Petition Tag - disease

1. Petition for the Dehli Wildlife agency to help the monkey problem.

13,000 monkeys currently roam the streets of Dehli, 90% of them carrying tuberculosis in the Tuberculosis capitol of the world. They steal from, attack, and sometimes even kill locals and the Dehli wildlife agency refuses to step in. With 400 bites a month, the unvaccinated 32% of the population contribute to the growing rate Tuberculosis cases in India as a whole.

"Dr. Tyagi’s agency has asked the city’s wildlife agency for help, but wildlife officials claim that the monkeys — a scourge of the city for years as urbanization has encroached on their original habitat — are no longer wild and are thus not their responsibility." (Harris, New York Times)

2. Littering: The Path to Economic and Environmental Burden

The neighborhood of Aliso Creek Villas has far too much litter. Every day there are empty bags of chips and beer bottles lying around. There is little to no enforcement of the punishments for littering, and the consequences aren't harsh enough.

Littering should be taken more seriously as a crime and have more severe punishments because:
1. Litter is unsightly, and it costs money. The local government spends too much money on cleaning up litter when it can be used on programs that are actually beneficial.

2. There are enough cockroaches and rodents in our neighborhood. Littering attracts these pests, which will surely increase the number of diseases transmitted from pests to human beings in the neighborhood.

3. As trash decomposes, the soil becomes polluted. There has been a lot of litter on grass, which only contributes to the environmental crisis the world is facing today.

3. Exclude “Type 2’s” From Diabetes For Good

Currently, at least in North America, more people die of Diabetes per year than Breast Cancer and AIDS combined.

Most people do not know this nor that Diabetes type 1 is a chronic disease, unlike type 2 where more supplies, rather than just having to take insulin, are available: Alpha-Glucosidase Inhibitors, Biguanides, Glucagon-Like Peptides, Meglitinides, Thiazolidinediones (healthline.com). I've only scratched the surface on that.

Type 1 is a situation when a Diabetics body completely lacks the ability to produce inulin from the food we commonly eat/limits how much Insulin we make.

With type 2 Diabetes, the difference is that their bodies can produce insulin but does not get absorbed by the pancreas yet all these other treatment options are available for those people.

Lastly with type 1, it's straight insulin: Humalog and novolog, for example. That's as black and white as it gets for type 1 Diabetics.

4. Demand an end to law enforcement and courts treating drug addicts as criminals!

The National Institute of Drug Addiction states that drug addiction is a disease and a mental disorder. Therefore, crimes by drug addicts are carried out because the drug addict's brain is compromised both DURING and BEFORE they commit a crime. This is unlike a mentally sane person who has the ability to make a conscious decision prior to committing a crime. The drug addict's brain does not have that. The dopamine high — an effect known as tolerance, is much greater in addicts.

Addiction is medically proven to incapacitate the brain and confuse desires. Why then is the justice system treating addicts like criminals when other persons who are deemed mentally incapacitated get help?

5. Stop the Spread of Ebola in the United States

The recent casual and occupational exposures to ebola hemmorrhagic fever in the United States and elsewhere, dramatically underscores the immediate need for the highest standards of biocontainment to be put into effect.

Ebola is a deadly biosafety level 4 (BSL-4) pathogen, requiring, at a minimum, hospital engineering and operational controls that involve strict facility guidelines, a well-trained staff, reporting procedures for accidental exposure, initial evaluation and triage of potential high-risk patients, along with isolation and containment of the disease. Additionally, exposure and control should extend to first-responders such EMTs, life-flight and ambulance drivers, police and fire fighters.

Risk assessments, disease surveillance tools and local education programs should be in place. Rat and rodent populations should be looked at as a possible source of disease entry and potential hosts as the pathogen is zoonotic. Recent events such as contaminated vomit left outside an apartment building where a known ebola patient was residing is a prime example of how rodents could be exposed to the pathogen.

As 75% of emerging diseases are zoonotic, it is imperative that United States health officials take heroic steps now to recognize that the world has become a much more complicated environment for man, animals and insects. 

Federal and state governments with the most experience in biosurety should develop the protocols used by all citizens.

6. Stop U.S. Chicken from Going to China for processing and then returned to the USA

I am starting this petition to stop the United States government from sending chicken raised in the U.S. to China for processing, which is then returned to the States for consumption.

It has been in the news how the USDA is too short staffed so they want to send our food source to a place with less than substandard conditions. Salmonella, maggots, deplorable conditions.

Please sign my petition to stop our government from sending chicken to China.

7. Big multinational companies should help countries cope with natural disasters, famine and disease

Big corporations have millions in income annually. In a Fortune magazine article, "Fortune 500"; shows the 500 highest-revenue companies worldwide

Only the top ten:

Rank, Company Name, Revenues ($b), Profits ($mm)
1 Wal-Mart Stores 469.2 16,999
2 Exxon Mobil 449.9 44,880
3 Chevron 233.9 26,179
4 Phillips 66 169.6 4,124
5 Berkshire Hathaway 162.5 14,824
6 Apple 156.5 41,733
7 General Motors 152.3 6,188
8 General Electric 146.9 13,641
9 Valero Energy 138.3 2,083
10 Ford Motor 134.3 5,665

Full article: http://money.cnn.com/magazines/fortune/fortune500/

If the big corporations help with, for example, 0.5% of their earnings. if you only have the top 10 companies would be 11 billion dollars. With that amount of money could bring food and supplies to the Philippines by Typhoon Haiyan.

