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10 Dirtiest Places in Your Kitchen

May 4, 2017 by admin in Health News with 1 Comment

If you were asked to list the places in your house that you thought had the most germs, the first two places you might think of are the bathroom and the kitchen. It seems like those two locations can never stay clean long enough for you to actually enjoy all the cleaning you just did!

Well, you wouldn’t be wrong.

Studies have been done in an effort to find the germiest places in the house, and one study concluded that out of eight locations tested in the home, the kitchen held the top two dirtiest places!

It also found that those who clean with the intent of making their house “look clean, smell nice and remove germs” were micro-biologically unsuccessful in their efforts.

In other words, their homes were still bacteria laden even after a “good” clean.

In a 2011 study and a follow-up study in 2013, NSF International, an independent public health organization, performed tests in the kitchen to determine where disease-causing bacteria like E. coli, listeria, salmonella and staph, yeast, and mold spores were most likely to grow.

These germs can cause a variety of health issues from simple irritation for those with spore sensitivities to hospital-worthy health issues.

It is important to know where these nasty (and potentially harmful) bacteria are hiding in order for us to be aware of where we are missing when we clean. It is equally important to understand how to properly clean those areas so that the bacteria, yeast, mold, etc. are no longer present and growing.

Dirty Places In Your Kitchen

1. Kitchen Cloths/Sponges

Kitchen cloths/sponges ranked number one on the list of dirtiest places in the house in the study mentioned above. It was found that a whopping 86% contained moderate or heavy bacterial growth.

This isn’t very surprising since sponges are used on multiple surfaces and to clean dirty dishes while cloths are used to wipe hands and other potentially contaminated surfaces. The interaction with multiple surfaces can allow for a collection of contaminants.

After using cloths, make sure they are hung well to dry and wash them frequently (about every other day) in hot water so that any collected bacteria will be killed regularly.

To disinfect wet sponges, place them in the microwave and heat for one minute and then let dry in a ventilated holder. This should allow for a quick “zap” to kill any collected bacteria without requiring you to use a new sponge for each day.

2. Kitchen Faucets

Faucets seem like an unlikely culprit for bacterial growth, but if you think about how often you touch the faucet and handles after having come in contact with raw foods, it may not be so surprising. If multiple people regularly use the kitchen faucet, it is even more understandable that they could be a breeding ground for bacteria and an easy site for bacterial transfer.

An easy way to kill germs here would be to use a solution of water and bleach (while wearing gloves, of course!). Use one tablespoon of bleach combined with a quart of warm water to thoroughly clean your faucet.

3. Kitchen Sink

This one goes right along with the kitchen faucet. Even though your hands may not touch the inside of the sink very often, the transfer of germs from used dishes creates an area that is easily susceptible to contamination.If you rinse any meats or produce in the sink, this can also spread disgusting contaminants like fecal matter.

And, if you use your sponge to wipe down the sink, this can also transfer the bacteria that the sponge is holding or transfer the bacteria in the sink to the sponge which might then get used on other surfaces in the kitchen, further spreading contamination.

Clean the sink with the same solution you would use to clean the faucet. This should be done once a day allowing for thorough removal of contaminants.

Make sure the bleach mixture runs down the drain as well so that the insides of the pipes are cleaned too. NSF International recommends running any kitchen sink strainers through the dishwasher at least once a week as well.

4. Refrigerator

Door handle

With the amount of traffic that flows into the kitchen, specifically looking into the fridge for the perfect snack, it is no surprise that the door handle would carry large amounts of bacteria. E. coli, staph, salmonella, mold spores and yeast were all discovered on the door handle during an NSF study. Bacteria from foods handled during meal preparation can also be transferred to the fridge as prep foods are taken out and put back.

Using a disinfecting wipe, give the handle and the entire door a daily wipe-down to keep the germs at bay.

Rubber door seal

Even if you regularly clean your fridge, this is an easy area to overlook. NSF studies found that many door seals contained listeria.

Using a vinegar solution while cleaning the entire fridge, be sure to wipe down these seals and dry well with a towel to prevent mold and yeast growth.

Vegetable and meat storage bins

The bins that hold vegetables are very likely to become contaminated with bacteria, including salmonella, listeria, yeast and mold spores, that may be on raw produce. Because of this, and in spite of the fact that bacterial growth is slowed (but not killed) in colder temperatures,

it is crucial to clean these bins regularly and before new produce is placed in the bins.

The bin(s) that contain your deli meats and cheeses is less likely to contain as much bacteria as a vegetable drawer, but NSF studies still found an alarming number of E. coli and salmonella in this drawer.

Remove the bins from the fridge frequently, and clean them by placing and washing them in warm, soapy water. For disinfecting and removing any foul odors, soak the bins in water and baking soda. Allow the bins to air dry completely before placing them back in the refrigerator.

Water Dispenser

If your refrigerator has a water dispenser, you may be aware that it could grow mold because of the moist environment, but you may wonder how to effectively clean the area.

