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Colorado Groundwater Likely Contains Hormone-Disrupting Chemicals

Via The Boulder Weekly:

Front Range groundwater likely contains hormone-disrupting chemicals due to oil and gas activity -

Holistic Tips for Expectant Moms

Via Veria Living:

Top 10 Holistic Tips for Expectant Moms

Nearly 100 Toxic Plumes Poisoning Colorado Water

A well known carcinogen is causing poison plumes across Colorado and thanks to the inept EPA, it's perfectly legal.
"The (plumes) formed because, in the past, PCE legally could be flushed into sewers, dumped out backdoors, emptied down alleys.
PCE is heavy, sinking through soil and groundwater to form pools that can remain volatile for decades and do not readily break down.
Health authorities say they worry most about sites where PCE levels in soil and groundwater are so high that vapors rise up and contaminate buildings."
Read more:
Cancer-causing chemical PCE contaminates Colorado soil, water and homes - The Denver Post

Why Organics Matter (Especially to Children)

Via the Environmental Working Group (EWG):

The Case For Organic Fruits and Veggies

EPA Unable to Identify Cause of Cancer Cluster

Osteosarcoma incidence rates
have increased 40% since 1970s
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has been investigating possible environmental causes for a cluster of childhood cancer cases near West Salem, Oregon.  The investigation is in response to a public petition begun after numerous children were diagnosed with a type of bone cancer called osteosarcoma; at least 1 has died.
"Investigators tested for the presence of radium, found in some drinking water sources, that has been connected with osteosarcoma."
Radium is a radioactive metal found in uranium, radon is the radioactive gas formed when radium decays; both are known carcinogens.

A parent group, led by Craig Prosser, indicated more osteosarcoma cases are being reported by current and former West Salem youths.
“People are coming out of the woodwork,” Prosser said. “We’re just trying to find answers to help kids in the future not get sick.”
State Rep. Vicki Berger, stated she would keep pressure on officials to continue looking for a cause for the cancer cases.
“Nobody in this community is going to walk away from this,” she said. “Why would we? How could we?”

Read more:
EPA study finds no environmental cause for West Salem cancer cases | Statesman Journal |

Carcinoid Tumor Overview

What are carcinoid tumors?

From WebMD:
"Most carcinoid tumors start in the gut, including the intestines, appendix, rectum, colon, stomach, and pancreas. These tumors can also be found in the lungs, ovary, and elsewhere.  Carcinoid tumors are a type of neuroendocrine tumor, which means they come from cells of the nervous and endocrine system."

According to the National Cancer Institute, these tumors are usually diagnosed in adults, however, they are sometimes found in children.

Learn more about symptoms, treatment & risk factors from NCI.

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Carcinoid tumors are one type of cancer that
 has seen dramatic increases in recent years, many suspect changes in our food may be the cause.
Inceased incidence in carcinoid tumors

Carcinoid tumor locations

Firefighters Object to Toxic Flame Retardant

From the state of Washington, firefighters are battling for cancer prevention:
"Firefighters told lawmakers Wednesday that Tris chemicals, two flame retardants linked to cancer & other health problems, are dangerous and don’t belong in children’s products."
"Geoff Simpson of the Washington State Council of Firefighters says that chemical flame retardants are ineffective.
“I’ve never been to a house fire where everything burned except for the foam cushions inside the couch. Everything burns, these things not only are they burning, but they are killing people that are sitting on them because they are exposing them to toxic chemicals,” he said."

Read more:
Firefighters want ban on chemical flame retardants in children’s products :: The Capitol Record | News, background and notes on Washington state government.

Prevention Tip:  Avoid flame retardants; choose natural materials like cotton & wool, which are naturally fire-resistant.

Flame retardant chemicals are also causing increasing numbers of cancers in firefighters.  Since fire retardants are found in so many places throughout most homes, it's important to know how to avoid them as much as possible. (this is especially important for any home with children, pets, or people with breathing or immune problems)

Learn more tips for from the Environmental Working Group's "Healthy Home Tips".

