STOP Keep plastics out of your microwave & dishwasher

Still pooh-poohing those friends or mothers who keep saying… stop microwaving food in any kind of plastic container.

If you still put plastic containers in your dishwasher and say, What the heck!

Those are two silly things to do if you are trying to follow a better-safe-than-sorry lifestyle. …. it’s just that all of these bits and pieces of chemical estrogens that shed off of your plastic containers add up….
Then .. poof you are the 1 in 5 woman in Massachusetts or the 1 in 8 woman in North Carolina or Iowa who ends up with a diagnosis of invasive breast cancer.

“Why me?” you ask.

Not any one single thing is going to give you breast cancer. Research tells us it is that cocktail effect that can catch up with us , if we don’t watch out… or even if we do.

• A hard hit spray of DDT when you were 14
Birth control pills since you were 20… and now you are 40 and still using
• Microwaving a meal a day in your favorite plastic containers
• Washing plastic utensils and dishes in the dishwasher every day
• Not knowing your current vitamin D3 level (it should be between 60ng/ml & 80 ng/ml if you want that protective layer of gardol… remember gardol ??!

Your toxic cocktail is getting pretty thick with early and ongoing assaults with chemical estrogens in your earlier years and in your current everyday life.

Why not try a better- safe- than- sorry lifestyle today…. and eliminate three of these four toxins from your life right now.

The life you save can be your own.

Charles Movalli oil painting, "Gloucester" grand prize in March Madness Raffle to benefit Know Breast Cancer

20" c 24" framed oil painting by Charles Movalli

Gloucester artist, Charles Movalli, has donated a 20″ x 24″ framed oil painting of Gloucester Harbor to benefit the work of the National Breast Cancer Prevention Project.

His gift is donated in memory of the beloved Gloucester artist, Carlene Muniz, who died from complications of breast cancer in 2009 at the age of 61.

On display at ClubXcel in Manchester, MA, until March 7th, at Alexander Westerhoff Antiques in Essex from March 9-16, the Wenham Tea House March 17-23 and Debora Lunt Studio from March 23-29, the painting, valued at $5,000, will be the grand prize in Know Breast Cancer’s March Madness Raffle. Tickets are $25@… and available at seven venues around Cape Ann and on line at A complete listing of ticket venues can be seen at

Along with the Movalli Grand Prize, other luscious offerings will be raffled off, including an original haircut by Debora Lunt of Debora Lunt Studio in Beverly Farms, MA, a 2’x3′ Afghani wool rug from Landry & Arcari of Salem, valued at $250,two framed prints by Lynne Comb of Manchester, and oil paintings by Susie Field and William Fusco

The Raffle drawing will take place at a Gala Fund-raising Reception and Fine Art Sale for Know Breast Cancer, on Saturday April 9th from 4pm-7pm at a private residence in Manchester. Vocals and piano selections from the American Song Book, performed by John Archer of Danvers, MA, will form a backdrop for this private art sale, curated by Bonnie Crane of the Crane Collection, of Cape Ann. Food and libations are being donated by Cape Ann’s leading beverage makers and caterers, under the direction of Gloucester food maven, Timmie Cullen.

Attendees can support Know Breast Cancer’s life saving work by choosing an image of Cape Ann by the late Carlene Muniz, by Movalli, or by Crane Collection artists Don Stone or John Traynor, as well as paintings of Ipswich, Newburyport and Cape Ann by Haverhill artist, Stephen LaPierre, and Gloucester artist, Susie Field.

All proceeds from the March Madness Raffle, the April 9th Gala Reception and Art Sale will benefit Know Breast Cancer’s educational programs, research and forthcoming book, Busting Breast Cancer.

Please support this unique non-profit during our March Madness Raffle and/or our April 9th Reception and Art Sale.

American Cancer Society Report is Misleading; younger women getting more triple negative, estrogen positive & HER2+ breast cancers

Women of childbearing age, in many states around the U.S. today, face historically high invasive breast cancer levels. The American Cancer Society’s (ACS’) recent study, published Feb 22, in the American Association for Cancer Research, is incorrect when it says breast cancer rates are not changing for younger women.

In Massachusetts, younger women (under 50), saw a 45% increase in invasive breast cancer between 1995-2007; younger women in Colorado saw a 27% increase between 1990-2008, and younger women in Florida saw a 40% increase between 1984-2008.

The American Cancer Society’s February, 2011 report doesn’t count the actual number of women diagnosed in each state; instead, it uses an estimate, based on a formula, based on 9% of the U.S. population.

To know the real story, we need to count every woman who is affected, and we need to have those numbers published for all of us to see and understand.

Contact you state cancer board and ask them how many younger women developed invasive breast cancers last year, compared to the past five or ten years. Also ask them, how many of these younger women were diagnosed with triple negative, HER2+ and estrogen receptor positive breast cancers.

We need this specific information, not estimates. Keeping women in the dark when it comes to these critical numbers, makes it impossible to measure any positive changes, as women try easy and healthy ways to stop breast cancer before it starts.