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I lived in Grand Rapids from 4 yrs old (1969-1984) and was exposed to PBB. I have had three surgeries for endometriosis, I have multiple fatty tumors and so do both my children, and now I am fighting nerve pain. I live in the NW now and the doctors do not know what is causing it. My four brothers and their children have fatty tumors and multiple health issues also. When I mention PBB I get a blank stare and dismissed.
Hi, I was born in 1964 and grew up near the river in Saginaw. We ate the old fashioned meat and potato w milk at every meal. My parents frequented a questionable discount butcher during and after the PBB crisis. I experience menarche at 10.75 years and now have a JAK2 V617F mutation and multiple sclerosis. My daughter was dx with leukemia at age 5 in 1987. I think we were affected by maybe both PBB and the Dioxin. My parents and grandparents do not have health problems like this, though one grandparent was a career worker at Dow.
I remember when growing up in Northern Michigan, my dad bought milk from the local farmer. we continued to buy milk until he lost at least 10 cows, and so did everyone else. I am first generation PBB. My brother had a child 4 years ago, My brothers also are first generation. My nephew has allot of problems, as described in this and other articles, his is underweight for his size, and has intestinal problems…..similar to crohns disease. I have crohns disease as well. But here is the interesting part:: I was 11 years old when contaminated. Less than a year after contamination, I had unusual intestinal developments..
There are so many cases of cancer, intestinal cancer, developmental physical anomalies in northern Michigan for at least 2 generations that I know of, it is unrealistic based on other areas I have lived after growing up. So many generations sick.
And as I can remember, the milk farmer said that it was like months before the CDC could get to northern michigan because of all of the farm cases in southern michigan.
what I am interested in is finding out is how much PBB my nephew (second generation) has in his system. Please feel free to contact me. It is also unclear if my brother’s wife was also contaminated as well. Her mother if so, would be first generation PBB. she would be second.
Also the farmer was told to bury his cattle on his land. (He didn’t have a large enough herd to warrent moving the animals to the “official” dump site.
I have just learned that I am a second generation individual impacted by PBB and having problems outlined by the Emory study. I believe that this company should not be allowed to get away with such an atrocity. I wasn’t alive in 1973 but I am suffering the consequences of their disgusting oversight. There is a special place in hell for the people responsible for this. I won’t be letting this go without a fight.
My family and I lived in Battle Creek from 1973 to November 1976. My son was born in April of 1975 with twisted lower legs that require the use of a metal brace for several months to correct. My daughters 7 and 3 in
1973. My oldest daughter had two still healthy children born in 1996 and 1999. My youngest son just had his first child – a boy – in September of 2017. My youngest daughter never had children but had considerable “female problems”. We are all scattered now from Florida to Alaska to Massachusetts. I would be interested in participating in any follow up studies regarding our exposure and the affects of the continued presence of PBB in our tissues. I have both books and it is my understanding that PBB remains in your tissues for life and can be passed down to future generations.
Actually, make that “global businesses and Departments of Defense.” The United States is hardly the only industrial polluter on the planet. The toxic wastelands of the former Soviet Union put American Superfund sites to shame–stand on the shores of Lake Karachay for one hour and you will die of radiation poisoning.
I believe history will call this era not just The Industrial Age, but “The Age of Industrial Poisoning.” Which, sadly, is still ongoing.
We have done so much poisoning, from private businesses to the U.S. Defense Department. The mind boggles at how many megatons of lethal chemicals and potions were dumped into our air, land, waterways, and oceans, and that’s only the Flint- and Love Canal-type disasters we know about. Quadruple that for all the hidden and secret polluting, and you see the scope of our crisis more clearly.
I’m a professor at Central Michigan University, working with community members and research partners to develop an oral history project and identify research collections related to this episode of contamination. I wondered if you would be available and/or willing to chat?
It is important to not trade one problem for another. Chemical exposure has its dangers.
So does starvation. And starvation is more immediate.
ROUND UP – Glyphosate the active ingredient in Monsanto’s herbicide. Hundreds of tests and independent, reliable studies have been conducted that expose Glyphosate as a major threat to human health, but since the FDA and EPA rely solely on safety tests done by the manufacturer, no regulations are put in place to protect humans, animals or the environment from this known cancer-causing weed killer.
We guinea pigs consume ROUNF-UP thru Corn, soy, cotton, sugar, wheat, and other grains. It is unavoidable unless you grow your own food.
We guinea pigs ingest an array of other pesticides and insecticides applied to fruits, veggies, berries, nuts and when we are ripe, the drug companies step in to help us with our pains and diseases.
The fight on cancer is all backwards, the fight should be PREVENTION of cancer. If we tread lightly upon this planet and return the ecological system back to its natural healthy status and eliminate the toxins and chemicals we humans have created, perhaps we could enjoy good health too.
