A Spoonful of Salt

A Spoonful of Salt
Please take everything you read with a grain of salt. But for this blog, please take it with a spoonful.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Lies About Cancer

What causes cancer- any type? Well, many speculate, but nobody knows for sure. We only know that some contributing factors are genetics, diet, tobacco use, physical activity, certain types of infections and environmental exposures to different types of chemicals and radiation. This article wants you to know what doesn't cause cancer (but really, its purpose is to discredit prior scientific and clinical studies).

Now, I am no Scientist. Heck, I don't even remember the steps in the Scientific Method! However, I have long suspected that the daily use of products on and in our bodies are the culprits. How else can you explain why cancer was nearly non-existent 100 years ago, but is now the leading cause of death in the U.S. in people ages 40-79? Also, women have a 38% likelihood of being diagnosed with cancer and men, 40% at present. Those are some high numbers. Common sense tells us to look at what we have done differently in recent years to account for such high numbers- like what products have been introduced into consumers' daily routines in the last several decades.

I have my own crazy ideas about the causes of cancer for which there is no concrete evidence(increased consumption/use of processed foods, toxic chemicals in skincare and makeup, etc.). So, I am going to let you be the judge. I just want people to be more aware, I guess, of what they are eating, drinking, smoking and using in and on their bodies- and to think about why these products are even allowed on the market despite the potential health risks. Basically, I just want people to be more informed. I am a natural pessimist and leery of the information I am given. I think we, as consumers, are shielded from the truth by our government on a variety of topics and for many different reasons.

For example-if it were true (based on completely accurate research) that certain ingredients in deodorant cause Breast Cancer and Alzheimer's Disease, I would venture to guess that 99% of people would find an alternate product to combat body odor. What is the government's interest in deodorant, you ask? Well, they don't have one- other than on a personal level. But they do have an interest in protecting the business interests of their large contributors, including one in particular, Proctor and Gamble. They produce many products including Secret, Safeguard and Old Spice brands of deodorant. Although, on their official website, they deny donating to any particular political party or supporting any particular candidate, P&G gave over $550,000 to federal candidates in the 2008 election through their Political Action Committee. They also contribute millions of dollars per year to lobby for their interests- anywhere from 1.47 to 8 million in 2009, to be exact. So, think about it: If you gave someone some money to, say, protect you from a bully at school (hey, this is a likely scenario), they would do their best. Well, same concept- only it is a big business asking politicians to protect them against the people at the FDA, EPA, etc. in exchange for campaign funds from said big business.

Anyway, that is just one example. There are many more, but I don't want you to think I am some crazy conspiracy theorist or something. Just seek out the truth for yourself, don't believe results of studies without considering who funded them, keep an open mind and do what you can to prevent cancer (as shown above).

Happy Friday!!!

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