Exposure Stories
People geting Cancer from chemicals???  Real or made up?

STORY 1:  

You are busy, so I have bulletized this for quick digestion

  1. When I was 29 years old I bought a condo in Virginia.  The condo area is called Manchester Lakes, and is next to Kingstowne, in Alexandria, Virginia.
  2. I had a roommate who was ~ 26 at the time.
  3. During construction of other condos and townhouses, we were exposed to groundwater, and we had brown water in the tap during construction.  
  4. Water tap filters showed crystalline yellow salt like materials.  We did not have any reason to suspect toxic chemicals.  We let the water run clear before use.
  5. 10 years later, my roommate contracted a rare cancer, LipoSarcoma.
  6. That same year, I was also diagnosed with Liposarcoma.
  7. My Oncologist suggested that Liposarcoma has roots in chemicals, and that “we should look into this”.
  8. Long story made short:  4 months later, we went to the Fairfax Planning department.  We discover that our condo was built over an abandoned Landfill.  The landfill was listed a superfund with the EPA.   There are PCBs in the Landfill.  PCBs are considered by toxicologists to cause Sarcomas.  What to do?  Children are living there.
  9. Found written directions from local zoning/building commission stated that houses to be sold must disclose they are over a landfill.  No disclosure was ever made.
  10. Obtained a list of chemicals in the soil, using Freedom of Information Act.  Found PCBs in soil according to soil report. 
  11. Chemicals listed from soil report have articles on Pubmed.com linking them to Sarcoma cancer.
  12. Lady I purchased house from came over ~8 year prior to our diagnosis.  Her first child had severe mental disorder.  Second child has Autism. 

Summary:

Living over a EPA landfill was hazardous.  We were given doses from the water supply.  We were supposed to be notified of the past history.  We both contacted a rare cancer, Sarcoma.  There are no Sarcomas, or other cancers in either of our families.  We believe that we were exposed.  We contacted authorities and obtained legal opinions.  No one wanted to listen.  The past owner of this home on the Landfill site had children with severe mental disabilities, including Autism.  I know of other children born on farms in my distant family with Autism.

Bottom Line:  2 identical rare cancers from individuals living on a Landfill with PCBs.  What about human health?   Much of cancer is environmentally induced. 

This is  like attempted murder, but the legal system says you cant prove it. How many people will have to die before we use our brains?  Will cancer rates approach  50% ?   How many people are contracting cancer by chemicals???  What is the cost and burden to the US Medical System, to Insurance, to families, to Corporations, to Americas competativeness????

Remember just 15 years ago, Cigarette companies told us the smoking was ok, while covering up internal reports showing the grave danger of smoking.  This is much the same, dont be too suprized when internal reports on the damaging effects of chemicals emerge.   Many Doctors and Toxicologists warn us to stop the incipient exposures of dangerous cancer causing agents into our bodies.  We must do this for our future generations! 

CALL TO ACTION:

AMERICANS AND WORLD CITIZENS, I APPEAL TO YOUR SENSIBILITIES.  WE MUST RISE UP AGAINST THIS TOXIC TIDE OF CHEMICALS THAT HAS INVADED OUR BODIES THRU WIDESPREAD USE IN MANY PRODUCTS.  SOME SAY IT WILL BE COSTLY TO REPLACE EXISTING SYNTHETHIC CHEMICALS WE USE.  MANY WILL PUSH BACK, BE IN DENIAL, AND RESORT TO FINGER POINTING.  MAJOR CORPORATIONS WILL SUE PEOPLE AND OTHER DESPARATE BEHAVIOR IS ALSO EXPECTED.  BUT THIS IS URGENT: WE ARE KILLING OURSELVES, MAIMING OUR CHILDREN, AND BLINDLY WALKING TOWARD ECONOMIC, PHYSICAL, AND INTELLECTUAL RUIN OF AMERICA. 

 We are not waging the battle correctly.  We are not going after the root causes of cancer - why?   Because of the chemical lobby's "hear no evil" approach to these unpopular reasons why cancer is an epidemic.  How long will the American people wait to inact laws that keep trace chemicals out of our bodies.  And by the way, we are  not "crazed greenie" or "environmentalist".  I am a waning republican mad because my home was over a landfill. 

 

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