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Nov. 17th, 2004 @ 10:23 pm Medical Experiments on Children from low income families
Thanks to cordwainer for the link.


Friends, this sounds like a bad science fiction plot, something out of Nazi Germany or the Tuskegee Syphilis Study but it's real and it's happening right now in our country!

Read this please, and then go go sign the petition to stop it.

After you've done that, please tell your friends. We've got to get involved in this, because this could easily be a shame our generation will never live down.

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AZ Burrowing Owl
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Date:November 18th, 2004 07:32 am (UTC)
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It also reminds me of the government study of radiation in the 1950's. The government, along with Quaker Oaks fed radioactive cereal to instutionalized children. Children who also were sterilized because they were deemed "morons" because the junk "science" of eugenics was in fashion at the time. The kids had simply scored low on IQ tests.

A google search would lead to website stories on the whole history of that scandal. 60 Minutes did a piece on it not that long ago as well.
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Date:November 18th, 2004 02:51 pm (UTC)
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I really hate to nitpick since it's your journal and all, but you might want to consider the source of the article and verify the facts before alarming people of something that's not really the case.

After reading the left coasters site page, I popped over to the EPA site to see if this was an actual occurrence or just another spin by a liberal publication to make Bush look bad (he does that so well himself. We liberals really don't need to blow things out of proportion to make it happen. It just makes us look like reactionists).

If you'll look at the linked site above, you'll find the facts: There is no deliberate exposure to pesticides or other toxins. But if pesticides are used in the home, there is monitoring to determine to see if there is a significant exposure of the infants to the pesticide. There is no restriction to low income families.

Quoted from the above linked site:

Participant selection will begin in the fall of 2004. Only 60 participants will be selected. To be selected, you must:

Live in Duval County, Florida

Be a parent of a child under the age of 13 months

Maintain your normal pesticide or non-pesticide use patterns for your household. We will not ask any parent to apply pesticides in their home to be a part of this study.

Sorry to rain on your's and Cordwainer's anti-Bush parade but these are the facts. I don't like Bush much either, but I'd rather fight with real ammo than blanks. I see nothing at all wrong with testing children for high exposure in areas that might have a high use of pesticides by parents or guardians, in their home.
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Date:November 18th, 2004 04:59 pm (UTC)
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Yes, I got that from the story as well. They are not going to intentionally expose children, they are going to monitor children to study effects. Kind of like doing a study on the health effects of living 5 miles from a nuclear power plant. You aren't forcing people to live there, you are in fact just asking people already living there to come by periodically for a check up.

The REAL story here is not the children. The real story is the politics in the EPA, the Bush administration and the ACC. The study is junk science. It is only going to study short term effects, when long term effects could be decades away. And then the use of that junk information to set policy. As a scientist I find it apalling.