Chemicals and Cancer

Obama’s Cancer Panel (that consists of many Bush appointees, by the way) is about to release a report claiming that chemicals are a cancer risk: the report is not out yet, but check out an editorial here:
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/06/opinion/06kristof.html

Here are a few of the panel’s recommendations:

Particularly when pregnant and when children are small, choose foods, toys and garden products with fewer endocrine disruptors or other toxins. (Information about products is at http://www.cosmeticsdatabase.com or http://www.healthystuff.org.)

For those whose jobs may expose them to chemicals, remove shoes when entering the house and wash work clothes separately from the rest of the laundry.

Filter drinking water.

Store water in glass or stainless steel containers, or in plastics that don’t contain BPA or phthalates (chemicals used to soften plastics). Microwave food in ceramic or glass containers.

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. Radon is a natural source of radiation linked to cancer.

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