An Essay On Eat This By Wangari Maathai

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HB English 100 11/24/12 Short Assignment 5 (final draft) Eat This Cancer: a six letter word that everyone knows not because they learn it, but because they have experienced it. Most people in the United States have either had cancer or witnessed the mysterious ways it invades another’s body. This tragic disease does not have a single cure, nor does it have a single cause. Tobacco use, excess alcohol consumption, physical inactivity, low fruit and vegetable intake, high body mass index; the list of causes is endless. However, after reading Mountains Beyond Mountains, a book about a man named Doctor Paul Farmer and his efforts to provide all of Haiti with medical care, I realized that cancer is not as common in Haiti as it is the United States. Then, I read Unbowed, a memoir written by Wangari Maathai, the first African American to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, and realized that the cancer rates in Africa were even lower than in Haiti. These two books were not trying to get the readers to…show more content…
When I started getting deep into my research on the correlation between food additives and cancer, I realized I was digging myself a hole. There was so much controversy and information that it made my head spin. Therefore, I decided I needed to drastically narrow my topic. At first, I decided I was going to focus on one particular cancer and how chemicals and preservatives affect it. Then, while we were peer-editing our proposals I was inspired again. Camber’s topic on gay marriage really got my gears turning and I decided to write a paper on marriage. I went into my research believing that marriage was a positive thing, but not knowing the reasons why. I very much enjoyed conducting the research and writing my paper on the importance of marriage, but I definitely want to revisit my cancer topic sometime in the future because I still yearn to learn more about it and write about the information I

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