The following news story was released by Reuters of Washington on April 20, 2004. We had to make sure all of you read this as it absolutely confirms what we have been saying for years and years----lawn chemicals can and do cause cancer in dogs and children (and in other pets too we might add). Here is the story in its entirety.
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.
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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:
LAWN CARE PRODUCTS Lawn care products have been a concern to pet owners for many years. The public is under the impression that these products are primarily pesticides, and that they are very toxic or pose a significant health threat. Here are some common questions and the answers about lawn care products.
HOW CAN YOUR PET BECOME EXPOSED TO LAWN CARE PRODUCTS? The two most common routes of exposure are orally and dermal. Exposure to liquid concentrates and granules are possible with homeowner storage. Exposure to the diluted liquids is possible during application or before foliage drying. Exposure to applied granular material usually is the result of spills during loading equipment’s, spreader equipment failure, or spreading granules on non-lawn surfaces such as driveways and sidewalks.
DOES EXPOSURE RESULT IN TOXICOSIS? Intoxication from these products is dose related. In most cases, exposure will not result in any adverse effects, there are some exposures that could. Consumption of liquid concentrates while mixing or granules in storage in more likely to result in toxicosis than any other common exposure. This is because of the higher chemical concentration and total amount of product available to the animal. Consumption to excessive amounts of granules such as in driveways or from spills may result in mild clinical signs. Oral or skin exposure to lawns where diluted liquids or granules are properly applied generally are of negligible risk. This statement is made when considering (1) the low chemical concentration of the liquid application, (2) the large area of application, (3) low liquid volume applied per unit area of lawn, (4) low percentage of dislodgeable chemical residue from foliage, (5) granular deposition in the thatch layer, and (6) less the exposed dose. The exposed dose is then often compared to the no observable effect level (NOEL) determined in the chronic experimental studies and other experimental forensic data.
DO LAWN CARE CHEMICALS CAUSE CANCER IN ANIMALS? Long-term chronic experimental studies in dogs do not support the conclusion that the chemicals identified in table 1 are carcinogenic. The only scientific data that are in conflict with that conclusion is the much publicized work of Hayes et al. (1992). It is the author’s opinion that serious flaws in this epidemiological study have negated the conclusions of this study. Unfortunately, there are no other epidemiological studies.
WHAT INFORMATION DO I NEED TO STRONGLY SUSPECT LAWN CARE CHEMICAL TOXICITY? The clinical signs and clinical history must be compatible with specific chemical exposure . In the case of death, a post-mortem examination should reveal the appropriate chemically related target tissues, and gross and histopathologic findings. The amount of chemical in the exposure must be sufficient to cause adverse effects. Any clinical pathologic findings should be compatible also. An example would be an alleged acute organophosphate-related death depression of brain cholinesterase. Exposure alone is not sufficient evidence to diagnose intoxication. Currently, in most cases, there is not enough information available for these chemicals to determine an expected lethal or toxic concentration in tissues or body fluids. Therefore, the analytical findings of a chemical in animal tissue or body fluids is evidence of exposure but not necessarily intoxication
IS THERE A TOXICOLOGICAL CONCERN ABOUT INERT INGREDIENTS? Since the majority of the applied liquid products are soluble in water and are diluted when mixed with water and are diluted when mixed with water, inert ingredients in the products themselves are of little concern. In general, the inert ingredient in granular products also not of toxicological concern.
IS THERE A CONCERN ABOUT MIXTURES? There are not many good experimental studies using standard mixtures of these products. Because most of these products have different mechanisms of producing toxicity and based on current experimental work with mixtures, it does not appear that most mixtures result in toxicological potentiation or synergy.
WHY DOES POSTING OF LAWN APPLICATIONS OCCUR? In many states and localities, positing of lawn care product application is required by law. Posting serves s a notification that lawn care application occurred. It is part of the community’s right to know. Posting is not related the toxic potential of materials used.
WHY IS IT RECOMMENDED THAT ANIMALS AND HUMAN STAY OFF LAWNS UNTIL LIQUID APPLICATIONS DRY? It is recommended that animals and humans stay off the lawn until the liquid application is dry to limit exposure. As with any chemical (e.g., lawn care product, detergent), there should be an effort by the public to limit exposure. The amount of chemical that is dislodgeable decreases as the liquid dries. The overall difference between the actual exposure dose and a toxic dose is changes little by foliage drying; therefore, the risk is still negligible without drying.