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Pesticides linked to brain tumors

Holistic health theories sometimes call attention to real links even if dismissed as conspiracy paranoia.

In this case, it's hard not to say "I told you so" when research reveals (duh!) that pesticides are linked to tumors. Our world is so out of balance. Killing everything in sight for a little more profit. These may seem like truisms, but it just makes sense that scientists would finally discover the reality that crushing the life out of everything for the sake of marketing and gain is not a sensible strategy for true progress, for a spiritually balanced, ecologically sustainable (a more PC term) human evolution.

We can't yet say that pesticides cause brain tumors, but we can say that tumors are "linked" to pesticides:

Agricultural workers exposed to high levels of pesticides have a raised risk of brain tumours, research suggests. The French study also indicated a possible higher risk among people who used pesticides on houseplants. All agricultural workers exposed to pesticides had a slightly elevated brain tumour risk, it suggested. But the Occupational and Environmental Medicine study found the risk was more than doubled for those exposed to the highest levels....They also found that the use of pesticides indoors for house plants seemed to be associated with a more than two-fold increase in the risk of brain tumour."

All in all, the evidence was "inconclusive." The industry response?

"A spokesman for the Crop Protection Association said: "Pesticides are some of the most thoroughly regulated chemicals in the world. There is no conclusive scientific evidence of a link between pesticides and brain tumours."

Causation is such a tricky subject. There is no conclusive scientific evidence about much of anything, if you want to get to the bottom of the word "conclusive." In fact, Schrodinger's cat can both exist and not exist. There may be and probably are parallel universes. An electron inhabits a probability field. Life is not binary. And Denial is not a river in Egypt.

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