WHO: Highest Cancer Risk is in Developed Countries

Last week the World Health Organization (WHO) revealed some startling facts regarding the impact cancer is having on our lives.  It wasn't all bad news, as they strongly urged more efforts in preventing cancer worldwide, even going so far as saying this:
"We can't beat cancer with drugs alone; more commitment to prevention is desperately needed."
As a resident of the U.S., I found the first line of this article particularly disturbing:
"Globally, 1 in 5 men and 1 in 6 women will develop cancer before the age of 75."
Disturbing, because in the USA, 1/2 of all men & 1 in 3 women will be diagnosed, double the worldwide rate!  I wonder if U.S. childrens' risk trends are similar to adults; I suspect they are.

Also, according to the WHO report,
the total yearly cost of cancer was $1.16 trillion in 2010.
Incidence rates and the number of dollars spent increase every year, which is why the critical importance of preventing cancer is finally being prioritized as the most important weapon if we intend to win the decades long War on Cancer.

Read more:
Cancer: A Global Threat

Clyde, Ohio Cancer Cluster Vitims Pay for Testing

The on-going tragedy in Clyde, Ohio is another example of the government's failure to oversee & regulate the actions of corporations.  And in Clyde, it's children who are paying the price.
"Like other cancer cluster areas, Clyde has an unusually high rate of cancer diagnoses. At least 37 children in the area have been diagnosed -- and all live within 12 miles of each other." 
"In the fall of 2012, the EPA found high levels of toxic, possibly cancer-causing chemical compounds in soil samples from Whirlpool Park, formerly a residential area owned by home appliance manufacturer Whirlpool Corp. Locals said that "black sludge" had been dumped in the area." 
It was reported that black sludge was dumped at Whirlpool Park near the basketball court & near the pond that provided water for the swimming pool. The EPA found the dumping ground contained a depth of  9 feet of  toxic sludge full of PCBs.

It is a far too common story that little map-dot towns are invaded by huge corporations promising jobs & growth.  I drive US-20 through Clyde fairly often, always with a very heavy heart.  Except for Whirlpool, there's really not much to distinguish it from the the countless other little farm-land hamlets in northern Ohio.  Recently I noticed a fairly new cancer clinic down the road from the Whirlpool behemoth; I'm certain that's not the kind of 'growth' the good people of Clyde expected.

Read more:
Clyde, Ohio, 'Cancer Cluster' Families Pay For Toxicity Tests Of Their Homes

New Vitamin C Research

Yet another research study has found Vitamin C could be effective medicine for people fighting cancer.
"Vitamin C delivered directly to human and mouse ovarian cancer cells helped kill off those cells while leaving normal cells unharmed, University of Kansas researchers report."
A search of the PubMed database for "Vitamin C & cancer" provides results of more than 4,600 studies; many of them had incredibly positive results.  Vitamin C has repeatedly been shown to kill several types of cancer cells without harming healthy cells.  So why don't cancer patients have the option of using this safe & effective treatment?
"It's been hard to attract funding for further research. There's no reason for pharmaceutical companies to fund vitamin C research, and federal officials have been uninterested in plowing research dollars into the effort"
If you'd like to see more research into less toxic treatments, please tell Congress.  They are supposed to represent our values & they must prioritize spending accordingly.  They continue to fund strategies that are causing us to lose the War on Cancer; we need change we (& our children) can live with.  It's time to fund research focused on cancer prevention & treatments that don't have 'death' as a side effect.

Read the full study:
Intravenous Vitamin C May Boost Chemo's Cancer-Fighting Power

Related article:
"Vitamin C to Treat Neuroblastoma"

Testicular Cancer Incidence Trends (& the Disturbing Connections)

From a 2008 testicular cancer study:
"Testicular cancer is the most diagnosed malignancy among young men age 15 to 34 years. 95% of tumors arising in the testes are Germ Cell Tumors (GCTs).
Incidence of testicular cancer continues to increase among US males. Between 1975 and 2004 the incidence rate for ages, 15−49 years increased 71.9%.  Black males demonstrated the highest increase in the annual percent change.
"A possible plausible explanation comes from gestational hormonal differences, namely differences in in-utero exposure to testosterone and estrogen, with increased risk of testicular cancer associated with elevated levels of estrogen in-utero." 
"There is a possibility that hormonal differences may act in concert with genetic, life style or environmental influences to initiate and promote testicular carcinogenesis."
Read the full study:
Testicular Cancer Incidence Trends in the United States, 1975−2004

The reason this post is tagged 'Childhood Cancer' is because Germ Cell Tumors occur in males & females of all ages; in females they present most often as ovarian cancer.  It is the cancer my daughter was diagnosed with nearly 5 years ago, when she was 10 years old.