Also, if every year donate that amount could fight hunger and disease in places like Africa, parts of Asia and Latin America.

8. Support Compassionate Education

I was just doing good on the Internet (signing petitions, using Goodsearch, etc) when I had a brilliant idea; a new school subject that would be about teaching kids and, possibly, other youngsters as well about helping others.

I have decided to refer to it as "Compassionate Education" or "C.E" and I would like it to include lessons about the following;

1. Animals and being kind to them and how and why we should all help to fight animal cruelty.

2. Poverty and how and why we should help solve it and help ensure that as many poor people as possible have access to enough good water, good food, good education, etc.

3. The environment and why and how we should all work to protect and care for Earth.

4. Prejudice and bullying and why we should all work to help stop (or at least reduce) these things.

5. Genocide and other human rights abuses and why and how we should all work to help prevent this sort of thing from happening and fight against any human rights abuses that may be going on in the world at any one time.

6. Illnesses, such as cancer, and how and why we should all help to prevent them, without the use of animal testing.

Education helped beat bull-baiting. Education helped ban slavery, and education WILL help us to beat other things such as poverty, animal cruelty, human rights abuses, the damage that humans are doing to the planet and serious illnesses.

9. Improve Quebec Health Care and Decrease Hospital Wait List Durations

Quebecers are in need of proper medical attention much sooner than when the services are available. Many students study health to become doctors and then work in other provinces for higher salaries.

This in addition to the lack of funding for health care and recent cutbacks in staff in hospitals, there are not enough health professionals to serve the health care needs of Quebecers.

10. Free or Reduced Priced Argo Cornstarch for those with Glycogen Storage Disease

Glycogen Storage Disease Type 1a (glucose-6-phosphatase deficiency, von Gierkes disease,) is a rare genetic metabolic disorder centered in the liver. In children afflicted with GSD1, a specific enzyme that breaks down certain carbohydrates, including glycogen (a stored form of sugar,) is either missing or not functioning properly.

Because of the missing /impaired enzyme, the body cannot create glucose from glycogen and it is difficult to maintain normal blood sugar levels between meals without constant feedings. Glucose is the essential energy source for every cell in the body. Dangerous by-products such as lactate, uric acids and triglycerides in combination with low blood sugar leads to numerous complications in GSD1 including impaired breathing, seizures, coma and death if a very strict dietary regimen is not followed.

Currently there is no cure for GSD1. The management of GSD1 is lifelong. Diet is the cornerstone of treatment and many types of foods are restricted, severely limiting dietary options. GSD1 children must minimize foods containing sucrose (table sugar,) fructose (sugar found in fruits,) and lactose and galactose (sugars found in milk products) because these sugars end up as glycogen trapped in the liver. They also must be fed every one to four hours in order to maintain blood glucose at an appropriate level. This feeding is currently done with Argo Cornstarch as this is the only type of carbohydrate that can be tolerated by those with GSD1. Because this can often be very difficult for the child to tolerate and because missing a meal or a feeding time can have catastrophic effects, most have a gastric or naso-gastric tube placed. In infancy, the tube is critical for frequent feeds during the day and for using a continuous feeding pump at night.

Argo currently is the only producer of cornstarch and they refuse give discounts to those with GSD1.

11. Lower the age for a smear test to 20 years old

I want to get enough signatures for lowering the age to 20 years old to be eligible for a cervical cancer smear test when they notice symptoms or changes. The government and NHS have stated that you have to be 25 to be able to get checked out.

Most teenagers and women under the age of 25 are sexually active which can trigger cervical cancer. According to the screening programme, around 4,500 lives are saved every year through these interventions to prevent cancer developing. It was Jade Goody who gave me inspiration after she had cervical cancer.

Also a 23-year-old girl Mercedes Curnow from Cornwall died of cervical cancer because doctors said she was too young for a smear test, her devastated family have claimed.That is why I am wanting to petition so these deaths of young women can be prevented!

12. Stop the sale of tattoo equipment via online auction sites!

I am a professional tattooist, calling for a ban on sales of all tattoo equipment via online auction sites. I am also calling for the sale of tattoo equipment to be limited to professionals only.

Since sites like eBay sellers started selling cheap tattooing kits, back yard tattooing has flourished, bringing a rise in substandard tattoos, scarring of individuals and the higher potential to spread diseases such as Hepatitis C, HIV, and other blood borne diseases and infections.

There is no limit to the age of the individual buying such equipment, and therefore teenagers are getting hold of this equipment and tattooing themselves and their friends, with no idea how to properly prepare skin for a tattoo nor how to actually operate the machines correctly in order to apply the tattoo.

