Medical Minute 9-28: Government Certified: What's Causing Cancer?

By: Ramin Khalili Email
By: Ramin Khalili Email

Traffic means cancer, and so does a plastic bottle and even some vegetables. The newly released president's cancer report says it's everywhere from the sun to cell phones.

A whopping 41 percent of us will be diagnosed with cancer in our lifetime. And six percent of all cancers come from the environment. The biggest offenders?

"Probably something we're eating."

The pesticide DDT was banned in the 1970's, but particles remain in 28 percent of all carrots, and 40 percent of kale greens. DDT can cause breast cancer in women. The report says tap water in most every single U.S. state holds up to 260 contaminants per glass

"If you don't change your filters very often ... I change mine quite often."

Bottled water's a bigger worry. The compound BPA is used in bottle liners, and besides cancer, it can cause obesity and diabetes.

"For people who study environmental factors, or multiple causes of cancer, that would be a factor," said Lisa Wang, M.D., Texas Children's Cancer Center.

Vehicle emissions equal 30 percent of all cancer stemming from air pollution. So the government urges the following: Avoid food grown with pesticides, filter your tap water - and car-pool to reduce car emissions. It's not a cure-all, but it's a start.

For More Information, Contact:National Cancer InstituteNCI Office of Communications and Education Public Inquiries Office6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 300Bethesda, MD 20892-8322Phone: (800) 422-6237


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  • by mary Location: georgia on Nov 14, 2010 at 01:30 PM
    I know .. a lot of scare around DDT being cancer causing was all the talk in the 70's. Rachel Carson's novel, (a novel is emotional) was probably the forerunner of a lot of junk science, not science. And in an emotional account of science, not science, but an emotional telling of science, a sort of web is woven-----(oh, what tangled webs we weave when first we practice to deceive.) That is what has happened in this country-----say with bedbugs, we have gotten CAUGHT in a web, one WE ourselves WOVE for ourselves, by allowing JUNK science to rule rather than real, unemotional science. As we as a people become more informed about these issues, we will return to SANITY. To start with sanity .. one must start re-educating themselves to come out from all the lies told. As mentioned above: http://3billionandcounting.com is a good place to start seeing facts about how we have been scammed. Not everyone will want to see this .. some like their deluded webs.
  • by WakingUp on Oct 5, 2010 at 10:47 AM
    DDT. I always thought this was a really bad, bad, chemical. So, prompted by all the coverage and comments, I did some digging for myself. I went to the 3 Billion and Counting Website (www.3billionandcounting.com), watched the trailer and then went searching on the internet. Know what I found? A great paper by Dr Gordon Edwards (I think the new movie was dedicated to him) which sets out the "scam of the ban". Check it out here: http://www.jpands.org/vol9no3/edwards.pdf Never knew I had been scammed - hook, line and sinker - and don't particularly like to admit it to myself, but there you go. Fact over fiction.
  • by Peter Location: TN on Oct 2, 2010 at 01:30 PM
    As far as DDT being safe. There is 9,000 pages of testimonies by scientists providing evidence for and against DDT during the EPA trial hearing on DDT which begun on August 17, 1971. At the conclusion of all the evidence heard by both sides the Hearing Examiner Edmond M. Sweeney issued on April 25, 1972 his findings, conclusions and order. Among these were the following: (1) DDT is not a carcinogenic hazard to man (2) DDT is not a mutagenic or teratogenic hazard to man (3) The use of DDT under the registrations involved here do not have deleterious effects on freshwater fish, estuarine organisms, wild birds, or other wildlife. Below are the 4 documents. See the EPA link below and on that page under the heading of DOCUMENTS is this information. Consolidated DDT Hearing: Hearing Examiner Edmund M. Sweeney's Findings, Conclusions and Orders, issued April 25, 1972 * Title page, contents, and Section D, Conclusions of Law (PDF) (7 pp., 1.18 MB) * Section A, Statement of the Case (PDF) (11 pp., 357K) * Section C, Findings of Fact (PDF) (3 pp., 728K) * Section E, Opinion (PDF) (4 pp., 896K) http://www.epa.gov/history/topics/ddt/index.htm
  • by bev Location: Georiga on Oct 2, 2010 at 12:58 PM
    It's time to bring DDT BACK! It's the Safest, Cheapest, and Most Effective way to ERADICATE BLOODSUCKERS! To see The Truth about DDT and an indepth look at malaria, see Dr. Rutledge Taylor's documentary, 3 BILLION AND COUNTING. He exposes the myths, lies, and coverups surrounding the banning of DDT by the EPA in the '70s. For more information see: www.3billionandcounting.
  • by dalight Location: Georgia on Oct 1, 2010 at 10:08 AM
    I have been reading mis-information about DDT since the 70's. I too believed it was harmful, after reading the emotionally charged novel by Rachel Carson. In fact the junk science in her book had all of us fooled back then. NOW, I have uncovered the truth. You might want to do the same. I checked out www.3billionandcounting.com and then went to see the film in New York. I could not believe, but had to, all the facts that were kept from us all these years. Dr. Rutledge is the FIRST person to open up the documents that show that DDT is SAFE for humans and birds alike! Do you know how many PEOPLE have died of malaria, because DDT was banned? Do you care? Do you want to see HOW the facts were distorted, or do you want to keep believing a lie? Check out the truth for yourself, stop denying truth, bring back DDT and save lives. And from what I understand, even if some bugs will resist DDT .. they will not go in an area where it is sprayed!
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