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THE DIMINISHING RETURNS OF COMPLEXITY: THE DESTRUCTION OF PEACE, HEALTH & THE ENVIRONMENT

ESSAY #3

 

THE DIMINISHING RETURNS OF COMPLEXITY: THE DESTRUCTION OF PEACE, HEALTH & THE ENVIRONMENT

 

FOCUS: THE ADVERSARIAL JUSTICE SYSTEM – AN ABERRANT HEALTH,

HUMAN RIGHTS & WORKPLACE ENVIRONMENT

This document is: http://poisoningandlegalaction.com.au/essays/essay3-diminishing-returns-of-complexity.pdf

by

Murray Thompson (BAppSci Environmental Health with Distinction 1998, Hons I Social Ecology 1999, Sociology PhD Postgraduate student: University of Western Sydney)

PO Box 605

New Norfolk TAS 7140

Australia

2 August, 2010

Email:  poisonedpeople@gmail.com

Web sites:  http://poisonedpeople.com

http://poisoningandlegalaction.com.au

How far along a path do we proceed as a species, culture and civilization before it is conceded that we are not advancing and are, rather, engaged in an embrace with degenerative and fatal processes?  This Essay examines the adversarial justice system and its contribution to compounding world problems.

A previous letter/essay I authored was titled: ESSAY 2:  EXHAUSTED PESTICIDE POISONING VICTIM FURTHER ABUSED BY LEGAL PROCESS.  That essay has been developed further and can be found at: http://poisoningandlegalaction.com.au/essays/essay2-legal-process-abuse.pdf.  In this earlier essay I introduce myself and my then 8-year old son as duel victims of severe pesticide poisoning that occurred in 2000/2001 in my current NSW Dept. of Housing (DOH) unit.  This arose when two highly toxic termite pesticide treatments that I had specifically prohibited were forced upon me.  The termiticide is called Biflex, a synthetic pyrethroid termiticide containing Bifenthrin.  I described my utter exhaustion through multiple negative health impacts that followed the pesticide applications.[i]  As well, I emphasized the further insult of 6+ years (and still going) of litigation against a recalcitrant DOH utterly unwilling to admit to any level of negligence.  I understand my case will likely be extended by 1-2 years through appeals if I win my 2 week trial set for 15th November 2010 in the Supreme Court in Sydney, Civil List.

Justice Mark Weinberg: “Whatever else can be said, no case, no matter how complex it may seem, should be allowed to run for months and sometimes years”

(Justice Weinberg 2008:17).

 

I received a response to that essay from the Office of the Legal Services Commissioner.  The Commissioner’s sympathetic reply noted my concerns regarding litigation being used as a weapon, and the need for legal cases to be independently monitored.  The Commissioner’s letter included an eye-opening and blunt FACT SHEET #18 titled: OPPOSING LEGAL REPRESENTATIVES (Office of the Legal Services Commissioner, 2005).  Thus began my education in the adversarial system of justice.  I have evaluated this FACT SHEET, added my personal observations, and arrived at a constellation of ‘weird science’ concepts expressed by the civil and criminal adversarial justice systems.

According to the Hon Wayne Martin, Chief Justice of Western Australia, “the Australian legal system is generally perceived to be out of touch, expensive, slow, technical, complex, and in many respects incomprehensible”

(Justice Martin 2008:3).

I see the FACT SHEET as briefly and clearly outlining major dysfunctions in our adversarial system of justice, with the implications of these problems deepening further into a hodgepodge of extremes and contradictions.  It says (my emphasis):

  • your legal representative can be expected to say or do things which go against the interests of other parties, and
  • other parties’ legal representatives can be expected to say or do things which go against your interests.

You cannot interfere in the professional relationship between another party and their legal representative…

You can only complain about an opposing legal representative’s course of action if you have evidence that they are not acting on instructions, or are acting on instructions that they know are untrue or unethical (Office of the Legal Services Commissioner, 2005).

Firstly, I wish to assert that the two bulleted points above represent a massive, in situ and accepted dysfunction.  That is, the framing of a monumental waste of time and resources via sets of Plaintiff-Defendant dichotomies at war.  This institutionalized combat should not exist in a truly enlightened society.  They represent a ridiculously complex and immature striving for supremacy inside a commercial system carrying the taint of vested interests.  They also signify stitched-up and prejudiced rules coddling precious corporate egos and greedy attitudes obsessed with an endless summer harvesting of legal fees: the expanding legal task and elastic accounting (Justice Allsop, 2008:2) of the legal system.  How did the legal system configure for itself so much benefit?  This formalized schoolyard scrap and grab mentality generates a long-winded and exhausting process that conveniently maintains a profitable rage while dancing away from the genuine responsibilities that are demanded by the succinct elucidation of simple truth.

“…truth should be the objective of the system”

(Justice McClellan 2008:4).

Secondly, my legal case has been purposely extended leaving me exhausted, sicker and poorer.  If a moneyed opponent plays with you using unethical and abusive tactics, then where does that ‘legal’ system stand in terms of truth and error, good and evil?

It is error alone which needs the support of government.  Truth can stand by itself.

(Thomas  Jefferson, 1743-1826, 3rd American President).

“It is error only, and not truth, that shrinks from inquiry.”

(Thomas Paine, 1737-1809, Anglo-American political theorist, writer)

My personal WW2 of litigation against the DOH leaves me with the distinct impression of “a failure of the system” (Justice Allsop 2008:3) and leads me now to question competence and ethics in both government and the legal system.[ii]  I do not see any evidence of the mythical “THERAPEUTIC JURISPRUDENCE” inside an adversarial legal workplace that continues to abuse me to a point where I have considered suicide!

The FACT SHEET hints at a compound series of flawed premises upon which the legal process appears to be based.  I offer below simple points of contention drawing out the defective nature of these premises, along with disturbing additional material:

  1. 1.   Generally:  while theoretically harnessing “the power of self-interest on each side to unearth the best evidence” (Law Reform Commission of WA, no date:25), legal teams, in seeking to establish protection for their clients, may ultimately generate an unavoidable and powerful investment in skewed bias in terms of the essential nature of the argument put forth.  For example, we may be left with “perceptions of bias in experts who give evidence” (Justice McClellan 2008:18).  This manipulation of knowledge and interpretation can occur to a point where the argument structures a fabricated story, a picture of events and analyses that may not even manage to resemble the somewhat disappointing “approximate truth” (Law Reform Commission of Western Australia, no date:25) that seems to be the rather mediocre goal of the adversarial system.  But there is no need for protection and bias if we view the unencumbered truth as being most important.  In my case, there exists an abject denial that one can be poisoned from a termiticide application, even though the generation of my symptoms was almost immediate upon exposure to the pesticide vapours entering my unit.  You have to wonder at what level intellect is operating when so-called scientific professionals don’t even seem to recognize the easy mobility and toxicity of solvents as a component of some pesticides.  Points 3. c. and d. provide ideas here.
  1. 2.   Put another way, and looking toward a more ideal concept of resolving the issue of lying conflict[iii], legal teams should not be bound to protect their clients vigorously.  This is because protection at all costs automatically invests in an institutionalized form of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).  This disorder ultimately frames the compulsion to protect the client-investment from the unpalatable or difficult historical truth of a matter, while enhancing the reputation of the legal firm via a status-enhancing win.  However, if we were to imagine a more efficient and less deceitful legal workplace environment in which to settle disputes, there would be no investment on any level to protect and no corporate profile to defend, advance and polish.  There would be no compulsion to win because there would be no schizophrenic and antagonistic legal dichotomy creating opposing realities.  The very existence of separate law firms “seeing themselves predominantly as part of big business” (Justice Weinberg 2008:23; quote taken slightly out of context), and exposed to the temptations of “volume litigation” (Justice Allsop 2008:2) is, in the very first instance, a formative insult to what should be the comparatively neutral and incorruptible process of uncovering the unencumbered truth within a simple composite (non-dualistic) format.
  1. 3.   Further toward addressing this profound error, the OCD and income imperatives to protect clients, generate fees, and win the legal brawl ensures that ethical abuses will be accepted and perpetuated inside the legal process:
  1. a.    The Defendant wastes time and resources attacking the injury victim’s character, minimizing or denying documented and measurable injury, and serving, sometimes, pointless subpoenas that do not even remotely relate to the litigation issue.
  2. b.   Experts’ current and beneficial evidence can be destroyed inside a trial in an infantile attack by the opposing side.  Lies can win if the attack is dexterously waged (see Justice McClellan’s take on this[iv]).  Today, this is especially apparent in terms of “a system that requires us to treat others as adversaries and to battle each other in ineffective dehumanizing formalized forums… [where] we all become casualties of the system and each other” (Redgwell 2009).  The degenerative trend of today’s (legal) “declining standards” (Justice Weinberg, 2008:1) is obvious here, along with an inevitable and almost universal ““erosion of faith” in the adversarial system” (Justice McClellan 2008:6)[v].
  3. c.    Further, the Defendant in a chemical injury case might hire bias: medical/science professionals who suspiciously declare that chemicals or chemical applications cannot poison people.[vi]  More smoke, mirrors and bad science wasting time and failing to address the horrible truth of major issues (such as the growing worldwide tsunami pandemic of pesticide-induced diseases[vii]).
  4. d.   More specifically in terms of the dumbing down of knowledge in my legal case, medical/science experts can lazily appeal to strange forms of amazingly inclusive ‘scientific’ logic that interprets unmonitored chemical/pesticide behaviour as magically acting precisely according to inflexible chemical doctrines of remarkable immobility in soil and impossibility in terms of human poisoning.  This magic excludes current research showing clearly that chemicals or their extended vapours move[viii] and that termite chemical barrier applications kill termites beyond the physical placement of the pesticide.[ix]  These ‘experts’ fail to recognize what a Google search can uncover: that pesticides penetrated my unit’s highly porous concrete slab underlying two joined units[x] (this being why my elderly neighbour almost died in 2001 with numerous bouts of bronchitis and double pneumonia requiring hospitalization).  “The possibility of gaps or cracks in the slab that may have allowed penetration of the product or its vapours into the interior of your unit cannot be discounted…” (APVMA Adverse Experience Reporting Program Letter/Report, 28 July 2004).  My legal team and associated science/medical professionals are steadfastly attempting to elucidate this INCONVENIENT TRUTH, not repudiate it with magical fantasies based in unscientific bias.
  1. 4.   Ever noticed?  Within any adversarial system or framework institutionalized OCD engineers a massive and wasteful paper shuffling exercise on two ridiculously opposing and combative fronts.  In politics two main parties shuffle advertising and waste precious dollars.  In the legal system we first notice uncooperative “discovery and preliminary matters” (Chief Magistrate Judge Grimm [USA], 2008:2)[xi] resulting in years where arguments and positions are advertised.  Interestingly, very deep sociological aspects of this fanaticism may be viewed subliminally and ontologically as a neurotic and inadequate ‘purification’ device: a religious-like obsession with scrupulosity framed inside detailed and burdensome activity ultimately generated as a function of almost primal guilt.  This unavoidable and unresolvable guilt springs from an uncomfortable awareness of a cascade of formative, developmental and normalized inadequacies within a toxic legal framework.  This type of phenomenon is a widespread occurrence within human society.
  1. 5.   My injured health status (pesticide poisoning) was not immediately and intelligently factored into the genesis and functionality of the legal inquiry process in my case when it started.  Nor does the legal system appear to be capable of therapeutically doing so.  As a result, the original problem of the Defendant’s indifference, negligence and failure of Duty of Care (not acting appropriately on the basis of repeated health alerts), the subsequent negligent deployment of pesticide on two occasions, my mounting shock as a result of these ‘invasions’, and the consequent generation of a raft of compounding physical and psychological injuries all became synergized and absorbed by a further insult, this being MY DEATHLY ENSHROUDING AS A POISONING AND BRAIN DAMAGED VICTIM INSIDE A PROCESS THAT NOW FAILS TO RECOGNISE AND COMPENSATE FOR AN AGGRAVATED AND LAYERED HEALTH EVENT: LEGAL STRESS AMPLIFYING POISONING SYMPTOMS AND PSYCHOLOGICAL SHOCK LAYERED OVER THE STRESS OF POISONING AND SHOCK AMPLIFYING POISONING SYMPTOMS.  When bureaucracy attacks!  Error overlays error, insult binds to insult, incomprehension follows incomprehension, and scrambled complexity builds on scrambled complexity.  A dynamically flawed legal system takes an injury, and then magnifies it further via stupidly mandated argument and ‘protection’ inside an exhausting and insanely expensive fee-harvesting process x 2.  Shades of Bleak House and justice delayed and denied[xii], while I have also suffered a ‘minor’ stroke on top of all my poisoning symptoms and outcomes (and been prescribed Aspro Protect)!  But, who cares if the litigant is that compromised?  Certainly not a legal system that blunders monstrously and monolithically toward its light at the end of the black tunnel imposed upon me.  At least I still have half a brain to think with and help rationalize the unending trauma.
  1. 6.   Almost anything can be justified within a precious legal framework because the “professional relationship” between each client and their legal representatives has in real terms been placed above ethics and health.  What the legal process accepts as normal, and what the combatants can potentially do, has established as a format superior to basic ethics, human rights and a form of Duty of Care that appears all but invisible to the process.  What is apparent here is an in-built dispensation for the ‘holy’ professional relationship and elongated litigation process.  This is not dissimilar to stating that God is on your side…  Therefore, if a legal system is dependent upon justifying itself, then that system will tend to disregard most other concerns.  It wants what it wants because it sees itself as being more important than anything else.  Elevated.  Worse still, pathological justification within authority structures leads ultimately to forms of fascism.[xiii]
  1. 7.   Further, the formative design flaws in the adversarial legal process have ultimately made possible and legal: PROTECTED (even required) psychological abuse or bullying of the opponent across the inflamed legal divide.  This dangerously verges on PROTECTED assault and a repudiation of essential human rights.  SUICIDES ARISE OUT OF THIS ADVERSARIAL PERVERSITY![xiv]  What if a legal team actually hoped for a suicide in order to make their opposition go away?  That these gross dysfunctions exist as realities or potentials and are, at least in part, encouraged and used by the adversarial justice system, should be a source of absolute outrage amongst all thinking persons.  This demonstrates the dysfunctional realities and pathological potential of a negative and destructive system reliant upon the establishment and preservation of conflict.
  1. 8.   If you know that a chemical or other injury makes a person suicidal, and if you hide behind a legal process that allows you to call a Plaintiff a liar, a miscreant or worse; and if you prolong legal action (thus making the extended process into an abusive prison sentence) because a government department’s bottom line is more important than human physical or mental health, or life; then how can this not be called fascism?  ‘Professional’ fascism?  This is just one way in which complexity falls over itself.
  1. 9.   More generally, the adversarial legal system enables too many to participate in bad character: legal dummy spitting over minor or inappropriately amplified issues, comments and insults resulting in too many suing too many.[xv]  Add to this the prominent catastrophe of the well funded stifling of opinion and activism through suing opponents.  Then arises the consequent exhausting, bankrupting and destruction of those sued.[xvi]  What we are witnessing in the above and other general examples of litigant immaturity and fascism is the wrecking of the ‘democratic’ fabric of society and a disturbing contribution to a growing environmental holocaust. This pathological burden of fractious and totalitarian corporate litigation ultimately establishes the repudiation of truth[xvii] by suppressing information, education, freedom of speech, and environmental recovery (especially when truth is cocooned inside a settlement).  In other words, “legal gamesmanship in tricks of discovery and trial tactics that weaken the prospects of getting to the truth” (Justice Rudolph J. Gerber, no date).  The legal process, then, has become so warped and loaded that it has misrepresented denial and repudiation as discovery, and turned inquiry and true justice into a TV power-play money game.  It has made the defamation of medical professionals, corporate sponsorship and bias in science and medicine, the failure of legal process Duty of Care, litigation fascism and human rights abuses, the suppression of PEACE, and prevention from education… legal.  “The abnormal has become normal” (McGraw, P. 2010).

What a monumental internal contradiction for a society that espouses, today, so much aversion for racism, totalitarianism, environmental damage, bad sports behaviour, vandalism, inordinate bank profits, golden handshakes, and paedophilia!  Hiding contextual truth from an argument is fraud.  Repudiating truth is book burning.  Promoting arguments and conflict for the sake of making money… is industrial and political[xviii].  How did the legal system manage to abrogate Duty of Care on all levels?  This obscene encumbrance that denies medical context and essential human rights means that:

THE LEGAL SYSTEM HAS ASSUMED AUTHORITY OVER NATURE AND HUMAN RIGHTS IN BECOMING A VAST WORKPLACE ENVIRONMENT THAT CHOREOGRAPHS THE ABUSE OF HUMAN DEMOCRATIC, EDUCATIONAL, ETHICAL, FINANCIAL, MENTAL AND PHYSICAL HEALTH!

Therefore, our adversarial system is ultimately a functionally illegal, incomprehensible, unethical, inhumane, inefficient and destructive way of conducting an investigation.  The imperatives to advance and extend conflict, and create and substantiate stories, makes justice a game[xix] resulting in the stripping of real context from real situations and issues.  Games delude and destroy.  We are paying the burdensome price of “a highly regulated and complex society [that] cannot function without a capacity to obtain quality legal advice” (Justice Weinberg 2008:9; footnote 2).  HOWEVER, if our society is complex and degenerate (typical features of most empires before they implode[xx]), and if the legal process is likewise overly “complex” (as Justice Martin noted previously) and corrupted from the obsessive and unmanaged “diminishing returns to complexity [that] have made societies vulnerable to collapse” (Tainter 2006:94, citing Tainter, 1988, 1999), then WHERE IS THIS “QUALITY” EXPECTED TO BE FOUND?

“We can’t avoid the fact that the adversary system of jury trial does make justice a game, in which sometimes the worst team wins, because it has a dream team of lawyers, or because there’s something gone wrong in the jury room, or because the judge is biased”

(Geoffrey Robertson QC, 1998).

Danger to all is perpetuated because we are internally culturally embattled and conflicted via legal, political and economic adversarialism.[xxi]  We are unable to learn from error because adversarial conflict ‘protects’, repudiates and hides truth.  This general political child of the human condition has typically established as cycles of historical degeneracy leading to collapses of whole civilizations.  Because we can’t incontrovertibly learn across generations, we are now immersed inside a miasma of critical and compounding civilisation-scale problems.

“…we are increasingly confronted with complex, interconnected social and environmental problems that span disciplines, knowledge bases and value systems” (Emeritus Professor Valerie Brown AO, BSc MEd PhD 2010).

We are under siege by a plague of modern physical and psychiatric disorders arising out of displaced and shattered natural environments.  Public health on a planetary scale is threatened.  We are now toxicologically and psychiatrically handicapped through destructive human activities, including worldwide chemical poisoning[xxii] and insane adversarial systems attacking employment, freedom of thought, knowledge and generational learning.  We are “monitoring our own extinction” (Professor Stuart Hill, 1999, pers. comm.) because locking up knowledge about chemical toxicity inside legal settlements (or by way of threats) is advancing generational amnesia.  KNOWLEDGE THAT COULD SAVE LIVES AND REPAIR AND ADVANCE CIVILIZATION IS BEING LOCKED AND LOST INSIDE COMBATIVE LITIGATION.  THIS REPRESENTS A SOCIOLOGICAL EXTINCTION LEVEL EVENT AND MORE…

 

“History shows that degeneration of the criminal justice system contributes greatly to the downfall of states, and is a sign of rot within a political system” (Aulich 2006).

