BPA linked to breast cancer

A new report links BPA to the rapid rise in breast cancer in the past 40 years and calls for the banning of its use in food packaging and beverages (Breast Cancer Fund UK, 2013). Read more..


Microwave oven - friend or foe?

Over the years, I have often been asked about my opinion on microwave ovens as a way to heat food. Remarkably, as part of my research I discovered that Soviet Russia banned microwave ovens for heating food in 1976, however they were reinstated in 1987 as a result of international pressure on free trade (Phillips and Phillips, n.d). There are two concerns I have: the impact on the food and the radiation emitted from the oven. Find out more....


Allergies in Children - the role of pets and siblings

A study of 5,000 Melbourne based infants revealed that having older siblings and a pet dog that lives in the home, could reduce the likelihood of infants developing egg allergies (Koplin et al, 2012). This is in line with earlier studies demonstrating that exposure to pets within the first 12 months of life can reduce the incidence of allergies later in life (Ownby et al, 2002). This supports the Hygiene Hypothesis which states that a lack of early childhood exposure to microorganisms, parasites and infectious agents, increase's ones susceptibility to automimmune disorders and allergic diseases. Once allergic however, exposure to known allergens such as dust, dustmite, pet dander, pollens and the like becomes a problem in susceptible individuals. Here is how to reduce your exposure to allergens in the home.


Fake tan products and infertility

The demand for fake tan products has grown significantly in the past decade as a result of the known risks of developing skin cancers associated with direct sun exposure. However, recent research has questioned the health effects associated with many of the ingredients in fake tan products and in particularly its impact on women of reproductive age and pregnant woman. Read more...

Are BPA free plastics safe?

As a result of consumer pressure to ban BPA from everyday products, the US Food and Drug Administration recently banned BPA from baby bottles and children's drinking cups. Remarkably a 2009 study revealed that BPA was still found in many BPA free products. Find out about the concerns associated with BPA free plastics and why plastics should NEVER be used to store beverages or food. Read more...

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