Breasts: A History of Babies, Toxic Milk & Cancer
May 17, 2013•9 min
Breasts are humanity’s first responders to environmental changes. What have modern-day chemical exposures wrought?When you write a book, as author Florence Williams did, entitled Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History, watch out. Even your writer friends, anxious to provide a sound bite about how wonderful your book is, will get a laugh at your expense. As did Bonk author Mary Roach who said, "Florence Williams's double-D talents as a reporter and writer lift this book high above the genre and separate it from the ranks of ordinary science writing."Williams covers all the cultural and anthropological information that the mostly male scientific—and not-so-scientific—community has gathered about what is euphemistically referred to as second base. And she goes much further, elucidating the primary purpose of the female breast and how breasts alter at each stage of a woman's life. Williams then ventures into breast enlargements, the chemistry of breast milk, how breasts are evolving, and how little we know about the effects of environmental toxins and the rise in breast cancer.Meant to nurture the next generation for life on planet earth, breasts are also humanity’s first responders to environmental changes. And what have modern-day chemical exposures wrought? Williams shares some "titillating" information in this insightful interview.