A Diary of a Mesowarrior Living With Mesothelioma -The Story of Danger Dust and it isn’t Asbestos


I had a friend request yesterday from a remarkable man. Even Cyber friends you can just click and know when someone is reaching out to you and makes you think.
Im so wrapped up in Asbestos but this man has shown me Dust and cement are just as crippling and cause pain and hurt and twist the body.I wanted to share my experience and teach you that you have to be careful and protect you lungs and your body when at work.
So my lesson began
Hello Mavis..Thank you for adding me to your group..I have been following your progress for some time..fantastic wonderful person..I have taken the liberty of inviting you to our Dust Danger page….Again thank you from myself the Danger Dust …pseudonym of Gordon Sommerville himself and all my dusty warrior friends …you take care Maa’am..You do fantastic stuff Mavis
I am now classed as disabled..To put it simply ..and put very simply..from a simpletons..simpleton…..I am now plagued with one or more of these simple inflammatory autoimmune diseases…I am a stonemason to trade..one of the many effected by the harmless dust…As the dust has menaced myself and most of my friends ..I just think it jolly good fun , proper and sporting that I..should menace the dust in some way ???.
Thank you for your concern Mavis..your kind thoughts are very much apreciated..I am on the volunteer research list..ha ha..as soon as they find one thing another one pops up..the point that I am making to the government is that us guys up here only seem to have simple or excelerated silicosis ..but we  all seem to fall prey to various autoimmune conditions..lupus..vasculitis..sleroderma..but usually have more than one..vasculitis killed my working partner last year..my old tradesman six years ago..we are ,more than a cluster..the problem up here is what to do with us..ha ha..thank you again.
We do get publicity..problem is.. this has been known about for a very long time..first described by Dr Bra well in 1914 during his study of Scottish stonemasons..Diamond cutting blades put the tin hat on it..they decreased particulate size but increased the ingestion factor..there was a government release on the subject in 1992 to federation companies..that was quickly hushed up..you can not tell old sick miners ,quarrymen and steelworkers that they might have had the weird shit in the blood thing all along..my goodness..that would be admitting to something..If word got out this could travel abroad..Implications..According to our government Crystalline silica dust is a cause of silicosis end of..the new American ruling has made them re-word that..you can’t have American frackers working over here covered by different rules..hence the change in wording..British Petroleum smile emoticon
I have written many reports and blogs and published.I also have asbestos nodules in my lungs..but not full blown asbestosis ..but if you note the HSE’s guidelines..you do not trigger autoimmune diseases with fibre scars either..in the UK that is..modern research shows how your macrophage cells basically become impaled on the shards of silica or the asbestos fibres trapped in your lungs then burst releasing their nasty toxins..this in turn produces an immune response ..wheremore than just your T cells become confused..and that is only one of the ways dust causes problems..diamond cutting blades produce a near gas..these fine particles can be absorbed through the eyes or skin..that is why I shout loudly about full face powered RPE systems and repellent coveralls..And this is from me ..the man who would not listen till it bit him on the arse ha ha:-) ..sorry not on my laptop.trying to write on this spell checking one line at a time mobile devise..I hope what you are getting makes sense smile emoticon smile emoticon smile emoticon
 
My wife has been unwell for some time..she has been showing positive on he last two urine dip tests..she also washed my clothes..as I used to dress stone as well as build ..my house usually had an ever surmounting build up of dust everywhere..the dust with the saw is so fine it goes straight through you overalls ..gets into your underwear..even fills your pockets..Jacquie used to wash any coins I had in my pockets..ha ha..but she could never get them to shine as they would become so abraded in just a day..I do always try to shout very loudly to the guys,just to get that point over about taking dust home..awareness on all these subjects are essential..and I personally will keep shouting
 
