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EPA + Ad Council Lead Scare

A few weeks back I noticed the following ad on a number of websites. Apparently, if your home was built before 1978, you’re pouring a can of leaded paint in to your child’s sippy cup.

Even if you live in a house with leaded paint (buried under several decades of less dangerous paint), there’s probably some slight difference between your child’s exposure and drinking leaded paint, but that’s not what this graphic wants you to think about.

Ad Council News Detail Jun 28, 2011

So I got curious and found the most easily accessible childhood lead statistics I could dig up.

Top 10 Lead(liest) States in the US

It would seem that by region, the northeast and the midwest are the most contaminated. However, many states surveyed reported drastic (~90%) decreases in Confirmed EBLL over the decade. EBLL = Elevated Blood Lead Levels (>= 10 micrograms/dL)
Source: CDC’s National Surveillance Data (1997-2008) [.xlsx]

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Daibetes Diagnoses and HFCS Intake 1980-2008

=CORREL() in Excel 2007 gives a value of 62.7%

Sources:

USDA Economic Research Service Briefing Rooms (Table 52)

Centers for Disease Control Diabetes Program

Fine print:

  • HFCS intake prior to 1973 was less than 1 gram
  • HFCS grams/day is per capita
  • HFCS intake accounts for spoilage/loss
  • Diabetes diagnoses are for civilian, non-institutionalized persons

If you know of an online resource for obesity or diabetes statistics dating back to 1970, please let me know.

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Breast Cancer is Overrated

Gender cancer is a hot topic these days with Ms. Komen getting her name and ‘trademark’ pink ribbon on everything including my breakfast cereal box (I like dehydrated strawberries) .

Particular cancers may need increased awareness for many reasons. Let’s start with some simple, factual, medical ways of comparing cancers:

• Most commonly diagnosed cancer
• Leading cause of cancer death

According to the CDC’s website, in 2004, breast cancer was the “most commonly diagnosed” cancer among women, with an incidence of 117.7 per 100,000 persons (same rate used elsewhere). It is not the leading cause of cancer death among women (24.4). The leading cause of cancer death for both men and women is lung cancer, but Americans aren’t putting gray, ashy ribbons on their cars for chain-smoking, blue-collar workers. They’ve morally abdicated any claim to empathy.

Prostate cancer wins 1st place in the competition for most diagnosed cancer (145.3), surpassing breast cancer by 23.4%. Prostate cancer edges out breast cancer by 4.1% in terms of cancer deaths. Cancers that affect both genders affect men more grievously than do gender-specific cancers. Lung cancer causes 71.9% more cancer deaths in men than in women; and colo-rectal cancer causes 42.1% more cancer deaths.

This leaves us with only two reasonable conclusions for why breast cancer gets so much attention. (1) Everybody loves breasts (2) Feminism/misandry.

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