Posts Tagged ‘pollution’

Air Pollution and Cancer

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016


A new study published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention concluded that long term exposure to environmental pollutants are associated with increased risk of mortality for many types of cancer in an elderly population in Hong Kong adding to a growing concern about the health risk of prolonged exposure to ambient fine particle materials. Some particles found in air included hydrocarbons and heavy metals produced by transportation and power generators. The focus of the study was on fine particles less than 2.5 micrometers (PM2.5) in diameter. It was found that for every 10 microgram per cubic meter (µg/m3) of increased exposure to PM2.5. the risk of dying from cancer rose by 22 percent. Researchers said “The implications for other similar cities around the world are that PM2.5 must be reduced to reduce the health burden. Air pollution remains a clear, modifiable public health concern.”  In relation to cancer the researchers said ” Long-term exposure to particulate matter has been associated with mortality mainly from cardiopulmonary causes and lung cancer, but there has been few studies showing an association with mortality from other cancers.  We suspect that these particulates could have an equivalent effect on cancers elsewhere in the body.”

Sixty six thousand two hundred eighty people between age 65 and older between 1998 and 2001 were followed until 2011. Causes of death within the group were determined from the Hong Kong registration.  Annual concentration of PM2.5 at their homes was estimated using satellite data and fixed-site monitoring.  Findings were adjusted for smoking status, and deaths occurring within 3 years of baseline.    Results showed that for every 10 ug/m3 of increased exposure   to PM2.5, the risk of dying from any cancer rose by 22 percent. This increase was also associat4ed with a 42 percent increased risk of mortality from cancer in the upper digestive tract and a 35 per4cent increase risk of mortality from accessory digestive organs including the liver, bile ducts, bladder, and pancreas.  For women, every increase of 10 ug/m3 increase in exposure to PM2.5 produced an 80 percent increased risk of mortality from breast cancer, and for me this produced a 36 percent increased risk of dying of lung cancer. Causes for these associations  may include defects in DNA repair functions, alternations in the body’s immune response, or inflammation that triggers angiogenesis, that allows the growth of new blood vessels allowing tumors to spread according to the researchers. In addition, heavy metal pollution could affect gut microbiota and influence the development of cancer in the digestive system, they postulate. Researchers say we mist be cautious about the findings because pollution is only one risk factor and others such as diet and exercise may be more identifiable and modifiable.

Swami Radhanath and Betsy Thompson Interviewed on Faith, Healing and Spirituality

Sunday, April 3rd, 2011

radehanath swami


Dr Carl O Helvie, Host, Holistic Health Show, interviewed Radhanath Swami and Betsy Thompson on yesterday’s show on BBS Radio.

Radhanath Swami is dedicated to “God’s service”, has taken a vow of poverty, celibracy and abstinence from intoxicants and has no property, no bank account, and not a penny to his name. But he has found the one thing many strive for: the path to enlightenment. On the show he talks about this path and his book The Journal Home: Autobiograpy of an American Swami. More information was presented earlier on this site or can be found

Betsy Thompson has always worked with the media and has written 6 books including Walking Through Illusion: Jesus Speaks of the People Who Shared His Journey. More information was presented earlier here or can be found at

Air Pollution and Breast Cancer-A Possible Link Found

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010


In a study reported in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives researchers reported that pollution from traffic may put women at risk of breast cancer. They combined data from several studies to arrive at this conclusion including the 2005-2006 study that created two air pollution maps that showed the level of air pollution in different parts of Montreal in 1996 and 10 years earlier and charted on the home addresses of women with breast cancer in a 1996-97 study. Results showed a significantly higher incidence of breast cancer in the areas with higher levels of air pollution. Women living in areas with the highest levels of pollution were almost twice as likely to develop breast cancer as those living in less polluted areas.
The researchers said the results must be interpreted with caution because of unknown factors and errors. However, they concluded that the link warrents further investigation.

Natural Solutions for Seasonal Allergies Discussed by Dr Dobri Kiprov and Dr Ann Lovick on the Holistic Health Show

Sunday, July 25th, 2010


Ann Lovick Website

Dr Carl O Helvie, host, interviewed Dr Dobri Kiprov and Dr Ann Lovick on the Holistic Health Show yesterday. Both talked about natural solutions for seasonal allergies.

Dr Kiprov a physician and pioneer in the field of immunology is chief of immunology at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco. He is world renown for his work. More information is available on an earlier blog and at: and

Dr Lovick is a naturopathic physician who is on the staff of Integrative Health Care in Scottsdale, Arizona and has been a lifelong sufferer of allergies. More information is available on an earlier blog and also at: Http://

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