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Acrylamide in Coffee & Other Foods: Does It Cause Cancer?

Acrylamide — a chemical that is found in some foods that are exposed to high temperatures — has been linked to certain health problems, including cancer, in animal studies. This chemical was first detected in certain foods in April 2002. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA): In 2010, the Joint Food and…

Do Tap Water Contaminants Cause Cancer?

Most of us don't think too much about what's in our water, despite the fact that we know that drinking water and staying hydrated is key to our health. If it’s the public water supply, then it's regulated, right? And even if we don't have the best tap water, there's always the bottled option. But as…

Bacon-Gate: Will Eating Red or Processed Meat Cause Cancer?

 Alcohol. Cigarettes. Asbestos. Bacon? The headlines came fast and furious last week, after a panel under the auspices of the World Health Organization (WHO) said there’s sufficient evidence that processed meats cause colorectal cancer. This puts bacon, hot dogs and sausages into the WHO’s Group 1 category, the same as substances like tobacco and asbestos. The…

tBHQ, the Food Ingredient that May Cause Cancer?

Has anyone else noticed that the FDA sometimes approves ingredients without really understanding how they might affect the human body? The preservative known as tBHQ is no exception. tBHQ — or tertiary butylhydroquinone, also referred to as tert-Butylhydroquinone or t-butylhydroquinone — got press a few years ago when a popular natural health blogger began exposing…

Benefits & Dangers of IGF-1: Weight-Loss Promoter or Cancer Causer?

IGF-1, also known as insulin-like growth factor 1, is a complex and interesting hormone due to its potential to have both beneficial and harmful effects on your health, depending on how much your body produces. IGF-1's most important job is to promote cell growth (hence the name). IGF is known as a growth factor and is…

How Sugar Can Cause Cancer

Today, I want to tell you about how addictive sugar can cause cancer. With the number of people getting cancer growing each single year, this is a topic that I’m really passionate about. My mom has gone through cancer twice, and it's an experience I don't want anyone to suffer through if possible. I want…

What Causes Cancer? Here Are 11 Unexpected Things

What causes cancer? While we definitely don't know everything that can trigger this disease, what is clear is that more people are dealing with this disease. According to the National Cancer Institute, approximately 39.6 percent of men and women will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives. (1) Previous research shows that genetics…

Do Cell Phones Cause Cancer? What You Need to Know

Do cell phones cause cancer? As with any type of science looking at this type of issue, it's going to take decades to come to a definitive conclusion. Meanwhile, though, more and more studies are painting a picture suggesting that cell phone radiation is not completely safe and could very well be carcinogenic. I don't…

Spearmint, Including Tea, Soothes An Upset Stomach and Fights Cancer

If you've ever chewed spearmint gum or taking a whiff of a spearmint plant, you're already familiar with the refreshing qualities of this potent green herb. Both its smell and taste are pleasantly uplifting. It's an herb that is very similar to peppermint, yet distinctly different at the same time. Both spearmint leaves and oil…