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Open letter to Jamaica's director of emergency services: Chemicals used in fogging are not safe
Published on August 28, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

Dear Dr Marion Bullock DuCasse:

I am outraged but not surprised to read that you are contending that the chemical malathion that is used to attack people or "fog" them as you call it is "safe".

According to you, "this is recognised on the safe list in terms of the international health organisation." Which health organisation are you referring to?

That is as much you can say to reassure people, despite admitting that "it is a chemical and individuals react differently to chemicals; some have an allergic reaction, some might have respiratory irritation, but that does not mean it is something that is not safe for you and is not approved for you"! In other words, 'this is just a minor inconvenience. Get used to it!'

I urge you to reflect on the implications of the above statement and then perhaps come to a decision as to whether you wish to continue to promote yourself as a doctor or person of science or, whether you shouldn't start wearing your real hat as a salesperson for the chemical company that produces malathion. (Maybe salesperson for the pharmaceutical companies that produce vaccines that damage our children, as well, since your authoritarian position on that issue is also well known.)

Please allow me to inform you that despite your safe label pronouncement, malathion is an organophosphate that can cause neurological damage and is considered carcinogenic by scientists who have carried out studies.

Had you have taken the time to peruse the internet, for example, you would have discovered that the US Environmental Protection Agency has taken the position that there is “suggestive evidence” that malathion causes cancer. And, that recent studies provide even stronger evidence that commercial malathion insecticide caused breast cancer in laboratory animals, and malathion use by farmers is associated with an increased incidence of a non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma -- a type of cancer.

The policy of your ministry of health (so-called) of indiscriminate spraying of people (not to mention the potential damage to bees and the water supply) is in itself criminal given the known health risks of malathion. It cannot be a defence that you keep yourself blissfully ignorant.

I therefore urge you to revisit this matter. I urge that despite your awful powers to legally and lethally attack people with chemicals that you have a moral DUTY to at least inform them as to when you intend to carry out your attacks. Unless, of course, your commitment to the chemical companies is irreversible and the people be damned.

Finally, I think you ought to inform the MOH employees that you employ to carry out these chemical attacks, of the dangers to themselves, and to give them the gas masks that they should be wearing for protection.

In any case, I think these workers have the legal right to take you to court for wilfully putting their health and their lives at risk by not protecting them, and by being deceitful.

Lloyd D'Aguilar
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