Lawn Chemicals Linked to Dog Cancer – U.S. Study
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A study that links lawn chemicals to bladder cancer in Scottish terriers could help shed light on whether they cause cancer in some people, U.S. researchers said on Tuesday. Purdue University researchers surveyed 83 owners of Scottish terriers whose pets had recently been diagnosed with bladder cancer for their report, published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medicine Association. “The risk … was found to be between four and seven times more likely in exposed animals,” said Larry Glickman, professor of epidemiology and environmental medicine in Purdue’s School of Veterinary Medicine. “While we hope to determine which of the many chemicals in lawn treatments are responsible, we also hope the similarity between human and dog genomes will allow us to find the genetic predisposition toward this form of cancer found in both Scotties and certain people.” Glickman and his colleagues earlier found that Scotties are about 20 times more likely to develop bladder cancer than other breeds. “These dogs are more sensitive to some factors in their environment,” Glickman said in a statement. “As pets tend to spend a fair amount of time in contact with plants treated with herbicides and insecticides, we decided to find out whether lawn chemicals were having any effect on cancer frequency.”
The National Cancer Institute 38,000 men and 15,000 women are diagnosed with bladder cancer each year. Humans and animals often share genes that can predispose them to cancer. “If such a gene exists in dogs, it’s likely that it exists in a similar location in the human genome,” Glickman said. “Finding the dog gene could save years in the search for it in humans and could also help us determine which kids need to stay away from lawn chemicals.” Glickman’s team plans to survey children, as well as dogs, in households that have treated lawns and compare the chemicals in their urine samples with those from households with untreated lawns. “It’s important to find out which lawn chemicals are being taken up by both children and animals,” he said. End of Report
Why would one use these lethal toxic chemicals particularly when there is a safer, better way to make ones lawn “beautiful”. Does it make sense to use a product that ends in “ide”? The suffix “ide” derives from the Greek word meaning death. Obviously it is supposed to mean death to bugs and weeds, but death is death to all living things eventually even bigger living beings such as dogs, cats, rabbits, birds and yes, people.
Does it make sense to study genes of dogs and people to see if they are “predisposed to cancer”. With 1 out of every 2 people in the 21st century becoming a cancer statistic while in 1901 only 1 out of 8,000 people came down with cancer. What are they going to do, study all of us and our DNA and genes? Come on! It is clear to those who have eyes to see, and brains to think, that the lethal chemicals are the root cause of cancer. That the chemicals need to go before there will be any semblance of health in this country and this world.
Think about it–who needs a lawn free of all weeds at all times?
Granted there is such a thing as pride in ones home and its appearance, but the chemicals don’t have to be a part of it. Why don’t these so called scientists provide people with alternatives that are good for our pets and for us people? Something that is safe and does NOT cause cancer? Is there money involved in the chemicals? The cancer? Think about it.
Yes, there is a safer alternative so we can have a nice lawn that is safe for our pets and our children and us to play on. One that you don’t have to worry about tracking chemicals into your homes causing even further toxicity complications for our indoor pets. One that is not an “overnight” answer, but that is an answer in two to three years of applications. Go to this page on our website for the details: