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Even if there was a \"suspicion\" or the threat of danger,
wouldn\'t anyone concerned with safety, stop and investigate it properly ?
I would think so. You KNOW our government routinely denigrates these
issues, in favor of the corporate complex or cartel. You knew that.

Someone who places profits, greed, or power over the public good is your
enemy. They are maliciously, knowingly, harming us. This, in part, is
the Business of Disease. It is intertwined within the Industrial-Congressional
Complex and the Pharmaceutical and Banking-Finance Cartels....
....the real driving policy decision-makers of our politics, et al.

Only such an devious and conspiratol, evil enemy (and, right within our own 
country !!) would disregard safety precautions in the face of any public 
outcry; It should be painfully obvious that this corporate agenda is not 
for the public or national good. I believe it serves another purpose...part 
of an even bigger picture.

And, why has this long standing problem just coming to light of 
politicians, now ? Hmmmm.  So, is this rape, or a romp in the hay among 
consenting groups ?

To find out more: See the educational movies, \"Sweet Misery...A Poisoned 
World\", ( )
or Bill Moyer\'s television PBS special called, \"Trade 
Secrets\"....transcripts available, I believe.

In any event, folks, stay diligent, and be wise....

~ Arthur Evangelista

Chemicals in kids.... new WHO foe ?

Ministers call for \'decisive action,\'

while the chemical industry says, \"WHO threatens business\" !!

| By Robert Walgate

BUDAPEST­At a <>meeting of European 
health ministers here last week, the World Health Organization (WHO) moved 
action against synthetic chemicals that affect child development higher on 
the global health agenda.

Scientists said action was overdue, with tens of thousands of novel 
chemicals of unknown effect circulating in our bodies, but chemical 
industry representatives told The Scientist the new stance could delay 
chemical research and development by 15 years, and raise issues of 
international competition and equity.

<>Philip Landrigan of Mount Sinai 
School of Medicine, NY, said in a scientific meeting at the Budapest summit 
that \"children are very heavily exposed to an enormous number of synthetic 
chemicals that have been invented in the last 30 to 50 years, that didn\'t 
even exist before, that are widespread in the environment, and present in 
children\'s bodies and mother\'s milk.\"

While the toxic effects of a few, like lead and methyl mercury, are now 
known, the impact of most remains unknown, Landrigan said. A massive new 
research effort will be needed to identify the safety or dangers of the 
others, he argued.

At the meeting, under the aegis of the <>WHO 
European region, the ministers of health and environment of 52 countries 
from Ireland to Uzbekistan issued a declaration calling strongly for more 
research on these substances.

Ministers said: \"Decisive action should be taken without undue delay to 
overcome the gaps in knowledge about the effects of chemicals on human 
health and to achieve sustainable development in the chemical industry.\"

Ministers cautiously supported WHO in a widespread and stronger use of the 
\"precautionary principle,\" which is employed by the European Union and 
others to suspend production of chemicals in which initial evidence shows 

Some scientists at the Budapest meeting, like 
Grandjean of the Institute of Public Health, University of Southern 
Denmark, likened the chemical industry to the tobacco industry.

But Marc Danzon, Regional Director of WHO Euro told The Scientist: \"I think 
the chemical industry ignored health for many years and has been a bit 
stressed by what\'s happening with the tobacco industry. But we don\'t 
consider the chemical or food industry to be the same as the tobacco 
industry. Tobacco gives nothing positive to health. You can\'t say that for 
the chemical industry.\"

Danzon wants constructive dialogue but said, \"WHO will maintain our 
position as the advocates for health… Health cannot be negotiated. The 
dangers should be known, and we cannot be weak on that… If they want to 
locate themselves [like the tobacco industry], it\'s up to them. But we are 
not at all in the same configuration.\"

Colin Humphris, executive director for research at the 
<>European Chemical Industries Council, told The 
Scientist: \"Industry experience is that at the technical level we get 
cooperation,\" with government and regulatory bodies such as those of the 
European Union. \"This is a different sort of political debate,\" he said.

Humphris acknowledged that \"there are gaps in the data sheets on some 
chemicals and there are issues over quality of data for others­but the 
industry has a voluntary program to fill those gaps for the 1000 
top-tonnage chemicals. That\'s a big fraction of chemical production,\" he said.

The combination of public concern and the new WHO position means \"the 
chemical industry is headed to be like the pharmaceutical industry,\" 
Humphris said. \"They go through all the various phases of trials, which 
take typically 15 years to get approval. So the first thing you\'ll see is 
that some of our technological development will become long term.\"

But drugs and chemicals have some specific differences, Humphris said. 
\"Largely pharmaceuticals are being given in known doses to a known and 
defined population. And even so, unknown risks arise later, like breast 
cancer and HRT. The issue for the chemical industry is we don\'t have 
control over exposure. What a child might be exposed to is very difficult 
for our industry to handle.\"

\"This has a way to run… There are a lot of potentially conflicting issues 
here,\" Humphris said.
Links for this article
Fourth Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health: The Future for Our 
Children, Hungary, June 23–25

Philip Landrigan

World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe

Philippe Grandjean

European Chemical Industry Council
\"None are so hopelessly enslaved,
as those who falsely believe they are free.
The truth has been kept from the depth of their minds
by masters who rule them with lies.
They feed them on falsehoods till wrong looks like right in their eyes.\"
~~ Johann Goethe

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