Monday, December 7, 2009

Nicholas Kristof: "Cancer From the Kitchen?"

I’m glad to see that the subject matter—the link between synthetic chemicals and chronic diseases—I discussed in my posts last Tuesday and Wednesday was an important enough topic for New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof to cover in his Sunday column.

Kristof’s piece—“Cancer From the Kitchen?”—was the Times' website’s most e-mailed article yesterday, which will undoubtedly raise awareness of the subject.

One topic Kristof mentioned that I was going to address this week was the past success of public policy in almost eliminating a dangerous toxin from our lives:
“[T]here’s a remarkable precedent for a public health effort against a toxic substance. The removal of lead from gasoline resulted in an 80 percent decline in lead levels in our blood since 1976—along with a six-point gain in children’s I.Q.’s.”

2 comments:

Bryan said...

A very thoughtful thought! Kitchen indeed must be well-cleaned as it is where we get and prepare our foods. Thanks for reminding me.

Lewis N. Clark said...

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