First, check the manufacturer instructions manual. This may have some useful disassembly tips to make the cleaning process easier. If not, or if you want to try a different cleaning method, cycle vinegar through the system (similar to cleaning the coffee pot).

Just make sure you run enough water through to remove the vinegar taste before drinking the water again (although vinegar is not harmful to the body so ingesting it will not pose a threat).

 

Appliances and other kitchen items

5. Coffee Pot

The coffee pot is an easy place to forget to clean well. According to a study performed by NSF, coffee pot reservoirs contained more bacteria, specifically mold and yeast, than a toilet seat.

Just the thought of drinking delicious coffee from a mold and yeast infested reservoir is enough to make any coffee drinker set their cup down for good.

Thankfully, that doesn’t need to be the case if you know how to effectively clean this commonly loved machine.

Most coffee pot manufacturers recommend an intense cleaning every 40 to 80 brew cycles, or about once a month.

To clean it without using any harsh chemicals, add up to four undiluted cups of vinegar into the water reservoir, allow it to sit for half an hour and then run the vinegar through the machine.

Rinse the vinegar out by running two or three cycles of fresh water through the coffee maker or until the vinegar odor is gone.

5. Stove Knobs

Every time you use the stove top, these knobs get used. While you probably think about

washing your hands before touching any food products for meal prep, you may not realize that touching these knobs with unwashed hands can transfer germs and bacteria as well. It is easy to forget to clean them on a regular basis, but is important to do if you use the stove regularly!

Refer to your stove’s instruction manual to determine how to remove the knobs. Remove them once a week and wash them in hot soapy water, allowing them to dry completely before putting them back onto your stove.

6. Can Opener

This may not seem like a likely candidate for germs, but when you are opening a variety of canned foods, germs on or in the cans can be easily spread. An NSF study found yeast, mold and traces of E. coli and salmonella.

Since you will likely already have a vinegar solution on hand for cleaning other kitchen surfaces, go ahead and use that mixture with a toothbrush to thoroughly clean your can opener (whether manual or electric).

If the can opener is particularly gross, soak the whole opener (if it is electric, read the manual for disassembly instructions) overnight in a bowl of vinegar, scrub with the toothbrush, rinse and let dry.

7. Salt and Pepper shakers

Because these tend to be used so frequently and, often, by many people, your salt and pepper shakers can be some of the more common mediums for transferring germs both to and from foods and people.

Make sure you wipe them down after each meal when they are used. This can be done easily when you wipe the table off after eating. For the prevention of spreading germs via these tabletop items, wash your hands before and after dinner as well.

8. Knife Block

Even though you probably do not touch your knife block regularly, even during meal preparation, NSF studies found that the knife block, specifically the slots used to hold the knives, can contain trace bacteria (such as yeast and mold spores). These bacteria are then transferred to your cleaned knives and then to the food you use those knives to cut.

Depending on the material from which your knife block is made, you may want to research the best cleaning instructions, but for most knife blocks, hot soapy water will do the trick.

Use a small cleaner to reach into the slots. After it has been scrubbed, it is recommended to dilute one tablespoon of bleach into a gallon of lukewarm water and either soak the entire block or fill each slot and let sit for one minute. Rinse the block and then allow to dry completely before placing the knives back into their slots.

 

9. Kitchen Countertops

Countertops are one of the most obvious locations for the spread of germs and bacteria. With all of the food preparation that occurs on the counter as well as the contact that is made with a host of other items, counters should be cleaned daily, if not multiple times per day.

Cleaning the countertops should involve more than just wiping a wet counter off with a paper towel. It is best to use a kitchen cleaner (at the least, hot, soapy water) once a day and to dry the counter with a microfiber cloth.

 

How often should you clean the kitchen?

Some routine times were mentioned for specific areas of the kitchen, but it is important to understand that cleaning these areas irregularly will not be enough to kill and keep away disease-causing bacteria, yeast and mold.

One study says that you must have a regular cleaning routine in order to effectively keep these germs away.

You can either follow the recommendations for each location in addition to a one-day-a-week deep clean of the kitchen or you could break up the cleaning by making a schedule of what items to clean on which days of the week. Either way, being diligent to do clean the kitchen thoroughly will provide a healthier environment in which to live.

 

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Is Your Doctor Manipulated by the Drug Companies?

April 30, 2017 by admin in Health News with 4 Comments

Have you ever walked into a doctor’s office with an ailment and left feeling like the only option you had to feel heal your health issue was some form of unnatural drug? Have you ever wondered if your aches and pains and diseases could be healed naturally?

If you could be healed through natural means, why wouldn’t every doctor you visit tell you those means first instead of just writing a prescription that could have harmful or even just uncomfortable side-effects?

Just like any machine that needs maintenance and proper care to function optimally, the human body needs the appropriate maintenance and care.

What does this care look like?

Proper nutrition.

