Archives: 2001

Testing Pesticides on Human Subjects

November 28th, 2001, No Comments

Dear President Bush and Administrator Whitman; I felt compelled to write concerning this admnistration’s reversal of policy on the use of test data from human subjects with regard to pesticide products. The implications of such a policy reversal are many and I will mention only a few of them: 1. Acceptance of such data is […]

Stuyvesant Students Sickened

October 18th, 2001, No Comments

To the Editor, Mr. Giuiliani and Ms. Whitman continuously repeat their mantras of how safe the air is to breathe in lower Manhattan. Chancellor Levy occupies an office in Stuyvesant High School for a few days to show he is not subjecting children to an environment which he, himself, would not occupy. These words and […]

World Trade Center Still a Threat to Area Health

October 8th, 2001, No Comments

PRESS RELEASE For Immediate Release A coalition of people from around the country called 911 ASH (Air Safety Hazards), concerned about toxins released by the World Trade Center fires and collapses, urges rescue workers and residents in New York City to take appropriate measures to protect themselves. Their website is at (New York, NY, […]

PM2.5 General Information

September 25th, 2001, No Comments

Dear EPA Staff, I have been unable to reach the Region 2 office for information about the air quality of my home city, New York, and hoped I might ask these questions of you. As a severe asthmatic, learning about the links between pulmonary function and particulate matter, I am understandably seeking more technical information […]

Questionable Assumptions in Gulf War Syndrome Research

September 12th, 2001, 1 Comment

To the Editors of the BMJ, I am an unlikely party to be commenting upon the article recently published in your journal, “Prevalence of Gulf war veterans who believe they have Gulf war syndrome: questionnaire study” by Chalder, et. al. The conclusions and indeed, the premises upon which this study is based, is indicative of […]

About Me

September 8th, 2001, No Comments

My name is Barbara Rubin and I became disabled in September of 2000 as a result of cumulative effects of pesticide exposures. Chemical sensitivity resulted from residential, organophosphate poisoning in 1985 and worsened over the years from exposures to routine occupational applications of the same product (Dursban). Many years elapsed before medical acknowledgement of such […]

EPA misinforms children about chemicals/pesticides

June 15th, 2001, No Comments

Sent To EPA Personnel: I expect that your home tour for children is meant to be shared by kids with their parents. It unfortunately fails to warn either party as to appropriate cautions for products discussed. This tour is an abrupt departure from advice previously incorporated in EPA/OPPT documents in which people are urged to […]

An Introduction to Chemical Sensitivity

June 3rd, 2001, 1 Comment

by Barbara Rubin The human body is miraculous in its diversity and complexity. However, today?s technology creates many products for our daily use from materials which are not compatible with our biochemistry (e.g. petrochemicals in plastics or fuels; pesticides). Our bodies have a natural capacity for removing poisons from our systems since we normally create […]

Truth in Labeling: What a Concept!

March 9th, 2001, No Comments

Sunday, February 25, 2001 12:09 AM To: Subject: Irradiation Labeling, Docket No 98N-1038 Food and Drug Administration, Dockets Management Branch 5630 Fishers Lane, Room 1061 Rockville, MD 20857 Dear Food and Drug Administration, Dockets Management Branch, I am at a complete loss to understand why consumers should need an interpreter to understand the labels […]

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