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Can Asbestos in World War II Gas Masks Cause Harm?

Many people are using World War II gas masks as a novelty item unaware that they may contain harmful asbestos. Every citizen in Great Britain, including infants were issued with Continue ReadingCan Asbestos in World War II Gas Masks Cause...

Many people are using World War II gas masks as a novelty item unaware that they may contain harmful asbestos. Every citizen in Great Britain, including infants were issued with a gas mask in 1939, (start of Second World War) as protection against mustard gas attacks by Germany. The masks – made of black rubber, glass visor and mouthpiece which contained a perforated tin (formed in the shape of a tin can) and a block of asbestos. The asbestos block was added to absorb and filter out poisonous gases allowing the wearer safer breathing.


Why Is The Asbestos in Gas Masks Harmful?

Asbestos consists of fibres which when inhaled into the lungs can lead to asbestos related diseases such as mesothelioma, lung cancer and asbestosis. The minute fibers are capable of stimulating chronic inflammatory responses in the pleura, (cavity that surrounds the lungs) and inducing an array of cellular responses, such as interfering with the mesothelial cells, and damaging DNA that regulates cell division.

World War II gas masks were manufactured using two types of asbestos – ‘crocidolite’ (blue asbestos) and chrysotile (white asbestos). Blue asbestos is considered to be deadlier than white asbestos, but the carcinogenic risk from white asbestos classifies it as a number 1 human carcinogen, as there is sufficient clinical evidence of asbestos related disease among people that have had exposure to it.

A collection of World War II gas masks had to be removed from Gunnersbury Park Museum recently. There were health and safety concerns regarding asbestos fibres being released during visitor handling. The gas masks were decontaminated at a specialised asbestos removal unit and returned to the museum.


What Safety Precautions Can I Take If I Own a Word War II Gas Mask?

Although people feared the use of chemical weapons in World War II – It never materialised. A lot of gas masks were donated to museums. However, some people have managed to purchase them from second hand shops and auction internet sites such as Ebay. World War II gas masks are over 60 years old and the older asbestos is – the more friable it becomes (easily crumbles), making it more hazardous as more fibres are easily released through disintegration.

If you are in possession of a World War II gas mask, the best thing to do, until you have the asbestos removed professionally, is not to handle it or try the mask on, and place it in an enclosed bag or container.


Can Chemoembolization Offer Hope To Mesothelioma Patients?

Chemoembolization is a medical procedure used predominantly in the treatment of liver cancer.  The treatment is more effective as it allows a far higher concentration of anti-cancer drugs (20 times Continue ReadingCan Chemoembolization Offer Hope To Mesothelioma...

Chemoembolization is a medical procedure used predominantly in the treatment of liver cancer. 

The treatment is more effective as it allows a far higher concentration of anti-cancer drugs (20 times higher than conventional chemotherapy drugs) in direct contact with the tumour for a longer duration. It works best in patients in where the tumour is more localised.

In 2006 a UK resident ‘Debbie Brewer’ age 47 (below) was diagnosed with mesothelioma – a rare type of cancer that is predominantly caused by exposure to asbestos. Her prognosis was bleak as she was told that she had between 6 and 9 months to live. Debbie looked in to alternative treatments and went to visit Harley Street cancer specialist ‘Dr. Etienne Callebout’. Dr. Callebout is one of the finest ‘alternative cancer treatment’ specialists – and cancer patients often turn to him when conventional treatment has proved little hope.

Debbie Brewer

Dr. Callebout offered Debbie valuable advice regarding nutrition and also informed her about Professor Thomas Vogl. Professor Vogl is head of the ‘Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, J.W. Goethe University Hospital, Frankfurt, Germany. He pioneered a clinical trial to test whether chemoembolization would treat mesothelioma tumours and the results were promising.

Debbie made an appointment to see Professor Vogl in Germany and he agreed that she was a good candidate for chemoembolization treatment. After several treatments – Debbie’s tumour shrunk by 80%, not only prolonging her life but she is hopeful that she is now in full remission. Despite her personal battle with mesothelioma – Debbie has shown much gratitude and enthusiasm regarding Professor Vogl’s treatment by highlighting his pioneering treatment and bringing new hope to others. In 2009 Debbie launched a petition asking the UK government that chemoembolization clinical trials would be available to mesothelioma patients in the UK.