“…in the absence of the truth, all of us stand helpless to defend ourselves, our families and our health”

(Erin Brockovich)
(http://www.brockovich.com/philosophy.html)

There is more at stake inside this legal issue than we can possibly imagine.  We need a better way to discover fuller, context-dependent truth.[xxiii]  TRUTH is what matters, not protecting clients, winning arguments, establishing careers, or multiplying fees on the crucible of an injured litigant’s misery.  We need to be thinking INTEGRATIVELY on deep ontological levels.  We should be aiming for a global society with more peaceful systems of politics, economics and justice, and a better prospect of truth, understanding, health and sustainability: “mutualism replac[ing] adversarialism.” (Karlberg & Ronald 2004)

We cannot continue to fight – legally and in any other domain – the way we do now, and somehow expect to prosper and survive as a species.

 

Please write or email me should you wish to offer any advice or comments regarding my manifold concerns.

Murray Thompson, BAppSc Environmental Health with Distinction 1998 (Australian Institute of Environmental Health [NSW] Division Award for Best Overall Graduating Student), Hons I Social Ecology 1999, Current Sociology PhD Postgraduate Student: University of Western Sydney

NOTE: This essay or a notification of the online location of this essay has been sent to numerous other recipients (see: http://poisoningandlegalaction.com.au/letters/essay3complexity-letter-recipients.htm).

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ENDNOTES

[i]  Body-wide joint pains (polyarthralgia); incoordination; massive fatigue; dizziness; muscle spasms/pain; markedly diminished eyesight; hearing loss; immune dysfunction; lung congestion; considerable heat sensitivity and intolerance; EMF sensitivity (Electromagnetic Frequency radiation from TVs, mobile phones, machinery); SPERM (motility & morphology) IMPACTS; chronic: headaches, tinnitus, fatigue, kidney stones, gastric reflux, nosebleed, skin irritation, bone density loss, eye discharge; and actual brain damage (defined in brain MRI and Ceretec/SPECT scans) and memory/organization/sequencing dysfunctions that destroyed my University of Western Sydney Sociology PhD thesis’ progress, and which have made me largely incompetent, work-wise.  I am slow, inefficient, and prone to considerable errors in all manner of judgements.  The effect of these exposures on my emotions (especially fear and anger) has been catastrophic.  Finally, I am left with a permanent condition called Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS), a profound sensitivity and negative reaction to chemical odours and medications (including vaccinations).

[ii]  “The first key to wisdom is constant and frequent questioning, for by doubting we are led to question and by questioning we arrive at the truth”. Peter Abelard, French philosopher, priest; 1079-1142).

[iii]  “In an adversarial system creating business is best done by creating + maintaining conflict and unfortunately in our society this appears to be supporting the liar” (The Richard Hillman Foundation, 2008 [online]. Article: Only VICTIMS Cry Out!  Source: http://www.rhfinc.org.au/article/familylaw.html.  Accessed: 18th March, 2010).

[iv]  “I have previously written of the reluctance and, for many, the complete refusal of experts to give evidence in an adversarial trial where as they perceive it, probably correctly, the objective of the parties, or perhaps one of them, is not to identify the true position but to reward a winner in a contest. They refuse to subject themselves to a process where a skilful advocate is briefed to destroy the expert’s opinion, who is confined to answering the advocate’s questions which have been carefully crafted to expose the client’s case and obfuscate or deny the opponent’s position. Whatever be the benefits of the adversary process, we ignore the response of contemporary experts at the risk of the loss of public confidence in the civil justice process.” (Justice McClellan 2008:19)

[v]  Citing himself in an earlier article: “ADR – An Introduction”, Speech delivered to the Chinese National Judges’ Conference, China, in April 2008, wherein he cited Sir Anthony Mason (the former Chief Justice of the Australian High Court), “The Future of Adversarial Justice”, a paper given at the 17th AIJA Annual Conference on 6-8 August 1999.

[vi]  Of interest here: “Helen Seabrook, of Unisearch, an offshoot of the University of NSW, says it is part of her job to negotiate with lawyers who pressure an expert to “modify a choice of phrase and emphasis in the report”.  She does not find lawyers’ manoeuvres unethical.  “It is very rare that you can’t find a solution that the expert will find ethically acceptable.””  (Bacon 2003)

Also see: 1. http://www.secretariat.unsw.edu.au/acboardcom/minutes/cor/CORm8_04.pdf [p. 3];

2. http://www.audit.nsw.gov.au/publications/reports/financial/2005/vol2/18-0454_University%20of%20New%20South%20Wales.pdf [p. 57];

3. http://www.aph.gov.au/Senate/Committee/EET_CTTE/completed_inquiries/2002-04/research_agencies/report/d01.htm (do word search on: “conflict of interest”; and

4. http://www.auqa.edu.au/qualityaudit/reports/auditreport_unsw_2006.doc [p. 16].  This document is no longer available online.  My downloaded copy of this document states on page 16: “The Audit Panel notes the introduction of a University Conflict of Interest Policy, a revised Protected Disclosures Policy and revised grievance procedures as evidence of organisational follow-up from issues raised by the investigation of allegations of research misconduct, including a recommendation for the appointment of a University Grievance Manager. While the matter in relation to research misconduct has been finalised, the University is awaiting a report from the NSW Ombudsman on its management of complaints prompted by the particular case.”  All accessed: August 2009.

[vii]  “Hundreds of thousands of people are dying around the world each year from the effects of the use, or misuse, of pesticides” (Konradsen, van der Hoek, Cole, Hutchinson, Daisley, Singh & Eddleston 2003:249-261).

“Another 200 chemicals are known to cause clinical neurotoxic effects in adults [p.2167]…  Solvent neurotoxicity in adults is well known from acute poisoning cases and from occupational studies [p.2172]… The five substances recognised as causes of developmental neurotoxicity show similar patterns in the development of scientific documentation of their risks.  This pattern of discovery started in each instance with recognition of adult neurotoxicity, typically in people with occupational exposure, and of episodes of acute, high-dose poisoning in children.

The combined evidence suggests that neuro developmental disorders caused by industrial chemicals has created a silent pandemic in modern society.  Although these chemicals might have caused impaired brain development in millions of children worldwide, the profound effects of such a pandemic are not apparent from available health statistics.  Additionally, as shown by this Review, only a few chemical causes have been recognised so the full effects of our industrial activities could be substantially greater than recognised at present.

The consequences of a pandemic of developmental neurotoxicity extend beyond descriptive data for incidence and prevalence of clinically diagnosed disorders.1,3  Increased risk of Parkinson’s disease97 or other neurodegenerative diseases98 is a further potential consequence of the pandemic”  [p.2174] (Grandjean & Landrigan 2006).

[viii]  “…it is only recently that it has been generally recognized that there is a second contaminant transport process which will occur even through a very low hydraulic conductivity clay liner: that process is chemical diffusion…  diffusion may be the dominant contaminant transport mechanism in a well-constructed clay liner.  Furthermore, contaminants can escape from a waste disposal site, by diffusion through a liner, even if water flow in the liner is into the landfill” (Rowe, R.K. 1994).

[ix]  “Termites were killed in bifenthrin treatments, and this suggested the movement of the chemical from treated into untreated sections.  Su & Scheffrahn (1990) reported the movement of a pyrethroid (tralomethrin) from treated sand to the agar layer in their experiment against R. flavipes, causing high mortalities even though the termites did not reach the treated area.  Many other researchers also reported the role of vapour phase in their experiments. Ebeling & Pence (1958) noticed that the vapour phase of chlorinated hydrocarbons had penetrated into areas beyond the treated soil and was killing the termites…  Although bifenthrin has low volatility when applied on dry soil, it possesses a higher migration potential in wetter conditions (Fecko 1999).  The movement of the termiticide (and emulsifier) was probably facilitated by water solubility (Smith & Rust 1990; 1991) and vapor pressure (Su et al. 1982; Smith & Rust 1990; 1991).  When the vapor pressure is high enough, some of the termites might have satisfactory amounts of toxicant deposited on the cuticle.  Penetration of the toxicant through the cuticle will slowly affect the termites without direct termiticide contact (Su et al. 1982; Smith & Rust 1991).  This may explain the death of the termites in the untreated section.” (Yeoh & Lee 2007)

[x]  “Though fairly impervious to water movement, concrete is easily penetrated by vapors and solvents.  It is also prone to cracking.  For these reasons, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) believes that concrete alone may not provide an effective barrier to pesticide movement and has proposed that concrete in pesticide secondary containment structures be sealed or coated to reduce its permeability.”  (Broder & Nguyen 1995)

[xi]  Note also: “It has recently been estimated that in one case currently being brought in the Federal Court, the cost of discovery alone will exceed $20 million.  That is both outrageous and intolerable.  It matters not in the least that the parties to that litigation are large corporate entities, presumably able and willing to ensure that they leave no stone unturned in pursuing their interests.” (Justice Weinberg, 2008:10).

[xii]  “The phrase ‘justice delayed is justice denied’ applies to all aspects of the legal system…” (P. Dodd [solicitor] 2009.

[xiii]  “In very broad terms, there can be said to be two main concerns that have been debated in this journal: the “what” and the “how” of lawyers’ ethics. The first of these focuses on the content of lawyers’ ethics, both empirically and normatively, examining issues such as whether lawyers should act for any client irrespective of the morality of their objectives, …how far lawyers should go in pursuing client interests, …how to reconcile conflicts of interest, …whether there should be limits to the lawyer’s duty of confidentiality, …how to safeguard clients’ money …and how best to ensure access to justice… The second concern of legal ethics raises the question of how to ensure that lawyers actually uphold whatever norms are regarded as appropriate; or, for those who recognise that there are no categorically correct answers to ethical dilemmas, with the question of how to ensure that lawyers at least care about and are committed to acting morally.” (Nicolson, D. & Webb, J. 2004)

[xiv]  For example, the Canadian “government has already been presented with studies linking the adversarial system of justice to suicides by parents going through it” (Eckert, T., 2003).  Also: “The Equal Parenting Network estimates that as many as 100 people (mostly dads) suicide each year as a direct result, and another 200 people (mostly dads) suicide each year as an indirect result, of the injustice and prejudice against fathers, and against non-custodial parents due to the Family Court system and the Child Support Agency regime…  These factors together with the lies and distortions of truth generated in an adversarial system, not to mention the huge legal fees and the extended period of stress and uncertainty, constitute a powerful driver of suicide and murder-suicide” (Equal Parenting Network, 2007).

[xv]  See: http://www.dallasfortworthinjurylawyer.com/2009/01/california_to_rescue_good_sama.html#more in terms of rescuers being sued (Malik, S. 2009).

Also: “On 14 December 2004, Gunns filed a 216-page, $6.3-million claim against a group of conservationists and organisations who became known as the Gunns 20.  The writ was an extraordinary document that sought to sue a penniless grandmother who had opposed logging in her district; a national political leader, Senator Bob Brown; a doctor who had raised public-health concerns about woodchip piles; prominent conservationists; Australia’s leading wilderness-conservation organisation, the Wilderness Society; a film-maker; and several day protesters.” (Flanagan, R. 2007).

Is this not an example of disguising motives “by the formalities of justice” (Gibbon, E. 1776); ‘justice’ used as a litigation weapon in favour of corporate fascism?

[xvi]  How do we arrive at “a fair process between parties who may have unequal resources”? (Justice McClellan 2008:14). Also: “despite strenuous efforts currently being undertaken, there will be little, if any, improvement in access to justice” (Justice Weinberg 2008:4). “Questions of access to justice and fairness may be mentioned and inadequacies lamented but the identified problems are accepted as incapable of an effective response” (McClellan 2008:6).

[xvii]  “The trouble with lying and deceiving is that their efficiency depends entirely upon a clear notion of the truth that the liar and deceiver wishes to hide.  In this sense, truth, even if it does not prevail in public, possesses an ineradicable primacy over all falsehoods” (Arendt, H. 1969).

[xviii]  See: Keen, no date: “trade may also fuel war by providing incentives for violence and the means of carrying out violence.”

[xix]  “This highly paid, upstanding member of the community said “if I am defending a bloke I want to make life difficult for their witnesses”.  He went on to argue “I’m not there to find the truth … no one’s there to find the truth”.  An adversarial legal system is never going to force people to behave well” (Biggs, 2009).

[xx]  Like “the Western Roman Empire [that] could no longer afford the problem of its own Existence” (Tainter, 2006:97).  Also see: An Eruption Of Reality: Has our society become too complex to sustain? (Monbiot, 2010).

[xxi]  “Robert Kagan has described the American approach to regulation as “adversarial legalism” to reflect a legal style that is more complex, formal, adversarial and costly than that of other countries.  He attributes adversarial legalism to a “vicious cycle.”  While “Americans want government to do more,” government is also “mistrusted.”  Thus, “Americans seek to achieve their goals by demanding more of government while controlling it still further.”  Bureaucracies, as a result, are “constrained by formal requirements and buffered by threats of litigation and judicial review.”2” (Shapiro, 2002)

[xxii]  Pollution causes some people to commit violent crimes:  In our myopia, we’ve neglected this obvious possibility.  Yet a rapidly expanding body of research shows that heavy metals such as lead and pesticides decrease mental ability and increase aggressiveness (Hatherill, 1999).

[xxiii]  “Rosenbaum calls for a “morally inspired transformation of the legal system,” a “massive attitude adjustment” that would replace the sterile formality of the law with conscience and spirituality.”  (Reed Business Information, no date).

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EXHAUSTED PESTICIDE POISONING VICTIM FURTHER ABUSED BY THE LEGAL PROCESS

ESSAY #2

 

EXHAUSTED PESTICIDE POISONING VICTIM FURTHER ABUSED BY THE LEGAL PROCESS

 

This document is: http://poisoningandlegalaction.com.au/essays/essay2-legal-process-abuse.pdf

by

Murray Thompson (BAppSci Environmental Health with Distinction 1998, Hons I Social Ecology 1999, Sociology PhD Postgraduate student: University of Western Sydney)

PO Box 605, New Norfolk, TAS 7140 Australia

8 July, 2010

Email:  poisonedpeople@gmail.com

Web sites:  http://poisonedpeople.com

http://poisoningandlegalaction.com.au

 

The legal system can be viewed as a negligent regime when it fails to recognize and accommodate injury victims.  Further, when that system adds extra layers of abuse and magnifies the injuries already suffered by the victim, the system can be viewed as fascist.  This Essay examines my loss of innocence within the adversarial justice system.

 

My name is Murray Thompson.  I am a 54-year old professional artist and Sociology PhD student at the University of Western Sydney.  My Degree is in Applied Science, Environmental Health.  Unfortunately, I am also a 12-year Dept. of Housing (DOH) tenant.  I would like to bring to your attention an extensive public health, ethics, human rights and environmental issue regarding pesticide toxicity.  I wish to specifically address the issue of the severe pesticide poisoning of myself and my then 8 year-old son in 2000/2001 in my current Bligh Park DOH unit, and my utter exhaustion via the further insult of 6+ years (and still going) of litigation against a recalcitrant DOH.

When I moved into my DOH ground floor unit in 1998 I noticed that the wooden fences throughout this block of 16 DOH units were infested with termites.  A number of tenants (including myself) brought this to the DOH’s attention.  However:

1.  Despite having advised the DOH in writing for at least 3 years prior to accepting this unit that I suffered from chemical-sensitive asthma;

2.  Despite having written to the DOH declaring that I did not want my DOH property treated with orthodox chemical treatments for termites (and that safer, alternative treatments were available);

3.  Despite having phoned the DOH declaring the same as the above;

4.  And despite having informed the very first pest technician contractor (who only inspected and reported on my DOH property) that I did not want a chemicalized treatment of my unit…

despite all the above, on Dec. 7th 2000, just one year into my now almost destroyed PhD studies, an external chemical barrier pyrethroid pesticide treatment was forced on me by a second pest contractor, at the behest of the DOH.  My profound decline into never-ending health problems started just 10 minutes after the pesticide was applied.

With the impact of the pesticide’s strong odour forcing its way indoors, I became very ill with headache, incoordination (dizziness/stumbling) and massive fatigue.  Within around 2 weeks after this acute episode I began an intimate relationship with a developing kaleidoscope of symptoms: body-wide joint pains (polyarthralgia); muscle spasms/pain; markedly diminished eyesight; hearing loss; immune dysfunction; lung congestion; heat sensitivity; EMF sensitivity (Electromagnetic Frequency radiation from TVs, mobile phones, machinery); SPERM (motility & morphology) IMPACTS; chronic: headaches, tinnitus, fatigue, kidney stones, gastric reflux, nosebleed, skin irritation, bone density loss, eye discharge; and actual brain damage and memory dysfunction that destroyed my PhD thesis’ progress, and which has made me largely incompetent, work-wise.  Then, a second pest treatment!  The effect of these exposures on my emotions (especially fear) has been catastrophic.  Finally, I am left with a permanent condition called Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS), a profound sensitivity and negative reaction to chemical odours.  And yet, I look normal.  But, normal and pesticide-poisoned can produce children with birth-defects and lymphoma (Montague, 2001[1]), so where does that leave my potential future offspring?

I have medical reports substantiating my most prominent symptoms: x-rays showing joint impacts and kidney stones; blood tests: pesticide impact on my liver; ultrasound: echogenic liver; sperm test (Sydney Andrology): unusual sperm problems (Perry, et. al., 2006:114[2]; Bian, et. al., 2004:999[3]); psychiatric reports: depression/suicidal ideation (Parron, et. al., 1995:54[4]); MRI and RPAH SPECT/Ceretec scans: physical brain impact (Heuser, G. et. al., 2003[5]); neuropsych tests: cognitive abnormalities (memory, adaptive ability & info processing speed) leading to the abandonment of my studies; and an industrial hygienist report: MCS.  Literature links psychiatric/memory/intellectual/suicidal problems to pesticides and their solvents (Müller-Mohnssen, 1999:161[6]; Wood & Liossi, 2005:663[7]; Parron, et. al., 1995:60-62).  This is a PUBLIC HEALTH issue.

It took a great deal of time and expense to professionally validate both poisoning events (the poor can’t afford to prove their injuries).  While I slowly gathered this information, my then 8 year-old son became wracked with abdominal pains every morning after sleep.  This was confirmed by a pharmacologist as a classic symptom of pesticide poisoning in children (Dr. B. Grabau, 2005, pers. comm.).  The kerosene-like odour of the pesticide was inside my unit 24/7 for 15 months after the unit’s slab was saturated by the chemical barrier application, just long enough for the DOH to finally answer 20 months of complaints with an absolute refusal of culpability.  The odour was now gone, but the damage was done.  My son then later became extremely withdrawn and aggressive after a further exposure to herbicide from a neighbouring golf club.

