Plastic debris and fibers from textiles in fish and bivalves sold for human consumption

25% of Fish Sold at Markets Contain Plastic or Man-Made Debris

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Roughly a quarter of the fish sampled from fish markets in California and Indonesia contained man-made debris—plastic or fibrous material—in their guts. Marcus Eriksen, co-founder of 5 Gyres Institute, caught this fish from the bank of the Mississippi River, which had particles of plastic in its stomach.

2015 Study Abstract

The ubiquity of anthropogenic debris in hundreds of species of wildlife and the toxicity of chemicals associated with it has begun to raise concerns regarding the presence of anthropogenic debris in seafood. We assessed the presence of anthropogenic debris in fishes and shellfish on sale for human consumption. We sampled from markets in Makassar, Indonesia, and from California, USA. All fish and shellfish were identified to species where possible. Anthropogenic debris was extracted from the digestive tracts of fish and whole shellfish using a 10% KOH solution and quantified under a dissecting microscope. In Indonesia, anthropogenic debris was found in 28% of individual fish and in 55% of all species. Similarly, in the USA, anthropogenic debris was found in 25% of individual fish and in 67% of all species. Anthropogenic debris was also found in 33% of individual shellfish sampled. All of the anthropogenic debris recovered from fish in Indonesia was plastic, whereas anthropogenic debris recovered from fish in the USA was primarily fibers. Variations in debris types likely reflect different sources and waste management strategies between countries. We report some of the first findings of plastic debris in fishes directly sold for human consumption raising concerns regarding human health.

Sources and more information
  • Anthropogenic debris in seafood: Plastic debris and fibers from textiles in fish and bivalves sold for human consumption, Scientific Reports 5, Article number: 14340 (2015), doi:10.1038/srep14340, 24 September 2015.
  • 25% of Fish Sold at Markets Contain Plastic or Man-Made Debris, ecowatch, September 30, 2015.
  • America’s Deadly Love Affair With Bottled Water Has to End, ecowatch, September 24, 2015.
  • Are Microplastics in Your Salmon Filet?, ecowatch, August 17, 2015

Pope Francis Slams GMOs and Pesticides for Environmental and Social Damage

Sustainable Pulse, Jun 16 2015

Pope Francis slams both GMOs and pesticides in a draft of his major environmental document .

” We get sick, for example, due to inhalation of large amounts of smoke produced by fuels used for cooking and heating. This is added to by… fertilizers, insecticides, fungicides, herbicides and toxic pesticides in general. Technology that is linked to finance, claims to be only solving problems… this solves a problem by creating others.

It creates a vicious circle in which the intervention of the human being to solve a problem often worsens the situation further. For example, many birds and insects die out as a result of toxic pesticides created by technology, they are useful to agriculture itself, and their disappearance will be compensated with another technological intervention that probably will bring new harmful effects… looking at the world we see that this level of human intervention, often in the service of finance and consumerism, actually causes the earth we live in to become less rich and beautiful, more and more limited and gray, while at the same time the development of technology and consumerism continues to advance without limits. ”

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Breast cancer awareness effectiveness: do we ask the right questions?

Interview with Lea Pool, Pink Ribbons Inc. Director, 2012

Can a little pink ribbon hide so many secrets and lies?
What is going on between philanthropy and breast cancer?
Did large corporations highjack the cause?
Is this breast cancer “awareness” doing more harm than good?

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How the Cancer Industry Controls Women

Breast cancer screening harms ten women for every one it helps…

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Find more health cartoons on @DES_Journal album on Flickr. Image via @HealthRanger.

You’ve already seen the headlines touting October as breast cancer awareness month. A zillion products are available in “pink” editions now… “

  • What’s missing from the risk factors list?
  • Think Before You Pink
  • Fighting to prevent cancer prevention
  • Business as usual in the cancer industry
  • Difficult to believe? Don’t be naive…

Read How the Cancer Industry Controls Women, counter think
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, via NaturalNews.

Ultrasound surveillance of the cervix during pregnancy in diethylstilbestrol-exposed offspring

Diagnosis of cervical incompetency is crucial ; routine cerclage placement is not recommended

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In this 1989 study, the DES-exposed patients delivered statistically earlier in gestation than did controls (268 +/- 13 versus 276 +/- 10 days). It was not evident that this difference was important clinically.

1989 Study Abstract

Twenty-three diethylstilbestrol (DES)-exposed patients were evaluated through 27 pregnancies to determine their eligibility for admission to a prospective protocol that combined serial ultrasound surveillance of the lower uterine segment-cervical complex with periodic pelvic examinations to diagnose cervical incompetency.

Of these, 21 pregnant women, including seven vaginectomy patients, were matched to 84 low-risk controls to determine the following:

  1. the effect of DES exposure on reproductive performance,
  2. the efficacy of ultrasound selection of cerclage candidates,
  3. and the influence of previous partial vaginectomy on reproductive outcome.