The correct amounts of macro-nutrients (carbohydrates, fats, proteins and water) and micro-nutrients (vitamins and minerals) is essential for the body’s cells to work like they are supposed to work. This is why people who eat nutrient-dense foods have far fewer health chronic and acute health issues than people who eat a lot of processed foods.

Macro- and micro-nutrients don’t simply enter and leave our bodies—they are broken down and used to make our bodies function.

Oftentimes, when someone gets a disease (whether chronic or acute), breaks a bone, has headaches, etc., those health concerns can and will be healed more quickly when an appropriate and intentional nutrition plan is followed (sometimes in conjunction with traditional medicine if needed).

So that brings us back to the previous question…why don’t doctors first recommend a natural care plan and THEN prescriptions/other forms of care if necessary?

The pharmaceutical industry has collectively been called “Big Pharma” as a means of identifying the industry as a whole, and if you research how Big Pharma came into existence and the key players in this, some interesting information emerges.

Big Pharma’s History

Much of today’s pharmaceutical industry came about through the financial assistance of the Rockefeller Foundation in the early 1900s.

John Rockefeller, the foundation’s namesake, had a notorious reputation for being very snake-like in his business practices.

Using the foundation, he funded the research for the Flexner Report which inadvertently resulted in multiple medical schools closing or merging with others in an effort to standardize medical education.

While this sounds like a great idea (and granted, medical professionals should carry the same training for quality purposes), one of the results of the report was legislation that qualified only doctors trained in chemical pharmaceutical practices to be certified as “real” doctors. This very quickly shut down holistically-minded education.

Shortly before World War II, a German company called I.G. Farben was found to have very close workings with John Rockefeller and his foundation, as well as other companies of his.

I.G. Farben was one of the most well-known companies that performed human experimentation during World War II on those put into concentration camps making this union between an American company and this German company extremely unethical.

In fact, funding for these experiments came from a few other major players in the pharmaceutical field — German multinationals Bayer, Hoechst and BASF (all I.G. Farben executives). After World War II ended, the I.G. Farben executives (including others not listed above) responsible for heinous crimes against humanity were sentenced in the Nuremberg war crimes tribunal to only twelve years in prison. I.G. Farben’s corporate shares were then divided between the Rockefeller trust in the U.S. and Rothschild/J.P. Morgan in the United Kingdom.

Essentially, in exchange for receiving corporate shares, Nelson Rockefeller (John Rockefeller’s brother and business partner), who had become the Special Advisor of President Truman for Special Affairs, kept the executives from losing their lives.

Even worse, by 1963, one of the very men convicted of these “crimes against humanity” had become the chairman of the board at Bayer.

The United Nations, which had been formed in 1945 under the influence of the Rockefeller brothers, began a major move in the early 1960s to eliminate any competition to the patented drug business that lasted until nearly recently.

Their efforts were intended to reduce and eventually remove any vitamin therapies and other natural means of healing from as many U.N. countries as possible, thereby giving the Rockefellers and those they supported a monopoly on the healthcare industry.

There are many other companies that came about before and during this time of pharmaceutical battles including Pfizer, Eli Lilly, Sanofi,Merck and others.

Each of these also has a financial hold on today’s medical industry making it easy to understand why the idea of using patented drugs as a response to treating illness is taught in place of utilizing nutrition as a means of preventing and treating illness.

 

Present Day Medical Education

Because of the U.S. legislation resulting from the Flexner Report and the financial contributions to major medical schools, most medical universities are no longer providing adequate nutritional training.

One study indicated that the quality of nutritional training at medical schools depended heavily on an individual teacher’s commitment to nutrition education.

In this same study, students from those schools discussed their disappointment with the lack of nutritional training. Even students from Harvard Medical School who have joined the American Medical Student Association have expressed their frustrations and concern over the fact that the pharmaceutical industry and its promoters are focused on encouraging these money-making drugs without truly discussing the potential dangers of them.

In fact, many faculty members at Harvard Medical School, including the previous dean, were and are paid by various drug companies for not only promoting those companies’ drugs, but for also sitting as those drug companies’ board members.

Sadly, this happens at many big-name medical universities, giving money-hungry drug companies another means of controlling what is taught, and therefore controlling what recommended to patients.

While it is important for doctors to be educated on the pharmaceutical aspect of the medical industry, it should be just as important for their education to also focus on the importance of nutrition.

Unfortunately, those who go through medical school without questioning what they are being taught will be the same ones who become, knowingly or not, controlled by the pharmaceutical companies as working professionals.

 

Big Pharma’s influence over Practicing Medical Professionals

As if drug company influence over the medical education system weren’t enough, a study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute clearly reveals that Pharma has major influence over currently practicing health professionals as well.

Financial pressure to recommend new drugs over cheaper, established ones (and established drugs over natural healing methods) comes in the form of free drug samples, drug-company-paid CME (continuing medical education) training, free conference trips and other financial incentives.

