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EPA criticised over asbestos clean-up research

October 2, 2014

The US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) internal watchdog has found that the agency’s costly and time-consuming experiments on alternative asbestos control methods (AACM) lacked effective oversight and threatened human health.
In a recent report, EPA’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) concluded that the agency didn’t conduct the research under a controlled process to ensure oversight. It also said EPA had disregarded research guidance designed to safeguard research quality, and inappropriately agreed not to enforce environmental laws during the research. Read the rest of this entry »

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Pulmonary fibrosis asbestos link found

September 18, 2014

Many cases of a common lung disease that were assumed to be of no known cause are in fact the result of exposure to asbestos, UK scientists believe. Researchers from Imperial College London found a correlation between death rates in England and Wales from the known asbestos-related conditions asbestosis and mesothelioma and from “idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis” (IPF). Read the rest of this entry »

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Closer look at factors needed to measure risk of asbestos at sites, experts say

May 27, 2014

Whether asbestos found in soil poses a threat to humans depends on a variety of factors, including what type of asbestos it is and how much was found, according to experts and government officials. Read the rest of this entry »

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BWI and IndustriAll conference on asbestos in Vienna issue Vienna Declaration

May 20, 2014

The BWI together with IndustriAll Global Union at the International Asbestos Conference in Vienna, attended by representatives from Trade Unions from 41 countries, the International Trade Union Confederation, the International Union of Foodworkers, IUF, the International Labour Organisation, the International Association of Labour Inspection (IALI) and the International Ban Asbestos Secretariat (IBAS), issued the following declaration on 7 May 2014. The organisations represented at the Vienna Conference are committed to promote the global ban of all forms of asbestos from the construction industry and from all other industrial sectors; to promote the effective regulation by law of work with in -situ asbestos in demolition, conversion, renovation and maintenance works as well as recycling and disposal of waste; to work for the elimination of diseases caused by asbestos; to promote social justice for those affected by asbestos.

http://www.bwint.org/pdfs/2014%20vienna%20declaration[2].pdf

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It is Asbestos Awareness Week – April 1 to 7 2014

April 4, 2014

How much do you know about asbestos?

We would like to share some information during this special week of awareness.

A few facts of interest

Every year around three thousand people are diagnosed with mesothelioma, a deadly cancer caused by exposure to asbestos.

On average, they are given ten months to live. Put it another way, three hundred days or seven thousand and two hundred hours.

Asbestos is still not banned in the USA with roughly thirty million pounds still being used every year.

Even though it is thirty years since the peak of asbestos use, asbestos exposure is still the number one cause of occupational cancer in the USA.

No amount of exposure to asbestos is safe.

Navy veterans are at the greatest risk of developing mesothelioma because asbestos was so widely used in naval ships and shipyards.

Shockingly, asbestos can still be found in many homes, schools, commercial and industrial buildings. Renovation and construction also posed high risk areas for asbestos exposure.

If you lived with someone who was regularly exposed to asbestos and washed their clothes, you could be at risk for second hand asbestos exposure.

Asbestos was the material of choice in more than 3000 consumer products – items such as toasters and hairdryers. Some of these could well still be in use.

Asbestos fibers are actually invisible to the naked eye.blog image – asbestos penny

What is mesothelioma?

This website tells us that malignant mesothelioma is a rare type of cancer that occurs in the thin layer of cells lining the body’s internal organs, known as the mesothelioma.

“There are three recognized types of mesothelioma. Pleural mesothelioma is the most common form of the disease, accounting for roughly 70% of cases, and occurs in the lining of the lung known as the pleura. Peritoneal mesothelioma occurs in the lining of the abdominal cavity, known as the peritoneum and pericardial mesothelioma originates in the pericardium, which lines the heart.”

They go on to say

“An individual may be at risk to develop mesothelioma if he or she was exposed to asbestos in the workplace or at home. Mesothelioma is caused by exposure to asbestos and the inhalation of asbestos particles. In most cases, mesothelioma symptoms will not appear in an individual exposed to asbestos until many years after the exposure has occurred.”

“Those with a past asbestos exposure history experiencing symptoms should consult a physician with experience in accurately diagnosing mesothelioma. The earlier mesothelioma is diagnosed, the more likely it is to be caught at an early stage. At earlier stages of mesothelioma progression, more treatment options are available and often a better prognosis is given.”

What treatment is recommended for mesothelioma?

While progressive forms of mesothelioma require treatment by a medical professional, holistic treatment options can add to a medical treatment regimen.

Making dietary and other lifestyle changes (as well as using specific healing methods and supplements) can offer relief from the condition.

Avoiding sugar, all processed foods, GMOs, wheat products, artificial additives and hormones is crucial for detoxifying the body while getting nutrients from real, whole foods such as fresh fruit and vegetables (preferably raw) as well as free range eggs and poultry, good fats, fish and protein (such as meat from grass fed animals) boosts the body’s disease fighting mechanisms.

Appropriate nutritional supplements are also important as part of the treatment regime. For example, silicon, selenium and citric acid help defend and boost the body’s disease fighting mechanisms.

Some sites recommend the use of Hydrogen Peroxide Therapy as a treatment and obviously you really need to know what you are doing if you follow this route. You can find out more about this here.

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Court order disrupts asbestos world, but what of the ‘perjury pawns’?

February 28, 2014

It started, literally, with a billion-dollar question. The answer came with a scathing judge’s order saying attorneys from several national firms have “disappeared” evidence, misled courts and committed all sort of hijinks, setting the multi-billion-dollar asbestos litigation community aflutter. Read the rest of this entry »

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Asbestos monitoring during removal

February 24, 2014

Workers involved in the removal of asbestos run the risk of exposure to asbestos fibres. Asbestos is only a risk if there is the potential for people to be exposed to fibres of a specific geometry that may lodge within the lining of their lungs. Read the rest of this entry »

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The most unusual uses Of asbestos you might not know about

June 23, 2013

Asbestos is a building material that is made from a collection of naturally occurring silicate minerals. It was popular with 19th century builders and manufacturers because it has a number of beneficial commercial qualities including good tensile strength, resistance to fire, affordability and sound absorption. However, asbestos has been banned by the European Union due to its serious negative health side effects. The material has been proven to cause malignant lung cancer, mesothelioma and a disease called asbestosis. Read the rest of this entry »

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Asbestos use alarms bishop

June 17, 2013

ANGELES CITY—Bishop Pablo Virfiolio David is looking into the sale of asbestos as soundproofing material in hardware stores here despite a worldwide ban. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mesothelioma incidence rates remain steady despite dramatic decline in asbestos use

May 1, 2013

Mesothelioma incidence rate steady

The use of asbestos within the United States has been reduced dramatically in recent decades, but the incidence of mesothelioma cancer has remained stubbornly and hauntingly steady. Read the rest of this entry »