- Posted March 22, 2014 by
Stimulus $ Available to Study Causes of Disease. It's About Time!
Money for studying cancer cures has always been much easier to come by than money to study environmental influences, but it appears things may be changing as stimulus money becomes available to study the causes of cancer.
"Epidemiology is the study of diseases in populations of humans or other animals, specifically how, when and where they occur". (Extoxnet)
I believe our government should encourage epidemiological study by offering grants and educational opportunities for people who want to pursue this challenging field. If we can find the causes of many of our prevalent diseases, we can save tax money by avoiding costly health care for disease victims.
Our environment is being brutalized and the health of its inhabitants are deeply affected. The more we learn, the better we will understand what we should do. Let's not let the same mistakes of the past destroy our civilization.
Read the book "Collapse" by Jared Diamond to get a better understanding of how climate change and environmental impacts by society brought great civilizations down. It's a powerful read.
I came across this article on naturejobs.com. It tells about the availability of grants to study envirnomental impacts on health. Here's the link:http://www.nature.com/naturejobs/2009/090409/full/nj7239-792a.html
The picture is of a beach near the Canadian border in NE Washington State, on the Columbia River. We call it "Black Sand Beach" or "Black Slag Beach". The slag originated in Canada at the Teck Cominco Lead/Zinc Smelter. They dumped slag for about 100 years until they were forced to stop in the mid 90's. We have been asking for accurate epidemiological studies to find out why there is an alarming number of cases of Irritable Bowel Diseases (IBD) such as Colitis and Chrohn's Disease located in clusters in the area south of the border. I can't tell you how many people I know that have no colon. Hopefully someday the local people below the Canadian border will have answers.