Britta’s Book at a Glance: Chapter 3, “Five Ways to Lighten Your Toxic Load”
As a cancer fighter or survivor, most likely you’ve already been exposed to an overload of chemicals through chemotherapy and/or radiation. Surgery and drugs may have further assaulted your body with all sorts of toxins that your liver and kidneys and intestines and the rest of your organs have to do their best to process and get rid of.
On top of that, you’ve been exposed to chemicals your entire life, probably at a much higher rate than your parents or grandparents were, simply because of the increase in chemicals present in today’s environment. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have conducted numerous studies on the issue, and have found that Americans have PBDEs (chemicals used to make materials fire resistant), BPA (chemicals used to manufacture plastics), PFCs (used to make heat-resistant products), and more in their blood and urine.
Learning to Reduce Your Toxic Exposure
You may not want to think about all this while going through cancer treaments, but I bring it up in chapter 3 of my book (When Cancer Hits) because it’s during cancer treatments that you’re at your most fragile, which means you need to start being more conscious about the chemicals that could be affecting your health. In addition, you may find yourself more sensitive than ever before to products with chemicals. For example, have you walked down the laundry aisle lately? Find yourself covering your nose?
After my father and I both had cancer, we had a few “aha” moments where we realized some of the stresses we had unwittingly put on our bodies. You may be sensing the same thing, particularly because we tend to be more attuned to the environments around us when we’re not feeling well. Your body needs your help to regain strength and vitality. One thing you can do immediately is start cutting down on the number of toxins it has to process.
In this chapter, you’ll learn how to:
- Read labels on personal care products. I’ll tell you what to watch out for and how to tell the truth about the products you’re using on your body.
- Avoid certain ingredients. There are several common ones out there that a lot of manufacturers are using that have shown in studies to be potentially carcinogenic, potentially harmful to your health, or toxic to your skin and hair.
- Buy organic produce. You may not think it’s worth the bother—I’ll explain why it is!
- Safeguard your home. I’ll list several potentially harmful products that are probably in your home right now, and what you need to do to ensure your safety.
- Clean carefully. Some of the products that are most toxic to us we use to clean our homes. I’ll tell you which ones are particularly bad for fragile bodies and how you can find better replacements.
It doesn’t take much to make a few changes in your life and your home to safeguard your health. While battling cancer, you’re more susceptible to infections, rashes, allergic reactions, and toxic buildup than ever before. You need all your strength to get well. Chapter 3 will show you how to keep everything in your personal space as safe and nourishing as possible.
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Do you find yourself more sensitive to chemicals since you started cancer treatments? Have you tried some of the tips in my book? Let me know what you think!