While the alarming increase in financial incentives has made some doctors wary, most medical doctors welcome the “advancing technology” and its financial benefits.

It’s important to understand a little more about CMEs before moving on to the next topic.

These CME credits are the means by which a doctor keeps his or her license to practice. They must accumulate a certain number of CMEs within a certain time-period to show that they are keeping up with the current medical trends.

In the past (and somewhat in today’s society), CMEs were obtained primarily by subscribing to and reading through a print journal, filling out a quiz in the back of that journal, and sending the quiz in to the appropriate crediting agency who would then send you a certificate noting how many CMEs you received.

Conferences also give doctors a relatively large number of CMEs at once, but travel costs are rising and many doctors are seeking a more convenient way to earn their CMEs—through the internet.

This makes sense since everything today seems to be internet-based, but it can quickly become a downward spiral of information promoted by whoever invests the most money in an effort to make the most money, namely, pharmaceutical companies.

Web-based companies who may offer CME courses are sometimes called Medical Communication Companies (MCCs).

Some of the most well-known ones are Medscape and WebMD, but there are also some that only physicians have access to, like Postgraduate Institute for Medicine, Network for Continuing Medical Education, and others.

Major pharmaceutical companies will pour grant money into these MCCs (like, a whopping 26% of the total grant money from the top 14 pharmaceutical companies in 2010) with the intent to “educate and communicate” with physicians.

If pharmaceutical companies are the ones “educating and communicating” with your healthcare providers, what do you think your healthcare provider is going to recommend to you for your specific illness or ailment?

That’s right…the drug (or the drug’s chemical name) they have been told will cure your illness, not a safe, natural, and often easy remedy.

This definitely seems to be a major conflict of interest.

The scariest part is that unless doctors already have some idea of what is happening (i.e. the way Big Pharma is controlling them), they may not ever question what they are paying to be told!

 

A shift in the system

Thankfully, more rising (and practicing) healthcare professionals are seeing the need for a return of serious natural and nutritional education in the modern healthcare system.

Events that highlight the superior healing power of micro-nutrients like one doctor’s discovery of Vitamin C’s ability to heal sepsis really shine the light on the need for this kind of training and research.

We can expect to see great resistance from Big Pharma to this change in mentality, but if an increasing number of health professionals take a stand, this overreaching industry will have no choice but to step back.

Now that you know how the Big Pharma influence your doctors, you can learn more about using alternative medicine, diet and nutrition to heal your body instead. Many diseases and illnesses can be heal by natural herbal medicine, alternative medicine or even diet.

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9 Amazing Uses of Castor Oil

April 26, 2017 by admin in Health News with 17 Comments

You may have seen it used cartoons as a gag or prank. Maybe you’ve seen it used as a prop the in movies– those large glass pharmaceutical bottles with the fancy writing. Perhaps you’re one of the unfortunate ones that have experienced its effects firsthand as a punishment from your parents.

The infamous viscous liquid known as castor oil has been used for millennia for both its pleasant and unpleasant effects. If you’re part of the crowd that hasn’t heard of castor oil yet, don’t worry, you’ll be sure to learn more about here.

 

What can you use it for?

If you set aside the ill effects of consuming too much castor oil for a minute, you will see just how many different ways it can benefit your life. Not only does castor oil have many positive effects on health, it can be used in a variety of ways outside of the body.

Read on to discover some of the practical uses of castor oil in everyday life.

Constipation

Using castor oil to treat constipation is perhaps what it’s most popular for. This comes to no surprise, considering its quick and thorough effectiveness at clearing the bowels. A study shows ingesting castor oil triggers a response in the small intestines.

More specifically, the ricinoleic acid (a fatty acid) in castor oil stimulates muscles in this part of the digestive system, which in turn induces a bowel movement.

Expect the laxative effect to work in as little as two hours. Adults should take doses of one to two tablespoons. Children should take doses of one to two teaspoons. It is recommended to mix the castor oil with another liquid such as apple juice or orange juice to mask the unpleasant flavor and texture.

Dry, cracked, or scratched skin

The high levels of vitamin E in castor oil make it an excellent remedy for all sorts of skin ailments. For dry, cracked, or scratched skin, massage a small amount of castor oil into the affected area to benefit from its healing and hydrating effects.

Sunburn

Don’t be afraid to apply a generous amount to your skin if you’ve suffered sunburn. The anti-inflammatory effects of vitamin E, which are contained in the castor oil, will soothe sunburned skin. The oil’s hydrating effects will also keep skin from drying out and peeling.

Ringworm

Castor oil has anti-fungal properties which assists in treating conditions such as ringworm. Rub a small amount of castor oil (with a cotton ball or q-tip to avoid spreading) onto the affected area. Repeat this as many times as needed until the condition clears up.

 

Acne

Last but not least, the antibacterial effects of castor oil make it a valuable remedy against pimples, zits, and blackheads. Castor oil’s antibacterial effects help in combating acne, since it is partially caused by bacteria aggravating the pores.

