Posted on FB by Clark Jeffrey:
Most of us vaguely remember the asbestos controversy from the late eighties and early nineties.
Right (maybe not).
Asbestos was widely (and I mean widely) used in a metric shit ton (technical term) of industries.
Most notably it was used in homes all across the US for many DECADES (boomer caps lock emphasis = very important) as a powerful insulator and fireproofing agent.
What ultimately ended up happening was that:
𝙏𝙝𝙞𝙨 𝙬𝙚𝙞𝙧𝙙 𝙞𝙣𝙨𝙪𝙡𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣 𝙢𝙖𝙩𝙚𝙧𝙞𝙖𝙡 𝙪𝙨𝙚𝙙 𝙞𝙣 𝙝𝙤𝙢𝙚𝙨 𝙖𝙡𝙡 𝙖𝙘𝙧𝙤𝙨𝙨 𝘼𝙢𝙚𝙧𝙞𝙘𝙖 𝙁𝙊𝙍 𝘿𝙀𝘾𝘼𝘿𝙀𝙎 𝙚𝙣𝙙𝙚𝙙 𝙪𝙥 𝙘𝙖𝙪𝙨𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙖𝙡𝙡 𝙨𝙤𝙧𝙩𝙨 𝙤𝙛 𝙝𝙖𝙧𝙢𝙛𝙪𝙡 𝙡𝙪𝙣𝙜 𝙙𝙞𝙨𝙤𝙧𝙙𝙚𝙧𝙨 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙘𝙖𝙣𝙘𝙚𝙧.
Lawyers got involved.
The cheesy commercials produced for class action lawsuits started to dominate the airwaves.
This is when you know a situation is really bad.
The history of the asbestos affair can illuminate for us all how 𝙘𝙡𝙪𝙢𝙨𝙮 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙨𝙡𝙤𝙬 𝙗𝙪𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙪𝙘𝙧𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙘 𝙞𝙣𝙨𝙩𝙞𝙩𝙪𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣𝙨 𝙖𝙧𝙚 when a very financially lucrative product is on the market, that also happens to cause a lot of people potentially life threatening issues.
Now the important part (notice emoji emphasis):
𝙄𝙣 𝟭𝟵𝟮𝟰 the very first study was published (British Medical Journal) documenting the harmful affects of asbestos in an asbestos factory worker.
Studies throughout 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝟭𝟵𝟯𝟬𝙨 and beyond continued to corroborate the link between asbestos and various types of lung conditions.
Here’s the real mindfuck (very technical term) and point of this post.
It was not until 𝙅𝙪𝙡𝙮 𝟭𝟮𝙩𝙝 𝟭𝟵𝟴𝟵 that the EPA issued a final ruling banning asbestos containing products!***
Many in government and industry knew for nearly 𝟲𝟬 𝙔𝙀𝘼𝙍𝙎 that this product in its various forms was potentially harmful – life threatening even – for those exposed.
Yet another example of the government either just plainly getting it wrong (salt, sun exposure, fat consumption) or turning a blind eye to satisfy industry lobbyists (big pharma, etc).
They don’t care about you.
They don’t have your back.
They have their financial backers backs.
It’s always been that way.
And it’s not changing anytime soon.
Proceed with extreme skepticism and caution when the government is telling you you need to do something for your health. Wink wink.
*** = Technically this ban was overturned in 1991, it gets a little technical, but you can read more about it at the link.
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Our family owns a commercial property we’re rehabbing. Found out yesterday that, because of the year the building was constructed, we don’t have to do an expensive, extensive check for lead (paint) and asbestos. Squeaked through by one year.
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