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April 21, 2011

Fresh strawberries

Fresh and safe

AT THE HEART of both the state and federal risk assessments are safety concerns. Even though workers who handle methyl iodide must be trained and wear proper protective gear, including gloves and a respirator, and buffer zones must be established around treated areas, accidents likely will happen. If a spill were to occur, workers and nearby residents would be exposed, opponents say.

Methyl iodide is a nasty chemical. It is a known neurotoxin and endocrine disruptor, and scientists in labs handle only small amounts using special protective equipment because it is so toxic. But do you know where else it is used? As a pesticide on strawberries and other food crops.
The battle against methyl iodide is being fought on several fronts. Last summer, Washington state banned the use of the pesticide. Unfortunately, the pendulum swung the other way in California, when despite more than 53,000 public comments submitted by CREDO activists and our allies, the state’s Department of Pesticide Regulation approved the chemical for agricultural use last December.
But the ultimate power to regulate pesticides lies with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which has just decided to reconsider its approval of methyl iodide — approval that was granted during George W. Bush’s administration.
EPA first looked into approving methyl iodide in 2006 as a replacement for methyl bromide, which is a fumigant that is banned under the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer but allowed for critical uses for which no alternatives exist. The agency initially dropped its plan because of concerns over methyl iodide’s toxicity but changed its position in 2007.

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Methyl iodide is so toxic because it is a strong alkylating agent, says Robert G. Bergman, an organometallic chemist at UC Berkeley. Alkylating agents can chemically modify DNA and can alter gene expression.

“Methyl iodide is pretty damaging to living tissues. It’s damaging to DNA and thereby should be considered carcinogenic,” adds Ted Schettler, a toxicologist and physician with Science & Environmental Health Network, a nonprofit organization formed by a consortium of environmental groups. Schettler is also one of the scientists who signed the letter to EPA last year. Although Schettler is concerned about the carcinogenic properties of methyl iodide, he says his biggest concern has to do with its effects on the developing brain.
U.S. EPA to reconsider federal approval
Due to the concerns raised by California’s Scientific Review Committee, U.S. EPA staff confirmed in August 2010 that they would re-open their national decision on methyl iodide for public comment. The science is in and it is unequivocal.
In a region where farmers once stockpiled barrels of toxic ethylene dibromide, farmers are now learning to fight pests with meadows of mustard. This year, it is estimated that nearly 40,000 acres of potato fields in Washington and Idaho will have switched from using dangerous synthetic fumigants like metam sodium to employing mustard as a less expensive, natural bio-fumigant.
So what do we do in the mean time?
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February 24, 2011

THURSDAY, Feb. 3 (HealthDay News) — About 340,000 cancer cases in the

Healthy life style

This is life!

United States could be prevented each year if more Americans ate a healthy diet, got regular exercise and limited their alcohol intake, according to the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF).

These types of lifestyle changes could lead to significant reductions in particularly common cancers such as breast (38 percent fewer cases per year), stomach (47 percent fewer) and colon (45 percent fewer).
The research about how a healthy lifestyle can reduce cancer risk was released Feb. 3 to mark World Cancer Day. The WCRF said its findings are supported by the World Health Organization’s new Global Recommendations on Physical Activity for Health, a report that says that regular physical activity can prevent many diseases, including breast and colon cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
exercise to prevent cancer

Virtual living, real cancer

“Physical activity is recommended for people of all ages as a means to reduce risks for certain types of cancers and other non-communicable diseases,” Dr. Tim Armstrong, of WHO’s Department of Chronic Diseases and Health Promotion, said in a WCRF news release.

“In order to improve their health and prevent several diseases, adults should do at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity throughout the week. This can be achieved by simply walking 30 minutes five times per week or by cycling to work daily,” he advised.
Other healthy lifestyle habits that reduce the risk of cancer include quitting smoking, avoiding secondhand smoke, avoiding excessive sun exposure, and preventing cancer-causing infections, the WCRF said.
Cancer is the leading cause of death worldwide. Each year, 12.7 million people are diagnosed with cancer and 7.6 million die from the disease. But 30 percent to 40 percent of cancers can be prevented and one-third can be cured through early diagnosis and treatment, according to the WCRF.
The Underlying Causes of Cancer
Cancerous cells are always being created in the body. It’s an ongoing process that has gone on for eons. Consequently, there are parts of your immune system are designed to seek out and destroy cancer cells.

Just wash it!

Cancer has been around as long as mankind, but only in the second half of the 20th century did the number of cancer cases explode. Contributing to this explosion are the excessive amounts of toxins and pollutants we are exposed to, high stress lifestyles that zap the immune system, poor quality junk food that’s full of pesticides, irradiated and now genetically modified, pathogens, electromagnetic stress, lights, and just about everything that wasn’t here 200 years ago.

All these weaken the immune system, and alter the internal environment in the body to an environment that promotes the growth of cancer.
Cancer tumors begin when more cancerous cells are being created than an overworked, depleted immune system can destroy.
Constant exposure to tens of thousands of manmade chemicals from birth onward, chlorinated and fluoridated water, electromagnetic radiation, pesticides and other toxins, leads to the creation of too many free radicals and excessive numbers of cancerous cells.
Alone this would be enough to raise cancer levels, but combined with an immune system weakened by a diet of refined and over processed food, mineral depleted soils, and too much exposure to artificial light at night, the immune system at some point no longer is able to keep cancer in check, and it starts to grow in your body.
So again let’s start with basics. Please learn about food, chemicals around you and please exercize.

February 9, 2010

Toxic America: Time for Reform

Please get informed!

The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), America’s main law governing chemical safety, requires the government prove chemicals are harmful instead of requiring manufacturers to prove they’re safe. As a result, virtually every American is exposed to hundreds of toxic chemicals every day.

We recently had the opportunity to speak with two EDF scientists in this field: Richard Denison, EDF’s Senior Scientist specializing in policy, hazard and risk assessment and management for industrial chemicals and nanomaterials; and Caroline Baier-Anderson, EDF’s Health Scientist providing technical and scientific support on chemical regulatory policy, air toxics and nanotechnology.curcumin.jpg

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