Like most ovarian cancers, hers wasn't diagnosed until it had advanced to Stage 3. (click here for ovarian cancer symptoms)

Testicular cancers are often detected early because they are easier to notice. (this family-friendly video shows how to do a self-exam)

Unlike most ovarian cancers, which form on the surface (epithelial) of the ovary, GCTs  begin in the egg cells.  In males, germination cells are supposed to become sperm cells; they are the seeds of life itself.

In his recent book, "Avoidable Causes of Childhood Cancer", Dr. Samuel Epstein wrote this:
"The annual incidence of cancer for adolescents increased from 183 per million in 1979 to 204 per million in 1995." 
"The largest contributors to this increase were testicular & ovarian germ cell tumors."
In an effort to reassure me of how 'treatable' her cancer was, it was my daughter's oncologist who pointed out to me that she had the same type of cancer as Lance Armstrong.  Regardless of gender, germ cell tumors usually present in the gonads (testicles & ovaries); they are occasionally found in the lungs, brain or spine.  The vast majority of research on GCTs involves men; childhood cancer research has always been egregiously underfunded.

It is true that germ cell tumors have very successful treatment protocols.  The surgeries are very patient-specific; the chemotherapy (usually BEP) is the same regardless of age or gender, it is also among the harshest in regular use.  Thankfully, my daughter is approaching the '5 years cancer-free' milestone.

The next time you hear talk of BPA, pthalates & other endocrine disruptors, please remember this: these toxins are causing damage to the seeds of life itself; it cannot be repaired, it must be PREVENTED!

--> Learn more about the endocrine system.

Indoor Air Pollution Increases Cancer Risk

FACT:  Indoor air pollution increases your cancer risk.

Prevention Tip:  Avoid perfume, air 'fresheners' and household products with fragrance.  Also, remove shoes outside and open a window to let in fresh air for at least 2-5 minutes every day.

Learn more:
Homeowners Aim to Clear the Air

8 Hidden Sources of Plastic Chemicals

Prevention Tip: Reduce use of plastics & choose them carefully, especially childrens' products.

Learn more:
8 Hidden Sources of Plastic Chemicals | Healthy Living - Yahoo Shine

20 Cancer Prevention Tips for All Ages

The following cancer prevention tips are based on the 2010 President's Cancer Panel Report which focused on environmental exposures to known & suspected carcinogens. (toxic chemicals & radiation) The comprehensive report provided the following statement & advice to the public:
"Individuals can take important steps in their own lives to reduce their exposure to environmental elements that increase risk for cancer and other diseases. And collectively, individual small actions can drastically reduce the number and levels of environmental contaminants."
The Panel's first recommendation is critical for all children, from pre-birth on.

1) Minimize children's exposure to toxics; pre-parents should avoid exposure to toxics before baby's conception

* The Environmental Working Group has lots of "Healthy Home" & "Healthy Pregnancy" tips that can help protect your family.

* Cancer prevention expert Dr. Samuel Epstien's latest book is titled & devoted to "Avoidable Causes of Childhood Cancer" (preview on Amazon)

2)  Avoid materials treated with flame retardants and/or stain protectors; they endanger your family's health & the health of firefighters & first responders

3 Remove shoes outside

4 Wash work laundry separate from family laundry

5 Filter your water --> Learn more

6 Use phthalate & BPA-free water bottle 
---> Learn more

7 Never microwave plastic, transfer frozen meals to glass
Choose safer plastics ---> Learn more

8 Chooses organic & free-range foods 
--> Learn more

9 Reduce/avoid grilled & well-done meats 
--> Learn more

10 Choose safe household cleaners 
--> Learn more

11 Choose safe cosmetics & body care products 
--> Learn more here & here

12 Properly dispose of toxic materials 
--> Learn more

13 Avoid using yard & garden pesticides & fertilizers
 --> Learn more

14 Reduce energy consumption by turning off lights & unplugging devices when not in use (this helps reduce pollution from energy production which increases many cancer risks)

