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Preventative measures

To the editor,

Hi! I am a semi-regular reader of The Coast and I must say the editorial article in last week's edition was FABULOUS! It is so refreshing to read an article that mirrors my own opinion of cancer—that it is indeed becoming an epidemic and that the government seems hell-bent on concentrating on fighting the disease rather than focusing on preventing it entirely.

The world today is very scary—it is absolutely toxic and I believe that cancer will eventually take most of us. You are so right—we all know of someone who has dealt with this horrible disease (I've lost several loved ones to one form or another and as colon cancer runs rampantly in my family, I'm obligated to undergo a colonoscopy every three years.)

I do have some good news, however! The Nova Scotia Environmental Health Association has created an awesome guide—it's called "Guide to Less Toxic Products"—which includes a list of environmentally- and human-friendly products that can be used to replace many of the day-to-day products that we use (i.e. personal care and household products). Apparently they spent a great deal of time and effort testing these products. I use the guide as much as I can. Perhaps you can publish this website in your newspaper's next edition—it may help some people minimize their exposure to toxic chemicals:

Thanks and keep up the great work!

By Carolyn Pineau

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