How unseen toxins in your home are linked to cancer


Do you ever think that you are more protected at home from harmful toxic exposure than you are outside? In fact, indoor air generally contains higher concentrations of toxins than outdoor air. Thus, our health and safety are dependent on the product choices we make. Most conventional products contain a fair share of harmful chemicals that affect your health.

Below are a list of the most common ones found indoors:


What are pesticides?

These are chemicals that are used to control a variety of agricultural pests that damage crops. Over 1 billion pesticides are used in the US each year. Pesticides can do a lot of damage to your health.

Health problems

Pesticides have been associated with increased risk of diabetes, cancer, autism, obesity, autoimmune diseases such as thyroid problems and Parkinson disease. Exposure to pesticides can even lead to infertility and birth defects. (1)

Where are pesticides found?

One of the most prevalent ways we are exposed to pesticides is through the fruits and vegetables we buy. The Environmental Working Group publishes a yearly list of fruits and vegetables with the highest levels of pesticide residue. The current top 12 are apples, celery, spinach, peaches, nectarines, grapes, lettuce, sweet bell pepper, cucumbers, potatoes, strawberries, and blueberries.

How to protect yourself

Make sure to buy organic fruits and vegetables. Organic food is grown without the use of pesticides.  If you can not afford organic, you must take several steps to protect yourself from the exposure when eating conventional food. One way is to wash vegetables and fruits as thoroughly as possible.  This will help get rid of some pesticide residue. A more effective way would be to peel the outer layer.

Phthalates and Polyvinyl chloride

What are phlalates and polyvinyl chloride?

Phthalates are colorless industrial chemicals most often used to manufacture polyvinyl chloride plastics. They are used as plastic softeners.

Where are they found?

Phthalates are commonly found in toys, household cleaners, cosmetics, personal care products, food packaging, furniture, carpet, shower curtains, plastic medical equipment, and even infant formula and baby food. Phthalates are also used as solvents in many cosmetics, hair sprays, deodorants, nail polishes and perfumes.

Health Problems

Phthalates have been associated with a number of serious health problems, including infertility, obesity, asthma, and allergies, as well as leiomyomas and breast cancer. (2) They are also  known as endocrine disruptors, which affect hormone systems.

How to protect yourself

The most obvious way is to  buy products without PVC content. A common way to know whether or not a product is made from PVC is to look for the number 3 or the letter V inside the recycle circle on the bottle. Many companies have also introduced phthalate-free toys and baby products. Additionally, if you buy cosmetics, make sure to check the ingredient label. The ingredients list may include them, or just mention only “fragrance,” which probably contains them. Alternatives to PVC at home would include natural materials such as wood, bamboo and metal.

Heavy Metals

What are heavy metals?

Heavy metals include any metallic chemical element that has a relatively high density and is toxic or poisonous at low concentrations. The most common heavy metals that we are exposed to are mercury, lead, and arsenic.

Where are they found?

Heavy metals can be found in drinking water, paints, pesticides, deodorants, and building materials. Food sources such as vegetables, grains, fruits, fish and shellfish can become contaminated with heavy metals through their surrounding soil and/or water.

Health problems

Exposure to these metals can lead to serious health consequences such as cancer, organ damage, nervous system damage, and autoimmune diseases. Additionally, it leads to diseases of the kidneys, circulatory system, and can cause fertility issues. (3)

How to protect yourself

The most important way is to install water filters.

Avoid products made with PFC, such as Teflon cookware. Stainless steel is my favorite.

Use cold water for cooking and making coffee, or tea.

Avoid lead-based paint.

These most common toxins found at home are a huge threat to your health and the health of your family. Avoid over exposure by any means possible. Your health is in your hands.