Somewhere over the last few years, with more and more friends facing breast cancer, I learned that one of the first things a doctor will tell a patient who has been diagnosed is to go home and read the ingredients in the personal care products they use every day – and switch to safer.
The same recommendation is made for women who are dealing with infertility issues or who are pregnant or nursing.
My question is – why don’t we get that recommendation BEFORE we are diagnosed with something?
If we know there is a potential connection between ingredients and health issues like breast cancer or infertility or child development, WHY isn’t this something we learn prior to any of those types of events?
Isn’t this information you want to know BEFORE any of those concerns…so you can take preventative measures to stay healthy?
Like Grandma said..
“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”.grandma
Breast cancer has become more and more prevalent during my lifetime. When I was younger (aka: 40 years ago), the statistic was 1 in 20 women would be diagnosed with breast cancer. Today that number is 1 in 8.
And, of those cases, less than 10% have any genetic connection.
Clearly, our environment is having an impact. And, it’s time to take a look at ways we can reduce our exposure to toxins around us.
I love the work that the Breast Cancer Prevention Partners are doing to help prevent breast cancer by eliminating exposure to toxic chemicals and radiation.
This summer I had the opportunity to join them in Sacramento for a Lobby Day for SB574 – the safer fragrance & flavor bill. The organization does a tremendous amount of work to help educate people while also helping affect change in policy to protect consumers.
I encourage you to spend a little time on their site. Read their Breast Cancer Prevention Tips. Learn about Endocrine Disruptors. Start making the simple changes in your house to ensure you live, not only a LONG life, but a HEALTHY one! (And, if not for you….what about the little girls in your life!)
It’s also a great month to follow the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. Food is a huge part of this equation, too!