Monday, April 20, 2009

Four Compelling Questions

1. If you scan the lists of companies or foundations granting research dollars, you will find that oncology labs disproportionately receive the appropriations.
Why is there not more substantive support for environmental laboratories studying the connections between environmental irritants and health?

2. The New York Times on January 9, 2005 had a prominent article in its magazine section on how breast tissue and breast milk absorb toxins.
Yet in subsequent issues of the paper, why was there no apparent write-up of how to clear or prevent toxins?

3. In the 1970s, and up to today, Samuel S. Epstein, M.D.*, professor emeritus of Environmental and Occupational Medicine at the University of Illinois School of Public Health, and Chairman of the Cancer Prevention Coalition, has been alerting us to the powerful connection between environmental poisons and cancer. Dr. Epstein has published over 260 peer reviewed articles, and authored or co-authored 11 books. These books include: The Politics of Cancer, Breast Cancer Prevention Program, Cancer-Gate: How to Win the Losing Cancer War, and Toxic Beauty. In 2007, Epstein did a presentation named "Beyond Pesticides," at the 25th National Pesticides Forum.
Why has it taken about 30 years and untold misery to begin to consider this connection?

4. The Breast Cancer Fund in San Francisco, California, merits attention because it is a leading proponent of active measures which can be taken by women to avoid breast cancer, such as avoiding chlorinated chemicals, paint solvents, and contaminants in makeup.
Why don't more "pink ribbon" organizations take up this crusade against likely carcinogens, and counsel companies who are marketing potentially unhealthy products?

* Dr. Epstein can be reached at:
Contacts: University of Illinois at Chicago
School of Public Health, MC 922
2121 West Taylor Street
Chicago, IL 60612
(312) 996-2297

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