which to allow use of wireless devices without such elevated risk of serious disease," said David Carpenter, MD.
"Radio frequency radiation and other forms of electromagnetic pollution are harmful at orders of magnitude well below existing guidelines," said Magda Havas, PhD.
Even the World Health Organization admitted they cause cancer and urged mobile phone owners to limit their use. The disturbing report marked the first time the WHO has linked mobiles with cancer, and follows earlier research linking just half an hour’s use a day with up to 40 percent higher odds of brain cancer.
ANTIPERSPIRANT AND DEODORANT
The Claim: This is one is fairly ridiculous. They claim little evidence indicates parabens may be harmful. A 2002 study of hundreds of women with and without breast cancer, found no sign the antiperspirants or deodorants upped cancer risk.
Reality: Chairman of the Cancer Prevention Coalition, Dr. Samuel Epstein, warned women that toxic ingredients in Avon Products and deodorants put users at risk and urged the National Cancer Institute to terminate affiliations.
Parabens are a chemical compound found in everyday toiletry products including moisturisers, make-up, shaving foam, tanning lotions, toothpaste AND deodorants. They are also present in processed meats such as sausages, pies and pastries along with other savoury snacks. They ARE proven carcinogenic. Simply because they have not been positively correlated as carcinogenic from actual deodorants, does not mean they are not toxic.
Parabens have been shown to stimulate the growth of breast cancer cells in laboratory tests and parabens have also been identified as possible causes of breast cancer. Parabens mimic the hormone estrogen, which is known to play a role in the development of breast cancers.
The Claim: It's unclear whether the chemicals used in current dyes cause cancer, according to the National Cancer Institute. Most evidence, however, does not support a link.
Reality: In 2008 researchers from the World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) suggested a hair dye-cancer connection after finding a pattern of bladder cancer in male hairdressers and barbers.
PPD is an aromatic compound with many industrial and cosmetic applications. The chemical is a common ingredient in permanent hair dye products, as well as dyes for fabrics, fur and dark makeup. PPD is also used in printing and photocopying inks, photo and lithograph developing chemicals, rubber products, Kevlar and oil, gasoline and grease products. It has many critics asking why the chemical has to be in hair dye at all when there are so many safer alternatives.
Some research shows that individuals who have a slow enzyme for breaking down arylamines (a compound found in hair dye that is absorbed through the skin) are more prone to developing bladder cancer than individuals with a fast enzyme. It has been suggested that the presence of arylamines in the bladder may increase the risk of developing bladder cancer.
TOXIC CHEMICALS ARE AFFECTING EVERY SYSTEM IN YOUR BODY
Toxic chemicals are invading every facet of our lives from our schools to our workplaces. They are gradually deteriorating every single system in our bodies and causing so many diseases, that it's now difficult to isolate exactly which chemicals are causing each disease. Here's a a small summary of major systems in the human body and the effect of common chemicals on each.
DEMENTIA: Lead increases the risk of dementia, a study in the U.S. Journal of Epidemiology found. The toxic metal was used in paint and plumbing pipes up to the Seventies and is still found in many British homes. Search direct.gov. uk for advice on dealing with lead paint. If you have lead pipes, consider replacing them, and always run the cold tap for a few minutes before using water for drinking or cooking, as lead leaches into water when it is left sitting.
AUTISM: Organophosphates are found in many agricultural pesticides and increase the risk of autism. A study in the journal Molecular Psychiatry identified three gene variants which make some people more susceptible to neural damage caused by organophosphates; exposure to residues could be contributing to the increase in autism, said the researchers.
DEVELOPMENTAL DELAY: Other neurotoxins (chemicals which harm the brain) include mercury and polychlorinated biphenyls or PCBs both found in seafood. Children of women who've eaten large amounts of contaminated fish may have lower IQs and difficulty concentrating. Initially the problem was isolated to larger fish such as tuna, marlin, shark and swordfish (which feed off other fish, adding to their toxic load), but the chemicals have also been found in sea bream, sea bass, turbot, halibut, rock salmon and brown crab meat. The Food Standards Agency advises children and women of child-bearing age to limit their intake of oily fish because these toxins accumulate in fats - the usual advice is to stick to just two portions a week.
FURRED-UP ARTERIES: Studies have shown that poor air quality contributes to heart disease. A U.S. study found that people with raised levels of PM2.5 particles, found in car fumes, are most likely to have atherosclerosis thickening of the arteries which contributes to heart disease. These particles are also found in homes in built-up areas, but you can reduce levels with frequent vacuuming.
HEART DISEASE: Bisphenol A (BPA), the ingredient used in plastic food and drink packaging, increases the risk of heart disease and diabetes, according to researchers at the Peninsula Medical School in Exeter. Look for the recycle signs on plastic bottles that's the place you are most likely to see the triangle with a 7 inside, which indicates the presence of BPAs and avoid the office water cooler.
