Huge interest in toxic chemicals triggered by last week's blog: follow up notes

Last week's blog about the link between Agent Orange and the likelihood of developing MGUS and myeloma clearly struck an emotional chord: many are concerned especially about the broader implications. Were others exposed? Are many people exposed to toxic chemicals? Is that what is really causing MGUS and myeloma? Are other chemicals producing similar toxic effects? How long ago can the exposure occur? Can early exposure pose a lingering threat?

More evidence links toxic chemical exposure to MGUS and myeloma

For the first time, direct serum measurements of the known human carcinogen 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD) in Agent Orange have been linked to the likelihood of developing MGUS (monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance) and myeloma. In a study published online Sept. 3 in the journal JAMA Oncology, Dr.

Toxic chemicals are toxic … and can cause cancer

This week, reports in two highly respected medical journals—the Lancet and the New England Journal of Medicine—agree that weed killers used with genetically modified crops (commonly known as GMOs), such as corn and soybeans, cause cancer.  These reports arrive amidst a controversy that has raged ever since the introduction of GMOs into general use.