15 Use public transportation, walk or ride a bike

-16 Quit smoking

17 Text instead of calling, use a headset, keep calls short 
--> Learn more

18 Check your home for radon 
--> Learn more

19 Reduce/avoid exposure to medical radiation, especially children
--> Learn more

20 Avoid tanning beds & over-exposure to sunlight 
--> Learn more

-BONUS TIP Get involved! The Panel said this:

Each person can become an active voice in his or her community. To a greater extent than many realize, individuals have the power to affect public policy by letting policymakers know that they strongly support environmental cancer research and measures that will reduce or remove from the environment toxics that are known or suspected carcinogens or endocrine-disrupting chemicals. Individuals also can influence industry by selecting non-toxic products and, where these do not exist, communicating with manufacturers and trade organizations about their desire for safer products.

* Note: Links to further information are provided by page owner, not the Panel.

Less Cancer: What You Can Do Today

February is Cancer Prevention Month in the US and Tuesday, the 4th, is both World Cancer Day & Cancer Prevention Day.  People are slowly realizing that the solution to the cancer epidemic is prevention.

Learn how to ensure there's less cancer in the future:
What You Can Do | Less Cancer

The High Cost of Toxins

Disturbing as it is, a recent Huff-Post article made some very important points:
"BPA is just one of a growing list of chemicals suspected in America's rising rates of disease. More than 80,000 chemicals are currently in commerce, yet only a small number of those have been fully tested for health effects." 
"Most Americans believe the government is protecting them, that chemicals are tested before they go into lipstick or food packaging. But the truth is completely the opposite: They come onto the market with little or no scrutiny," said Dr. Philip Landrigan, chairman of the department of preventative medicine at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York., referring to the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976." 
"Prevention is far more cost-effective than treatment," wrote Gary Cohen, president of the nonprofit Health Care Without Harm, noting that only 4 cents of every dollar spent on health care in the U.S. goes toward curbing disease." 
"Dr. Landrigan applied a similar argument to toxic chemical regulation. It's more cost-effective to recognize the hazards of lead paint or flame retardants before rather than after they go on the market," he said." 
"Bisphenol S, now widely used in "BPA-free" products, further illustrates potential problems with the government's innocent-until-proven-guilty regulatory strategy. BPS is chemically similar to BPA and, since its appearance on the market, has been documented to have the same if not more hazardous properties as its cousin compound."

Read the full article:
BPA Among Toxic Chemicals Driving Up Health Care Costs, Experts Say

New Study Suggests Air Pollution is Changing Kids' DNA

Disturbing news from a recent study in California:

"The implication of the study is "we can really show this idea of epigenetic changes – changes in people’s genetic make-up from their exposure to the environment – and those epigenetic changes potentially go on not only through their life, but actually get passed on to children in the second and third generation."

"Doctors concluded that exposure to pollution was
 possibly causing changes to kids’ DNA."

"The findings surprised Dr. Katharine Hammond, a UC Berkeley professor and a longtime air pollution researcher. “I have to say, my jaw dropped almost to the floor,” Hammond says. “I was stunned.”

Read more:
Is The Central Valley's Air Pollution Affecting Our Cells And Genes? | Valley Public Radio

Potent Antioxidents Found in Medicinal Herbs

"Traditional Chinese medicinal plants associated with anticancer might be potential sources of potent natural antioxidants and beneficial chemopreventive agents.  These medicinal herbs exhibited far stronger antioxidant activity and contained significantly higher levels of phenolics than common vegetables and fruits."

Read the research:
Antioxidant Activity and Phenolic Compounds of 112 Traditional Chinese Medicinal Plants Associated with Anticancer

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Red Meat & Colon Cancer

Yet another study demonstrating the increased risk of colon cancer in people who eat a lot of red & processed meats.

"Our results published here support the hypothesis that colorectal cancer risk is positively associated with high consumption of red and processed meat and inversely associated with the intake of fish."

Read the full article:
Meat, Fish, and Colorectal Cancer Risk: The European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition

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NCI Report: Millions Wrongly Treated for 'Cancer'

According to a report from the National Cancer Institute, an incredible number of people have been treated for 'cancer' when what they really needed was a correct diagnosis.

