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Johnson & Johnson, ovarian cancer risks, and the law

From whenwomeninspire.com

Across America, women are taking the fight to Johnson & Johnson. The massive company behind many of the nation’s favorite products has come under fire amongst claims that their product, talcum powder, can cause ovarian cancer. If you want to take part in this class action lawsuit, make sure you seek out a professional compensation lawyer and get the Johnson & Johnson ovarian cancer risks details here.

About the lawsuit regarding Johnson & Johnson ovarian cancer risks

The claims come after the resurfacing of a study from 1982. As a result of this study, a group of researchers took their findings to Johnson & Johnson. They told them that the results of their research clearly suggested a link between talcum powder and a higher risk of developing cancer.

Twelve years later, in 1994, the Cancer Prevention Coalition also appealed to the company to ask them to recall the products and stop making talcum powder with its current ingredients.

The group spearheading the lawsuit versus the company claim that the company knowingly ignored the research and never told the public about it. They didn’t put warning labels on their products, and they even advertised that people use the potentially cancerous products on high-risk parts of their bodies.

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Johnson & Johnson accused of hiding the asbestos in its baby powder for decades

Oh how the corporations care about you & your babies. Not! …

Johnson & Johnson has long been the undisputed leader in baby product sales and has always tried to portray itself as a gentle, caring company. But a startling new report by Reuters suggests otherwise. The report indicates that small amounts of asbestos have been lurking in some of the company’s talc — the substance that makes baby powder powdery — going back to the 1970s. The company allegedly didn’t openly communicate results, and at times purposely obfuscated them, to both consumers and the Food and Drug Administration.

The information Reuters examined came to light this past summer. Johnson & Johnson was sued by 22 women who claimed the company’s baby powder caused their ovarian cancer, resulting in a $4.7 billion verdict against the company. As a result, old company documents revealing the deception were made public. On Friday, this news tanked the company’s stock, which dropped 11 percent.

This is just the latest in a string of bad news for the company, which has already been battling lawsuits and terrible PR. In recent years, Johnson & Johnson faced some backlash after it was discovered that its iconic golden baby shampoo contained formaldehyde-releasing ingredients. The company removed those chemicals (although they’re probably safe in the amount present in personal care products) and even recently overhauled its entire baby range to compete with smaller brands that have embraced so-called “clean” ingredients.

Most recently, it’s been battling lawsuit after lawsuit alleging that talc use caused plaintiffs’ cancers. Notably, some evidence from a 2016 lawsuit suggested that in the early ’90s, the company targeted black and Hispanic women, who already used the powder in the genital area in higher numbers than white women, for “more aggressive marketing.” There are another 11,700 plaintiffs lined up for cases against J&J, all related to talc.

J&J has vehemently denied that its talc contained asbestos throughout these suits. The link between ovarian cancer and talc is not conclusive, and it’s still not clear that the tiny amounts of asbestos reported in J&J’s past testing were capable of causing the cancers in the past and current lawsuits. But what’s not in dispute is that asbestos is indeed a well-established carcinogen.

The negative publicity from the high legal payouts and Reuters’s seemingly damning evidence of sneaky behavior from the company in the past has brought the issue of hygiene product safety and consumer trust to the forefront. The FDA has very little regulatory power over hygiene products and cosmetics. But this news, which comes at a time when consumer demand is putting a lot of pressure on legislators, may finally mean that laws change.

Baby powder and asbestos

Talc is a natural mineral that is mined from the earth. It’s not totally certain that talc, and its end product talcum powder, is safe even in its purest form. In some cases, it can also be contaminated with asbestos. Asbestos — a category of fibrous minerals known to cause cancer — often shows up in the same mines where talc is, causing contamination.

Health organizations globally recognize asbestos as a carcinogen, causing cancers like mesothelioma and ovarian cancer, especially among people like miners, construction workers, and factory employees who have been exposed to it in large quantities. It gets fuzzier when trying to determine exactly how much exposure is required to actually cause cancer; no one knows how little is enough to set off the very complex chain of events that lead to the disease.

The Reuters report indicates that it’s probably “impossible” to completely purify mined talc and definitely impossible to test for asbestos thoroughly and conclusively in all commercial batches. This all adds up to a recipe for consumer concern — and lawsuits.

The Reuters article, by Lisa Girion, focuses heavily on reports and testing that J&J did in the 1970s on both its baby powder and its Shower to Shower product that was marketed to adults. It weaves a tale of how the company appears to have misled consumers and even the FDA after scientists figured out that asbestos was harmful and that it was showing up in talc samples. The FDA at one point in the ’70s was determining whether and how to regulate it. Girion writes:

J&J didn’t tell the FDA about a 1974 test by a professor at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire that turned up asbestos in talc from J&J. … Nor did the company tell the FDA about a 1975 report from its longtime lab that found particles identified as “asbestos fibers” in five of 17 samples of talc from the chief source mine for Baby Powder. “Some of them seem rather high,” the private lab wrote in its cover letter.

