The residents hadn’t a clue what was happening to their water. Fagin, an environmental journalist, wades through a half century of dumping, denial, Greenpeace efforts to expose the situation, local citizens’ mixed responses…
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Earlier this month the IOM issued a big report on breast cancer and the environment. The thick analysis, commissioned and sponsored by the Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, was authored by an expert panel. Their task – to assess all available information on what causes BC, and make recommendations accordingly — was essentially impossible. Some immediately critiqued the work and, perhaps implicitly, the funding — for its failure to yield sharp or clearly-actionable insights into BC causes.
The document starts, blandly, with some straightforward stuff. The recommendations for lifestyle changes seem paternalistic when not obvious. Where the report gets interesting, and offers value, is in considering a few specific environmental toxins that might be causative in the current breast cancer epidemic. While proving that any one (or several) of the chemicals listed below causes BC will be difficult, developing a clear, working list of likely compounds that merit research
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When I was a medical resident in the late 1980s, we treated some patients with pancreatic cancer on a regimen nick-named the coffee protocol because it included infusions of intravenous caffeine. How absurd, we thought back then, because years earlier caffeine had been linked to pancreatic cancer as a possible cause.
Now, two new studies suggest that coffee consumption reduces a woman’s risk for developing breast cancer, according to MedPage Today:
Women who drank at least five cups of coffee daily had a significantly lower risk of postmenopausal breast cancer, an analysis of two large cohort studies suggested.
…Coffee has a paradoxical relationship with breast cancer risk. The beverage’s complex mix of caffeine and polyphenols suggests a potential to confer both carcinogenic and chemopreventive characteristics, the authors noted…
I’m incredulous, still.
As with most compounds we ingest or otherwise absorb, it’s conceivable that caffeine could damage some cells or somehow
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