The carcinogen-free store

In the past couple of weeks I’ve had several people say to me “Is it me or am I hearing the term cancer more and more?” Knowing a clutch of people who have or are dealing with the big C, I’ve had the same thought in my head for the past several months.

What’s going on – is it our lifestyles – what we eat, how much we sleep, how much we drink? Is it environmental – the chemicals in the everything, the air we breathe? Is it that diagnostics are getting better – technology is catching tumors that might have gone undetected in the past? Is it that I’ve reached an age where my friends are just entering the zone of risk and the parents are firmly in the risk zone?

It is probably a combination of everything.

But as I think about what I can control, I would love to be able to consume “safer” products. Of course every product is made of chemicals and not all chemicals are bad, but we know there are some which are or could be carcinogenic. I’d like to avoid those.

The only way for me to do that right now is to read a ton, educate myself on which chemicals are dangerous and then read every single label to ensure it doesn’t contain any chemical on that list.

But there has to be a better way – couldn’t there be a store that did this research and only carried the products that fell within the bounds? Since I’d want these safe products in every category, it would have to be a really broad selection – cooking utensils, clothing, accessories, etc.

Think of Amazon, but with a layer on top of it “carcinogen free (CF)”. This entity would do the research and identify the products in several categories that are safer. It then sets up it’s CF Store. All the items are on Amazon, this is just the CF Store’s selected short list. When a user shops at this store, the transaction is completed on Amazon and the CF Store gets a cut. There are no guarantees with this stuff, so the CF Store would do a to-the-best-of-our-abilities thing. But that’s a heck of a lot better than what I can do right now.

The CF store doesn’t just have to be the CF Store alone. It could also be the CF and Green Store that also picks environmentally friendly products. That would just be another slice of what’s available on Amazon.

Or what if on Amazon itself, there were filters- CF, Green etc., in addition to the Brand, Material and Color filters that already exist. I do a search and check the filters that are important to me. As I check more filters, the number of products reduce, but hey, I’m willing to deal with less choice for being more picky.

Does something like this exist? If it does, let me know and sign me up.

  • http://punarjanma.wordpress.com ra

    I think I have seen products that say they are carcinigen free, can't remember where-maybe it was a beauty product.

  • http://shripriya.com/blog Shripriya

    Ra, the products definitely exist – I just want them all in one place.
    Was this a beauty store dedicated to carcinogen-free or with a special
    section? That would be an acceptable alternative to the carcinogen-
    free super-store. 🙂

  • ra

    I can't remember-but there are entire stores like the organic pharmacy that would take that line I think, along with parabens free etc. And I didn't notice that I spelled carcinogen wrong the last time! I agree with you, better to have it all in one place and have a filtering system. They are trying some sort of signalling system on food products here, with red and green light symbols to control obesity.

  • http://www.fuentedance.com/ fuentedance

    Hello everyone. Here in Greece where i live you can never really know. Some years before the rich could find some pure foods from local farmers but now with all the chemicals and hormones used in agriculture and in animal food you really NEVER know.

  • Rational Human

    People, people. There is no such thing as a carcinogen free food. Toxicity (and by extension mutagenic potential …) is all a matter of dose: even water, in excess is toxic.

    And all this stuff about organic being non carcinogenic is a load of manure :-). Take organic potato chips- fry them a little too long (even in organic oil), you’ve got a acryl amide- which, in excess, is carcenogenic.

    The problem is that most people are scientifically illiterate and most journalists are english majors rather than scientists (writing for an even less literate “average” population).

    Thus no store can sell carcinogen free food. If they do, they’re frauds.

  • Rational Human

    People, people. There is no such thing as a carcinogen free food. Toxicity (and by extension mutagenic potential …) is all a matter of dose: even water, in excess is toxic.

    And all this stuff about organic being non carcinogenic is a load of manure :-). Take organic potato chips- fry them a little too long (even in organic oil), you’ve got a acryl amide- which, in excess, is carcenogenic.

    The problem is that most people are scientifically illiterate and most journalists are english majors rather than scientists (writing for an even less literate “average” population).

    Thus no store can sell carcinogen free food. If they do, they’re frauds.

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  • http://www.prakashonsoftware.com Prakash

    I don’t know of a place that does carcenogenic screening but NFCR seems to have a case for environmental causes being more significant than genetics. “The researchers concluded that genes actually play a relatively minor role in most cancers: Environmental factors are the principal determinants of who gets cancer. ”

    Link: http://www.nfcr.org/CancerInformation/NFCROnYourHealthSeries/WhatCausesCancerGenesVsEnvironment/tabid/106/Default.aspx

  • http://www.prakashonsoftware.com Prakash

    Don’t know of a place where you can get CF free stuff but this link from NFCR should bolster the case for finding one:

    http://www.nfcr.org/CancerInformation/NFCROnYourHealthSeries/WhatCausesCancerGenesVsEnvironment/tabid/106/Default.aspx

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Gayatri-Gopalan/1506233871 Gayatri Gopalan

    Try subscribing to the toxics feed on ewg.org – perhaps they will recommend products?

  • http://shripriya.com/blog Shripriya

    Thanks Gayatri. I used to browse the site on occasion, but will subscribe.

  • Rational Human

    This is what comes about when Rachel Carson and her 60's hippies mount a savage emotional and irrational attack on science- a scientifically illiterate propulace willing to be take advantage of by quacks.
    I'd recommend you all go to Sense about Science and read a little bit- there's a nice PDF report put out by this British Nonprofit with eminent scientific input (not some failed English communications major who can't rub two scientific brain cells together gullibly reporting verbatim some flax wearing hippie marketer's claims)

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  • http://www.markumfuadi.co.cc malcum

    tks for the info..

    from now.. i'll be aware of it.. of course, first.. in my neighborhood area..

    i'll let u know.. if i had any information ahead..

  • Linda

    Try: http://www.cosmeticsdatabase.com
    You will be throwing out a ton of stuff after that 🙂 LT

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  • Prithvi

    See this – http://www.goodguide.com – it also has an iPhone app!
    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/15/technology/in

  • Prithvi

    See this – http://www.goodguide.com – it also has an iPhone app!
    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/15/technology/in

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    apsaraskincare is a place where they sell beauty products that are sulphate free and parabean free. They are natural and prepared from the herbal supplements and not animal tested.