Posts Tagged ‘cancer’

Rare Form of Cancer

Ewing’s sarcoma is a rare form of a cancer. In fact so rare that only about 250 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with it each year. Keeping that in mind, what is the reason that 3 teens living in the same city have been diagnosed with it? Is the environment to blame for them contracting this rare form of cancer? Could the water supply be responsible for this rare form of cancer?


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The Oblongs

I’ve always liked cartoons. As a kid I watched Jem, Ninja Turtles, Strawberry Shortcake, Lady Lovely Locks, The Huggabunch, Tiny Toon Adventures, Doug, Rugrats, and many more. As I got older I still watched the same toons and added on new ones like Family Guy, Robot Chicken, King of the Hill, Daria, American Dad, and The Oblongs. Most of the shows are now in syndication so I catch them on Adult Swim late at night. Well, The Oblongs happened to be on one night at 1am. The opening credits played and I thought to myself, “My god if North Carolina doesn’t get it together we’re gonna be like the Oblongs.”

As strange as the Oblongs are they are victims of toxic waste. Though the show is meant for entertainment for countless people across the United States, it’s not funny. The affects of sludge spreading are taking the toll on our citizens. It’s no secret that cancer rates are on the rise in North Carolina and as our doctors and researchers stand dumbfounded the environmentalists are waving the proof frantically, but is anyone really listening and reading? If people are eating right, exercising, and avoiding other unhealthy habits, but still getting sick shouldn’t a red light and siren go off screaming, “SOMETHING AIN’T RIGHT!”

It’s time we start taking a SERIOUS non-bias look at our environmental status. Put your political affiliations, favors, greed, pride, and ego to the side and wake the fuck up! (yeah I said it) We cannot allow companies such as LabCorp, Synagro, and others to continue the improper disposal of medical waste. Stop blaming the pigs…there is no odor in the air so we know it’s not the piggies. Stop tricking farmers into sludge spreading. Guess what geniuses? YOU EAT THE PRODUCE FROM THEIR FIELDS! YOU DRINK THE SAME DAMN WATER AS EVERYONE ELSE!

And it’s going to take everyday citizens to stand up and say, “NO!” I’m so happy to see people in Virginia taking a stand against the uranium mine. It’s time for us North Carolinians to band together and write blogs, comment on news articles, write to our senators, write to our governor, hell write to the president. Who cares if they don’t respond to you personally; the point is they read it!

I don’t know about any of you, but I feel like my 3-5 days per week in the gym mixed with my healthy eating habits are a waste of my time and effort if my air, water, and soil are contaminated. Sure, my chances of survival are higher than a person who doesn’t do this, but I shouldn’t have to second guess drinking water from the tap (actually I don’t do it at all). I shouldn’t have to cringe bathing in water that hasn’t been run through a Brita filter. We should be able to enjoy North Carolina’s lakes and beaches. We should relax on our back porches sipping Duplin wine and other NC brands with absolutely no worries. We should drink Red Oak and Natty Green’s other NC beers with the same worry free mind.

There is NO pride in being dubbed the Cancer State. There is NO pride in having all these cancer facilities because we have so many cancer patients. There is NO pride in having gov’t officials that allow this crap to continue. Our state toast is as follows:

Here’s to the land of the long leaf pine,
The summer land where the sun doth shine,
Where the weak grow strong and the strong grow great,
Here’s to “Down Home,” the Old North State!

Here’s to the land of the cotton bloom white,
Where the scuppernong perfumes the breeze at night,
Where the soft southern moss and jessamine mate,
‘Neath the murmuring pines of the Old North State!

Here’s to the land where the galax grows,
Where the rhododendron’s rosette glows,
Where soars Mount Mitchell’s summit great,
In the “Land of the Sky,” in the Old North State!

Here’s to the land where maidens are fair,
Where friends are true and cold hearts rare,
The near land, the dear land, whatever fate,
The blest land, the best land, the Old North State!

I look at the Old North State and shake my head in a myriad of emotions. We have a beautiful state with a rich history and we are destroying it. Our gov’t officials ought to be ashamed and embarrassed.

Again it’s time to wake the fuck up or we’re going to be like The Oblongs.

