Denial is the name of the toxicity game that industry has played for well over a hundred years. From the chemical industry, then to the petrochemical one, on into the pharmaceutical universe and then the atomic one, those who make money from toxic substances deny that there are any problems with them in terms of health. Examples of these denials could fill many books.
“We deal with hydrofluoric acid,” said Darrell Lillie, president of United Steelworkers Local 7-669, which represents the union workers. “We make fluorine. This is bad stuff. The least we feel like we could have is good medical benefits when we retire.” Honeywell rejects the notion that its facility makes workers more susceptible to cancer and maintains that its labor proposal would raise the average overall salary for employees. The company says that is fair given that the plant, which converts milled uranium into uranium hexafluoride for nuclear reactors, is projected to lose $20 million this year.
From all over the world we have ghastly reports:
The fertile state of Punjab in India battles grave chemical toxicity. Gidderbaha, is known for high prevalence of cancer cases. Two water samples in Doda found the nitrate levels at 94.3 mg/l and 72.8 mg/l, much above the WHO safety limit of 50 mg/l. In Muktsar a state health department survey revealed that 1,074 people died of cancer between 2001 and November 2009 and 668 others are on their deathbed. In July of 2010 Germany’s Microtrace Mineral Lab had revealed high levels of uranium in hair samples of mentally retarded children in Malwa region. “The hair results are surprising. We expected an arsenic exposure. Instead, over 80% of adult and children, many of which are suffering from cerebral palsy and mental retardation, showed pathological levels for uranium,” said Dr. Carin Smit, a South African toxicologist who had sent the samples to the German laboratory in March 2009. With no apparent source of uranium in Punjab, Carin added, “We were not testing for radioactive element but heavy metal toxicity, which results in ill-health and premature death.”
This is really a meaningless symbol for it is routinely ignored by government, industry and professionals alike. The skull and crossbones arrive in every dental office and mark the mercury that dentists meld into dental amalgam. For 150 years dentists have thrown caution to the wind and put a highly toxic heavy metal into hundreds of millions of mouths, pronouncing them safe. To this very day the FDA defends the practice though some saner countries like Sweden, Denmark and Norway have moved to ban or partially ban the practice.
Thimerosal, a deadly chemical compound, which is 50% ethyl-mercury, is actually injected into children and newborn babies and again we find doctors, nurses, and governments in total denial that this could in anyway be a bad idea. The denial of this practice as well as all denial of the dangers of chemical and radioactive substances represents a madness that is not only destroying our health but the ecology of the planet and the very structure and nature of our civilization. This uranium that is showing up increasingly in people’s hair samples around the world – could it possibly be from the use of large tonnages of depleted uranium weapons used by the American and British militaries in Iraq and Afghanistan? So great is the denial that these militaries do not even warn their own service personnel about the dangers.
Reducing the amount of toxins we are faced with every day is one of the most important things we can do for our health. A buildup of toxins in our body can cause many health concerns as cacogenic effects take place, slowly malfunctioning and killing the cells that make up every aspect of our body. Doctors and health officials do not see things this way for the only way they know how to practice medicine is to increase toxic exposures with pharmaceutical medicines along with tests and treatments that use radiation. Thus they are part of the problem, not the solution to the disaster that is happening all over the globe.
It’s not always clear what chemicals we are breathing in or coming into contact with but there are many including: air pollution, fluoride and chlorine in drinking water, preservatives and additives in foods, ink fumes when reading a book, breathing/ touching dishwashing powder/washing machine powder, touching sticky tape or getting glue on the surface of the skin – all these damage our bodies in one way or another. There are so many sources and so many thousands of chemicals that industry and government both can hide behind this making it hard to claim which particular chemical is threatening public health. So they literally get away with murder and count their money at the bank.
Not everyone will react to any one of these chemicals when being faced with them, but the consistent exposure of chemicals all add up to the amount of damage caused to our cells. Our bodies need to eliminate toxins to stay healthy; if the body is overloaded with internal chemicals or is not healthy enough to function properly to detoxify the chemicals within the body, they will eventually build up and cause the onset of disease and ill health.
This is another issue that complicates the issue of Toxicity Syndrome. Vaccines, for instance, only kill the “rare” few and not every child gets autism and other neurological diseases. But these diseases are growing in leaps and bounds these past 20 years and now almost 25% of children are suffering one way or another, and still they continue. Our modern civilization is not protecting the children from the monsters of industry and it will forever be damned for it. Perhaps we have to be put back into the Stone Age just to stop the massive poisoning of our planet and all the people on it.
In the next chapter we will examine Corexit, the chemical dispersant used by British Petroleum to neutralize the oil spilled heavily into the Gulf. This is the official position of the American government:
Dispersants used to break up crude leaking from a ruptured Gulf of Mexico oil well are not likely to accumulate in seafood and affect humans, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said. In a letter released at the beginning of August addressing concerns raised by a U.S. lawmaker, the regulatory body said it was highly unlikely that the chemicals used to break up spilled crude into small particles would enter the food chain.
The “FDA has determined that the chemical dispersant currently used to combat the Deepwater Horizon… have a low potential for bioconcentration in seafood species,” the agency said. “Although seafood is exposed to the dispersant, the inherent properties of the dispersants minimize the possibility of their being present in food,” the letter continued. “There is no information at this time to indicate that they pose a public health threat from exposure through the consumption of seafood.”
