Healthy Living Tips

For a Toxin-Free, Cancer-Free Life

These healthy living tips for a toxin-free life are natural remedies that protect you from dangerous chemicals, carcinogens and false hormones. If you have children and pets, they need this protection even more than you do!

Toxic chemicals are notorious for causing...

  • cancer
  • PMS and reproductive problems
  • birth defects
  • headaches
  • aggressive behaviour
  • dyslexia and ADHD
  • memory loss and Alzheimer’s
  • digestive problems and disrupted gut flora
  • faster aging
  • asthma, allergies 
  • cough, breathing problems
  • blood sugar issues
  • fatigue
  • reduced immunity
  • liver dysfunction
  • heart problems.
You can't control the outdoor environment. © Karen Alison

You can’t live on the planet today without getting some exposure to toxic chemicals. And while you can’t control pollution in the outdoor environment, the good news is that you CAN control pollution inside your own home.

Your home is the most crucial place to protect your personal health since it is where you sleep. Sleep is when your body and brain repair themselves.

But if your house is filled with toxins, there’s no time for you to heal from the stresses of the day. Then, one day, you wake up to find that you’re in big health trouble…

You might be thinking, “All these chemicals must be safe for us or how could THEY allow these products to be sold?”

I’m here to tell you, there is no “THEY” watching out for your health.

But there are a lot of companies that would like you to buy their products – whether or not those chemical cocktails really are safe for you. That’s why you need to educate yourself. YOU have to be the one who protects your health and longevity.

If you are looking for natural cancer cures or you’re interested in having a long, healthy life without ending up sick and demented, these healthy living tips are a great place to start.

There’s a lot of information in this article, so don’t feel overwhelmed. Just choose one thing to do. Then, choose another. Every step you take towards better health counts.

Healthy living tips protect you, your children and your pets from dangerous chemicals, carcinogens and false hormones. © Karen Alison

Using these healthy living tips is one of the most valuable things you will ever do to protect your own health, your children's health and your pet's health now and for the futureI am NOT exaggerating.

Okay, enough of the doomsday report. Let’s get on to the healthy living tips...

Healthy living tips for
a toxin-free, cancer-free home and body

Toxins and carcinogens are in the innocent-looking products you use every day – unless you are already buying natural, unscented, organic products. That’s why so many of us have “indoor allergies.”

I know how well these healthy living tips work because I made all these changes in my own house and life.

What happened? Some surprises!

The person in our house who had asthma stopped needing his puffer. He was actually able to tolerate living with a new kitten, despite cat allergies.

My own improvements were…

  • more energy
  • getting sick less often
  • improved digestion
  • warm hands and feet (better circulation)
  • more balanced emotions
  • easy, comfortable periods

That was a couple of decades ago. Since I’m healthier than ever now and don’t take any medications, unlike most women in my age group, I’m certain that the benefits are much greater than the ones I've listed.

Getting older CAN actually mean getting better!

Here’s a checklist of healthy living tips…

Start with your laundry products because you live with them 24-7.

They’re in your clothes and on your sheets and pillowcases, so they’re almost as close to you as your skin.

1. Healthy living tips for laundry

  • Buy unscented laundry detergent – those powerful scents are made from chemicals that have hundreds of problem ingredients, cause irritation to your body, and harm your water supply.
  • Even better, buy natural laundry cleaners that are easy on your health and the environment (after all, you’re drinking that water...)
  • Even better! Use laundry discs or wash balls – they alter the water molecule to clean the clothes exactly like detergent, but don’t fade colours, are hypo-allergenic, reduce static cling so you don’t need fabric softener, and last for years.
  • Use dryer balls instead of toxic chemical fabric softener which may contain poisonous mercury and formaldehyde.
  • There is also a detergent-less laundry solution that you attach to your washing machine. (see

2. Healthy living tips for personal care

It wasn’t always so, but these days you can find natural versions of every type of personal care product.

Look for products that have low or no scent, especially when you’re buying for children.

Children’s immune systems are still developing so they are more vulnerable than adults to the effects of concentrated scents and toxins such as mercury and formaldehyde.

Here’s my number one healthy living tip – even if you are in a health food store, read labels!

Watch out for the word “fragrance” which is code for “petrochemical scent” even when all the rest of the ingredients are organic.

Choose natural hair products, shampoo, conditoner and hair dye. Dye is one of the most unregulated beauty products. © Karen Alison

Choose natural and/or unscented…

  • Soap
  • Hair products, shampoo, conditioner, dye*
  • Cosmetics
  • Creams and lotions
  • Deodorant – dust baking soda under each arm. It absorbs odors and it’s inexpensive.
  • Toothpaste – there is also tooth soap. In Cure Tooth Decay, author Ramiel Nagel says if you want to avoid cavities, your food and nutrient choices make more difference than brushing!

