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OMG! Cars Cause Cancer!

I leased a Prius last night, which I mention for just one reason: it’s a 3-year lease, which means both I and Toyota Credit are banking on my being here for at least a little while longer! (Shout out to Bruce and Brandon at Michael Toyota. Love the car!).

But when I got the car home I peeled that ubiquitous sticker off the driver’s side window, the one that says WARNING in large font at the top. But I wasn’t wearing my glasses so I didn’t know what it said. I assumed it was warning me not to stick my head out the window while rolling it up, or something like that.

Once I was appropriately bespectacled I read the first sentence: “Motor vehicles contain chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer….” Ayeee.

I bought a hybrid to help reduce carcinogens in the air and it’s going to kill me. Cancer-causing chemicals are everywhere. What’s wrong with us? How did this happen?

Now that I’m an obsessive label reader, I see that carcinogens are everywhere. Food, food containers, shampoo, air, water, body products, milk, you name it. Even tea tree oil, which I thought was a natural and benign product, can cause changes in the body that lead to cancer. I read too much.

So all you can do is try to do your very best. Eat very little meat, eat lots of colorful vegetables, drink less alcohol and exercise at least 30 minutes a day. I read that exercising and reducing one’s alcohol consumption to just one adult beverage a day reduces cancer risk by 1/3.

I’m not sure if having 7 cocktails on one day is the same, but I doubt it. But we can hope.

PS: I’m taking a break from blogging to enjoy a few days before my last chemo on Tuesday. Some of you worry when I don’t post something that I’m sick – or worse. So don’t worry, I’ll return Monday.

Until then, take care of your health!

2 Responses to “OMG! Cars Cause Cancer!”

  • Kim Williams:

    may the force be with you during the next round!

    I’m thinking about you & the time we spent together when Joe died. I’m really glad it was you.

    Keep your eye on the prize.

  • Abis BF:

    So beautifully put…don’t worry about the Prius warning label…..unfortunately today, even just sitting and reading a book can cause cancer. Have a wonderful getaway this weekend. David and I love you LOTS!!!

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