In an example of President Trump siding with industry, and potentially affecting the lives of home owners, construction workers and firefighters, the “EPA now says it will focus only on [reviewing] toxins still being manufactured and entering commerce. It won’t consider whether new handling and disposal rules are needed for “legacy,” or previously existing, materials” like asbestos. The video embedded… Read more →
A British Columbia, Canada general contractor has been fighting a battle since 2009 that has put his company out of business and endangered his health. “My crew and I unknowingly exposed ourselves and others to high concentrations of asbestos while removing and rebuilding plumbing valves that contained asbestos.” Click here to read the article.
On August 10, 2017, Michigan Public Radio posted an article interviewing Dr. Michael Harbut, a specialist in occupational medicine and an expert at treating asbestos-related illnesses at St. John Providence in Farmington Hills. It concerns the lack of oversight by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality in the demolition of abandoned houses in the City of Detroit. Follow the link… Read more →
There may be a new dose-time-response relationship between occupational asbestos and pleural mesothelioma. One recent, yet to be repeated, study suggests that asbestos workers with high doses of exposure during the first years and low doses thereafter were at higher risk of pleural mesothelioma than those who accumulated most of the doses later in their careers. Click here to read… Read more →
This old video explains and extols the virtues of asbestos, with no mention of the dangers known since the 30’s… Click here to view the film.
Mesothelioma deaths were predicted to decline after 2005, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found an almost 5% increase from 1999 – 2015. Most of this increase was in people over the age of 85, but the fact that mesothelioma still occurs in those younger than 55 suggests that occupational and environmental exposure continues despite OSHA and… Read more →
An April 29, 2016 article notes an Italian study that has linked cloth doll production to mesothelioma, a previously unknown risk for developing this cancer. Click here to read the news article. Click here to read the abstract from the Italian study.
Spring means cleanup time. Whether you live in an apartment, townhouse or single-family home, an old home or a new one, there are many ways to protect and improve your indoor air quality. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has tips for improving indoor air quality to protect your health. Click here for the EPA’s recent bulletin and helpful links…. Read more →
By Marty Mulcahy, Editor Construction workers have a big stake in the prevention, detection, treatment and cure of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases. That’s why the Breath of Life Foundation is partnering with and is supporting research, diagnostic, treatment and physician training efforts at St. John Providence Park Hospital in Southfield, one of only three such facilities in the Midwest…. Read more →
By-stander, or second-hand, exposure to asbestos still occurs. This recent story from England relates the story of a retired chef whose auto mechanic husband brought the fibers home on his work clothes. Click here for the article.