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The History of Water Fluoridation You Weren’t Told

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Abby Martin takes with a look at the 50 year long practice of water fluoridation in America, outlining adverse health effects and breaking the myth that it helps prevent tooth decay.
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Ford spent $40 million to reshape asbestos science

Shocking evidence here of why you must research everything today. Honesty is a thing of the past in the name of profits. (If you don’t believe this, search the various corporations and see how they are regularly fined (peanuts) for their false claims). Playing with people’s lives like this is tantamount to murder. How many people have been exposed to asbestos without ever knowing until it’s too late? And on top of that, the medical industry does its best to downplay holistic and statistically more successful protocols to treat us with.  EnvirowatchRangitikei


 

Over the past decade 109 physicians, scientists and academics from 17 countries have signed legal briefs affirming that asbestos in brakes can cause mesothelioma.

The Center for Public Integrity
In 2001, toxicologist Dennis Paustenbach got a phone call from a lawyer for Ford Motor Company.

The lawyer, Darrell Grams, explained that Ford had been losing lawsuits filed by former auto mechanics alleging asbestos in brakes had given them mesothelioma, an aggressive cancer virtually always tied to asbestos exposure. Grams asked Paustenbach, then a vice president with the consulting firm Exponent, if he had any interest in studying the disease’s possible association with brake work. A meeting cemented the deal.

Paustenbach, a prolific author of scientific papers who’d worked with Grams on Dow Corning’s defense against silicone breast-implant illness claims, had barely looked at asbestos to that point. “I really started to get serious about studying asbestos after I met Mr. Grams, that’s for sure,” Paustenbach testified in a sworn deposition in June 2015. Before that, he said, the topic “wasn’t that interesting to me.”

The World Health Organization and other research and regulatory bodies maintain that there is no safe exposure level for asbestos and that all forms of the mineral — including the most common one, chrysotile, found in brakes — can produce mesothelioma.

Thus began a relationship that, according to recent depositions, has enriched Exponent by $18.2 million and brought another $21 million to Cardno ChemRisk, a similar firm Paustenbach founded in 1985, left and restarted in 2003. All told, testimony shows, Ford has spent nearly $40 million funding journal articles and expert testimony concluding there is no evidence brake mechanics are at increased risk of developing mesothelioma. This finding, repeated countless times in courtrooms and law offices over the past 15 years, is an attempt at scientific misdirection aimed at extricating Ford from lawsuits, critics say….

READ MORE: http://www.publicintegrity.org/2016/02/16/19297/ford-spent-40-million-reshape-asbestos-science?

The extended campaigns by corporations to corrupt the medical industry

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When you visit your GP there’s generally an unspoken understanding that the GP will be batting 100% for you and your health and well being. That relationship’s long been considered sacrosanct and unbiased. Well – here we learn of the Tobacco Industry’s decades long (50 years in fact) campaign to get the medical profession onside with the ‘health’ benefits of smoking cigarettes.  Then we had the same scenario with the makers of Asbestos denying the ill effects of their product on humanity’s health … setting the scene for yet another duplicate scenario concerning the effects of wind turbines on the health of those who live near them.

This information is from Senator John Madigan who “delivered this powerful speech on the floor of the Australian Federal Senate. In this speech, he details how one of Australia’s best known power companies, AGL, attempted to influence country doctors in their treatment of residents living near Macarthur wind farm.”(via http://www.pukekaka.com/ Posted on 2015-06-18)

Comment:

Note well, corporations have been described in the documentary ‘The Corporation’, as psychopathic personalities. Watch it and learn of the associated personality traits. In this particular instance, corporations are not averse at all to such persuasive behaviours as bribery, they are also widely known to regularly lie evidenced by their frequent court appearances and ‘slap on the wrist’ type fines.

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If Fukushima’s ‘all good’ – why have Japanese citizens been gagged?

“Implemented in October 2013, Japan’s new secrecy law will incriminate and imprison any Japanese for speaking of their illnesses, deaths and losses from Fukushima’s ongoing radiation release … and the IAEA, the International Atomic Energy Agency, has the whole world and all scientists silenced on the actual truth about this world-wide nuclear event … The majority of the people world-wide have no idea about Fukushima’s ongoing deadly release of lethal, man made weapons grade radiation.”

The powers that be are blaming asbestos, cigarettes and alcohol for the rising cancer, heart attack and birth deformity statistics world wide.

This 10 minute clip condenses the quintessential on Fukushima’s fallout. We have been lied to.

To learn more follow the links in the info section below our comment here, or below the video by suziq977 at its source on Youtube. Check out also our Fukushima page.

