“Johnson & Johnson ordered to pay $4.7 billion to women who say baby powder gave them cancer”
by Lindsey Bever
July 13, 2018
I came across this headline the other day and it reminded me of the true story concerning asbestos. For me it started in 1992. I had read something to the effect that as governor of Arizona, Bruce Babbitt declared a section of Globe, AZ the most environmentally dangerous place in America.
Globe is the Arizona town that has been a primary asbestos provider in the USA. Then Governor Bruce Babbitt had about 40 homes bulldozed into a huge pit and covered with dirt.
Today the location of where the Mountain View Mobile Home Estates was located is surrounded by a chain link fence with signs warning:
“Danger Asbestos — Cancer & Lung Disease Hazard — Authorized personnel Only — Respirators and Protective Clothing are required in this area.**
Yet, in 1987 The Wall Street Journal reported,
“To put asbestos in perspective, we should consider how it rates among other risks of daily life. The risk of succumbing to lung cancer from smoking just one cigarette a day is estimated to be at least 1000 times greater. And the risk of dying in an automobile accident is 10,000 times greater.”
Science magazine stated, in 1990:
“Available data do not support the concept that low level exposure to asbestos is a health hazard in buildings and schools.”
The paper also argued that removing asbestos is far more risky than any health benefits derived from removing it.
In 1992, out of curiosity, I flew to Globe to see the site where the homes were buried. While there I interviewed a man by the name of Hubert Wood. Hubert had been in the insurance business his entire life.
He sold Life & Health Insurance in Globe from 1944 till 1983 and told me of how asbestos was always blowing in the wind. He said there were many days when the asbestos was blowing across the streets and high ways to such a degree the roadway would become solid white, much like snow in a blizzard.
He also told me in his entire career he never received an asbestos related claim. Not one illness was reported.
How can that be true!
We need to find the truth, but I believe Hubert.
In 1993 a journalist, Bill Kramer wrote: (also published in SUAnews)
“With sensational political and international events dominating the national scene, a continuing eco-outrage that affects millions is going on.
The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ban on asbestos was killed in 1991 by the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. Yet from the grave it maintains its grip on society.
According to one EPA source, “Asbestos products are no longer against the law, but you can’t buy them anywhere because most manufacturers are bankrupt. I think it’s a crime.”
“How do you mean?” we asked.
“That the ban ever happened. And that we’re still spending hundreds of millions a year to rip out stuff that never hurt anyone in the first place,” he said. “Course I shouldn’t be talking like this I could lose my job.”
We promised him anonymity.”
So, the next time you watch a commercial about asbestos caused ”Mesothelioma” and all those billions of dollars that are set aside in case you or anyone you know saw a picture of asbestos during their life, they might be able to use you to line their pockets. I really dislike the client trolling done on late night TV by these ambulance chasing law firms. As Michael J. Bennett, Author of “The Asbestos Racket” wrote, in a previous SUAnews article titled, “Washington Post Says, asbestos poses little risk:”
“Remember, No proof of injury is needed to file, only fear caused by possible exposure. With so many cases pending, jury trials are impossible and companies have agreed to several billion dollars in claims settlements, to be paid out of increased insurance rates from the entire public. “The lawyers make the laws, and the first law the lawyers make is the lawyers shall be paid,” Federal Judge Jack Weinstein in forcing a settlement of Agent Orange claims before going on to manage asbestos cases.”
Will we ever learn the truth about anything?
** The signs were there when I visited so I can’t say they are there today.