Natural Moms Podcast #79

April 14, 2008

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Avoid Cancer One Day at a TimeLynne Eldridge M.D. is a Mom of 4 and author of the book Avoiding Cancer One Day At a Time.

She shared some interesting information about the unique risks women and their children face and what we can do about them. For instance, did you know that women who work from home are 50% more likely to get cancer? This might be due to poor indoor air quality. Moms need to be careful to use non-toxic cleaners.

Keeping houseplants is also a simple way to clean indoor air and they’re very aesthetically pleasing.

Radon is a major cause of lung cancer – have you tested your home? The test kits are not expensive. 

Arsenic treated wood is present on 90% outdoor play structures built prior to 2003. If you have one, seal it once a year with a water based polyurethane sealant and have kids wash their hands after playing. This is also true of playground equipment your kids play on at the park or at school. Another way to avoid this risk is to place tablecloths on picnic tables to make eating from them safer.

Another risk to be aware of is that of radiation exposure, especially in kids. If your child needs an X-ray, ask if the machine is set for child dosing. Be sure that the X-ray is medically necessary.  

Did you know that increasing your fruit and vegetables to 7-9 servings can halve the risk of cancer? Be sure you’re drink clean water: test your well water for contaminants.

If your kids use cell phones, be sure they are for emergency calls only. There is some evidence that cell phone use may increase certain cancers. 

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7 Responses to “Natural Moms Podcast #79”

  1. Nicole Dean » Being a WAHM can be unhealthy? on April 14th, 2008 10:40 am

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  2. QuietMom on April 14th, 2008 1:21 pm

    Yeah, it just makes sense I suppose. Gotta wonder too if standing in front of the microwave a couple times a day to heat up a cup of water or whatever helps add to the stats?

    I need to get more plants. The cats are the issue but I have some high bookshelves – that might help!

    Thanks for the great post Carrie!

  3. Marie on April 14th, 2008 2:53 pm

    Awesome topic! My kids do love raw veggies more than cooked ones – especially carrots!

  4. Nell on April 14th, 2008 10:41 pm

    “For instance, did you know that women who work from home are 50% more likely to get cancer?”

    Why is it “work at home women” and not women who stay home? Or, is it the same thing?

    I’m curious if work at home women face more health problems than stay at home moms.

    I understand air quality, but I feel like many work at home moms are unhealthy and sickly because they let their business overtake their lives.

    They never get out. They don’t peel themselves away from the computer. They eat horribly. They are addicted and that is so so unhealthy.

    Now, I’d say I live my life more as a stay at home mom who happens to own a business.

    I don’t spend hours on end in front of the computer, i cook fresh meals everyday, i get out with the kids and play with them and have hobbies outside of working…I just picked up a new one of knitting.

    So, curious on your thoughts about stay at home moms vs work at home moms…is our risk the same?

    (btw, i love plants and have them many places in the house and adore using our attic fan.)

  5. carrie on April 16th, 2008 8:59 am

    I’ll look back in the book and see if I can find that out Nell.

  6. carrie on April 17th, 2008 2:05 pm

    I got this response from Lynne:

    The study about work-at-home moms did not separate out causes, but I think indoor air quality is probably the biggest factor. That, combined with cleaning chemicals that can be absorbed through the skin.

    Work at home moms tend to eat better than outside the home moms, and recently “domestic” exercise was shown to win out over the health club with regards to breast cancer prevention, so it doesn’t seem fair!

    I think the best thing we can do is choose environmentally friendly cleaning products (or use vinegar and baking soda like I do), open our windows often, use gloves and good ventilation with any products we are unsure of, and add several houseplants. Things that are actually quite simple!

    Thanks again Carrie, I love your show!


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