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August 23, 2010

Mortality, that’s the deal

Filed under: Motherhood, Personal — Tags: , , , , — llcall @ 6:00 pm

I read something oddly comforting a few weeks ago.  Parade magazine had a short article on mummies and since I had just been to a large mummy exhibit while I was in California, I stopped to read the article.  This sentence has stayed with me:

Based on his [Professor Marvin Allison] studies of mummies in Chile and Peru, he concludes, “Breast cancer was a common disease in women” even 3000 years ago.

I’m not sure if anyone else is a little relieved by that, but I sure was.  See, I spend a lot of time these days reading about health and illness, organic vs. conventional foods, vitamins and minerals, etc.  And is it just me or does everything cause cancer?!  Take vitamin D, for example.  Breastfed babies are particularly vitamin-D deficient, and some preliminary studies suggest that low vitamin D causes cancer.  But of course, the sun is our primary source of vitamin D production, and too much of that also causes cancer.  What’s a fair-skinned girl/mom to do?!

So yes, I find it comforting to know that breast cancer was common 3000 years ago, presumably long before pesticides, genetically-modified organisms, global warming, and bras plagued us (tell me I’m not the only one plagued by bras).  We’re all mortal and we’ll all die, one way or another.  That’s the deal.



  1. So, wouldn’t it be nice if they had left a list of everything they did that didn’t work… so that we don’t have to waste our time? Cause now if you listen to the current health advice, it will probably change within 5 years. 🙂 I am just anticipating breast cancer cause I think my family has the “gene”… so that makes me high risk :). Oh well… we are all gonna die of something, right? Or at least have some sort of health problems eventually.

    Comment by Rachel — August 23, 2010 @ 7:12 pm

  2. That is good to know! I think you’re right too much of anything can cause cancer – or so they say. So enjoy life how you want to live it, in moderation. (And Yes, also plagued, every few years I find a good one, but that doesn’t last long :P)

    Comment by Jolene — August 23, 2010 @ 7:17 pm

  3. plagues for real: but finding something more like a “bralette” has made me infinitely more comfortable. Still there are those days, when I feel constricted by everything!

    Comment by Robin-Elise Call — August 24, 2010 @ 4:37 pm

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