Hair

Another great way to benefit from this oil topically is by applying it to your hair and scalp. Since castor oil has properties that lock in moisture, it will help prevent your hair from splitting, and keep your scalp from drying out. Work in a small amount of the oil into your hair and scalp. Apply as needed. Castor oil has been shown to promote hair growth too, so don’t be surprised if you notice that you’ve grown more healthy, moisturized hair!

 

Aches and pains

Muscles

As with other popular oils, castor oil is used in massages. Apply as much as needed. If desired, mix with other essential oils such as peppermint or eucalyptus for additional cooling effects. The increased blood flow (as a result from the massage) helps to speed up recovery for sore and tired muscles.

Joints

In a 2011 clinical trial, castor oil was studied as part of a treatment program for 73 patients with rheumatoid arthritis. The patients were given 30 to 40 ml of castor oil with hot water. The patients experienced an improvement by more than 50% in their joints and joint stiffness decreased by over 48%.

To reduce arthritic pain or joint stiffness, simply massage the problematic areas with castor oil. You can leave the oil on your skin overnight for better effectiveness.

Lubrication

Like other oils, castor oil is also effective in lubricating miscellaneous objects with hinges, and/or other moving parts. Some examples include: door hinges, scissors, and hair clippers.

Two different types of castor oil

The two main different types of castor oil are: pure castor oil, and Jamaican black castor oil. The difference between the two lies in the type of processing that the castor bean undergoes.

Plain castor oil is made using a process called cold-pressing. This means the raw castor beans are pressed until the oils are extracted – without the use of heat. This results in a more transparent, and pure product.

In Jamaican black castor oil, the castor beans are first roasted (like coffee) before the oil is extracted. Like the name suggests, Jamaican black castor oil is ashy in color, and typically has a higher pH level (lower acidity).

Side effects & precautions

Diarrhea

It is well known that taking too much castor oil may cause problems. The main side effect to be mindful of when using castor oil is diarrhea, after ingesting for constipation relief. Consuming too much castor oil may cause this, and will possibly result in dehydration.

Skin irritation

If you plan on using castor oil on your body and hair, first test a small area to confirm that it will not cause any irritation. If irritation occurs, be sure to stop using on the skin and hair to avoid further problems.

Pregnancy

If you are in the late stages of pregnancy, it is NOT advisable to consume castor oil. It has been shown that castor oil may induce labor and/or contractions in pregnant women, in addition to diarrhea (and dehydration). It is considered unsafe for both the mother and the unborn baby to be under these conditions. Be sure to talk to a doctor if you have any questions about using castor oil while pregnant.

Not all oils are created equal

At first glance, oils seem to basically serve the same purposes in cooking, skincare, and miscellaneous uses. Similarities aside, castor oil is by far the most effective oil when it comes to treating constipation and maintaining regular bowel movements. For this reason alone, you may want to consider it as a valuable remedy to have around the house. As a reminder, you can also use it for a variety of reasons to benefit your skin and general wellbeing.

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The Truth About Chemotherapy

April 21, 2017 by admin in Health News with 13 Comments

Chemotherapy is usually the first treatment option that enters the minds of those who are diagnosed with cancer as it has become the normal response to a cancer diagnoses. It is one of the traditional responses to cancer in today’s modern medicine, but is it actually the best option to treat cancer?

What actually happens to the body when it undergoes such a strenuous chemical attack?

Are there more natural alternatives that could be just as effective?

History of Chemotherapy

Let’s begin by understanding the history behind chemotherapy. In World War I, many soldiers were killed or injured by a chemical gas known as mustard gas. Mustard gas is absorbed through the skin so gas masks were useless against this deadly weapon.

After WWI ended, thousands had died from or been crippled by mustard gas. As World War II began to approach, the Allies were fearful of more chemical attacks so they began to look into the creation of antidotes.

While researching the medical records of those who had been affected in WWI, the researchers saw that those men had decreased immune cell counts. They theorized that if mustard gas could kill healthy cells, it could also kill cancerous cells.

After successfully using nitrogen mustard (the compound used to make mustard gas) in animal trials, they received approval for their first human test.

A man known as J.D., who had severe lymphoma that prevented him from being able to swallow, sleep or even cross his arms because of the sizes of the tumors, became the first successful human test subject. Unfortunately, he died only six months later, but his story became the starting point for today’s modern chemotherapy treatments.
After WWII ended, UK chemist Professor Alexander Haddow began working with nitrogen mustard in an attempt to make it less toxic and more focused on its ability to kill cancer cells.

He was able to successfully tinker with the compound in such a way that revealed the characteristics necessary for preventing the growth of tumors in rats.

Years of development and study have molded Haddow’s work into the chemotherapy treatments used today.

Survival Statistics

Now that we understand its beginnings, it is important to take a look at the survival statistics as provided by the Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA).

