We are killing ourselves!
We are killing ourselves! With waste and with toxic manufacturing and pollutants.
I am angry…and I am frightened. Every time someone gets asthma, an allergy, depression or cancer why do they wonder how they could possibly have got it? Why isn’t it immediately and directly attributed to air pollution? plastics? noise pollution? or toxic environmental chemicals?
Nowadays I am never surprised when people get cancer…I’m surprised when they don’t!
Today almost every aspect of modern living poses potential health risks. Our water, air, sea and land are becoming our poisoners due to human activities like mining, deforestation, oil use, industrialisation, auto emissions, fossil fuel use, and nuclear use (nuclear factory emissions, war testing and accidents). Also, let’s throw in the deliberately man-made chemical industries like pesticides, drugs, cigarettes, industrial chemicals, agricultural chemicals etc.
All these activities cause toxic chemical contamination that is slowly killing humans.
We are not meant to ingest lead, chromium, asbestos, arsenic, mercury, petrochemicals, VOCs, PCBs, dioxins to name a few.
At all, ever! Yet we do… all the time.
The science is there and no longer debatable. Mutagens are physical or chemical agents that change or mutate the genetic material (usually DNA) of an organism. Many mutations of DNA cause cancer. Endocrine disruptors, which interfere with the endocrine system that regulates your hormones, have now been called a "global health threat by the United Nations. Synthetic chemicals are produced in their thousands, travel in the environment, persist in the environment, and of the 100,000 on the market today very few have been tested for human health. Test in new-borns show they are being born with over 200 chemicals already inside them. We are giving ourselves premature mortality and reduced life expectancy in an age when it should be the opposite.
Additional to the deliberate manufacture of poisons, pollution is now recognised as a significant contributor to world ill health with nearly 125 million people at risk. Blacksmith Institute and Green Cross Switzerland, have identified the ten worst polluting industries and these are:
1. Battery recycling: 4.8 m life years lost due to lead
2. Lead smelting: 2.6 m life years lost due to lead
3. Mining and ore processing: 2.5216 m life years lost due to lead, chromium, asbestos, mercury
4. Tannery operations: 1.93 m life years lost due to lead, chromium
5. Landfills with industrial and household waste: 1.234 m life years lost due to lead, chromium
6. Industrial estates: 1.06 m life years lost due to lead, chromium
7. Artisanal mining: 1.021 m life years lost due to lead, chromium, mercury
8. Product manufacturing (electronics, batteries, metals): 0.786 m life years lost due to lead, chromium
9. Chemical production: 0.765 m life years lost due to lead, chromium
10. Textile dye industry: 0.43 m life years lost due to lead, chromium
Note: The disability-adjusted life year (DALY) is a measure of overall disease burden, expressed as the number of years lost due to ill-health, disability or early death.
Others include: printing, cleaning, metal and auto repair shops, furniture manufacturers and the fashion industry. Most of these highly toxic industries have relocated to developing countries where they produce consumer goods for us. These life-threatening industries urgently need to be cleaned up or got rid of.
And we have spawned multimillion-dollar health industries to put, usually ineffectual, band aid solutions to problems that really need to be tackled at their point of origin. The cancer council is just one of these. Why is cancer so prevalent now? Because we are poisoning ourselves with toxic chemicals, pollutants, and radioactivity. Not because we are eating too few vegetables or not getting enough exercise or just plain unlucky!
So why put billions of dollars into fixing cancer after it has taken an aggressive hold in the body? Why not use that money to clear the planet of toxic chemicals and polluting waste? We are supposed to be an intelligent race yet we allow ourselves to be polluted, poisoned and lied to and fooled every day in every way. Maybe it’s time we really looked into the current illness epidemic and started seriously looking at what we are dong to ourselves.