Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Shaklee Introduces Get Clean Water Filter

PLEASANTON, CA -- Shaklee Corporation, a leading provider of natural nutrition, personal care and environmentally friendly home care products, announced today the release of Get Clean® Water, a revolutionary new water filtration pitcher system certified by the Water Quality Association (WQA) to reduce up to 99 percent of lead, as well as more than 50 contaminants that may cause health problems.*

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, lead is a toxic metal now known to be harmful to human health if ingested. Lead is often present in drinking water due to the corrosion of household plumbing and is estimated to contribute up to 20 percent of lead exposure in young children. Chronic lead exposure can result in lowered IQ, behavioral problems and learning disabilities.

Multi-patented Get Clean Water uses a solid block of carbon to filter and clean water. Each Get Clean Water filter is certified to reduce contaminants from 80 gallons of water, twice as much as Brita® and PUR® pitcher filters, and each filter is made from sustainable coconut shell carbon using a zero-emission process. As the first pitcher with a refillable carbon-block filter system, Get Clean Water also reduces landfill waste.

"A study has shown a total of more than 300 agricultural and industrial pollutants in the tap water of 45 states with more than half of those pollutants having no drinking water safety standards," said Dr. Jamie McManus, Chairman of Medical Affairs, Health Sciences and Education at Shaklee. "Get Clean Water is certified by the Water Quality Association to reduce over 50 contaminants, and each filter has double the filtration capacity of Brita and PUR pitcher filters. These benefits make Get Clean Water an ideal solution for consumers interested in a fresh take on clean water."

To try Get Clean Water from Shaklee, visit

*Contaminants reduced not in all users' water. See product performance data sheet for complete contaminant reductions.

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About Shaklee
Founded in 1956, Shaklee Corporation is the number one natural nutrition company in the United States. A leading provider of premium-quality natural nutrition products, personal care products, and environmentally friendly home care products, Shaklee has more than 50 patents and patents pending worldwide. With more than 1.2 million members and distributors around the globe, Shaklee currently operates in the U.S., Mexico, Canada, Japan, Malaysia, Taiwan, and China. In 2000, Shaklee became the first company in the world to be Climate Neutral™ certified to totally offset its CO2 emissions, resulting in a net-zero impact on the environment.

Monday, August 02, 2010

Do cleaning products cause breast cancer?

Women who report greater use of cleaning products may be at higher breast cancer risk than those who say they use them sparingly. Researchers writing in BioMed Central's open access journal Environmental Health asked more than 1500 women about their cleaning product usage and found that women who reported using more air fresheners and products for mold and mildew control had a higher incidence of breast cancer.

Julia Brody, from the Silent Spring Institute, USA, worked with a team of researchers to carry out telephone interviews with 787 women diagnosed with breast cancer and 721 comparison women. She said, "Women who reported the highest combined cleaning product use had a doubled risk of breast cancer compared to those with the lowest reported use. Use of air fresheners and products for mold and mildew control were associated with increased risk. To our knowledge, this is the first published report on cleaning product use and risk of breast cancer."

The researchers questioned women on product use, beliefs about breast cancer causes, and established and suspected risk factors. They found that cleaning products, air fresheners, and insect repellents were associated with breast cancer, but little association was observed with overall pesticide use.

Women with breast cancer who believed that chemicals and pollutants contribute 'a lot' to the risk of developing the condition were more likely to report high product usage. Speaking about this potential bias to the study, Brody said, "When women are diagnosed with breast cancer, they often think about what happened in the past that might have contributed to the disease.

As a result, it may be women with breast cancer more accurately recall their past product use or even over-estimate it. Or, it could also be experience with breast cancerinfluences beliefs about its causes. For example, women diagnosed with breast cancer are less likely to believe heredity contributes 'a lot', because most are the first in their family to get the disease."

In order to avoid possible recall bias, the researchers recommend further study of cleaning products and breast cancer using prospective self-reports and measurements in environmental and biological media.

Reference: Journal article abstract and full pdf article:

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