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#1 truman

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Posted 08 March 2008 - 10:26 AM

Funny, a relative just called to tell me that a 3 members of a family we went to school with have Raynaud's and calcifications. I was just informed by my childhood friend that she now has polymyositis. Three members of my graduating class have passed at a young age from Lou Gehrig's disease and countless members of this small community has RA and MS. In addition I have CREST and another classmate (male) has had Scleroderma for years.

Growing up in this town of one mile square, we had a huge smokestack burning who knows what. The ball fields have been closed for several years due to testing done by the DEP and claim of either parties on clean up responsibility. There still stands a half block long of laboratories that did animal testing many years ago and is now vacant with broken windows and no surrounding barriers.

A preschool was erected without a CO and has presently remained unopened due to retesting by the DEP for levels found in the soil underneath.

For such a small community, I wonder.............

Linda
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Posted 08 March 2008 - 11:04 AM

Tru,

.....very interesting.....it does make one think.
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Posted 08 March 2008 - 11:57 AM

The town where I grew up has an arsenic well site that was closed that was one block away and you wouldn't believe the number of people in town who have cancer and other health ailments. In addition, my grandfather worked with fiberglass from it's original form and made fiberglass materials such as boats and chairs and I was exposed to that a great deal. It makes you wonder if this is why we have this rare disease.........................

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Posted 08 March 2008 - 01:15 PM

When we were younger, at the Jersey shore, we were encouraged by our parents to stand behind the mosquito defogger truck every night and get coated by the fumes to keep the mosquitoes off us every night. Neither the truck driver, parents or ourselves new how dangerous that mixture was, but every night, we did as we were told. The driver actually parked the vehicle and we would just stand there, pinch our nose, keep our mouths closed and got coated by the mixture.

What insanity! Who knew.
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Posted 08 March 2008 - 03:07 PM

OH Tru, that is HORRIBLE. I can't even imagine thinking that would be OK. How sad. :(
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Posted 08 March 2008 - 03:11 PM

Well I must chime in, I just found out at my mothers funeral, that 2 cousins on my moms side have sclero and lupus and one has poly...spelling? I let my dr. in Philadelphia know, she is doing research on sclero..'


What town are you from? if you don't mind me asking.

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Posted 09 March 2008 - 06:39 AM

I was born and raised in Perham, Minnesota, and with the arsenic well site discovery there is so much disease in that town it's unbelievable.

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Posted 09 March 2008 - 08:24 AM

Yes... Peggy, as I've mentioned before, hubby and I moved to caregive my mom. Three neighbors/friends of ours just passed away... all of them, on Thursday. One had throat cancer, one had prostate cancer and the other had colon cancer... all men... all the same age. Where we lived, there was arsenic in the river by our porperties, due to mining that took place at a town UPSTREAM 90 miles. Too little, too late... they just took the dam out and are "cleaning up the river" by containerizing the contaminated soil and relocating it to a small town UPSTREAM... 80 miles away. Don't you just love their "logic"? Because the area they are "improving" is a small town, it's an "experimental" area... go figure.

Linda, there's alot to the environmental facts you are speaking of and it is no consolation to those effected...
The carelessness by the government, etc is truly worrisome.

There continues to be spraying in the springs and summers to "control" insects and growth of overgrown areas... no foresight whatsoever... it IS sad, Pam.

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Posted 09 March 2008 - 01:25 PM

Kelly A: I'm from Roselle Park.
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