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this pressed for the environmental health: Mounting Electronic Waste Poses Major Threat to Environment, Health
By Lauren Walker 11/28/14 at 1:32 PM
Excerpts: “…While the fact that 95.5 million Americans said they would shop on Black Friday is good news for retailers, it is a far less positive figure for the environment. Cheap electronics are one of the biggest draws for shoppers on the day (and indeed the rest of the year), but these immediate savings hide the ultimate collective cost – old electronics (e-waste) that are improperly disposed can result in environmental pollution with its attendant health risks, as well as data theft.
In 2012, the world amassed almost 49 million metric tons of e-waste, including everything from last generation cellphones and laptops to televisions and…”
Minamata disease is a degenerative neurological disorder characterized by a loss of coordination and peripheral vision, poor articulation of speech, and numbness of the extremities. It was first encountered in 1956, when numerous cases of the then-unknown disease were observed in Minamata, Japan. Investigations showed that the consumption of seafood contaminated by a local chemical factory‘s mercury-laden wastewater caused the disorder. What brought more attention to the disease in 1965? More…
Autism has been the focus of intense study in recent years, but experts are still far from understanding the root causes of the disorder. For a time, childhood vaccines were thought to be the culprit, but this theory has since been largely debunked. Now scientists have found evidence that the foundations for autism may be set in the womb, during prenatal brain development. Autistic children’s brains show a much higher incidence of cortical abnormalities in regions involved in language and social and emotional communication than their non-autistic peers. Abnormalities were identified in the brains of 90% of the children with autism studied, whereas only 10% of unaffected children exhibited abnormalities. More… Discuss
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Dr. Alison Adams discusses mercury toxicity and how it may affect you. Dr. Adams talks about how mercury can affect different parts of the body and how it reacts with other metals. Could your condition be from mercury toxicity? Please watch!
In this video, you will see just how toxic mercury really is and how it causes damage to the brain.
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It is important to note that growth cones in all animal species, ranging from snails to humans, have identical structural and behavioral characteristics, and use proteins of virtually identical composition.
In this experiment, neurons also isolated from snail brain tissue were grown in culture for several days. Afterwhich, very low concentrations of mercury (30 micrograms) were added to the culture medium for 20 minutes.
Over the next 30 minutes, the neuron underwent rapid degeneration leaving the denuded neurofibrils seen here.
To understand how mercury causes this degeneration, let us return to our illustration. As mentioned before, tubulin proteins link together during normal cell growth to form microtubules which support the neurite structure.
When mercury ions are introduced into the culture medium, they infiltrate the cell and bind themselves to newly synthesized tubulin molecules.
More specifically, the mercury ions attach themselves to the binding sites reserved for Guanosine Triphosphate (GTP) on the beta subunit of the affected tubulin molecules.
Since bound GTP normally provides the energy which allows tubulin molecules to attach to one another, mercury ions bound to these sites prevent tubulin proteins from linking together.
Consequently, the neurite’s microtubules begin to disassemble into free tubulin molecules, leaving the neurites stripped of its support structure.
Ultimately, both the developing neurite and its growth cone collapse, and some denuded neurofibrils form aggregates, or tangles, as depicted here.
Shown here is a neurite growth cone stained specifically for tubulin and actin, before and after mercury exposure.
Note that the mercury has caused disintigration of tubilin microtubule structure.
These new findings reveal important visual evidence as to how mercury causes neuro-degeneration.
More importantly, this study provides the first direct evidence that low-level mercury exposure is indeed a precipitating factor that can initiate this neuro-degenerative process within the brain.”
Indeed, such tests should be done in middle age, and for sure as a precautionary, in patients diagnosed, or symptomatic of diseases and medical conditions (or suspected of such) including Diabetes, menopause, etc., in both genders. The Insurance industry, and the “established protocols to be followed upon by doctors, is hellishly denying patients (those who are endowed with any health care at all) greedy and limited to what administrators think care should be( a big banner, claiming that (‘CARE MORE” for instance) 🙂
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The time is now for the Senate to draft and pass meaningful legislation to overhaul the outdated and ineffective Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 and protect children from asbestos and dangerous toxic chemicals such as bisphenol A, an endocrine-disrupting chemical in some plastics and food can linings, and flame retardants infused into car seats, nap pads and other kid goods.
