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Mesothelioma Inspiration: Never Say "Never"

Heather Von St. James is one pleural mesothelioma survivor who inspires patients today to never say "never." Von St. James is an eight-year survivor who "continues to live with strong faith, abundant gratitude and an unbeatable will to live each day." After being given the standard 1-2 years to live after diagnosis in 2005, Heather underwent a extrapleural pneumonectomy surgical procedure, and lives today to inspire others.

Cost deferral and the asbestos industry

In economics, the concept of cost deferral is important. If the economic cost of a transaction must be paid for up front, it may be less likely to occur. For instance, if you went to purchase a home here in California, and had to pay cash, you might have difficulty finding any affordable property. Your mortgage allows you to defer the cost of the home over 30 years and make the high cost of homes affordable.

The same is true for industrial processes. For a long time, industrial pollution was dumped everywhere. It saves business a great deal of money, but it cost many communities dearly. Behavior like this led to a river catching fire and eventually to the Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act. Now, when a business has a polluting process, they have to account for the costs of cleaning up that pollution before the sell the first unit. 

Asbestos Company Accused of Destroying Evidence in Trial

Recently, BASF Catalysts, LLC, the world's largest chemical maker, has been ordered to face claims that they and their lawyers fraudulently hid evidence to avoid asbestos personal injury lawsuits.

Infographic: Asbestos Exposure and 9/11

Many American citizens do not realize that the tragedy of September 11, 2001 continues into the present day. An estimated 400 tons of asbestos fibers were built into the buildings, and transformed into a massive cloud of toxic dust when the towers collapsed. Anyone present in lower Manhattan today has reason to fear for their respiratory health, especially the fire and medical professionals that were the first to respond to the scene.

Asbestos company fraud case revived by appeals court

Asbestos-related products have long been associated with lung cancer and mesothelioma. Sometimes, there may be a geographical relationship. The town of Libby, Montana is a well-known example. The mine at Libby was not an asbestos mine, but one for vermiculite.

Sadly, for the miners and their families and others who had the misfortune to live in the town, the vermiculite was naturally contaminated with asbestos.

A talc mine in Vermont operated from 1967 to 1983 appears similarly to have been contaminated with asbestos. A lawsuit from 1979 heard testimony from employees of the company that they had known as early as 1972 that the talc contained asbestos. 

Asbestos Present in University of North Carolina Buildings

As millions of new freshman pile into dorm rooms across the country, many do not stop to consider that asbestos might be present in their brand new bedroom or lecture hall. At the University of North Carolina, asbestos has been found to be present in seven residence halls since 2009.

Asbestos Infographic: Occupational Exposure

In our last post, we took a look at three different workers that are affected by asbestos exposure on the job. This infographic will give you more information about the blue collar trades often subjected to asbestos exposure at work:

More deadly than car accidents

Most people have never encountered a person with mesothelioma. The disease, resulting from exposure to some type of asbestos, has long been associated with industrial trades and heavy industry, like shipbuilding in California. Because few ships are still constructed in California, many probably feel that most of the threat posed by asbestos is long gone.

Here's an interesting statistic, in Britain today, more people die from mesothelioma than from traffic accidents. In Britain, asbestos-related disease, like mesothelioma, is anything but a historical rarity. 

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