Friday, February 08, 2008

What You Worry?

Remember when the CDC was supposed to be there to protect you?

For more than seven months, the nation’s top public health agency has blocked the publication of an exhaustive federal study of environmental hazards in the eight Great Lakes states, reportedly because it contains such potentially “alarming information” as evidence of elevated infant mortality and cancer rates.


The Center for Public Integrity has obtained the study, which warns that more than 9 million people who live in the more than two dozen “areas of concern”—including such major metropolitan areas as Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, and Milwaukee—may face elevated health risks from being exposed to dioxin, PCBs, pesticides, lead, mercury, or six other hazardous pollutants.

In many of the geographic areas studied, researchers found low birth weights, elevated rates of infant mortality and premature births, and elevated death rates from breast cancer, colon cancer, and lung cancer.


“This research is quite important to the public health of people who reside in that area,” [retired rear admiral in the U.S. Public Health Service and former assistant administrator of ATSDR Barry] Johnson said of the study. “It was done with the full knowledge and support of IJC, and many local health departments went through this in various reviews. I don’t understand why this work has not been released; it should be and it must be released. In 37 years of public service, I’ve never run into a situation like this.”

One of the many benefits that have been the result of the Shrubbery and friends is that the CDC 's mission has been changed from protecting you to protecting the Shrub misadministration and big business. Their primary goal is to keep the public in the dark so that we won't fly off the handle and insist on regulations, legislation or enforcement detrimental to their financial interests. You can bet the Shrub knows who his friends are. This new mission makes them responsible for keeping vital health and safety information from millions of Americans. What we don't know won't hurt us right...or at least until the next administration.

I wonder if they will use the same excuse they used for not telling us how dangerous it was to fly?

H/T Susie

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