Read the full article:
Millions Wrongly Treated for 'Cancer,' National Cancer Institute

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Pesticide Exposure in Children

Via the American Academy of Pediatrics policy statement regarding pesticide exposure in children:

"Pesticides are a collective term for chemicals intended to kill unwanted insects, plants, molds, and rodents. Children encounter pesticides daily and have unique susceptibilities to their potential toxicity. Acute poisoning risks are clear, and understanding of chronic health implications from both acute and chronic exposure are emerging. Evidence demonstrates associations between early life exposure to pesticides and pediatric cancers, decreased cognitive function, and behavioral problems."

Read the full report:
Pesticide Exposure in Children

The Cure for Environmental Illness

An insightful & comforting article about the consquences of our toxic environment & the simple cures nature provides.

Read more:
The Camping Cure for Environmental Illness – Jill Neimark – Aeon

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Expert Cancer Prevention Advice

The following cancer prevention recommendations are from the 2010 President's Cancer Panel Report:

"Individuals can take important steps in their own lives to reduce their exposure to environmental elements that increase risk for cancer and other diseases. And collectively, individual small actions can drastically reduce the number and levels of environmental contaminants."

1. It is vitally important to recognize that children are far more susceptible to damage from environmental carcinogens and endocrine-disrupting compounds than adults.

To the extent possible, parents and child care providers should choose foods, house and garden products, play spaces, toys, medicines, and medical tests that will minimize children’s exposure to toxics.

Ideally, both mothers and fathers should avoid exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals and known or suspected carcinogens prior to a child’s conception and throughout pregnancy and early life, when risk of damage is greatest.

2. Individuals and families have many opportunities to reduce or eliminate chemical exposures. For example:
Family exposure to numerous occupational chemicals can be reduced by removing shoes before entering the home and washing work clothes separately from the other family laundry.

Filtering home tap or well water can decrease exposure to numerous known or suspected carcinogens and endocrine-disrupting chemicals. Unless the home water source is known to be contaminated, it is preferable to use filtered tap water instead of commercially bottled water.

Storing and carrying water in stainless steel, glass, or BPA- and phthalate-free containers will reduce exposure to endocrine-disrupting and other chemicals that may leach into water from plastics. This action also will decrease the need for plastic bottles, the manufacture of which produces toxic by-products, and reduce the need to dispose of and recycle plastic bottles.

Similarly, microwaving food and beverages in ceramic or glass instead of plastic containers will reduce exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals that may leach into food when containers are heated.

Exposure to pesticides can be decreased by choosing, to the extent possible, food grown without pesticides or chemical fertilizers and washing conventionally grown produce to remove residues.

Similarly, exposure to antibiotics, growth hormones, and toxic run-off from livestock feed lots can be minimized by eating free-range meat raised without these medications if it is available. Avoiding or minimizing consumption of processed, charred, and well-done meats will reduce exposure to carcinogenic heterocyclic amines and polyaromatic hydrocarbons.

Individuals can consult information sources to help them make informed decisions about the household products they buy and use.

Properly disposing of pharmaceuticals, household chemicals, paints, and other materials will minimize drinking water and soil contamination.

Individuals also can choose products made with non-toxic substances or environmentally safe chemicals.

Similarly, reducing or ceasing landscaping pesticide and fertilizer use will help keep these chemicals from contaminating drinking water supplies.

Turning off lights and electrical devices when not in use reduces exposure to petroleum combustion by-products because doing so reduces the need for electricity, much of which is generated using fossil fuels.

Driving a fuel-efficient car, biking or walking when possible, or using public transportation also cuts the amount of toxic auto exhaust in the air.

Individuals can reduce or eliminate exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke in the home, auto, and public places. Most counseling and medications to help smokers quit are covered by health insurance or available at little or no cost.

3. Adults and children can reduce their exposure to electromagnetic energy by wearing a headset when using a cell phone, texting instead of calling, and keeping calls brief.

4. It is advisable to periodically check home radon levels. Home buyers should conduct a radon test in any home they are considering purchasing.

