Friends of The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance and Be Bold, Be Bald! 

In order to continue our work in the battle against cancer, Be Bold, Be Bald is partnering with the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance to spread the word about mesothelioma, a rare but preventable cancer caused by asbestos exposure. In honor of Poison Prevention Week (March 17 – 23), we wanted to spread the word about a few poisonous toxins to avoid and why they’re dangerous to the human body. By spreading awareness of mesothelioma and unhealthy toxins that can lead to disease, we hope to take one more small step in the fight against cancer.

 

Poisons Linked to Harmful Diseases – Three Deadly A’s

As a society, we sometimes neglect the importance of knowing and understanding the safety of our surroundings on a daily basis. With the arrival of National Poison Prevention Week, we thought it was the perfect time to discuss the potential hazards that can unknowingly cause serious sickness.

 

Artificial Sweeteners:

Diets and “lifestyle” changes are all the rage right now. Whether you’re living a strict and regimented routine or just eliminating sweets from your diet, it’s always important to be mindful of what you’re putting into your body. While many people think products like artificial sweeteners are a healthier alternative, this might not necessarily be true. For decades, there’s been skepticism around popular low-calorie sweeteners and their link to serious illnesses like dementia and cancer, leukemia and bladder cancer most specifically.

To some, synthetic sweeteners are seen as the perfect alternative to sugar because they contain virtually no calories. However, there are negatives and concerns to think about before incorporating these substances heavily into your diet. Artificial sweeteners are not naturally sourced from the environment, and many argue they have unseen side effects. Although nearly every type has been approved by the FDA, there is still widespread concern about the long term health impacts they may present to the human body.

Another issue we face with synthetic sweeteners is that they could leave a person craving sugar more than ever. At first, your body may think the fake sweetener is working to scratch the itch; however, when your body starts breaking down the food, it will realize it still has no sugar. This can lead to feelings of withdrawal, or serious cravings.

 

Arsenic:

Soil, water, and air have all shown traces of arsenic poisoning in various locations. This toxin can be released into the environment either inorganically or naturally through different types of cultivation processes. It’s been proven that the inorganic form of this chemical is more toxic than its naturally occurring form.

Generally, the people who come into contact with arsenic on a frequent basis are those who use tobacco or experience it second hand. Other ways exposure may occur are through contaminated water sources, as well as food consumption from polluted soils. Prolonged ingestion of arsenic has been shown to have very serious health consequences associated with a higher risk of liver, lung, and bladder cancer, along with other damage to a number of internal organs. In fact, researchers have proved kidney cancer can be linked to arsenic poisoning nearly 40 years after initial exposure.

 

Asbestos:

Another poison that presents its side effects later in life is the naturally occuring global hazard known as asbestos. While the use of this toxin has immensely decreased in popularity since the 1980s, its vast historic use makes exposure to this toxin still common. Up to one percent of asbestos is legally allowed as an ingredient or additive in a variety of building compounds today. The continued use of this toxin is leaving the exposure window open for generations to come.

Asbestos refers to 6 organic minerals found in the earth’s ground. The natural composition of the mineral includes unsurpassed resistance to heat, electricity, and water, making it a popular product to utilize across industries. Asbestos is dangerous when fibers are disturbed during something as accidental as a hole in the wall or as purposeful as an entire DIY renovation.

Although asbestos is known as a carcinogen, these microscopic fibers are difficult to detect, meaning exposure often happens without a person’s knowledge. Once airborne and inhaled, these fibers cling to major organs like the lungs, developing pleural mesothelioma. When fibers are ingested they corrupt the stomach lining, which leads to peritoneal mesothelioma. The forms of this rare cancer have been directly correlated with asbestos exposure and the symptoms can lie dormant anywhere from 20 to 50 years. In other words, an individual exposed to asbestos in their twenties might only see symptoms appear into their sixties, when the disease has already progressed into later and more aggressive stages.

National Poison Prevention Week is recognized every year in March, this year falling between March 17 – 23. Understanding the dangers that exist in our environments can remind us to take preventative measures to maintain a healthy life. While many cancers are genetic, it’s important to note that some are completely preventable. If you find yourself in close contact with any poison, toxin, or chemical, be sure to contact your local or regional poison prevention hotline.

 

Get involved:

To learn more about mesothelioma and the toxins that cause it, please visit the Mesothelioma Cancer Allegiance at www.mesothelioma.com.