I worked as part of a team who rebuilt structures after asbestos de-lagging in the early 80’s..we worked from a contamination unit..had more RPE and PPE then in the 1980,s than you will ever see on any construction site or stone yard today in 2016.. Also we were only allowed in there for 2 hrs at a time..not like the 10 hour day seven days a week in a stone yard…And yes it is exactly the same as asbestos..asbestos leaves fibre shards ..silica leaves little glass crystal shards..both perfect for impaling your macrophage cells.you make glass from silica sand
My words are usually sweary ones Mavis..you can copy whatever you like..The whole idea is to spread the word..make people aware of the fact that dust is dangerous..
My story is one of many..all roughly the same..I did write three or four descriptions of events..very colourful..i was on 85 mg of steroids at the time..it was written for the guys who know me in a language called..Scottish foul mouthed builders abuse..but i suppose my life story is in there somewhere between the profanities..feel free to alter some of the wording ha ha…http://dustdangerdisease.blogspot.co.uk/p/blog-page.html
DUST DANGER DISEASE Craft and Trade Awareness: MY Life in Dust From Start To Finish Starring…
The same blog is also on tumblr..I do stuff on wordpress and have four awareness websites along with G+, and twitter pages..but the facebook page seems to be the most popular..most of the guys like the terrible tales page though.. You have to be aware of asbestos also as you well know Mavis..myself and many others were exposed to asbestos on refurbishment works..the stuff is everywhere..as i said I had previously worked with an asbestos company with a very good safety record..When we came across abestos on refurb jobs with a construction contractor though..it was always just a case of ..rip it out boys..RPE if you were lucky would be a paper mask

Lupus doesn’t have one clear origin. Researchers believe it results from a complex equation of multiple factors. One part of the equation is your genetic makeup; another involves the hormones that regulate much of your body’s functions. A third is your environment.

When scientists use the term “environment,” they don’t mean only sunlight and other outdoor factors. “When we start talking about the environment, we are talking about things that are nongenetic in nature,” explains Mark F. Gourley, M.D., fellowship training program director at the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

I will leave you to read the rest but Im so unhappy that the world and the chemicals in it Kill

Please wear the right safety equipment and use the right protection and keep your self safe. We dont go to work to die

HSE link http://www.hse.gov.uk/lung-disease/silicosis.htm

a PS today — Fantastic Mavis..Again Thank You Most construction workers are exposed to RCD at some point some more than others. Crystalline silica is also found in wood so joiners and workshop joiners are exposed to this nonsense as well.. Then you have the steel workers who blast steel,The potters and ceramics workers..Dental technicians,electronics workers..silica is in chips and electronic bits and pieces..textile workers who blast jeans.. Silica is in the soil and wheat so farmers fall prey to this ..not to forget miners and frackers …. Quite a lot of people from very different working backgrounds that all seem to have two things in common..they work with crystalline silica dust and are prone to autoimmune diseases…there are many other triggers everything from solvents to sun light.. Many men who have severe autoimmune conditions usually have a history of occupational exposure to crystalline Silica Dust..These conditions are not as rare as some people make them out to be