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In this full-length web exclusive, National Geographic journeys along the remote Alaskan coast … in search of garbage. A team of scientists and artists investigates the buildup of marine debris washing out of the great gyres, or currents, in the Pacific Ocean. Called the Gyre Expedition, their goal is to create art from the trash they find to raise awareness about its impact on oceans and wildlife. Their artwork will become part of a traveling exhibition in 2014.
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Dare call this bread? By the way Forgot to mention High fructose, and high Corn Syrup you guys love so much to feed us!
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Bread, Reduced-calorie, Wheat
Serving Size 1 slice (23 g)
Per Serving% Daily Value*
Calories from Fat 5
Total Fat 0.5g1%
Saturated Fat 0.1g0%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.2g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.1g
Dietary Fiber 2.8g11%
Vitamin A 0% · Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 2% · Iron 4%
*Based on a 2000 calorie diet
Bread, Reduced-calorie, Wheat Calories and Health Benefits
- GOOD POINTS
- Low in saturated fat
- No cholesterol
- Very high in dietary fiber
- High in manganese
- Very high in selenium
- High in thiamin
Total lipid (fat)0.53 g
Carbohydrate, by difference10.03 g
Fiber, total dietary2.8 g
Sugars, total0.71 g
Calcium, Ca18 mg
Iron, Fe0.68 mg
Magnesium, Mg9 mg
Phosphorus, P23 mg
Potassium, K28 mg
Sodium, Na118 mg
Zinc, Zn0.26 mg
Copper, Cu0.032 mg
Manganese, Mn0.196 mg
Selenium, Se7 mcg
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid~ mg
Pantothenic acid0.145 mg
Vitamin B-60.029 mg
Folate, total21 mcg
Folic acid14 mcg
Folate, food6 mcg
Folate, DFE31 mcg_DFE
Choline, total4.3 mg
Vitamin B-12~ mcg
Vitamin B-12, added~ mcg
Vitamin A, IU~ IU
Vitamin A, RAE~ mcg_RAE
Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol)0.06 mg
Vitamin E, added~ mg
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)~ mcg
Fatty acids, total saturated0.079 g
Fatty acids, total monounsaturated0.058 g
16:1 undifferentiated0.009 g
18:1 undifferentiated0.049 g
22:1 undifferentiated~ g
Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated0.223 g
18:2 undifferentiated0.211 g
18:3 undifferentiated0.012 g
20:4 undifferentiated~ g
20:5 n-3~ g
22:5 n-3~ g
22:6 n-3~ g
Aspartic acid0.1 g
Glutamic acid0.658 g
Alcohol, ethyl~ g
Carotene, beta~ mcg
Carotene, alpha~ mcg
Cryptoxanthin, beta~ mcg
Lutein + zeaxanthin9 mcg
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After Germany surrendered in May 1945, the Allied forces focused on ending the war in the Pacific. Japan refused to surrender, dismissing the Allies’ vows to devastate the country. The atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima was the first ever dropped on a populated area. At least 130,000 people were killed, injured, or declared missing, and 90 percent of the city was leveled by the blast. Another atomic bomb was dropped on the city of Nagasaki three days later. When did Japan surrender? More… Discuss
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TOKYO – Highly radioactive water seeping into the ocean from Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant is creating an “emergency” that the operator is struggling to contain, an official from the country’s nuclear watchdog said on Monday.
This contaminated groundwater has breached an underground barrier, is rising toward the surface and is exceeding legal limits of radioactive discharge, Shinji Kinjo, head of a Nuclear Regulatory Authority (NRA) task force, told Reuters.
Countermeasures planned by Tokyo Electric Power Co are only a temporary solution, he said.
