ENVIRONMENTAL TOXINS AND CANCER; WHY TAKE UNNECESSARY RISKS?
Cancer is a term used to describe many variations of the disease that causes abnormal cells to divide uncontrollably while invading other tissues in the body. Generally, this occurs when something causes the genetic material of normal cells to change or become damaged.
Decades of research have dramatically increased our understanding of what triggers these mutations, and as a result, more people are beating cancer than ever today. Survival rates have doubled in the last 40 years. However, the causes of cancer are complex and varied, and are therefore still only partially understood. To date, more than 200 types of cancer have been identified and the total number of cases globally is still rising.
Due to the scale and tenacity of the disease, the President’s Cancer Panel determined in 2011 that not enough was being done. It recommended additional funding and immediate action to increase research on the links between cancer and toxic chemicals.
THE INCREASE IN CANCER CORRESPONDS TO THE EXPONENTIAL INCREASE IN ENVIRONMENTAL TOXINS.
Nearly 80,000 chemicals have been introduced into the mass market since the 1960s, most with little government regulation or rigorous safety testing. Today, we know that many of these chemicals are carcinogens, compounds known to cause cancer, such as lead, vinyl chloride, and asbestos. Of even greater concern though is all of the new and untested chemicals that are found in nearly every consumer product made today, from plastic containers to toys.
Recently, scientists have been looking more closely at the correlation between increases in cancer and the prevalence of carcinogenic chemicals in household items, specifically those made with polyurethane foam that is treated with flame retardant chemicals. The use of flame-retardants has increased in consumer products recently due to higher federal flammability standards. This is a double-edged sword because these toxic flame-retardants increase our safety while jeopardizing our health. Examples of products made with synthetic foam treated with flame-retardants include upholstered furniture, baby strollers, and car seats.
TOXIC CHEMICALS ARE EVEN PREVALENT IN THE PLACE WE SHOULD FEEL SAFEST, OUR BEDS.
Many of the synthetic materials and chemicals used to make and fire treat most retail mattresses are known to be toxic. These include polyurethane foam, boric acid, formaldehyde, and polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs). There’s growing evidence that these materials emit unhealthy gasses that can be absorbed into the lungs and through the skin. A number of medical studies link exposure to these toxic chemicals to a range of conditions, including allergies, asthma, ADHD, autism, cancer and even SIDS.
A recent HBO documentary, Toxic Hot Seat, exposed the prevalence and danger of chemical flame-retardants in the home. The investigative film features a range of experts that address the growing body of evidence linking environmental toxins, especially flame-retardants, to serious health issues, including cancer.
PREGNANT WOMEN, INFANTS, AND CHILDREN ARE MOST VULNERABLE TO ENVIRONMENTAL TOXINS.
Studies show that pregnant women pass chemicals to their fetus via the bloodstream, and store chemicals and heavy metals in breast milk. Infants and children are also known to be particularly sensitive to environmental pollutants and toxic chemicals.
THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT CANCER IS INCREASINGLY SEEN AS PREVENTABLE.
Only five to ten percent of all cancer cases can be attributed to inherited genetic defects. The remaining 90 to 95 percent of cancer cases are believed to be the result of lifestyle and exposure to environmental toxins. That’s an empowering statistic that gives us considerable control over cancer, and hope.
Prevention is key.
Eating healthy, exercising, and making informed decisions about what you purchase is vital. Additionally, limiting your exposure to known carcinogens and avoidable risk factors reduces your chance of developing certain cancers. Understanding which exposures are most harmful, and knowing where those hazards are, may help you avoid becoming the one person out of every two or three that will be diagnosed with cancer.
WHEN IT COMES TO MATTRESS CHOICE…YOU’RE BETTER SAFE THAN SORRY.
While there are no specific cases of mattress toxins leading to cancer as of yet, the evidence is mounting, and scientists and consumers alike are putting together the puzzle pieces. Clearly more research is needed to determine the full extent that harmful off-gassing from mattress materials and flame-retardant chemicals contribute to the cellular mutations that lead to cancer.
Additionally, many factors influence whether a person exposed to a carcinogen will develop cancer, including the amount and duration of the exposure, as well as the individual’s genetic background. However, considering the extent of our exposure to mattress toxins (we spend about one-third of our lives sleeping, that’s 26 years in bed)… why take any chances?
INTELLIBED® MATTRESSES ARE THE SAFEST BEDS MADE.
Comfort and support are essential, but they’re no longer the only criteria to consider when purchasing a new mattress. Safety and health are now vitally important as well. Intellibed mattresses, with patented Gel Matrix™ inside, not only offer a higher standard of comfort and support, they’re also made of hypoallergenic and non off-gassing materials for the healthiest sleep possible. Please call us today. Our Sleep Wellness Experts can answer your questions and help keep you and your family sleeping safe and sound. 1-888-435-2339