About 3 years after the pest treatments (after I gave up on study because my brain didn’t work properly anymore), I began work on a poisoning web site and started legal action.  And despite knowing from my medical reports that:

1.  Pesticide exposure “is a significant causative and contributing factor to Mr. Thompson’s current condition” (Dr. B. Grabau 2005, Medical Report);

2.  Stress amplifies all symptoms, which then generate depression (Dr. M. Donohoe 2004, Medical Report)…

my solicitor said the DOH’s legal team was told to promote the length of my legal case… until the economy improves.

Why must an injury victim suffer 9+ years of illness and misery (6+ years inside legal action) to still not see a legal matter resolved?  Why would the DOH’s legal team serve an abusive and irrelevant subpoena, one described by my solicitor’s senior assistant as stupid?  Why would the DOH leave an argument with their former insurer (in terms of who covers a compensation payout) to the sixth year of legal action?  This has added many more months and a separate court hearing to my issue, further delaying an outcome!  If repeated actions amplify injury to a person, does that create an ETHICS and a VICTIMS OF CRIME issue?  Do I have a basic human right to not be treated this way?  Do any of us?  This now becomes an extended HUMAN RIGHTS issue because my GP has also just confirmed the possibility that I have had a stroke!  How much time and ‘health’ and life must I be forced to surrender to an unending and abusive legal process in love with itself?

Is litigation used as a weapon of psychological assault to generate a desired ‘failure’ of the legal process through the exhausted capitulation of the injury victim and complainant?  If so, what if the injured complainant’s reaction manifests as a stroke, or heart attack, or suicide?  If bullying in schools is an issue, then why not this ‘legal’ cause and effect?  These dynamics embody vast ethical deficiencies within the legal system.  It is imperative that an entirely independent body monitor the course of legal action in the context of the kind of injury suffered by a plaintiff.  This form of management or oversight is also needed to see if the extraction of extra legal fees is being indulged via excessive paper shuffling.  The legal system obviously enjoys far too much freedom.  How did the legal profession and process become so abusive, unethical, perverse and sacrosanct?  What is untouchable and unaccountable automatically becomes fascist.

I have never been offered within the legal system ongoing support from an independent legal advocate or an independent medical professional informing the legal process with the power to force changes.  What an innovative concept!  And yet, various trauma victims in other circumstances will get needed support.  I have never been specifically instructed in how to mentally address the dog-eat-dog nature of the legal process.  My injuries have severely affected my personality and emotions, leaving me with a stress load I cannot sustain.  All this from two pesticide treatments I specifically didn’t ask for!  And, I get regular emails from DOH tenants who complain of similar problems.

 

The pesticide poisoning issue is so universal that I originally sent out a 12-page letter to 250 recipients worldwide.  The vast potential for poisoning symptoms to be misdiagnosed as having other causes (Reeves, et. al., 1999:17-18[8], citing Solomon & Mott, 1998 and Zweinerd & Ginsburg, 1988; Reeves, et. al., 2002:14[9], citing Goldman, 1998) means this is a GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUE.  Below are details of professional responses to that letter.

1.  Professor Wai-on Phoon, A.M., M.B., B.S., F.R.C.P.,(London, Edin. & Glasgow), F.F.P.H., F.R.A.C.P., F.F.O.M., Hon.F.A.C.O.M., Hon.F.A.F.O.M., D.I.H., D.C.H., D.I.H.S.A., F.R.F.P.S., F.A.F.R.M., F.A.M.S., Occupational & Rehabilitation Consultant, Emeritus Professor of Occupational Health, described my letter as “well-researched and interesting”, and the problem addressed by my letter as one of “an appalling nonchalance about the possible ill effects on human health from toxic exposures in the general and work environments” (Prof. Wai-on Phoon, Letter, 12 December 2008).

 

2.  Dr. Chris M. Reading, B.Sc., Dip.Agr.Sc., M.B., B.S., F.R.A.N.Z.C.P., F.A.C.N.E.M., Environmental & Orthomolecular Psychiatrist, described my letter as an “excellent article” (Dr. Chris Reading, Letter, 31 December 2008).

 

3.  The SOMA Health Association of Australia Newsletter stated in response to my letter: “We have received a most impressive set of papers describing the predicament a family find themselves in as a result of environmental contamination…  As Murray Thompson’s research wisely points out – chemical contamination targets the brain…  If the brain is not centred or balanced correctly, then behaviour is out of kilter” (SOMA Newsletter: Nutritional & Environmental Medicine, SOMA Health Association of Australia, Vol. 30, Number 3, April 2009).

 

Feel free to write or email me should you wish to follow up on this issue.

Murray Thompson, BAppSc Environmental Health with Distinction 1998 (Australian Institute of Environmental Health [NSW] Division Award for Best Overall Graduating Student), Hons I Social Ecology 1999, UWS Hawkesbury

NEW SOUTH WALES CO-COORDINATOR, MCS-GLOBAL WEBSITE: www.mcs-global.org

 

Postal Address: PO Box 605, New Norfolk, TAS 7140 Australia;  Email: poisonedpeople@gmail.comWebsites: http://poisonedpeople.com & http://poisoningandlegalaction.com.au

 

This letter has been sent to:

David Bradbury M.P., Federal Member for Lindsay, PO Box 712 Penrith, NSW 2751

The Hon Nicola Roxon MP – Federal Minister for Health and Ageing, GPO Box 9848, Canberra ACT, 2601

NSW Department of Health, LOCKED BAG 961, North Sydney NSW  2059

Ian Cohen MLC (NSW Legislative Council), Parliament House Macquarie St.  Sydney, NSW 2000

Ms. Sylvia Hale (Greens MP), NSW Parliament, Macquarie St. Sydney, 2000

Ms. Lee Rhiannon MLC, (NSW Legislative Council) Parliament House  Macquarie St. Sydney, NSW 2000

Senator Bob Brown, GPO Box 404, Hobart, TASMANIA 7001

AHEC – Australian Health Ethics Committee, NHMRC, GPO Box 1421 Canberra ACT 2601

NSW Department of Health – Justice Health, PO Box 150, Matraville NSW  2036

Environmental Defender’s Office New South Wales (Ltd), Level 1, 89 York Street, Sydney NSW 2000

The Executive Director, Australian Law Reform Commission, GPO Box 3708, Sydney NSW 2001

New South Wales Bar Association, Selborne Chambers, 174 Phillip Street, Sydney NSW 2000

The Law Society of New South Wales, 170 Phillip Street, Sydney NSW 2000

Human Rights & Equal Opportunity Commission, 133 Castlereagh St., Sydney NSW 2000

ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Society of NSW Inc., Suite 204, 10 Help Street Chatswood NSW 2067

The Australian Chemical Trauma Alliance Inc., 309 East Bonville Road, Bonville NSW 2441

Legal Aid NSW (Civil & Family), 91 Philip St., Parramatta NSW  2150

NSW Ombudsman, Level 24, 580 George St., Sydney NSW 2000

Rural Press Limited, Bells Line of Road, Nth. Richmond NSW 2754

60 Minutes, PO Box 27, Willoughby NSW 2068

Hawkesbury Gazette, 291 Windsor Street, Richmond, NSW 2753

Penrith Press, 407 High Street Penrith NSW 2750

The Sydney Morning Herald, GPO Box 506 SYDNEY NSW 2001

The Daily Telegraph, 2 Holt Street Surry Hills, NSW, 2010

702 ABC RADIO NATIONAL SYDNEY, GPO Box 9994, Sydney NSW 2001

2UE 954 NEWSTALK, PO Box 954, St. Leonards NSW 1590

Mr. Ray Hadley, The Ray Hadley Morning Show, 2GB, GPO Box 4290, Sydney NSW 2001

Mr. Alan Jones, The Alan Jones Breakfast Show, 2GB, GPO Box 4290, Sydney NSW 2001

Hawkesbury Radio, 11 Fitzgerald Street, Windsor, NSW, 2756

Attorney General’s Department of NSW, Victims Services NSW, Victims of Crime Bureau, LOCKED BAG 5118, Parramatta NSW 2124

Attorney General’s Department of NSW, Office of the Legal Services Commissioner, GPO Box 4460, Sydney NSW 2001

The Hon. John Della Bosca, BA MLC, Minister for Health, Level 30 Governor Macquarie Tower, 1 Farrer Place, Sydney NSW 2000

Civil Liberties Australia, PO Box 7438 Fisher ACT 2611

Prof. Wai-on Phoon, Pymble Medical Consultants P/L, PO Box 818, Pymble NSW 2073

Dr Chris Reading, PO Box 587, Dee Why NSW 2099

Dr. Brendan J. Grabau, Centre Manager and Course Leader for Biotechnology and Animal Sciences, Box Hill Institute of Technical and Further Education, Private Bag 2014, Box Hill VIC 3128

Dr. Mark Donohoe, PO Box 328, Mosman NSW 2088

The Human Rights Council of Australia, PO Box 1071 North Sydney NSW 2059

SOMA Health Association of Australia, PO 915, Leichhardt NSW 2040

Diana Buckland, Founder & Global Coordinator, Global Campaign for Recognition of Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, 4 Mia St. Kallangur QLD 4503

Mr Sam Albassit, Psychologist, Yagoona Medical Centre, 552 Hume Hwy, YagoonaNSW 2199

Dr. Nagwa Morris, South Windsor Medical Practice, 508a George St, South Windsor NSW 2756


[1]  Montague, P. (National Writers Union) 2001, ‘#726 – Science, Precaution and Pesticides, 06-Jun-2001’, in http://www.rachel.org/en/node/5340; accessed: 16 July 2008.  Reference [2] cited: Susan Osburn, RESEARCH REPORT: DO PESTICIDES CAUSE LYMPHOMA?  Available by U.S. mail from Lymphoma Foundation of America, P.O. Box 15335, Chevy Chase, MD 20825.  Tel. (202) 223-6181. ISBN 0-9705127-0-8.  Available at: http://www.lymphomahelp.org/docs/research/researchreport/rr_2000.pdf.  Reference [4] cited: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, signed by the U.S. in 1948, says (Article 3), “Everyone has the right to life, liberty, and security of person.” Article 4, Section 4 of the U.S. Constitution obligates the federal government to protect the citizenry against “domestic violence” which arguably includes modern forms of domestic violence such as toxic assault.  See  http://caselaw.lp.findlaw.com/data/Constitution/article04/, or http://www.usconstitution.net/const.html#A4Sec4.

[2]  Perry, M.J., Venners, S.A., Barr, D.B., Xu, X., 2006, ‘Environmental pyrethroid and organophosphorus insecticide exposures and sperm concentration’, Reproductive Toxicology 23 (2007) 113–118, Elsevier Ltd.

[3]  Bian, Q., Xu, L.C., Wang, S.L., Xia, Y.K., Tan, L.F., Chen, J.F., Song, L., Chang, H.C., Wang, .XR., 2004, ‘Study on the relation between occupational fenvalerate exposure and spermatozoa DNA damage of pesticide factory workers’, Occup Environ Med 2004;61:999–1005, Elsevier Ltd.

[4]  Parron, T., Hernandez, A.F. & Villanueva, E., 1995, ‘Increased risk of suicide with exposure to pesticides in an intensive agricultural area. A 12- year retrospective study’, Forensic Science International 79 (1996) 53-63, Elsevier Ltd.

[5]  Heuser, G., Axelrod, P. & Heuser, S., 2003, Defining Chemical Injury: A Diagnostic Protocol and Profile of Chemically Injured Civilians, Industrial Workers and Gulf War (IPPH, Volume 13, Fall 2000; Pages 1-16 [ISSN # 8755-5328]), International Institute of Concern for Public Health, http://iicph.org/ipph_Defining_Chemical_Injury; accessed: 16th Feb. 2010.

[6]  Müller-Mohnssen, H., 1999, ‘Chronic sequelae and irreversible injuries following acute pyrethroid intoxication’, Toxicology Letters 107 (1999) 161–175, Elsevier Ltd.

[7]  Wood, R. & Liossi, C., 2005, ‘Long-term neuropsychological impact of brief occupational exposure to organic solvents’, Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology 20 (2005) 655–665, Elsevier Ltd.

[8]  Reeves, M., Schafer, K., Hallward, K. & Katten, A., 1999, Fields of Poison: California Farmworkers and Pesticides, Pesticide Action Network North America (PANNA) Regional Center, California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation, United Farm Workers of America and Californians for Pesticide Reform (Publishers), http://www.panna.org/files/fields.pdf; accessed: 15th Feb. 2010; citing  Solomon, G.M. & Mott, L.M. 1998, Trouble On The Farm: Growing Up With Pesticides In Agricultural Communities, Natural Resources Defense Council, New York, NY, USA; also citing  Zweiner, R. & Ginsburg, C. 1988, ‘Organophosphate and carbamate poisoning in infants and children’, Pediatrics 81:121-126.

[9]  Reeves, M., Katten, A. & Guzmán, M., 2002 [update of 1999 original version], Fields of Poison 2002 California Farmworkers and Pesticides, Californians for Pesticide Reform, http://www.ufw.org/white_papers/report.pdf; accessed: 15th Feb. 2010; citing Goldman, L. 1998. ‘Health care workers need training to recognize pesticide illness’. Pesticide and Toxic Chemical News 4.

Worldwide Disease Pandemics From Pesticide

ESSAY #1

 

MY CHILD & I ARE SICK

AND YET TOXIC CHEMICALS ARE STILL FREELY SPRAYED

or

WORLDWIDE DISEASE PANDEMICS FROM PESTICIDE

This document is: http://poisoningandlegalaction.com.au/essays/essay1-worldwide-disease-pandemics.pdf

by

Murray Thompson (BAppSci Environmental Health with Distinction 1998, Hons I Social Ecology 1999, Sociology PhD Postgraduate student: University of Western Sydney)

PO Box 605

New Norfolk TAS 7140

Australia

8 April 2012

Email:  poisonedpeople@gmail.com

Web sites:  http://poisonedpeople.com

http://poisoningandlegalaction.com.au

Hundreds of thousands of people are dying around the world each year from the effects of the use, or misuse, of pesticides(Konradsen, et al., 2003).  Most tragically, suffering, illness and disease surround us today in a way we would not have imagined a half century ago.  We have banished some diseases only to have them replaced by a grumbling yet profound toxicity which is stripping our children of their rightful future (Donohoe, 1998:38).

BUT THE PROBLEM IS MUCH WORSE THAN THIS.  IN THE WORKPLACE, IN OUR HOMES, ON THE FARM & IN THE WIDER ENVIRONMENT, PESTICIDE-INDUCED MISCARRIAGES, ADHD, CANCERS, MOTOR NEURONE DISEASE, INFERTILITY & ANIMAL DISEASE EPIDEMICS SHOW WE ARE STANDING ON THE EDGE OF A CASCADE OF GLOBAL DISEASE PANDEMICSWE ARE LITERALLY “MONITORING OUR OWN EXTINCTION” (Prof. Stuart Hill, 1999, pers. comm.).

THIS ESSAY (previously sent out worldwide as a letter) ADDRESSES OUR PROFOUND NEGLECT IN TERMS OF GOOD SCIENCE THROUGH EXAMINING LONGTERM CHEMICAL EXPOSURE EVENTS IN SYDNEY & POSITING WIDER RAMIFICATIONS: A GLOBAL, CHEMICALLY-SPONSORED EXTINCTION LEVEL EVENT.

 

Professor Wai-on Phoon, A.M., M.B., B.S., F.R.C.P.,(London, Edin. & Glasgow), F.F.P.H., F.R.A.C.P., F.F.O.M., Hon.F.A.C.O.M., Hon.F.A.F.O.M., D.I.H., D.C.H., D.I.H.S.A., F.R.F.P.S., F.A.F.R.M., F.A.M.S., Occupational & Rehabilitation Consultant, Emeritus Professor of Occupational Health, has described this letter as well-researched and interesting, and the problem addressed by this letter as one of an appalling nonchalance about the possible ill effects on human health from toxic exposures in the general and work environments (Prof. Wai-on Phoon, Letter, 12 December 2008).

 

Dr. Chris M. Reading, B.Sc., Dip.Agr.Sc., M.B., B.S., F.R.A.N.Z.C.P., F.A.C.N.E.M., Environmental & Orthomolecular Psychiatrist, has described this letter as an excellent article” (Dr. Chris Reading, Letter, 31 December 2008).

 

The Australian Human Rights Commission noted in response to this letter “[we have] in the past inquired into complaints from people with sensitivities where agencies have undertaken policies that exacerbates their conditions” (Elizabeth Green, Australian Human Rights Commission, Letter, 19 December 2008).

 

The Department of Environment and Climate Change (DECC) has investigated my complaint and “has informed the Golf Club that under the Pesticides Act 1999, Sections 7 and 10, it is obliged to take note of neighbours’ concerns and take some action in response to them…” (Penny Finlay, Environmental Protection and Regulation, Department of Environment and Conservation NSW, Letter, 1 December 2008).

 

The Office of Louise Markus, M.P. (Federal Member for Greenway) was investigating my complaint, but then suddenly stopped (including answering my letters).

 

The SOMA Health Association of Australia Newsletter has stated in response to this letter: “We have received a most impressive set of papers describing the predicament a family find themselves in as a result of environmental contamination…  As Murray Thompson’s research wisely points out – chemical contamination targets the brain…  If the brain is not centred or balanced correctly, then behaviour is out of kilter” (SOMA Newsletter: Nutritional & Environmental Medicine, SOMA Health Association of Australia, Vol. 30, Number 3, April 2009).

 

The Journal of the Australian Chemical Trauma Alliance (participating member of the National Toxics Network) has reprinted the above SOMA Newsletter article in its entirety.

 The Union of Concerned Scientists thanked me for the comments and ideas expressed in this letter (Laura McKusick, Union of Concerned Scientists, Letter, 5 January 2009).

 

My name is Murray Thompson.  I graduated top of my Degree in Applied Science Environmental Health at the University of Western Sydney, Hawkesbury (Award for Best Overall Graduating Student, Australian Institute of Environmental Health, NSW Division).  I have First Class Honours in Social Ecology.  Currently I am doing a PhD in Sociology.  I am also one of many POISONED PEOPLE (including my pesticide poisoned child) dealing with a raft of pesticide poisoning symptoms that have devastated my life.

THE EXPOSURE OF MY PREVIOUSLY CHEMICAL-SENSITIZED SON ALONG WITH OTHER SYDNEY RESIDENTS TO REPEATED SPRAY APPLICATIONS OF TOXIC HERBICIDE FEATURES HERE AS A SPECIFIC MEDICAL CONCERN.  I ALSO ADDRESS THE SCANDALOUSLY GENERAL & WORLDWIDE PROBLEM OF A PROFOUND LACK OF ADEQUATE REGULATORY CONTROLS IN PESTICIDE USAGE, AS WELL AS THE ENDEMIC DISMISSIVE ATTITUDE OF AUTHORITIES & PRIVATE PESTICIDE USERS ALIKE TO CURRENT TOXICOLOGICAL CONCERNS.

