Buyer Beware

November 27th, 2005

To the Editor,

When will you require balanced reporting in health and science topics? Not a single interview with exterminators effectively employing non-toxic pest control methods, is found here. Such companies free people from the long-term chemical saturation of fabrics and porous materials in their homes and offices. The process may be more labor intensive but why live with the dangers inherent in spraying toxic chemicals simply because it is faster and therefore more profitable for the average exterminator?

Read labels and MSDS sheets for all chemicals. Ask about undisclosed ingredients such as delivery solvents (e.g. xylene, trimethylbenzene), and synergists (e.g.PbO). Your migraine, flu, central nervous system impairment, fertility disorder or autoimmune disease may be related to chronic exposures to pesticides. Dr. Phillip Landrigan of Mt. Sinai Hospital has taken out NYT ads documenting the harm done to children including cancers.

Just as carbon monoxide seeps into every room in a building from garages and leaky gas pipes, areas surrounding sprayed/fogged locales become inundated with pesticide fumes. I was permanently disabled with brain injury/chronic illness and have toxicological reports from reputable labs showing contamination of my possessions from such chemical trespasses.

Like the FDA, the EPA does not test products it registers for marketing.

Caveat Emptor!

Barbara Rubin

Categories: NY Times

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