Five DES-exposed patients were diagnosed as having cervical incompetency and had cerclages placed. There were no missed diagnoses of cervical incompetency. The DES-exposed patients delivered statistically earlier in gestation than did controls (268 +/- 13 versus 276 +/- 10 days). It was not evident that this difference was important clinically, as there were no neonatal deaths, very low birth weight infants, second-trimester losses, or deliveries before 252 days (36 weeks) among the study patients.

Previous vaginectomy did not affect the frequency of the diagnosis of cervical failure or the neonatal outcome. After ultrasound surveillance and treatment for incompetent cervix, a majority of our patients delivered at term without cerclage placement. Therefore, routine cerclage placement is not recommended. Knowledge of the ultrasound criteria for diagnosing cervical incompetency is required.

Sources and more information
  • Ultrasound surveillance of the cervix during pregnancy in diethylstilbestrol-exposed offspring, Obstetrics and Gynecology 1989 Feb;73(2):230-9., NCBI PMID: 2643065.
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Breast Cancer and the Politics of Philanthropy

Pink Ribbons, Inc. video trailer , 2012

Trailer about the story of the commercialization of the breast cancer movement and the exploitation of human generosity, hope and trust.

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Call on breast cancer charities to remove the pink ribbon blindfold

Pink ribbon culture distracts from meaningful progress on breast cancer

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Pink Ribbon Blindfold picture Copyright to Mark Chilvers, thank you to Unison for the use of the picture.
Concept by Helen Lynn.

This post content is published by FromPinktoPrevention, a new breast cancer campaign that exposes the barriers to achieving ‘primary prevention’ ie stopping the disease before it starts.


In the forthcoming Breast Cancer Awareness Month we ask if you can remove the Pink Ribbon ‘Blindfold’ and ask the Breast Cancer Charities this BIG QUESTION:

WHY do they persist in refusing to acknowledge the role of environmental and occupational toxicants by  ignoring decades of evidence up to the present day on the link between our lifelong (womb to grave) exposures to toxics and the escalating incidence of breast cancer?

Why do Breast Cancer Charities continue to focus solely on ‘lifestyle’ risk factors such as diet and exercise, while ignoring the potential 60% of breast cancer cases for which they have no explanation. What about the role of chemical, environmental and occupational exposures in this?

Better diagnostics and treatment is not mutually exclusive with looking at how our profoundly polluted environment, homes and workplaces impact on our bodies and health, while also taking into consideration the ‘precautionary principle’ – ie better safe than sorry.

The World Health Organisation states that prevention (which is not the same as early detection) offers the most cost-effective long-term strategy for the control of cancer. So why do we not see this reflected in our cancer plans and strategies? Why is primary prevention (stopping the disease before it starts) not equally addressed along with better treatment and care? Why are those with the power to influence decisions on breast cancer policy not acting on what we already know?

There are various actions you can take

Future concerns about womb transplants

UK Womb Transplants: and Ethical Issues

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How much risk and cost should anybody go through to try and have the opportunity to deliver their own child?
  • Womb transplant is not a lifesaving procedure (people don’t need a womb to survive)…
  • Deceased donors organs could be slightly compromised…
  • Will the immunosuppressant drugs – taken by the pregnant women so that their body does not reject the given organ – affect a developing fetus?

Read UK Womb Transplants: 5 Ethical Issues,
livescience, October 01, 2015.

Sadly for many DES daughters having their own children is not possible! Many of us who have experienced miscarriages, want to have kids but are struggling or unable to…
Find out more about DES pregnancy risks and DES studies on fertility and pregnancy.

Thank You for Raising a Stink!

BCAction’s 2011 pledge to prevent pinkwashing

Video uploaded on 28 September 2011 by Breast Cancer Action before “Promise Me” perfume was recalled.

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Corruptions et crédulité en médecine

Stop aux statines et autres dangers, Professeur Philippe Even

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par le Professeur Philippe EVEN.

Pourquoi les firmes pharmaceutiques fabriquent-elles des maladies qui n’existent pas ? Comment falsifient-elles les études de centaines de médicaments ? Comment l’industrie pharmaceutique est-elle devenue la plus riche du monde ? Les faits ici dénoncés sont violents. Avec l’aide d’un petit nombre de médecins universitaires déloyaux, à sa solde, sans qui elle ne pourrait rien, l’industrie pharmaceutique, devenue la première du monde, engrange des bénéfices colossaux. Infiltrée à tous les niveaux décisionnels nationaux et internationaux, politiques, administratifs, universitaires et médicaux, elle est aujourd’hui, selon l’ONU, hors de tout contrôle. Ce livre s’appuie sur une analyse complète de la littérature scientifique pour prouver que : – le cholestérol est sans danger et les statines – toxique lent – sont inefficaces ; – les antiagrégants ruinent la Sécurité sociale ; – les nouveaux anticoagulants sont plus ruineux encore, incontrôlables, sans antidote et responsables d’hémorragies mortelles. Résultat : 15 millions de Français sous ces traitements, 3 milliards d’euros de dépenses inutiles, plus de 1 000 décès par an ! Il faut cesser de les prescrire, et, avec l’accord de son médecin, de les prendre.