5. To reduce exposure to radiation from medical sources, patients should discuss with their health care providers the need for medical tests or procedures that involve radiation exposure. Key considerations include personal history of radiation exposure, the expected benefit of the test, and alternative ways of obtaining the same information. In addition, to help limit cumulative medical radiation exposure, individuals can create a record of all imaging or nuclear medicine tests received and, if known, the estimated radiation dose for each test.

6. Adults and children can avoid overexposure to ultraviolet light by wearing protective clothing and sunscreens when outdoors and avoiding exposure when the sunlight is most intense.

7. Each person can become an active voice in his or her community. To a greater extent than many realize, individuals have the power to affect public policy by letting policymakers know that they strongly support environmental cancer research and measures that will reduce or remove from the environment toxics that are known or suspected carcinogens or endocrine-disrupting chemicals. Individuals also can influence industry by selecting non-toxic products and, where these do not exist, communicating with manufacturers and trade organizations about their desire for safer products."

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The President's Cancer Panel Report

The President's Cancer Panel

Who They Are:
The President's Cancer Panel has been issuing annual reports since the panel was created in 1971 as part of the United States' "War on Cancer."

"The Panel consists of 3 members, who are appointed by the President, (as vacancies arise) and  who by virtue of their training, experience, and background are exceptionally qualified to appraise the US National Cancer Program."

"Of the 3 members, at least 2 will be distinguished scientists or physicians"

Description of Duties:
"The Panel shall monitor the development and execution of the activities of the National Cancer Program, and shall report directly to the President. Any delays or blockages in rapid execution of the Program shall immediately be brought to the attention of the President."

Contact Information:
President's Cancer Panel
9000 Rockville Pike
Building 31, Room B2B37, MSC 2590
Bethesda, MD 20892

Phone:  301-451-9399

Web: The President's Cancer Panel


The President's Cancer Panel Report

About the Report
The 2008-2009 report was submitted to President Obama and released to the public on May 6, 2010.

The Panel chose to focus this report on "Reducing Our Environmental Cancer Risk."
By "environmental" they mean our homes, jobs and schools, our food and water, medical tests and treatments--our every day life.  As to the reason they chose this topic the Panel said this:
"Over the past several years, the Panel has noted the growing body of research on increased cancer risks associated with various environmental contaminants."
"Additionally, in previous meeting series addressing other topics, issues concerning possible associations between environmental influences and risk for specific cancers have been raised."
"Further, public and governmental awareness of environmental influences on health has grown substantially. For these reasons, the Panel concluded that an exploration of the current understanding and emerging science regarding environmental cancer risk would be both informative and timely."

Why You Should Read the President's Cancer Panel Report
The President's Cancer Panel Report is packed with information we need and the honesty we deserve.  The report is written in a very straightforward manner and provides a comprehensive summary of why we must change our reactionary approach to the 80,000 untested chemicals in nearly everything we drink, touch, eat and breathe.  We must become proactive to reduce our exposure to toxins and The Panel provides many suggestions to achieve that goal.

Read It ~ Share It ~ Take Action!!

Download the report  (240 page/7KB pdf)

* To read pdf documents, download the FREE Adobe Reader.

More about the Report here.

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Breast Cancer & the Environment: Prioritizing Prevention

"On October 8, 2008, Congress passed the Breast Cancer and Environmental Research Act   . The Act required the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to establish an Interagency Breast Cancer and Environmental Research Coordinating Committee (IBCERCC) of federal and nonfederal members to examine the current state of breast cancer and the environment research and make recommendations for eliminating any knowledge gaps in this area."

"The IBCERCC offers recommendations to highlight the urgent need for coordinated, targeted efforts to identify and mitigate the environmental causes of breast cancer."

"Prevention is the key to reducing the burden of breast cancer."

Download this in-depth research (230pg pdf) & discover the connections between breast cancer & the environment.  Share it with your friends & family; and contact your representatives in Congress and tell them cancer prevention needs the same awareness & funding as research 'for the cure'.

Thunder-God Vine Can Destroy Cancer Cells

Studies suggest that the Chinese plant known as thunder god vine can destroy cancer cells

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Health Benefits of Black Seeds

Health benefits of black seedsincluding fighting colon cancer.

