Tuesday, March 22, 2016

National Poison Prevention Week

Today, I'm sharing something a little different than the norm. This week is National Poison Prevention Week and specifically, I want to focus on some hidden toxins in everyday products. National Poison Prevention week was designed to inform people of the dangers of various poisons and how to prevent poisoning. In 2016, our knowledge of these words (BPA, parabens, asbestos) are definitely more mainstream but there's still many items that I didn't realize posed potential threats. As a mom, I try to go the clean, natural route with our food, baby products, and cleaners. We steer clear of most processed foods, almost never use plastic water bottles, and use natural cleaners. There's always room for improvement and this infographic below lists some common dangers that we may not realize: 

As you can see, this infographic details the risks of various types of cancers that can develop from exposure to these toxins. Recently, a reader named Heather reached out to me and asked if I could help spread the word about mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer that if diagnosed in only 2500 - 3000 people in the United States each year.  Heather was diagnosed 10 years ago with mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is caused by the exposure to asbestos. Generally mesothelioma is a result of occupational exposure, but it can be diagnosed following environmental exposure as well.
Being proactive and avoiding cancer-related toxins in our home and ever day life is something that is even more important to me, now that I am a mom. Check labels, opt for items that are paraben free, BPA free and free of other toxins. Thanks for reading today, and special thanks to Heather for sharing her story with me. 

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