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May 31

President’s Cancer Panel Warns of New Health Risks

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A Strong Message from an Unlikely Source

The President’s Cancer Panel, which was founded in 1971 by the National Cancer Act, has always been the epitome of mainstream thought when it comes to the healthcare of this nation, which is why the report released on May 6th was so remarkable in scope. The 200+ page report (found here) outlines many chemical carcinogens common to our environment—chemicals which have aided in the precipitous rise in cancer rates nationwide, contributing to the 41% of all Americans who will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives.

Playing “whistle-blower” to both industry and regulatory agencies, which have looked the other way on matters concerning the correlation between chemicals and cancer, the report states,

“Only a few hundred of the more than
80,000 chemicals in use in the United States
have been tested for safety.”

The reasoning given for this lax chemical testing was varied and included:

  1. Inadequate funding and insufficient staffing
  2. Fragmented and overlapping authorities coupled with uneven and decentralized enforcement
  3. Excessive regulatory complexity
  4. Weak laws and regulations
  5. Undue industry influence

The Panel’s Findings

The Panel found evidence of toxic chemical exposure in the following:

  • Conventionally grown produce sprayed with pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides
  • Air pollution in the form of daily transportation, especially diesel fumes; dry cleaning, electricity production, and other industrial outgassing
  • Cell phones, which puts the user at possible risk of cellular damage from electromagnetic radiation
  • Tap water, which contains many chemicals (e.g. trihalomethanes, perchlorate, etc.), including pharmaceutical drugs, which can enter the water supply through excretion or improper disposal
  • Medical imaging procedures, such as computed tomography (CT) or mamography, which can expose the patient to several times the yearly recommended dosage of radiation
  • Natural environmental pollutants such as radon, occurring from the breakdown of uranium mineral, and accounting for 21,000 deaths annually

The Panel concluded that we carry within ourselves an increased burden of toxicity merely by approximation of these contaminants to our daily lives. The real call-to-action, however, is directed towards our children and women who may be pregnant or are nursing. In this report, the Panel made special consideration to pregnant women stating,

“While all Americans now carry many foreign chemicals
in their bodies, women often have higher levels of many
toxic and hormone-disrupting substances than do men.

Some of these chemicals have been found in maternal
blood, placental tissue, and breast milk samples from
pregnant women and mothers who recently gave birth.

Thus, chemical contaminants are being passed on to the
next generation, both prenatally and during breastfeeding.”

Infants are coming out of the womb “pre-polluted” with as many as 300 contaminants found in the average umbilical cord of a newborn.

Recommendations to Limit Your Exposure

Astoundingly, these recommendation I’m about to give are directly from the Panel’s report, recommendations that don’t stray far from holistic medical orthodoxy.

  • Parents should choose foods, house and garden products, play spaces, toys, medicines, and medical tests that will minimize child exposure to toxics
  • You should drink only filtered tap water or purchase reverse osmosis or remineralized distilled water
  • Take your shoes off once at home to avoid tracking in outside contaminants
  • Use stainless steel or glass instead of plastics for storing food and beverages and never microwave plastics or clean plastics in the dishwasher as these actions can increase the leeching of hazardous endocrine-disrupting chemicals (BPA and phthalates)
  • Buy organic produce and if you eat meat choose a source such as “free-range” or “grass-fed” varieties, as these have lowered levels of toxins
  • Turn off electrical devices and conserve energy where you can as this decreases our need to burn coal and other fossil fuels, thus lowering the output of air pollution
  • Properly dispose of household chemicals (pharmaceuticals, paints, etc.) to minimize the risk of soil or water contamination
  • Have your house tested for radon levels
  • Use a headset whilst talking on your cell phone

For more information on what’s contained in the products you buy, and for possible safer alternatives to those products, consider the following sites:

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