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Poison Food, Poison Talk, and Poison Policy

Why are we having a War On Terror when no one has been killed, or even injured, in the United States by any terrorist in years?

Is it because, seven years ago, three thousand Americans were killed in a terrorist attack?

Big whoop.

A lot more Americans than that are dying all the time. Take brain cancer as an example. About 13,000 people die of primary brain cancer in the United States every year. Approximately 100,000 Americans are diagnosed with secondary brain cancer, and many of them die too, whether from cancer in the brain, from the effects of cancer elsewhere in the body, or as a result of treatment.

There’s a new metastudy that’s been released by a researcher in Australia that links brain cancer with cell phone usage. The researcher, Vini Khurana, concludes that there are strong suggestions that cell phone usage creates a substantially increased risk of brain cancer, though the long-term research projects that will best be able to establish causality will be completed over the next four years.

Why should we be asked to sacrifice our freedoms in the name of protection from extremely rare terrorist attacks when so many more American lives could be saved by removing more causes of cancer (like cell phones, perhaps – wait for the definitive research) from our environment?

It isn’t just death that we have to worry about, anyway. There’s also prolonged suffering, of the kind that comes with Parkinson’s Disease.

Is it just a mystery why some people get Parkinson’s Disease, and why others don’t? To some extent, yes, but the mysterious element of Parkinson’s became significantly smaller this week, with the release of a study that found that people who had reported exposure to pesticides had a much greater chance of getting Parkinson’s than people who did not.

Write this one down in your notebook as one more reason to eat more organic food and to buy more organic clothes. Pesticides are poisons, and not just for the animals we’ve identified as vermin.

People are indeed in danger, but mostly we’re not in danger because of terrorism. Far greater are the threats that come from the way that our lives have been redesigned in order to support a large population through technology. Many more lives would be saved, and much more suffering would be eliminated, if our federal government spent less time worrying about Homeland Security, and more time considering how to make our homes more secure from the dangers of day-to-day exposure to the dangerous artifacts of our technological society.

1 comment to Poison Food, Poison Talk, and Poison Policy

  • Tom

    Our way of living has proven itself to be unsustainable (if you look at the whole picture and are honest). We industrialized nations consume more of the world’s resources and WASTE more of them than all of the other nations. The whole world is now becoming like us and we’re rapidly coming to terms with what that means. The fact that the world’s wealth steadily flows upward to the richest 1% of the population while the great masses of humanity are left with whatever remains, and while the other species of living creatures, plants and necessary aspects of the environment (like air quality) are sacrificed surely bodes ill for our longterm survival prospects.

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