THIS ESSAY ASKS THOSE WITH AN INTEREST IN THE VIABILITY OF THE HUMAN RACE & OUR GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT TO COMMENT & OFFER THEIR SERVICES: TO STUDY THE POTENTIALS OF THIS MULTI-FACETED GLOBAL ISSUE OF: THE CHEMICAL PROMOTION OF ENVIRONMENTAL DESTRUCTION, ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR, DISEASE & DEATHS.  WE NEED AN INTEGRATED RESPONSE FROM POLITICIANS, EDUCATORS, OMBUDSMAN, POLICE, EPA, APVMA, AGRICULTURE, WILDLIFE PROFESSIONALS, NATIONAL PARKS, THE LEGAL SYSTEM, AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL, & MEDICAL & OTHER AUTHORITIES WHOSE EXPERTISE INTERSECTS THIS VAST ISSUE.

THESE CARETAKERS OF OUR FOOD PRODUCTION, PUBLIC UTILITIES, SOCIAL ENVIRONMENTS, PUBLIC HEALTH REGIMES, HUMAN RIGHTS, ANIMAL WELFARE & DEEPER ECOLOGICAL SENSITIVITIES NEED TO DILIGENTLY WORK TOGETHER TO ADDRESS THIS AREA OF INSTITUTIONALIZED NEGLECT & DYSFUNCTION USING READILY AVAILABLE, QUALITY SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH THAT DESCRIBES FRIGHTENINGLY WELL THE MEASURE & INTENSITY OF THIS GLOBAL TOXICOLOGICAL PROBLEM. 

A FORUM INVOLVING ALL THESE PARTIES IS DEMANDED BY THE SEVERITY OF THE ISSUE OF WIDESPREAD & ONGOING MASS POISONING!  WE NEED TO GENERATE INCREASED UNDERSTANDING, IMPROVED HUMAN RIGHTS & AN INTELLIGENT VIEW OF ENVIRONMENTAL & PUBLIC HEALTH. 

 This letter/essay (as an earlier and slightly less developed version) has been sent to: over 250 recipients GLOBALLY. See the end of this letter for a full address listing.

To all who may be interested in an issue intrinsically more devastating than CLIMATE CHANGE.  This subject crosses all frameworks and concerns, and addresses the monumental issue of the survival of all life on earth.  It is the AGRICULTURAL, PUBLIC HEALTH, TOXICOLOGICAL, EPIDEMIOLOGICAL, ETHICAL/HUMAN RIGHTS/SOCIAL JUSTICE, ANIMAL RIGHTS/ANIMAL CRUELTY, LEGAL, OH&S, CHEMICAL TRESPASS/CRIMINAL ASSAULT, WORKPLACE SAFETY, PESTICIDE PERMIT/REGULATORY, MEDICAL, INJURY/REHABILITATION & ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUE OF CAPRICIOUS, INDEPENDENT AND IRRESPONSIBLE PESTICIDE USE.

 

THE CONSEQUENCE OF WHICH IS CHEMICAL POISONING ON A GLOBAL SCALE AND A MOVEMENT TOWARD THE ELIMINATION OF NORMAL REPRODUCTIVITY AND LIFE ON EARTHIt is a matter that needs addressing now, because otherwise, and without profound change, we are sentient and yet blind ‘caretakers’ stampeding an entire planet toward a morbid technologically-induced devastation, brutally failing an enlightened intellectual concern for readily available scientific research and its exposition of CHEMICAL CAUSE & EFFECT!

MORE LOCALLY IN TERMS OF THIS MORBIDITY, & TO DEMONSTRATE A REALTIME, PHYSICAL CONTEXT, MY SON & I WERE REPEATEDLY POISONED BY PESTICIDES (in 2000 & 2001 in Public Housing) & THEN FURTHER EXPOSED TO HERBICIDES (from 2003 on in terms of herbicide sprayed by a golf club).  YET THOSE WHO ULTIMATELY FORMATTED THESE EVENTS APPEAR NOT TO CARE, & HAVE ONLY REACTED ASSERTIVELY TO LEGAL ACTION & REPROACHES BY ENVIRONMENTAL & POLITICAL PRESSURE ACTING ON MY BEHALF.  ‘LITTLE’ PEOPLE DON’T MATTER IT SEEMS IN TERMS OF GOVERNMENT AUTHORITIES AND BIG BUSINESS.  MY CHILD AND I BOTH SUFFER LONG TERM POISONING SYMPTOMS THAT WE BATTLE EVERY MINUTE OF EVERY DAY.

Note:

 “…pesticides[1] are strongly linked to birth defects…  science will not solve this problem for us.  Isn’t it time to consider a human rights approach, an ethical challenge to the poisoners?…  The old science-based strategy has failed us.  Perhaps a new, precautionary path can get us where we need to go.  The precautionary principle says, ‘When an activity raises threats of harm to human health or the environment, precautionary measures should be taken even if some cause and effect relationships are not fully established scientifically’. ” (Montague, 2001)

And, on a Chernobyl and Iraq nuclear note:

“What became evident after the accident was that children who received exposure to Chernobyl fallout, while still in the wombs of their mothers, experienced an elevated risk of developing leukemia by the time of their first birthday [6,7].  Relevant to this discussion is the fact that a gene mutation occurring in utero is one cause of infant leukemia [8,9].)   In countries where unimpeachable data was collected for levels of fallout deposited in the environment, doses to the population, and the incidence of childhood leukemia, an unmistakable, uniform trend emerged: the studied population of children born during the 18-month period following the accident suffered increased rates of leukemia in their first year of life compared to children born prior to the accident or to those born subsequent to the accident after the level of  possible maternal contamination had sufficiently diminished.  This was confirmed in five separate studies conducted independently of one another: in Greece [9], Germany [10], Scotland [11], the United States [12], and Wales [13].  Again here is evidence that defects are being induced in fetuses that we are told by the radiation protection community are not possible.  According to the European Committee on Radiation Risk (ECRR), these results provide unequivocal evidence that the risk model of the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP) for infant leukemia is in error by a factor of between 100-fold and 2000-fold, the latter figure allowing for a continued excess incidence of leukemia as the population of children studied continues to age [6]

Further, numerous in vitro and in vivo studies conducted in the last twenty years have proven that uranium is genotoxic (capable of damaging DNA), cytotoxic (poisonous to cells), and mutagenic (capable of inducing mutations) [27].  These effects are produced either by uranium’s radioactivity or its chemistry or a synergistic interaction between the two.  These findings lend plausibility to the idea that the observed increased incidence of deformed babies in Iraq is related to depleted uranium munitions [26].”

(Zimmerman, 2010)

Can I alert you to the fact of a new inclusion on my POISONED PEOPLE web site, that being: http://poisonedpeople.com/index8.html#BACKYARDS_SPRAYED_AGAIN.  This section of my website shows multiple photographs taken at the back of my son’s Public Housing residence in May 2008 in McQuade Ave., South Windsor, north-west Sydney.  These photos are of a very substantial, unknown and highly questionable green coloured plant spray application (probably HERBICIDE) that has occurred without prior warning to at least 25 households along the west side of the street.  The spray had been directed against my son’s and other residents’ west-facing back fences situated immediately adjacent to the golf club’s east perimeter 2.5m high wire fence line.  This spraying had occurred over a period of years next to peoples’ homes despite multiple written requests by me (see below) that no herbicide spraying take place in this area because of profound public health concerns.  I collected samples of grass, golf balls, feathers and other items from the 1 meter gap between the club’s fence and my son’s back fence.  All items displayed the green stains.  A previous spraying and likewise extensive killing of grass and weeds occurred in the same location in (at the very least) 2005 (Photos located on my website at: http://poisonedpeople.com/index8.html#FAMILIES EXPOSED MCQUADE AV).  Is this, especially in light of my multiple letters of objection sent over the years, ultimately representative of irresponsible environmental and public health vandalism?  The Paris Appeal: The International Declaration on Diseases Due to Chemical Pollution says:

§9. Whereas, regarding toxicology, a number of these substances or chemicals are hormone-disrupting chemicals (endocrine disrupters), that can be carcinogenic, mutagenic or toxic for reproduction (CMRs) for human beings, and therefore susceptible to induce cancers, congenital malformations and/or infertility; whereas some of these substances or products can be, among other effects, allergenic resulting in chronic respiratory diseases, such as asthma; whereas some are neurotoxic chemicals, leading to degenerative diseases of the central nervous system in adult[s]… and to intellectual impairment in children; whereas some are immunotoxic, leading to immunodeficiency, particularly in children, causing infections, especially viral infections; whereas pesticides are deliberately spread in large amounts in the environment, while a great number are toxic… for animals and/or human beings and for the environment…

§10. Whereas children are the most vulnerable and exposed to contamination by these pollutants…

§11. Whereas these polluting substances or products can induce diseases in children population, such as those listed in §9; whereas one out of seven children in Europe suffers from asthma, whereas asthma is made worse by city and home pollution; whereas incidence in pediatric cancers has been on the rise for the last 20 years in some industrialized countries; and whereas these considerations all lead to the fact that Children are now in serious danger… (IDEA 2006).

I weeded this spray impact area with bare hands for 20 minutes in May 2008 (and which later displayed dead grass) before noticing the green spray application.  During the following days I demonstrated some new symptoms, such as joint pain, although this appeared to be more an aggravation of knee and hip joint pain already established by my original pesticide exposures[2].  Thankfully, I did not ask my son to help me weed.

I DO NOT APPRECIATE MY CHILD’S BACK YARD BEING TURNED INTO A CONTAMINATED WASTE SITE BY HERBICIDE SUBSTANCES KNOWN THROUGH PROFESSIONAL SCIENTIFIC INQUIRY TO CAUSE HUMAN INJURY!  MY SON IS NOT TO BE TREATED AS INCIDENTAL COLLATERAL DAMAGE, LIKE AN ABUSED ANIMAL USED IN PHARMACEUTICAL TESTING, INSIDE THE GREAT CORPORATE COSMETIC OBSESSION & IMPERATIVE TO REDUCE WEEDS[3].  HE IS A HUMAN BEING WITH INALIENABLE RIGHTS.

I’VE PUT 17 YEARS+ OF HARD WORK INTO MY CHILD.  HE WAS CONCEIVED BEFORE I WAS POISONED IN 2000, SO EPIGENETICALLY[4] SPEAKING HE REPRESENTS A MASSIVELY VALUABLE ‘INVESTMENT’ IN MY LINEAGE, IN ADDITION TO BEING THE MOST PRECIOUS PERSON IN MY LIFE.  BUT SOME PEOPLE, INSTITUTIONS, COUNCILS & BUSINESSES USE PESTICIDES DESPITE PLEAS FOR A RESPONSIBLE APPROACH TO PUBLIC HEALTH, LET ALONE A NORMAL DESIRE TO BE HEALTHY.  THOSE WHO DO NOT CARE ABOUT GOOD SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH & BASIC HUMAN RIGHTS ADD THEIR NAMES TO THE SHOCKING BURDEN OF TECHNO-IGNORANCE THAT IS SITUATED LIKE A BLACK DISEASE ON THIS SMALL PLANET (hence, why I have contacted Amnesty International).  THEIR ATTITUDES IN VIEWING THIS WORLD ONLY AS A RESOURCE THROUGH WHICH TO BUILD EMPIRES & EXTRACT PROFITS SHOULD BE SEEN AS AN ESSENTIAL PROJECT IN TERMS OF RE-EDUCATION BEFORE ANY HOPE OF PLANETARY REMEDIATION CAN BE ANTICIPATED.

I had contacted and warned the golf club by hardcopy letter 5 times and by email 4 times (over a 3 year period) of, at least, the general nature of pesticide toxicity and, at most (and in most cases), my son’s CHEMICAL SENSITIVITY[5] (letters were sent: May 23rd 2005, January 10th 2006, April 20th 2006, January 25th 2007, May 28th 2007; emails were sent in May 2008).  This sensitivity and debility is due to a prior serious exposure to a pesticide treatment forced on me at my Public Housing unit in 2000 (unrelated to this golf club issue).  In this instance, my son and I (and my neighbour) were severely poisoned by a termite pesticide.  The golf club finally responded to my letters in mid-2009, but only committed to not spraying near my son’s backyard!  What about the other 24 households?  Currently the Office of Louise Markus, M.P. is investigating this issue.  Since 2005 (and likely well before), spraying repeatedly occurred behind more than 25 homes along McQuade Ave. and Cox Street.  The Department of Environment and Climate Change (DECC) also investigated the golf club after I alerted them to this issue: “DECC has informed the Golf Club that under the Pesticides Act 1999, Sections 7 and 10, it is obliged to take note of neighbours’ concerns and take some action in response to them” (Finlay/DECC, 2008).  The only ‘action’ I’ve noted has been continued spraying over at least a known and documented 3 year period despite my concerns.

HOW ABOUT SOME RESPECT HERE FOR THOSE NEIGHBOURS, INCLUDING MY SON??  HOW CAN SOMEONE SO YOUNG, WHO IS TREATED AS HAVING NO VALUE & NO BASIC RIGHT TO A SECURE ENVIRONMENT & OPTIMAL HEALTH, GROW UP EXPERIENCING DIGNITY IF SOCIETY DOES NOT DEMONSTRATE THIS ETHICAL PROPERTY THROUGH PHYSICAL EXAMPLE?  (Does this remind anyone of other, more indigenous issues?)  DANGEROUS PESTICIDES NOT ONLY WRECK THE ENVIRONMENT, DEGRADE HUMAN HEALTH & INTELLECTUAL POTENTIAL, & MASSACRE THE QUALITY OF THE VICTIM’S PERSONALITY THROUGH NEUROLOGICAL IMPACT (see below), THEIR USE CHEAPENS & DEMEANS THE CHARACTER OF THE USERS[6] WHO EXPRESS AN UNINFORMED & WEAK-WILLED DEPENDENCY ON THE CHEMICAL AGENTS USED!  WE ALL LOSE WHEN DRUG ADDICTS USE!  Yes, drug dependencies extend to weed/pest paranoia or weed cosmetics ‘OCD’, & even to the vast advertising focus on popular cleaning and anti-bacterial agents used in the home.

 In contrast, I have previously applauded the Hawkesbury City Council’s oblique recognition of our health issues.  They had stated to me that they would no longer spray herbicide in the public laneway against my back fence in Bligh Park or in the street area of McQuade Avenue in Sth. Windsor (Daley, no date, letter [http://poisonedpeople.com/index8council-may2007medium.html]), areas declared to be “sensitive”.  And yet, a resident in McQuade Avenue recently informed me (November 2008) that the Council had sprayed yet again in that street.  As well, the Council yet again sprayed at the back of my unit in Bligh Park in late 2010, so “sensitive “ protocols obviously do not work at all (see: http://poisoningandlegalaction.com.au/photos/council/councilsprayresult(27thOct2010)-2.pdf; http://poisoningandlegalaction.com.au/photos/council/councilsprayresult(27thOct2010)-1.pdf).  Why do corporate bodies seem predisposed to consistently failing a responsible, humane and public health Duty of Care?  They typically do not demonstrate an adequately precautionary-based, broader and sophisticated scientific (let alone, ethical) appreciation of the implications of the hugely disturbing research that is readily available to all with access to the internet[7].  Specifically, in this case, Council have tended to minimize my warnings of massive environmental risks through appealing to the perceived greater imperatives of “limited funds and staff” (S. Perry 2005, letter).  Perhaps it is not convenient to believe the studies showing “genetic damage and abnormal development” in frogs through the use of glyphosate or “Roundup” (Cox, 2004), or “damage to agricultural land, fisheries, fauna and flora [through] chemical inputs such as pesticides” (Wilson & Tisdell, 2001).  Further, PESTICIDE-MEDIATED IMMUNOCOMPETENCY, by force of evidence, becomes the most likely mechanism for the limb deformities in frogs (Kiesecker, 2002; Hall, circa 2002) and, thereby, the best morbid theoretical fit for explaining much of our current global frog genocide.  Ms. Louise Markus MP and the HNCMA might be particularly interested here vis-à-vis the health of the Hawkesbury River west of Sydney, since “the Hawkesbury River is as important as the Murray-Darling” (Markus, 2008).  If we locally and everywhere dispense pesticides freely and incompetently, soon we will find we have nowhere to run to situate ourselves in a healthy environment.

As a result of my original termite pesticide poisoning in Public Housing in 2000/2001, I have had brain damage explicitly revealed through brain scans and at least two extensive batteries of neuro-psychological testing.  My neurological deficit includes stress anxieties and huge memory/sequencing problems[8] or, in other words, “confusion, emotional lability, loss of short term memory, delayed reaction times and learning difficulties” (Donohoe 1998:34).  As well, I have had or still experience a variety of explosive joint pains, back and neck pain that is getting worse, headaches and nausea, chronic fatigue, EMF Sensitivity (my mobile phone, TVs and power sub-stations make me nauseous and dizzy[9]), various kidney pains, kidney stones, skin irritation, chronic nose bleeds, an echogenic or fatty liver, Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS), and considerable heat intolerance.  I can’t drink alcohol any more (nausea, again); I’m hyper-sensitive to perfumes, deodorants, vehicle exhaust fumes and herbicide residues; my bone density has reduced; my eyesight has deteriorated markedly; my hearing is impaired in the high range; I get constant tinnitus (ringing in the ears), and I’ve been very, very suicidal.  Pesticide exposure significantly increases the risk of depression and suicide (Parron, et al., 1995).  As well, my reproductive system has been compromised.

Pesticides impair spermatogenesis (Hirsh, 2003), and pesticide exposure = sperm DNA damage (Bian, et al., 2004).  My nerves are shot and some days I am completely incapacitated and require large doses of pain killers which have other negative effects.  It is pathetic feeling like this when your health goes from just bearable (still inside the MCS syndrome) to suddenly taking a dramatic and unpredictable turn for the worst.  It takes massive effort and months for me to put a letter/essay like this together because my brain can’t do what it once could do quickly and efficiently.  Imagine living every day within a blur of symptoms battering you around like a cat with a mouse, and yet you appear normal in appearance.  I feel like I’m half dead and hanging over the edge most of the time.  For those of you who are still truly alive, please intellectually recognize pesticide’s design and purpose (to KILL).  Then, translate this characteristic laterally and apply it to the human species.  You cannot poison pests and weeds without poisoning OURSELVES.  No distinctive intelligence is required to appreciate this truism.  Even Homer Simpson said: “What?!  Spider poison is people poison?! !” (The Simpsons, Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, Date Unknown).

It seems it is left to the chemically injured and neurologically damaged ‘walking wounded’ to argue against and sue those who are freely allowed to poison indiscriminately, stupidly, ignorantly, negligently and even callously.  Overall, the poisoning of people is permitted by a society and Government institutions that fail to protect their members from the flagrant dissemination of TOXIC SUBSTANCES, with few genuine and meaningful restrictions and precautions in place[10].  I am in my 7th long and utterly exhausting year of litigation against those who poisoned me and my child originally in 2000/2001.  This is not fair.

WHY DO THE INJURED HAVE TO FIGHT SO HARD FOR REDRESS WHILE ALSO FIGHTING THE CHEMICAL WARFARE OUTSIDE AND INSIDE THEIR OWN BODIES?