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6 Things to Never Say to a Bereaved Parent

6 Things to Never Say to a Bereaved Parent - Still Standing Magazine

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Improving Indoor Air Quality

Check out these 10 tips to improve indoor air quality:

Home Breathable Home |

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Homemade Sunscreen Recipe

Homemade Coconut Oil Sunscreen Recipe | Coconut Oil

Tips for Caregivers

Helpful Tips for Caregivers

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Cancer Statistics & Predictions for 2014

As usual, the "Official Sponsor of Birthdays" completely ignores children in its annual report on cancer rates.  It is, however, an interesting snapshot of who (among adults) is getting and surviving cancer in the U.S.

Cancer statistics, 2014 - Siegel - 2014 - CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians - Wiley Online Library

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U.S. Advice on Consuming Seafood Flawed

Critical information (especially for women & children) about the safety of consuming seafood.

US Seafood Advice Flawed on Mercury, Omega-3s | Environmental Working Group

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Foods That Prevent Prostate Cancer

"A group of United Kingdom-based researchers identified four plant foods (green tea, pomegranate, turmeric, and broccoli) known to have anti-cancer properties. They created a specific concentrated blend of these four cancer-fighting foods in a capsule to be taken by mouth twice daily. Then they tested its effect in the most stringent way known to science - a double blind, placebo controlled, randomised trial."

 "There is a long list of other natural substances for which there is scientific evidence of their usefulness in dealing with prostate cancer.  This impressive list includes: flaxseed, cruciferous vegetables, vitamin D, soy isoflavones, omega 3 fatty acids, coenzyme Q10, lycopene, selenium, boron, zinc, milk thistle, saw palmetto, vitamin K, ginger, garlic, guinea hen weed (anamu), sour sop leaf (graviola), watercress extract, and grapeseed extract."

"The results were that the PSA of the placebo group increased 63.4% more than the 'four foods pill' group and almost half of the men in the 'four foods pill' group had a stable or lower PSA after six months."

Read more:
Foods for Preventing Prostate Cancer - News - Jamaica Gleaner - Tuesday | January 7, 2014

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Toxic Chemical Laws Need to Be Tougher

Freedom Industries on the Elk River
(Google Maps photo)
We cannot live without fresh water.

What's happening in West Virginia, the poisoning of their rivers, wildlife & citizens, happens on a smaller scale almost every day across the U.S. We need to  push lawmakers to reform the Toxic Substance Control Act of 1976.

It was a mistake to grandfather in more than 50,000 untested chemicals.  It was a mistake to force citizens to be lab rats while the government attempts to determine toxicity.  Mistakes can and must be fixed.  We need real reform now!

Read more:
Virginia urged to toughen toxic chemical laws - Waynesboro News Virginian: Virginia Politics

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Obesity & Cancer: What You Need to Know

More info & larger image:

Red & Processed Meats Increase Cancer Risk

"Pancreatic cancer is one of the most fatal types of cancer, with a 5-year survival of about 5.5%."

"High consumption of red meat and/or processed meat has been associated with increased risk of some gastrointestinal cancers, such as colorectal and stomach cancer."

"Whether red & processed meat consumption is a risk factor also for pancreatic cancer remains unclear. We therefore conducted a meta-analysis of studies to examine the associations of red and processed meat consumption with pancreatic cancer risk."

"Findings from this meta-analysis indicate that processed meat consumption is positively associated with pancreatic cancer risk. Red meat consumption was associated with an increased risk of pancreatic cancer in men."

Read more:
Risk of Pancreatic Cancer Increases with Red and Processed Meat Consumption - Meta-analysis of Prospective Studies | British Journal of Cancer

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Do Soft Drinks Cause Cancer?

Do Soft Drinks Cause Cancer? | The Life Extension Blog 

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Favorite Organic Brands & Tips for Eating Clean

When it comes to preventing cancer, the importance of eating clean food cannot be understated. By clean food I mean organic or GMO-free foods. (to avoid known carcinogens)  Even though most of us are loyal to our favorite brands & purchase them automatically, it isn't hard to find new favorites that offer a higher quality product.  To help you get started, I've made a list of our favorite organic brands & some tips for finding and affording healthier food.
* click here for a list of articles from numerous sources regarding the benefits of organics and the pesky problems with 'conventional' food.