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Published on Nov 29, 2015

Originally Published by Ysalys (Kate) on Apr 25, 2014

This is to help understand this radiation release in a way that everyone will be able to “get it” so the Mainstream Media will NOT be ABLE to lie to you any further and have you become confused over their lies.
source video http://youtu.be/bYqh5vvreaY
(Disclaimer at about 8:30, Japan IS asking for help). Fukushima News 4/25/14: Tepco’s Pleads For Help; Is Fuku Radiation A “State Secret”? http://youtu.be/VihFnI3qWAA
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April 25th, 2014
NY Times Reporter: Untold story of Fukushima is the radiation issue, gov’t doesn’t want us talking about it; A lot going on that’s never reported by media — Afraid of being imprisoned under Japan’s new secrecy law; All officials have to do is say the info is secret (AUDIO) http://tinyurl.com/l9n4ykk

March 20th, 2014
KPFA: Dr. Helen Caldicott threatened with death while in Japan for speaking about nuclear power — Students being charged with disturbing the peace for handing out flyers (AUDIO)http://tinyurl.com/plolh3d

February 8th, 2014
Professor: U.S. personnel destroyed thousands of documents to prepare for evacuation of Japan after 3/11 — Bloomberg: “Near-Chernobyl experience” for Tokyo even though 200+ kilometers from Fukushimahttp://tinyurl.com/ken4vhv

January 7th, 2014
Secrecy agreement between Fukushima and IAEA revealed by Tokyo newspaper — They hid health effects in Chernobyl… same thing could happen to Fukushima” http://tinyurl.com/mqbl95m

December 6th, 2013
Japan enacts state secrets law late Friday night amid revolt — “It criminalizes investigative journalism” — Terrorism defined as “imposing one’s opinions on others” http://tinyurl.com/ks4krzv

December 5th, 2013
Japan Official: “This is the way the reign of terror begins!” — Lawmaker is “physically restrained”; Outrage as secrets bill rammed through — Final passage expected within hours (PHOTOS)http://tinyurl.com/lhlnckg

December 4th, 2013
Top Official: Protesting secrecy law is act of terrorism — Japan gov’t promotes idea that you’re racist if avoiding Fukushima produce — Bloomberg: “The entire process has echoes of George Orwell” — Nuclear activists to be constantly spied on? http://tinyurl.com/n4julqp

November 29th, 2013
Insiders: State secrets bill meant to suppress Fukushima news — Japan public stunned as citizens could face years in prison — Man’s mouth “stuffed with cloth” after voicing opposition — Toxic leaks into ocean seem unstoppable, gov’t must plug the information instead (PHOTO) http://tinyurl.com/pt9l7st

November 26th, 2013
Japan’s secrecy law passes lower house — AP: Prison for ‘inappropriate reporting’ — Official: We’re on path to be fascist state — Fear Fukushima cover-ups to worsen http://tinyurl.com/o9pnw6t

bonus links
: FUKUSHIMA RADIATION REPORT, April 25, 2014 http://youtu.be/FHvb2w2Ozbc WIPP report and Fukushima

Radioactive decay is the disintegration of an unstable atom with an accompanying emission of radiation. As a radioisotope atom decays to a more stable atom, it emits radiation only once. To change from an unstable atom to a completely stable atom may require several disintegration steps and radiation will be given off at each step. However, once the atom reaches a stable configuration, no more radiation is given off. For this reason, radioactive sources become weaker with time. As more and more unstable atoms become stable atoms, less radiation is produced and eventually the material will become non-radioactive.

The decay of radioactive elements occurs at a fixed rate. The half-life of a radioisotope is the time required for one half of the amount of unstable material to degrade into a more stable material. For example, a source will have an intensity of 100% when new. At one half-life, its intensity will be cut to 50% of the original intensity. At two half-lives, it will have an intensity of 25% of a new source. After ten half-lives, less than one-thousandth of the original activity will remain. Although the half-life pattern is the same for every radioisotope, the length of a half-life is different. For example, Co-60 has a half-life of about 5 years while Ir-192 has a half-life of about 74 days. http://www.ndt-ed.org/EducationResour

Measures Relative to the Biological Effect
of Radiation Exposure http://www.ndt-ed.org/EducationResour

This is not good … Tests Find Asbestos in Kids’ Crayons, Crime Scene Kits

Via EWG, this is from Asbestos Nation…

Even trace exposures to lethal asbestos fibers can cause cancer, and other diseases!

“When you catch a conversation about asbestos, you might think it’s about health problems from at least 30 years ago. You’re not alone. Many Americans assume asbestos has been banned or fallen out of use. And for good reason. It’s a known carcinogen that kills up to 15,000 Americans a year.

The harsh reality is, asbestos is still legal. And it’s everywhere.

When EWG Action Fund launched its Asbestos Nation campaign to raise awareness about today’s asbestos threat, we looked beyond well-known hazards – vehicle brakes and building materials.

We didn’t expect to find asbestos in crayons. But it’s there.

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According to tests commissioned by EWG Action Fund, samples of four brands of children’s crayons and two kids’ crime scene fingerprint kits contain deadly asbestos fibers.

The test results make a scary picture: a child exposed to asbestos is 3.5 more likely than a 25-year-old to develop mesothelioma, a lung disease, that is only caused by asbestos, because of the long lag time between exposure and diagnosis, according to the U.K. Committee on Carcinogenicity

“Asbestos in toys poses an unacceptable risk to children, today as it did in 2000 and 2007, the last time tests found the deadly substance in these children’s products,” Dr. Philip Landrigan, professor of pediatrics and preventive medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, told EWG Action Fund. Landrigan is an internationally- recognized expert in the area of asbestos and other toxic materials and a former senior adviser to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on children’s environmental health…”

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