Generations of Chemical Exposure

Exposure to toxins is no laughing matter. In fact, it’s worse than most people realize. Here’s an example. Robert Preidt of HealthDay News talks about the plight of northern Chileans and how they’re still reeling from arsenic exposure generations after the fact. Check it out:
Decades after residents of a region in northern Chile were exposed to high levels of arsenic in their drinking water, they still suffer from high lung and bladder cancer death rates, concludes a study by U.S. and Chilean researchers…


…"The results show that the risks of concentrated arsenic exposure are extraordinarily high, and that they last a very long time, both after initial exposure, and after the exposure ends," principal investigator Allan Smith, professor of epidemiology at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health, said in a prepared statement…

…For this study, researchers analyzed data on lung and bladder cancer deaths in this area (Region II) from 1950 to 2000.
They found that those kinds of cancer deaths started to increase in 1968, which was 10 years after the major jump in arsenic levels in drinking water.
Now, I think many of us downplay or overlook the dangers of toxic exposure, but, it’s a big deal to Dr. Fuhrman. So much so, that in Disease-Proof Your Child he issues these words of caution. Take a look:
We must be careful not to expose our children to chemical cleaners, insecticides, and weed killers on our lawns. Chemicals used in pressure-treated wood used to build lawn furniture, decks, fences, and swing sets have also been shown to place children at risk. When young children are around, we must be vigilant to maintain a chemical-free environment.
If not, the results could be catastrophic, consider the Ashland, Massachusetts Cancer Cluster. For generations the citizens of Ashland have endured high cancer rates due to chemical-dumping by a former textile manufacturer. From the Associated Press:
A disturbingly high number of cancer cases outside Boston are linked to a former textile dye-making plant with waste ponds that some children swam in, state health officials concluded Tuesday.


People who grew up in Ashland and swam in contaminated ponds were two to three times more likely to develop cancer than those who had no contact with the water, a seven-year study found.

The cancer rate was nearly four times greater among people with a family history of cancer and who also swam or waded in waste lagoons and contaminated wetlands near the Nyanza Inc. dye plant, the Department of Public Health said.
Now, remarks like this really illustrate the direness of the situation. This is an actual comment to the original post. Look:
My dad grew up in Ashland in the 1950s and lived there in the 60's as well. He remembers playing near Nyanza in what he called "chemical brook" as a kid. He died six years ago of bone cancer. I wonder if it had anything to do with his childhood exposure?
What do you think the answer is?
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