Pumping GasI recently told a friend that I sometimes hate watching Dr. Oz because by the end of the episode, I feel like I can’t eat or drink anything without contributing to some terminal illness. Well, it seems Dr. Oz isn’t the only bearer of bad news.

According to a study published in the Environmental Health Perspectives, researchers at the Silent Spring Institute and the Harvard School of Public Health have found a possible link between 17 everyday chemicals and breast cancer.

Just great.

Among the identified possible carcinogens are those found in dry cleaning products (guess I gotta stick to machine washables), tobacco smoke (I don’t puff or inhale), vehicle exhaust and gasoline (I kinda like the smell of gas), hair and textile dyes (rolling my eyes), burnt food (who eats burnt food?!), and grilled meat (wait, what?).

More research is needed, though, but in the meantime the experts have published seven tips to help us reduce our exposure to these harmful substances.

In addition to limiting alcohol consumption, ceasing smoking, and maintaining a healthy weight, scientists suggest we:

1)    Avoid idling at the gas station;

2)    Use a ventilation fan while cooking and avoid eating burned food;

3)    Ask for “wet cleaning;”

4)    Use a solid carbon block filter to purify our drinking water;

5)    Avoid stain-resistant furnishings;

6)    Don’t buy furniture made with polyurethane foam or treated with flame retardants; and

7)    Keep our house clean, including vacuuming with a HEPA filter.

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