Autism and our Environment: The Final Answer

December 31, 2009

I just found out that another member of my family has autism.  As a father of an autistic child, and friend of parents with autistic children, and now one of my cousin’s kids was just diagnosed, its extremely sad and frustrating.  We want to know why, we want to know how, and more importantly we want to know why now…  meaning, we didn’t grow up with this disease, its new, it’s an epidemic and… I know the reason why.  We are damaging our children with the toxicity we put into our world, in our homes, and into our bodies.  There can’t be any other reason why.

Sure, there are those that fear immunizations, but we all got them in the 1960’s and 1970’s, with no problems.  If you search the Internet, you’ll find bogus cures, celebrities who claim they cured their child, but this is a world-wide epidemic – that is systemic of one problem that we don’t want to face, that we don’t want to know…. that we are at fault for the lifestyles that we lead and our children are paying for it with their brains being damaged.

Here’s my case in point – look around your home – very little of what you sleep on, eat off, sit on, wear, decorate with and cook with has ever been tested for chemical reaction to your body.  More than 80,000 chemical compounds exist in the marketplace – 250 have been tested.  Our homes, our offices, our places to play, our places to eat, our modes of transportation are outgassing and leaching toxins into our bodily systems every single day.  We are exposed to massive amounts of heavy metals, chemical compounds, detergents, solvents, volatile organic compounds, noxious fumes, exhausts, pesticides, herbicides, plastic residues, mercury from power plants, dozens of carcinogens from our gasoline engines, chlorine in our water, and so much more its mind numbing. 

How about cosmetics?  What about that roll-on, lipstick, hairspray, face cream, wrinkle cream, nail polish, eye liner, hair remover, facial scrub, shampoo, conditioner and myriad other products put on the female body each day (in which 50% to 60% is absorbed) – for years on end?  Are they safe?  Who knows, few products are tested.

What about your food?  With hormones, pesticides, fungicides, preservatives, and more strange compounds that I could list nor pronounce..  Are they safe?  What about that cookware with its non-stick paint?  Once again, very little testing is done.

Our bodies store and process this onslaught of toxicity every day.  NOW, imagine the chance a small developing brain has against this daily onslaught, some kind of damage is going to happen to those brains that are susceptible to genetic malady.  In the world of autism we talk about a “spectrum” disorder, meaning each kid is affected differently – some its speech and small motor skills, others its socialization, and others it’s a complete system malfunction.  For me, this is indicative of environmental influence.  If it was something as simple as an immunization shot, the malady would be consistent.   It’s not.  The label spectrum disorder – tells the tale – each family is exposed to different levels of toxicity at different times, and it affects the developing brain differently.

A few years ago, Discover magazine hinted at the problem – they found a direct correlation between pollution levels and autism levels.  The article was largely ignored.  It hit me between the eyes…. it’s the final answer.  But we need to ask the larger question.  When are we going to stop poisoning ourselves and our new-born babies…  When are we going to say no to convenience and ease and think and buy practical and safe – and tested.  When do we say no to jobs and companies that create damage to our society at large?  When do we demand long-term studies of our compounds in use and demand that the protective agencies of our government do their jobs?

Thanks for reading, and to the other parents out there with Autistic children, my heart goes out to you.  Here’s our fight – make the world a less toxic place for the next generation…

I run Planet Protect Sportswear and my company fights pollution, visit our website at www.PlanetProtect.com – thanks for reading our blog…


Surviving the Cure: the real cancer nightmare

December 19, 2009

This blog is dedicated to my parents, friends and loved ones who have been through the cancer nightmare.  I have watched, with deep personal horror, as my parents, friends (those alive and now dead), who have been through what I aptly call the cancer treatment outrage.  There is nothing more barbaric, cruel and medieval than cancer treatment in the 21st century.  For those of you who are reading this, who are cancer survivors, I’m delighted that you are here, reading this, and survived the onslaught of poisons, inconsistent care and sheer guessing voodoo that your oncologist put you through.  I do not see these people as doctors – anymore than I think those who did bleedings and exorcisms in the 15th century are doctors.

I currently have yet another friend who is about to go through the chemo/radiation mixture of pain, suffering and brink of death – all in the name of medicine and IF she survives the cure, she will have numb hands and feet (perhaps) for the rest of her life, but she’ll be alive.  And for oncologists, this is a win, until the cancer returns…

I watched my father be brought to the brink of death, writhing in such horrible pain, that we had to dope him on morphine until he passed out – for weeks on end.  The pain was not from the cancer, but from burning him inside out with radiation.  He caught every illness in the hospital because his immune system was destroyed from the chemo therapy, and months later, he slowly began to gain his strength back.  Six years later, he is still suffering from the cure.

You go through this often enough and your perspective changes.  After years of this, you start to see cancer treatment as a game, as a business, one that is thriving. I see cancer centers as warehouses to stack, pack and rack as many people as possible, to milk as much money as possible.  I see research as a complete sham now, I won’t donate a dime.  The colleges, universities, pharmaceutical companies, research facilities have had 50 years to study and research the problem… you’re not getting one more dime from me or my family.

It’s time to shift from cancer research into cancer prevention.  We cannot allow toxicity to be in everything we buy and eat in the name of jobs, profits and convenience.  Cancer rates are high because we poison ourselves – period.  Stop poisoning our air, land and water, and cancer rates will plummet – to what they were before the industrial revolution.  Secondarily, take the business and profit out of cancer, and the research will shift into finding ways to get cells to self terminate that is based on genetics, and not post World War II research and accidental discoveries.

