Tag: cancer

Cleaner Living: Cancer in the Sandbox

So we bloggers have our own little community where we ask questions of one another and bounce ideas around: “When did your little one start sleeping through the night?” “Is such and such normal for this developmental milestone?” “Any suggestions for play sand that doesn’t cause cancer?” Wait, what?!?! This was a question put out

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Cleaner Living: Toxin #12- Nitrosamines

Well, we have made it to the 12th day… But no Partridge in a Pear Tree here, we are learning about Nitrosamines today! Nitrosamines are not actually an ingredient.  They are a compound created when nitrites and amino acids (which often occur from proteins) are combined.  This combination can occur in very acidic settings, such as

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Cleaner Living: Toxin #11 BHA (Butylated hydroxyanisole)

Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA)- not to be confused with beta hydroxy acid (also abbreviated BHA)- is a preservative found in food and cosmetics.  It is used to keep fats from going rancid and to preserve shelf life of cosmetics.  Most common foods it can be found in butter, meats, cereals, chewing gum, baked goods, snack foods, dehydrated

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Cleaner Living: Toxin #10- Formaldehyde

Formaldehyde. Yes, the stuff they use for embalming bodies to temporarily prevent decomposition can be found in your personal care products. Formaldehyde is a known human carcinogen, skin irritant, and can bring on or worsen respiratory ailments, such as asthma.  Personal care products that contain formaldehyde expose its users to this chemical through inhaling off-gas, ingestion, or

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Cleaner Living: Toxin #4- Coal Tar

Um, what? I hadn’t heard of this one until I started researching. Coal Tar in personal care products is the same as the stuff they use in pavement sealant, just in lower doses.  It is a known human carcinogen, with industrial coal tar recently being banned in Washington after it started turning up in ordinary house

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