This Day in the Yesteryear: OPERATION SUNSHINE: FIRST CROSSING OF A SUBMERGED VESSEL AT NORTH POLE (1958)
The USS Nautilus was the world’s first operational nuclear-powered submarine. In 1958, the Nautilus embarked on Operation Sunshine, during which it completed the first submerged journey across the North Pole, resurfacing northeast of Greenland 96 hours later. During the mission, deep ice in the area of the Chukchi Sea forced the Nautilus to turn back temporarily. In the event that the submarine became trapped in ice, what dramatic action did its commander plan to take? More… Discuss
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In 1953, during the Cold War, US President Dwight D. Eisenhower proposed the creation of an international body to regulate the use of nuclear power in his “Atoms for Peace” address to the United Nations General Assembly. Four years later, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) was established to promote the peaceful use of nuclear energy. The IAEA may purchase and sell fissionable materials, and it inspects for compliance with the Non-Proliferation Treaty. Is the IAEA part of the UN? More… Discuss
At least 25 schoolchildren in the Indian state of Biharhave died and dozens of others have been hospitalized after consuming a school-provided lunch apparently contaminated with insecticide. India’s Mid-Day Meal Scheme is the world’s largest school feeding program, providing free meals to 120 million children. Regrettably, it seems the entire incident could have been avoided if the headmistress had simply heeded the cook’s warning that something smelled funny about the food. Instead, she demanded that it be served anyway. Once news of the mass poisoning broke, the headmistress fled. It is not yet known whether the contamination was intentional. More… Discuss
ONTARIO, N.Y. – Farm workers from New York and around the nation have flown to the nation’s capital to urge Congress to pass stronger legislation to reduce what one government estimate says are 10,000 to 20,000 acute pesticide poisonings yearly in the agricultural industry. Alina Diaz, a farmworkers’ organizer from the town of Ontario, is in Washington with several workers who toil in New York’s fields and orchards. “One of them told me, ‘I’m tired of being treated like a roach, like an insect. I’m tired of being sick,” said Diaz, vice president, Alianza Nacional de Campesinas. – See more at: http://www.publicnewsservice.org/index.php?/content/article/33462-2&utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter#sthash.5jZ55XE4.dpuf
In recent years, concerns about arsenic levels in rice have led theUK’s Food Standards Agency and the US Food and Drug Administration to issue recommendations regarding the preparation and consumption of the grain. It turns out, however, that arsenic is not the only poisonous metal contaminating rice crops. Researchers found worrisome levels of lead in rice imported to the US from Bhutan, Italy, China, Taiwan, India, Thailand, and the Czech Republic. More… Discuss
Amazing video illustrating with actual images of brain fibers being destroyed by mercury (the 2nd most toxic substance in our planet…
Here is the list of mercury related research with a sentence of explanation. You will see that it
lays out a very clear picture of exposure, intake, body burden, distribution and
pathophysiology related to mercury released from set dental amalgam. The authors email was
provided when I had their address. Almost all of the authors are available if needed except
Michael Ziff who has passed away.
Vimy MJ, Lorscheider FL: Intra-oral air mercury released from dental amalgam. J Den Res
64:1069-71, 1985 Murray Vimy <email@example.com>
First they measured the intra-oral levels of mercury generated using a standardized technique.
Vimy MJ, Lorscheider FL: Serial measurements of intra-oral air mercury; Estimation of daily
dose from dental amalgam. J Dent Res 64(8):1072-5, 1985. Murray Vimy <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Next they measured these levels over time and found that they slowly drop back to baseline
after 90 minutes.
Vimy MJ, Luft AJ, Lorscheider FL, Estimation of Mercury Body Burden from Dental Amalgam
Computer Simulation of a Metabolic Compartment Model J. Dent. Res 1986 65(12):1415-
1419, December, 1986 Murray Vimy <email@example.com>
Then they used a computer simulation to determine what body burden they would likely
Hahn LJ ; Kloiber R; Vimy MJ; Takahashi Y; Lorscheider F; Dental “silver” tooth fillings: a
source of mercury exposure revealed by whole-body image scan and tissue analysis. FASEB J.
3:2641-2646; 1989 Murray Vimy <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The Calgary Medical School felt that further human experimentation might unnecessarily
expose experimental subjects to excessive levels of mercury so our work turned to animals.