And another add on this is fascinating — See Mavis… and others… as you can see my friend Gordon aka Danger Dust also reveals to you that his WG/GPA (Autoimmune Vasculitis) and also mine and my husbands WG/GPA are caused by exposure to crystalline silica and asbestos in dust from the construction industry. There are so many more of us victims out there, between us we know lots of them. We were all meant to meet up and spread the word about the dangers of dust containing asbestos, crystalline silica, etc. There is loads of good peer reviewed research published out there now to prove it. Crystalline silica and more recently too asbestos are linked to causing autoimmune diseases such as WG (GPA), Lupus, RA, & others from the list of 80-100 autoimmune diseases now on the list, with 40 more waiting to be added to it, MS being one of the more recent ones. You only have to look at what happened to thousands of victims of the World Trade Center dusts and the very high incidence of autoimmune disease that followed and is still increasing, not only cancers, etc. That was dust that came from what became a massive demolition site, full of construction and demolition wastes, just like the contaminated waste that currently is being ‘recycled’ back into new building products in the wood, brick, plastics, cement, etc., industries. It contains all those previously banned chemicals & substances, banned from use in new building products because they were proven to cause cancers, asbestos related diseases, autoimmune diseases, etc. It’s being ‘recycled’ back into new building products by stealth under the guise of ‘recycling’, without ever being stated on any MSDS. We all know that MSDS are a complete loophole for the industry written by the industry. They are mostly useless, as who ever checks they are correct anyway. But when you combine this with failing and not fit for purpose regulatory authorities such as the HSE, EA, LA’s, etc., who rarely enforce legislation designed to protect both public and employees, who work to out of date data and use out dated monitoring systems (see the report ‘No Proof of No Harm’ for evidence of that…. just Google it), who protect only the industries needs and profits over protecting human health and you have the recipe for a ticking firebomb….. for us all. We are leaving a legacy for the future that our own children and grandchildren will suffer from. The ‘recycling’ of old contaminated construction & demolition waste is happening in absolutely massive quantities and no one knows exactly how much or into which new building products it’s going back into. Look around and everyone will see that these ‘recycling’ companies, ‘recycling’ construction & demolition waste companies are all around us. When travelling on a motorway look how many lorries are from ‘recycling’ or waste companies and that’s those that use their own named lorries to advertise but many don’t. Stobart’s for example, process wood waste themselves now in massive quantities, and transport it all over to Biomass Incinerators, mostly from docks. Waste wood is being imported now too so can be coming from other countries that don’t have regulations at all. God knows what’s in that. The same ‘recycled’ contaminated waste wood extracted from the C&D wastes is used in the manufacture of wood composite boards such as MDF, chipboard, particleboard, etc., by big companies such as Sonae (closed down after the world’s largest class action began), Kronospan, Egger, etc. Australia refuses almost half of all the wood composite board that is imported from China, as they have much stricter regulations overall, but we don’t here in the UK. All use old waste wood but then include a certain, very small percentage of what they refer to as ‘virgin’ wood because then they can sell it to the huge DIY sheds that insist on the products they stock being FSC certified to appear to be environmentally friendly to their more aware customers. To get FSC certification on a wood or wood based product it only has to have a very small percentage of ‘virgin’ wood, which is supposed to be traceable & from sustainable forests and all that environmentally friendly stuff they’ve brainwashed us all into believing. So yet more loopholes like with MSDS. What you have at the moment is industries effectively policing themselves, & we all know what that means. Even the EA have TAG’s to advise them, made up of representatives from the industry they are supposed to be protecting us all from. DUR! Industry insists and advises EA that they don’t need further regulation….. they’re going to be good girls & boys and police themselves…… EA says great….. just what we wanted to hear….so we can sit back and monitor using out dated monitoring methods…….no surprise there!! The only losers are the unsuspecting understandably ignorant, brainwashed public earning what they want to hear. Then you look at the ‘FSC’ organisation that grants that valuable certification, then you see what a fairy story that is too, how it’s the wood industries behind it, certifying themselves & their own products, hence why only a small % of ‘virgin’ wood is required to meet the criteria to get the certification. Wood waste recycling companies also provide the same contaminated waste wood directly as fuel for Biomass or for wood pellet production that then also fuel Biomass Incinerators and even home wood stoves. Burning the contaminated ‘recycled’ waste (but technically it’s not being ‘recycled’ if it’s being burnt) causes toxic emissions even in the best of them. Then, to add to the mix, according to EA statistics, there is on average 1 large fire per day at ‘recycling’ plants causing plumes of toxic smoke that drift for miles, the Fire Service have raised concerns about it. These burn for weeks, smoulder on for several more showering whole communities with black very toxic, carcinogenic smoke, killing fish in rivers, wildlife & so on. Then there is the added danger of dioxins, furans, etc, that form from incomplete combustion processes. Dioxins are carcinogens on their own right, the worst of the worst, as these in conjunction with other carcinogens speed up the carcinogenic processes, so cancers can be formed far earlier than you would normally see. Smoke gets darker the more particles (contaminants) it contains, some so small they cannot be seen with the naked eye, which are the most harmful of all. As with any particulates the smaller the particle e.g. those smaller than PM 2.5 can pass through the lung tissue after inhalation via the alveoli into the bloodstream where they are transported to any part of the body to cause harm/disease. Keeping windows closed does not protect communities, especially the very young, elderly or those already suffering ill health, which is normally the only advice they are given by the Fire Service/EA. Smoke kills, we all know that, so why are communities told that smoke is harmless? ‘Recycling’ in this way has to stop or the incidence rates of cancers, asbestos related diseases, autoimmune diseases, respiratory diseases, birth defects, infant mortality & so on, will rise. Not all ‘recycling’ is safe and environmentally friendly. The ‘recycling’ cycle has to be stopped without further research, better notification on product MSDS, uptodate legislation/regulation and improved enforcement by the regulatory authorities. That said no amount of regulation can offer sufficient protection for all employees or communities exposed to the emissions from it. We all need to wake up and smell the coffee, or should I say the contaminated dust!! Or ‘recycling’ will become the new asbestos…. only far worse!! Do we really want this to be our legacy that we leave for future generations, for our own children and grandchildren????

