Environmental Exposures and Cancer Risk

Between September 2008 and January 2009, an advisory panel set up within the National Cancer Institute look at the potential effects of environmental exposures on cancer in our community. The Panel consists of three members appointed by the US President, who by virtue of their training, experience, and background are exceptionally qualified to appraise the National Cancer Program. At least two members of the Panel are distinguished scientists or physicians.

This is the 240 pages report submitted in April 2010 by President’s Cancer Panel warning that “the true burden of environmentally induced cancers has been grossly underestimated” and urging steps be taken to reduce people’s broad exposure to carcinogens. It is worth the read for anyone who is interested in preventing cancer and in preserving the continuation of the human race. This report recommends several practices to reduce environmental exposure in our everyday lives. We highlight some of the points and issues raised in this report as we have already previously emphasised these in our book “Is Your Food Killing You?”

Research on environmental causes of cancer has been limited by low priority and inadequate funding and there is a lack of emphasis on environmental research as a route to primary cancer prevention, particularly compared with research emphases on genetic and molecular mechanisms in cancer. This report states that “Efforts to identify, quantify, and control environmental exposures that raise cancer risk, including both single agents and combinations of exposures, have been complicated by the use of different measures, exposure limits, assessment processes, and classification structures across agencies in the U.S. and among nations. In addition, efforts have been compromised by a lack of effective measurement methods and tools.” Current toxicity testing relies heavily on animal studies that utilize doses substantially higher than those likely to be encountered by humans and fails to take into account harmful effects that may occur only at very low doses especially to developing foetuses and during childhood. This category is more vulnerable than adults to increased cancer risk and other adverse effects from virtually all harmful environmental exposures. In addition, a potential agent is tested singly rather than in combination with other potential environmental agents making the results weak, flawed, or uncorroborated. Environmental carcinogens are everywhere; in our soil, air, water, and numerous consumer products. Continue reading “Environmental Exposures and Cancer Risk”

Health and Safety Executive

The Health and Safety Executive, usually shortened to HSE in the “trade”, are the agency responsible for enforcing Health and Safety in the Workplace law in the UK. They also provide guidance on and promote awareness of these issues to the general public. Whilst it holds a key role in enforcing legislation, its mission is to also to help prevent people from being killed, injured or made ill whilst at work.

The Executive is directly responsible for legal compliance in higher risk locations e.g. oil rigs, mines, nuclear plants, factories, building sites and utilities as well as hospitals, schools and colleges and government locations.

In addition to the Executive, more than 400 local authorities are used to enforce Health and Safety law at a local level and are responsible for hotels, restaurants, pubs and clubs, shops, offices, nurseries and playgroups, sheltered accommodation, care homes, places of worship and privately owned museums. A number of other agencies deal with specific aspects of Health and Safety e.g. the Fire Service for fire related issues and Environmental Health for food hygiene and pollution.

The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 gives the Executive’s inspectors, including those working in local authorities, wide ranging powers. Whilst their focus aims to be preventative and provide assistance, an inspector may informally advise you of a minor breach and explain how you can comply with the law and why the action is necessary. Continue reading “Health and Safety Executive”

Environmental Medicine Available For Erectile Dysfunction

Erectile Dysfunction is the inability of a man to have erection or sustain the erection which is required for a successful sexual intercourse. It is commonly known as “Impotence”. It is caused due to several reasons like health problems, intake of harmful drugs and even due to alcohol and smoking. Almost all fields of medicine like allopathic medicines, ayurveda, and homeopathy have tried to resolve the issues and find a solution to erectile dysfunction. We can safely say that some of them achieve success to some extent, but yet there is no guarantee of a cure with most regimens.

If we come to the traditional beliefs of the treatments of ED, Asian cultures have different believes, as compared to the west. They strongly believe in the holistic approach when it comes to medicine and health. They truly idolize the natural treatments for the cure of diseases. This is something they have been doing for ages which has really worked very well.

Previously, experiments to check the efficiency of the herbal and environmental medicine were conducted on a trial basis, using animals, and had limited effects on human being. But recently, Asian herbal medicine has come to the forefront, and more people and physicians are turning to it, as it supposedly has lesser side effects.

The following are a list of the herbal medicines which are playing a very important part in curing one of the most common and threatening diseases in men known as erectile dysfunction. Continue reading “Environmental Medicine Available For Erectile Dysfunction”