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7 Everyday Chemicals Linked to Lung Cancer

From the Show: Mindful Medicine
Summary: Do you know what's in the products you're using to clean your home and workspace?
Air Date: 6/4/14
Duration: 10
Host: Holly Lucille, ND, RN
Guest Bio: Alexander R. Marmureanu, MD
Dr. Marmureanu is the founding physician of California Heart & Lung Surgery Medical Center. He maintains a busy, active Cardiothoracic Surgery practice in Los Angeles with special expertise in the field of minimally invasive surgery.

Having trained and practiced at a number of internationally prominent hospitals, such as NYU, Mount Sinai and UCLA, he brings a wealth of valuable experience to the California Heart & Lung Surgery Center.

AlexDr. Marmureanu completed his General Surgery Residency and a Research Fellowship at New York University Medical Center in New York City.

He then continued his surgical training at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City where he was actively involved in the field of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery research. His Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellowship was completed at UCLA, where he subsequently joined the UCLA faculty as Clinical Instructor in the Department of Surgery.

Dr. Marmureanu was then appointed Director of Thoracic Surgery at Century City Hospital, where he built a very successful Center for Thoracic Surgery.

Dr. Marmureanu has authored numerous research papers and publications and is a member of multiple organizations and committees, both nationally and internationally.

Active in both local and international charitable causes, Dr. Marmureanu donates his time by traveling to Eastern Europe to help train local surgeons both in the operating room and through lectures at educational forums.
7 Everyday Chemicals Linked to Lung Cancer
Every day you use some type of cleaning agent to clean your dishes, floors, counter tops or bathrooms.

Cleaning is essential and can oftentimes make you feel better and refreshed.

However, household and cleaning products release dangerous chemicals, including volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that seep into your respiratory system and can contribute to chronic respiratory problems.

According to the American Lung Association, past studies link exposure to chemicals from cleaning supplies to occupational asthma and other respiratory issues. Even natural fragrances such as citrus can react to produce dangerous indoor pollutants.

While you're cleaning, poor indoor air quality can cause or contribute to the development of infections, lung cancer, and chronic lung diseases such as asthma.

What are the seven chemicals that you should be looking out for while purchasing your cleaning products?

Alexander R. Marmureanu, MD, joins Dr. Holly to discuss the seven chemicals that are linked to lung cancer

Products containing VOCs and other toxic substances can include:
  • Aerosol spray products, including health, beauty and cleaning products
  • Air fresheners
  • Chlorine bleach
  • Detergent and dish washing liquid
  • Dry cleaning chemicals
  • Rug and upholstery cleaners
  • Furniture and floor polish
  • Oven cleaners