Even though my legal team are performing a magnificent job of prosecuting my case and revealing a vast array of critically pertinent information for the upcoming trial (on the 15th November 2010 in the Supreme Court in Sydney, Civil List [http://www.lawlink.nsw.gov.au/lawlink/supreme_court/ll_sc.nsf/pages/SCO_visitsc]), THE STRESS OF LEGAL ACTION adds immeasurably to the physical pain, the fear, the anger, the depression, and the suicidal ideation that are the legacy of pesticide exposure.  This stress can destroy what is left of a family after the toxins have already ruined one’s health and the once better potential to be aware, compromise, communicate, empathize, care, love, be effectively employed, feel like a useful member of society, and excel at what life has to offer.  When one’s very intersection with all life processes has become distorted, fatigued and made dysfunctional by chemical impact, there is little left to anticipate with an abused and joyless mind.

 PESTICIDE DELETES POTENTIAL ON ALL FRONTS

I AM REQUESTING THAT INTERESTED PROFESSIONALS ADDRESS THIS PARTICULAR ISSUE & THE OVERALL PESTICIDE CONUNDRUM IN LIGHT OF THE TOXICOLOGICAL INFORMATION IN THIS LETTER.  Perhaps University of Western Sydney Environmental Health BAppSc students & staff could analyse my spray samples & conduct an epidemiological survey along McQuade Ave. & Cox Street?  I will ultimately forward some of my samples to the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine and elsewhere for independent testing and post the results on my web site, http://poisonedpeople.com.

Why aren’t those with power and influence, who aren’t poisoned and crippled, doing more to elevate awareness of this massive and expanding EXTINCTION LEVEL EVENT, and assertively advancing the making and changing of laws, e.g. Chemical Trespass legislation such as the Tasmanian Chemical Trespass Bill 2004 (defeated).  OR ARE WE ALLOWING, THROUGH OUR NEGLECT AND LETHARGY, THE CONSISTENT POISONING AND RAPID DESTRUCTION OF AN ENTIRE PLANET ON PURPOSE AND IN DEFERENCE TO THE WEIGHT AND BLOAT OF DISINTEREST, PESTICIDE MANUFACTURERS’ VESTED INTERESTS, AND PERHAPS A CLIMATE CHANGE IMPERATIVE THAT DOES NOT ADEQUATELY ADDRESS THIS ISSUE?  Given the extent to which my son and I were previously poisoned and the increased potential now for developing an ORGANIC DEGENERATIVE DISEASE, I don’t even know if we are going to be alive in 5 years to continue fighting against the irresponsible splashing around of chemical agents that bear a relationship to what has been used in times of war.  Roundup (glyphosate) and other pesticides have NERVE AGENT and other toxic properties (see later).  They cause NEUROLOGICAL DAMAGE.  Why?  Because pesticides contain solvents, hydrocarbons, surfactants, etc., along with the ‘active’ pesticide ingredients.

THE TARGET ORGAN FOR PESTICIDES IS

THE BRAIN

(Dr. Mark Donohoe, 2001, pers. comm.). 

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My beautiful son: he’s older now, but he’s still my baby!

I AM JUST TRYING TO PROTECT MY CHILD.  WHAT COULD POSSIBLY BE WRONG WITH THAT!?  

 WOULDN’T YOU WANT TO MAKE THESE SPECIAL LITTLE PEOPLE SAFE?

How much damage has to be done to innocent people; how much sicker do I have to get; how many more negative impacts does my child’s body need to absorb into his still developing and maturing hormonal and DNA profile FOR THE SAKE OF MERE COSMETIC CHEMICAL CONVENIENCE before laws will be changed preventing companies (and Councils) from EXPOSING THE GENERAL PUBLIC TO  PROVEN  HAZARDOUS CHEMICALS?[11]

Theoretical: If I’m standing at my friend’s back fence with my son, and a golf club or council employee, or even a neighbour (who is likely not adequately protected him/herself from herbicide vapours and spray drift[12]) approaches with a herbicide spray pack, must we stand there quietly and allow him/her to spray our faces and arms, and also our clothes through the gaps in the wooden fence?  Is there absolutely nothing anyone can do to prevent a person pumping a KNOWN TOXIN all over them, and onto the back lawn where they, their children and their pets walk and play?  WHO MIGHT HAVE BEEN STANDING IN THEIR BACK YARD ON THE DAYS THIS LONG FENCE LINE IN WESTERN SYDNEY WAS SPRAYED?  A toddler?  A loved pet?  What’s missing from within a society and culture that supposedly champions human rights?  Answer = HUMAN RIGHTS! 

We have not applied FUNDAMENTAL AND BASIC HUMAN RIGHTS to the ludicrous CHEMICAL WARFARE DEPENDENCY we have dumbly accepted over time, wherein we now allow ourselves the freedom to throw toxic nerve agents at each other!  How ridiculous is this?!  Reality: The herbicide spray entered private back yards in McQuade Avenue (my photos are proof of this).  Directly or indirectly, adults, children and pets have inhaled herbicide vapours and walked through spray residue and taken it INDOORS.  Forensic investigation and/or industrial hygiene testing would substantiate what is logically and physically obvious in this case.

IN OUR CULTURE TODAY, COULD YOU EVER SEE IT BEING THE INTENTION OF ANY GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENT, CORPORATION OR COUNCIL TO HONESTLY & THOROUGHLY INFORM THE PUBLIC OF AN IMPENDING TOXIC PESTICIDE EXPOSURE EVENT TO SEE IF A CONSENSUS OF FULLY EDUCATED CONSENT BECAME AVAILABLE VIA A DEMOCRATIC PROCESS?

“EDUCATED” here means UNDERSTANDING TOTAL RISK THROUGH BEING FULLY INFORMED FROM AVAILABLE RESEARCH DATA!

BECAUSE TOXIC PESTICIDES ARE IMMENSELY CONVENIENT, AND BECAUSE ORGANIZATIONS WANT THE SUBTLY FASCIST & BUREAUCRATIC FREEDOM TO LIBERALLY SPRAY FOR THE SAKE OF THAT LAZY CONVENIENCE & DOLLAR BOTTOM LINE, WOULDN’T YOU EXPECT THAT THEY WOULD NOT BE FORTHCOMING IN INVESTIGATING & SHARING RESEARCH-PROVEN TOXICOLOGICAL INFORMATION?  THAT THEY WOULD HOPE THAT YOU THE PUBLIC DIDN’T HAVE THE TIME OR ‘HEAD SPACE’ TO BOTHER BEING EDUCATED ABOUT THESE POISONOUS SPRAYS?[13]  THIS REPRESENTS A MASSIVE GAP IN OUR HUMAN RIGHTS THINKING!  NOTHING LESS THAN TOTAL TRANSPARENCY IS DEMANDED HERE.  AND TOTAL SCIENTIFIC RESPONSIBILITY.  THAT MEANS APPLYING THE PRECAUTIONARY PRINCIPLE.

WHAT IS ILLEGAL IN WAR MUST BECOME ILLEGAL IN PEACETIME!

 How many children live in McQuade Ave and Cox Street, South Windsor?  How many children live in or walk along Davies or Barnett Roads (next to Bardon Park) in Ashgrove West, Brisbane; Kylie Avenue (next to Keperra Golf Course) in Keperra, Brisbane; Stewart Ave. Blacktown, Sydney (next to Ashlar Golf Course); Lucerne Crescent (next to Latrobe Golf Course) Alphington, Melbourne; or Tunstall Ave (next to the Australian Golf Course) Rosebery, Sydney?  How many children WORLDWIDE have their basic right to a SECURE environment taken away from them every single time DNA, non-DNA factors, and immune function and hormone-damaging RESIDUAL chemicals are sprayed near them or even over them through spray drift and vapour drift?  In March 2005, the US Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) stated that children are more vulnerable to gene-damaging chemicals than adults, that children two years old and younger might be 10 times more vulnerable than adults to certain chemicals, and that children between the ages of two and 16 might be three times more vulnerable to certain chemicals[14] (Dingle, 2005).

We put so much effort and emotion into protecting our children at crossings.  We worry about teen binge drinking, we prohibit smoking near playgrounds[15], and we are suitably disturbed by stalking monsters called paedophiles.

BUT WHERE IS OUR SUBSTANTIAL AND REAL-TIME CONCERN FOR THE SILENCE OF THE INVISIBLE CHEMICAL MONSTERS THAT STALK OUR CHILDREN?

Stalk them with endocrine disrupting and neurological impacts emasculating and reconfiguring little bodies and minds that desperately need a foundation of MAXIMUM HEALTH FOR LIFE AND THE SAKE OF THE FUTURE OF THIS WORLD!  This is neither a small nor local matter.  It is literally a matter of the survival of humanity.  What we allow to be poisoned now establishes a reduced potential for later, and sometimes not that much later.

Effects and debility from pesticide exposure can arrive quickly, OR be hidden for decades for an incomprehensible later regret.

I have provided quite enough research data on my website (http://poisonedpeople.com/) to show unequivocally that pesticides (including weedicides/herbicides) are toxic to all aspects of all life.  Further, pesticides promote the classic symptom of abdominal pain in children (Dr. B. Grabau, 2005, pers. comm.),  or, “non-specific abdominal gastric pain” (Grabau, 2005) and aggressive behaviour and delinquency in teens (Hatherill, 1999; Tvedten, 1999, 2002:2), as well as cancer, foetal death, miscarriages, and premature births (NCAP, 1999:3; Bonn, 2005; Cox, 2004).  In fact, what are usually classified as ‘non-specific’ symptoms can be themselves a characteristic or major signature of pesticide and other toxic chemical poisoning dynamics.

A “study showed there was approximately [a] 2-fold greater risk of having a stillbirth if the mother lived within 1 mile from an agricultural area which used organophosphate – pyrethroid[16] – carbamate – or chlorinated pesticides[17]

Glyphosate… is a non-selective, systematic herbicide.  This organophosphate compound is the active ingredient in the weedkiller Roundup

[18] (Royal Society of Chemistry 2009).

Perhaps some of the mysterious “cancers of unknown primary site… a special pathological entity with distinctive features” (Bishop, 2008) that “represents 4% of all cancers, but sadly 8% of cancer deaths” (Firth, 2008) in New South Wales (Australia) can be explained through the huge increase in ENVIRONMENTAL SATURATION BY PESTICIDE PRODUCTS?  And what does this kind of saturation produce in terms of understanding we presently have?  Note: “Two separate studies in Sweden have linked exposure to Glyphosate to Hairy Cell Leukemia and Non Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.  These types of cancers were extremely rare, however non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is the most rapidly increasing cancer in the Western world.  It has risen by 73% in the USA since 1973.  Another study has found a higher incidence of Parkinson disease amongst farmers who used herbicides, including glyphosate” (Leu, 2007 citing Cox, 1998; Lehmann & Pengue, 2000; Nordstrom, et al., 1998; Hardell & Eriksson, 1999).  NONE OF THIS COULD POSSIBLY BE BECAUSE ROUNDUP IS NOW THE WORLD’S MOST POPULAR HERBICIDE, COULD IT???

ROUNDUP, THE MAJOR CAUSE OF, NOW, THE WORLD’S MOST POPULAR CANCER!!?[19]

And, in the plant kingdom, are GLYPHOSATE-RESISTANT WEEDS[20] enough of a comprehensive ‘victory’ for this FATALLY FLAWED TECHNOLOGY?  No.  ENTER, AN IMPENDING GLOBAL HUMAN DISEASE HOLOCAUST.

It should be noted with grave reserve that organophosphates have been implicated by some researchers in cattle becoming more susceptible to Mad Cow Disease [BSE – Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy].  However, opinion on this matter is divided.  Certainly, OPs cannot improve any public health issue.  Please note that: “the Purdey/Brown chemical poisoning model matches with the epidemiological spread of CJD [Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, the human form of BSE] clusters in humans.  It also predicts the incidence of BSE-type diseases in animals.  The accepted infectious model fits neither” (Dunne 2000, cited by Rotella 2003).

 LOOK FOR ANIMAL DISEASE EPIDEMICS AS INFLAMMATORY SIGNATURES OF TOXIC CHEMICAL USE & EXPOSURE!  Then apply this principle to us…[21]

 Further: “OPs can persist in the environment for long periods of time.   Indeed, OPs are detected in soils years after application…  conditions can occur in soil whereOPs are preserved and transferred to humans through food.  Areview of the literature shows that OPs are highly toxic andthat human exposure is undesirable.  Evidence suggests that OPsare mutagenic and teratogenic and that a large number of modern-daydiseases of the nervous and immune system of mammals can belinked to these pesticides.  These include BSE (mad cows disease),CJD, Gulf War syndrome, Parkinson’s disease and multiplesclerosis, arguing for a thorough examination of the environmentalfate and toxicology of OPs as well as their use” (Ragnarsdottir 2000).

Further still:  “The possibility that organophosphorus (OP) compounds contribute to motor neuron disease (MND) is supported by association of paraoxonase 1 polymorphisms with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and the occurrence of MND in OP compound-induced delayed neuropathy (OPIDN), in which neuropathy target esterase (NTE) is inhibited by organophosphorylation” (Rainier, et. al., 2008).

 Cause and effect just become all the more interesting the more links we put together.  Therefore… we should all be very afraid.

“Other studies show that GLYPHOSATE and commercial herbicides containing GLYPHOSATE cause a range of cell mutations and damage to cell DNA.  These types of changes are usually regarded as precursors to cancer and birth defects” (Leu, 2007; my emphasis).  GLYPHOSATE [Roundup] is persistent (NCAP, 2000:2, citing US EPA, 1993-2) and may last up to 3 years (NCAP, 2000:2, citing Torstensson et al., 1989), while its metabolite, AMPA [aminomethylphosphonic acid], may persist even longer, “with a half life in soil between 119 and 958 days” (Buffin & Jewell, 2001, citing WHO, 1994).  GLYPHOSATE is toxic to fish, aquatic organisms, soil life (including earthworms, mycorrhizal fungi, nitrogen-fixing bacteria, micro-organisms and arthropods), plants (through disease susceptibility), and beneficial insect species (Leu, 2007; van der Werf, 1996).  “Studies show a reduction in the species that build humus, thus [GLYPHOSATE] contributes to the decline in soil organic matter” (Leu 2007).  ROUNDUP causes genetic mutations in cell tests (NCAP, 2000:2, citing Vigfusson & Vyse, 1980; Kale et al., 1995; Rank et al., 1993) and is linked to Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (Cox, 2004; Vachani, 2007), miscarriages and Attention Deficit Disorder (Cox, 2004).  ROUNDUP contains surfactants that are acutely toxic to humans and animals, even potentially causing death in humans (Cox, 1993:4, citing Sawada, et al., 1988; and Talbot, 1991).  “Glyphosate tolerant (GT) crops and glyphosate herbicide (commercial formulation, Roundup) poison nitrogen fixing and other beneficial soil bacteria, increase fungal pathogens, undermine plant immunity to diseases, decrease plant micronutrients available in the soil, and more…  Research findings over the past decades paint a damning picture of the cropping system that has taken over 85 percent of the 134 million hectares of global agricultural land now growing genetically modified (GM) crops (see [1] Scientists Reveal Glyphosate Poisons Crops and Soil, SiS 47). The unprecedented rise in GT crops has been accompanied by a sharp increase in the use of the glyphosate herbicides worldwide, especially in the US…  The ecological disaster has been unfolding amid mounting evidence of the herbicide’s adverse impacts on human and animal health” (Institute of Science in Society 2010. Original research: Ho & Cherry 2010).  ROUNDUP has also been heavily implicated in thyroid, liver and pancreatic tumours in test animals (Cox, 1993:4, citing Dykstra & Ghali, 1991), and in poisonings shockingly misdiagnosed as aneurysm, head trauma, diabetic acidosis, severe bacterial gastroenteritis, pneumonia and whooping cough in infants (Reeves, Schafer, Hallward & Katten, 1999:17, citing Solomon & Mott, 1998; Zweinerd & Ginsburg, 1988).

THAT MEANS MANY COMMON ILLNESSES THOUGHT TO ARISE THROUGH OTHER CAUSES ARE ACTUALLY CREATED BY THE MASSIVE QUANTITIES OF GLYPHOSATE USED WORLDWIDE BY AGRICULTURE, STATE FORESTS, NATIONAL PARKS, COUNCILS, RAILWAYS, GOLF CLUBS, LEAGUES CLUBS & PRIVATE RESIDENTS!

And it also means that exposed children may have their entire lives ruined at critical developmental stages by the formula: child + glyphosate = ADHD (Cox, 2004).  For adults, a “study of 56 men exposed to organophosphate pesticides detected memory problems and difficulty in maintaining alertness and focusing attention” (Sinclair & Pressinger, no date, citing Annual Reviews in Public Health, 7:461, 1986 [Sharp, et. al., 1986]).

But, who gives a damn?  How interesting it is (in retrospect, now that I understand what happened) that my son’s daily abdominal pains started in early 2001 at age 8 ½ within a few weeks of my unit’s chemical barrier termite pesticide treatment (the treatment that my public housing landlord forced upon me).  At that very time my body was being increasingly hammered by extensive joint/muscle pains, eye/skin irritation, chronic nose bleeds, fatigue and incoordination.  My son stayed at my place during the school week all that year.  His pains were present each and every morning throughout 2001, the period of heaviest exposure to the detectable pesticide odour inside my unit.  Because of the abdominal pains, my son had to go to school each morning for the whole of 2001 without breakfast.  That meant he ate all his available food (play lunch and lunch) in one hit during recess at primary school and then gorged again immediately after school at his mother’s home.  He put on a tremendous amount of weight.  This response was somewhat incongruent with his exercise levels increasing dramatically from 2000 on (vigorous swimming lessons, extra swim sessions, and a lot of walking).  As well, from 2001 to 2003, my son stayed with his mom at her Cox Street South Windsor public housing unit.  And from 2001 to 2005/6, the no less than 10 termiticide treatments (Public Housing Tenant #1[22], 2005, Letter: 15th Dec.) that took place in the public housing unit immediately next door ensured that my child, while at Cox Street, was continuously exposed to episodes of detectable pesticide vapour (Public Housing Tenant #2, 2002, pers. comm.).  Then, in 2003 in Grade 5 and at around age 11, he and his mother moved laterally into further public housing to McQuade Avenue South Windsor, next to the golf club.  It was then, in becoming exposed to continuous levels of pesticide vapours originating largely from the golf course[23] behind his house, that my son began experiencing negative neurological effects:  irrational anger and aggression on a level such as he had never, ever displayed before.

How interesting that this extremely distressing and brand new neurological issue started at that time, likely (#1) as a chemical-sensitive development from previous exposures to, strictly, TERMITE PESTICIDES in my unit and next door to his mother’s Cox Street unit, but also (#2) because of significant and higher exposures to other varieties of pesticides (herbicides), INCLUDING THE ORGANOPHOSPHATE GLYPHOSATE, emanating from the McQuade Avenue environment.  And during this year (2003), as I became consistently exposed to organophosphate herbicide through my constant visits to my son in McQuade Av., my mental state deteriorated to where, in 2004, I experienced horrific ‘suicidal ideation’.  2004/5 became the worst years of my life, I believe because of CONSISTENT EXPOSURE TO ORGANOPHOSPHATE HERBICIDE IN MCQUADE AVENUE.  (On a lesser, though still very disturbing level, I noticed then as I do now, that if I stay at this residence for a period of hours with the wind direction notably coming from the golf club over the house, I will end up with an extremely painful sore throat.)

