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Do Household Cleaners Cause Breast Cancer?

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Melissa Breyer

Melissa Breyer is a writer and editor with a background in sustainable living, specializing in food, science and design. She is the co-author of True Food (National Geographic) and has edited and written for regional and international books and periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine. Melissa lives in Brooklyn, NY.


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5:49PM PDT on Aug 10, 2010

thank you! air fresheners make make me nauseous if it is to strong

2:54AM PDT on Aug 6, 2010

So who, basically, is allowing us to come to harm when we pay our government to keep us from it?

10:27PM PDT on Aug 5, 2010

Just catching up on my reading.

Reg is an idiot....abortions do not cause breast cancer.


Another nut bar.

I'll warn my daughter :)

2:53PM PDT on Jul 31, 2010

Please be careful with toxic corporate products/chemicals. They're on the market because the sinister, greedy corporate oligarchs don't care about your health, and indeed want us sick, weak and mentally compromised so as to be more easily controlled, and dependent upon their costly pharmaceuticals. And their bought-and-controlled puppet government won't protect you.
Protect your health, the environment, your mental faculties and your autonomy by rejecting corporate brainwashing/chemicals.

6:24PM PDT on Jul 29, 2010

WOW the baking soda benefits go on and on-great natural tips!!! Thanks so much Melissa!~

2:29AM PDT on Jul 28, 2010


11:55AM PDT on Jul 26, 2010

Great information on natural cleaners! Thank you so much.

11:42AM PDT on Jul 25, 2010

Abortion linked to breast cancer??? What rubbish...where are the studies...funded by a religious group??
But I digress...
of course it would make sense that these chemicals would be negatively impacting our health....and not all the connections have been found...research links or no your house should be your haven...with NO artificial smells and dangerous chemicals. Know that your purchases have power and by boycotting these products you can make a your own life...and to the planet. Peace :)

6:29AM PDT on Jul 22, 2010

for Diane: "how can breathing in a scent affect your breasts"? Simple: everything you inhale either is or is has the capacity to be absorbed into your blood stream through your lungs. Just like smoking something!!

6:03AM PDT on Jul 22, 2010

Using off-the-shelf household cleaners are a total waste of money. Worse of all beside polluting the environment and people, annually thousands of animals are used in experiments and die in a horrific way - just to keep your household clean.

I am using plain water, sunlight soap, white vinegar, borax, tooth paste, cooking salt or fresh lemon juice to keep my house spotless; also, weekly cleaning is imperative to keep your house (and mental health) in order.

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