It is clear a negative feedback loop is currently underway, the mental and physical health of our youth is and will continue to be severely compromised by our current farming practices of lacing poisons and toxins on our food , water, air…
I recall driving thru Green Bay Wi, in the front yard was a young dad spraying dandelions with Round up and in the other hand he was carrying a infant boy. Why wait til the kid is 10 or 11 yrs old, teach them young, the result is the same. We are willing participants in an extinction level event, the cause of which is not a great volcano , asteroid or alien or tidal wave, its simply us in Ludicrous mode.
WHAT CAN YOU DO.. Ban all pesticides, herbicides, insecticides in your local communities. Educate your children about these deadly toxic mixes on all your food. Go to your local community and ban application in you village and towns.
Very iportant and well-done article. Hmm. Have to prove in great detsil exactly why and how the defects ocurred. The law doesn’t even require that any drug mfr show exactly how and why a drug works.
Remarkable things here. I am very happy to look your post.
Thanks a lot and I am looking ahead to contact you. Will you please drop me a mail?
Great article that should be viral. Just as the SC resident posted, several people that were exposed moved to other states and are suffering from the generational chemical exposure. I believe this issue is far larger tban to One state. Did anyone trace all the distribution locations prior to the chemical exposure being disclosed? How many millions were exposed consuming the products prior to exposing the problem and once it was discovered? I don’t see where it has been documented the locations that beef, eggs , milk, cheese, etc.. landed while being contaminated before and after discovery. Additionally, killing and burying in the ground, doesn’t this contaminate the soil? Just a few questions I stumbled upon while reading the article.
Thanks for publishing very informative as well as, frightening for those of us 40yrs later.
I was 16 in 1973. My family lived 7 miles from St. Louis. If you are looking for subjects, some of us might be appropriate. There were 8 of us (3 boys and 5 girls) who were (in 1973) between 10 and 20 years old.
This article is very well written. Thank you to the author and to the scientists and researchers who are involved in discovering and publicizing this important information.
I am a lifetime Michigander and would be interested in participating in the study. Born in 1961, near Detroit. I have three male offspring. No grandchildren, yet.
Please let me know any info on whether there is a need for additional study participants.
Makes me sick at heart. Read the entire article and believe it. My grandson was born with a hole in his heart. There is still a small leak and he is also extremely anxious, depressed has other health issues. We grew up in this area mentioned, ate the eggs, meat, milk etc. I have SLE which I have always maintained is environmentally caused. My daughter and son have Reynaud’s. Now we live in SC which has been the dumping site for nuclear waste for years. Why? How stupid and greedy are people?
And there are people in Michigan who vote for the gop. They stand for allowing industry full and complete rights to pollute at will. Some folks are too dumb to tie their shoes. The gop stands for the murder of kids by denying them health care including vaccines. With no herd immunity horrible deadly epidemics are in our future but the gop lovers don’t believe in science so they don’t comprehend the risk. The gop stands for starving thru taking their SS and murdering the elderly by denying them Medicare. But the gop voters are happy to see their parents and grandparents die early so the corporations can save billions on pension costs. Much of Michigan supports the gop with religious fury. Of course many of their religions love the bigoted hate filled woman hating control freak biblical horseshit. This religious myth is too insulate them from their own fear of death, but this does not extend to any others. They are happy to see everyone but the the fetus in the womb murdered with impunity. The children out of the womb can be merrily murdered by the gop and many people in Michigan will still vote for their gop, like an unchangable bad habit without thought or consideration.
I read how these researchers are investigating clues about chemical affects, but I am a human “guinea pig” suffering from intense chemical sensitivities. As soon as I smell these chemicals I suffer reactions. I cannot sleep on conventional mattresses or use laptops. These make me ill, immediately. We do not realize that we daily inhale a barrage of chemicals which Immediately enter our blood, interrupting immunity and hormonal balance. Everyone is suffering from the toxic affects of their many fragrances, formaldehyde in furniture, flooring, cardboard, clothing. But no one perceives it, so we beseech our doctor for a cure, which ensues in imbibing prescribed substances usually unnatural to our bodies. Our bodies just need us to get back to what is natural.
In my reading about epigenetics, I learned about a study, I believe in Denmark or Norway, decades ago that for any woman who had been malnourished in childhood (a nation-wide problem at the time) any of her male children were affected genetically, while any daughters where not although their daughters were.
That would be the Dutch “Hunger Winter” at the end of World War II, which should be enough information to search for much more about it if you like. It is often presented as a case of epigenetic inheritance in humans.
WARF is the acronym for Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation. NOT Wisconsin Animal Research Foundation. Warfarin is one of the products from this research entity at my alma mater.
Thanks for pointing out this error, Beverly. We’ve updated the story.
You people need to talk to John Berger owner of NWFF in Philomath Oregon. He was a Firefighter that was exposed to some chemical while fighting a fire in California. California fire fighting law was changed due to his case. After he was exposed he would become drunk after drinking orange juice and that was one of the more mundane changes. He has children and they have obvious genetic damage. At this point we are essentially concentrating poisons in the environment. Pollution is the greatest killer at this point and we have affected our genetics probably permanently because of it.
More practical mechanism search involves anti-depressants.
See Dentate Gyrus and BDNF.
Holocaust work remains controversial, involving Fkbp5.
New protocols are emerging.