In late April 2005, I photographed extensively sprayed and totally dead vegetation between my son’s back fence and the golf club’s east perimeter fence line.  The spraying likely occurred in February/March 2005.  And that year my son’s aggression became even worse than before, threatening his ability to function at school (only constant reassurance and help from a father who could barely reassure himself saved him).  Note: “He [my son] has suffered adverse health effects as a result of accidental pesticide exposure between 2000 and 2002, and this has adversely affected him in a number of ways… reduced mobility and gastrointestinal changes… [and he] is adversely affected by exposure to a range of common chemicals, including pesticides and solvents…” (Dr. Mark Donohoe, Medical Certificate/letter, 17 June 2005).  A continuum of exposure to different pesticides (mostly sub-surface chemical barrier termiticide treatments prior to 2003), and then from early 2003 in McQuade Avenue even more obscene surface exposures to large quantities of, perhaps, PERSISTENT ROUNDUP and/or other pesticide agents.  And now my son also has tinnitus, EMF sensitivity, a predisposition to joint pains, and a condition perilously close to diabetes (Dr. N. Morris, 2008, pers. comm.)!  As well, he has had a liver ultrasound and that did not produce good news.  Also, he is extremely ‘jumpy’ at my unit (where his largest termite pesticide exposure occurred), but not at his mother’s.  I believe this is analogous to my depression.  My constant depressive state is my particular response in terms of my extreme sensitivity to undetectable levels of chemicals in my unit (P. Turner [Occupational Hygienist], 2005, pers. comm.).

A child does not experience years of continuous pesticide exposure without long-term ramifications.  And me?  Within 2 weeks of pulling the herbicide-laden weeds on May 20th 2008, I developed knee joint pains.  Initially they were exactly the type of pain and debility I was afflicted with after my initial Dec. 2000 poisoning with termiticide.  Now, longer-term, the joint pains are different, more in tune with MCS joint pains in response, for example, to a tetanus shot.  And now in August 2008, I have had the worst chronic fatigue I’ve ever experienced.  How interesting.[24]

How many organic (physical) and psychological/behavioural/sociological problems in residents in McQuade Avenue and elsewhere could be linked to the spraying of various pesticide nerve agents nearby[25], given a thorough medical specialist investigation and epidemiological survey?

Note that Ontario farming populations have been subjected to just such an epidemiological study.  IT SHOWED THAT EXPOSURE TO GLYPHOSATE CAUSED NEARLY A DOUBLING OF SPONTANEOUS ABORTIONS[26]

 Or are these human rights too hard, too politically uncomfortable, or not important enough because the residents may not be upper class or influential?  In a country that is supposedly a signatory to conventions enshrining the rights of children, we must STOP imposing disease and psychiatric disorders on our little ones through, essentially, CRIMINAL CHEMICAL EXPOSURE![27]  Perhaps a legal test case is what is needed…

In real poisoning cases, a massive component of people’s feelings, emotions, physical suffering and dysfunction is NOT THEIR FAULT!  Note:

“Pollution causes some people to commit violent crimes:  In our myopia, we’ve neglected this obvious possibility.  Yet a rapidly expanding body of research shows that heavy metals such as lead and pesticides decrease mental ability and increase aggressiveness (Hatherill, 1999; my emphasis).

This stands as an extreme warning regarding rage attacks and obscene acts of animal cruelty.  A polluted society is also affected MENTALLY.  Are YOU forever upset or angry and don’t know why (as I was)?  Are your emotions see-sawing (like mine did and still do)?  Are your kids like this (mine was)?  Can they focus on school?  Are you tired all the time or too young to be getting joint pains (e.g. in your elbows, wrists, fingers, knees, or ankles)?  Do you get aches across your shoulders when simply standing still?  Do you have ‘ringing in the ears’ (tinnitus), or muscle pains that change locations?  Do you get spontaneous back strains while doing nothing?  Do medications make you sick (e.g. Panadeine Forte and kidney pain, or antibiotics and shocking nausea)?  Do you have “eye irritation, burning eyes, blurred vision, skin rashes, burning or itchy skin, nausea, sore throat [I’ve had a dreadful sore throat for 8 years!], asthma[28] and difficulty breathing, headache, lethargy, nose bleeds, and dizziness” (Cox, 2004)?  Do some people think you’re crazy and assert you should take psychoactive medication for your problems when you know that your symptoms are PHYSICALLY REAL?  Are you weary of people locked into outdated thinking disrespecting you and assuming the tired, time-worn, offensive, medically outdated and dumbly institutionalized stereotype… that you’re a dysfunctional hypochondriac?

SUSPECT PESTICIDE!

Now, why should we be suspicious of chemical technologies?  Let’s see… 1 in 3 people in England will develop cancer[29].  1 in 4 people in industrialized countries will die from CANCER, with only about 5 percent of cancers being attributable to genetic susceptibility, and with even this level of susceptibility being likely a product of “environmental insults”

[30]1 in 8 women have breast cancer[31]Over 30 million people in 2002 in the US alone had been diagnosed with asthma, with over 4200 deaths[32]Over 40 million people in the US alone are afflicted with rheumatic conditions (including arthritis), with this overall condition being the leading cause of disability for those 65+[33].  More than 194 million people worldwide have diabetes[34].  15% of the US population suffers from MCS[35].  4.1 million people in 15 of the world’s largest nations have Parkinson’s Disease, with this number predicted by the journal Neurology to double over the next generation[36]2.5 million people worldwide have Multiple Sclerosis[37]More than 5 million people worldwide have systemic lupus erythematosus[38]So, in other words, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and motor neurone disease mortality has soared in the last twenty years.  The increase is blamed by researchers on PESTICIDES, industrial chemicals, car exhausts and other pollutants[39].

Let’s live in the REAL WORLD and address this BONAFIDE RESEARCH instead of lazily falling back on a repetitive and corporatized dumb faith in internally conflicted, careless ‘professional practice’ and DESTRUCTIVE TECHNOLOGIES.

We need a forum on this issue (which is why I’ve contacted Jenny Brockie, of the SBS program Insight), a very substantial cross disciplinary forum from which we might extract rapid changes to current practices so that THE INJURED ARE NO LONGER FORCED TO SUFFER LONG AFTER THE INITIAL INJURY EVENT THROUGH PROTRACTED LEGAL ACTION!  All contributors to the legal system need to participate in this forum with a view to generating profound improvements in the legal process and, thereby, HUMAN RIGHTS!  See my essay: http://poisoningandlegalaction.com.au/essays/essay3-diminishing-returns-of-complexity.pdf.

For those with political clout, please address this specific issue, and also more generally in relation to any council’s or golf club’s position within the community and their intersection with broader terrestrial and aquatic environments.  Specifically consider past and recent spraying activities (as recorded in the photos on my website) between McQuade Avenue and down to Rickabys Creek, OH&S RESPONSIBILITIES, THE WORKPLACE ENVIRONMENT, AND DUTY OF CARE RESPONSIBILITIES TO GOLFERS AND PRIVATE RESIDENTS LIVING NEAR THEM, INCLUDING THE PREVENTION OF CHEMICAL TRESPASS IN RESIDENT’S PRIVATE BACKYARDS.

WHAT’S CHILDHOOD ASTHMA WORTH?

WHAT’S ADHD WORTH?

WHAT’S CANCER WORTH?

WHAT ARE MISCARRIAGES WORTH?

WHAT ARE ALL THESE PESTICIDE-INDUCED & -AMPLIFIED DISEASES WORTH TO A SOCIETY THAT PLACES PROFITS, PHARMACEUTICAL/POLITICAL ALLIANCES & COSMETIC CONVENIENCE AHEAD OF HUMAN RIGHTS?  WHAT’S A CLASS ACTION BY HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF POISONED PEOPLE WORTH?

Those who are responsible for these continuous episodes of pesticide spraying should be required to provide Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) for all sprays used in McQuade Avenue and along the club’s east perimeter fence since the start of 2000 (because herbicide residues from applications in this year would have still been present when my son moved to McQuade Avenue in 2003), together with an explicit record of the application/spray dates.  It would be responsible to log these identifying details (inc. the composition and toxicology of the sprays) against weather conditions (including wind direction) for those dates and subsequent periods, AS IS REQUIRED BY THE PESTICIDES ACT 1999 & REGULATION[xl].  This information may also be very useful in future epidemiological surveys of the McQuade Ave & Cox Street residents, and the herbicide applicators who used the sprays[xli], studies similar to the Castlereagh Human Health Study (Williams & Jalaludin, 1993) that investigated the increased disease incidence arising through toxic waste leakage from the Castlereagh Waste Management Centre in Londonderry, Sydney.  Note in this regard in the areas affected by depot leachate (leaking toxic waste residues): “the Human Health Study found that the “rate of brain cancer in males [is] more than three times the NSW average”, with “the breast cancer rate between 1979 and 1983… two-and-a-half times the State average, with eight cases identified, while three cases of uterine cancer between 1984 and 1988… [were] more than five times the average” (Kerr, 1995:1-3)” (Thompson, 1998:9).  Strangely, the study’s politically comfortable ‘inconclusive’ outcome was followed by an “alert status [that was] adopted in relation to [the] health outcomes…” (Williams & Jalaludin, 1993:v).

What rate increases IN DISEASES (or behavioural problems) might we find in McQuade Avenue?

This is, at the very least, the variety of study needed in any location where toxic agents have been used over an extended period of time.  As well, behavioural studies could look at any increased incidence of sociological problems relating to chemical exposure, toxic burden AND CONSEQUENT NEUROLOGICAL IMPACT.  Societal aggression and anti-social behaviour has a significant TOXICOLOGICAL COMPONENT woven into it.  This is where law enforcement needs to become more educated (hence, why I have contacted the New South Wales Police Force, Crime Victims Support Assoc. Inc., the Australian Crime Prevention Council, etc.).  We need more knowledge and controls across the board to stop negligent poisoning.  I have contacted Windsor Police on numerous occasions and, despite their concerned, sympathetic and cooperative attitude, they are helpless to prevent this kind of poisoning.  However, at the suggestion of Windsor Police, I am here using mass media to embarrass those who have put my son’s health at risk (Const. Burns 2008, pers. comm. 6th June).

Disappointingly, the Hawkesbury Council appear resigned to a dream world where they are uncertain that herbicide spray comes out of a pesticide spray nozzle upwind from exposed and unprotected members of the public, including babies in prams.  Even though I explicitly photographed this happening on a refreshing and breezy Windsor day (http://poisonedpeople.com/index8.html#SPRAY DRIFT)[xlii].

Certainly, this entire monstrous issue awkwardly straddles political, business, environmental, agricultural, sports, recreational, legal, human health, behavioural and public order concerns.  But that is no reason to avoid it.

QUITE THE CONTRARY [xliii]

The APVMA needs to start recognizing and internalizing this readily available research and make PROFOUND CHANGES TO THE WAY THEY THINK AND DO.  Note:

“…we need to make a huge shift in the way we regulate chemicals…  Our regulators have made yet another mistake and while they will say there are no problems with the existing system and will defend it, along with the manufacturing industry, it will eventually be changed – it will just take 10 or 20 years for it to happen” (Dingle, 2005).

Meanwhile our children get sick and die from pesticide-induced cancers & other illnesses by the truckload[xliv].  These were once illnesses that were reserved for the elderly, but which are now the domain of our precious youth through the flooding of our environment with highly toxic chemicals.

Back to The Paris Appeal:

We call upon national decision-makers, European Authorities, international organizations, and specifically the United Nations Organization (UNO), to take the following measures:

 

Measure # 1

Banning all products that are certainly or probably carcinogenic, mutagenic or reprotoxic (CMRs) for human beings, as specified by competent international scientific authorities and organizations, and therefore applying to these products the principle of substitution; exceptionally, whenever implementation of this principle is not feasible and the use of the product concerned is considered unavoidable, limiting its use to a minimum with particularly stringent measures of fixed quotas,

Measure # 2

Applying the precautionary principle to all chemicals that, regardless of toxicity characteristics specified in Measure # 1 (refer to §9 and §13), and because they are persistent, bioaccumulative, toxic (PBT) or very persistent and very bioaccumulative (vPvB), constitute an allegedly serious and/or irreversible danger for human and/or animal health, and more generally the environment, without waiting for the definite proof of an epidemiological link, so as to anticipate and avoid serious and/or irreversible sanitary or ecological damage,

Measure # 3

Promoting the adoption of toxicological standards or international thresholds to protect people, based on the assessment of risks for the most vulnerable, i.e. mostly children and the embryo.

Measure # 4

With respect to the precautionary principle, adopting programs with scheduled deadlines and targets in precise figures so as to achieve elimination or strictly regulated reduction in polluting substances emissions and in the utilization of marketed chemicals, such as pesticides, modeling the reduction in use implemented in Sweden, Denmark or Norway… (IDEA, 2006).

IN THIS INSANE, CHEMICALLY-ADDICTED WORLD IT IS NOT AGAINST THE LAW TO CHEMICALLY ASSAULT A PERSON: TO SPRAY POISON OVER AN INDIVIDUAL VIA THE SHEER STUPIDITY & NEGLIGENCE OF SPRAY DRIFT, OR SPLATTER TOXIC PESTICIDE INTO A FAMILY’S BACK YARD FROM AN ADJOINING PROPERTY.  Even if that TOXIC AGENT amplifies behavioural problems, generates learning difficulties, promotes joint pains, fatigue, leg cramps or restless leg syndrome (ruining sleep for hundreds of thousands worldwide)[xlv], or spurs on the CANCER pandemic[xlvi], or ABORTS FOETUSES in humans, or is a potential SLATE-WIPER in the wider environment!  Even if the use of these chemicals stands as a statement of profound CHARACTER DESTRUCTION ON ALL LEVELS.  

 

THIS IS THE SIGNATURE OF A TECHNOLOGIZED & BRUTALIZED SOCIETY INFATUATED WITH MONSTROUSLY TOXIC POISONS.  A DUMB SOCIETY OUT OF TOUCH WITH THE TRUE REALITY OF A PLANET DEMANDING RESPECT & COOPERATION SIMPLY BY VIRTUE OF ITS INHERENT MAKEUP & DESIGN[xlvii]WHAT WE ARE DOING WITH CHEMICALS NOW HAS NO PRECEDENT IN HISTORY!

Politicians of Australia & world leaders alike, WE NEED THOSE LAWS.  FIFTY YEARS AGO.

Feel free to write or email me should you wish to follow up on this issue.

Murray Thompson, BAppSc Environmental Health with Distinction 1998 (Australian Institute of Environmental Health [NSW] Division Award for Best Overall Graduating Student), Hons I Social Ecology 1999, UWS Hawkesbury

NEW SOUTH WALES CO-COORDINATOR, MCS-GLOBAL WEBSITE: www.mcs-global.org

Postal Address: PO Box 605, New Norfolk, TAS 7140 Australia;  Email: poisonedpeople@gmail.comWebsites: http://poisonedpeople.com & http://poisoningandlegalaction.com.au

 THIS LETTER HAS BEEN SENT TO:

