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Soda Companies Talk Coloring Changes To Avoid Cancer Warnings

Filed under: FoodCancer

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We let you know that both Coke and Pepsi were changing formula — specifically coloring — that would move away from some things that people are claiming causes cancer.

Now, they're speaking up about why they're making the change… even though they don't believe a word anyone is saying about the carcinogens.

Here's what they're saying

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Coca-Cola Modifies Formula To Avoid Cancer Warning Label

Filed under: FoodHealthCancer

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Although the soda company discredits any scientific research that led California lawmakers to consider a coloring substance called 4-MEI a carcinogen, Coca-Cola has decided to reformulate their product to avoid slapping a cancer warning label on it.

In 2011, the Center for Science in the Public Interest found the levels of 4-MEI in most 12-ounce servings of soda exceeded the 29 microgram limit that Cali recommended.

Despite releasing a statement that insists, "The 4-MEI levels in our products pose no health or safety risks," Coca-Cola is modifying its manufacturing process to comply with pressure from the government and consumer watchdog groups.

We don't know why Coke is being so bitter about this.

If there is even a slight CHANCE that a product (which is believed to be completely harmless, with the exception of too much sugar) may cause a deadly disease, the problem should be addressed. The fact of the matter is customers will feel at ease thanks to the change, so Coca-Cola should stop complaining.

Do U think the company made the right decision by reformulating their beverages to include less of a chemical that has been linked to cancer?

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California Attorney General Requires Warning Label For Brazilian Blowout Product

Filed under: HealthCancer

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Thanks to a lawsuit California filed in November against a North Hollywood-based hair product company, their products proven to emit a potentially cancer-causing gas will be properly labeled to warn consumers of the risk.

GIB LLC produces Brazilian Blowout Acai Smoothing Solution and Brazilian Blowout Professional Smoothing Solution, which were labeled as being free of formaldehyde — a carcinogen that can irritate eyes, skin and lungs.

Fortunately, that's going to change and the company has also has to pay $600,000 in fines for failing to notify consumers and hair stylists of the danger the chemicals in the products pose. Attorney General Kamala Harris said in a statement:

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Fran Drescher Shares The Disturbing Dangers Of Antibacterial Soap

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FitPerez reader Lauren has been using antibacterial soap her whole life, but heard it may not be as healthy as it sounds. For advice she wrote cancer survivor Fran Drescher, asking:

Hi Fran,

I’ve always made sure to buy antibacterial soap for my home to keep my family healthy but now I’m hearing antibacterial soaps can do more harm than good? What’s the deal with antibacterial soap?

According to Fran:

Hi Lauren,

Most antibacterial soaps contain an ingredient called Triclosan, which has been linked to cancer, thyroid disruption, skin irritation, liver and inhalation toxicity and antibiotic-resistant “superbugs”. Pretty scary stuff when you think about it. Triclosan can also be listed in the ingredients as Irgasan, Triclocarban, Biofresh, Ster-zac, Microban and Cloxifenolum. Check your products and see if it contains this chemical and to play it safe, just use plain ol’ soap and water.

For more answers to any health questions on your mind, tweet @frandrescher #askfranforfitperez and help fight cancer by checking out her website www.cancerschmancer.org!

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Report Finds Apple And Grape Juices Contain High Levels Of Arsenic

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This isn't good!

A Consumer Reports sample of various apple and grape juice brands found roughly 10% had "total arsenic levels that exceeded federal drinking-water standards."

Even worse is that most arsenic levels exceeding 10 parts per billion (the limit for drinking water) were found to be an inorganic arsenic, which is a known carcinogen!

Although there are no federal limits on arsenic or lead levels in juice, one in four samples yielded levels of lead higher than the FDA’s bottled-water limit of 5 ppb.

Scientific evidence suggests chronic exposure to arsenic and lead, even at levels below water standards, can result in serious health problems, so why is the FDA strictly limiting levels in drinking water and not other liquids like juice?

After all, you know who loves juice? Kids!

The report references a poll of parents that found 35% of children under 5 drink juice in quantities exceeding pediatricians recommendations. Sounds like a lot of juice and, possibly, a lot of exposure to carcinogens to us!

Joshua Hamilton, Ph.D., a toxicologist specializing in arsenic research, makes a good point in favor of stricter FDA regulation of arsenic levels in juice, saying:

"People sometimes say, ‘If arsenic exposure is so bad, why don’t you see more people sick or dying from it?’ But the many diseases likely to be increased by exposure even at relatively low levels are so common already that its effects are overlooked simply because no one has looked carefully for the connection."

The findings have sparked the Consumers Union to campaign that the FDA set arsenic and lead standards for apple and grape juice to meet, if not be lowered, the 5 ppb lead limit for bottled water.

Makes sense to us, what do U think???

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Bethenny Frankel's SkinnyGirl Margarita's Are Carcinogenic?!?

Filed under: Busted!Bethenny FrankelAlcoholCancer

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As we FIRST reported to our readers back in August, Whole Foods pulled Bethenny Frankel's SkinnyGirl cocktails from their shelves, but now we know why.

The healthy grocer released a statement that they "had to stop selling" Bethenny's product because "it contains a preservative that does not meet our quality standards."

Apparently, the "shelf-stable" margarita contains a preservative called sodium benzoate, which can become CARCINOGENIC if mixed with other substances such as vitamin C, such as mixing it with LIME, a very popular garnish for a margarita.

Bethenny, however, doesn't seem too worried that her product's removal from Whole Foods will affect her business, saying:

"With all due respect to Whole Foods, we were in a dozen of their stores and have decided not to continue in these stores. They represent an infinitesimal fraction of our business. We are, in fact, the fastest growing spirits brand in the US . . . We were bound to piss someone off, and everyone loves to try to tear down a success. This is a non-event."

In regards to anyone questioning SkinnyGirl Margarita because of health risks, the desperate housewife said:

"I'm not making wheatgrass here. If I could put an agave plant and some limes on a shelf I would. [The Skinnygirl Margarita] is as close to nature as possible, while still being a shelf-stable product."

Beam Global, the company that supplies the margarita, has said that the drink has "extremely low levels" of sodium benzoate and noted that it's a "very common" preservative.

Do U still trust SkinnyGirl Margaritas?

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Cellphones Pose No Cancer Risk To Children

Filed under: Tech TalkHealthCancer

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In the latest study that gives us a little more reassurance that we aren't killing ourselves every time we make a phone call, the use of cellphones do not increase children's risk for developing cancer!

In the first study focusing on the carcinogenic affects of cellphones on kids, researchers compared the cellphone habits of nearly 1,000 children between the ages of 7 and 19 in Western Europe, including 352 with brain tumors and 646 without.

Fortunately, those children using cellphones were no more likely to develop a brain tumor than others.

Pediatricians are using the study results to relieve parents that they "don't need to be panicked about cellphones and cancer". If you ARE still panicked, the American Cancer Society recommends reducing risk of cellphone energy exposure by using a hands-free device or a speakerphone.

This is definitely good news! We're just crossing our fingers that we won't ever write about another study that says otherwise.

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