The sheep is the most common obstetric mammal. The first experiment with sheep was a
distribution tracer study that found out where the mercury spread to once released from the
Vimy M. Hahn LJ. Klober R Takahashi Y. Lorscheider FL. Mercury uptake in sheep fetus from
dental fillings, 32nd Annual Meeting of the Canadian Federation of Biological Societies 14-17
June 1989 and 2nd Meeting of the International Society for Trace Element Research in
Humans 8/89 Murray Vimy <email@example.com>
The next experiment looked at spread of mercury from installed amalgam fillings into a fetus
since the fetus is the most vulnerable to harm from heavy metal exposure during
Summers, A.O.; Wireman, J.; Microbiology Department University of Georgia: Vimy, M.J.;
Lorscheider, F.L. Department of Medicine and Physiology, University of Calgary, Alberta,
Canada Increased mercury resistance in monkey gingival and intestinal bacterial flora after
placement of dental “silver” fillings abstract The Physiologist 8/15/90 Email: Ann Summers
Dr. Summers contacted the research team in Calgary and asked to participate in the next
project. She found that installing amalgam fillings in wild caught monkeys caused antibiotic
resistant organisms to develop in the intestinal flora within two weeks.
Hahn, Leszek J.; Kloiber, Reinhard; Leininger, Ronald W.; Vimy, Murray J.; & Lorscheider,
Fritz L. Whole-body imaging of the distribution of mercury released from dental fillings into
monkey tissues. FASEB, Vol. 4, Nov. 1990, pp. 3256-3260.
http://www.fasebj.org/cgi/content/abstract/4/14/3256Murray Vimy <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The Calgary Medical School team repeated the amalgam mercury distribution study and found
that primates spread the mercury from amalgam just like sheep.
Vimy M.J., Boyd N.D., Hooper D.E. and Lorscheider F.L., Glomerular filtration impairment by
mercury released from dental ”silver” fillings in sheep. Department of Medicine, Pathology,
and Physiology, University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Abstract The Physiologist August 15,
1990 Murray Vimy <email@example.com>
Measurements of sheep kidney function found a 60% drop in inulin clearance. This is a clear
sign that amalgams impacted kidney function in the sheep.
Vimy, MJ; Takahashi, Y; Lorscheider, FL Maternal-fetal distribution of mercury (203 Hg)
released from dental amalgam fillings the American Physiology Society 0363-6119/90 R939-
945 Murray Vimy <firstname.lastname@example.org> In this complex experiment twin sheep fetuses
mercury blood levels were measured both during development and after birth. They found that
mercury transferred across both the placental membrane prenatally and into the milk
Lorscheider, Fritz L. Ph.D. Murray J. Vimy, D.M.D. Department of Physiology and Medicine
Faculty of Medicine, University of Calgary, Alberta T2N 4N1Canada Mercury exposure from
‘silver’ fillings. The Lancet. Vol. 337, May 4, ’91, p. 1103. Murray Vimy <email@example.com>
This article is a point by point review of mercury from amalgam exposure.
Summers, A.O.;Vimy, M.J.; Lorscheider, F. University of Georgia, Athens, GA, USA &
University of Calgary Medical School, Calgary, Alberta, Canada “Silver” dental fillings provoke
an increase in mercury and antibiotic resistant bacteria in the mouth and intestines of
primates. The Alliance for Prudent Use of Antibiotics Vol. 9 No. 3 Fall 1991 Murray Vimy <firstname.lastname@example.org> Email: Ann Summers <email@example.com> Professor Summers
reports her additional research into the antibiotic resistance in primates that amalgam
Boyd, N.D.;Benediktsson, H.;Vimy, M.J.; Hooper, D.E.;Lorscheider, F.L. Mercury from dental
“silver” tooth fillings impairs sheep kidney function The American Physiological Society 0363-
6119 P R1010-R1014 11/1991 Email: Boyd E. Haley <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The damage to the sheep’s kidney from amalgam was given before the American Physiological
Duhr, E; Pendergrass, C; Kasarskis, E; Slevin, J; Haley, B. Hg2+ Induces GTP-Tubulin
Interactions in Rat Brain Similar to Those Observed in Alzheimer’s Disease. Federation of
American Societies for Experimental Biology (FESAB). 75th Annual Meeting. Atlanta, GA 21-25
April 1991. Abstract 493 http://www.altcorp.com/DentalInformation/admercury.htm
Email: “Boyd E. Haley” <email@example.com> Curt Pendergrass <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Dr. Haley’s team found they could reproduce all of the 7 histological hallmark signs of
Alzheimer’s Disease only by using inhaled elemental mercury vapor. This is the form that
comes off amalgam.
Ziff, MF. Documented Clinical Side-Effects to Dental Amalgam. Adv Dent Res, 6:131-4, 1992
Dr. Ziff reported an extensive list of diseases that have been linked to amalgam in the peer
reviewed scientific literature including periodontal disease (gum disease).
