How Everyday Products Make People Sick: Toxins at Home and by Paul D. Blanc

By Paul D. Blanc

''A tremendous instrument for making our houses, eventually, a secure position to elevate children.'' — Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., writer of Crimes opposed to Nature and St. Francis of Assisi.''This is the paintings of a life-time, one absolute to be a vintage for destiny lifetimes. Thirty years in the past, Paul Blanc trained me concerning the danger of cancers brought on by company and govt negligence. Now he tells a good, wonderful and stunning tale, in response to an unlimited wisdom of technological know-how, executive rules, historical past and pop culture that exhibits our own dependency and the almost-forsaken explanation for public health.'' — Tom Hayden, former chairman, committee on usual assets, California country senate.''''A masterful synthesis of a few of the very heated and demanding environmental and occupational healthiness problems with our time. Paul Blanc deals a grounded examine the longer term historical past of business sickness, and the poisonous surroundings within which we now stay — whatever that has been neglected in discussions of the increase of the trendy environmental movement.'' — David Rosner, writer of Deceit and Denial: The lethal Politics of business pollutants and co-author of include We prepared? Public well-being considering the fact that 9-11.

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The discoveries and then the rediscoveries of new/old environmental hazards, sometimes over many decades or even several centuries, are matched by a repeated pattern of corrective failures when it comes to definitively fixing the problem. In fact, the two are tightly linked in a parody of Newtonian mechanics, reworked so that for every action there appears to be an equal and opposite degree of inaction. This may explain, in part, a relatively short span of collective memory for these events: as public expectations of remediation are slowly dimmed and then eclipsed, time passes and forgetfulness sets in.

The same old arguments against the need for protective action, in the workplace and for the wider environment, have been paraded forth time and again, simply reoutfitted in whatever the costume of the day is. Even the revisionists’ ar- 28 guments that environmental concerns are both insubstantial and of recent manufacture do not form a new line of reasoning. Indeed, belittling the problem may be one of the most standard opening gambits when naysayers seek to put off any action. The scenario for failed protection follows a pattern of responses analogous to the Kubler-Ross four-stage “death and dying process”: denial, anger, bargaining, and acceptance.

Those responsible for the problem most often simply walk away, unscathed. Thus in practice, the strategies used to block any effective action are: 1. ” 2. blaming the victim and simultaneously charging that regulation is overly costly and ineffectual to boot. 3. labeling opponents as unrealistic visionaries or, worse yet, seditionist Luddites standing in the way of inevitable progress. 4. reaching out to the invisible hand of the marketplace as the best partner for corrective action, if such action is really needed.

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