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Cancer in your powder to lead in your food: How toxic is the modern home?

Amrutha Pagad
Amrutha PagadNov 25, 2022 | 15:22

Cancer in your powder to lead in your food: How toxic is the modern home?

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When our modern society looks back on history, it is flabbergasted to see how our ancestors even managed to survive a day in older times, with so much unhygienic places and lack of regulations on chemicals. 

In Victorian England, anything you used, drank or painted your face with, would contain toxic substances like lead and arsenic. We have all seen the ghostly pale white face of Queen Elizabeth I, who made lead-based makeup, the Lakme of modern times. 

But before we look and laugh at our ancestors for their very obvious ridiculous choices and marvel at their evolution and education, we may want to take a look at our kitchen cabinets and everyday products in use. 

Perhaps, hundred years from now, future-modern times will be laughing at us thinking about how we ever managed to live without dying of cancer in every part of our body. 

Recently, a study exposed how majority of popular sanitary pads sold in India harboured hazardous chemicals in them - chemicals that can cause PCOS to even cancer. 

It is shocking to find numerous harmful chemicals in commonly available sanitary products, including toxic chemicals like carcinogens, reproductive toxins, endocrine disruptors, and allergens.
- Dr Amit, investigator at the environmental NGO Toxics Link

Unfortunately, sanitary pads, which are often thought of as safer and hygienic menstrual products to use are not the only toxins, we regularly use. 

Some on this list may surprise you, some may not:

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Turns out modern times aren't any better than the middle ages (*cough* coronavirus pandemic *cough*). At this rate, we should consider ourselves lucky to be alive. 

Last updated: November 25, 2022 | 15:56
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