Lorscheider, Fritz and Vimy, Murray Evaluation of the safety of mercury released from dental
fillings. FASEB Journal Vol. 7 Dec. 1993 Murray Vimy <email@example.com>>
This is the first editorial ever published in the prestigious journal FASEB. It was by invitation of
the editor since the earlier animal research published in FASEB had raised so much invalid
criticism from the dental organizations. Summers, A.O., Wireman, J., Vimy, M.J., Lorscheider, F.L. Marshall, B., Levy, S.B., Bennett,
S., and Billard, L. Mercury released from dental “silver” fillings provokes an increase in
mercury and antibiotic resistant bacteria in primates oral and intestinal flora. Antimicrobial
Agents and Chemotherapy, Vol. 37 pp. 825-834, 1993 Email: Ann Summers
<firstname.lastname@example.org> Murray Vimy <email@example.com> Dr. Summers continues to
refine and define the findings of antibiotic resistance in animals and humans exposed to
J Wireman, CA Liebert, T Smith and AO Summers Association of mercury resistance with
antibiotic resistance in the gram-negative fecal bacteria of primates. Appl. Environ. Microbiol.,
Nov 1997, 4494-4503, Vol 63, No. 11 http://aem.asm.org/cgi/content/abstract/63/11/4494
Dr. Wireman confirms the earlier research of Dr. Summers.
Palkiewicz, Pawel; Zwiers, Henk & Lorscheider, Fritz ADP-Ribosilation of Brain Neuronal
Proteins Is Altered by In Vitro and In vivo Exposure to Inorganic Mercury Journal of
Neurochemistry 62, 2049-2052 1994
&dopt=Abstract Palkiewicz finds that mercury can produce the neurochemical lesions of
Alzheimer’s Disease both in the test tube and in live animals.
Status Quo and Perspectives of amalgam and other Dental Materials, International Symposium
Proceedings Friberg, LT; Schrauzer, G.N. eds Georg Thieme Verlag Stuttgart – New York 1995
ISBN 3-13-102471-2 1994
The German Department of Health had banned amalgam use in women and children following
the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology in Düsseldorf in 1992. Members of
the dental profession protested that they hadn’t been given an opportunity to present their
evidence of safety. This conference consisted of 25 presenters and 2 moderators who are
experts in mercury. The peer reviewed conclusions supported the German ban on exposure of
children and women of childbearing age to mercury from amalgam.
7 members of the IAOMT participated in this historic conference:
1. D C Kennedy Biocompatible Restorative Dentistry
2. B E Haley & J C Pendergrass Mercury-EDTA Complex Specifically Blocks Brain b-TubulinGTP Interactions: Similarity to Observations in Alzheimer’s Disease
Email: “Boyd E. Haley” <firstname.lastname@example.org>
3. F L Lorscheider Mercury Exposure from “Silver” dental Fillings: Current Research Findings
about Uptake, Tissue Distribution, and Pathophysiology
4. M F Ziff Dental amalgam: Status Quo, Political Aspects, International Situation
5. D J Pleva Mercury Release From Dental Amalgam
6. Masi, J. V. Corrosion of amalgams in restorative materials: the problem and the promise.
James Masi <email@example.com>
Toxic Teeth: Chronic Mercury Poisoning of Modern Man, Vimy Chemistry and Industry p 14-17
Murray Vimy <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Echeverria, D.; Aposhian, H.V.; Woods, J.S.; Heyer, NJ; Aposhian MM; Bitner, AC, Jr; Mahurin,
RK; Cianciola, M., Neurobehavorial effect from exposure to dental amalgam Hgo: New
distinctions between recent exposure and Hg body burden FASEB J., Vol. 12 pp. 971-980,
This research team in a series of experiments has measured significant neurological
impairment in amalgam bearers and dental personnel as well as mercury-free dentists.
Vimy MJ, Hooper DE, King WW, Lorscheider FL : Mercury from Maternal “Silver” Tooth Fillings
in Sheep and Human Breast Milk Biological Trace Element Research Vol. 56, 1997 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=PubMed&list_uids=916466
0&dopt=Abstract The Calgary research team demonstrated that mercury from amalgam enters
both animal and human milk and, therefore, poses a significant risk to infants.