The website provides statistics from the CTCA’s database and the National Cancer Institute’s Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) Program database, and they cover various types of cancers diagnosed between the years 2000 and 2013.

The following survival rates range from six months to five years after diagnosis based on the type of cancer from the SEER database (this database includes national results from a large number of institutions).

Some of these numbers are encouraging and others are challenging to acknowledge, but there are ways to fight cancer to give yourself or your loved one the best chance to survive this horrible disease.

As seen in the chart above, some of the cancers have higher survival rates than others, but did you know that the risk of getting a second cancer is still high after surviving the first round of cancer?

According to one holistic cancer strategist and breast cancer survivor, the connection between chemotherapy and the risk of developing a second cancer is not new information to the medical community.

The American Cancer Society has recognized that chemotherapy is a carcinogen that could lead to a second cancer after its use with the risk being even higher if chemotherapy and radiation are used together.

The most common “second cancers” associated with the use of chemotherapy and radiation are acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) and myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS).

Chemotherapy Ingredients

What specifically is in chemo that can cause a second type of cancer in the body? There are several types of chemotherapy agents that are used. They are commonly grouped according to their chemical structure.

Alkylating agents are drugs that prevent DNA replication in cells. They do this by binding to the DNA. The goal is to limit the cell’s ability to reproduce, and therefore, limit the growth of the cancer. Some of the most common examples of this type of drug includes mechlorethamine, cyclophosphamide, and ifosfamide.

Platinum-based drugs utilize platinum to interfere with the cellular process leading to cell death. Cisplatin, carboplatin and oxaliplatin are the traditional platinum-based chemotherapy drugs. According to one study, one of the major issues with this type of chemotherapy is tumor resistance. In addition to the high potential of resistance to platinum-based agents, the risk of developing leukemia greatly increases with increased use and when combined with radiation.

Topoisomerase inhibitors are drugs that prevent topoisomerases (enzymes that help separate DNA strands for replication) from performing separation. Topoisomerase II inhibitors including Etoposide and Teniposide can greatly increase the risk of leukemia as early as 2 to 3 years after it is given.

Mitotic inhibitors are plant-based derivatives that keep cells from dividing by stopping the production of the proteins necessary for cell reproduction. Examples include Docetaxel, Estramustine, Ixabepilone and others. Unfortunately, these agents can cause nerve damamge so they must be limited when used.

Corticosteroids (steroids) are commonly used for a variety of treatments apart from chemotherapy, but may also be used in cancer treatment. They are hormone-based drugs and may have familiar names—prednisone, methylprednisolone and dexamethasone. Oftentimes, steroids are specifically used to prevent nausea, vomiting and allergic reactions.

The greatest problem with using these drugs for the treatment of cancer is the fact that they are unable to differentiate between cancer cells and healthy cells.

If the chemotherapy drug is successfully altering or killing cancer cells, it is also successfully altering or killing healthy cells that are vital to recovery and healing.

One study indicated that the risk of developing leukemia after the use of chemotherapy and radiation to treat early-stage breast cancer in a large group of women was actually twice as high as had been previously reported.

Alternatives to Chemotherapy

The risk in using chemotherapy for treatment of cancer is evident, but what other alternatives are out there?
First, it is important to seek out the opinions of more than one doctor. Cancer treatment plans should really be individualized and include less-intense therapies combined with nutritional plans.

Targeted therapies focus on determining what pathways made the cancer like it is. The process specifically identifies which pathways to block and uses treatments to target and inhibit only those pathways.

This reduces the side-effects to little or none (i.e. a skin rash versus pneumonia) and shortens the length of time that a side-effect may occur (i.e. the length of the treatment versus the development of a second cancer ten years later). Some targeted therapies that have been approved for use by the FDA include:

Hormone therapies — prevents or interferes with the production of specific hormones. These have been approved for breast and prostate cancers.

Gene expression modulators — modify gene expression

Immunotherapy — specifically utilizes the immune system to target cancer cells

Apoptosis inducers — cause cancer cells to go through the apoptosis process

Angiogenesis inhibitors — used to block the growth of blood vessels to tumors

Monoclonal antibodies that deliver toxic molecules — uses antibodies that target specific cells (cancer cells). Once attached, it releases a chemical that kills the cell without attacking normal cells.

Nutrition also plays a huge role in the successful treatment of and recovery from cancer. Utilizing a nutritionist or holistic doctor who has experience treating cancer can speed the treatment and recovery processes by boosting the immune system and “starving” the cancer cells (through eliminating sugar intake).

Taking nutrients like Beta Glucan can help to boost your immune system tremendously.

Many studies have been performed that show the significant impact that specific nutrition choices while enduring cancer can have during the treatment and healing processes.

Chemotherapy is a harsh process that can take a significant toll on the body not only immediately, but also for years after. Not only can it cause serious health issues, but it can also be the source of a second cancer years after the first cancer. Alternative options should be considered just as or even more seriously as the initial route to healing a cancer as they can be just as effective with fewer and less intense short- and long-term side-effects.