I’m mad as hell that my good friend is at the mercy of the cancer “doctors.”  And as one doctor said to me, with my hands around his neck after my father was about to slip away, “this is all we got.”  Well, its time to do better…. Doctor.

I run an activist sportswear company, www.planetprotect.com, I fight pollution and damage to our oceans…


Follow the White Trash…

December 3, 2009

I’ve seen flotillas of white colored trash – plastic bottles and bags heading off to sea.  It’s sad and it churns my stomach.  Finally a couple of intrepid MIT students (I suppose you have to be intrepid to get into MIT), came up with a clever way to see where loose, un-collected trash ends up and how it migrates around the country.  We applaud this type of research, for too long, our out-of-sight-out-of-mind treatment of trash and pollution has been the norm.  The story is linked at the bottom of this blog, so we highly recommend that you take a read.

here’s a quick quote from the article…

“The idea with this tagging exercise is to bring an invisible system to life,” said Assaf Biderman, associate director of MIT’s SENSEable City Lab. “By knowing how long it stays in the system, where it goes, we are hoping to create an increased awareness in the public.”

We at Planet Protect cannot agree more.  The increased problem of plastic pollution in our oceans is a direct result of people loosing control of their daily trash (those plastic bags, sacks, straws, cups, and fast food waste).  Most of the waste ends up in rivers and streams and heads out to sea – by the ton each day.  Head down to LA and the waste water streams are filled with white plastic debris and trash.  It’s truly shocking when you see it for the first time…

http://www.cnn.com/2009/US/11/28/tracking.trash/index.html


The Importance of Organics

October 23, 2009

We here at Planet Protect – the Organic Sportswear Co – are frequently asked what are the advantages of Organic Cotton?  Why sell it, what’s the significance?  These are great questions, and we typically get such questions at the trade shows we participate.  People easily understand organic foods – no pesticides and fungicides are used to grow the food, making the food a healthy choice.  In terms of clothing, since we don’t eat our clothes, the real value is in the farming and land use.  Tons of highly toxic chemicals are used in the production of cotton.  The plant is doused with a dangerous mixture to ward of pests,cotton-plant-main_Full fungus and other detractors to its growth. 

Unfortunately, the run off of this toxicity is dangerous to people, our water supplies and health.  Organic cotton is truly the best choice for consumers.  The number of organic cotton farmers has increased dramatically, and we at Planet Protect applaud these suppliers and will continue to sell only Organic cotton t-shirts.

Visit the Organic Trade Association web site: http://www.ota.com/organic/mt/organic_cotton.html


Whatever It Is – We Are Against It…

September 29, 2009

Are there environmental Republicans?  Are there Republicans who are naturalists, conservationists, protectionists?  It seemed when I was growing up, that there were many who were about conserving resources, protecting national parks, not allowing business total control.  Perhaps they were –  the now extinct – Liberal Republican we read about in history books.  It seems these days, any discussion about environmental concerns, whether it be climate change, CO2 overload, pollution, off shore drilling, and any regulation forcing a company to clean up its act – is seen as Liberal, Democrat, and Environmentalist.  Where is the Republican that stands for these things? Is it just not allowed in the party?  Or is the peer pressure so intense that those individuals are fearful of non-exceptance?

I think the bigger question is – where is the Moderate Independent?  Where is the 35% of our country, and why is it so silent?  I have many Republican friends, and I purposefully stay away from hot button issues, simply because there is no discussion, the belief system is in place, and there is no room for sway.  My Democrat friends are equally locked in their belief systems.  Both are guilty of my new favorite line – “Whatever it is – we are against it”….  That doesn’t work very well when you have serious global concerns to contend with.


Health Care:The Hardest Solution

September 4, 2009

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The health care debate is raging.  Its political, contested, manipulated, overly emotional and far from being resolved.  The left is demanding change, the right is fighting the left.  We at Planet Protect – the Organic Sportswear Company – are firmly on the side of health.  Healthy lifestyles, clean air, pure water, foods that don’t make you obese, companies that care and a public that gives a damn about such things.

You cannot have health care without an environment that supports health. Cancer rates are too high.  Why?  Almost everything we consume has some form of chemical that has either not been tested, or we are waiting to see if it harms us in the long run.  And if it does harm us, are we truly sure that particular chemical is to blame.  Its a clever shell game of introduce now, and hope it doesn’t hurt later.  Most all of us will be affected eventually – hope you have health insurance when it strikes.

We cannot have health if we fill our air with car exhaust, mill exhaust, processing plant emissions, and allow people to ingest smoking products (known to cause severe damage to human health).  Our Corporate Democracy is too focused on job retention and less on human protection.

As Washington wrestles with health care reform, eventually we will have to focus on health reform – from what we eat, to what we breath and everthing in between.  That’s a battle, I’m ready to be on the front lines for…


Mercury Pollution: too close to home

August 26, 2009

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Recently, our Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) here in Oregon decided to side with one of the state’s biggest pollution emitters to protect jobs.  It seems (and you can read the article on-line – I’ll post the link), that they ushered in a deal to cut their mercury output, and the EPA made new rules making the emissions even stronger.  So instead of enforcing the new rules for Mercury emissions, the DEQ has decided to lobby to keep the standards they’ve set.  In affect creating a sub-category just for this one cement company.

Mercury has been found in almost all of our lakes and rivers, primarily from coal and cement plants.  We all wonder where the autism epidemic comes from? – come on!  Mercury causes neurological disorders in humans – we’ve known this for centuries.  This is why the EPA is pushing hard to fix this out of control problem. Our oceans are so polluted with mercury poison that grocery stores are putting warning signs for pregnant women.

Its time our Department of Environmental Quality lived up to its name, its not about jobs, its about responsibility to human health.

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