13. We Want Gluten-Free Girl Scout Cookies!

Remember when you used to wait all year for those thin mints? Those delicious Samoas? For many of us, this all changed once we were diagnosed with Celiac Disease.

If you have Celiac Disease, or your child has Celiac Disease, and you believe that the Girl Scouts should create at least one gluten-free cookie variety, then sign this petition! Doesn't it seem unfair that a little girl with Celiac Disease sells these cookies and makes the Girl Scouts money, but she can't even enjoy one of these cookies herself?

With Celiac Disease diagnoses on the rise, the Girl Scouts need to wake up and cater to the needs of their clientele. Time to make gluten-free Girl Scout Cookies!

14. Ban On-Campus Smoking

Smoking causes many life threatening illnesses such as lung cancer and heart disease. Also, for every two hours you spend in a smoke-filled environment, you are inhaling the equivalent of one pack of cigarettes in secondhand smoke.

Furthermore, when non-smokers are exposed to secondhand smoke it is called involuntary smoking or passive smoking. Non-smokers who breathe in secondhand smoke take in nicotine and other toxic chemicals just like smokers do. The more secondhand smoke you are exposed to, the higher the level of these harmful chemicals in your body.

Lastly, about 3,400 lung cancer deaths in non-smoking adults are caused by secondhand smoke. Smokers not only kill themsleves, but murder others who do not smoke too.

15. Help Kristie Tunick Receive The Medical Attention She Needs

Kristie Tunick is a 33 year-old woman from Henderson, Nevada. Kristie's mysterious illness began in 2006 and has only progressed as the years have passed. Kristie has been a prisoner in her own home for the last three years being unable to walk or even sit up for long periods of time.

Kristie is in constant pain; she has a number of medications which she takes each day however none of them seem to help. Kristie has been seen by various doctors in such medical facilities such as: The Mayo Clinic and The Cleveland Clinic however doctor's have never completed a full work-up on Kristie.

Kristie's last chance for hope was to be accepted into the Rare Unknown Disease program at NIH, but her case was rejected. Kristie's condition is extremely complex as it consists of a rare neuromuscular disease as well as a possible autoimmune disease. Kristie has nowhere to go at this time as no doctor will take her case and she is getting worse by the day.

Please help this young woman receive the care that she so desperately needs.

16. Stop the mogellon's disease denial by the Govt: Wake up CDC!

The govt. and the CDC need to acknowledge this future pandemic in America and other countries. It is real-screw the conspiracy. We may never know. Just acknowledge it and find a cure. The CDC has a map from 3 years ago w/ statistics... I bet the numbers have doubled or tripled since then and numbers are growing rapidly. Please help support this cause by signing this petition. Thank you for having an open mind.

17. We Want The MS Society To Use Our Money To Fund CCSVI Research

I am confident that this could be a revolution for the research and diagnosis of multiple sclerosis ”— Dr. Paolo Zamboni.

If there is a possiblity that MS can be cured this procedure should be looked into. This experimental surgery Dr. Zamboni performed on his wife offers hope that MS, which afflicts 2.5 million people worldwide, can be cured and even largely prevented.

18. Enact Leash Laws for dogs

Oak Grove, KY is a rapidly growing area and needs to adopt a leash law for the safety of the citizens and the animals. Animals roaming free are more likely to come into contact with known rabies carriers such as skunks and raccoons. They are also more likely to spread parasites and other diseases to animals and humans.

Each year, free roaming animals cause millions of dollars in insurance claims, property loss and damage, medical bills, and loss of productivity. Animal bite injuries, property damage, and car accidents are major problems caused by animals allowed to run at large. Free-roaming dogs are a danger to local wildlife, they are traffic hazards, they spread disease and breed (causing an overpopulation problem) and in addition, some people just do NOT want these pests in their yard.

Dog owners, we therefore ask that you please have some consideration and either keep your dog indoors or put your dog on a leash when you let it out. We the undersigned feel that while it is everyone's individual right to own a pet, not everyone wants to come into contact with everyone else's pet.

Therefore, we would like to see a LEASH LAW enacted for dogs. We would like to see some official legislation on this topic.

19. Support Herbal Medicine

THE STATUTORY REGULATION (SR) OF PRACTITIONERS OF TRADITIONAL HERBAL MEDICINE AND CHANGES TO MEDICINE'S BILL.

The Government wish to further regulate Herbalists by bringing them under state control, protecting both the function and title of a Herbalist. Alongside this regulation they wish to change the Herbal Medicine laws again to prevent anyone, other than a state regulated herbalist (or possibly other health professional), from prescribing herbs. This, coupled with a previous change to our herbal medicine laws, will take Herbal Medicine away from the people, with state regulated Herbalists and pharmaceutical companies claiming Herbal Medicine as their own.

