5 Awesome Things That Are Killing Us as We Speak (PHOTOS)

jumpingIt's the year 2013. And the world is filled with amazing stuff. Every which way we turn, there are things, objects, material items that make our lives exponentially more convenient, easier, and faster. But guess what? These amazing things are slowly, steadily, and stealthily killing us.

Not to be a bummer here, guys, but we're all dying. Each day we're a little bit closer to death. And these 5 things are only speeding up that process. Womp womp.


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  • Water Bottles

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    Ahh, nothing quite like a swig of bottled spring water when you're on the go. Except maybe cancer! Despite their insane convenience, stop using plastic, people!

    According to BreastCancerFund.org, "BPA is a synthetic estrogen that can disrupt the hormone system, particularly when exposures occur while babies are still in the womb or in early life. Even minuscule exposures increase risks for breast cancer, prostate cancer, infertility, early puberty, metabolic disorders, and type-2 diabetes." Awesome!

    Solution: For god's sake, use glass.

  • Electric Blanket

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    Ooh, it's so fun to warm up in the winter under a toasty electric blanket, isn't it? But ask yourself this: Is it worth cancer? (Everything causes cancer, FYI. Reading this probably causes cancer.)

    There's no definitive answer on whether electric blankets cause this god-awful disease or not, but it's widely believed that there is a connection. Wise Geek writes, "The discussion about electric blanket use use and cancer risks usually revolves around the issue of electromagnetic fields that emanate from various types of wiring. In theory, the wiring in an electric blanket would emit a field as readily as the wiring found in the home or the power lines that supply electricity to residences and other buildings. If this is true, then continued exposure to the field via the regular use of an electric blanket could help to trigger a number of ailments, including the development of cancer."

    Solution: Knit yourself a throw, yo.

  • Air Conditioning

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    Air conditioning. One of the great inventions of our time. So, naturally, there's a link to leukemia.

    Like with most disease-causing, there's gray area, but there is a definite link between benzene, which is in car air conditioners, and leukemia. Cancer.org writes: "Fact: Benzene is known to cause cancer, based on evidence from studies in both people and laboratory animals. The link between benzene and cancer has largely focused on leukemia and other cancers of blood cells. Rates of leukemia, particularly acute myeloid leukemia (AML), have been found to be higher in studies of workers exposed to high levels of benzene, such as those in the chemical, shoemaking, and oil refining industries."

    Solution: Open the windows instead of turning on the AC (or do both). And don't make shoes.

  • Your iPhone!

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    Despite their turning us into a much more socially inept society, cellphones have made communicating -- texting, talking, emailing -- as convenient as it gets. But it comes with a price: Your life.

    There's no debate as to whether or not cellphones emit radiation (they do!), but here's a cheery fact to really drive the message home: The World Health Organization lists mobile phone use in the same "carcinogenic hazard" category as lead, engine exhaust, and chloroform.

    Solution: Use headphones -- not a Bluetooth -- when you can. And Christ, would it kill you to talk to someone face-to-face once in a while?

  • Antiperspirant

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    You don't want to reek up your office, so you wear deodorant. Makes sense. But you may not have an office to reek up when you die from the aluminum present in antiperspirants.

    Again, there isn't hard, conclusive evidence on antiperspirant causing cancer, but WebMD had this to say on the few studies that have been done: "Most breast cancers develop in the upper outer part of the breast -- the area closest to the armpit, which is where antiperspirants are applied. The studies suggest that chemicals in antiperspirants, including aluminum, are absorbed into the skin, particularly when the skin is nicked during shaving. These studies claim that those chemicals may then interact with DNA and lead to cancerous changes in cells, or interfere with the action of the female hormone estrogen, which is known to influence the growth of breast cancer cells." Glorious.

    Solution: Switch to an all-natural deodorant. And stink up your cubicle.

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