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Road Map For Prevention

The Precautionary Principle

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Why are so many New Yorkers ill?

New York State Breast Cancer Support & Education Network

The precautionary principle is a powerful unifying force which has created a new movement that is changing the way health and environmental policy is envisioned in the United States.

In 1998, at the Wingspread Conference in Wisconsin, a gathering of scientists, lawyers, and environmental activists called upon government, corporations, communities, and scientists to implement the precautionary principle when making public health and environmental decisions. The key component of The Wingspread Statement on the Precautionary Principle states: “Where an activity raises threats of harm to the environment or human health, precautionary measures should be taken even if some cause and effect relationships are not fully established scientifically.”

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PITC Toxic Trigger Chart

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Prevention Is The Cure provides educational tools to the community. Free to print, this Toxic Trigger Chart is for your use. Or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with address to receive your hardcopy.


 

National Geographic's Our Toxic Home

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National Geographic has produced an interactive webpage called
"Our Toxic Home" giving examples of some of the toxins and chemicals
in the home that can effect our health.

http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2006/10/toxic-people/multimedia-interactive

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What's Wrong With Plastics

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bottle1Some types of plastics can leach chemicals into foods and beverages. These chemicals include suspected carcinogens or endocrine disruptions. The endocrine system is a system of glands in all of us, each of which secretes a type of hormone directly into the bloodstream to regulate the body. Hormone disruptors have the ability to mimic, block or otherwise interfere with the signals of naturally-occurring hormones throughout the body. Some research is showing links to some alarming trends, including reduced sperm counts and fertility, and increases in breast, testicular and prostate cancers.

pacifier1-Endocrine disrupting chemicals may be present in: children’s toys, dental sealants, food cans lined with plastic film or even shower curtains.

-A chemical added to PVC can leach from IV bags and tubing into blood or medication being administered to a patient.

While some plastics appear to be free of these chemicals, there is currently no way for the consumer to be absolutely sure of the safety of any plastic. Be aware of the plastic recycling codes #3,6,7 (view Mount Sinai pocket guide) or asking your health care provider about types of plastic being used for your  treatment can help you steer clear of chemicals which may present a health risk.

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