An Easy, Attractive Way To Filter Toxins Out of Your Home’s Air – Cancer Defeated

An Easy, Attractive Way To Filter Toxins Out of Your Home’s Air

By Lee Euler / June 2, 2013

In most buildings, including your own home, your body is constantly bombarded by airborne pollutants and chemical contaminants that can rob you of health—and even threaten your life!

Thankfully, some of Mother Nature’s gorgeous greenery provides a cheap and efficient way to clean your indoor air. A few well-placed house plants may be one of the easiest things you can do to protect yourself from airborne carcinogens. Coming up is a list of the Top Ten Plants for clearing the air.

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Drink This and Cancer
Comes Pouring Out of Your Body

    “If I could pick only one treatment to cure my cancer, this would be it,” says a top expert on alternative cancer treatments.

Research conducted by a scientist at the Detroit Institute of Cancer Research showed this is one of the world’s most powerful cancer cures. Even the mainstream National Cancer Institute confirmed that this do-it-yourself treatment kills cancer cells. Then they buried the research.

Personally, I’ve been writing about cancer treatments for almost seven years. Out of nearly 400 that I’ve investigated, I haven’t found an at-home treatment that’s better.

It worked for Robert, age 54, who had late stage stomach cancer. His doctors told him he didn’t have chance. The most they could do was buy him a little time, using four aggressive chemotherapy drugs PLUS radiation — a deadly, toxic, last-ditch treatment.

INSTEAD Robert used this non-toxic liquid and was completely cancer-free within months. The amazed doctor was forced to admit Robert’s cancer was “in remission.” Two years later, he was still cancer-free.

Click the link below to watch an important video presentation about this discovery…

Before I tell you about these natural air purifiers, let’s take a moment to consider WHY you need them. What are these invasive pollutants lurking around your home just waiting to steal your last breath?

A trio of undesirable houseguests

    According to Barry Jones, author of Home, Sweet Toxic Home, toxins in your home typically will fall into the following three main categories:

  1. Airborne particles—such as dust, lint, mites, pet dander and mold spores; these invaders are just small enough to be breathed into your lungs, which makes it harder to cough them up
  2. Biological contaminants—include bacteria and viruses, which can travel on the airborne particles
  3. Household products—air fresheners, dryer sheets, cleaning products and pesticides are just a few of the products that many folks regularly use—all the while introducing toxic chemicals into their homes

It can be a little scary to think of the number of ways toxins in these categories affect your indoor air quality.

For example, many folks use toilet cleaning crystals to fight buildup of mildew and stains. But while these chemicals are doing their magic wipe down, they’re also leaving behind carcinogenic chlorine gas!

These noxious fumes also can be a problem when you take hot showers in water treated with this chemical (and most water from public systems is). You’re essentially inhaling a cancer-causing gas as part of your daily hygiene.

And let’s just pray there are no asbestos or lead pipes in your plumbing system! The last thing you need is for those particles to go airborne and lodge themselves in your lungs.

Do you have carpeting on your floors? That’s a whole other way to introduce pollutants into your home.

The glue used to set new carpets contains the known carcinogens benzene and xylene. These volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are chemicals that are known to cause a variety of respiratory problems and have also been linked to cancer.

Have you fallen in love with those scented, plug-in air fresheners that keep your home smelling like apples and cinnamon or freshly laundered clothes?

Well, they’re also delivering a steady stream of scented formaldehyde into your air! Some friends of mine recently moved into a house where the previous owners were wild for these plug-in perfumeries. The smell lingered and was very hard to get out.

Long-term exposure to this chemical can cause eye, nose and throat irritation. And some evidence exists that constant formaldehyde exposure boosts your risk of developing nose and lung cancers.

Watch out for these building materials

    Air fresheners are not the only offenders. Some types of home-building materials — mainly pressed wood products — are often made with formaldehyde. Pressed wood products for indoor use include particle board, used as sub-flooring and in cabinetry and furniture, and also hardwood plywood paneling, used in cabinetry and furniture, as well as in decorative wall coverings.

The website of the Environmental Protection Agency identifies “medium density fiberboard” as being the highest formaldehyde-emitting pressed wood product. All these “fake woods” are pervasive in modern homes.

Egad, what’s a health-conscious homeowner to do? Remember, it’s not just about avoiding cancer at some vague date years in the future. It’s about feeling good now. How many mystery medical problems can be explained by all these toxins we’re exposed to? (I can give you the answer from personal experience: A lot.)

