Archives: 2006

An Epidemic Understood

December 5th, 2006, 1 Comment

Upton Sinclair said: “It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it.” When industry is required to provide full disclosure of their product ingredients, the exposure correlations will be quite apparent. Caveat Emptor.

Manufactured Controversy serves Manufacturers

October 31st, 2006, No Comments

To the Editor, Why are 9/11 dust victims discussed as if they are a rare phenomenon? The incidence of poisoning from hazardous substances in common usage and via byproducts of manufacturing and accidents, is no mystery. Medical journals and worker’s compensation records detail risks for workers, (from firefighters to housecleaners), from toxicity of everyday exposures. […]

A Modern Disease of Ancient Origin

October 16th, 2006, No Comments

To the Editor, This is mere gossip about neighbors arguing over dandelions. An article about the use of lawn products, reliably linked to serious medical conditions, should not limit references to them as “legal chemicals”, dangerous to those with “rare” allergies. Had the author contacted the EPA, she would have learned two widely used products […]

Suicidal Harvests

September 26th, 2006, No Comments

To the Editor, This article failed to to include remarks about the predictable problems of biotech farming, also ignored when scientists, economists and governments put the full weight of their influence behind agribusiness to promote this technology. The inability to re-use seed from one’s own cultivated crops due to patent laws, along with the prohibitive […]

Capitalism’s Contract

September 6th, 2006, No Comments

To the Editor, I have trouble breathing in the vicinity of cooking flavored popcorn but diacetyl is not listed as an ingredient on the label. If it were, I and fellow asthmatics might have learned early on about potential problems connected with this chemical at smaller exposure levels than plant workers experience. I also have […]

Pharmacogenetics: Another Broken Contract with Consumers

September 6th, 2006, 1 Comment

To the Editor, This is nothing we haven’t known for years. Robert Pear informed us that drug sales run approximately $180 billion annually, (Growth of National Health Spending Slows Along With Drug Sales, NYT,1/10/06). Yet researchers Ernst and Grizzle informed us that the adverse effects of drugs exceeds $177 billion in annual spending (Drug Related […]

‘Welfare Lite’ is the Tape for Torn Contracts

August 22nd, 2006, No Comments

To the Editor, CAPitalism used to represent a contract between Employer (possessing the drive and capital to produce desirable goods and quality services), Worker (accomplishing employer goals in return for wages/benefits proportional to their contribution) and Consumer. The latter rewards successful employer-employee unions with their dollars. Collusion between government and corporate gangsters perverted the terms […]

The Sweet Smell of Suc…Failure

August 21st, 2006, No Comments

To the Editor: The bottom line is not just that a ‘common chemical’ found in air fresheners can reduce lung function. Hundreds (if not thousands) of unnamed ingredients are poured into products under the supposedly benign category of ‘fragrance’. Don’t patents ensure protection for manufacturers? Are consumers not allowed to know the components out of […]

Let’s Play ‘Name that Poison’!

August 15th, 2006, 1 Comment

To the Editor, Rogers missed a more serious problem. Substituting the term, ‘smells,’ for ‘fumes’, allows the problem of poisoning by dangerous pollutants to resemble mere whining about unpleasant odors. The census bureau indicates that over a quarter of young Americans aged 16-64, have chronic illnesses and/or disabilities. Consumers need to realize many illnesses are […]

Ignorance is Not Bliss but Expensive. . .and Lethal.

August 5th, 2006, No Comments

To the Editor, Sorry, Ms. Simpson but you have it all wrong as does your source, Dr. Khatter, president of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment. It is the responsibility of each citizen to decide which manufacturers deserve our business. Before some bright spark determined that manufacturers did not have to reveal all […]

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