“You Are a Guinea Pig”

We all are!

Three articles that crossed my path today illustrate the challenges we face (trying to stay healthy) while alive. Of course there are more issues, (like fracking, GMOs and processed food) but these three are more than enough to show us that “lifestyle choices” are not enough to keep us healthy.

This article  by David Rosner and Gerald Markowitz is a must read!

You Are a Guinea Pig

How Americans Became Exposed to Biohazards in the Greatest Uncontrolled Experiment Ever Launched

“The culprit behind this silent killer is lead.  And vinyl.  And formaldehyde.  And asbestos.  And Bisphenol A.  And polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs).  And thousands more innovations brought to us by the industries that once promised “better living through chemistry,” but instead produced a toxic stew that has made every American a guinea pig and has turned the United States into one grand unnatural experiment.”


“The groups that produce these miracle substances — like the petrochemical, plastics, and rubber industries, including major companies like Exxon, Dow, and Monsanto — argue that, until we can definitively prove the chemical products slowly leaching into our bodies are dangerous, we have no “right,” and they have no obligation, to remove them from our homes and workplaces. The idea that they should prove their products safe before exposing the entire population to them seems to be a foreign concept.”

Please read the whole article, it’s worth it.

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But wait, there’s more!!!

If you go to their websites, you will usually find that the oil, gas and petrochemical companies often also manufacture medical supplies and pharmaceuticals.

Med schools teach little if anything about diet and environmental health issues, so most doctors have no clue as to what is causing ill health and chronic diseases, nor how to prevent them.

The New York Times has just posted this:

Doctors Denounce Cancer Drug Prices of $100,000 a Year

They suggested that charging high prices for a medicine needed to keep someone alive is profiteering, akin to jacking up the prices of essential goods after a natural disaster.

And there’s this:

Kids put at risk for lead poisoning as programs cut

Peterson’s ordeal is a poignant example of a larger city crisis: Budget cuts, expired grants and shifted priorities have decimated the city’s response to child lead poisoning. Detroit has some of the highest child lead poisoning levels among all large U.S. cities because of the city’s older housing stock and the prevalence of lead paint usage in the 1970s and earlier.

It is happening as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has lowered the blood-lead levels at which action should be taken to help children. And Congress has slashed the CDC’s lead budget by 93%.

Meanwhile, Peterson tries to survive, without any family nearby to help. She said the shelters on the list she was given are all full. She and Sarah left for an extended-stay motel for a few weeks, but the money ran out. And she worries that criminals will target her home when it is vacant, as they have in the past.

People with MCS/ES have never received funding for medically required safe, non-toxic housing. (Until a recent case victory, you couldn’t claim a tax credit for remodelling/removing hazardous substances either). And shelters are rarely, if ever accessible, even if there is room.

Perhaps the health insurance programs should include funding for prevention (which includes renovations sometimes) instead of only “pharma-care” or drugs to treat symptoms once we are made ill? But with the pharmaceutical companies involved so intimately in crafting health-care policies, it’s going to take a lot of people telling our law-makers that we want health-promoting (and preventative) programs in place, instead of allowing corporations to profit privately while socializing the  costs of lost health and lives lost…

5 responses to ““You Are a Guinea Pig”

  1. Shari Withrow

    I deeply appreciate you addressing this issue. The general public has little awareness of how many untested toxic chemicals are widely used in America today, affecting even our unborn children. I have chemical sensitivities and I am constantly made sick by common everyday, widely used chemical products. People are often shocked just to learn that many synthetic fragrances use the same chemicals that are in pesticides! The more education the public receives, the better job we can do of changing the toxic soup we all live and work in today in modern America to a safer mixture. Thank you!

  2. There is a huge push against the truth coming out.
    The video here from Bill Moyers shows a bit of what we are up against: http://lindasepp.wordpress.com/2013/05/17/you-are-a-guinea-pig-part-2/

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