You could always peel off a few hundred dollar bills to purchase an air purifier. These machines use filters to remove harmful particles from the air before they can do maximum damage to your health.

But if you don’t want to spend that kind of cash, don’t worry! There may be an even simpler solution for you…

Meet some of Mother Nature’s air purifiers!

    When it comes to removing indoor air toxins—”Mother” truly may know best!

Dr. B.C. Wolverton, author of How to Grow Fresh Air — 50 Houseplants that Purify Your Home or Office, conducted studies for NASA that concluded that plants can clean pollutants in homes.

Wolverton’s study rated plants on a scale from one to 10, based on criteria such as:

  • Ability to remove chemical vapors or indoor air toxins
  • Ease of growth and maintenance
  • Rate at which water evaporates from the leaves.
  • Resistance to insect infestation

The NASA-funded comparison yielded this list of top 10 plants for removing contaminants like benzene, carbon monoxide and formaldehyde from the air:

  1. Areca palm— also called the “butterfly palm,” this plant can grow to as high as 12 feet and prefers a humid area
  2. Lady palm—grows slowly but is one of the easiest palms to cultivate
  3. Bamboo palm—also called a “reed palm” and prefers indirect light
  4. Rubber plant—also known as “ficus robusta” and grows very well indoors
  5. Dracaena (Janet Craig) —these plants grow best in bright, indirect sunlight shining from east to west
  6. Philodendron—one of the heartiest house plants that needs to be misted regularly and planted in soil that’s kept evenly moist
  7. Dwarf date palm—grows best in sunny locations free from drafts; be aware that it grows needle-like spines near the base of the leaf stem that can poke through skin and clothing
  8. Ficus alii—prefers a humid environment with low to medium light; will lose foliage if placed near heating or air conditioning vents; this is a virtual weed in the tropics but up north it’s a fussy house plant that doesn’t like to be moved
  9. Boston fern—grows feathery ferns that prefer bright indirect sunlight
  10. Peace lily—prefers indirect sunlight and high humidity

Wolverton’s research showed that when these top performers and other plants were placed in sealed chambers with specific chemicals, the plants went to work removing those chemicals from the chambers!

Now just imagine the health benefits you’ll receive when you place some of this chemical scrubbing, humidity-loving greenery around your house.

You can breathe deeply knowing that the air is being scrubbed clean of toxins. And you can rest easy knowing that dangerous chemicals have met their match in nature’s finest air purifiers!

It seems there’s no end of toxins around us! Next week, I promise to bring you some good news. But meanwhile, there’s one more toxin you should be on the lookout for, especially during the summer. If you missed this warning in our previous issue, please scroll down and read it now.

This Cooking Method
Increases Cancer Risk

    I thought I’d let you enjoy your Memorial Day cookout before springing this one on you.

Grilled meat just might increase your cancer risk.

So how great is the risk? Bad enough to compel you to give up this great American tradition? Read on to find out…

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Special Report Busts Open The
Biggest Cover-Up in U.S. Medical History

    Who hasn’t at one time or another felt cheated and abused by the current medical system?

For over one hundred years, the money-hungry Mainstream Medical Establishment has been trying to hide from the American public a form of medicine that could solve most of your health problems gently, inexpensively and quickly.

In fact, the current powers that be was established explicitly to squash this competition. And it’s used all kinds of tactics to do so.

But now you’re going to be even more incensed…

Because the real cures—the real answers for the health problems that plague us—have been right under our noses the whole time. But we haven’t been able to get to them.

Click here to see the cures that have been basically “stolen” right from under your nose!

Are you serving cancer-causing foods from your grill?

Research shows that cooking certain meats at high temperatures creates new chemicals that don’t exist in uncooked meat. Some of them may increase your cancer risk. But take heart, there are ways you can reduce your risk.

Grilling creates two dangerous chemicals

    Two chemicals are synthesized when a piece of meat encounters fire: heterocyclic amines (HCAs) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs).

HCAs form when muscle meats such as beef, pork, fowl, and fish are cooked at high temperatures. The high cooking temperatures cause amino acids (the building blocks of all protein) to react with creatin (a chemical in the muscle), thereby creating HCAs.

