All the scientists agree that exposure to pathogens in sewage sludge will cause
gastroenteritis. Now we see a new face on exposure to sludge. Doctors don't
know its spread on home lawns as an unlabeled fertilizer. They don't know the
exposure can be spread on blowing dust. Pima County Arizona has been warning
residents there could be up two deaths a year from dust. They don't talk about
their sludge/biosolids disposal program.
But 3-year-old Anthony Bianchi has not eaten any food for four months. No one knows if he will
ever again be able to take food through his mouth.
The boy is the Tucson face and an extreme case of what many doctors believe is a new disease
striking rising numbers of children - one that leaves them vomiting, in severe pain, unable to
tolerate food, often unable to grow.
By one estimate, some 22,000 American children may be affected. They fail to thrive - and many
doctors don't know why. Some don't even know this disease exists, much less how to treat it.
"In Tucson, I had the very best and kindest doctors, and still no one could tell me what was wrong
with Anthony," said Denise Bianchi, 35. "It was just not on the doctors' radar screen. We were
blindsided by this, and we had nowhere to go for help. Our child was so miserably sick and we
Though it took nearly two years to figure out, what Anthony Bianchi has is a disease called
eosinophilic gastroenteritis, or EG. It is an especially severe form of what is known as the
eosinophilic disorders - inflammation of the digestive tract caused by huge numbers of
allergy-related white blood cells, known as eosinophils.
N.J.'s soaring rate of thyroid cancer stumps the experts
Some link it to environmental toxins, radiation in medical scans
Monday, March 14, 2005
BY ALEXANDER LANE
The thyroid cancer rate in New Jersey has more than tripled since 1979. During
the same period, the rate nationally has doubled, and researchers cannot
confidently explain either rise.
Chemical contaminants also have aroused suspicion.
A Swedish study last year found that polybrominated diphenyl ether, a flame
retardant used in televisions, computer circuit boards, foams and fabric, is
accumulating in human breast milk.
It is believed to cause thyroid cancer.
Another suspect is perchlorate, a chemical found in some rocket fuels and
fertilizers, and in drinking water in New Jersey and all over the country. It, too, has
turned up in women's breast milk, in addition to dairy milk, lettuce and even some
bottled water. And it, too, is believed to cause thyroid disease, and possibly thyroid
The Age of Autism: Mercury in the air
By Dan Olmsted
UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL
Washington, DC, Mar. 15 (UPI) -- A new study has found a possible link between
higher mercury emissions and higher rates of autism.
The study, accepted for publication in the peer-reviewed journal Health and Place,
looked for an association in Texas between rates of autism, special education
services and levels of mercury released into the environment.
"There was a significant increase," according to the study. "On average, for each
1,000 pounds of environmentally released mercury, there was a 43 percent
increase in the rate of special education services and a 61 percent increase in the
rate of autism."
"As autism figures continue a dramatic rise, many parents blame vaccinations.
More specifically, they suspect that thimerosal -- a mercury-based preservative
long used in childhood vaccines -- plays a role in triggering autism."
A generation ago, autism was considered rare. Today, the Centers for Disease
Control estimates the disorder affects as many as one in every 166 children born
in America. In Florida, diagnosed cases of autism increased from 582 in the
1992-1993 school year to 5,915 in 2003-2004, according to the U.S. Department
Florida, March 13, 2005)