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Not buying Roundup doesn't mean you're not exposed

You know that the chemical companies contest that Roundup and similar solutions, which contain glyphosate, are safe for people. They claim that the chemicals only kill plants. Yes, they're specifically designed to be lethal, but not to you.

All the same, you have seen the debate about whether or not Roundup causes cancer and other serious health complications. You decide that it's not worth the risk. You stop buying Roundup. Does that mean you're safe?

Does ending asbestos exposure reduce the risk?

Nothing leads to mesothelioma more often than asbestos exposure. Though it does happen occasionally in children and young people who do not have an easily documented history of exposure, most people who get the disease are older and have faced a high level of exposure in their lives. It usually takes decades -- 20 to 50 years -- for the cancer to develop after a person gets exposed.

With this in mind, if you are getting exposed to asbestos regularly -- maybe you find out that it's in the water supply or in the dust that you breathe in at work -- the best thing to do is to end that exposure immediately. Do not take any chances. Mesothelioma has a high fatality rate, and you must stop the exposure to asbestos as soon as you can.

Does forest bathing effectively treat mesothelioma?

Fighting back against mesothelioma can be a long, exhausting journey for any victim, as well those around them. Keeping the immune system of the victim strong is an important part of treatment, and many immune-boosting treatments may emerge from surprising places, such as the practice of "forest bathing" that has gained popularity in Japan over the last decade.

While western medicine and its insurance counterparts remain skeptical about the efficacy of many holistic or natural treatments, the practice is much more common in eastern medicine and many Japanese insurers even cover the practice as part of their policies.

The effects of polyvinyl chloride exposure

Working in environments such as factories and construction sites usually involves exposure to many different chemicals. All employers have the legal obligation to protect their employees from exposure to known hazards. Therefore, you should have been provided with adequate protective equipment and safety training to prevent exposure that could damage your health.

However, unfortunately, workers across the United States continue to suffer from serious illnesses such as cancer because of long-term exposure to toxins in the workplace. This can be due to exposure to toxins that were not known to be dangerous at the time, or it could be due to negligent employers who did not do enough to keep the workplace safe. If you have worked with polyvinyl chloride in the past and you are currently suffering from health issues, it is important that you understand how polyvinyl chloride exposure could have negatively affected your health.

Can blood tests detect mesothelioma?

If you are experiencing concerning health problems that could possibly point to mesothelioma, you will want to do as much as you can to understand the nature of the disease and the way that it is treated. Extensive research into mesothelioma as well as other cancers has helped to increase the quality and effectiveness of treatment over the years.

Many forms of cancer can be successfully treated today. But in order for medical professionals to do so effectively, an early diagnosis is paramount. This is why methods of diagnosis are so important for a positive outcome. As well as raising awareness of common symptoms of cancers in the general public, medical professionals need to develop scientific ways to verify the existence of cancer in a patient. Thanks to developments in medicine, there are four blood tests that make it possible to detect mesothelioma before it develops into the later stages.

New Jersey jury finds in favor of Johnson & Johnson

For decades, people of all ages have used talc powder, also called talcum powder or baby powder, for a variety of reasons. They might sprinkle it into their undergarments or socks to absorb moisture and odor. They might even powder their arms and legs in humid climates to reduce the appearance and smell of sweat. People also use it in diapers to help babies avoid diaper rash. Some people have used this powder daily for the majority of their lives.

Unfortunately, the product may not be as safe as consumers believed it to be. Talc often occurs near asbestos in mineral deposits, and companies don't always put the safety of the consumer above efficiency and profit. Many lawsuits in recent years have alleged that talcum powder contaminated by asbestos cause serious cancer.

3 ways asbestos exposure may happen to you

For decades, thousands of manufacturers used asbestos in household and industrial goods, placing millions of Americans at risk of significant exposure. While the risks of asbestos exposure are more well-known now and the substance is widely known to cause serious medical complications like mesothelioma, many products still include the substance in some quantity.

Unfortunately, many people do not realize just how easy asbestos exposure can be, especially if it happened many years ago and its effects are just now understood. If you suspect that you or someone you love experienced asbestos exposure, it is wise to examine your history carefully to identify any points of exposure.

Research shows softening compound in PVC piping to be cancer risk

It can be difficult as a consumer to know what new health scares are mostly media hype and what ones pose actual danger to you and your loved ones. It seems like every day, there is some report of medical issues related to popular products. Everything from eating certain foods to using certain kinds of paint in your house has come under fire for potential health risks.

With so much conflicting information, you might choose to ignore it all and hope for the best, assuming that companies wouldn't intentionally make or sell dangerous products. However, there is another way to sort through all of those claims and engage in harm reduction practices for yourself and your family.

California woman awarded $29 million in talcum powder case

For decades, women used Johnson & Johnson's talcum powder as a way to keep themselves as fresh as possible. During those same decades, it is very likely that Johnson & Johnson executives were aware of asbestos contamination in the mines providing the talc for their product.

In other words, millions of women unknowingly sprinkle a dangerous carcinogen into their babies' diapers and even their own undergarments. In recent years, scientists have established a correlation between asbestos exposure and certain reproductive cancers, specifically ovarian cancer.

New Roundup trial underway in San Francisco

Companies that put out a brand name product will often do just about anything to defend their investment in said product. Even if there is evidence that a product has harmed people or could potentially endanger consumers, companies may attempt to protect their bottom line instead of the general public.

Especially in situations where a product has long-term health implications instead of immediate ones, companies may simply take the approach of denying everything until they cannot possibly continue to do so. That certainly seems to be the case with Roundup, a popular herbicide also known as glyphosphate.

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