Friday, May 07, 2010

More on the environment and cancer

Coincidentally, two articles in the NYTimes appeared right after my most recent two posts about cancer and the environment.
New Alarm Bells About Chemicals and Cancer

The President’s Cancer Panel is the Mount Everest of the medical mainstream, so it is astonishing to learn that it is poised to join ranks with the organic food movement and declare: chemicals threaten our bodies.

The cancer panel is releasing a landmark 200-page report on Thursday, warning that our lackadaisical approach to regulation may have far-reaching consequences for our health.

I’ve read an advance copy of the report (says Nicholas Krisof), and it’s an extraordinary document. It calls on America to rethink the way we confront cancer, including much more rigorous regulation of chemicals. (italics mine)
You can read the report, or parts of it, yourself here.

So of course, the very next day, here is the headline:
U.S. Panel Criticized as Overstating Cancer Risks

A dire government report on cancer risks from chemicals and other hazards in the environment has drawn criticism from the American Cancer Society, which says government experts are overstating their case. (italics mine)
I guess it's not surprising, given the American Cancer Society's stance about what causes cancer. I don't think the government's report is dire or overstates their case. But that's just me...

2 comments:

Beth said...

Thanks for sharing these articles! I’m with you, Adena; I think the report will serve as a wake up call for a lot of people. I work with a woman named Brenda Watson who is a Naturopathic Doctor and Digestive Care Expert and she really opened my eyes to all of the toxins in our everyday lives. If you ever want to read more or learn about cleansing your body/environment check out her book “The Detox Strategy” or site: www.brendawatson.com.

Deborah said...

Leads me to wonder in whose pocket the ACS is exactly...