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Kate Meyers: My first reaction to reading Nicholas Kristof's New York Times essay about the President's Cancer Panel declaring that chemicals threaten our bodies was ... "Duh!"


I mean, sometimes I feel like EVERYTHING is bad for us -- so why go crazy with worry? But my rational, albeit nonscientific mind (I apologize to every teacher who tried to make me understand math or science) knows better. I listen to Michael Pollan when he tells me to eat REAL food (mostly greens) and not to eat too much. I exercise regularly. I don't smoke. I have a "Don't ask, don't tell" policy about chocolate and cheese popcorn. But beyond that, I do everything I can to stay healthy so that, hopefully, I will be around to help my children take care of their children.

So I'm ecstatic that great scientific minds are on the lookout to see what is causing so much cancer in us and in our children. According to Kristof, 41 percent of Americans will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives. Among the information in the Panel's 200-page report is the disturbing fact that only a few hundred (out of more than 80,000!) chemicals in use in our country have been tested for safety.

I hope that politicians are smart enough to get that CANCER isn't a partisan issue, and that they all support Senator Frank Lautenberg's Safe Chemicals Act. If an ounce of prevention now -- meaning more research -- can lead to a healthier environment in the future, then (duh!) let's get to it.

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4 comments so far | Post a comment now
Danielle May 13, 2010, 5:18 AM

I knew it! That’s why they have so many recalls. It doesn’t have to prove itself safe first before it hits store shelves. It has to be proven unsafe before it can be pulled from the shelves!! NO matter the product!! Natural, herbal or whatever. Same as pills, toys or any other consumer goods.

Jeanne May 13, 2010, 9:15 AM

“Hope makes a good breakfast and a bad dinner.” Francis Bacon

LisaatEWG May 13, 2010, 12:40 PM

For those who want to take some simple steps to reduce their cancer risk (and yes, supporting the Safe Chemicals Act is critical!), EWG has some good ones on Enviroblog: Hope that is helpful, Lisa Frack (EWG)

Blackjack January 27, 2011, 6:09 PM

Your site is brilliant I will have to read it all, thank you for the diversion from my professors!

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