Living With Mesothelioma-My Diary- Hole in the road, Clinical Trials Day, and Asbestos Global Consumption 2013

Another day hope you all have a good one x

Yesterday the sun shone again and I was so happy. The scan results have been so good so I must fill my days with happy thoughts.

I spent most of the day helping in a legal question to help a friend out and we were amazed at how much help we got from nurses, doctors and lawyers.We must never hesitate and should never feel intimidated. If you have a question then ask– everyone wants to help us to understand Mesothelioma and the law.

Sitting on the computer the power of emails and messages is really huge.

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This is all by our parking space so we have had to move the car to the visitors car park with the motor home.

It has caused a lot of interest, everyone likes looking down a hole don’t they ?

Our power stayed on all day even though the men were still trying to trace the fault.

We were able to get the car out and travel to the park so Louis didn’t have to miss his run of lead. We did have a huge down pour of rain but on the whole it was a nice bright day.

We came back and I worked away at Asbestos and Mesothelioma Awareness and help anyone that contacts me for help. The Mesowarriors are such a great band of people that become firm friends.

Most people want to know how to get onto my drug and I guide them to the University Hospitals where the trials are carried out.

Yesterday was Clinical Trial Day.

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Lemons and other citrus fruits are crucial in the eradication of scurvy, the first clinical discovery made by James Lind in 1747. Photograph: Divyakant Solanki/EPA

International Clinical Trials Day, is held on 20 May each year to commemorate the day that James Lind began his trials into the causes of scurvy.

Lind’s experiments in 1747 were run under very different conditions to today. He was serving as a surgeon on HMS Salisbury. His trial consisted of just 12 men, grouped into pairs and given a variety of dietary supplements from cider to oranges and lemons.

The trial only lasted six days but, within that time, there was a noticeable improvement in the group eating the fruit, providing Lind with evidence of the link between citrus fruits and scurvy.

Clinical trials have developed a great deal since Lind’s discovery, but today we remember his work and the importance of research in healthcare.

Never sit back and hesitate the trials are a great way to receive treatment use this site and just put in what ever your ailment is and there will be a trial somewhere

RESOURCE: Latest analysis of global asbestos trade data; majority of use taking place in Asian countries!

One in three people living in Europe are potentially exposed to asbestos at work and in the environment, according to a report released by the World Health Organisation (WHO) at the end of April 2015.

Of the one third of 900 million European citizens who are believed to be at risk of regular exposure, nearly 15,000 lives are lost every year to asbestos-related diseases, such as mesothelioma and asbestosis.

Urgent appeal

At a large meeting held by World Health Organisation (WHO) between 28-30 April to evaluate progress on environment and health, an urgent appeal was made to more than 200 delegates in attendance.

The Regional Director for Europe at WHO said, “There is very little time left…” and called upon “… all countries to fulfil their 2010 commitment and develop policies by the end of this year that will eliminate asbestos-related diseases from the face of Europe.” WHO predict that mesothelioma fatality rates worldwide are expected to rise above 10 million within the next two decades.

Plans to eliminate asbestos disease

In March 2010, at the fifth Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health held in Parma, Italy, 53 governments from across the entire European region agreed to commit to reducing the adverse health impact of environmental threats in the next decade.

One of the first goals to be undertaken by the Parma conference attendees was for the development of plans to eliminate asbestos-related diseases by the end of 2015. By this deadline, it was expected that the majority of the members would have put plans in place, and 37 of the countries already implementing relevant policies.

Unable to reduce production

However, the reality is that those nations who continue to manufacture asbestos are unable to reduce production because of their economic dependence on asbestos exports, which also provides key employment to millions of workers. Despite of overwhelming medical evidence, some asbestos producing countries also argue that white ‘chrysotile’ asbestos is ‘low risk’ and does not pose the same danger as other types.

As a result, five years on from the Parma conference, the general view is that while progress has been made it has been “uneven” between “different countries and different issues.”

Two million tonnes exported annually

Positive steps were taken in January 2012 when a resolution was passed by the Public Health Ministry of Thailand, which called for an immediate ban on the use of white asbestos. In the same year, Canada began to stop mining and exporting white asbestos to a number of developing nations, including India and Mexico. In early 2013, it was reported that Pakistan may also be considering a limited ban.

By 2013 global asbestos production had passed 2,019,000 tonnes. Currently, 55 countries around the world have banned the use of asbestos fibres as an insulating material but still two million tonnes of the deadly mineral are mined and exported annually to developing industrial economies.

Biggest asbestos producer

Of the 16 countries who still continue to produce and export asbestos, Russia is now the world’s biggest asbestos producer, with around 1 million tonnes mined in 2012, more than twice the amount produced by the second largest producer, China. Around 90 per cent of asbestos was being imported by Asian countries 2011/13. Other high asbestos importing countries include Thailand, Ukraine and Pakistan who, between them, consume a total of 110,000 tonnes, while around 10 per cent of asbestos goes to just five countries – Ukraine, Belarus, Mexico, Cuba and Colombia.

The complete list of 16 countries that have not yet banned all forms of asbestos are: Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Monaco, the Republic of Moldova, the Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan, according to WHO.

There are many photos of Asbestos abuse like this one from MD @ Fibre Safe Ltd (asbestos specialists)

A worker pours loose fill asbestos ‘zonolite insulating fix’ into a loft void in America. c1940
Scarey I wonder if its still in that house and what did that pour man die of ???

Mavis Nye's photo.

So all we can do is plug away at calling for a total ban and Im making in roads with the help of contacts to call for all homes to have duty of care, where a survey should be carried out to list where Asbestos is in a house to either be removed by experts or made safe. That is the thing we shouldn’t panic as we can ive alongside it if its made safe, but at least you would have the choice. Its the not knowing that is the danger to our health.


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