But only a few days later we read that crab larvae are being discovered to be absorbing the Corexit and this discovery is an ominous sign that crude had already infiltrated the Gulf’s vast food web – and could affect it for years to come. “It would suggest the oil has reached a position where it can start moving up the food chain instead of just hanging in the water,” said Bob Thomas, a biologist at Loyola University in New Orleans. “Something likely will eat those oiled larvae… and then that animal will be eaten by something bigger and so on.” Tiny creatures might take in such low amounts of oil that they could survive, Thomas said. But those at the top of the chain, such as dolphins and tuna, could get fatal “megadoses.”
This denial reaches into every corner of our lives with all concerns of the dangers to us and our children ignored. Just about everyone denies the dangers of cell phones and cell mast towers and no one on earth knows what the risks are for the children who will be exposed for their entire but possibly shortened lifetimes because of it. Even though the government and the media ignore or deny the dangers of EMF emissions, I personally keep track at all times how close my family is to the nearest cell tower. I do not own a cell phone though when traveling there are times when I will borrow one to use. Read an interesting article about living without one.
A study, this one from Israel’s Tel Aviv University, examined 622 people living near a cell phone transmitter station for 3-7 years who were patients in one clinic in Netanya and compared them against 1222 control patients from a nearby clinic. Participants were very closely matched in environment, workplace and occupational characteristics. The people in the first group live within a half circle of 350m (1148 feet) radius from the transmitter, which came into service in July 1996. The results were startling. Out of the 622 exposed patients, eight cases of different kinds of cancer were diagnosed in a period of just one year (July 1997 to June 1998): three cases of breast cancer, one of ovarian cancer, lung cancer, Hodgkin’s disease (cancer of the lymphatic system), osteoid osteoma (bone tumour) and kidney cancer. The relative risk of cancer was 4.15 for those living near the cell phone transmitter compared with the entire population of Israel. Women were more susceptible. As seven out of eight cancer cases were women, the relative cancer rates for females were 10.5 for those living near the transmitter station and 0.6 for the controls relative for the whole town of Netanya. One year after the close of the study, eight new cases of cancer were diagnosed in the microwave exposed area and two in the control area.
Using Wi-Fi Has Cost Me My Life
“After a year in the job, I began to get headaches on the side of my head where I’d use the mobile, along with a feeling of pressure inside my ears when I was on the phone. At first the problem would last for minutes, then hours, then days. And then I started developing symptoms when I used cordless landlines, too. I developed a red rash on my cheeks and nose, my face seemed hot and prickly, my head felt foggy and I was no longer able to focus. I couldn’t form sentences and my jaw would feel locked, as if I was talking through sand. The flashlights we used in the studio began to have the same effect and then the digital cameras. When I couldn’t even use a laptop any more – essential for storing and transmitting photography – because my fingers used to burn when I touched the keypad, I had to resign. I lost everything I’d trained for. I’ve had to move gradually farther and farther out of London and into the countryside the more masts and wi-fi networks have increased – if my neighbor goes wireless, I have to find somewhere else to live.”
As a minimum protect yourself from a great part of the radiation exposure of your cell phone with a hands free extension headset.
This entire book is about different forms of toxicity and what to do about it. You will find information that will horrify you and it should. One of the most current bits of news in this regard is the following:
Girls are entering puberty at younger ages with a new study suggesting that environmental chemicals are a main factor. The new research is detailed in the journal Pediatrics, August issue. The results showed that 10.4% of white non-Hispanic girls had begun puberty by age 7, compared with 23.4% of black girls and 14.9% of Hispanic girls. Among 8-year-olds, puberty had begun in 18.3% of white non-Hispanic girls, 42.9% of black girls and 30.9% of Hispanic girls.
And when it comes to the oil in the Gulf of Mexico, which this book is largely about, we have denial, conspiracy and complicity on the part of the government. The pictures below were all taken on July 28, 2010, just off the Gulf coast of Grand Bayou near Barataria Bay. They were taken shortly after cleanup authorities announced major surface oil had been cleaned up and it was safe to eat the seafood.
What should everyone be worried about in the region? In a word: dispersants, the magical chemical concoction that BP has been spraying madly everywhere for the past three months. According to BP cleanup workers and local residents, they’re still spraying, even spraying close to shore at night. “They’re burying it,” Guidry says. “That amount of oil doesn’t just disappear overnight. It’s got to be somewhere. If they haven’t captured it on the surface or on the shorelines, then it’s got to be on the bottom. And that’s the last place you want it to be if you’re a shrimp boat fisherman.”
Special Note: I could have gone on and on in this chapter for the cases and instances of denial are without end. Please understand it is just one chapter from my upcoming book Toxicity Syndrome though perhaps what is missing on the cover is my coverage of radiation exposure. There is more we can do to protect ourselves from radiation than most people know and this is instantly growing in importance as Russia burns stirring up the intense radioactivity present in their soil and vegetation after several major nuclear disasters since 1957. This is finally hitting the mainstream press but as usual it is hard to trust their report exactly because of what this chapter is all about.