Disease clusters showing up all over the United States

March 30, 2011 by Deborah Braconnier report
Disease clusters in some selected states (see map link below)

(PhysOrg.com) -- When most people think of the term 'disease clusters', the cancer cluster in Hinkley, California made famous by the movie Erin Brockovich usually comes to mind. However, the Natural Resources Defense Council reported on Monday, March 28, 2011 that there are 42 disease clusters that have been found in 13 U.S. states. These clusters are showing different types of cancers, birth defects, and various chronic illnesses.

The study was conducted by the NRDC and the National Disease Clusters Alliance using information from federal, state and local officials. They are urging federal coordination in order to better investigate these clusters, determine the causes, and work to protect residents in the affected areas.

Clusters have been identified in Arkansas, Missouri, Tennessee, Montana, Louisiana, Delaware, Ohio, Florida, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Michigan, California, and Texas, with only one in Libby, Montana where the source of chemical contamination has been identified as asbestos (see map).

Some of the identified clusters include birth defects in Kettleman City, California (population 1,500) where 20 babies have been born with birth defects over a two year period, including four children with such severe defects that they have since died.

In Herculaneum, Missouri there is a cluster of the very rare disease Amyotrophic , better known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

In Wellington, Ohio, the cluster discovered is Multiple Sclerosis, which is thought to have a combination of genetic and environmental causes. The occurrence of MS in Wellington residents is three times more than that found in the rest of the country.

Camp Lejeune, North Carolina is experiencing clusters of , childhood cancer, and male breast cancer. Over 60 men from the base have been diagnosed with male breast and this alone is sending up alarms.

Not all states have been studied yet, though researchers report they have already received information on dozens more disease clusters throughout the country.

A hearing on was scheduled to discuss these disease clusters and environmental health by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, where the now famous Erin Brockovich will be testifying.

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More information: switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/gsolomon/health_alert_disease_clusters.html

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4 / 5 (4) Mar 30, 2011
Without digging into, I can tell you right now these clusters will either be (1) around large cities, or (2) around superfun sites. All caused by industrial byproducts, the large majorty coming from fossil fuel facilities.
5 / 5 (1) Mar 30, 2011
It's good that this is being brought to the public's attention.

I just hope that when people go looking for more they don't start panics over weaker statistical signals. Randomness is clumpier then most people imagine.
4 / 5 (2) Mar 30, 2011
looks what your government and corporations would rather you not know!
not rated yet Mar 31, 2011
Without digging into, I can tell you right now these clusters will either be (1) around large cities, or (2) around superfun sites. All caused by industrial byproducts, the large majorty coming from fossil fuel facilities.

judging by the map, Vegas looks clean and "superfun".
5 / 5 (1) Apr 02, 2011
Not trying to minimize the problem, as I'm sure there are yet many unidentified sites. But of the sites listed, many were identified and cleaned up twenty to thirty years ago. One of the sites listed was from a community in NC that got their drinking water from untreated river water until 1976. Their water has been treated since then. By all means, let's keep working to identify and solve contamination problems but let's quit waving the red flag at problems that are already fixed.
5 / 5 (1) Apr 02, 2011
This should be front page news, and the PUBLIC should have control of this data base - not our corporate/bank puppet government and MSM. The time to act is now, not debate on it for thirty more years.

Lets not forget the rest...White nose bat syndrome, Bee Colony Collapse, species becoming more rare, and threatened with extinction, etc.

This report is GROSSLY understated and underestimated.

Our life expectancy will be getting shorter at the rate we are going.

People generally are apathetic about things like this until it gets personal. Look how healthy/sick others are around you, and draw some conclusions! It's becoming obvious, but the media would have you think it's fats and tobacco doing it all.

I think the toxins are making a large percentage of society
dumb too, so whose say matters?

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