Note: Please understand that these are my opinions based on my own readings and investigations. I do not mean to imply that ALL big companies engage in shady practices or produce products that cause cancer. Rather, I urge you to investigate each company that asks for your money for cancer cures to be sure they are not part of the problem. Prevention is actually the cure! I posted this on my website www.menupause.info, as well.
Many years ago, when I first became a vegetarian, my (then) 10-year old son became interested in animal rights. He was especially interested in Save the Whales and attended some rallies. At one rally he told me he saw a woman who came to save the whales wearing a fur coatâ€¦.
About that same time, Ronald McDonald houses were started to pay for parents to live in while their children were at the local hospital being treated for cancer. Great idea!!Â But what struck me as odd was that the food that McDonald was hawkingâ€”deep fried fries, seared red meat, sugary buns—-are foods that are unhealthy. The very children eating this food may become those who benefit from Ronald McDonald House later onâ€¦â€¦
At an ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics) meeting around this time that I attended with a friend whose mother was an alcoholic, alcohol was forbidden, but that did not stop the attendees from smoking one cigarette after the other (this was before the public ban), drinking cup after cup of coffee, and eating sugary donuts. They had exchanged one addiction for anotherâ€¦
Fast forward to the present and we have companies that campaign for their product with the promise that a certain percentage will go to cancer research. These same companies, like Eli Lily, promote products that have carcinogens in them. One non-profit organization, Breast Cancer Action devotes, its energies to making these companies change or eliminate harmful ingredients, so that the product is safe for everyone.Â BCA has a website called www.pinkwashing.org, which I hope you will check out to get a better understanding of how major companies are pulling the wool over our eyes, while at the same time, donating to the cure of diseases that they often contribute to.
Like the women in the fur coat at Save the Whales, like McDonaldâ€™s serving unhealthy foods while helping kids with cancer, like the ACOA attendees whose smoking and eating habits may be almost as harmful as alcohol, and like big companies contributing to cancer research while promoting products with ingredients that cause cancer, we need to be very careful where and to whom we donate our money under the guise of a good cause.
Please check out www.pinkwashing.org (Pinkwashing is a term used by BCA to describe the activities of companies and groups that position themselves as leaders in the struggle to eradicate breast cancer while engaging in practices that may be contributing to rising rates of the disease. (Go to the website and also www.bcaction.org for more information on how you can help encourage companies to manufacture clean products so that environmental cancers are eliminated.)Â Breast cancer is a serious disease and I believe many people contract it through environmental contamination in our food, water, and manufactured products.
Below is an excerpt from www.bcaction.org:
Last year, Breast Cancer Action challenged the pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly to stop manufacturing the cancer-linked hormone rBGH. This year weâ€™re looking for 6,220 outraged and bold people â€“ thatâ€™s one person for every day that rBGH (also known as rBST) has been on the market â€“ to stand up to Eli Lilly with us by Sept. 24. Eli Lilly is the sole worldwide manufacturer and distributor of rBGH, a dairy hormone that may increase your risk of breast cancer. They also manufacture a drug claiming to â€œpreventâ€ breast cancer.Â Completing the perfect breast cancer profit cycle, Eli Lilly makes drugs like Gemzar that treat breast cancer. We are committed to getting Eli Lilly to stop Milking Cancer. Stand with us for womenâ€™s health.
(There is a link to sign the petition at the end of the article.Â I urge you to go to both websites and become educated about the link between companies such as Eli Lily and cancer.)
* Pink Link is my title for discussing Pinkwashing -Â a term used to describe the activities of companies and groups that position themselves as leaders in the struggle to eradicate breast cancer while engaging in practices that may be contributing to rising rates of the disease.