Asbestos is a mineral fiber that is found in rock and soil. Due to its heat resistance and fiber strength, it has been used as a fire retardant as well as in numerous building materials for insulation. It is also used in numerous manufactured goods, including ceiling and floor tiles, asbestos cement products and paper products. Asbestos is also used in friction products, such as automobile brakes, clutches and transmission parts; as well as in heat-resistant fabrics, coatings and packaging.
Asbestos has been broadly used, and can be found in numerous places in our living and working environment. Some of these uses of asbestos include roofing and siding shingles, wall and attic insulation, vinyl floor tiles, heat-resistant fabrics, steam pipes and hot water pipes covered with asbestos tape or blanket or coated with asbestos material; in patching compounds and textured paint found on ceilings and walls; and in automobile brakes and clutches.
Asbestos exposure occurs when fibers are released into the air when asbestos-containing materials are disturbed; whether during demolition work, home building, maintenance, repair or remodeling; and simply by asbestos product use.
Basically, asbestos exposure occurs only when asbestos-containing materials are damaged or disturbed in some way, thus causing particles and fibers of the asbestos to be released into the air.
Asbestos-Caused Health Effects
Asbestos exposure causes increased risk of developing lung disease; and the risk is worsened by smoking. Disease symptoms caused by asbestos exposure may take years to develop; and with greater exposure, there is greater chance of developing the related harmful health effects.
Furthermore, it isn’t necessarily easy to identify health conditions related to asbestos exposure. A thorough medical history aids healthcare providers in identifying health conditions which may stem from asbestos-exposure, such as lung disease. Information gathered and looked at includes the individual’s work, environmental, cultural and medical history.
Once a healthcare provider suspects asbestos-related health issues, a number of tools can be used to assist in making a diagnosis, including physical examination, pulmonary (lung) function tests, and chest X-rays.
Three major health effects identified as related to asbestos exposure include:
- Lung cancer.
- Asbestosis, which is a serious long-term, progressive non-cancerous lung disease.
- Mesothelioma, which is a rare form of cancer affecting the thin lining of the lungs, the chest and the heart and abdomen.
In 1984, a study done by the Rand Corporation estimated that by 2020, asbestos-related diseases will have claimed the lives of 75,000 American workers. According to experts of the renowned insurance company, Lloyd’s of London, claims by victims of asbestos contamination have the potential to cost the worldwide insurance industry up to $30 billion dollars.
According to an article published in the Occupational Health & Safety News Digest, in April of 1986, chemically-related health problems remain amongst those most difficult to diagnose and to treat. Furthermore, occupational diseases in the developmental stages frequently are looked at as “a set of minor symptoms” which include fatigue, headaches, minor aches and pains, and mental cloudiness. Furthermore, persons with these symptoms are frequently misdiagnosed.
As the understanding of occupational diseases increases significantly over time, it is now known that a majority of workers suffering from occupation-related disease present the symptoms of:
- Blurred vision.
- Impaired memory.
- Impaired mental acuity.
- Skin abnormalities.
- Poor coordination.
- Emotional instability.
The article cites the fact that the “need for a safe and effective means of reducing human body burdens of foreign chemicals” becomes increasingly important. Fortunately, an effective technique exists to accomplish that.
Hubbard Method of Detoxification
Scientists and associates of FASE, the Foundation for Advancements in Science and Education, determined that the detoxification method researched and developed in the 1970s by late author and researcher, L. Ron Hubbard, has been demonstrated to effectively reduce the body stores of chemical toxins.
Furthermore, new information coming from physicians who monitored persons undergoing the Hubbard Method of detoxification additionally supports the FASE findings. Florida-based scientist and former director of Miles Laboratory corporate research, Dr. Max Ben, noted that “detoxification is a significant step in the right direction” for the 20 million American workers exposed to chemicals in their industries.
The Hubbard Method of detoxification which is the subject of the aforementioned research detailing its results and benefits, is delivered as a part of the Narconon drug rehabilitation program in its rehab centers across the world–and is known as the Narconon New-Life Detoxification Program.
Learn more about The New-Life Detoxification Program and its long-term benefits, both in the field of drug rehabilitation, and in chemical exposure.