Endocrine Disruptors – One Reader’s Response

I can’t imagine anyone who writes newsletters who isn’t thrilled or, at the very least, appreciative when a reader cares enough to gather their thoughts to put together an extremely intelligent, passionate,  contemplative response. What better way for me to reciprocate than by sharing it with all of you.  This was written in response to my newsletter of May 9th. (http://mgwwebhost.wpengine.com/2012/05/10/while-we-were-sleeping-part-two/

Sarah writes:

Awesome newsletter Mrs. Green!  I love that you are addressing the issue of endocrine disruptors.  While I had never heard that term before reading your newsletter, it’s been my long-standing belief that cancer is something we inadvertently, unintentionally and for the most part unknowingly invite into our lives (at least as consumers … I’m not so sure the manufacturers deserve the luxury of that excuse).  If one were to misinterpret my point, it might sound a little bit like I’m saying that people with cancer asked for it — and that is absolutely not what I mean.  Just to be clear.  No one would check the “yes” box on a multiple choice question that read “do you want cancer? Yes or No.”

We create cancer by manipulating earthen matter into things that satisfy us, and by then using/consuming those things.  Is that such a big crime?  I don’t suppose so, at least not so long as we are (were) unaware of the unintended consequences of those actions.  But once we become aware I think we have an obligation to respond and change, which I see happening all around me.  But real, meaningful large-scale change is an exceedingly difficult thing to achieve, especially in the context of our current, complex, global socio-economic state.  It’s like playing pick-up sticks … if you’re not careful what you remove from the equation the whole thing could collapse.

Part of what makes it hard to change, and this is the intentional part, is the colossal corporate lobbying presence in Washington.  Unfortunately, monetary gains often outweigh environmental losses.  But I digress … back to my original point, which was to clink a glass with you about dragging this topic into the light.  Bravo!  It’s a tough subject and you summarized it well.  I believe the only true cure we’ll ever find for cancer is prevention.  We simply have to stop feeding it.  Disclaimer:  simple and easy are nothing alike.  Real, lasting change will probably take several hundred years or longer.  So indeed it is about the future, all about the future, which starts now.  Very insightful and provocative!

Sarah”

Thank you – for your passion, your insights, your support and your wisdom.