The reasons given for state control of Herbalists are to ensure the public’s safety and in the EU, fair competition. The Government claims to regulate only where there is a proven risk, yet several requests to demonstrate the ‘risk’ that Herbalists pose have not resulted in any information being forthcoming. Indeed, it has been claimed that this proof is not available. However, there is plenty of evidence about the risk of modern regulated medical practice and regulated pharmaceutical drugs.

The majority of people have lost faith in the Government’s ability to act in an efficient, trustworthy and caring fashion. The overall impression of most people, is a government- created society, where economics and targets take precedence over morals, ethics, community and wellbeing. How can we trust our Government with our Ancient Indigenous Tradition, our health, our wellbeing and our environment?

I am a qualified Independent Herbalist who, alongside many others, opposes the current regulatory proposals. I trained with The School of Phytotherapy, over 10 years ago, to Honours degree level, and I left the National Institute of Medical Herbalists a few years ago due to their support for Statutory Regulation. I hope to be able to continue to practise Herbal Medicine in the true and respected manner of our predecessors, which has been safe and effective for countless generations. It is my belief that the current proposals are unacceptable and will do nothing to protect the public from what is already a safe medical model, only create a bureaucratic paper exercise costing considerable sums of money, while destroying the Traditional Medicine of the British Isles and Europe.

In summary, these are the problems that I foresee will result from Statutory Regulation:

1. There is no evidence that statutory regulation of health professionals ensures public safety. In fact there is a growing evidence base suggesting that the contrary is in fact true.
2. Herbal Medicine and Herbalists were and are, contrary to popular comment, regulated in many ways, mainly to ensure we are safe, honest and law abiding in our practises. Stories from the press, government and MHRA about problems with Herbal Medicine are blamed on lack of regulation, yet most, if not all the cases broke current laws. Regulation clearly does not stop those determined to break the law, as we so often see in our society.
3. Herbal Medicines will be increasingly made by modern, highly processed methods, often by the big national and multinational pharmaceutical companies, who will be able to fund the new licensing laws, unlike the small cottage industries which currently manufacture Herbal products. These preparations manufactured by the pharmaceutical companies are often non traditional, therefore do not have any traditional evidence of safety and are biased towards making profits, rather than peoples well being. The consequences of making Herbal preparations in this way and with profit as the main drive are likely to be dire for both the public and our environment. The Traditional Herbal Medicines Directive has already been put into UK law and is set to remove a number of valuable Herbal Medicines from our shelves in 2011 due to huge costs and arguably, unnecessary criteria. At a time when our environment needs serious consideration and respect, simple, traditional, indigenous Herbal Medicines can satisfy many needs effectively, having a much smaller footprint on the environment than other health treatments. We must not forsake our simple, locally grown, native, traditional Herbal preparations for fashionable “Wonder Herbs” that are highly processed, licensed at a huge cost and then sold for extortionate amounts. All Herbs are wonderful and effective in their simplest form when used wisely.
4. Statutory Regulation will increase the cost to the State Regulated Herbalist and therefore increase the cost to the patient.
5. Many experienced, highly qualified Herbalists are likely to refuse to become statutory regulated on moral grounds, either leading to a reduction in available experienced Herbalists or Herbalists being forced to work illegally.
6. A number of good, experienced Herbalists may be denied statutory regulation, not having undergone a course deemed acceptable to the regulatory body. Modern degree courses being currently offered by many universities do not necessarily equate with the best training, many becoming increasingly dominated by modern, mainstream medicine and science at the expense of our Traditional Knowledge.
7. An increased influence from modern, mainstream science and medicine, affecting our training, our practise and our development, has caused a reduction in real choice and diversity. This situation is likely to create an unnecessary complexity and fear of Herbal Medicine, much of which has been used for thousands of years, both as food and medicine, accessible to everyone, either via a Herbalist or by growing the Herbs oneself.
8. Any Herbalist who refuses or is refused statutory regulation will not legally be able to continue treating their patients, putting their patient’s health at risk and denying their patients the right to choose their own Herbalist.
9. An undermining of our Traditional Knowledge, which has been used effectively for thousands of years before the development of pharmaceuticals, has taken place. Currently in favour is ‘scientific’ research that is often bad science, misleading, funded by pharmaceutical companies and at best only a small insight into the use of Herbs.
10. Voluntary Self Regulation, as practised by certain bodies of Western Herbal practitioners, has been safe, effective and of minimum cost.

In my experience people choose to come and see a Herbalist for a variety of reasons; a) They wish to use natural medicines believing them to be less likely to do harm than pharmaceutical drugs b) Mainstream medicine cannot help them c) They have been harmed in some way by mainstream medicine and have lost all faith in it. d) Having used Herbal Medicine in the past and know that they are very effective e) The care and time that they receive from a Herbalist assists their path back to health f) Our alternative philosophy about health.

The process towards SR has had little input from the vast majority of Herbalists. A very small number of Herbalists lobbied Government for state regulation in the early ‘90’s, believing that it would increase our status and perhaps enable work within the NHS. Both in Europe and UK, the pharmaceutical giants have heavily influenced the regulation of Herbalists and Herbal Medicine.