CANCER: A number of studies have shown a link between breast cancer and phthalates genderbending chemicals widely used to soften plastics and stabilise fragrances. Although the plastics industry insists that they are safe, in 2005 European Union regulators banned their use in children's toys. However, phthalates are still widely used and can be found in shoes, shower curtains, plastic furniture, vinyl floor coverings and many other household goods.
There have been fears that deodorants can cause breast cancer.
Several small studies have found parabens and aluminium in breast tissue (both chemicals are commonly found in deodorants), and as these are known to mimic the female hormone oestrogen, which is linked to some tumours, researchers have suggested that there may be an association. However, large population studies have found no evidence to support the theory.
4. LUNGS & IMMUNE SYSTEM
ASTHMA: Bleach, window cleaner, furniture polish, air fresheners and carpet cleaners are all linked to asthma and wheezing, according to researchers at Bristol University. Their study of 14,000 children found those exposed to these everyday products increased the risk of persistent wheezing by the age of seven by 40 per cent. They also had slightly lower than normal lung function. Dr John Henderson, who led the study, said: 'This research points to direct effects of chemical exposure on lung development or irritation of the airways after birth.' Avoid products that come in a spray, as more of the product becomes airborne and is breathed in. The chlorine in swimming pools can also trigger asthma and lung damage. When chlorine interacts with sweat, skin cells and other proteins shed by swimmers, it creates harmful chloramines. Avoid pools where there is a strong smell of chlorine this indicates high levels of chloramines.
LOWERED IMMUNITY: Studies suggest that non-stick cookware, stain repellents and waterproof clothing, carpets and upholstery could affect our immunity. These everyday items contain agents called perfluorinated chemicals (perfluorooctanoic acid PFOA, Perfluorooctanesulfonamide PFOSA and perfluorooctane sulfonate PFOS). Animal studies have shown that large doses can damage the spleen, an important part of the immune system. CANCER: Exposure to agricultural pesticides increases the risk of lymphoma, a blood cancer associated with the immune system, by as much as 65 per cent.
5. DIGESTIVE SYSTEM & LIVER
DIABETES: Arsenic can cause digestive problems, diabetes and cancer. The poison is also associated with hearing loss and disorders of the nervous system.
In many parts of the world, water used to irrigate rice crops is contaminated with arsenic from natural and man-made sources.
A study by Professor Andrew Meharg of Aberdeen University found 10 per cent of rice sold in Britain has concentrations other countries consider dangerous.
His tests show basmati is the least likely to be contaminated.
LIVER CANCER: Animal studies have shown that polychlor inated biphenyls, or PCBs, increase the risk of liver cancer. PCBs were used in adhesives, paints and plastics until the Seventies. They have entered the food chain, and are commonly found in fish and seafood. They accumulate in lipids, so oily fish and the fish liver used to make some dietary supplements may contain worrying levels. Other tests have shown that old fluorescent lights may leak small amounts of PCBs.
6. BLADDER & KIDNEY
CANCER: When sodium nitrate is used to preserve bacon and other meats, it creates nitrosamines chemicals which have been linked to an increased risk of bladder cancer. You can reduce your exposure by switching to organic nitrate-free bacon.
Women who use permanent hair dyes at least once a month are up to three times more likely to develop bladder cancer, U.S. researchers have warned. According to the Cosmetic Toiletry & Perfumery Association: 'Hair colourants are among the most thoroughly studied products on the market, and studies to date have concluded that they are safe when used as directed.' But animal studies have shown that para-phenylenediamine, or PPD, a chemical found in many hair dyes, is linked to genetic damage and cancer. Minimise exposure by switching to a herbal dye or semi-permanent.
KIDNEY: Benzene, a chemical found in glues, paints, furniture wax and detergents, is particularly toxic to the kidneys. Studies have found that men who work with benzene are at increased risk of renal cancers, while animal studies have linked high levels to damage to the lungs, liver and brain. Depending on heat and light, benzene can also be formed in soft drinks when two otherwise harmless ingredients vitamin C and either sodium benzoate or potassium benzoate (both preservatives) are combined.
7. SEXUAL ORGANS
INFERTILITY: Could your armchair be preventing you from getting pregnant? Or is it the TV, laptop or carpet? They contain fire retardants known as PBDEs. Researchers at Berkeley University in California measured blood levels of PBDE in 200 women and found that those with the highest concentrations took longer to become pregnant.
DERMATITIS: The internet is afire with dire warnings that sodium lauryl sulphate a foaming agent used in toothpaste, shampoo, cosmetics and skin-care products causes cancer. This has been roundly dismissed by the American Cancer Society. However, a number of studies have shown that it is a skin irritant and can cause contact dermatitis. Ironically, one of the products it is commonly found in is aqueous cream, which a recent survey found nine out of ten GPs wrongly recommend for eczema. If you have sensitive skin, switch to a product like Dexeryl, an emollient that has no SLS and is free from lanolin and fragrance, which can also cause irritation.
Dave Mihalovic is a Naturopathic Doctor who specializes in vaccine research, cancer prevention and a natural approach to treatment.
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