Don’t be fooled. The abstract “Health Risk of Chrysotile Revisited” was supported by a grant from the International Chrysotile Association in Washington, D.C. This is just one more powerful example of how the asbestos industry uses junk science to continue justifying asbestos mining, manufacturing, and commerce. I urge you to click on these names and see how Bernstein D, Dunnigan J, Hesterberg T, Brown R, Velasco JA, Barrera R, Hoskins J, Gibbs A., authors of the “Health Risk of Chrysotile Revisited,” research is funded by the International Chrysotile Association and how they testify in support of chrysotile asbestos.
Even though asbestos is a known carcinogen and there is no safe level of exposure, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) reported that “The United States is dependent on imports to meet manufacturing needs. Asbestos consumption in the United States was estimated to be 1,060 tons, based on asbestos imports through July 2012.
Michael, a 28 year-old mesothelioma, has a powerful message for the asbestos industry and lawmakers:
“I am 100% against asbestos mining. I am 100% against the use of asbestos. People really need to be aware of this quiet killer that hides in the shadows,” said Michael. “Whoever these mining companies are that continue fighting for asbestos, it is obvious that they have not one speck of value for human life. Just be aware. If you think that something might be asbestos then just assume that it is. It is very dangerous, and has caused me a ton of pain, stress, worry, tears, and worst of all, cancer.”
The “Exposé of the International Chrysotile Association” by Kathleen Ruff is a must read and share for everyone.
Today the World Heath Organization turned to Twitter and reiterated,”Stopping the use of all forms of #asbestos is the most efficient way to eliminate asbestos-related diseases goo.gl/kYZtr” — WHO (@WHO) February 19, 2013
Solidarity is one of our greatest assets to end the deadly legacy of asbestos.