Oh dear today has been such a wet wet day.
We have stayed in the dry this morning and worked on the computers but also carried on sorting out the den to make it look tidy as we have so much paperwork to sort through.
We also planned the journey Monday as we didn’t know just where King George V hospital was. It seems St Barts is made up of other hospitals and really covers a larger area than we knew.
It makes our Canterbury and Margate hospital seem like Cottage hospital’s.
It has The Queen Elizabeth Wing and King George V Wing infact 23 different buildings. We have worked out where I have to go on Google earth so Im happy.
We did take Louis for a walk up to the Chemist for Rays Prescription but they were closed so we walked up to the alley that goes into the field by Seasalter old church.
It was raining very hard but also very pleasant as it wasn’t cold so in actual fact we enjoyed the walk.
When we got back I sorted my washing in the dryer in the shed and tided things that had blown around in the wind and ray took this sneaky photo.
If he isn’t careful I will rub his spots ha ha !! he has taken so many pain killers today but at least he has had an hour or two of pain free but then I see him holding his T shirt off of his body.
I did do a massive pile of ironing and everything is back in the cupboards again.
We have been in doors all afternoon but the sun is now trying to peep through so it might be a pleasant eveing –Might!!!
I suppose we will get the DVD’s out as we have some catching up to do with our film’s.
Medical Bit now–
I have found this article today from google and at last someone is writing sense —
If you are alive in 2011, no matter what your age, you have been part of one of the largest and worst experiments in history. No matter how carefully you eat or drink or watch your exposure to toxins, your body has chemicals in it that do not belong there and have the potential to make you ill, even fatally ill.
You didn’t give anyone permission to experiment on you, it just happened to you. Chemicals have been spewing from smokestacks, sprayed on crops, dumped in your water, incorporated into your food, clothing and shelter. You’ve been exposed to large amounts mercury if you eat fish, you’ve breathed in asbestos from fabrics and building materials. You’ve ingested lead from paint. You have consumedBisphenol-a since the 1950’s or since you were a baby if you were born later. You probably havePCB’s in the tissues of your body. If you eat meat, you are eating antibiotics meant for livestock. This is a particularly shoddy experiment since there is no control group, no hypothesis and the experimenters ignore the outcomes.
In spite of the fact that we have many laws on the books to protect us and federal and state regulators to enforce the laws, the sheer scale of pollution has overwhelmed us. We all pay the price for this with our health and our very lives.
For generations, environmentalists, health advocates and people with common sense have been fighting corporate interests to keep toxins out of our environment. Have we been successful? Well, we have managed to ban and regulate some of the worst poisons. In some cases we have only shifted the manufacturing and distribution channels off shore so that we primarily poison other people with those particular toxins. However, it’s difficult to demonstrate any real big picture success against the tsunami of chemicals that we swim in every day.
Toxic pollution has no international boundaries. In China, a group of students shocked by the headlines about ” toxic milk, tainted pork and beef and reused gutter oil” undertook a project to map toxic hot spots for food production. In Canada, environmentalists fight pollution in Lake Ontario and the massive threat of tar sands extraction fouling ecosystems. In Japan, radioactive particles from the massive failure of the Fukushima nuclear plants are being found in food and water. All over the United States, we transport out kids to school in diesel buses that spew carcinogens out of their tailpipes.
While we have seen this rapid acceleration of ever more toxic substances into our environment, we have experienced a corresponding increase in disease. Cancer rates continue to increase, although treatments have reduced the number of deaths. According to the World Health Organization’s2008 Cancer Report:
The rapid increase in the cancer burden represents a real crisis for public health and health systems worldwide. A major issue for many countries, even among high-resource countries, will be how to find sufficient funds to treat all cancer patients effectively and provide palliative, supportive and terminal care for the large numbers of patients, and their relatives, who will be diagnosed in the coming years.
The WHO warns of a possible 50% increase in cases of Cancer by 2020.
The Scientific American suggests that soaring rates of autism are linked to our constant exposure to toxics. Again, we pay an enormous emotional, practical and financial price to deal with the increase in this disease.
Links correlating many other illnesses with toxic and radioactive exposure are many and powerful. Yet we continue to operate in a manner that all but ignores this fact. It is not from stupidity. We are smart enough as a species to understand the connection. It is more likely from a combination of greed, laziness and apathy that we continue to allow this to happen.
This is not a problem that can be solved in a year. No governmental body can pass a regulation or set of regulations that will fix this quickly. The hard work of reducing exposure to toxins from our environment will occur over decades and centuries. It will take a massive shift in our thinking about the rights and responsibilities of corporations and the role of our governments, local, national and global, in protecting the commons and prioritizing human health over things like the cost of production.
The fact that this problem is so massive is no excuse to give up. It is a reason to get active. Progress in reigning in the power of corporations to poison the entire population of the world will bring with it many collateral benefits. It’s an enormous cultural shift and requires dis-empowering the most powerful entities in the world. But if we don’t wish our descendants to live in a world riddled by disease, genetic damage and drastically shortened life spans, we need to begin now. As we fight the important battle against climate change, we must not lose sight of the urgent need to support organizations that fight the battles against toxic exposure and unbridled corporate power.
And another piece about Fords and Asbestos which has shocked me as so many people worked at Fords through the years and the Asbestos must have been in the production line.
|Ford Gets First Order 108 Years Ago Today: Legacy of Asbestos in Motor Vehicles Begins
|July 15th, 2011On July 15th, 1903, Ford Motor Company received its first order from a Dentist in Chicago. This began a long, unfortunate legacy of asbestos use in brake pads. For decades, mechanics and Ford assembly line workers were exposed to asbestos from working with brake pads. Asbestos is still used in some car parts today.
Especially when working on older vehicles, mechanics still face a risk of asbestos exposure. Although, since the late 1970’s, the dangers of asbestos have been greatly publicized, and now mechanics can better protect themselves against exposure. When production of automobiles started, the hazardous of asbestos use were not well-known. Asbestos corporations actively hid the true risks of working with asbestos from the general public to maintain high profits.
Although this day signifies the anniversary of a great American achievement, it also brings to mind the generations of mechanics who came in daily contact with this horrible substance – many died as a result.
Mechanics today should see their doctors frequently to check for symptoms ofasbestos-related diseases. If diagnosed early, an asbestos-related disease can be much more manageable than one diagnosed in the late stages. Anyone diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease should seek legal counsel immediately.