Camp Lejune Study

Navy to fund Lejeune water contamination studies

Associated Press Writer

Posted: Dec. 4, 2009

WILMINGTON, N.C. — Government data from the 1990s that failed to find a link between polluted water and child illnesses at Camp Lejeune will be reanalyzed after the Navy agreed to pay for the new study.

The outcome could affect claims by former residents of the Marine Corps base seeking damages over birth defects and child cancers they blame on exposure to contaminated water.

A letter obtained by The Associated Press shows the Navy will spend almost $2 million for another look at a 1998 study that investigated cancer and birth defects in babies born to women who were pregnant at Camp Lejeune before contaminated wells were shut down.

The service is also funding a related study of how underground water flowed at the base and how toxins would have been introduced and spread, to show the extent of the contamination, according to the Nov. 24 letter from the Department of the Navy to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, the U.S. health agency conducting the study.

Water supplied to Camp Lejeune’s main family housing areas was contaminated by dry cleaning solvents and other sources from the 1950s to the 1980s. Health officials believe as many as 1 million people may have been exposed to the toxins trichloroethylene or perchloroethylene before the wells were closed 22 years ago.

But the 1998 study was inconclusive and critics argue that the data must be re-evaluated once the water models are complete.

Dagny E. P. Olivares, a health communications specialist for the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, said the agency learned about new exposures during another water-modeling study.

“The previous analysis considered the drinking water supplied in Holcomb Boulevard uncontaminated, even though the area had originally been supplied contaminated water from Hadnot Point,” Olivares said.

The Navy’s decision to fund the studies comes in the wake of a strongly worded letter by Rep. Brad Miller, D-N.C., who joined with Reps. Bart Stupak, D-Mich., and John Dingell, D-Mich., in urging Navy Secretary Ray Mabus to continue funding the health studies. In the October letter, the congressman chastised the Navy for dragging its feet and said the delays are unjustified.

“It would be great if the Navy did the right thing for the right reason, but fortunately the law requires any polluter, including the Navy, to pay for the studies necessary to find out just how much harm they’ve done to innocent people,” Miller told the Associated Press. “The law doesn’t make victims of toxic exposure beg and plead a polluter for justice, the law gives them rights.”

The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, said a “piecemeal” approach to funding the studies will increased the workload and delay completion of the studies.

Navy spokesman Whit DeLoach said the funding was never denied and said the Navy will provide the money as soon as the service’s budget is approved by Congress.

“The Department of the Navy is committed to working with Congress and scientific bodies, such as ATSDR and the National Research Council, in order to find the best way forward to get our Marines, Sailors, family members and civilian employees the answers they deserve,” Deloach said.

North Carolina’s congressional delegation has been active on behalf of the health claims of former Camp Lejeune residents. The Senate passed legislation backed by Sens. Richard Burr, R-N.C., and Kay Hagan, D-N.C., preventing the military from dismissing claims related to water contamination pending completion of the two studies. In July, Burr proposed a bill that would grant Department of Veterans Affairs health care to all with links to the contaminated water. Burr said Tuesday the when he met with the Secretary of Navy in September he emphasized the need to fund the studies.

“Camp Lejeune veterans and their families expect, and more importantly deserve, nothing less,” Burr said.

Capt. Brian Block, a Marine Corps spokesman, said the Marine Corps supports the Navy’s decision to fund “those scientific efforts that offer a reasonable chance of providing accurate information” about exposure to contaminated water and adverse health effects.

“Our goal has always been to use the best science to get accurate information in a timely manner,” Block said in a statement.

Jerry Ensminger, a retired Marine master sergeant who lived at the base and lost his 9-year-old daughter to leukemia, applauded the Navy’s decision to finally fund the studies, but blasted them for dragging their feet on providing the money.

“Why is the entity who was responsible for most of the contamination at Camp Lejeune being allowed to dictate to the ATSDR and Congress which human health effect studies they will and will not fund?” Ensminger said. “This is akin to the proverbial fox guarding the henhouse.”

Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

My 2cents:
No shit Sherlocks. You’re gonna waste more money to research in hopes that you’ll find what? You already know what’s been going on. Let me rephrase that …you’ve BEEN known what’s going on. It’s time to stop researching and start fixing!