This past weekend was Avon's 12th Annual Breast Cancer Walk to raise money for cancer research. It made me think about how despite our progress in medicine, access to healthy food and the plethora of skincare treatments available, cancer is still on the rise. It's a daunting reality that one cannot walk away from, and what's worse is that it's so unpredictable that even "healthy" people get cancer. Many years ago, in a discussion I had with a friend who had just lost her uncle to cancer--a very healthy and active uncle-- she said "You know, what's the point of being so mindful of what you eat, what you do and how you live when in the end, you either get it or you don't. Cancer doesn't discriminate." I was left with a heavy heart... It's true, what can you do?After replaying her words year after year, I realized that everything actually does matter: how you eat matters, what you do matters and how you live matters because, in the end, we do not live to avoid cancer; we live to be present. And when we are healthy and mindful of our bodies' needs, then only can we live to the fullest in the moments that we are alive and well.
I know very little about cancer. But I wonder if this basic equation that we can help us prevent cancer. Can we navigate around the elements that do us more harm than good and trust that we will be healthier?
A+B=C and C=>D
My Body (A) + Chemical Toxins that are known to be carcinogenic (B) = Threat to the integrity of our delicately balanced system, which sustains life (C)
Threat to the integrity of our delicately balanced system (C)=> Increased Risk of Cancer (D)
If our goal is now to be healthy so as to not upset that intricate balance that sustains our life, then a transition to healthy living by must include awareness of the chemicals we ingest through our skin. Here is a list of ingredients that we MUST avoid. And sadly, they are commonly found in skincare products:
Isopropyl Myristate is a synthetic oil used as an emollient. However, this synthetic ingredient dries the skin and hair, and creates cracks and fissures in the skin, which encourage bacterial growth.
Propylparaben is a preservative derived from petroleum and is a known hormone disruptor that mimics estrogen.
BHT –The oxidative characteristics and/or metabolites of BHA and BHT may contribute to carcinogenicity or tumorigenicity.
Tocopherol Acetate – comparative studies with other forms of vitamin E (thermostable esters of vitamin E, alpha-tocopherol acetate or alpha-tocopherol succinate) revealed that neither alpha-Tocopherol acetate nor alpha-Tocopherol succinate prevent photo-carcinogenesis, but may even enhance skin cancer development and growth.
Fragrances are a cocktail of chemicals that are either toxic or have never been tested for. To create one fragrance, there can be hundreds of chemical ingredients. – Mia Davis, organizing director of Campaign for Safe Cosmetics.
Benzophenone-3 – There are several suspected dangers associated with Benzophenone-3 or Oxybenzone. Despite its sun protective abilities, it has been shown to penetrate the skin and cause photo-sensitivity. As a photocarcinogen, it has demonstrated an increase in the production of harmful free radicals and an ability to attack our DNA cells.
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