Could 9/11 Claim More Casualties From Asbestos Inhalation?

It was feared that both workers and survivors of the World Trade Centre attack may be at risk from developing mesothelioma from exposure to asbestos. The ‘north tower’ (1st building Continue ReadingCould 9/11 Claim More Casualties From Asbestos...

It was feared that both workers and survivors of the World Trade Centre attack may be at risk from developing mesothelioma from exposure to asbestos. The ‘north tower’ (1st building to be constructed) contained tons of fireproofing material containing asbestos up to the 40th floor.

The following floors did not contain asbestos material as an impeding threat of a complete ban on the use of asbestos in building constructions in New York was implemented, hence subsequent floors contained substitute materials.

When the north tower collapsed health officials were concerned regarding the release of asbestos into the air and health advisors alerted emergency workers on site to wear protective clothing and change out of these and bag them up prior to leaving site.

Although health officials tested dust samples within the vicinity of the disaster within the first 24 hours and concluded that asbestos dust did not exceed safe limits, questions were still raised concerning the exposure from friable (crumbling) asbestos imbedded in the 1.5 million tons of debris during the 10 month clean up.

American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine Study

The ‘American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine’ compiled a study from air sampling over a three week period. Their results were based on the following risk assessment – type of asbestos, and duration of exposure

Conclusion: –

The type of asbestos dust in samples were ‘chrysotile’ which is believed to be less potent than ‘amosite’ or ‘crocidolite’, and the duration of airborne particles was relatively minimal, I.e. 26 days after the collapse – samples were found to be 500-fold lower in lower Manhattan than a chrysotile mining/mill community.

However – if the dust exposure had been crocidolite asbestos, then the risk for mesothelioma would have been 500-fold higher.


Can an in-line fluid warmer prove more effective than a fluid warming cabinet?

Many operating theatres use in-line fluid warmers prior to administration to patients These can be expensive due to the required use of disposable sterile items. The alternative is to use Continue ReadingCan an in-line fluid warmer prove more effective than a fluid warming...

Many operating theatres use in-line fluid warmers prior to administration to patients

These can be expensive due to the required use of disposable sterile items.

The alternative is to use fluid warming cabinets. Admittedly the fluids in cabinets will take longer to warm up but the initial cost of cabinets is lower than in-line systems and there are no on-going costs such as disposables. (Note that if warming IV fluids an MDD registered warming cabinet must be used .

So, if any, which method of warming fluids is better?

A few years ago Dr John Andrzejowski, consultant anaesthetist at Sheffield’s Royal Hallamshire Hospital, UK, did such a study. 76 consenting adult patients were split into three groups – no fluid warming, warming using an in-line warmer and fluids warmed using a cabinet. The ages in each group were similar as were room, theatre and patient pre-operative temperature. The duration of the surgical procedures were also similar.

At the end of the procedures and also in the recovery ward patients’ temperatures using the fluids warmed in a cabinet or by using the in-line warmer were found to be statistically more normothermic than those of patients receiving room temperature fluids.

It is to be expected that warmed fluids are better for the patient but it is very interesting that there was no statistical difference between the two warmed fluid groups.

This clearly shows that there can be significant savings by warming fluids using a warming cabinet rather than an in-line warming device.


Can the Law Get These Child Sex Dolls Banned ASAP?

Child sex dolls are fast becoming popular with paedophiles but what’s actually been done to ban these from being sold? I was shocked to find a degree of controversy surrounding Continue ReadingCan the Law Get These Child Sex Dolls Banned...

Child sex dolls are fast becoming popular with paedophiles but what’s actually been done to ban these from being sold?

I was shocked to find a degree of controversy surrounding these dolls arrival on the marketplace, given their vile intention for use. For instance:

Ms Grayson from ‘StopSo’ (an organisation aimed at preventing sexual offenders from reoffending)  suggested that the use of child sex dolls may deter paedophiles from carrying out attacks in real life’ WHAT! She can’t be serious!

