President’s Cancer Panel: Stronger Regulation of Chemicals Needed
The President’s Cancer Panel released a report last week that really goes beyond what many in the medical establishment have been willing to come right out and say heretofore. Strongly advocating for better regulation of environmental chemicals in the water, air and food supply the panel states that Americans face "grievous harm" and that the role of chemicals and pollutants as a cause of cancer has been "grossly underestimated."
Except plenty of blowback on this one. The scientific and political establishment has been challenged.
But that’s not all. The report takes aim at the dangers of chemical exposure during pregnancy by noting the 300 contaminants that have been found in umbilical cord blood and bluntly state: "to a disturbing extent, babies are born ‘pre-polluted.’ " Needless to say, the soon-to-be-born are at particular risk due to their physical size and developmental rate.
This is a big deal and we certainly hope you will be hearing a lot more about it in the coming weeks and months. We’ve talked about the lack of regulation of the chemical industry in this blog on several occasions (here, here and here), so we’re glad to see the issue receiving the light-of-day treatment it so richly deserves.
Suggestions from the 240-page report include:
- choose organic foods when possible
- microwave in glass and ceramic containers rather than glass
- check your home for radon
- filter your drinking water
- avoid well-done meats
- overhaul existing chemical legistation
Did you know asbestos has not been banned in the US? I thought it had. Not so. That’s in the report too.