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May 21, 2010

Cancer Risks Underestimated

In a recent report posted by the President’s Cancer Panel, it was stated that the public remains by and large unaware of such common cancer risks as formaldehyde, benzene, and radon. Formaldehyde is found in such things as plywood, particle board, carpets, drapes, and toiletries to name a few. We all are exposed to Benzene daily from car exhaust. Radon forms naturally and can occur in the home, it is the second leading cause of lung cancer. The report also faults the U.S. policy for allowing 80,000 commonly used chemicals to go unregulated and unstudied. This report is especially alarming with regards to children’s exposure to environmental toxins and risks for illness. Toxic chemicals remain active longer in children’s bodies and their brains are more prone to exposure.
To reduce chemical exposure it is suggested that:

-Remove shoes before entering home to avoid tracking in chemicals
-Filter tap water
-Use stainless steel, glass, or BPA-free water bottles
-Do not microwave in plastic containers- use ceramic or glass
-Minimize foods grown with pesticides and hormones
-Reduce radiation from x-rays and other medical sources

Kerry Ferguson, ND