Surely….anyone with an ounce of common sense will realise that paedophiles will eventually get the urge to move on to the real thing?

Her insanely warped idea led her to also state: “If our number one priority is to keep young people safe from sexual harm, then we need to be open to new ways of thinking about how we can help those members of society who are sexually attracted to children to manage their urges in safe and law-abiding ways.”

So society has to adopt a new way of thinking? So what she‘s implying is that society should be brainwashed into accepting that a paedophile needs a doll to satisfy their vile criminal urges, in the same way someone needs a pill for a bad headache?  So let’s normalise paedophilia?

Well let me tell how normalised it would become: The day when parents would be saying to their children “erm…uncle so and so or daddy has gone to play with his dolly today darling”. That’s sick and far from the realms of being normal!

Why are these child sex dolls still on sale?

Well the NSPCC is calling on government to take action to criminalise. Does this mean that the law enforcements will prosecute the sellers and ban them from sale?

I was shocked to find them on sale on the internet within 5 minutes of searching!  I found them on the website Alibaba.com. (the actual listing below)

Child Sex Doll: For Sale on Alibaba.com

Over a 100 dolls have been imported during the last year. It’s been suggested that the dolls also alert the police to paedophiles. Again – It’s bordering on normalising them; alluding to the idea that they are in some way being useful ….’ as bait’.

Dear Society: Please don’t ever allow yourself to accept Child Sex Dolls as a treatment option for such a vile despicable act.

Author: undisclosed.



Can MBT Shoes Help Back Pain?

I think the tabloids have unfairly put the dampers on MBT shoes with bad press One tabloid based their judgment on some study where only 115 participants took part. The Continue ReadingCan MBT Shoes Help Back Pain?→

I think the tabloids have unfairly put the dampers on MBT shoes with bad press
One tabloid based their judgment on some study where only 115 participants took part. The study concluded that the participants felt no improvement in their back pain after wearing MBT shoes. What do they expect.?.. Miracles! If the participants taking part had symptoms that were chronic then it’s ridiculous to assume that a pair of shoes is going to swiftly alleviate pain. Afterall, ibuprofen pills can only stop pain for a period of 2-4 hours so why would a pair of shoes be expected to prevent pain long-term?
I think MBT shoes will work better for people that have poor posture habits and are in the early stages of mild back and hip pain. Since I’ve have these shoes I can stand stationary for longer periods and my posture has improved. Also I’ve found that the thick soles act as a shock absorber for the spine, protecting it from impact and friction. Every ones back issues are different with varying wear and tear of the discs, so there is no point judging the shoes purely based on other people’s opinions. What doesn’t work for someone else may work for you. I bought my MBT shoes for a fraction of the retail price on Ebay and I absolutely love mine. I know they work for me because just wearing slippers around the house and shoes with heels causes aching in my lower back region.

My MBT shoes. Blue _ Wave

On a recent day trip to London I was on my feet for 7 hours and must have walked around 5 miles. I was nervous about the trip because I’d had back pain the evening before and I knew I’d be walking around London a lot. I couldn’t cancel the trip because I was taking my young granddaughters on the London Eye and they’d been incredibly excited about it for months. I’m quite certain that my back would not have held up without my MBT shoes. My feet were not even aching after boarding the train homeward bound.
From years of experience of back pain MBT shoes have been the best footwear for me
So my advice is to try and get a cheaper pair and try them out for yourself. Also, if you have never tried out this type of shoe before you may find they feel odd to walk in at first, I certainly did, and within minutes. Then one afternoon I wore them on a walking trip and took. I took no other trainers to change into so was forced to persevere with them. After walking for approx 1.5 miles I realised I was getting used to wearing them. I also recognised the benefits of the rocker soles that aided my forward steps. You will need to give them a fair trial before throwing them at the bottom of your wardrobe.
As mentioned previously, each person has different weak spots such as varying degress of back issues and pain, weak ankles, and knee problems.


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