Friday, May 7, 2010

President’s Cancer Panel comes around to WellBeing way of thinking

In a piece headed New Alarm Bells About Chemicals and Cancer, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof does the hard work for us and wades through the 200-page report released by the President’s Cancer Panel on May 5. Their main findings? That the amount of chemicals present in our lifestyle may be detrimental to our health.

WellBeing is one of many, many voices that have been saying precisely the same thing for more than a decade, quoting various studies and research findings to support our beliefs. So it’s not exactly new news, but it is wonderful news – to have such a well-supported and well-known research body reinforce our statements.

It also presents us with a great amount of hope; if the President’s Cancer Panel are advising us to reduce the number of chemicals in our homes (here’s how you can do that), eat organically (here’s why), protect our unborn babies from chemicals while in utero (this is a must-read for expectant mums & dads) and microwave our food in glass or ceramic (we’d also suggest eliminating BPA in other areas), then we as consumers will be presented with more, easier ways to make these changes.

The greater the number of people who become educated about, and convinced of, the risks of chemicals in our lifestyle, the louder will be the call for alternatives. The market place will respond and soon enough, living a healthier lifestyle will be so much easier for all of us. More importantly, it is likely we will see a reduction in the percentage of men, women and children diagnosed with cancer every year. That's something worth hoping and striving for.

Some salient quotes to leave you with:
“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.’ ”

“Only a few hundred of the more than 80,000 chemicals in use in the United States have been tested for safety,” the report says. It adds: “Many known or suspected carcinogens are completely unregulated.”

“Some 41 percent of Americans will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives.” In Australia an estimated 114,000 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in 2010. Click here for more facts and figures.

You may also want to read:
Does technology cause cancer
Seven steps to reduce your cancer risk

You can read the full report here.


  1. Shock - chemicals contribute to cancer! Have been a WellBeing reader for many years and would have to say the number of times your magazine has been ahead of the science has been amazing. I remember a major story from an exhasperated Editor asking 'when would the population cotton on to fresh food and fitness' - and here we are today with the Australian Federal Government investing thousands of dollars in an ad campaign to encourage fresh food and fitness! We have all lots people to cancer - I am thrilled that science is looking at the contribution chemiclas and am thrilled that they are getting closer to understanding this disease.

  2. Good news that someone is looking at this...

  3. Yeah, many people say it but without giving away my age, I was reading stories about this in WellBeing 20 years ago. Finally the authorites are seeing the light but is it too late? I have three wonderful grandchildren and wonder about what faces them. If we listened to the kind of messages that magazines like WellBeing put out the world will be a better place for all of us.

  4. This is great that the President's Cancer Panel has finally caught onto this! Society is immensely encroached by consumerism and it's great that such a large body like the PCP have backed what WellBeing has been saying for years. With more associations that back WellBeing's cause, society can move towards a much healthier world where the scales get turned and consumers first preference would be organic products and an organic way of life. Kudos to WellBeing for hitting the mark!