John Aquilina, MP, Member for Riverstone, PO Box 65 Stanhope Gardens, NSW 2768, Australia;  Ms. Louise Markus, Federal Member for Greenway, PO Box 855 Windsor, NSW 2756, Australia – Ph: (02) 4577 2631;  David Bradbury M.P., Federal Member for Lindsay, PO Box 712 Penrith, NSW 2751, Australia,  The Hon Peter Garrett AM, MP, Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts,  PO Box 6022, House of Representatives, Parliament House, Canberra, ACT 2600, Australia & PO Box 249, Maroubra, NSW 2035, Australia;  The Hon Nicola Roxon MP – Federal Minister for Health and Ageing, GPO Box 9848, Canberra ACT, 2601, Australia;  The Hon. John Della Bosca, BA MLC, Minister for Health, Level 30 Governor Macquarie Tower, 1 Farrer Place, Sydney, NSW 2000, Australia;  Ian Cohen MLC (NSW Legislative Council), Parliament House Macquarie St.  Sydney, NSW 2000, Australia;  Ms. Sylvia Hale (Greens MP), NSW Parliament, Macquarie St. Sydney, 2000, Australia;  Ms. Lee Rhiannon MLC, (NSW Legislative Council) Parliament House  Macquarie St. Sydney, NSW 2000, Australia;  Senator Bob Brown, GPO Box 404, Hobart, TASMANIA 7001, Australia & Parliament House Canberra ACT 2600, Australia & Hobart Electorate Office, 1st Floor, Murray St Pier Hobart Tasmania 7000, Australia; The Hon Kevin Rudd MP, PRIME MINISTER, PO Box 6022, House of Representatives, Parliament House Canberra ACT 2600, Australia & PO Box 476A, Morningside Qld 4170, Australia;  ACTU – Australian Council of Trade Unions National Secretariat, PO Box 6222, Kingston ACT 2604, Australia & Level 6, 365 Queen Street Melbourne Victoria 3000, Australia;  Secretary: Matthew Cossey, Australian Labour Party, Australian Capital Territory Branch, GPO Box 3065, Canberra ACT 2601, Australia;  General Secretary: Karl Bitar, Australian Labour Party, New South Wales Branch, PO Box K408, Haymarket NSW 2000, Australia;  Australian Greens National Office, GPO Box 1108 Canberra ACT 2601, Australia;  The Greens Victoria, GPO Box 4589 Melbourne VIC 3001, Australia;  The Queensland Greens, PO Box 5763 West End QLD 4101, Australia;  The Tasmania Greens, GPO Box 1132 Hobart TAS 7001, Australia;  The Greens South Australia, 239 Wright Street Adelaide SA 5000, Australia;  Rural Health Branch (MDP 91), Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing, GPO Box 9848 Canberra ACT 2601, Australia;  NATIONAL HEALTH & MEDICAL RESEARCH COUNCIL, GPO Box 1421 Canberra ACT 2601, Australia;  Terri, Bindi & Robert Irwin, Australia Zoo, Steve Irwin Way, Beerwah, Queensland 4519, Australia;  AHEC – Australian Health Ethics Committee, NHMRC, GPO Box 1421 Canberra ACT 2601, Australia;  Medical Services Committee, Level 8, 187  Macquarie Street,  Sydney NSW 2000, Australia;  NSW Scientific Committee, PO Box 1967, Hurstville NSW  2220;  NSW Medical Board, PO Box 104 , Gladesville NSW  2111;  Pharmacy Board of NSW, LOCKED BAG 2 , Haymarket NSW  1240;  NSW Department of Health North Coast Area Health Service, LOCKED BAG 11 , Lismore NSW  2480, Australia;  Department of State and Regional Development, NSW Office for Science and Medical Research, GPO Box 5477, Sydney NSW  2001, Australia;  Cancer Institute NSW, Level 1, Biomedical Building, Australian Technology Park, Central Avenue (off Garden Road) Eveleigh NSW 2015, Australia & Locked Mail Bag 1, Kings Cross NSW 1340, Australia & PO Box 41, Alexandria NSW 1435, Australia;  Medical Committees (and Sub Committees) under the Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Act, PO Box 103 , Gladesville NSW  2111, Australia;  Poisons Advisory Committee, PO Box 103 , Gladesville NSW  1675, Australia;  Nurses and Midwives Board New South Wales, PO Box K599 , Haymarket NSW 1238, Australia;  NSW Department of Health, Greater Western Area Health Service, PO Box 4061, Dubbo NSW 2830, Australia;  NSW Department of Health, Greater Southern Area Health Service, PO Box 1845 , Queanbeyan NSW  2620, Australia;  NSW Department of Health, LOCKED BAG 961, North Sydney NSW  2059, Australia;  NSW Department of Health, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, LOCKED BAG 4001, Westmead NSW  2145, Australia;  NSW Department of Health – Justice Health, PO Box 150, Matraville NSW  2036, Australia;  Mental Health Review Tribunal, PO Box 2019, Boronia Park NSW 2111, Australia;  NSW Department of Health, South Eastern Sydney Illawarra Area Health Service, LOCKED BAG 8808 South Coast Mail Centre, Wollongong NSW 2521, Australia;  Sydney Children’s Hospital – Randwick, High Street Randwick NSW 2031, Australia;  NSW Institute of Psychiatry, LOCKED BAG 7118, Parramatta  NSW  2150, Australia;  Prof. Wai-on Phoon AM (Singapore), MBBS (Malaya), FRCP (London), FRACP (Australia), FRFPS (Glasgow), FRCP (Edinburgh), FRCP (Glasgow), FFOM (London), FFPHM (England), DIH (England), DIHSA (London), DCH (England), FAMS (Singapore), Hon. 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Kingswood NSW 2747, Australia;  Sydney West Area Health Advisory Council, Michael Fearnside, Chairman, PO Box 63, Penrith NSW 2751, Australia;  Greenpeace (Australia), Level 4, 35-39 Liverpool St. Sydney NSW 2000, Australia;  Prof. John Bartlett, Head of School of Natural Sciences, University of Western Sydney – Hawkesbury Campus, Building K8, Locked Bag 1797 Penrith Sth. DC NSW 1797, Australia & l.duncan@uws.edu.au;  Professor Stuart B. Hill, Foundation Chair of Social Ecology, School OF Education, University of Western Sydney (Kingswood Campus), Locked Bag 1797, Penrith South DC, NSW 1797, Australia;  Dr. Martin Mulligan, Senior Research Fellow, Global Studies, Social Science &Planning (Room: 32, Level: 5, Building: 37), RMIT University, GPO Box 2476V, Melbourne VIC 3001, Australia;  Dr. Robert Woog, University of Western Sydney, College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences,  Locked Bag 1797, Penrith South DC NSW 1797, Australia;  Dr. Vladimir Dimitrov, PhD, DSc, University of Western Sydney, Hawkesbury Campus, Locked Bag 1797, South Penrith DC 1797, Australia;  Australian Pesticides & Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA), PO Box 6182, Kingston ACT 2604, Australia;  Dr. Mark Donohoe MB BS, specialising in the field of environmental medicine, PO Box 328, Mosman NSW 2088, Australia & Banyan Trading Pty Ltd, Suite 224/656 Military Rd Mosman NSW 2088, Australia;  Dr. Rob Apathy, Clinical Neuropsychologist specialising in behavioural & learning disorders, and the effects of environmental toxins on children, 41 Antill St, Downer ACT 2602, Australia;  Dr Hilton Lowe G.P. MBBS Mac/Nem, 680 Victoria Rd, Ryde NSW 2112, Australia;  Dr Chris Reading B. Sc., Dip Ag., M.b., B.S., F.R.A.N.Z.C.P., M.A.C.N.E.M., PO Box 587 Dee Why, NSW 2099, Australia;  Dr. Richard Baker, Level 7, 229-231 Macquarie St, Sydney, NSW 2001, Australia;   CFIDS Association of America, PO Box 220398, Charlotte, NC 28222-0398 USA;  ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Society of NSW Inc., Suite 204, 10 Help Street Chatswood NSW 2067, Australia;  The ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Association, C/- ME/CFS Australia, 23 Livingstone Close Burwood VIC 3125, Australia;  The ACT ME/CFS Society Inc., C/- Shout, PO Box 717, Mauson ACT 2607, Australia;  ME/CFS Society of Western Australia, The Centre for Neurological Support, The Nichs, 11 Aberdare Road, Nedlands PERTH, W.A. 6009, Australia;  The Australian Chemical Trauma Alliance Inc., 309 East Bonville Road, Bonville NSW 2441, Australia;  ME/CFS Australia (S.A.) Inc., GPO Box 383 Adelaide S.A. 5001, Australia;  Mr. Blake Graham, Subiaco Business Centre, Suite 5, 531 Hay Street Subiaco, Perth W.A. 6008, Australia;  Dr. Nagwa Morris, South Windsor Medical Practice, 508a George Street, Sth. Windsor NSW 2756, Australia;  Windsor Police Station, 32 Bridge Road, Windsor NSW 2756, Australia;  Prof. Constance H. Katelaris, Suite 308, 151-155 Hawkesbury Road, Westmead NSW 2145, Australia;  Dr Philip N. Sambrook, Professor of Rheumatology, University of Sydney, Institute of Bone & Joint Research, Level 4 Block 4, Royal North Shore Hospital, St Leonards NSW 2065, Australia;  Professor Richard I. Lindley, Western Clinical School, Westmead Hospital, Darcy Road, Westmead NSW 2145, Australia;  Professor Warwick J. Britton, Central Clinical School, Blackburn Building, University of Sydney NSW 2006, Australia;  Associate Professor John E. Kellow, Northern Clinical School, Royal North Shore Hospital, Pacific Highway, St Leonards NSW 2065, Australia;  Legal Aid NSW (Civil & Family), 91 Philip St., Parramatta NSW  2150 & 323 Castlereagh St. Sydney, NSW 2000, Australia;  NSW Ombudsman, Level 24, 580 George St., Sydney NSW 2000, Australia;  Prof. Stephen Cordner, Director, Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine, 57-83 Kavanagh Street, Southbank, Victoria, 3006, Australia;  Dept. of Environment & Climate Change (NSW), 79 George Street Parramatta NSW 2150, Australia & 59-61 Goulburn Street, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia & PO Box A290, Sydney South NSW 1232, Australia;  Department of Environment and Climate Change, Marine Parks Authority, GPO Box 5341, Sydney NSW 2001, Australia;  Department of Environment and Climate Change, Climate Change and Environment Protection Group Environmental Trust, PO Box 644, Parramatta NSW 2124, Australia;  Department of Environment and Climate Change, Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust, Mrs Macquarie Road, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia;  Sydney Catchment Authority, PO Box 323, Penrith NSW 2751, Australia;  Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority, PO Box N408 , Grosvenor Place, Sydney, NSW 1220, Australia;  Lake Illawarra Authority, PO Box 867, Wollongong NSW 2520, Australia;  Lachlan Catchment Management Authority, PO Box 726, Forbes NSW 2871, Australia;  Chipping Norton Lakes Authority, PO Box 867, Wollongong NSW 2520, Australia;  NSW Aboriginal Land Council, PO Box 1125, Parramatta NSW 2124, Australia;  Lower Murray Darling Catchment Management Authority, PO Box 363, Buronga NSW 2739, Australia;  Murray Catchment Management Authority, PO Box 835, Deniliquin NSW 2710, Australia;  Murrumbidgee Catchment Management Authority, PO Box 5224, Wagga Wagga NSW 2650, Australia;  Department of Lands, Office of Rural Affairs, PO Box 1314, ORANGE NSW 2800, Australia;  Agricultural Scientific Collections Trust, Orange Agricultural Institute, Forest Road, Orange NSW 2800, Australia;  National Parks and Wildlife Advisory Council, 43  Bridge Street,  Hurstville NSW 2220, Australia;  Noxious Weeds Advisory Committee, LOCKED BAG 21, Orange NSW 2800, Australia;  Rural Lands Protection Boards State Council, LOCKED BAG 21, Orange NSW 2800, Australia;  Central West Catchment Management Authority, PO Box 227, Wellington NSW 2820, Australia;  Fisheries Scientific Committee, LOCKED BAG 1, Nelson Bay NSW 2315, Australia;  Department of Lands, GPO Box 15, Sydney NSW 2001, Australia;  Councillor Leigh Williams, 345 West Portland Rd, Sackville NSW 2756, Australia;  Councillor Barry Calvert, 5 Clyde Lane, Kurrajong Heights, NSW 2758, Australia;  Councillor Kevin Conolly, P.O Box 5751, STH. Windsor NSW 2756, Australia;  Councillor Trevor Devine, 81 Woods Rd, Sth. Windsor NSW 2756, Australia;  Councillor Dianne Finch,  P.O Box 17, Kurrajong NSW 2758, Australia;  Councillor Christine Paine, ‘Sunnybrae’ 12 Fitzgerald St., Windsor NSW 2756, Australia;  Councillor Bob Porter, 279 Grono Farm Rd, Wilberforce NSW 2756, Australia;  Councillor Neville Wearne, P.O Box 407 Windsor NSW 2756, Australia;  Councillor Paul Rasmussen, 199 Springwood Rd, Yarramundi NSW 2753, Australia;  CRS Australia, Westpoint Office Tower, Level 18, 17 Patrick Street Blacktown NSW 2148, Australia, & 299 George Street Windsor NSW 2756, Australia;  Workcover NSW, Locked Bag 2906, Lisarow  NSW 2252, Australia;  Workplace Authority, GPO Box 9842 Sydney NSW 2001, Australia;  Workplace Ombudsman, GPO Box 9887 Sydney NSW 2001, AustraliaWorkers Compensation Commission, PO Box 594, Darlinghurst NSW  1300, Australia;  The Land and Environment Court of NSW, GPO Box 3565, Sydney NSW 2001, Australia;  Hawkesbury-Nepean Catchment Management Authority, 68 Mileham Street Windsor NSW 2756, Australia;  Rural Press Limited, Bells Line of Road, Nth. 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OBSERVE THE GENERAL FAILURE OF UNDERSTANDING THROUGHOUT SOCIETY.  NOTE THAT THE MONUMENTAL ISSUE OF THE POISONING OF OUR FUTURE (OUR CHILDREN & THE ENVIRONMENT) IS MOSTLY VIEWED INCORRECTLY AS A POLITICAL AND VESTED INTERESTS ISSUE FROM WHICH ALL ELSE MUST FOLLOW.

ON THE OTHER HAND, NOTE THAT THE CORRECT INTERPRETATION OF THIS CONUNDRUM SEES IT AS A HUMAN RIGHTS, TOXICOLOGICAL, EPIDEMIOLOGICAL, PUBLIC HEALTH, ECOLOGICAL & EXTINCTION LEVEL IMPERATIVE.

WHO AMONG WORLD LEADERS IN POLITICS AND INDUSTRY COULD POSSIBLY MATCH THAT LEVEL OF HONEST CRITICAL AWARENESS WITH GENUINE CONCERN, PLUS THE WILL TO ACT AND FORCEABLY CHANGE THE NEGATIVE TRAJECTORY OF HISTORY?

WHO’S ‘REAL’, AND WHO’S LIVING IN A DREAM WORLD WHERE TECHNOLOGY COULDN’T POSSIBLY BE THAT PROBLEMATIC AND TREACHEROUS FOR

AN ENTIRE PLANET IN EXTREMIS.


[1]  “Each year an estimated 2.5 million tons of pesticides are applied to agricultural crops worldwide.  The amount of pesticide coming in direct contact with or consumed by target pests is an extremely small percentage of the amount applied.  In most studies the proportion of pesticides applied reaching the target pest has been found to be less than 0.3%, so 99.7% went ‘somewhere else’ in the environment (Pimentel, 1995)” (van der Werf, 1996:81).  The pesticides ended up wherever we are!  Note: “During the 1970s and 1980s, increasing numbers of pesticides were found in groundwater (US Environmental Protection Agency, 1977; Cohen et al., 1984; Leistra & Boesten, 1989; Schiavon et al., 1995), causing great concern, as groundwater is a major source for drinking water in many countries.  Worries about the movement of pesticides in the atmosphere have arisen during the 1970s and 1980s.  Transport and redeposition of pesticides may occur over very long distances, as evidenced by the presence of pesticides in ocean fog (Schomburg & Glotfelty, 1991) and arctic snow (Gregor & Gummer, 1989)…  Human pesticide poisonings and illnesses are the highest price paid when pesticides reach non-target areas.  It is estimated that there are about 1 million accidental human pesticide poisonings each year in the world, with about 20000 reported deaths (WHO-UNEP, 1989)…  Recent evidence indicates that pesticides may damage the immune system (Culliney et al., 1992), and can mimic hormones and may thus disrupt the endocrine system in both humans and animals, causing a variety of disorders (LeBlanc, 1995).  Human health issues such as increased incidence of breast cancer, prostate cancer, testicular cancer, endometriosis, birth defects in the male reproductive tract, and reductions in sperm count have been associated with the presence of endocrine disrupting chemicals in the environment (Hileman, 1994; Davis & Bradlow, 1995; Kelce et al., 1995)” (van der Werf, 1996:83-86).  Dr. Judy Ford says chemicals are a huge issue in terms of the increasing problem of infertility (Ford, 2008).

[2]  As well, in March 2009 I weeded this same area under the assumption that I was simply removing a temptation for the golf club to spray.  However, I was exposed to dust from the weeds’ roots (when pulling and throwing the weeds over the back fence for later binning).  The outcome of inhaling dust from this previously sprayed area was the development of severe chest pain as I was actually weeding (very rapid onset).  I had to stop.  I think it was within a day or two that I then developed aggravated (resident) joint pains from my previous 2000/2001 exposure at my public housing unit, and new joint pains (hands and elbows), severe abdominal pain, elevated sore throat, persistent or clinging chest congestion, profound impact on my vocal chords and asthma, severe headache and neck pain, a persistent head cold, and extremely irritated skin.  These elevated and new symptoms lasted – in part – for over 2 weeks following exposure, with some very persistent symptoms still presenting in May 2009.

[3]  “Presently, there are 72 municipalities in Canada that have implemented by-laws restrictions or have banned outright the cosmetic use of pesticides.  These include West Vancouver, Port Moody and Gibsons in BC, and Toronto, Halifax, Montreal, and all of the province of Quebec.  Also, Vancouver, North Vancouver, Cumberland and New Westminster all have by-laws drafted but not yet fully in force” (http://www.ncap.kics.bc.ca/8pesticides.html; accessed: 6 Nov. 2008).

[4]  “There is far more to genetics than the sequence of building blocks in the DNA molecules that make up our genes and chromosomes.  The “more” is known as epigenetics.  Epigenetics… refers to all modifications to genes other than changes in the DNA sequence itself.  Epigenetic modifications include addition of molecules, like methyl groups, to the DNA backbone. Adding these groups changes the appearance and structure of DNA, altering how a gene can interact with important interpreting (transcribing) molecules in the cell’s nucleus” (The Johns Hopkins University, 2002).  Also: “What’s surprising is that scientists are now revealing that these environmental effects can be passed from one generation to the next by a process called “epigenetics,” with far-reaching implications for human health.  Epigenetics is showing that environmental influences can be inherited – even without any mutations in the genes themselves[1] – and may continue to influence the onset of diseases like diabetes, obesity, mental illness and heart disease, from generation to generation.  In other words, the cancer you get today may have been caused by your grandmother’s exposure to an industrial poison 50 years ago, even though your grandmother’s genes were not changed by the exposure.[1] Or the mercury you’re eating today in fish may not harm you directly, but may harm your grandchildren…  The development of epigenetics also greatly complicates toxicity testing, and chemical risk assessment.  …risk assessors will have to acknowledge that – so far as epigenetics is concerned – they are flying blind…  Of course all this new information makes the control of toxic chemicals even more important than previously thought.  The health of future generations is at stake” (Montague, 2005. [Montague’s [1] endnote: “Here we define a genetic mutation as a change in the sequence of nucleotide bases (C,A,T,G).  We recognize that epigenetic changes are heritable changes to the DNA, but they are not sequence changes”]).  The above makes chemical engineering all the more the worst ‘invention’ in human history, but certainly the ‘best’ and most comprehensive, silent and subtle way to destroy a planet, with most people not being aware its happening, and with industry profits, tied as they are to industrial innovation, suppressing all attempts to enlighten people to the scope of the problem!

[5]  “Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) is a clinical phenomenon in which individuals, after acute or intermittent exposure to one or more chemicals, commonly organophosphate pesticides (OPs), become overly sensitive to a wide variety of chemically-unrelated compounds…” (Overstreet, et al., 1996).  “The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently recognized chemical sensitivity as a symptom of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome” (Mindfully.org 2007, citing: Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 2006).

[6]  Not only are our attitudes intrinsically flawed when science and technological pursuits are valued above nature, but in not valuing the gems science teaches us about real nature we engage in a compounding insult to ecology and our own intelligence.  We thereby destroy our literacy in a world of potential experience and, for too many of us, we may not even be aware of the potentials we have sidestepped (Mulligan 2004:4), as we bludgeon past them with selfish ideas and pursuits.

[7]  “According to researchers writing in the Journal of Applied Toxicology, “immense care is warranted in the use of insecticides, because they not only affect the liver, kidney and other organs but also may alter the activity of the endocrine glands.” (J Appl Toxicol 1996 Sep-Oct;16(5):397-400)” (Shomon, 2005).  Therefore, being ‘professional’ in dispensing pesticide sprays does not equate with being careful.  You cannot be careful with pesticides if you apply them where spray drift, pesticide residues or leachate will eventually find people (or the places they frequent).  It is IMPOSSIBLE to use pesticides carefully, simply by virtue of the fact that these toxins are released into the wider environment where they can be neither monitored effectively nor controlled.  Trying to accomplish either is like trying to herd cats!

[8]  “How much, I wondered, have we managed to lose through this invisible disease?  How much intellectual capacity and function have we managed to destroy, gone before we had the benefit of the asset? ” (Donohoe 1998:32).

[9]  This is why I have not previously included my mobile/cell phone number with this communication.  My head starts to ‘burn’ and ‘explode’ and I become nauseous and dizzy after 20-30 seconds on my phone.  As well, the total stress load of this affliction leaves me with no reserves for dealing with anything other than calls from my immediate family.

[10]   The Pesticides Act 1999 appears self-contradictory.  It says we must not injure people with pesticide, and yet it allows injury through the legal use of legal products!

[11]  See: http://poisonedpeople.com/index8.html#SPRAY DRIFT.  Also: “The Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment has taken a strong position against municipalities using pesticides” (Sinclair & Pressinger, no date; citing Steve Rauh, Chairman of the Environment Committee for the Social Planning Council of Winnipeg).

[12]  All employees have a right to “work in an environment that is safe” (ACTU, 2008).

[13]  People “must be empowered, to feel that they have control over their own learning” (Parker 2000:170).

[14]  As well note that Parker (2000:91) states: “Pearse & Wright (1999) have discussed chemical assessment and the Precautionary Principle.  They state: “it is worth noting that it is scientifically impossible to prove that no harm can ever come from a particular chemical” “.

