Posts Tagged ‘cancer’

Sirius Satellite Radio Receivers have chemicals “known…to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm.”

March 1, 2014

I have a to do list a mile long but I felt compelled to post this. Sirius Satellite Radio Receivers have a warning on the box that says “This product contains chemicals known to the state of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm.” That’s pretty startling. First, for people who dismiss this type of information, if a company actually posts a warning such as this, you know it’s serious. Second, what are you supposed to do? Should a woman who is about to get pregnant or already pregnant stay away from it? How far away? What about men? What are the dangerous chemicals?

We need much more, not less, regulation when it comes to safety. A quick google search found that no one seems to be caring or looking into this – all that came up was PDF documents and user guides.

Here’s info on another item. I just bought a “Mabis/DMI Healthcare Body Positioner, White” from Amazon.com (http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=Mabis%2FDMI%20Healthcare%20Body%20Positioner%2C%20White)

It turns out that this foam wedge, designed to help people sleep on their side, has the following warning:

“We are providing the following warning for products linked to this page:

WARNING: This product contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm.”

About California Proposition 65

California’s Proposition 65 entitles California consumers to special warnings for products that contain chemicals known to the state of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm if those products expose consumers to such chemicals above certain threshold levels. We care about our customers’ safety and hope that the information below helps with your buying decisions.

Thank God for California, requiring companies to post these warnings, but the warnings are hard to see. You’d think the company, knowing its item contains chemicals that are “known to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm,” would at least sell the item with a cover, but no.

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Standup2cancer.org: Donations and research are great, but we also need to prevent cancer

September 10, 2010

[picapp align=”left” wrap=”false” link=”term=cancer&iid=9672758″ src=”http://view2.picapp.com/pictures.photo/image/9672758/the-city-declares-friday/the-city-declares-friday.jpg?size=500&imageId=9672758″ width=”380″ height=”255″ /] Above: Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen A. Trutanich, producer Laura Ziskin and Stand Up To Cancer founding member Lisa Paulsen attend a press conference to announce the City of Los Angeles declaring September 10th as ‘Stand Up To Cancer Day’ on September 8, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)

CBS just aired “Stand Up 2 Cancer,” a telethon with countless Hollywood stars and reports of research being done to fight cancer. All of this is necessary and great, but I’m concerned that people don’t care enough about what causes cancer and a host of other disabling diseases and disorders.  Obviously, most people know that smoking and alcohol are huge risk factors, and poor diets that lack enough fruits and vegetables don’t help either.  But there is increasing evidence that pollution and chemicals in the environment are to blame for the increase in cancers and disorders such as autism.

There are 80,000 chemicals in the U.S., and only about 200 of them have been tested for safety.  People are constantly saying we need less regulation.  To them, it’s a slogan, but having less regulation hurts, and results in an increasingly polluted environment, tainted food, and oil spills, not to mention the financial crisis.

Heavy metals in the environment such as mercury, lead, arsenic, cadmium are health hazards, not to mention many of the 78,800 chemicals that haven’t been tested for safety.

In April 2010, the President’s Cancer Panel published “Reducing Environmental Cancer Risk” and concluded that cancer has been caused by environmental factors much more often than previously thought.  Last July I wrote an article in Examiner.com about the Toxic Chemicals Safety Act introduced into Congress, a bill that aims to improve safety for chemicals, many of which are linked to cancer and autism.

Also in July, I wrote about the National Children’s Study, an effort to determine which pesticides and other chemicals cause autism, cancer, and other disorders and diseases.  Dr. Philip Landrigan, known for his work in ensuring lead was banned from paint and gasoline in the 1970s, is heading the study.

We need to understand that people may be genetically susceptible to certain conditions, but they might live to the age of 90 with no problems as long as those susceptibilities are not triggered.

Is it normal for so many 40-year old women to get breast cancer?  No.

We need to realize that pesticides, designed to kill pests, may just have an effect on infants and developing fetuses.  We need to understand that coal emissions from China result in pollution in California, including mercury that goes into the ocean, accumulates in seafood, and gets into the food chain.  We need to stop just doing what is profitable and convenient, and make sure that safety is a concern when putting new products on the market.

We need to treat cancer, but also prevent it and minimize the risk.

Health advocates rally at Capitol for chemical safety bill; some chemicals linked to autism, cancer

July 31, 2010

Andy Igrejas, Brenda Afzal, and Dr. Sarah Janssen speak in favor of the Toxic Chemicals Safety Act. Photo by Mike Frandsen

Environmental advocates rallied in Washington, D.C. Thursday to support legislation to protect the public from toxic chemicals that have been linked to disorders and diseases such as autism and cancer.

Representatives from the Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families Coalition and Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) held a press conference in front of the Capitol Reflecting Pool, urging Congress to overhaul a 1976 law that does not require all chemicals to be tested for safety.

The press conference took place alongside a giant inflatable rubber duck to symbolize that even simple items such as toys may contain unsafe chemicals.

Dr. Sarah Janssen, a scientist with NRDC, said most people have a story of someone who has been affected by unsafe chemicals: “People who have had cancer, problems conceiving a child, children with learning or developmental problems, asthma, and parents or grandparents struggling with diseases like Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s — all of these chronic illnesses have been associated to some extent with exposures to toxic chemicals.”

For the rest of my article on Examiner.com, click here.