 

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Which Plastic Packaging Is Toxic? Plastic Numbers

April 16, 2017 by admin in Health News with 5 Comments

The use of glass may be making a comeback when it comes to common kitchen items like cups and storage containers, but there is no denying the ubiquity of plastics in everyday consumer goods. Pre-packaged foods, soda bottles, milk cartons, and shower curtains.

These are a few of the many objects where one will find the use of plastic. Its popularity is no surprise, considering its inexpensiveness and resiliency. While some plastics are generally safe, there are negative health effects associated with this durable material.

Now let’s take a look at what the numbers on your plastic containers mean…

 

What Do Those Numbers Mean?

 

If you’ve ever used a plastic container– or any other product containing plastic, then I’m sure you’re familiar with the small “recycle” symbol located on it. The symbol almost always has a number in it. This is the number we’re looking for. Why?, you might ask.

Well, this number is known as the resin identification code (RIC). The RIC is a number ranging from one to seven, that tells us the type of plastic we’re dealing with. Once we know the RIC for a given plastic, we can further investigate the properties and other important information about it.

 

The Seven Different Plastics

Plastic #1:  POLYETHYLENE TEREPHTHALATE (PET)

Where is it Found?

Some common products that use PET plastic:

  • Bottled water & soda
  • Peanut butter containers
  • Ketchup bottles
  • Most clear plastic containers for foods, condiments, and cleaning detergents

Is it Safe?

In the past, PET was considered safe; however, research conducted on products using PET containers shows evidence of the element antimony present in the products tested. This implies that it seeped into the product over time.

Though the element antimony is considered safe in small amounts according to the US Environmental Protection Agency, there may still be a cause for concern.

Under some conditions (such as leaving the plastic out in very hot weather), the leaching occurs more rapidly, which results in slightly higher levels of antimony in the product.

 

While the effects of antimony in small amounts are considered virtually harmless, larger amounts may cause stomach irritation, vomiting, and diarrhea. The levels of antimony that leach into plastic under recommended usage are not high enough to cause any ill effects. Overall, this plastic is safe to use, granted it is not exposed to very hot temperatures or stored for prolonged periods of time.

 

 Recyclability

PET is an easily recyclable plastic that is reformed or repurposed into products such as carpets, jackets, and filling for sleeping bags.

 

Plastic #2: HIGH DENSITY POLYETHYLENE (HDPE)

Where is it Found?

You will likely find HDPE plastic in:

  • Milk & water jugs
  • Laundry detergent containers
  • Motor oil containers
  • Shampoo bottles

Is it Safe?

HDPE is relatively safe. Like PET, this plastic can potentially release harmful materials into the product being consumed. These problems appear to arise more when the plastic undergoes everyday stress– for example, exposure to UV rays (sunlight). In one study, exposure to UV light showed an increase in chemicals that have estrogenic activity (EA) in HDPE containers. Plastics #4 and #5 also show evidence of this.

Recyclability

HDPE plastic is typically recycled into new containers of a similar type as listed above (e.g. milk jugs, motor oil containers).

 

Plastic #3: PLASTIC #3 – (PVC OR V)

Where is it Found?

PVC or Vinyl are found in products such as:

  • Vinyl siding
  • PVC pipes
  • Shower curtains
  • Shrink wrap

Is it Safe?

PVC is considered a harmful plastic, which explains why it is not used very much, if at all for consumer goods. Exposure to this plastic could occur at home if you have vinyl flooring, vinyl shower curtains, PVC piping, or anything else containing PVC or vinyl. The health problems come into play moreso if you’re exposed to this plastic during its creation, disposal, or destruction.

Since PVC has high levels of chlorine, it releases a set of byproducts known as dioxins that cause harm. These dioxins are released into the air and / or water when PVC is created, burned, or broken down. Exposure to Dioxins can potentially cause problems with reproductive health, and development in children.

 

More health concerns arise when cutting or breaking PVC products. The cutting or breaking of PVC can create dust. Exposure to the dust of this PVC may cause asthma-like symptoms, and other respiratory issues.

It is important to wear a mask when exposing yourself to prevent inhalation. In short, it is best to avoid being around PVC when it is manufactured, burned, or broken apart.

 

Recyclability

Since harmful chemicals are released during disposal, recycling of PVC is not common.

 

Plastic #4:  LOW DENSITY POLYETHELENE (LDPE)

Where is it Found?

You’ll find this very thin and flexible plastic in items like:

  • Bread bags
  • Frozen food bags
  • Grocery bags
  • Plastic wraps

Is it Safe?

A relatively safe plastic, but not totally health proof. Under a study where LDPE plastic was put under UV light, the increase of a chemical that increases estrogenic activity (EA) was detected. The implications of such a chemical are not completely clear, as there is more research to be done.

It is still important to take precautions when dealing with any kind of plastic, as more and more research is revealing the harmful effects of plastic.