For further information please go to, SAVE OUR HERBS; THE CAMPAIGN FOR PROTECTION OF HERBAL MEDICINE http://www.saveourherbs.org.uk

References
The UK legislative provisions for herbal medicines are to be found in, the Medicines Act 1968, Section 12, paragraphs 1 & 2, and Section 56, paragraphs 1 & 2. Traditional Herbal Medicines Registration Scheme (UK law introduced to follow EU Directive 2004/24/EC)

Section 12(1) specifies exemption for herbal medicines from licensing provided that they are supplied subsequent to private personal consultation. Section 12(2) exempts herbal medicines provided that they are produced according to standard traditional, non-industrial methods. It also specifies that no written claims may be made for the use of the remedy. Section 12(2) is set to be abolished in 2011, being replaced by the Traditional Herbal Medicines Registration Scheme (30.5.05)

Section 56 reiterates and expands upon the provisions of 12(1). In addition, Statutory Instrument 2130 1977 lists several herbs "in respect of which the exemptions conferred by section 56(2) do not have effect". This removed the herbs so identified from general sale and specified that they may only be prescribed on consultation, or supplied under the supervision of a pharmacist. This list also specifies maximum permitted doses and daily doses for those herbs.

Other laws that protect the public from unscrupulous practice are covered under relevant laws for example; Common Law, Herbalist’s Act 1542 (The Statutes Law Revision Act 1948), Prohibited Appellations – Misrepresentation Act 1967 and Trade Descriptions Act 1969.

http://www.ehtpa.eu/pdf/steeringgroup/steering_group_report_16june08.pdf The Steering Group Report, May 2008

20. Anti-Terrorism spending is a scam

Here are some facts straight from government statistics. We spend approximately 50 billion dollars on the war on terror. This war only had approximately 1700 deaths last year and 70 of them were us citizens. Remember these stats as you read along.

Now the leading cause of American deaths is heart disease which kills 450,000 Americans every year. The government only puts 2 billion in research on this.

What do you believe the war is really about?

21. Civilize Romania - Euthanize the Stray Dogs

There are about 200,000 stray dogs in Bucharest only and about 5,000,000 stray dogs on the streets of Romania's cities and towns. They live on the streets. They attack people and especially foreigners. They killed a 6 year old child a few weeks ago. They killed a Japanese tourist a few years ago.

Everyday, at least 500 people have to go to the hospital to get shots against rabies, because of the dogs that attacked and bit them.

Taking care of these stray dogs is extremely expensive and it would mean that an orphan Romanian child will die because of hunger or an old person will not be able to receive his/her medication, because money that could go to help the humans in need help perpetuate this plague.

http://www.evz.ro/articole/detalii-articol/796998/Victims-of-the-stray-dogs/

22. Allow Myxomatosis Vaccinations for Rabbits in Australia

Myxomatosis is a deadly strain of virus that affects the European and Cottontail rabbits, and there is currently no vaccination available in Australia against this virus.

The myxomatosis virus was originally spread through the American wild rabbit population during the late 1800’s and was subsequently introduced into Northern Australia and its relative parts so as to control the rabbit problem in crops and other plantations around Queensland. It managed to control the pest problem, devastatingly reducing the rabbit population from 600 million to 100million in two years.

The ones that survived developed a strong immunity to the disease, and as a result wild rabbits are more immune now to myxomatosis than when the virus strain was implemented into Australian rabbit populations during the 1950s.

There is however, no vaccination currently available in Australia to domestic rabbits and they remain at a constant risk to contracting the virus. Myxomatosis usually proves fatal for any rabbit exposed to it, and they can die as soon as 48 hours after being exposed to the virus.

23. Tell Congress: Totally Ban Asbestos in Industrial Materials, Consumer Products and Toys

Tell Congress: Totally Ban Asbestos in Industrial Materials, Consumer Products and Toys

Americans have zero tolerance for asbestos!

Scientists agree: Asbestos causes cancer and other deadly diseases, thousands of Americans die each year from asbestos-related diseases, and there’s no known safe level of exposure to any form of asbestos. Yet even with millions of dollars spent in asbestos litigation and medical expenses, asbestos is still legal in the US and still found in many common consumer products – even children’s toys.

The US EPA attempted to ban asbestos-containing products in 1989, but that ban was overturned on legal technicalities in court two years later.

In 2007, the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization commissioned independent, certified laboratory testing that found asbestos in common household products, such as spackle, window glazing, and duct tape, and even in best-selling children’s toys, such as the popular "CSI Fingerprint Examination Kit." Research by others had already found asbestos in some children's play clays.

Congress is expected to hold hearings soon on whether to implement a total ban on asbestos-containing products. Right now, industry lobbyists are pressuring Congress to institutionalize the allowance of up to 1 percent of asbestos in our industrial materials, consumer products, toys, and other products on American store shelves. We say, "No!" It’s time for a total ban on asbestos in American products.

As organizations and individuals representing and advocating for those most impacted by the toxic effects of asbestos, we urge Congress to institute an effective and verifiable ban on asbestos.

