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Cancer and the Prolific use of Chemicals

Posted May 06 2010 5:12am

The whole business of cancer here in the US has troubled me for a long time.  We haven’t had a preventive plan, just means of screening for cancer once it exists.  We suggest that people who have had cancer not be exposed to dry cleaning fluid, cleaning solutions, non organic vegies.  Why not put those principles in place before cancer strikes?

Nicholas Kristoff has an op-ed piece in the New York Times announcing that the President’s Cancer Panel is doing just that.  “I’ve read an advance copy of the report and it’s an extraordinary document.  It calls on America to rethink the way we confront Cancer, including much more rigorous regulation of chemicals”  This is wonderful.

The article goes on to say that there are 80,000  only a few hundred have been tested for safety. “Many known or suspected carcinogens are completely unregulated.”

The report makes the following suggestions:

Give preference to food grown without pesticides, chemical fertilizers and growth hormones. Avoid meats that are cooked well-done.

Check radon levels in your home.

Filter drinking water.

Use glass for warming in the microwave.

Please take a moment to read Nicholas’ article and let’s watch for the release of this report.

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