Poisoned town in NY courtesy of IBM

March 15th, 2004

To the Editor,

Chemical compounds are either compatible with our biochemistry or they are not. If not, a cascade of processes to effect their removal from our bodies is initiated. At best, physiologically stressful events are occurring which waste bodily resources intended for disease prevention and anti-aging efforts – all for industrial profits. At worst, the chemicals move through our bodies and/or are stored in fat cells where both immediate and deferred damage will occur. The severity of harm will be based upon the age, gender, health status, genetics and pre-existing toxic burdens already impinging upon the poisoned person.

On the other hand, information dissemination by “health” and “regulatory” agencies is singularly flexible. The public health is dependent upon the willingness of government to assume the costs of investigations and to access proprietary research documenting harmful effects (if any has been done). So, while I.B.M. and the DEC are busy issuing ever-changing opinions regarding the dangers in this NY village, the immutable laws of nature remain in effect.

It is time for consumers to engage their own specialists, free of conflicts of interest, in the evaluation of our day to day surroundings. Toxicologists are scientists who study, test and assess risks for exposure to measurable levels of contaminants. These experts are available to help us in our daily lives, to test for and remediate chemical contamination in our homes, schools and offices.

Only a few curriculum hours are devoted to toxicology in medical schools and doctors will not associate your headaches, joint pains and forgetfulness with the monthly extermination of your office. Your asthma will not be attributed to inadequate furnace combustion allowing heating oil fumes to circulate in your home. Serious diseases such as M.S., lupus and some cancers remain highly correlated with various forms of indoor pollution along with commonplace problems of anxiety and depression.

Consumers can advocate for the integrity of our home, office and school environments. The technology is there for our use and we must no longer await acknowledgements from government and industry to learn about the dangers to ourselves and our families.

Barbara Rubin
Free lance writer, former educator
disabled by pesticide poisoning

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