Pesticide Poisoning, Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, Lupus, Lyme, Neurological, Mold (Mycotoxin), MS, Metabolic Syndrome & All Manner of Environmental & Legal (System) Assaults Upon Human Health.
EXHAUSTED PESTICIDE POISONING VICTIM FURTHER ABUSED BY THE LEGAL PROCESS
EXHAUSTED PESTICIDE POISONING VICTIM FURTHER ABUSED BY THE LEGAL PROCESS
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
Web sites: http://poisonedpeople.com
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), 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; Bian, et. al., 2004:999); psychiatric reports: depression/suicidal ideation (Parron, et. al., 1995:54); MRI and RPAH SPECT/Ceretec scans: physical brain impact (Heuser, G. et. al., 2003); 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; Wood & Liossi, 2005:663; 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, citing Solomon & Mott, 1998 and Zweinerd & Ginsburg, 1988; Reeves, et. al., 2002:14, 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
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
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