We, the undersign, join Paul Brodeur, Bill Ravanesi, Linda Reinstein, Doug Larkin, Jordan Zevon, Jill Vaughan, Dr. Richard A. Lemen, Dr. Arthur L. Frank, Dr. Michael R. Harbut, Barry Castleman, Michael Horwin, Paul and Michelle Zygielbaum, John Thayer, TC McNamara and Laurie Kazan – Allen as cosignatories urging Congress to totally ban asbestos.

Paul Brodeur, Retired Staff Writer for The New Yorker and Author of Four Books on the Asbestos Health Hazard

Bill Ravanesi, "Breath Taken" Photojournalist and Author

Linda Reinstein, Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization Executive Director, Cofounder and Mesothelioma Widow

Doug Larkin, Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization
Communications Director and Cofounder

Jordan Zevon, Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization
National Spokesperson

Jill Vaughan, Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization
ACOR Liaison

Arthur L. Frank, MD, PhD Chair, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, Drexel University School of Public Health, Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization Science Advisory Board Co-Chair

Richard Lemen, PhD, MSPH Assistant Surgeon General, USPHS (Ret.), Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization Science Advisory Board Co-Chair

Michael R. Harbut, MD, MPH, FCCP

Barry Castleman, Environmental Consultant

Michael Horwin, Cancer Monthly

Paul and Michelle Zygielbaum

John Thayer, Former U.S. Capital Tunnel Worker Supervisor

TC McNamara, The John McNamara Foundation

Laurie Kazan - Allen, International Ban Asbestos Secretariat

24. Proper Hospice Regulation

My grandfather died this year of starvation and respiratory distress because of an overload of narcotics. My grandfather had Parkinson's disease. That is a chronic illness but it does not kill a person. He had this disease for 10 years. Complications from Parkinson's kills a person such as pneumonia.

The death certificate stated he died of Parkinson's disease when in fact in order to diagnosis this, one must have an autopsy. He did not get an autopsy and was mobile/alert and oriented but confused at times. They starved him to death and gave him morphine/oxycodone in massive amounts when he would get pain relief from two extra strength tylenols.

25. The Hilary Price Memorial Petition

The Hilary Price Memorial Petition is aimed at catalysing a change in the law to enable seriously ill patients, who suffer from an otherwise untreatable condition, to receive medication which has yet to receive formal approval. Any such medication would be taken entirely at the patient’s own risk on an informed consent basis.

Hilary Price was a Multiple Sclerosis sufferer who desperately wanted to get better but gradually lost her fight in the long battle against MS, primarily because the right medication was not available in time to alleviate her problems. Eventually she suffered a massive stroke as a result of breathing complications caused by the MS and died a few days later. Our aim is to ensure that a patient’s health is no longer compromised in this fashion.

Proventus asks the government to implement a change in our laws to give the right to any sufferer when in a position of supreme disadvantage from their disorder/disease for that person to be able to make final full decisions regarding all available treatments and to accept total liability when so doing, instead of others making those decisions for them.

26. MAKE HYDROGENATED OILS ILLEGAL IN OUR FOOD!

Check the labels on the foods that you eat. Most foods contain hydrogenated oils or partially hydrogenated oils today.

This method of hydrogenation was first discovered as a cheap way to created a butter substitute, but has now contributed to the heart disease and cancer epidemic in the United States.

Protect yourself, your family, and the future generations from this deadly ingredient by signing this petition.

27. End the Pro-ED madness

About 11 million people in the united states have an eating disorder. 10-15 percent of those people die from heath-related issues associated with eating disorders.

In a study of girls aged 9 to 15, slightly more than half reported exercising to lose weight, slightly less than half reported eating less to lose weight, and approximately 1 out of 20 reported using diet pills or laxatives to lose weight.

Research has shown that approximately 40 percent of fourth graders have been on a "diet" once in awhile. Research from Anorexia Nervosa and Related Eating Disorders, Inc. (ANRED) suggests that about 1 percent of female adolescents have anorexia. That means that about 1 out of every 100 females between the ages of 10 and 20 are not eating enough and should be seeing a doctor.

Bulimia affects 1 to 3 percent of middle and high school girls.

Boys and men develop eating disorders, too. Research from ANRED suggests that 5 to 10 percent of people with anorexia or bulimia are males.

With these risks and statistics in mind, would you think there would be a such thing as PRO-ED?

