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Government Protection Reality or Myth?
By Ruth Sackman

'We're heading for a chemical doomsday. We're at the beginning of an appreciation that man has created a set of out-of-control technological monsters.'
-Dr. Samuel Epstein

Warnings are proliferating about the dangers of chemical pollution of our food, water and air, but the powers with the authority to control the problem seem to either have their heads in the sand or are deliberately ignoring the peril; because of the detrimental effect government control may have on the chemical industry. How long a confrontation about the risks can be avoided seems to be limited.

Books are being written and organizations forming because of widespread suffering from the hazards of our government's policy (or should I say lack of policy?). The World Health Organization claimed that about 80% of cancer is environmentally induced; this is one of FACT's most basic concerns. Rachel Carson's book The Silent Spring, warned about chemical spraying which was endangering our wildlife; Paul Brodeur's book, The Zapping of America, documents the dangers of microwave; Dr. Samuel Epstein's book, The Politics of Cancer, takes the government to task for their neglect; John N. Ott's book Radiation, Light & Health, deals with the lack of understanding of the effect of radiation and light in health matters; Love Canal by Lois Gibbs charges government neglect. There are numerous other books and organizations attempting to alert the public in order to stir the proper federal agencies to do their job of protecting the public. In spite of this, our government consumer protection agencies continue to conduct their affairs as usual, ignoring all the overwhelming evidence that demonstrates that we are heading for a health disaster. The usual comment is that if we listen to the environmentalists, we'll have to give up everything. I say if we don't listen, we'll have to give up everything, including our lives.

The Center for Disease Control's (CDC) conclusion that AIDS is a virus has the entire country in a state of hysteria. Disease is not contagious as a rule if the body is healthy. Is it possible that the human population is too debilitated to fight off disease because the chemical pollution is destroying host resistance? After all, AIDS is an immune deficiency disease.

At the present time, our government is adding two new problems to the pollution of our environment: air, food and water.

  1. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) (some people refer to it as the Environmental Pollution Agency) has raised the maximum contaminant level of fluoride added to drinking water to 4ppm (4 parts per million). The maximum legal level is now 2.4 ppm and scientists, doctors, patients, and others are already finding that the toxicity at lppm is causing severe health problems. In spite of competent and documented testimony that lppm is jeopardizing the people's health, EPA is seriously considering the change and will accomplish it unless the public urges their representatives in Congress to stop the EPA from this frightening decision.
  2. The additional health hazard is the Food and Drug Administration's approval of the irradiation of food.

Their claim that it is not radioactive doesn't automatically mean that the treatment is safe. Is radioactivity the only concern of a government consumer protection agency responsible for protecting the American people? What about molecular changes? Is the food as wholesome as nature intended for the maintenance of health? These are unanswered questions.

John Gofman, M.D., professor emeritus of medical physics at the University of California at Berkeley, a long-time opponent of the indiscriminate use of Xrays, contends that the FDA is misleading consumers by claiming irradiation is safe. He said, "I was very upset at the Secretary of Health and Human Services and the FDA coming out and saying it is safe. They don't know that. All they know are the short-term effects. They should tell the truth. We don't know the long-term effects. I don't think it is a good policy to lie."

Dr. Gofman feels that irradiation cannot be considered safe unless a controlled long-term study is done on humans. And since "that will never happen, let the buyer beware," he concluded.

Irradiation of food produces radiolytic by-products. These are carbonyls, epoxides and aflatoxins. Aflatoxins are a known carcinogen. Samuel Epstein, M.D., professor of occupational and environmental health at the University of Illinois Medical Center and author of The Politics of cancer, calls the irradiation of food "the worst form of Russian Roulette. It is like having an experiment thrust upon the American people and it is a totally unreasonable experiment." Dr. Epstein also reported that irradiation of food may diminish levels of fatty acids and vitamins A, B, C and E, depending on the dose and the type of food.

It is questionable whether the human system can continue to tolerate the chemicalization, adulteration and irradiation of its food supply without manifesting serious physical disorders.

While the environmentally conscious people are striving to reduce health hazards, our government protection agencies are serving up their destructive programs faster than we can organize opposition. Is this hectic activity intentionally designed to burden the opposition beyond their ability to fight? Well, it does take effort. And many people are very busy. But if you recognize that you are the victim of the agency's policy, the time and effort applied now may save you from considerable more effort in working to repair your health later, providing the damage is not beyond repair.

Make your voice heard. Your congressman represents you in Washington. He cannot represent you unless he knows what you want.

If you don't know who represents your district, call the League of Women Voters, your library or your local political organization. They will have the information for you. Write and/or call NOW! Simply insist that you want all chemicals that are detrimental or just suspicious restricted unless proven otherwise. Be specific about your opposition to an increase in the fluoride in your drinking water and the irradiation of your precious food. After all these are essential for survival. Make sure they are safe.

If you want to express your disagreement with the Food and Drug Administration, the Center for Disease Control and the Environmental Protection Agency, write to your congressman and senators.

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