October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I have two sources that I find useful. One is Banyan Botanicals, which follows the Ayurvedic healing system from India (over 5,000 years old). Here is the link to their article on breast cancer care:
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This is a long and interesting article that I think you will find useful. Please click on the link.
The other source is Breast Cancer Action (www.BCaction.com), which keeps me informed about the “politics of health.” Here is some information from their latest mailing (Direct Quote) It shows the connection between climate issues, especially fossil fuels, and breast cancer.
Think breast cancer and global addiction to fossil fuel are two separate crises?
Think again. Fossil fuels take many forms, including oil, gasoline, diesel, natural gas and coal. Many chemicals in our air, water food and everyday items come from extracting, processing or burning fossil fuels. The use of fossil fuels not only contributes to climate change, it may also increase our our risk for developing breast cancer. We can be exposed to these harmful chemicals in places where we live, work, learn and play from sources as varied as vehicle exhaust, industrial operations, pesticides, plastics and many others. It’s time ot stop fueling breast cancer!
In the material I received, entitled “Why We Must Stop Fossil Fuels,” Breast Cancer Action explains some of the details, excerpted here.
Benzene is a known carcinogen and may increase breast cancer risk.
Dioxins are highly toxic persistent environmental pollutants that may increase breast cancer risk.
PAHs (Polyaromatic hydrocarbons) are a class of chemicals that are released when wood, coal, crude oil, gasoline and diesel are burned. Some of these PAHs, especially from diesel combustion, increase breast cancer risk.
Pesticides & Herbicides: Some pest and weed control chemicals manufactured from fossil fuels have been linked to hormone disruption and potentially increase risk for breast cancer.
PLASTIC=fossil fuels in solid form that create health problems: After plastic is disposed of it can leach hormone disrupting chemicals that may increase breast cancer risk, such as phthalates, into the soil, groundwater and ocean water.
Communities of Color Hit First & Worst by the Fossil Fuel Economy via:
a. Systematic racism
b. Communities of color near industrial facilities are at increased risk of exposure.
c. Decades of racially biased urban planning practices have led to a greater concentration of highways, ports, and train lines in communities of color.
To end the breast cancer epidemic, we must turn off the tap on the fossil fuel economy. Cancer diagnoses continue to grow, yet only around 15 percent of all breast cancers are linked to family history. It’s time to end exposure to cancer-causing chemicals, hormone disruptors, and other toxins of concern through the fossil fuel continuum.
It’s time to stop fueling the cancer crisis!
Please go the their website for more information: www.bcaction.org.