Monday, October 27, 2008

Sobering links between the environment and cancer

There is an excellent op-ed in the Globe today about the connection between the environment and the increasing cancer rate. Sobering, but important.

The Manic Mommies tackled the issue of toxic cleaning products and cosmetics last week in their podcast and pointed to some important work of the Environmental Working Group.

My feeling, however, is that our exposures to endocrine-disrupting chemicals is much greater than cleaning products and cosmetics. The air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat, even the grass we walk on, all are tainted with toxins. These, combined with our individual genetic predispositions, create cancers in some of us, not in others. It's a much larger problem that agencies and governments need to deal with, not individual families. Not that it doesn't make sense to do what we can (eat safer foods, use safer cleaning products and cosmetics) but ultimately, the bulk of the exposure is out of our control. Sorry to be a downer, but that's how I feel.

1 comment:

Vicki said...

It's true, there are a lot of aspects we can't control.

That said, even environmental sources of pollution and pesticides can be at the very least avoided. On days with bad air quality, we can try and spend as little time outside as possible. We can keep the car windows up when driving in heavily congested areas, etc.

Still, I know what you mean. I live in New York City, which I love too much to move away from. Yet I also wonder what it's doing to my health, and more importantly, the health of my kids.