Barry K. Weinhold, Ph.D.

I can’t believe they finally told the truth. Last week, the President’s Cancer Panel (PCP), composed of leading cancer researchers and practitioners issued a report titled, Reducing Environmental Cancer Risk: What We Can Do Now, describing the true environmental risks of cancer chemicals. LaSalle Leffall, Jr., M. D., Professor of Surgery at Howard University School of Medicine and Margaret Kripke, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus at the University of Texas Anderson Cancer Center, headed this panel. Their study of existing research literature concluded that to reduce cancer rates, cancer-causing chemicals must be eliminated in foods, water, medicines, personal care products, work and home environments.

They concluded their report by directing the President to use the power of your office to remove the carcinogens and other toxins from our food, water and air that needlessly increase health care costs, cripple our nation’s productivity and devastate American lives. This information has been know for some time, but has been kept from the American people by the cancer industry.

Who the spokespersons and institutions are that lead the propaganda campaign for the cancer industry was seen in those quick to trash the report. Leading the charge was the American Cancer Society. Joining them was the American Chemistry Council, the trade group that represents the chemical industry that is poisoning our environment.

The PCP report also took a strong stand on the cancer risks from medical imaging radiation. The report states that, People who receive multiple scans or other tests that require radiation may accumulate doses equal to or exceeding that of Hiroshima atomic bomb survivors. The panel states, Americans now are estimated to receive nearly half of their total radiation exposure from medical imaging and other medical sources.Computed tomography (CT) and nuclear medicine tests alone now contribute 36 percent of the total radiation exposure
and 75 percent of the medical radiation exposure of the U. S. population.

Another major concern that the panel targeted was the lack of regulation. They stated that only a few hundred of the more than 80,000 chemicals in use in the United States have been tested for safety. They also indicated that numerous environmental contaminants can cross the placental barrier and as a result babies are born pre-polluted. In one study, spearheaded by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) in collaboration with Commonweal, researchers found that of the 287 chemicals detected in umbilical cord blood, 180 were known to cause
cancer in humans or animals, 217 were toxic to the brain and nervous system, and 208 cause birth defects or abnormal development in animal tests.

The Panel also found that in pesticides approved by the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency there are nearly 900 ingredients, many of which they considered toxic. The EPA does not test the so-called inert chemicals in these products for their potential to cause chronic diseases such as cancer. In addition, they listed agricultural fertilizers and veterinary pharmaceuticals as major contributors to water pollution.

They also cited the adverse affects on thousands of military personnel who received significant radiation doses as a result of their participation in nuclear weapons testing. Others they cited as having received significant radiation doses included those in industries producing nuclear fuel or weapons, and in uranium mining, milling and ore transport.

The Panel report concluded that, Many known or suspected carcinogens are completely unregulated. Enforcement of most existing regulations is poor. In virtually all cases, regulations fail to take multiple exposures and exposure interactions into account.

This information has been known for many years by researchers who operate mainly outside the mainstream medical establishment, but this is the first official government report to reveal these truths and concerns of those who have been until now only a voice in the wilderness. This report should be widely distributed and read. Hopefully, this will lead to new legislation and new Presidential orders designed to correct these abuses that may be responsible for up to 70 percent of the 562,000 cancer deaths in the U. S. in 2009. You can read the President’s Cancer Panel report yourself here.

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