It is very important to limit consumption of canned foods because most cans contain BPA, a known endocrine disruptor which has been linked to cancer in numerous studies.  BPA can also be found in other types of packaging and there's no guarantee that products that replace it are any safer.

Buying in bulk is a great way to avoid all packaging if you bring your own containers.  And of course, purchasing as much fresh produce as possible is good for many reasons.
* Learn more about what BPA is & how to avoid it.

Until genetically engineered foods are required to be labeled in the USA (as they are in numerous other countries), it is up to individuals to seek out foods grown & produced without GMO seeds.  The Non-GMO Project provides an extensive directory of products verified to be free of GMO ingredients.
* Learn  5 things you should know about GMOs

To save money on healthy eats, check out "The Food Babe's" awesome list of 75+ tips for eating organic on a budget &  a quick Google search provides links to numerous websites offering coupons for organic foods; use them to make organic more affordable.

 We mid-westerners are lucky to have Meijer grocery stores to provide thousands of 'clean food' options.  The 'Meijer Naturals' line is committed to using GMO-free ingredients and the 'Meijer Organics' line is expanding all the time (this is a small sample of their organic items).  Our local store carries a 'Meijer Organics' version of many everyday foods; pasta, cheese, eggs, (canned &) frozen fruits & veggies, peanut butter, baked beans & much more.

* To learn more about clean meat, check out 
the "Meat-Eaters Guide" to healthier meats.

This is a list of our favorite organic and/or GMO-free brands; we have enjoyed & trust them all.  Where available, I have also provided links to each company's coupons & recipes.  Many companies offer coupons & promotions on their website or by newsletter & e-mail.  Also, check inside your store near the 'Weekly Specials' flyers.

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* Lundberg Family Farms - variety of quality rice products

* Hodgson Mill - premium flours, pasta & baking mixes

* Bob's Red Mill - quality grains, beans & flours

* King Arthur Flour - wide variety of flours & baking items

* Simply Organic - herbs, spices & seasoning mixes

* Wholesome Sweeteners - natural & organic sweeteners

* Natures Path - cereals, breads, waffles, toaster pastries
(Nature's Path recipes)

* Rudi's Bakery - breads, rolls, wraps
(Rudi's recipes & promotions)

* Garden of Eatin' - chips, snacks & meal starters
(Garden of Eatin' recipes & promotions)

* Late July - chips, crackers & snacks

* Amy's Kitchen - variety of soups, condiments & frozen entrées
BPA-free cans (Amy's recipes)

* Eden Foods - variety of fruits, veggies, pantry items
BPA-free cans (Eden recipes)

* Muir Glen - salsas & pasta sauces (in jars)
(Muir Glen recipes)
NOTE: their canned products may contain BPA

* Annies - family-friendly dinners, condiments & snacks
(Annie's recipes)

* Imagine Foods - soups & broths
(Imagine recipes & coupons on website)

* Organic Valley - milk, cheese & dairy
(Organic Valley recipes)

* Stonyfield Organic - variety of yogurts
(Stonyfield recipes & coupons)

* Applegate - deli meats, sausages & BACON!
(Applegate recipes & coupons)

* Ian's Natural Foods - kid-friendly, frozen entrées & snacks

* Uncle Matt's - delicious, not-from-concentrate juices & fruits
(Uncle Matt's recipes)

* Randall Beans - wide variety of cooked beans in glass jars
(Randall recipes & coupons)
NOTE: products are GMO-free, but not organic

* Earth's Best - infant formula & baby foods
(promos & coupons)

* Green & Black Chocolate - unique flavors for eating & baking
(Green & Black recipes)

* Dr. Bronner's - known for making the best soaps on Earth,
they also sell organic coconut oil. (monthly specials)

The website, "Live the Organic Life", has compiled an extensive directory of organic brands, including non-food items.  I would caution that not all organics are equal; some companies import foods from places like China or engage in other questionable practices.  Therefore, we avoid certain brands, including Horizon dairy, Cascadian Farms, Kashi & Silk.

Try to support family owned farms & brands, and purchase local & regional products when available.  Find & support your Local Farmers Markets, many are staying open year round for better access to fresh produce & market items.

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