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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Breast Cancer Awareness Month- Stay Off The Grass!

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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