From Dr. Mercola:
The United States permits more than 84,000 chemicals to be used in household products, cosmetics, food, and food packaging, and a majority of these have never been tested for safety.
More than 10,000 chemical additives with questionable safety — as most have never been tested in humans — are allowed in food and food packaging alone. Roughly 13,000 chemicals are used in cosmetics, of which only 10 percent have been evaluated for safety.
According to the U.S. Government Accountability Office, 85 percent of new chemical applications include no testing whatsoever.
Scientific evidence strongly suggest that exposure to chemicals is contributing to cancer, reproductive abnormalities, early puberty,1,2,3 and a host of other endocrine, neurological, and metabolic problems.
When Combined, Chemicals Can Amplify Each Other’s Effects
What little safety testing is done is typically done on chemicals in isolation, and scientific investigations reveal this is a major mistake that generates a false sense of security, because when chemicals are combined, their synergistic toxicity can increase exponentially.
It’s thought that 1 in 5 cancers may be caused by exposure to environmental chemicals, and according to a recent study4 published in the journal Carcinogenesis, this includes chemicals deemed “safe” on their own.
The analysis found that by acting on various pathways, organs and organ systems, cells, and tissues, the cumulative effects of non-carcinogenic chemicals can act in concert to synergistically produce carcinogenic activity, turning conventional testing for carcinogens on its ear.
Lead author Dr. William Goodson told Michigan Radio:5
“[W]hat we’re realizing … [is] that there’s reason to think that it doesn’t take one chemical to take it all the way from normal to cancer.
One chemical can take it part way, another chemical will take it another portion of the way, and maybe a second, third, or fourth chemical will take it all the way.”
A second study6 published in the same journal suggests that exposure to chemicals at low doses may also promote carcinogenesis by inducing genome instability, i.e. by enhancing the genome’s tendency to mutate.
Considering the tens of thousands of chemicals we’re exposed to in our everyday living, it’s simply not possible to review the potential effects of them all. Some do stand out above others though, in terms of what we already know.
Food and Household Products Fuel Breast Cancer, Scientists Warn
According to research7 published in the National Institutes of Health journal, the Environmental Health Perspectives, you can reduce your risk of breast cancer by avoiding certain chemicals found in common, everyday products.
The researchers evaluated more than 100 chemicals women are exposed to on a regular basis through food, medications, air pollution, and consumer products. They then prioritized the chemicals, and grouped them based on exposure, carcinogenic potential, and chemical structure.
This sorting resulted in 17 chemical groups of related chemicals, which were flagged as “high priority” due to their ability to consistently produce mammary tumors in animal tests.
This includes flame retardant chemicals; perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) found in non-stick and stain-resistant coatings