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Possible holistic treatments for mesothelioma

Those who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma will know the profound ways that it can affect a person's quality of life. The common symptoms of mesothelioma include chest pain, fluid buildup, fatigue and shortness of breath. The symptoms, in addition to aggressive and intensive hospital treatments, can make day-to-day living extremely painful.

Some people diagnosed with mesothelioma have chosen to look into more natural and holistic treatments as a supplement to their formal medical care. Paul Kraus is the longest known survivor of mesothelioma in the world. He was diagnosed with the disease in 1997 and continues to live a high quality of life today. He took a natural and holistic approach to his healing journey. The following are are some of the alternative treatment options for mesothelioma patients.

Retailers now face lawsuits related to selling Roundup

The famous weed killer Roundup was developed to effectively kill any plants that gardeners or farmers didn't want on their property. Monsanto, the company that developed the compound, went so far as to also develop crop seeds that were resistant to the spray, allowing farmers to readily apply the herbicide to their entire field without worrying about killing their crops.

While some kinds of plants seem to do just fine with glyphosate exposure, the same is not necessarily true of humans exposed to this potent plant killer, especially if the exposure is heavy and over a long time. There has been some scientific correlation between prolonged exposure to glyphosate and the developments of Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma later on in life.

Asbestos: A carcinogen with devastating consequences

Did you know that asbestos exposure, and the diseases that come with it being a carcinogen, leads to approximately 40,000 deaths in America each year? Every kind of asbestos can lead to cancers including mesothelioma, cancers of the ovaries and larynx, asbestosis and lung cancer.

In most industrialized countries around the world, asbestos is no longer used. In fact, the United States is the last western industrialized nation that has not banned asbestos. That means that millions of Americans could be exposed to this dangerous mineral.

Some workers from various industrial plants had asbestos exposure

Many large companies have historically used asbestos in a variety of products because of its availability and its low overall cost. Unfortunately, just because these companies are big businesses doesn't mean that they are infallible. In fact, many of them made some questionable decisions in the past that may have left their workers at elevated risk for debilitating illness.

Factories that built many things, from small appliances to massive industrial turbines, may leave their staff vulnerable to future disease or illness. Those who built, handled and installed these products could have experienced asbestos exposure. They likely experienced that exposure at a time in American history when there weren't adequate protections for asbestos exposure in place.

Former NFL pro Merril Hoge files suit over Roundup cancer issue

The potentially serious medical risks associated with glyphosate use have become increasingly well-known in recent months. The mainstream media has begun to pay attention to the dangers of this ubiquitous chemical, as several major lawsuits have ruled in the favor of plaintiffs who alleged that the compound, a major ingredient in the weed killer Roundup, caused their serious cancers.

Certain forms of lymphoma, non-Hodgkin's in particular, have a correlation with repeated and prolonged exposure to Roundup's main ingredient, glyphosate. Monsanto, the company that developed the compound, has continued to deny that glyphosate is dangerous or poses a risk to the public.

Bayer struggles with Roundup cases against Monsanto

If you love to garden, you may be familiar with the weed killer, Roundup. Recently, this weed killer has been in the news, because people are asserting that it has caused them to develop cancer. The total number of people claiming this has reached over 18,000, putting the German company Bayer in a difficult position.

Glyphosate, an ingredient in Roundup, is a controversial chemical. It's believed to cause harm to humans and to the environment. In July 2019, around 18,400 plaintiffs had filed claims in connection to glyphosate, according to Bayer. That's up from 13,400 in April.

Popular children's makeup recalled for asbestos contamination

Asbestos recalls are somewhat common. If you closely follow product recalls or asbestos news, you may remember that in early 2018, the brand Justice recalled a number of products because of reports that laboratories found asbestos in some of them. There were similar claims made against the accessories chain store Claire's, although Claire's had less of an immediate reaction then Justice did.

However, it appears that Claire's is still struggling with sourcing clean talc for their makeup and avoiding asbestos contamination in the products that they sell to young girls. There is currently a nationwide voluntary recall and an FDA recommendation against using certain makeup purchased at Claire's or from Beauty Plus Global.

10 states bring a lawsuit about asbestos against the EPA

Asbestos, a naturally-occurring mineral, has been used in hundreds of products, ranging from brake pads to building insulation in Navy ships. Asbestos has uses for both fireproofing items and insulating. However, medical professionals have suspected that asbestos caused disease and cancer since the beginning of the twentieth century.

The dangers of asbestos have been public knowledge for many decades since the mineral got linked to mesothelioma in the 1970s, which has resulted in increased government control of asbestos used in consumer and industrial products, as well as increased workplace safety requirements for workers who handle, mine or process asbestos or products with asbestos in them.

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

You know that the chemical companies argue 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?


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