Leong CCW, Syed NI, Lorscheider FL Retrograde Degeneration of Neurite Membrane Structural
Integrity of Nerve Growth Cones Following in vitro Exposure to Mercury NeuroReport Vol. 12
#4, 2001 You can watch this video and animation on the IAOMT web site at http://www.iaomt.org)
The video from this research shows that the introduction of 100 times less mercury than found
in the cerebral spinal fluid of amalgam bearers into a cell culture of growing nerve cells
immediately halts growth and produces neurofibrillar tangles similar to those seen in
WHO Environmental Health Criteria 118: Inorganic Mercury. World Health Organization,
The WHO has determined that dental amalgam is the predominant source of human exposure
human daily dose of mercury from various sources is:
Dental amalgam = 3.0-17.0µg/day (Hg vapor)
Fish and Seafood = 2.3 µg/day (methylmercury)
Other food = 0.3 µg/day(inorganic Hg)
Air & Water = Negligible traces
“A specific no-observed–effect level (NOEL) cannot be established”
In 1991 Dr. Murray Vimy our founder participated in the WHO assessment of the daily dose
received from amalgam in Genoa, Italy. The conclusions of this expert ad hoc committee are
now in the Criteria document 118. Email: Murray Vimy <email@example.com>
Inhalation of mercury vapor (Hg0) inhibits binding of GTP to rat brain tubulin, thereby inhibiting tubulin polymerization into microtubules. A similar molecular lesion has also been observed in 80% of brains from patients with Alzheimer disease (AD) compared to age-matched controls. However the precise site and mode of action of Hg ions remain illusive. Therefore, the present study examined whether Hg ions could affect membrane dynamics of neurite growth cone morphology and behavior. Since tubulin is a highly conserved cytoskeletal protein in both vertebrates and invertebrates, we hypothesized that growth cones from animal species could be highly susceptible to Hg ions. To test this possibility, the identified, large Pedal A (PeA) neurons from the central ring ganglia of the snail Lymnaea stagnalis were cultured for 48 h in 2 ml brain conditioned medium (CM). Following neurite outgrowth, metal chloride solution (2 μl) of Hg, Al, Pb, Cd, or Mn (10-7 M) was pressure applied directly onto individual growth cones. Time-lapse images with inverted microscopy were acquired prior to, during, and after the metal ion exposure. We demonstrate that Hg ions markedly disrupted membrane structure and linear growth rates of imaged neurites in 77% of all nerve growth cones. When growth cones were stained with antibodies specific for both tubulin and actin, it was the tubulin/microtubule structure that disintegrated following Hg exposure. Moreover, some denuded neurites were also observed to form neurofibrillary aggregates. In contrast, growth cone exposure to other metal ions did not effect growth cone morphology, nor was their motility rate compromised. To determine the growth suppressive effects of Hg ions on neuronal sprouting, cells were cultured either in the presence or absence of Hg ions. We found that in the presence of Hg ions, neuronal somata failed to sprout, whereas other metalic ions did not effect growth patterns of cultured PeA cells. We conclude that this visual evidence and previous biochemical data strongly implicate Hg as a potential etiological factor in neurodegeneration.
In 2010, Foxconn was under the spotlight of the media due to the suicide tragedies. At least 18 workers committed suicides and 3 survived. One year on from the spate of suicides, SACOM has high expectation on Foxconn and Apple to fulfil their promises to ensure decent working conditions at the factories. In spring 2011, SACOM visited Foxconn’s iPad production site in Chengdu. Rampant labour rights violations and harsh management remain. Workers always have excessive and forced overtime work. Sometimes, they have to skip meals if they cannot accomplish the production target. They have to stand for over 10 hours on shop floor and cannot talk with each other. They are exposed to chemicals aluminium dust but do not have adequate protection. And it is appalling that almost all the new workers have to undergo “military training”.