[15]  “You wouldn’t expose your kids to tobacco smoke would you, so why pesticides?  They are much more toxic” (Dingle 2005).

[16]  Synthetic pyrethroids are used for termite control in public housing.

[17]  Sinclair & Pressinger, no date, citing Bell, et al., 2001; my emphasis.

[18]  “Many organophosphates are also associated with irritation of the skin and upper respiratory tract…  The controversy over whether neurobehavioural effects persist after recovery from organophosphate poisoning has continued for 30 years.11,12  There have been reports of deficits in memory and abstraction on test batteries and subclinical decreases in vibrotactile sensitivity in workers recovering from organophosphate poisoning, but results of clinical and neurological examinations were normal.13,14,15  Among workers who apply organophosphates but have not suffered poisoning episodes, some studies have shown similar types of subclinical neurobehavioural deficits and subclinical electroencephalographic abnormalities,16,17 whereas others had largely negative results18,19” (O’Malley 1997; my emphasis).  “Various epidemiological studies have demonstrated that individuals exposed to a single large toxic dose, or to small subclinical doses, of organophosphorus compounds have developed a chronic neurotoxicity that persists for years after exposure and is distinct from both cholinergic and OPIDN effects[50]   Our review of the literature indicated that these studies describe a nervous system disorder induced by organophosphorous compounds which involves neuronal degeneration and subsequent neurological, neurobehavioral, and neuropsychological consequences” (Abou-Donia, 2003).  The neurobehavioural controversy exists precisely because, as this information clearly shows, most difficult-to-define poisoning impacts are sub-clinical, or presenting as a condition or illness that is not readily identified by the usual orthodox medical investigations (which are generally fairly obtuse).  This is why sensitive neuro-psychological tests and behavioural assessment are necessary for those more ‘gently’ touched by pesticides. 

[19]  “Doctors at a weekend conference in Winnipeg say there is a disturbing trend when it comes to the rising rate of certain cancers.  They say pesticides are to blame for the increase – especially in childhood cancers” (Sinclair & Pressinger, no date, citing Winnipeg CBC News – June 7, 2004; my emphasis).

[20]  “Leading weed scientists are urgently appealing to Australia’s farmers to switch to an integrated weed management (IWM) system as the country records its third glyphosate-resistant weed” (ScienceAlert 2008, citing CRC For Australian Weed Management 2003).

[21]  Also see: Submission to the European Review of Glyphosate Products (http://www.mapperleyplains.co.uk/oprus/glyphosrev.htm).

[22]  These tenants’ identities have been concealed because NSW Department of Housing Client Service Officers are well known by tenants and some researchers for being capable of significant levels of vindictive behaviour, especially toward the elderly.  I am personally aware of this problem.

[23]  Golf clubs are known for using fungicides on the putting greens and other pesticides throughout the course (Dr. Mark Donohoe, 16 June 2008, pers. comm.).  Also:  “Pesticides that are used on golf courses fall into three categories: insecticides, herbicides and fungicides.  Insecticides are used to a lesser extent than either herbicides or fungicides.  Herbicides, if used for two to three consecutive years, can pretty well eliminate most weeds of concern.  Fungicides are used because fungal pathogens can cause severe loss of grass on a golf course.” (Source: http://cmte.parl.gc.ca, no date, “3. HISTORY OF PESTICIDE USE” no date, http://cmte.parl.gc.ca/Content/HOC/committee/362/envi/reports/rp1031697/envi01/10-ch3-e.html; accessed: 30 July 2010.)

Also: “THE CONVENTIONAL WAY: There are up to 86 chemicals on the market for golf course use. These are known to have been sprayed while players are still on the course.  Pesticides, herbicides and other chemicals are termed safe but when combined with other chemicals used on the course, the resulting cocktails may be deadly.” (Source: Biological Farmers of Australia 2005, “Kabi Golf Farm: A Fairer Way”, http://www.bfa.com.au/_files/kabi%20golf%20farm%20pg37-38.pdf; accessed: 30 July 2010.)

Also: “…but Friends of the Earth is also concerned that a range of pesticides (herbicides, insecticides and fungicides) will be used on the course after construction and also on the turf grass nurseries.  These pesticides will have the ability not only to potentially pollute Melbourne’s drinking water, but could also (particularly the insecticides), play havoc with native fish that inhabit the river downstream of the development.  One only has to look at what happened to the Warringah Golf Course in 2001 after their misuse of the insecticide Gusathion which led to the golf course having to pay out $500,000 after 10,000 fish (and many species of birds) were killed at Manly Lagoon.  (Source: Friends of the Earth Melbourne 2010, “Objection to Eastern Golf Club”, http://www.melbourne.foe.org.au/?q=node/724; accessed: 30 July 2010.)

Also:  “The governing bodies of golf and golf course designers have recognised the importance of designing, constructing and managing golf courses in an environmentally sustainable manner.  Golf courses can provide significant benefits to the environment if constructed and managed using best management practices.  They can also result in water pollution, pesticide spills and the destruction of native vegetation if managed poorly.” (Source: Australian Golf Course Superintendents’ Association 2010, “Establishing Environmental Principles for Golf Courses”, http://environment.agcsa.com.au/resources/environmental_principles; accessed: 30 July 2010; my emphasis.)

Also: “Councils have a responsibility to maintain the appearance and usefulness of golf courses, and doing this involves preventing and eradicating pests. The pesticides used to do this often find their way into the stormwater system.

Pesticides in waterways can result in dramatic changes within ecosystems through direct destruction of organisms and habitats, and more subtly through small doses which may impair reproduction, cause greater susceptibility to disease and inhibit growth. Aquatic animals are particularly susceptible to pesticides because they can absorb them from the water and sediments in which they live.

The chemicals used by councils can enter the aquatic environment through a variety of routes, including direct application, drifting through the air, migration of contaminated organisms, infiltration through the soil into groundwater, spills during transport and application, poor disposal of empty containers, and runoff from treated land.” (Source: Department of Environment, Climate Change & Water 2008, “Stormwater management for golf courses”, http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/stormwater/whatdo/local+councils/golf.htm; accessed: 30 July 2010.)  More internationally: “To keep expensive imported grasses green, golf courses need large amounts of chemical fertilisers and pesticides.  The average amount of agrochemicals used on a golf course is 1500 kg per year.  This includes zeolite, which consists mainly of silicic acid, aluminium oxide and iron oxide, which may be carcinogenic.

The soil-coagulating agent used to strengthen the foundation of artificial lakes in golf courses uses acrylamid, a strong poison. Its contamination of underground water has caused severe poisoning and disorders of the central nervous system.

As a result of exposure to chemicals, many caddies, greenkeepers and residents near golf courses suffer eye irritations and skin diseases in addition to allergies, rashes and sores.  The APPEN conference heard that at a country club on the Japanese island of Hokkaido, organic copper compounds were spread on the grass to keep it from rotting under the winter snow.  When it rained, the chemical was washed into the water system.  More than 90,000 fish in a nearby aquaculture project were killed.” (Source: GreenLeft , “Off course: golf in South-East Asia”, http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/6189; accessed: 30 July 2010.)

And, in terms of a better way to maintain golf courses: “METHODS OF GREEN KEEPING: Troy MacLaren, Kabi’s superintendent

greenkeeper, has worked on a commercial golf course.  “The members expect the greens to be like carpets,” he says. “Greenkeepers have the mindset that using chemicals is the only way to obtain perfection.  When you think about the greenkeeping methods used though, it’s not an efficient process.  For example, growth regulators have been known to be used followed by a high input of nitrogen.”  Seeing is believing.  Kabi is proof that greens and their surrounds can be kept up to the competitive standard without any chemical use.” (Source: Biological Farmers of Australia 2005, “Kabi Golf Farm: A Fairer Way”, http://www.bfa.com.au/_files/kabi%20golf%20farm%20pg37-38.pdf; accessed: 30 July 2010.)

[24]  I now believe that the most serious consequences of my exposures will likely not manifest until years after my legal action ends.  I have already noted signs of new developmental symptoms, and these have been passed on to my specialists.  If I must die from continuous episodes of poisoning from people and corporate bodies that are too bloody-minded and negligent to recognize good science and see reason, then I may as well die fighting and documenting my symptoms, right to the very end.

[25]  “An epidemic of developmental, learning, and behavioral disabilities has become evident among children (preventingharm.org, no date).  And why?  “We are inventing and releasing thousands of novel molecules every year in the pursuit of commercial gain” (Donohoe 1998:35).

[26]  Dr. Mae-Wan Ho and Prof. Joe Cummins.  See: http://www.i-sis.org.uk/GTARW.php (accessed: 13 Jan. 2011).

[27]  Note: “Now the Lymphoma Foundation of America has pulled together and summarized in a 49-page booklet all the available studies of the relationship between lymphoma and pesticides.[2]  It is an impressive piece of work by Susan Osburn, who directed the project, and a scientific review panel of 12 physicians and lymphoma researchers.  The booklet summarizes 99 studies of humans and one study of pet dogs (see REHN #250) in relation to pesticide exposures.  Of the 99 human studies, 75 indicate a connection between exposure to pesticides and lymphomas…  The Lymphoma Foundation’s booklet lists 12 ways that most of us are routinely exposed to pesticides in our daily lives even if we use no pesticides in our homes: routine spraying of apartments, condos, offices (and the associated lawns), public buildings and public spaces (parks, green spaces alongside highways, power line rights of way), and in motels, hotels, and restaurants…  We might well ask, where did these corporations get permission to violate our well-established human right to personal security?  And why do we allow these toxic trespasses into our bodies to occur without our informed consent?[4]  In other words, we might begin to view pesticide exposures not as a scientific question, but mainly as a question of morals and ethics, a question of human rights…  Pesticide exposures seem to give rise to Parkinson’s (REHN #635) – a horrible degenerative disease of the nervous system.  Pesticide exposures diminish children’s memory, physical stamina, coordination, and [the] ability to carry out simple tasks like drawing a stick figure of a human being. (See REHN #648.)  Pesticide exposures seem to make children more aggressivePesticide exposures seem to contribute to the epidemic of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) that has swept through U.S. children in recent years. (See REHN #678.)” (Montague 2001; my emphasis)

[28]  “Exposure to herbicides (weed killers) before the age of one is linked to a more than four-fold increase in childhood asthma” (BeyondPesticides.org 2008, citing Boise, et al. 2004).

[29]  DirectGov, 2007.

[30]  Laurier, 2003; citing the 351-page report from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a branch of the World Health Organization.

[31]  American Cancer Society, 2008.

[32]  National Center for Health Statistics, 2008.

[33]  CureResearch.com, 2007.

[34]  NKDEP, 2005.

[35]  Mindfully.org, 2007.

[36]  Bio-Medicine.org, 2008.

[37]  ScienceDaily, 2008.  Like my old school friend who had used a blonding agent for her hair since her early teens and now has MS.

[38]  Yb Dato Liow Tiong Lai, 2008.

[39]  Clennell, 2004.

[40]  For example, on Monday 15th Sept. 2008 I spent time at my friend’s in South Windsor.  On that day strong winds came from the west across the golf club and over the residences on McQuade Avenue.  For the 8 hours I spent there, my reward was an unusually elevated sore throat (well over and above what I normally experience), precisely the variety of sore throat I and other UWS-H Systems Agriculture and Applied Science Environmental Health students got after breathing chemicalized vapours from contaminated soil on a farm near the Castlereagh Waste Management Centre in 1995/96.

[41]  “A growing body of scientific evidence suggests there may be an association between parents’ exposure to pesticides and cancer in their children  …Kori Flower of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of Public Health and colleagues report the results of their recent study investigating the possibility of INCREASED CANCER RISK AMONG THE CHILDREN OF PESTICIDE APPLICATORS…  The team compared the cancer incidence rate in the cohort to that expected in the general population to generate a standardized incidence ratio, and found an increased cancer incidence rate among children of the Iowa workers.  The risk of all childhood cancers combined was 36% GREATER IN CHILDREN OF APPLICATORS compared to all Iowa children; the risk of all lymphomas more than DOUBLED, and that of Hodgkin lymphoma was 2.5 TIMES GREATERFurther, the team found an increased risk of cancer among children of pesticide applicators who did not wear chemical-resistant gloves during application, as opposed to the children of those who did” (Hood 2004, citing Flower, et. al 2004; my emphasis). .  This represents a massive OH&S issue for all corporate bodies spraying pesticide.  Also, what might be indicated here by way of the previously mentioned BSE?  This mostly invisible public health disaster must be confronted now BEFORE DISEASE EPIDEMICS IN ANIMAL POPULATIONS BECOME DISEASE PANDEMICS IN HUMAN POPULATIONS!  Growing agri-science FASCISM has to be addressed in order to stop pesticide manufacturers continually loading the bases and influencing politics for their financial benefit while a small planet plunges toward a GLOBAL DISEASE HOLOCAUST!  For example: “Violence and Aggression against Human Rights in the Wake of Agribusiness, July 12, 2005.  The agribusiness sector concentrates land, water, and income.  Its production is mainly for export, creating profits for a privileged elite at a very high socio-environmental cost.  The irrigation of monoculture consumes 70% of the country’s water.  Its machines are substituted for manual labor in the countryside, in a country [Sth. America] whose greatest problem is unemployment.  In the states where agribusiness has expanded, privately-sponsored violence is growing, along with repression through the power of the Judiciary” (http://www.landaction.org/display.php?article=272; accessed: 18 Aug. 2008).

[42]  “Glyphosate spray drift from both ground and aerial applications has been measured from 400 to 800 meters from the target site… Drift that is one thousand times less than the usual application rates has been shown to damage surrounding vegetation, including the killing of wild plants.  This is an important reason why it should not be used in national parks and environmentally sensitive areas for weed control” (Leu 2007).  And on any street and in any park because babies and bigger people matter!

[43]  “In the long term the best solution is the promotion of alternative, non-chemical methods of pest control.  This strategy is also of far more importance to reduce occupational exposure than campaigns to promote “safe use of pesticides”.  Such campaigns appear to be irrelevant when farmers are already aware of the hazards and safety precautions.  Non-chemical pest control measures are now promoted by the international agricultural research centers and IPM was identified as a key element in sustainable agricultural development by Agenda 21, the blueprint for action prepared by the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro in 1992.  The next step is for policy-makers to abolish subsidies and other incentives for pesticide use and to strengthen the agricultural extension services for the promotion of IPM” (van der Hoek, et al., 1998).  And: “Integrated pest management encourages use of fewer pesticide applications and more environmentally friendly methods of pest control.  The most toxic pesticides and those with greatest local resistance are identified; their use is then restricted and a regimen of decreased applications is implemented to protect natural enemies of the pests.  This strategy results in reduced pesticide use, increased productivity and profitability, and fewer deaths from poisoning” (Eddleston, et al., 2002).  Gee, fewer deaths would be nice, eh?

[44]  Note:  “A child’s brain is also more vulnerable because of the immaturity of the blood-brain-barrier, which is designed to protect it from toxins.  Even in adults this barrier cannot protect the brain from many heavy metals and synthetic chemicals such as solvents and pesticides.  In infants it is almost totally ineffective against most modern day chemicals.  This dramatically increases the risk of both temporary and permanent damage to the brain.  It’s possible that early exposure to some chemicals may permanently reduce the effectiveness of the blood brain barrier, allowing increased passage of toxins to the brain, and increasing the person’s vulnerability to certain chemicals throughout their life” (Dingle 2005).  Again, how many children live… anywhere near agriculture, parks and golf courses?  Do any of these children matter?  Or does only the convenience of NOW matter everywhere for the businesses, Councils and golf clubs that are more important than OUR VERY FUTURE… the future of this world locked inside our children?

[45]  Note first: “This study explored the frequency of Restless Legs Syndrome in Parkinson’s Disease.  It focused on the clinical differences between patients with and without Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS).  They used specific scales : Unified Parkinson’s Disease Rating Scale (UPDRS I-IV), quality of life (Parkinson’s Disease Questionnaire, PDQ 39), sleep symptoms (Parkinson’s Disease Sleep Scale, PDSS), and diurnal hypersomnia (Epworth Sleepiness Scale).  Over 20% of people with Parkinson’s Disease were found to also suffer from Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS).  RLS was found to be far more common in women.  More than two thirds of those with RLS were women.  Those with RLS suffered more from lack of sleep, and body discomfort” (Gomez-Esteban, et. al. 2007; cited by Viartis.net 2008).

Note second: “ScienceDaily (Mar. 18, 2003) — La Jolla, Calif. – Research at the Salk Institute has identified a gene that may link certain pesticides and chemical weaponry to a number of neurological disorders, including the elusive Gulf War syndrome and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).  The finding, published in the March 17 online version of Nature Genetics, is the first to demonstrate a clear genetic link between neurological disorders and exposure to organophosphate chemicals…  “There have been anecdotal links made between rises in ADHD, Parkinson’s disease and other disorders and exposure to pesticides,” said Barlow, an adjunct faculty member at the Salk.  “There also has been suspicion of a link to Gulf War syndrome.  But scientists have been focusing on enzymes that act on acetylcholine neurotransmitters.  This study shows that there may indeed be a genetic connection that explains how organophosphates can cause these reactions; it’s just not what we assumed it would be.” ” (ScienceDaily 2003; citing Salk Institute; my emphasis)  This research shows that even the so-called noncholinesterase inhibiting organophosphate Roundup will become a nerve destroyer via our genes.  Parkinson’s disease and RLS become disturbingly linked via genes and organophosphates.

[46]  “Another 200 chemicals are known to cause clinical neurotoxic effects in adults. [p.2167]

Solvent neurotoxicity in adults is well known from acute poisoning cases and from occupational studies.68  [p.2172]

The five substances recognised as causes of developmental neurotoxicity show similar patterns in the development of scientific documentation of their risks.  This pattern of discovery started in each instance with recognition of adult neurotoxicity, typically in people with occupational exposure, and of episodes of acute, high-dose poisoning in children.

The combined evidence suggests that neuro developmental disorders caused by industrial chemicals has created a silent pandemic in modern society.  Although these chemicals might have caused impaired brain development in millions of children worldwide, the profound effects of such a pandemic are not apparent from available health statistics.  Additionally, as shown by this Review, only a few chemical causes have been recognised so the full effects of our industrial activities could be substantially greater than recognised at present.

The consequences of a pandemic of developmental neurotoxicity extend beyond descriptive data for incidence and prevalence of clinically diagnosed disorders.1,3  Increased risk of Parkinson’s disease97 or other neurodegenerative diseases98 is a further potential consequence of the pandemic.”  [p.2174]

Source: P Grandjean, PJ Landrigan 2006.  Developmental neurotoxicity of industrial chemicals.  Lancet 2006; 368: 2167–78.  Published Online November 8, 2006.  http://www.sciencedirect.com.  DOI:10.1016/S0140-6736(06)69665-7.  Institute of Public Health, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark.  (Prof P Grandjean MD); Department of Environmental Health, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA, USA (P Grandjean); Department of Community Medicine (Prof PJ Landrigan MD); and Department of Pediatrics, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY, USA (PJ Landrigan).  http://sciencedirect.com.

[47]  A “continuum of expectations” (Liedloff 1986).