* Hair dye is one of the most unregulated beauty products. You can buy a natural, non-toxic hair dye at the health food store, take it to your salon and have your stylist apply it, if they don’t have natural hair dyes available.

3. Healthy living tips in the kitchen

Never heat or cook with plastic – this is like injecting your food with molecules of petrochemical or eating gasoline (yuck!) Be very wary of non-stick frying pans. If you’re saving plastic shopping bags, put them in a metal or glass container.

Choose products for dishes and dish washer made from natural ingredients, either unscented or organically scented. I like BioVert dishwasher tabs.

Don't put your hands in warm dishwater filled with chemical dish soap because you'll absorb it through your skin.

Avoid antibacterial soaps. There’s no real evidence that these biocides (life-killers) are any better at cleaning than regular soap and water.

Filter your water to remove chemical toxins and heavy metals such as lead. Clean drinking water is a key natural cure for cancer prevention.

Water that contains fluoride, chlorine and other chemicals is very hard on your gastrointestinal and immune systems, irritates your skin, harms your nervous system and causes inflammation - which is a factor in many health problems.

Find out if your city uses chloramine in the water and select a filter that can remove it, because boiling and distilling will not take it out. Chloramine-treated water is toxic to fish, dialysis patients and plants grown hydroponically. Don't use it if you do any home-brewing.

4. Use natural cleaning products

Which household cleaning products do you have in the kitchen or the pantry cupboard? If they’re chemically-based, they will harm your health.

One study found that women who stayed home had much higher rates of cancer than women who went out to work, because the home-makers had more exposure to toxic cleaners.

Natural household cleaners...

  • vinegar
  • baking soda
  • borax
  • Orange A-Peel – my favourite all-purpose cleaner
  • my favourite cloth for cleaning glass, tile, windows etc is a simple white microfiber cloth that needs no additional cleaners. It's the perfect cleaner if you have a glass-topped stove.
  • Benefect to clean mould 

In addition to this list, there are plenty of natural cleaners available in the grocery store. We are very lucky in the 21st century to have natural products for every type of cleaning need.

5. Healthy living tips about plastics

Plastics are everywhere. Unfortunately, they are a prime source of xeno-estrogens – those false hormones I mentioned that cause all kinds of major health problems, including cancer and reproductive issues like infertility. They harm the developing fetus, causing birth defects.

Here are some healthy living tips for dealing with plastics:

Plastic bags and wrap

  • Go around your house and collect all the plastic bags and wrap. Throw away as many as possible and just keep a few for storing veggies in the fridge, picking up dog poop, and any other real necessities.
  • Find a large tin with a tight-fitting lid, like a big cookie tin or industrial-sized glass jar.
  • Put the bags you’re keeping in that tin or jar and just take out one when you need it.

Why are you doing this? Because plastic bags, wrap and other soft plastics outgas molecules into your household air and you inhale them. Then they’re inside you doing damage. Ugh.

This article tells you all the ways you can store produce without plastic.

Plastic containers

Don’t use them. Especially don’t heat them!

Be creative about storing your food, clothing and other items. Until the second half of the 20th century, there were no plastic storage containers. You have many other options.

For storage, use...

  • glass jars and containers. I even use jars to freeze home-made soup - you just have to leave an inch of air-space at the top for expansion.
  • stainless steel containers with silicon lids 
  • pottery
  • wooden containers, boxes and drawers
  • cardboard boxes and drawers

People actually survived for thousands of years without plastic – and still did until not so long ago.

My grandmother used to store leftovers in the fridge by putting them in a bowl with a plate on top for a lid. My other grandmother would bring sandwiches to picnics wrapped in a lightly dampened clean tea towel to keep them from drying out.

Instead of plastic drawers or bags, people used to store out-of-season clothes in cedar chests with sprigs or sachets of herbs laid between the layers of folded clothing to protect them from moths.

Moth-proof herbs include:

  • lavender
  • rosemary
  • thyme
  • spearmint
  • cinnamon sticks
  • cloves

As you might guess, the powerful chemicals in modern mothballs -  typically naphthalene or paradichlorobenzene - are incredibly toxic.

6. Healthy living tips for your bedroom
and bathroom

Men, these healthy living tips are not just for women!

If you want to have healthy children – or have kids at all, since chemicals are linked to infertility – and avoid prostate cancer, you need these tips, too.

1. Clear out any product made with chemical ingredients including chemical-source scents, whether you're male or female.

Those bottles of perfume, cream, lotion, aftershave, or men’s cologne on your dresser and bathroom counter are causing trouble for you – unless they are all natural-source.

Even if the bottles, jars and tubes are closed, they still leak molecules into your bedroom air. You’d actually have to vacuum seal the bottles every time you closed them to prevent them from out-gassing.

2. Candles

If you like to have candles in your bedroom, choose natural 100% beeswax with fabric or paper wicks. Scented and paraffin candles fill your bedroom air with petrochemical fumes. It's a bit like having car exhaust in your bedroom.

