After a third breast cancer I have made a concentrated effort to change the way I live. Here is the living area of my new sustainable home where I work to keep surfaces and furniture simple and natural. The walls and floors are coated with safe VOC (Volatile Organic Substance) free finishes.
My efforts have been confirmed by groundbreaking research coordinated by the non-profit Silent Spring Institute which gives support to the role of synthetic chemicals in the increasing breast cancer figures.
Their study identified 216 man-made chemicals shown to cause breast cancer in animals.
Many of these chemicals are founds in everyday products including pesticides, cosmetics, dyes, drugs and gasoline.
These substances shown to cause breast cancer in animals are believed by researchers to be responsible for the rise in human breast cancers.
Many of these chemicals “mimic” naturally occurring hormones in the human body.
Further evidence for these lifestyle exposures comes from Scandinavian figures showing the breast cancer risk of adopted children parallels the risk of the family they grew up in, not that of their biological family.
Adopted children share eating patterns, lifestyle patterns and geography with their adopted parents.
In my new sustainable lifestyle I try to avoid unnecessary chemical exposures, synthetic materials, plastics and pesticides. I also grow and eat organic foods.
Our contemporary world makes avoiding chemical exposures often difficult but having a sustainable home is a great starting point.