According to the interviewees, the big clients, including Apple, always have representatives in the factory to monitor the quality and productivity of the products. In other words, Apple is aware of the labour rights abuses at Foxconn. Despite the code of conduct of Apple dictates “under no circumstances shall workweeks exceed the maximum permitted under applicable laws and regulations.” In reality, Foxconn workers in Chengdu always have 80-100 overtime hours per month which are 2-3 times of the legal limit. Likewise, Apple always claims it will ensure the suppliers to establish measures to protect workers from occupational diseases. However, Foxconn workers who produce iPad do not have pre-post training about substance of the chemicals, no adequate protective equipment and no on-post health examination. On 20 May, an explosion erupted at Foxconn in Chengdu. The tragedy happened in the polishing department and involved an explosion of ultra-light dust. Workers complained to SACOM that the ventilation of department is poor. Workers polish the iPad cases to make them shinny. In the process, there is lots of aluminium dust floating in the air. Workers always breathe in aluminium dust even though they put on mask. When workers take off their cotton gloves, their hands are covered with aluminium dust. Regardless the explosion, this is detrimental to the health of workers.
Regrettably, Apple simply connives at the blatant labour rights violations at Foxconn.
SACOM’s investigative report, Foxconn and Apple Fail to Fuifill Promises: Predicaments of Workers after the Suicides, is downloadable athttp://sacom.hk/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/2011-05-06_foxconn-and-apple-fail-….
Published on Apr 19, 2012 by ientry
The labor conditions in Asia have long been a controversial topic, but they have recently come into the spotlight due to concerns over Apple’s working practices in China. Back in January, the New York Times exposed new details involving what takes place in the factories of Apple’s largest supplier, Foxconn.
Ross Eisenbrey, the Vice President of the Economic Policy Institute (EPI), told WebProNews that these conditions include 60-70 hour work weeks, chemical exposures, explosions from uncontrolled aluminum dust, and more. In an effort to raise awareness of these issues, the EPI held a forum last week in conjunction with working rights’ groups.
According to Eisenbrey, Apple is to blame since it is in control of the situation. He told us that these issues date back to 2005 and that Apple has yet to do anything to actually resolve the conditions. What’s more, the working conditions at Apple’s Foxconn factories in Brazil are completely different.
Although Apple and Foxconn have agreed to some remediations after the Fair Labor Association conducted an investigation, Eisenbrey remains skeptical since the problems have gone on for so long. However, he is hopeful that consumers will react. When this happens, he believes Apple’s eyes will be opened.
- Would Apple be hurt by a strike at Foxconn Brazil? (news.cnet.com)
- Violations found at Foxconn factories (news.cnet.com)
US researchers say men diagnosed with cancer are more likely to die from the disease than women. They attribute the discrepancy in part to the fact that men are at greater risk of developing cancer than women, perhaps as a result of differences in exposure to carcinogens or hormonal or metabolic differences. According to the American Cancer Society, men have about a 1 in 2 chance of developing cancer, while women have just a 1 in 3 chance. In addition, men are more likely than women to have advanced disease by the time their cancer is detected. More… Discuss
- Men with cancer have higher death rates than women (sfgate.com)
- Men more likely to die of cancer (cnn.com)
- Men Have Higher Cancer Death Rates Than Women (webmd.com)
This movie was hard to make. It’s not because of the sea stars that we returned safely to the ocean. It is because of what, the ocean returned to us as not welcome, the trash that some poor excuses for human beings dump in the river, and the surroundings, as if they own it, as if it does not belong to all of us. This is not a new issue, but rather an ever expanding one. We got so good at intoxication the land and the water, that fish caught in the middle of the oceans, thousand of miles away from any shore line, is poisoned by the mercury we dumped everywhere. Every object dejected by the ocean: the 6 pack plastic wrappers, bags, medicine jars, Styrofoam and plastic cups, they all tell the story of one individual, who took for granted the fact that nobody’s watching, they are getting away with such uncivilized acts. And then there are the bear, and soft drinks cans and especially the paint spray cans, floating toward the ocean, still containing hazardous organic solvents that end up in the water, and the tagging, and graffiti, and painting over, without consideration for the social unjustifiable cost to us, taxpayers. In one year of weekend biking I saw a police patrol car twice, community services once, and for the rest, the same issues brought forth by other concerned citizens, for decades are still present. Why?
Lack of respect by the law disobeying citizens toward the large majority, the rest of us who cherish, instead of destroying things that were made available for our joy. I saw school children volunteering to pick up somebody else’s cigarette buts, while fifty yards further shady characters look for the right size space between rocks, to dump their bear cans, knowing that nobody dare stop them.
I thought appropriate to whistle St. James Infirmary, as sad funeral parade background to this storm effect.