Pro ED (pro eating disorder) is basically glamorizing eating disorders. Would you want to glamorize this:

The following are issues related to eating disorders:

Cold intolerance
Dry skin
Fatigue
Distorted body chemistry
Anemia/altered blood count
Loss of period (amenorrhea)
Gastrointestinal problems
Death
Rotting teeth (induced by bulimia)
Malnutrition
Dehydration
Electrolyte Imbalances
Hyponatremia (related to "water-loading")
Refeeding Syndrome (related to treatment)
Vitamin and Mineral Deficiencies
Lanugo .
Edema
Muscle Atrophy
Paralysis
Tearing of Esophagus
Esophageal Reflux
Cancer
Insomnia
Hyperactivity
Swelling
Callused or bruised fingers
Dry Skin and Hair, Brittle Hair and Nails, Hair Loss
Low Blood Pressure, Hypotension
High Blood Pressure, Hypertension
Low Platelet Count or Thrombocytopenia -
Low Blood Sugar/Hypoglycemia: can indicate problems with the liver or kidneys and can lead to neurological and mental deterioration.
Ketoacidosis
Osteoporosis
Arthritis (degenerative)
TMJ "Syndrome" and Related TMJ Problems
Amenorrhea
Easily Bruising Skin
Infertility
Problems during pregnancy
Depression
Lowered body temperature
Cramps, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, incontinence -
Peptic Ulcers
Pancreatitis -
Digestive Difficulties
Weakness and Fatigue
Seizures
Death

With those risks in mind, I feel that Pro-ED sited should be shut down. I feel that they are as bad as sites telling people how to commit suicide. These sites are also triggering for those who are in recovery of this disease.

28. Fight Against Illegally Assisted-Suicide, Help Save Lives, Abolish Pro-Eating Disorder Websites

May 7, 2006

Each and every year, many women, of all ages, are killing themselves. These women and young girls are not committing suicide by hanging themselves or overdosing on pills. These women are suffering from anorexia nervosa. They are starving themselves to death.

However, these women are not doing it on their own; they are being aided in their slow suicide. This act of assisted suicide is illegal in 49 out of 50 states. With the help of pro-anorexia or, as they are more commonly called, "pro-ana" websites, visitors to these sites, usually young, female adolescents, looking to lose weight or who are already in the midst of an eating disorder, can obtain weight loss tips and tricks on how to hide their eating disorder from family and friends. These websites promote behaviors, which lead to osteoporosis, irregular heart beat, cardiac disease, seizures, nerve damage, heart attack and death.

Oregon is currently the only U.S. state, in which assisted-suicide is legal. Under the Death with Dignity Act, physicians are permitted to administer a lethal dose of medication to those suffering from a terminal illness. To qualify for physician-assisted suicide, one must meet a specific set of criterion. They must be at least 18 years of age, an Oregon resident, capable of making, as well as communicating health care decisions for themselves, and have been diagnosed with a terminal illness that will result in death in six month of less.

A terminal illness is an incurable disease, which is active, progressive and expected to lead to death. Anorexia is not a terminal illness. An anorectic showing up at an Oregon clinic wishing to receive assistance in ending her life, would be turned down, almost immediately, regardless of how much physical and emotional pain she was in, on the grounds that she did not meet the criteria of having a terminal illness. Though escaping from and living without an eating disorder may seem impossible to one who is suffering from an eating disorder, it is not impossible.

Anorexia can and has, many times, been cured. Though it is not easy to make a complete recovery, with the right treatment techniques and professionals, it is possible, even for those with the poorest of prognoses.

If suicide assisted by a physician is only legal in one state, and if anorexia does not meet the legal criteria, than the people who make these pro-ana websites, and those who offer these tips and tricks on "how to kill yourself", featured on these sites, have absolutely no right, legally, morally, or ethically, to be doing so. They are assisting others in suicide, which is something they have no right to be doing, seeing as we barely give medical doctors the right do so. Furthermore, to receive physician-assisted suicide, you must be of legal age to give consent.

Many of the girls who are visiting these websites are under the age of 18. They could not receive physician-assisted suicide if they were suffering from a terminal illness, therefore, it cannot possibly be legal for any stranger on the internet, who also may be under 18, to be assisting these young girls in their suicide attempts.

Research has shown that those who frequently visit pro-eating disorder websites spend more time in the hospital than those who do not visit these sites. These websites have very serious impacts on people. A young girl, thinking she is fat and needs to lose a few pounds, may stumble upon one of these websites. What happens next may be unthinkable. But, most likely she will look around the website, reading the various tips and tricks to drop weight quickly, but hide it from those around her. She will learn that you can eat whatever you want, but not gain a pound because you can purge yourself of the calories, using exercise, laxatives or vomiting. She will see pictures, or "thinspiration" of thin, rich, smiling, actresses and models.

What she will not see is pictures of emaciated bodies, with extremely dry skin and fine, laguno hair covering their bones. She will not see their eroding tooth enamel, or their ulcers, the dehydration or electrolyte imbalance. She will not see their thinning hair or heart arrhythmias. She will not see their hurt, their sadness and depression, or their broken hearts. She will not see their death. She will see the thin, glamorous models and actresses and wish to look like them. So, she will start to diet and lose weight, thinking she is in control of her actions. She will be recognized and praised for her weight loss, especially by the network of "friends" she has made through pro-ana websites.

They will encourage her to "keep up the good work" and not to "give in to the enemy (food) now". She will feel good about herself and think "I just want to lose five more pounds; Five more and then I will have the perfect body." However, she loses five more and the praise and positive comments and encouragement continue. Five turns into ten, ten into twenty, twenty into forty, forty into the hospital. All of a sudden, the young girl who just wanted to lose a few pounds and was in control of her diet, is now being controlled by her behaviors. She can't stop.