 

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2 thoughts on “A Diary of a Mesowarrior Living With Mesothelioma -The Story of Danger Dust and it isn’t Asbestos

  1. See Mavis… and others… as you can see my friend Gordon aka Danger Dust also reveals to you that his WG/GPA (Autoimmune Vasculitis) and also mine and my husbands WG/GPA are caused by exposure to crystalline silica and asbestos in dust from the construction industry. There are so many more of us victims out there, between us we know lots of them. We were all meant to meet up and spread the word about the dangers of dust containing asbestos, crystalline silica, etc. 😊 There is loads of good peer reviewed research published out there now to prove it. Crystalline silica and more recently too asbestos are linked to causing autoimmune diseases such as WG (GPA), Lupus, RA, & others from the list of 80-100 autoimmune diseases now on the list, with 40 more waiting to be added to it, MS being one of the more recent ones. You only have to look at what happened to thousands of victims of the World Trade Center dusts and the very high incidence of autoimmune disease that followed and is still increasing, not only cancers, etc. That was dust that came from what became a massive demolition site, full of construction and demolition wastes, just like the contaminated waste that currently is being ‘recycled’ back into new building products in the wood, brick, plastics, cement, etc., industries. It contains all those previously banned chemicals & substances, banned from use in new building products because they were proven to cause cancers, asbestos related diseases, autoimmune diseases, etc. It’s being ‘recycled’ back into new building products by stealth under the guise of ‘recycling’, without ever being stated on any MSDS. We all know that MSDS are a complete loophole for the industry written by the industry. They are mostly useless, as who ever checks they are correct anyway. But when you combine this with failing and not fit for purpose regulatory authorities such as the HSE, EA, LA’s, etc., who rarely enforce legislation designed to protect both public and employees, who work to out of date data and use out dated monitoring systems (see the report ‘No Proof of No Harm’ for evidence of that…. just Google it), who protect only the industries needs and profits over protecting human health and you have the recipe for a ticking firebomb….. for us all. We are leaving a legacy for the future that our own children and grandchildren will suffer from. The ‘recycling’ of old contaminated construction & demolition waste is happening in absolutely massive quantities and no one knows exactly how much or into which new building products it’s going back into. Look around and everyone will see that these ‘recycling’ companies, ‘recycling’ construction & demolition waste companies are all around us. When travelling on a motorway look how many lorries are from ‘recycling’ or waste companies and that’s those that use their own named lorries to advertise but many don’t. Stobart’s for example, process wood waste themselves now in massive quantities, and transport it all over to Biomass Incinerators, mostly from docks. Waste wood is being imported now too so can be coming from other countries that don’t have regulations at all. God knows what’s in that. The same ‘recycled’ contaminated waste wood extracted from the C&D wastes is used in the manufacture of wood composite boards such as MDF, chipboard, particleboard, etc., by big companies such as Sonae (closed down after the world’s largest class action began), Kronospan, Egger, etc. Australia refuses almost half of all the wood composite board that is imported from China, as they have much stricter regulations overall, but we don’t here in the UK. All use old waste wood but then include a certain, very small percentage of what they refer to as ‘virgin’ wood because then they can sell it to the huge DIY sheds that insist on the