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3 Surprising Things in Your Life That May Be Causing Cancer


21549503_sWith all kinds of cancers on the rise this decade, most people are aware of the main things to stay away from, like the sun, or deep fried foods, or certain dangerous chemicals.

However, there are several lifestyle products or foods that are connected to cancer that we almost never think about. Perhaps it is time to take a deeper look into them. Here are a few things to watch out for that you never would have guessed.

Brown Rice
Wait, what? Brown rice is supposed to be one of the most healthy foods on the planet. Right? It is more nutritious than white rice, and most healthy eaters are likely to have brown rice as a pantry staple and to eat it fairly regularly.

Unfortunately, brown rice have been found to contain high levels of arsenic. This arsenic comes from the soil. Rice has an unusual ability to soak up arsenic from the soil or water more effectively than other plants. Arsenic is known to wreak havoc with the body’s DNA repair system, which puts you at higher risk of developing cancer because your DNA won’t be able to repair damage and mutations caused by cancer.

To lower the levels of arsenic in your brown rice, there are two things you can do: First, use a lot more water when you’re cooking it – a good rule of thumb is to use a water to rice ratio of 6 to 1. The excess water can be strained off, and hopefully, a lot of the arsenic with it. The second thing you can do is to rinse your rice very thoroughly before cooking it – make sure the rinse water is completely clear. This will also get rid of some arsenic. Last but not least, you may want to not eat brown rice every day.

Laundry Detergent
We all use it, several times a week. But none of us knew that using it could produce a potential carcinogen. While we need detergent to make our clothes clean, it may also leave behind a toxic chemical called 1,4-dioxane. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) discovered this chemical to be a byproduct of using laundry detergent in 2011. Unfortunately, this chemical can’t be found anywhere on labels because it is not an ingredient, but am impurity.

While 1,4-dioxane has not yet been established as a carcinogen for humans, in lab tests it has produced liver and nasal tumors in rats.

To avoid this chemical, use a more environmentally sound detergent, such as Clorox Green Works, or Charlie’s Soap. Your best bet is to learn how to decipher the labels. If you see any of the following words: polyethylene, polyethylene glocal, PEG, polyoxyethylene or any other words containing “eth” or “oxynol”, those point to 1,4 dioxane lurking inside.

Wrinkle-Free Clothes
Yes, wrinkle-free clothes. If that surprises you, think a little about could possibly be in these clothes that makes and keeps them wrinkle free. Turns out, manufacturers use formaldehyde to make these clothes wrinkle free. Formaldehyde has been shown to cause respiratory cancers, so it is a good idea to stay away from any exposure to it.

So it may be a good idea to avoid wrinkle free clothes and go back to the old fashioned iron. Another good tip to know is that the first time you wash a piece of wrinkle free clothing, it can get rid of the formaldehyde emissions by up to 60%. So always wash your wrinkle free clothes before wearing.





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