Thank You Pacific Ocean, for rejecting all that junk, it does belong to us, its rightful owner!
Quod Erat Demonstrandum: NOW WHAT ?
- Research Shows Mercury is a Likely Cause for Alzheimer’s Disease (eon.businesswire.com)
- Mercury – All Information (umm.edu)
- How harmful is mercury for humans? (greenanswers.com)
Mercury fillings: where YOU stand on the issue? Part 1 Part 1 of 3 – Mercury Amalgam Fillings Dangers (ITV, Feb 16, 2009)
Can Anybody tell me why dentists associations in some countries are in denial regarding mercury amalgam toxicity ? And further more call the mercury amalgam, to confuse you, “Silver Fillings” when there is more than 50% mercury, and much less silver in the MERCURY ALLOY ?”
It is like the officials interviewed do not , and will not ever have dental cavities, and dental fillings ? what’s wrong with such people, how do they come to the point of denial, and professional prostitution, in the name of politics ?
What else than money and power do these ” lalalalalalala” have to earn from becoming slaves to their own lies ?
It all a matter of time… But do we have it ?
I heard somebody conveniently say:
Don’t do today, what somebody else can do for you, tomorrow
Few weeks ago I introduced you to studies done articulating the destruction of neurons (nerves) by mercury, only, while other metals employed in the research did not damage nerves.
This is the shortcut to that article: http://en.search.wordpress.com/?q=site%3Aeuzicasa.wordpress.com+mercury
NOw, and again, we have one of the most reactionary industry lobbyists, stipulating that mercury is good for you, so good that you should carry as much as 1 oz, you your mouth:
To me this looks so much like the insane battle of the asbestos industry. I can only be happy that the tobacco industry got what they deserve.
this last battle has nothing to do with science, politicized science but only with profit-making without any responsibility, social or personal, to one or to all, and it’s wrong.
What is interesting is that dentists were among the most poisoned by mercury, until some regulations came to life, and developed, but with no air, and water monitoring, to alert in case of mercury presence (more or less effective), to manage the flow of mercury thru their dental cabinets (so it is not in the air the staff, and patients breath, or in the water going down the sink and into the sewage system, and from there back at us in the…fish we buy to eat. Indeed there were many dentists intoxicated for years, and presenting the symptoms of mercurialism or heretism (“mad hatter disease”):
From preparing the amalgam (the material containing mercury that goes in your cavities), in the palm of their hands (you know mercury goes right thru your skin, and directly into your blood, and directly to your brain with the speed that alcohol does, there are no stops on the way. Saturnism on the other hand is the disease caused but cronic exposure to lead, while working unsafely.
Beside dental cabinets, hospitals, fluorescent tubes manufacturers, the exhaust coming off the stacks of power plants, incinerators (including human with mercury fillings), the list of mercury damage to humans is thousand of sources in size.
The problem with mercury contamination, is that it is masked by the lack of any signals of presence (No odor, no color, no acute effect at lower doses of poisoning, but deadly cumulative in humans, human embryos, and animals, to the ecological system, to the planet Earth, our home, the only home will ever have, if we don’t bring it down, of course.
With all the scientific evidence to the contrary, what kind of political power can an endorser of the mercury industry have to show at a FDA hearing: of course, ON TAX PAYERS MONEYS ? to conclude: That it is safe…for now…?
Let me ask you this: Would you go to a dentist who wears a Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) while working in your mouth ? Because, to tell you the truth, they should wear one, and no, I would not !
[Chronic occupational metallic mercurialism]. [Rev Saude Publica. 2003] – Pu
- FDA Reconsidering Safety of Dental Amalgams (webmd.com)
- Are Dental Fillings Safe? (abcnews.go.com)
- Mercury and Old Cavities (everydayhealth.com)
- FDA: Mercury in Dental Fillings Is Risky… No, It’s Not… Wait, Maybe it Is (thedailygreen.com)
- FDA Panel Urges Thorough Review of Mercury-Based Fillings (webmd.com)
- Is mercury as dangerous to touch as most people think? (greenanswers.com)
- Naomi Starkman: New Tests Reinforce Concerns about Mercury in Tuna (huffingtonpost.com)
- All mercury finally removed from Hillsborough depot (nj.com)
- Do pesticides affect workers? (greenanswers.com)
Happy Reading 🙂