05/17/2010 11:16 am ET | Updated Nov 17, 2011

A Guide to the President's Cancer Panel Recommendations

What Can You Do to Protect Yourself and Your Family?

This just released authoritative report -- "Reducing Environmental Cancer Risk: What Can We Do Now" -- states that exposure to environmental chemicals is giving rise to more and more cancers than we ever imagined.

Most newly diagnosed patients have no family history of cancer. This means the environment is poisoning our cells, overwhelming our natural defense systems and breaking down our DNA. When DNA, the intelligent blueprint of our cells, is damaged, cells go out of control. Cancer is the result of this damage.

This new publication is an exhaustive study covering multiple sources of exposures found in:

➢ Home and garden
➢ Air and water
➢ Technology such as cell phones
➢ Medicines and medical devices
➢ Schools and public buildings
➢ Agriculture and food production
➢ Industry and manufacturing
➢ Armed forces, military bases and the battlefield

The National Cancer Institute and the President's Cancer Panel makes some excellent recommendations for Individuals:

Protect Children
Recognize that children are more susceptible than adults, Minimize children's exposures starting from conception, pregnancy, nursing, birth and early life when risk is greatest. Choose foods, house and garden products, toys, medicines, medical tests that minimize children's exposure to toxins.

  • Reduce Chemical Exposures
  • Remove your shoes before entering your home
  • Wash work clothes separately from other family laundry
  • Filter your home drinking water or well water
  • Store and cook water and food in chemically safe containers such as stainless steel, glass or BPA and Pthalate-free containers
  • Reduce exposure to pesticides and herbicides by choosing organic food.
  • Eat foods that are chemical free, hormone free, antibiotic free, preservative free
  • Educate yourself about household chemicals by consulting the Household Products Database or the Environmental Working Group
  • Properly dispose of pharmaceuticals, household chemicals, paints, electronics and other materials that contaminate soil and water.
  • Reduce Radiation Exposures
  • Turn off lights and electrical devices when not in use to reduce exposure to petroleum by products. (Reducing our need for electricity reduces our dependence on fossil fuels)
  • Drive a fuel efficient car. Walk or bike when possible.
  • Reduce exposure to second hand tobacco smoke. Stop smoking.
  • Reduce exposure to electromagnetic energy by wearing a headset when using a cell phone. Text instead of call. Keep calls brief.
  • Check home radon levels. Conduct radon tests before purchasing a home.
  • Reduce exposure to radiation from medical sources by discussing the need for medical tests with your care providers. Keep a record of all Nuclear medical tests you have received over the course of your life.
  • Avoid overexposure to ultraviolet light by wearing protective clothing, sunscreen and sunglasses. Avoid midday sun exposure.
  • Become An Advocate
  • Become a voice in your own community.
  • Individuals can effect public policy and influence industry.
  • As consumers we can choose non-toxic products and technologies, write letters to your representatives and manufacturers demanding safer standards and safer products.
  • Contact news media to draw attention to a problem.
  • Support research and environmental groups.

I will expand on each of these areas in greater depth and detail to provide you with more information and research and additional sources of information on my blog:

Dr Chilkov has been recognized as a go to clinician in Suzanne Somers' book "Knockout: Interviews with Doctors Who Are Curing Cancer--And How to Prevent Getting It in the First Place.

She also serves on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Mederi Foundation, which serves to promote a holistic, integrative approach to healing through education and clinical research programs with an emphasis on providing primary healthcare to those with cancer and chronic illnesses.