1. Adult vaccinations: The resurgence of whooping cough (pertussis) in California is a potent reminder that adults need immunization as well. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that adults 65 years and younger have a Tetanus, diptheria and pertussis (Td/Tdap) vaccination every 10 years.
2. Eat canned food? Avoid bisphenol-A (BPA), a potential endocrine disruptor currently being studied by the FDA, by minimizing the food you eat in cans. A report by the National Work Group for Safe Markets found BPA in 92 percent of the 50 cans they tested. However, there are a few companies selling canned food with no BPA, such as Eden Organics, Vital Choice, and some cans at Trader Joe’s.
3. What’s in that cream? Cosmetics may be bad for you--including your sunscreen. Check what’s in the shampoo, lotion, and other cosmetics you use at Skin Deep.
4. Nonstick pans: There is an ongoing debate about the safety of Teflon pans. At high temperatures, they give off fluorocarbon gases that can cause flu-like symptoms in people. And animal studies suggest that the perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) used in the manufacture of the pans can cause cancer and birth defects. Time to break out the good old cast iron skillet!
5. Are multi-vitamins worth it? Although some older studies have shown benefit in prevention of conditions such as colon cancer, current research shows no impact on disease prevention or health. But don’t forget your Omega 3s and Vitamin D!
6. Just a Coke: Drinking just one regular soda a day may increase the risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes. If you just love soda, consider the diet versions.
7. Dirty grocery bags? A study found E. coli in reusable grocery bags. Time to do the laundry!
8. You can't spot reduce fat on your body. Aerobic exercise is essential to good health, but you can't just do crunches and expect to lose belly inches.
9. Tip the Scales: Your scale may be lying to you. In a good way, that is. Muscle weighs more than fat, so you can lose fat and gain muscle while your scale says you’re staying the same.
: Consider sunscreens and lip balms where the only active ingredient is zinc oxide. The Skin Deep database suggests these are the safer choices.