 

Recyclability

LDPE is usually not recycled.

 

Plastic #5: POLYPROPYLENE (PP)

Where is it Found?

Polypropylene is found in objects like:

  • Yogurt containers
  • Syrup containers
  • Disposable diapers
  • Disposable straws

Is it Safe?

Polypropylene is considered a relatively safe plastic, but like LDPE and HDPE, there is some evidence of chemicals that increase estrogenic activity (EA) leaching into the containers. One study suggests that overexposure to EA can be the source of harmful health effects in mammals such as: early onset of puberty in females, reduced sperm count, and increased rates of cancer for reproductive organs.

Those most at risk for these effects are unborn babies, newborns, and young children. Be sure to look for plastic containers (especially for your young!) that are both BPA-free and EA-free.

Recyclability

Since items containing polypropylene are diverse, it makes recycling difficult. For this reason, it is not commonly recycled.

 

Plastic #6: POLYSTYRENE (PS)

Where is it Found?

Another common name for polystyrene is Styrofoam. Common objects made from this are:

  • Egg cartons
  • Styrofoam food containers
  • Building insulation
  • Packaging peanuts

Is it Safe?

Like the other relatively harmful plastics listed above, problems arise when the plastic starts to break down. The issue with polystyrene is that the chemical styrene can leach from it. Short term exposure to styrene can cause eye, nose, lung, and stomach irritation. Chronic exposure to styrene can cause more serious problems with the central nervous system in addition to: headache, depression, fatigue, weakness. It is best to avoid consumer products that use polystyrene– especially in cases where it will break down (e.g. microwaving food on a styrofoam plate). It would be wise to avoid this type of plastic when it comes to eating or drinking.

Recyclability

Polystyrene is not commonly recycled.

 

Plastic #7: MIXED (OTHER)

Where is it Found?

Since plastic #7 is not a specific type of plastic. It includes a wide variety of common objects.

  • Electronics
  • Lids
  • Clear plastic cutlery
  • Baby bottles

Is it Safe?

Because plastic #7 often contains a mix of plastics, it is difficult to know the health concerns associated with its use. One concern with using the mixed variety of plastic is knowing whether or not it contains bisphenol A (BPA). BPA is still undergoing much research, but it is established that fetuses, infants, and children are most at risk for the effects of BPA.

 

The most concerning health risk with exposure to BPA is developmental issues in the brain. This can cause a variety of other health and behavioral issues down the line. With this in mind, it is advised to avoid exposing unborn babies, infants, and children to BPA.

 

Again, opt for BPA-free and EA-free containers, which are relatively easy to find online and in supermarkets. The safest routes to take are to either avoid plastic #7 altogether (that aren’t BPA-free), or contact the manufacturer for the plastic item in question. While the second option isn’t very practical, it is a surefire way to know which type of plastic (or plastics) you’re using.

 

Recyclability

Since #7 plastics are usually a mix of different types of plastics, it makes practical recycling nearly impossible.

 

Now What?

Now that you know more about the different types of plastics all around, you can be more confident in knowing which ones are okay to use, and which ones to avoid. Plastics #1, #2, #4, and #5 are considered relatively safe. Plastics #3, #6, and #7 are more likely to cause harm to your health, and should be avoided whenever possible.

 

Last Minute Tips

Some easy tips to lower your risk of exposure to the harmful effects of plastic:

 

One of the easiest ways to lower risk is to only use the plastic one time. Plastic begins to degrade when it is exposed to stresses such as temperature and cleaning agents.

 

It is advised to store bottled water or other plastic-contained foodstuffs away from hot environments (e.g. car, garage). In PET containers (e.g. bottled water), leaching of the harmful element antimony has been shown to occur more rapidly under such hot conditions.

 

Avoid microwaving food in plastic containers. This has been shown to degrade the plastic material more quickly which may increase the transfer of harmful chemicals into foods or beverages.

 

Avoid exposing plastic to UV rays (sunlight). When the various plastics are put under stress such as UV light, the potential for degradation increases. More health risks come into play after plastic degrades..

 

Avoid washing plastics with harsh soaps. This is yet another way to increase the likelihood of degrading the plastic. If you must, use a soap that is less harsh.

 

Avoid boiling plastic. Although this may seem like a safe way to sterilize plastic, it increases the likelihood for the plastic to break down and release harmful chemicals.

 

Be sure to wear a proper mask if you must work with burning plastic fumes or plastic dust. Acute inhalation of plastic fumes, or plastic dust (especially PVC) may cause irritation to eyes, nose, lungs, and stomach.

 

Use safer alternatives to plastic whenever possible (glass, metal, wood, and bamboo). These alternatives might be more expensive, but consider it a healthy step on the way to lowering your risk to the potential harms of plastic.

 

Do you know some of these plastics can damage your digestive issues, protect your gut by avoiding the problematic plastics and follow the 3 digestive tips on the next page.

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