Frying and broiling can also produce HCAs, but the charred edges of barbecued meat produce these chemicals in their purest and potentially most dangerous form.

Researchers have identified 17 different HCAs1 linked to stomach, colon, liver and skin cancer — but only in animal studies.2 Though scientists think HCAs can directly damage your DNA and initiate cancer, they have not yet confirmed that HCAs cause cancer in people.

That hasn’t stopped the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services from naming HCAs as a possible carcinogen. The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has also studied HCAs.

An NCI study from its Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics studied 176 people diagnosed with stomach cancer and 503 cancer-free people, assessing their diet and cooking habits.

They found that those who ate medium-well or well-done beef had more than three times the risk of stomach cancer compared to those who ate it rare or medium-rare. In addition, those who ate beef four or more times a week doubled their risk of stomach cancer.

Another study also found that those who eat the most barbecued red meat nearly doubled their risk of colon polyps3, compared with those who don’t eat them. And as you probably know, colon polyps can develop into colon cancer.

Other studies link colorectal, pancreatic, and breast cancer to high intake of well-done, fried, or barbequed meats.

Just as an aside, cigarette smoke also contains HCAs.

The second chemical, PAHs, form when meat juices drip onto coals or other hot surfaces and create smoke.4 In this case, it’s the smoke that contains the carcinogen, which then settles on the surface of the meat. PAHs have been associated with an increased risk of breast and stomach cancer.

The 4 factors that influence HCA formation

    Four factors determine HCA formation in food, so you can influence the risk, short of totally giving up cooked meat. They are (1) temperature, (2) type of food, (3) cooking method, and (4) time.

Temperature is the most important factor. Frying, broiling, and barbecuing create the most HCAs because the meats are cooked at high temperatures.

Researchers found a stunning 3-fold increase in HCAs when the cooking temperature increased from 392 degrees to 482 degrees Fahrenheit. Oven roasting and baking use lower heat and therefore create lower levels of HCAs. Stewing, boiling, and poaching are done at or below 212 degrees F, and so produce negligible amounts of chemicals.

Well-done (versus medium) meats also produce more HCAs, linked to both longer cooking times and usually higher temperature.

HCAs are only found in muscle meats, whereas other protein sources (milk, eggs, cheese, and organ meats) contain very few HCAs whether uncooked or cooked.

The NIH suggests partially cooking your meat in a microwave and then finishing it off on the grill. While that may reduce HCAs, I’m not sure I can recommend a microwave as a safe cooking method either. See my other suggestions coming up…

Put this into perspective

    Currently, no one knows for sure how many HCAs Americans eat, nor has a “safe” level been established. Scientists simply do not know at this time how many HCAs are needed for an increased cancer risk.

But many feel that in the grand scheme of cancer prevention, there are much greater risks than grilling. Says Colleen Doyle, M.S., R.D., and director of Nutrition and Physical Activity for the American Cancer Society, “If you’re 30 pounds overweight, that puts you at much greater risk for developing a number of cancers (than does eating grilled meats).”

Incidentally, the other missing piece of information in all these studies is the quality of the meat in the first place.

Nowhere in these studies do they discuss the dangers of conventional meats. For example, dangerous newly emerging antibiotic-resistant killer bacteria, E. coli and salmonella all “force” you to overcook your meat to offer some measure of protection… which isn’t necessary with grass fed organic meats.

Plus, grass-fed meat should always be cooked at lower temperatures… or it will become tough.

What do cancer experts do?

    I’m a realist. Rather than urging people to aim for perfection, I try to get them to change a few bad habits here and there. More than 200 million Americans enjoy outdoor cooking, and the typical household cooks outdoors at least 20 times throughout “the season”.

So I try to take into account what’s going on in the real world. But in my view, 20 times a summer is too often. This should be a once-in-a-while treat.

I’m not a frequent meat-eater — a couple of times a week at most, red meat once a week or less, grilled meat almost never (mostly when I’m a guest at someone’s house). Quite aside from high-temperature cooking, there’s other evidence that associates high meat consumption with cancer risk.

Roasting and braising, not frying and grilling, are my favorite ways to cook meat. Once you’ve had a great braise, I don’t know why you’d ever want to eat grilled meat.

For the healthy individual, I think meat is okay as a treat once in a while, provided your other habits are good. Cooked properly, animal protein has enormous health benefits that are very hard to get from a pure vegetarian diet.

