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Maximize Summer Fun and Minimize Cancer Risks

Summer danger_3202500746_71aef09d3b_mSummer is a wonderful season for just about everybody. We love to have fun! Whether you are on the beach to soak up some sun, taking a vacation trip with your family, enjoying playing with the kids outdoors, or barbecuing in your back yard, hidden hazards could take your joy away.

Raise your awareness of potential summer dangers

First, the acronym SAFETY can help you become aware of the following potential dangers:

Sunburn and sun over-exposure with its related risks
Allergies and infections (caused by insects, poison ivy, chiggers, etc.)
Food poisoning
Extreme heat, heat stroke, sitting in a hot car
Travel and roadway hazards
Youth-related risks (Children out of school are prone to outdoor accidents.)

6 Unforgettable tips that add to your summer fun!

Now, let’s revise the acronym SAFETY for 6 tips to prevent the above hazards.

Sunscreen SPF >15 to prevent sunburns, sun-retreat strategies to limit sun exposure
Avoid insect bites by using necessary bug sprays, without over-using insect repellents
Food safety procedures, from storing, cooking and clean water to hand-washing
Enough water to prevent dehydration, and little or no alcohol
Take responsibility for car maintenance, trip preparations, and road hazards.
Youngster’s supervision, babysitter instructions, and emergency readiness.

Being aware of these six kinds of hazards and being able to respond appropriately can help make summer a safe and enjoyable season.

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Make Every Day Earth Day

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To prevent cancer, it is essential to make small changes towards creating a healthy lifestyle by eating a balanced diet filled with healthy foods, exercising daily, maintaining a healthy weight, quitting smoking, limiting alcohol, and finding enjoyable ways to handle the stress in life.

Treating our environment friendly is equally important for reducing cancer risks. Earth day can serve as a reminder to raise awareness of environmental pollutants and toxins, which play a significant role in the cause of cancer. Keep informed on avoidable causes of cancer, particularly unknowing exposures to industrial carcinogens in air, water, the workplace, and in our larger community.

Treating the environment friendly is a synergy with cancer prevention, so let’s ensure a healthy environment for day-to-day living. A healthier environment leads to a healthier life.

What’s your thought on Earth Day?

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Plastics, Potentials, Protection

200px-Recycle001.svgCertain plastic containers and bottles have been linked to cancer risk. Several scientific studies have demonstrated that a biologically active chemical BPA (Bisphenol A) is released from polycarbonate bottles into the bottle content after simulated normal use. BPA can be released when the plastic item is washed, heated, and/or re-used. This impacts adults as well as children.

To protect yourself from serious health problems and cancer risks associated with exposure to BPA in plastic containers/bottles, we previously provided some information and tips in our website and blog. We offer more related topics for your interest:

Fist, get to know your plastics. The number inside the universal recycling symbol (with three chasing arrows) simply represents the type of plastic being used. For those curious, if you want to explore the chemical structures of these items, go here.

Second, be wise with plastics. Sort out what to use and what to avoid. Noticeably, research suggests that cancer is linked to plastic packaging. With spring cleaning upon us, put some effort into de-cluttering these potential health hazards.

Finally, protect the safety of others and the earth. There are different kinds of recycling symbols, and Recycling Symbols Made Easy has clearly illustrated them.

Caution: Not all plastics are recyclable. Please call your local municipal authority to find out what kind of items gets recycled. Cancer-causing particles can also be found in the air we breathe. Remember we are responsible for our environment.

What’s your thought on plastics?

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New 2010 Spring Cleaning Checklist

Pink Maglonia_130867807_415e2784d9_mSpring is fast approaching and with it, the need for spring cleaning. We get the job done by going room by room, closet by closet, putting winter clothes away, throwing away or donating what we feel we no longer need, and maybe doing a few extra chores. While it’s a tradition to follow the above agenda, this guide will not only help you freshen up your home, but also help you maximize physical and mental health benefits.

As you go through your home, taking the following measures helps reduce your risk to potential health hazards.

1. Eliminate household cleaners and pesticides as much as possible, because their ingredients contain cancer-causing chemicals (i.e., carcinogens). Although some toxic chemicals cause serious illnesses in addition to cancer, much of their long-term effects on human health remain unknown.

2. Go through all the plastic toys, food packaging, bottles, containers, supplies and materials, and toss those that are potentially harmful. Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastic often contains additives such as lead and phthalates. Phthalates have been linked to male reproductive problems and cancer. How do you know what to toss? One way you can tell if a product is made with PVC is to look for the number “3″ inside or the letter “V” underneath the universal recycling symbol. Remembering this little rhyme may also help: “4, 5, 1 and 2; all the rest are bad for you.”

3. Remove anything that has a strong chemical odor. For example, odor released from vinyl has a “chemical” smell to it.  Items like shower curtains and liners, placemats and table linens, packaging for personal or travel accessories often contains vinyl.

4. Get ride of any plastic container or bottle with the number 7 inside the universal recycling symbol on the bottom, because it most likely contains BPA. Also another rule of thumb is to recylce those items that are heavily scratched.

5. Don’t forget to eliminate other not-so-obvious items that contain BPA including:
- Useless or unusable CDs
- Expired credit cards or other plastics
- Recycled paper-made books or magazines
- Receipts printed from gas station machines or similar auto-machines that are not needed for your records.

6. Limit canned food. First, if it contains meat, processed meat may increase your cancer risk. Second, the lining of canned food contains BPA. So, reduce your intake of canned foods, eat fresh or frozen foods instead.

7. Eliminate the foods that contain high content of Trans Fats. They’re really bad for your heart and your body.

8. Check out the labels of personal care products (for example, nail polish). The FDA requires that phthalates be listed unless they are an ingredient in fragrances. Phthalates are used in some nail polishes to reduce cracking. Choose personal-care products that do not contain synthetic fragrances.

9. Improve the air you breathe by checking radon levels, quitting smoking, and using an air purifier. Blue flower_2478841847_794283941d_m

10. Clear your mind! When things go wrong, it’s quite common to have negative thoughts, little voices, and emotions. Too much of this clutters the mind, then the brain doesn’t have enough space for positive thoughts. Even worse, you can end up depressed. Changing perspective can help. Spring cleaning is about removing dirt and getting rid of clutter. Do it for your mind, too. Free more space for positive and creative thoughts.

Well, these projects will add more work to your traditional spring cleaning. Yet these tasks are important since they could make substantial differences in the quality of your living space. So get all your family motivated and involved. Start walking through your home in search of stuff you don’t need, particularly the items mentioned above. The rewards?  A truly clean, fresh  home, an organized life, and physical and mental health benefits.

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