Arimidex & Atrazine: Money money money

February 9, 2009

Each month, the Collaborative on Health and the Environment or CHE, sponsors a conference call for members. As the director of  Know Breast Cancer, I am able to stay up- to -date on new research that continues to link our high U.S. breast cancer rates to many things in our environment.  Now it appears we  really need to wonder what  National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is  all about when October rolls around again. 

Dr Tyrone Hayes was the guest speaker on  last month’s conference call. He had a few things to say about the pharmaceutical company Astra Zeneca, the original manufacturer of Tamoxifen;  the same company that now brings us Arimidex. This is not a pretty story. 

Astra Zeneca, the corporate founder, and editor of  National Breast Cancer Awareness Month  has no moral conscience.. just money on their minds.

Astra Zeneca co-owns Syngenta, the company that manufactures Atrazine.  This popular pesticide acts as a chemical estrogen or aromatase enhancer,  and pollutes rain water, rivers and produce  across the United States.  Many laboratory studies have shown that Atrazine, now banned in Europe, increases the risk of prostate, breast and ovarian cancers in lab animals and in humans.

Astra Zeneca also manufactures Arimidex, one of the aromatase inhibitor drugs, used to protect individuals against a recurrence of estrogen positive breast cancer. Arimidex works by blocking  aromatase or future estrogen levels in the body.

This means that women who eat produce and grains and drink water tainted by Astra Zeneca’s Atrazine pesticide, increase their risk of developing breast cancer. But now women  can also  purchase Astra Zeneca’s Arimidex, to help them survive, once they actually develop estrogen positive breast cancer. 

How do these corporate fathers and mothers of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month sleep at night come October,  when  it is time to bring out the pink ribbons?

Dr Tyrone Hayes, an award-winning tenured professor of biology at the University of California at Berkeley discovered  Atrazine’s adverse hormonal effects on laboratory animals  while working for Astra Zeneca as a research consultant. Hayes has now named Astra Zeneca a one-stop shopping experience. See his website


Coming Next:

No More Big Squeeze:    New Research Tells Women to  Avoid  Mammograms