products they stock being FSC certified to appear to be environmentally friendly to their more aware customers. To get FSC certification on a wood or wood based product it only has to have a very small percentage of ‘virgin’ wood, which is supposed to be traceable & from sustainable forests and all that environmentally friendly stuff they’ve brainwashed us all into believing. So yet more loopholes like with MSDS. What you have at the moment is industries effectively policing themselves, & we all know what that means. Even the EA have TAG’s to advise them, made up of representatives from the industry they are supposed to be protecting us all from. DUR! Industry insists and advises EA that they don’t need further regulation….. they’re going to be good girls & boys and police themselves…… EA says great….. just what we wanted to hear….so we can sit back and monitor using out dated monitoring methods…….no surprise there!! The only losers are the unsuspecting understandably ignorant, brainwashed public earning what they want to hear. Then you look at the ‘FSC’ organisation that grants that valuable certification, then you see what a fairy story that is too, how it’s the wood industries behind it, certifying themselves & their own products, hence why only a small % of ‘virgin’ wood is required to meet the criteria to get the certification. Wood waste recycling companies also provide the same contaminated waste wood directly as fuel for Biomass or for wood pellet production that then also fuel Biomass Incinerators and even home wood stoves. Burning the contaminated ‘recycled’ waste (but technically it’s not being ‘recycled’ if it’s being burnt) causes toxic emissions even in the best of them. Then, to add to the mix, according to EA statistics, there is on average 1 large fire per day at ‘recycling’ plants causing plumes of toxic smoke that drift for miles, the Fire Service have raised concerns about it. These burn for weeks, smoulder on for several more showering whole communities with black very toxic, carcinogenic smoke, killing fish in rivers, wildlife & so on. Then there is the added danger of dioxins, furans, etc, that form from incomplete combustion processes. Dioxins are carcinogens on their own right, the worst of the worst, as these in conjunction with other carcinogens speed up the carcinogenic processes, so cancers can be formed far earlier than you would normally see. Smoke gets darker the more particles (contaminants) it contains, some so small they cannot be seen with the naked eye, which are the most harmful of all. As with any particulates the smaller the particle e.g. those smaller than PM 2.5 can pass through the lung tissue after inhalation via the alveoli into the bloodstream where they are transported to any part of the body to cause harm/disease. Keeping windows closed does not protect communities, especially the very young, elderly or those already suffering ill health, which is normally the only advice they are given by the Fire Service/EA. Smoke kills, we all know that, so why are communities told that smoke is harmless? ‘Recycling’ in this way has to stop or the incidence rates of cancers, asbestos related diseases, autoimmune diseases, respiratory diseases, birth defects, infant mortality & so on, will rise. Not all ‘recycling’ is safe and environmentally friendly. The ‘recycling’ cycle has to be stopped without further research, better notification on product MSDS, uptodate legislation/regulation and improved enforcement by the regulatory authorities. That said no amount of regulation can offer sufficient protection for all employees or communities exposed to the emissions from it. We all need to wake up and smell the coffee, or should I say the contaminated dust!! Or ‘recycling’ will become the new asbestos…. only far worse!! Do we really want this to be our legacy that we leave for future generations, for our own children and grandchildren????

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