Here are 139 ways to help avoid getting cancer from a well documented carcinogen – asbestos. Asbestos causes mesothelioma, other cancers and asbestosis. Most of these asbestos caused diseases are considered incurable by mainstream doctors.
What is Asbestos?
Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral. Because of its heat resistance and tensile strength it has been used in thousands of products. As early as the 1930’s and 1940’s manufacturers of asbestos containing products discovered that this mineral could cause diseases including cancer. Unfortunately, even armed with this knowledge, they did little to protect workers and consumers for the next several decades.
No Asbestos Ban in the United States
On July 12, 1989, after conducting a ten year study, spending millions of dollars, and accumulating thousands of pages of data, the EPA announced that it would phase out and ban virtually all products containing asbestos. The EPA’s reason for the ban was that, “asbestos is a human carcinogen and is one of the most hazardous substances to which humans are exposed in both occupational and non-occupational settings.”
But, the asbestos industry fought the regulation and in 1991 the ban was overturned by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. Today, the United States is one of a few industrialized countries that does not have an absolute asbestos ban. The ruling also created a dangerous precedent. If the EPA cannot ban a known carcinogen like asbestos, how can it regulate any toxic substance?
No One Knows Which Products Still Contain Asbestos
Products containing asbestos are still sold and manufactured in the United States every single day. Which products are they? According to an “EPA Asbestos Materials Bans: Clarification” dated May 18, 1999 there are still bans on:
• sprayed-applied surfacing of asbestos containing materials (where there must be less than 1% asbestos);
• wet-applied and pre-formed asbestos pipe and block insulation;
• asbestos in corrugated paper, rollboard, commercial paper, specialty paper, and flooring felt.
This document also states:
“EPA has no existing bans on most other asbestos-containing products or uses.” So just about any other product that historically contained asbestos can still contain asbestos today.
The document continues:
“EPA does NOT track the manufacture, processing, or distribution in commerce of
asbestos-containing products. It would be prudent for a consumer or other buyer to
inquire as to the presence of asbestos in particular products.” This is the ultimate caveat emptor – buyer beware claim. No one knows (including the EPA) which products contain this known human carcinogen. Incredible!
ADAO Finds Asbestos in Household Items
On November 28, 2007, The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), an organization dedicated to serving as the voice of asbestos victims, did more than just “inquire.” The organization tested various products thought to contain asbestos. According to its research, asbestos was found in toys and “everyday household products.”
The list of 139 potentially asbestos containing products is being updated and is available if you send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the words “asbestos containing products list” in the subject line.