While risk factors such as cigarette smoking and obesity are now widely recognized smoking guns in the growing U.S. cancer epidemic, a new report from the President’s Cancer Panel is exposing what I have been emphasizing for years now: Environmental pollutants—including toxic metals, pesticides, and other harmful chemicals—play an insidious role in the national cancer epidemic.
It’s a role that, until now, has been largely ignored.
In a recent open letter to President Obama, the cancer panel warned that, “the grievous harm from this group of carcinogens has not been addressed adequately by the National Cancer Program,” claiming that environmental pollutants’ role in the development of cancer has been “grossly underestimated” in the past.
In a clear call to action, this letter strongly urges the President to exercise his power “to remove the carcinogens and other toxins from our food, water, and air that needlessly increase health care costs, cripple our nation’s productivity, and devastate American lives.”
This warning is clear—and long overdue.
We’re being bombarded with toxic chemicals & heavy metals
We are constantly and continuously bombarded with multiple toxic chemicals and heavy metals that over time have clear and well-proven detrimental effects on our health.
From cancer, heart disease, cognitive impairment, and immune suppression, to adverse effects on the endocrine and neurological systems, the damage caused by environmental pollutants simply cannot be ignored.
Of course, some groups are openly rejecting these findings.
In fact, the American Cancer Society (ACS) has already come out against the new report’s message, citing controversial statistics that threaten to undermine established efforts to prevent cancer, such as anti-smoking and anti-obesity campaigns.
A recent review conducted by this organization concluded that pollutants are responsible for a mere 5 percent of total cancer cases.
In my opinion however, this is a dangerously stubborn stance.
Cancer statistics continue to skyrocket
Smoking was cited as the number one carcinogenic culprit, and there’s no doubt that cigarettes do contribute to cancer development. But even with the success of anti-smoking campaigns, cancer statistics continue to skyrocket, and unfortunately, the highly politicized ACS simply can’t admit failure.
The truth is, this debate reaches far beyond statistics. The carcinogenic effects of multiple chemicals, pesticides and heavy metals and their compounding synergistic actions within the body are well documented and established beyond doubt.
Nevertheless, it’s unclear what action the U.S. government may take, if any, to protect future generations from harmful environmental pollutants. That’s why I continue to encourage you to make detoxification a regular part of your health routine.
You can begin detoxifying by minimizing your exposure to toxins whenever possible.
While many environmental carcinogens are hidden and therefore difficult to avoid, taking small steps to reduce your own exposure can make a dramatic difference.
Steering clear of plastic beverage and food containers that can expose your body to carcinogenic estrogen-mimicking compounds is one key strategy.
Buying organic and investing in a high-quality, reverse-osmosis filter for both your drinking water and shower-head is another.
Meanwhile, organizations such as the Environmental Working Group offer comprehensive lists of carcinogenic chemicals found in popular food, household, and hygiene products, which enable consumers to make healthier choices while shopping for their family.
It is also important to implement health strategies designed to address and counteract toxic threats.
These strategies can take the form of lifestyle changes including…
- proper diet and nutrition,
- adequate sleep,
- stress reduction,
- regular exercise and
- proper hydration.
These along with the judicious use of antioxidant and adaptogenic supplements, and herbs can make a huge difference.
Don’t forget routine heavy metal detox
I specifically recommend gentle, routine heavy metal detoxification with clinically supported compounds such as modified citrus pectin and seaweed dervived alginates.
Seasonal cleanses, carried out in the fall and the spring, can also help to ensure that your body’s toxic burden remains as low as possible.
Source: DeNoon, Daniel J. Environmental Cancer Risk ‘Grossly Underestimated’? WebMD Health News
Dr. Isaac Eliaz, a pioneer in the field of integrative medicine since the early 1980's, is a respected author, lecturer, researcher, product formulator and clinical practitioner.
Since 1991 Dr. Eliaz has maintained a busy private practice in northern California that focuses primarily on integrative, holistic protocols for cancer patients. He leads an integrative medical team at Amitabha Clinic in Sebastopol, California with focus on cancer and other chronic ailments.
To learn more, please visit www.dreliaz.org.
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