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Thursday, October 11, 2012
Emily Willingham's says in a Forbes article responding to the Kristoff piece on formaldehyde in the New York Times that there is no "conspiracy" to suppress the info that formaldehyde is carcinogenic. See http://www.forbes.com/sites/emilywillingham/2012/10/10/is-industry-conspiring-to-suppress-that-formaldehyde-is-carcinogenic/ Kristoff's NYT piece: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/07/opinion/sunday/kristof-the-cancer-lobby.html Here is a response from Paul Stewart to Willingham's article. Paul is the former FEMA trailer resident who was the first to identify high formaldehyde levels in FEMA trailers when he tested after his wife woke up with a nose bleed gasping for air): Very interesting piece of literature!! I don't think that it's a conspiracy, just that the industry has used legal and legislative tactics to legalize the poisoning of millions of Americans. I actually think it would be better if this was a cover-up. At least under those conditions the criminal efforts used to cover-up the dangers would likely be limited to just a few corrupt individuals. In this case, it is an entire industry and government machine that have conspired to keep this inexpensive toxin in the stream of commerce. As we have trumpeted since the beginning of this campaign, the government and chemical industry have determined that the alleged benefits of formaldehyde outweigh the human costs. Why do we, as a people, allow our government, driven by industry, to place a monetary value on the lives of its citizens?? The real question is, if we are actually a country “by the people and for the people,” how could we allow this to happened to our loved ones, and why do we place such little value on our own lives? Have we really been so beaten down that we have willing given that responsibility over to an industry that is profit driven or a government that is run by the 1 percent? Have we really become so disenfranchised with the political process that we care more about birth certificates than we do about the health and safety of our families? This is the real tragedy and it goes much deeper than any conspiracy theory. The American people have given up on themselves and our challenge is turning that around and re-empowering the people to take back their health, their government, and their future!! Paul