Danger! Smelly Cars Can Be Hazardous To Your Health.

Does your car have a certain air about it?  Ours did.

Two years ago, in the middle of a hot summer, we noticed a bad smell in our Jeep.  After cleaning out the car and checking the front grill and the undercarriage for road kill, I still couldn’t find the source of the odor.

The smell got worse as the days went by, and we had to drive with the windows down wherever we went.  We absolutely wouldn’t allow any of our friends to ride with us.

I finally found the source of the stink, a half-full plastic milk bottle from a McDonald’s Happy Meal wedged under the front seat.

Some odors in our cars, like this one, are merely unpleasant and troublesome.  Other odors may be hazardous to our health.

In the simply unpleasant category go smells from leftover fast food meals, from Rover, from the exercise clothes and towels in the gym bag in the back seat, from body odor, and from crud tracked in on our shoes, all more hazardous to our reputation and driving pleasure than to our health.  Continue reading Danger! Smelly Cars Can Be Hazardous To Your Health.

Cancer Panel Fingers Toxic Chemicals

householdchemsThis post on the link between toxic chemicals and cancer from 2010 has been updated on 9/19/2016 to include a link at the bottom to the most recent report from The President’s Cancer Panel.

In a report from the mainstream of scientific and medical thinking, the President’s Cancer Panel released a report in May, 2010 declaring that chemicals threaten our health.  This validates the concerns that many people have had about the effects of toxins on our health.

The panel is not some environmental fringe group with an agenda.  Established in 1971, the panel reports directly to the president and is comprised of 3 distinguished experts who review America’s cancer program.

In their 200 page report, the Cancer Panel recommends a much more vigorous regulation of chemicals, concluding that chemicals can have a far-reaching impact on our health.

We are exposed to toxic chemicals in the air we breathe, in the water we drink, and in the food we eat.  The proliferation of chemicals in water, air, foods, and household products is suspected as a factor in the increase in some cancers, particularly in children.  Continue reading Cancer Panel Fingers Toxic Chemicals