This “weak” science about breast cancer could save your life

October 10, 2010
Volume 07    |   Issue 41

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. Fortunately, we women are now more aware than ever before of the many risks associated with this dreaded disease. But doing something about it is a different story. Too many women are focused on treatment. Many of the fund-raisers for breast cancer are for expensive treatments. We need to pay more attention to prevention. And I’ve got a very easy — and inexpensive — way for you to prevent breast cancer.

My regular readers know my mantra for prevention is: “Show me the studies.” I want everything I write about to have strong, sound science backing it up. However, there are times when you shouldn’t wait for the science. When the solutions are so easy — and make great sense anyway — why wait for the science?

In this case, a rather weak study showed that a very simple change in your life could prevent cancer. Because the study was not the kind of research that usually carries weight with me, I don’t know if it’s accurate. But if it is, making this change could significantly lower your risk of breast cancer.

For this study, researchers contacted more than 1,500 women by phone and asked about their use of cleaning products. Half of these women already had breast cancer. Here’s what they found: The women who reported the greatest use of cleaning products had twice the risk of breast cancer than those with the lowest use. Products used for mold and mildew control, air fresheners, and insect repellants all appeared to increase the risk for breast cancer.

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Why is this a weak study? Because it’s simply a phone interview. There’s no way to know for certain if these women recalled their chemical use accurately. It’s very possible that many of them with breast cancer had thought more about why they contracted the disease. They may have remembered using cleaning products more accurately. Or they may have over-estimated their use. It’s hard to say from this observational study. Obviously, we need more accurate information to say for sure.

But don’t wait for a more definitive study. If this initial study is accurate, you could cut your risk of breast cancer significantly by making very simple changes. If it’s not accurate, you can still save a lot of money — and probably prevent other health problems related to these chemicals.

For instance, using vinegar and water instead of a commercial cleaner, might cut your risk of breast cancer, but it will definitely save you a lot of money. And your bathrooms will be just as clean. Vinegar and water is a great combination for every-day cleaning. It’s great for soap scum, dirt, and sanitizing.

You can eliminate molds and mildew with a solution of two tablespoons of tea tree oil in two cups of water. Spray it on and let it sit for 30 minutes. Then wipe it off.

You can make a lot of safe and effective cleaners at a fraction of the price of commercial products. But what if you don’t want to make your own non-toxic cleaners? That’s no longer a problem. Many products already exist in your grocery store.

For more information on safe cleaners and why it’s smart to switch over to them, pick up a copy of Naturally Clean (Hollender and Davis, New Society, 2005), which is available at any bookstore.

And while you’re eliminating the chemicals from your home, remove the residues trapped in your body as well. You can do this easily with PectaSol Chelation Complex.

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Ami R. Zota, Ann Aschengrau, Ruthann A. Rudel and Julia Green Brody. Self-reported chemicals exposure, beliefs about disease causation, and risk of breast cancer in the Cape Cod Breast Cancer and Environment Study: a case-control study. Environmental Health, 2010.

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