If you’re a cancer patient, most cancer advocates (the Gerson Institute and Bill Henderson, for example) say you should eat absolutely NO meat. It’s not served at most of the alternative cancer clinics we’ve visited. These places are run by first-rate alternative and integrative doctors. I trust their judgment.

On those rare occasions when you do indulge in grilled meat, take these steps. . .

13 tips for grilling without serving up cancer

    Fortunately there are many ways you can reduce your cancer risk while still enjoying this backyard summer tradition.

  • I suggest you always choose organic grass-fed meats for what they do contain, as well as for what they don’t. Grass fed animals have much higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids, and a much healthier nutritional profile overall.Grass fed meat has much lower fat content than conventional meat. So conventional meat is much more likely to drip down and form PAH-laced smoke that settles on your meat. In addition, you may want to avoid it for other reasons — such as second hand consumption of fattening and grains (which are genetically modified, more than likely).
  • In any case, lower the cooking temperature on your grill. Get used to eating your meat medium-rare instead of well-done.
  • Use the leanest cuts you can find. Use thinner cuts, which cook more quickly. Be sure your meat is completely defrosted before cooking, to reduce cooking times.
  • Cut meat up into cubes, which cook more quickly. Enjoy them as kabobs.
  • Don’t cook directly over coals. Use indirect cooking methods.
  • Keep the grill rack farther from the fire.
  • Flip filets before they become charred. Now recommended: flipping every minute or two, to prevent charring.
  • Keep your grill really clean! Scrape off charred residue every time you cook, so you don’t transfer carcinogenic chemicals to your food the next time you use it.
  • Use marinades. Besides creating superb flavor, some studies show it also reduces carcinogens.The Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry says that marinating red meat for two hours significantly reduced HCAs.5,6,7. Beer, wine, lemon, and vinegar are thought to create an “invisible shield” that protects from the formation of HCAs and PAHs.A Kansas State University study found that rubbing rosemary onto meats before grilling cut HCA levels by up to 100 percent8 — apparently due to its high antioxidant levels. Do basil, mint, sage and oregano offer similar benefits? I don’t know, but it’s possible.However, sugary toppings like barbeque sauce tend to burn very easily and should be avoided.Important Note: Heat any extra marinade you intend to use as a sauce at least three minutes to kill bacteria it picked up from its contact with uncooked meat, poultry or fish. And always marinate meats in the refrigerator to keep bacterial levels low. You have to bring the sauce to a boil to kill microbes. Otherwise, set aside sauce beforehand and don’t reuse the marinade.
  • The best food for grilling is vegetables and fruits, which do not form HCAs. They also provide you with a host of cancer-fighting nutrients and phytochemicals.In fact, there’s some evidence that these natural phytochemicals may convert HCAs to an inactive, stable form that you can easily eliminate from your body.Try grilling asparagus, bell peppers, carrots, zucchini, eggplant, onion, portobello mushrooms, and even mangoes brushed with a bit of olive oil.Cruciferous veggies have especially high potential to negate HCAs. One study of men who ate 2½ cups of Brussels sprouts daily for three weeks reduced their DNA damage significantly. Don’t like Brussels sprouts? Try broccoli and cabbage instead.
  • Avoid charred meat like the plague. Cut off offending spots to protect yourself.
  • Grill fish instead of meats. They tend to form fewer HCAs.
  • Place juicy foods in a foil packet to reduce dripping.

And before you fire up the grill, go enjoy a 40-minute walk — which will help reduce the greater risk of that “extra 30 pounds”.

At least there’s one silver lining: You may be better off grilling your own meats in your back yard, versus eating meat in a restaurant. That way you’re able to control what you eat including how many additives, antibiotics, and other health saboteurs are in your food.
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Lee Euler, Publisher

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6Olga Viegas, L. Filipe Amaro, Isabel M. P. L. V. O. Ferreira, and Olívia Pinho J. Agric. Food Chem., 2012, 60 (24), pp 6235-6240 Publication Date (Web): May 29, 2012 (Article)DOI: 10.1021/jf302227b
7Armindo Melo, Olga Viegas, Catarina Petisca, Olívia Pinho and Isabel M. P. L. V. O. Ferreira J. Agric. Food Chem., 2008, 56 (22), pp 10625-10632 Publication Date (Web): October 24, 2008 (Article)DOI: 10.1021/jf801837s

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