Women’s Health Week – Great News or Same Old Line?

National Women’s Health Week is around the corner – May 13-19 – and women are still being given the same old platitudes: eat nutritious foods, exercise regularly, maintain a desirable weight, exercise, and get regular physical check ups. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services encourages women to:

  • Visit a health professional to receive regular checkups and preventative screening.
  • Get active.
  • Eat healthy.
  • Pay attention to mental health, including getting enough sleep and manage stress.
  • Avoid unhealthy behaviors such as smoking and not wearing a seatbelt or bicycle helmet.

Big wow! Women who are not living in caves already know these things. Yes, these are all good, but they not enough to assure women’s health and freedom from devastating diseases – such as breast cancer and ovarian cancer. These sage tips also have no special advice for pregnant women, to assure the health of their newborn infants. Nowhere does the official advice mention having an appropriate weight, i.e., avoiding obesity. My blog articles of 8/11/2011, 9/01/2011, and 3/23/2012 offer information and advice on this issue.

Experts have stated that 70% of breast cancer cases appear to be rooted in environmental causes, and more than 200 chemicals are known to cause tumors. One in three women will have breast cancer sometime in their lives. One in 54 boys will be afflicted with autism, which has increased 80% since 2002. There is a growing awareness of the exquisite sensitivity of the developing brain to toxic chemicals. Scientists at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and the Mount Sinai School of Medicine have shown that autism can be linked to prenatal exposures to pesticides, methyl mercury, flame retardants, and other common chemicals.

Women are not being told how to prevent breast cancer, and they are not being told how to prevent neurodevelopmental disorders in children, e.g., autism. This is appalling! So called “preventative screenings” usually do not prevent a disease; rather they indicate the early presence of a disease condition so that doctors can prescribe medicines or surgeries to hopefully cure the unhealthy condition. It is much better to have a life style that actually prevents a disease! The official advice does not mention the importance of keeping toxic chemicals out of women’s bodies. This is, of course, the main advice of my blog articles.

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About donlouis

The author has long had a keen interest in staying healthy and fit, and in doing whatever I can to keep the natural environment unpolluted and a healthy space for people and all animals. As a former Board Member of a municipal water district, I regularly had to deal with the issue of water quality. I first became aware of radiation hazards from toxic materials while working on uranium for nuclear reactors. During the 1960s I was tuned into the global hazard from Strontium 90 raining down from atmospheric testing of nuclear bombs. While working in the chemical industry in later years I became aware of the many forms of chemical contaminants entering the environment every day, and resolved to do something about it. I am able to make sense out of the voluminous descriptions of common toxic chemical because of my training in chemistry, with a Ph.D. degree and several decades of research and development work in the chemical industry. My training and experience enables me to present to readers reliable and current information on the topic of chemical hazards in the environment, and their threats to human health. All my life I have loved hiking and camping in nature. Skiing, river kayaking, and tennis have been my favorite physical activities. Nature photography is my artistic passion.
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