Cancerous chemical is being commonly used in toothpastes, find scientists

A Journal of People report

A new study carried out by the National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) in the UK and published in the Scientific Reports Journal said:

Toothpastes and a few other food products contain an additive called titanium dioxide, which may cause cancer.

An additive is a substance used in products to improve or preserve it. Titanium dioxide is a naturally occurring oxide of titanium. It is commonly referred to as E171 on the ingredient list and is often used in products like toothpastes, biscuits, chewing gums and sunscreen.Read More »

Wings for life: confronting cancer


Granma | 31 October, 2016


Erlinda Disotuar Cobas, a founding member of Alas por la Vida emphasizes the importance of promoting activities to support survivors’ complete rehabilitation and social integration, without fears or stigma. Photo: Nuria Barbosa

Receiving the news that one has cancer has a significant psychological impact, generating sadness and concern in the patient, as well as family and friends.

For this reason, joining a social circle which has as its purpose supporting those facing the disease is important to maintaining self-esteem and appreciating the value of life until its final moments.

This is what members of the group Alas por la Vida (Wings for Life), breast cancer survivors, told Granma International. The organization was founded in March of 2003, on the proposal of health care professionals at Manuel Fajardo University Hospital’s mastology department.Read More »

Universalism in Medicine

by Sisir K Majumdar

Frontier | Autumn Number, Vol. 48, No. 14 – 17, Oct 11 – Nov 7, 2015

There was always interchange of ideas between East and West-that have been a mutual stimulant to medical thought in both hemispheres. It was a stimulus based both on the continuity of the medical heritage of the past in its preservation and development within different cultures and the contact between these cultures that gave rise to a synthesis of ideas which has been of mutual benefit to all peoples all over the globe. Following the fall of the Roman Empire around 400 AD, when Western Europe sank into the Dark Ages (400—1000 AD) of semi-barbarism the great corpus of classical Greek medical literature was preserved in the emergent Islamic Empire of the Eastern Mediterranean. Here, many medical works of ancient Greece were preserved in Arabic transalation which would otherwise have been lost. Medical knowledge was further advanced especially in the fields of materia medica and Alchemy. Alchemy is the predecessor of modern scientific chemistry. It was an art by which its devotees sought, with the aid of a mixture of mysticism, astrology, practical chemistry and quackery, to transmute base metals into gold to prolong human life, etc. It flourished from about 500 AD till the Middle Ages (1100—1500 AD] when it gradually fell into disrepute.Read More »

Report Finds Toxins/Carcinogens in Popular Brands of Toothpaste

Cornucopia Institute | 16 August, 2016

CORNUCOPIA, WI – The latest report by The Cornucopia Institute, an organic industry watchdog, uncovers serious problems in cosmetics industry regulations. Regulatory weaknesses and loopholes allow for the use of questionable, even harmful ingredients in personal care products, such as toothpastes, that could negatively impact the health of the users.

Behind the Dazzling Smile: Toxic Ingredients in Your Toothpaste, describes how the quality of “natural” toothpastes varies significantly between brands and how these personal oral care products commonly include nonessential ingredients that may be harmful.Read More »

Landmark Study Shows Our Bodies are Rife with Cancer-Causing Chemicals

by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer

Common Dreams | 14 June, 2016

According to the Environmental Working Group, scientists are rethinking how chemicals may contribute to cancer. (Photo: Penn State/flickr/cc)

The first inventory of its kind has found that hundreds of cancer-causing chemicals are building up in the bodies of Americans.

The analysis from Environmental Working Group (EWG), based on more than 1,000 biomonitoring studies—which measure the burden of certain chemicals present in the human body—and other research by government agencies and independent scientists, found that up to 420 chemicals known or likely to cause cancer have been detected in blood, urine, hair, and other human samples.

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G7 Leaders Fail to Truly Tackle One of the Biggest Threats to Global Health


While G7 leaders acknowledged during their summit this week that the current system of research and development is failing to deliver innovation and affordable access to medicines and vaccines for people around the world, the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is disappointed that the solutions proposed by the G7 will not address these failures head-on.Read More »

Let’s End The Taboo Over Menopause

By Myra Hunter

Morning Star | 31 December, 2015


WHY is it difficult to talk about menopause at work?
All credit to Sally Davies, the Chief Medical Officer, who has challenged men as well as women to discuss the taboo topic of menopause in the workplace (M Star December 15).
This is important as women tend to find menopausal symptoms more difficult to deal with at work, and some working conditions can make their experience of the menopause worse.
Many women have few problems at all. But an estimated 25 per cent have uncomfortable hot flushes and night sweats that disrupt sleep. They can also fear being stereotyped and prefer not to reveal age and gender-related matters at work. And some have experience of indifference or lack of understanding from employers.

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