This is not one scenario, this is the course the majority of eating disorders take. This is the very reason why these websites need to be shut down. The rate of eating disorders is rising. The importance we place on beauty and our attitudes towards what we consider attractive, combined with websites such as these are contributing to the increasing prevalence of eating disorders. We must change our beauty ideal and shut down websites such as these, which are promoting self-starvation. Anorexia nervosa is a serious, life-threatening physical and an extremely emotionally painful disease that no one should ever have to experience.

Members of the pro-ana community may argue it is a violation of their rights to be censored. However, freedom of speech does not give anyone the right to help kill another person.

29. Oppose S. 852, the Fairness in Asbestos (FAIR) Act

RE: Senate Bill 852 Opposition Letter

Dear Senators:

I urge you to seize the opportunity to protect the health of your constituency by voting NO on S. 852, the Fairness in Asbestos Injury Resolution (FAIR) Act, legislation that further penalizes victims of asbestos-caused diseases.

The incidence of asbestos-related disease, including mesothelioma, lung cancer, and asbestosis, is exploding. Studies estimate that during the next decade, 100,000 victims in the United States will die of an asbestos-related disease - that's 30 deaths per day. Asbestos will claim more lives than skin cancer.

Asbestos diseases are debilitating and fatal. Victims of asbestos disease rarely return to work. Medical bills combined with loss of income leave families without recourse to compensation or resources to support the necessary care taking of loved ones.

S. 852 is unfair to present and future victims and their families, as:
*The trust fund is grossly under funded,
*Ineligibility of claims based on proof occupational exposure,
*Ineligibility of claims for environmental or unknown exposure,
*Compensation is not based on the merits of the case.
*Unconstitutionality disputes will delay victims' compensation,
*Lack of transparency,
*No opt-out clause for the victim,
*Inaccurate Medical Criteria,
*Insufficient funding for research, education, prevention and outreach,
*Extensive delays in processing victims' claims,
*Enormous administrative expenses.

As a concerned constituent, I urge you to vote NO on this unsalvageable bill.

I oppose Senate Bill 852 and give ADAO permission to fax my opposition letter to my United States Senators.

30. Protect Veterans’ Benefits and Removal of Rep Steve Buyer as Chairman of House Veterans Affairs Com

The intent of this petition is to protect veterans' benefits and have Rep. Buyer removed as the Chairman of House Veterans' Affairs Committee.

Rep. Buyer seeks to redefine who is a veteran. We must not allow Congress to redefine who is a veteran. We cannot allow Congress to restructure veterans' benefits and reshape the definitions of disability. Redefine at a time when over 10,000 young men and women have been wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan, at a time when young men and women have become disabled while training to serve in Iraq and Afghanistan. Veterans and veterans' organizations have worked too hard for too long to not receive proper recognition for our service to our country.

Title 38, Veterans' Benefits, United States Code defines a "veteran" as: "The term "veteran" means a person who served in the active military, naval, or air service, and who was discharged or released therefrom under conditions other than dishonorable."
Also defined in Title 38 is "in the line of duty": "An injury or disease incurred during active military, naval, or air service will be deemed to have been incurred in line of duty and not the result of the veteran's own misconduct when the person on whose account benefits are claimed was, at the time the injury was suffered or disease contracted, in active military, naval, or air service, whether on active duty or on authorized leave, unless such injury or disease was a result of the person's own willful misconduct or abuse of alcohol or drugs."

Rep Buyer would like to redefine who is a veteran at a time when America shows a gratitude for her veterans, a time when America respects and treats her veterans with dignity. He is attempting to segregate our veterans, "the disabled and indigent veterans" (his core constituency) and then all others. Rep. Buyer is seeking to make these changes while our country is sending their servicemen and women world wide to fight the war on terror. He must realize that not everyone can serve in the war zone and that some stationed in the United States and other areas are working in direct support of Iraq, Afghanistan and the war on terrorism.

Recruitment of our all volunteer force is falling short of its goals. The Army fell almost one-third short of its recruiting goal in March, its second consecutive month of shortfall amid concerns that the Iraq war is discouraging young people from enlisting. The Army's goal for March was to enlist 6,800 recruits, but it fell short by 2,150, or 32 percent. That was slightly worse than in February when a goal of 7,050 enlistees was missed by 1,936, or 27 percent. The target for April is 6,600. The Army Reserve did even worse in March than the regular Army. It recruited barely half the 1,600 soldiers it wanted for the month. It has not met a monthly goal since December 2004, and for the period from October 2004 through March it has met only 82 percent of its goal. Rep Buyer's "visions" will only add to already existing recruiting shortfalls.

Fellow veterans, it's time to take action. It's time to let our Congressional Representatives know we will not allow Congress to redefine who is a veteran or restructure veterans' benefits and reshape the definitions of disability. It is time they understand veteran's care will be our priority in voting in the next elections, congressional as well as presidential.