Monday, May 10, 2010

US President's Cancer Panel to Recommend Steps to Minimize Chemical Exposure

The President’s Cancer Panel is in the process of releasing a document warning about exposure to chemicals. Simple steps such as giving preference to organic food, checking radon levels in the home and microwaving food in glass containers rather than plastic minimizes chemical exposure.
According to the NYTimes, the report also warns about exposures to chemicals during pregnancy, when risk of damage seems to be greatest. Noting that 300 contaminants have been detected in umbilical cord blood of newborn babies, the study warns that: “to a disturbing extent, babies are born ‘pre-polluted.’ ”

To help people manage the uncertainty, the report has a section of recommendations for individuals:
- 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 or
- 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.

Source: NYTimes

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