A number of common herbicides (weed killers) have been linked to breast cancer. Several herbicides are made from chemicals known to be endocrine disruptors and are believed to be implicated in increasing the risk for breast cancer.
Not only do you want to avoid contact with these chemicals as an adult but it is particularly important to not use toxic weed-killers on lawns where children play. Youngsters spend more time lying directly on the grass; they also put their hands in their mouths more often and will even eat blades of grass.
With Smaller body weight children absorb higher levels of toxins and chemical exposure in very early in life may predispose an individual to be more likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer later on.
Alternatives to use of chemical treatments include weeding by hand (good exercise), use of ground cover plants & artificial turf which is ultimately more earth friendly as it means no more sprinklers but allows rain water through into the soil underneath and back into the water table.
Do you use herbicides? Do you have an alternative?
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I'm a freckly red head, originally from London now living in LA with 2 pale children. Frankly with our coloring we have no business being such an outdoorsy family and living in southern California.
I grew up in a time when factor 8 sun milk was considered the best protection available to combat the hot rays of a holiday in southern Spain, that lead to 3rd degree burns and the rest of the vacation spent in the shade of our apartment.
As a family we love to be outside, going to the beach, camping, swimming & hiking. We can't completely avoid the sun (nor should we) but taking sensible measures to avoid unnecessary UV damage is a priority.
How do we do that? By staying in the shade in the middle of the day, wearing sun protective clothing (that's why I created Sunny Sleevez), a broad brimmed hat, UV rated sunglasses, using chemical-free broad spectrum sun screen on exposed areas & eating a healthy diet with as few chemicals as possible & lots of antioxidants.
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So obvious, but it never occurred to me before; thanks.
Great reminder. I am chemically sensitive so I am always affected when I walk by grass that has been treated. Fortunately we live in the country so we don’t feel the need to treat our grass. We just tell people we are happy as long as it is “green from the curb” 🙂
It is important to point out that GMO (genetically modified organisms) products may also contribute to breast cancer as well as development of allergies. Some vegetables (e.g. corn) are modified to endure more herbicide pesticide treatments.
Excellent reminder! Many years ago, we decided out children’s health was more important than a ‘perfect lawn, garden’ etc. and banned use of chemicals in our yard. Glad to see someone sharing this info!
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I guess that I am lucky then. Almost 30 years ago while I was visiting in the USA, I received chemical burn from a town being sprayed against mosquitos. That was what we were told at the time. It was horrible. You couldn’t even recognize me because my whole face was affected plus arms and hands. We were indoors with airconditioning and the spraying was done at night as we slept. The bedding protected the rest of my body… It was horrific. After the 6th doctor I was sent to the state capital to a Major hospital that I was told this is chemical burn.
This is when I went green in my lifestyle. I began questioning what is in chemical around us in products that we use every day. It made me hypersensitive to chemicals. I had to be on cortisone treatment for 6 months, which wiped out my immune system. I am like the canary in the mine, because only one other person in the house was affected mildly.
I am glad that you are informing people of the dangers.Keep up the good work.