Scented and paraffin candles fill your bedroom air with petrochemical fumes. © Karen Alison

One client with disabling PMS took all the scents, chemical products and candles out of her bedroom and was astonished the next time her period arrived because it was completely pain-free.

She had no warning from her usual cramps, nausea and headaches and could hardly believe the difference a chemical-free bedroom made to her body's comfort level. She slept better, too!

3. Renovation materials, fix-it items and other toxins...

By this point, you’ve probably figured out that it’s a really bad idea to store cans of oil, turpentine, paint, glues, solvents - including nail polish remover, pesticides, bug sprays or other chemicals in your bedroom!

4. Don’t keep dry-cleaned clothes in your bedroom.

Better yet, don’t wear clothes that have to be dry-cleaned. But if you must…

  • Look for a green dry cleaner who doesn’t use “perc” or perchloroethylene – a carcinogen
  • When you bring home dry cleaned clothes, unwrap them and air them out in a garage or outdoors – or on your balcony if you live in an apartment – before you bring them indoors or wear them, so they can outgas the dry cleaning chemicals.

Tetrachlorethylene, Perchloroethylene or “perc” is the chemical most commonly used for dry cleaning. It does evaporate into the air, but you don’t want it in your home air as it increases your chance of getting cancer.

5. Shun chemical room deodorizers.

Once you get all the scents, plastics and other toxins out of your room, you’ll be amazed at how much fresher the air will smell.

Air fresheners contain formaldehyde – which is used to preserve dead bodies. In living ones, like you, the American Cancer Society says that formaldehyde has been linked to upper throat cancer, nasal sinus cancer and leukemia.

It also causes:

  • watery eyes
  • burning eyes, nose, and throat
  • coughing and wheezing
  • nausea
  • irritated skin

6. Natural air fresheners:

  • Open the window! New houses are so well-sealed that the air system is circulating all the toxins. Get them out.
  • There are wonderful sprays made with organic, essential oils that will freshen your air without harming your lungs and body.
  • Simmer herbs in water or cinnamon and cloves in water and apple cider on the stove – fills your house with a delicious scent.
  • Put dishes of baking soda in smelly areas to absorb odors.
  • Light a match or beeswax candle in the bathroom if someone has left a bad smell behind.
  • Clean up mold. One of the most effective natural products for mould cleaning is Benefect, made from oil of thyme.

7. Healthy living tips for floors

Synthetic broadloom

If possible, rip it out. New synthetic broadloom outgases toxic chemicals, formaldehyde, pesticides and flame retardants.

Older broadloom is full of mold, fungus, and dust mites which can’t be cleaned out successfully even by professionals. One study found 10 million micro-organisms per square foot in broadloom!

Area rugs made of wool, cotton, hemp or sisal are fine.

The healthiest floors are...

  • wood
  • ceramic tile
  • stone
  • linoleum and
  • cork.

Deadly plywood contains formaldehyde

When you decide to rip out broadloom and the floor under it turns out to be plywood, coat it with Safecoat Safe Seal to seal in the formaldehyde - a carcinogen.

If it's not in your budget to cover the sealed plywood floor with one of the materials on the list above, you can paint it with a colour or pattern, if you like, and use area rugs.

8. Healthy living tips for furniture

Beware of fireproofed fabrics. Flame retardants are highly toxic, cause cancer, and only slow down burning time by a few minutes.

For upholstered furniture in the US, look for the “TB 117-2013” tag and ask if the furniture has been treated with flame retardants.

If there is particle board or plywood in your furniture, it will outgas formaldehyde. The solution is to seal it with a wood sealer that blocks formaldehyde emissions such as Safecoat Safe Seal. 

This is especially important for baby cribs where the particle board may be the floor of the crib. Also check the back of dressers and the underside of drawers.

9. Healthy living tips to deal with
insects and pests

Bug repellent

One of the most important healthy living tips is:

Never put chemical insect repellent on a child, animal, or your own skin. DEET is known to kill brain cells, cause neurological problems, and irritate your skin and eyes. It's toxic to birds, fish and other wildlife – and it’s in 75% of U.S. water.

Instead, use natural bug repellent like...

  • tea tree oil with citronella
  • neem oil with rosemary and lavender essential oils
  • witch hazel with peppermint, spearmint or catnip, or
  • mix vanilla extract with water and witch hazel and put into a spray bottle to spray on your skin.

Home and garden

  1. For pests in your home or garden and for fire ants, use Orange Guard.
  2. Diatomaceous earth works well for cockroaches, ants and fleas. For fleas, you can sprinkle it on your carpet, leave it down for a few hours, then vacuum.

Diatomaceous earth is a white powder made from the fossils of diatoms – ancient algae. It works by cutting through the insect’s carapace or outer shell, so the bugs die. Do not use the kind for swimming pools.

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